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VTSD Podcast February 16th

Episode 19 of our ongoing series of podcasts from Dr. McKay is loaded! We begin a new feature of our CTE Programs with an interview with Mr. Bruno’s Engineering students. This episode also includes students visiting Washington, the GM boys Basketball team, WR’s ice cream social, GM’s regional band members, CM’s Jump Rope for Heart program and more! Don’t forget tickets for the High School’s upcoming play, Young Frankenstein: http://vths.seatyourself.biz

VTHS Presents Young Frankenstein

Tickets for the VTHS production of Young Frankenstein are now on sale!

To purchase tickets click here

Situation Under Investigation

Many are aware of a video showing a bus driver using a communicative device while driving on Friday. The situation is under investigation and the driver will not be on the route until such time that the investigation is completed. If you have a question or comment, please contact the superintendent of schools at adibenedetto@vtsd.com

Jump Rope for Heart and Students of the Month at Cedar Mountain

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Below is some information on activities at Cedar Mountain…


February’s First-Grade Students of the Month…



Meet: Milena     Nickname: Milena Bug


Sport: Tennis               Food: Chicken       

Singer: Demi Lovato  Book:  Anatomy and Physiology

TV Show: “Gumballs”   Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Milena’s teacher should know that she loves anything to do with Egyptian culture, hieroglyphics, and mummies!

When Milena is not in school, she likes to dance, go to Girl Scouts, read doctor books, and play with her friends.

Milena is really good at reading, doing crafts, and dancing.

When Milena grows up, she wants to be a surgeon and an archeologist.



Meet: Layla        Nickname: Layla Bug


Sport: Horseback Riding        Food: Mac & Cheese           

Singer: Sophia Carson       Book:  Ladybug Girl

TV Show: “Bunk’d”  School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

Name of Sister: Cecilia

Layla’s teacher should know that she is smart and likes to learn!

When Layla is not in school, she likes to play with her sister.

Layla is really good at riding a horse.

When Layla grows up, she wants to be a horse rider.


Meet: Leonie     Nickname: Lee Lee


Sport: Tennis               Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: Taylor Swift   Book:  Elephant and Piggie

TV Show: “Impractical Jokers” 

Leonie’s teacher should know that she loves to bake with her mother and do crafts and make bracelets!When

Leonie is not in school, she likes to color.

Leonie is really good at writing neatly.

When Leonie grows up, she wants to be a Veterinarian.


Meet: Sofia        Nickname: Sof


Sport: Swimming        Food: Soup and Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza           

Singer: Justin Timberlake       Book:  Billy B Brown

TV Show: “Puppy Dog Pals”  School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Name of Sisters: Abigail and Charlotte

Sofia’s teacher should know that she dances ballet and tap!

When Sofia is not in school, she likes to play with her sisters and friends.

Sofia is really good at reading.

When Sofia grows up, she wants to take care of animals and be a teacher.


Meet: Renee        Nickname: Nay Nay


Sport: Soccer        Food: Macaroni           

Singer: Charlie Puth       Book:  Junie B. Jones

TV Show: “Puppy Dog Pals”  School Subject: Reading

Name of Brothers and Sisters: Joe, Annmarie, Kali

Renee’s teacher should know that she reads every day!

When Renee is not in school, she likes to play.

Renee is really good at reading.

When Renee grows up, she wants to be a piano teacher.


Meet: Melissa  


Sport: Soccer             Food: Mac and Cheese

Singer: Taylor Swift   Book:  Bob & Penguins Everywhere

TV Show: “PJ Masks”  School Subject: Writing

Name of Brother: Jayden

Melissa’s teacher should know that she reads very well!

When Melissa is not in school, she likes to play with her mom and dad.

Melissa is really good at jump roping.

When Melissa grows up, she wants to be in the military.


Meet: Sebastian Nickname: Sebby
Sport: Soccer Food: Pizza

Song: “What Does a Fox Say” Book: Go Dog Go

TV Show: “Sponge Bob” School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother: Ozzie

Sebastian’s teacher should know that he like Lego remote control cars and rubber duckies!

When Sebastian is not in school, he likes to hike, play with friends, and go to the movies and arcade.

Sebastian is really good at playing the harmonica and whistling.

When Sebastian grows up, he wants to save animals and trees.


Meet: Mason     Nickname: Mase


Sport: Ice Hockey and Football         

Food: Fiesta Chicken

Singer: Bruno Mars    Book:  Dr. Seuss books

TV Show: “Bat Pat”  School Subject: Computers with Mrs. Garofalo and Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother and Sister: Miles and Meadow

Mason’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that he is helpful and loves her class!

When Mason is not in school, he likes to play video games and hockey.

Mason is really good at math.

When Mason grows up, he wants to be a race car driver, a dad, and a rockstar!



Meet: Logan     Nickname: Logy


Sport: Basketball         Food: Pizza and Apples

Singer: Luke Bryan    Book:  Pete the Cat

TV Show: “Henry Danger”  School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Kevin

Logan’s teacher should know that he likes Legos!

When Logan is not in school, he likes to play outside.

Logan is really good at dribbling a basketball.

When Logan grows up, he wants to be an Army man for our country!


Meet: Samantha            Nickname: Sam, Sammy


Sport: Basketball         Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Jo Jo Siwa

TV Show: “Jo Jo Siwa”  School Subject: Math and Gym

Name of Sister: Katelyn

Samantha’s teacher should know that she cares about her family and friends!

When Samantha is not in school, she likes to play with her dog, Bailey, bowl on Saturdays in a league, play with her sister, Katelyn, and use my iPad.

Samantha is really good at hip-hop and acro.

When Samantha grows up, she wants to be a police officer.


Meet: Michael               Nickname: Mikey


Sport: Soccer               Food: Chicken           

Book:  The Gruffalo

TV Show: “Max and Ruby”  School Subject: Reading

Name of Sister: Kaylei

Michael’s teacher should know that he really loves school!

When Michael is not in school, he likes to play with his toys.

Michael is really good at making people laugh.

When Michael grows up, he wants to work with his dad.


Our girls were treated to a very special SCA Father-Daughter Dance on February 9th

 Enjoy some of the pictures taken at this event. Thank you to all the parent volunteers that made this night very special for our girls!

Tell Applebee’s Restaurant why your teacher is the best! Applebee’s Restaurant has recently announced its first “Above and “BEE“yond Teacher Essay Contest” which will recognize top teachers – as nominated by their students, awarding selected teachers with a sponsorship check of $500.00 and end-of-year class party, courtesy of Applebee’s. To nominate a Cedar Mountain teacher, students must submit their essay in person to the Newton Applebee’s Restaurant explaining why their teacher deserves to be an Applebee’s Teacher of the Year. All students who enter an essay will receive a free ice cream certificate. This contest runs through March 31, 2018. Winners will be announced on April 9, 2018. 

Abraham Lincoln Virtual Field Trip– Many of our students took a virtual field trip on Abraham Lincoln through “Learn Around the World”. Students learned about Abraham Lincoln’s life from early childhood through the presidency. Alexa from Mrs. Battista’s class got to ask a question that was seen in hundreds of classrooms across the country! Alexa asked about Abraham Lincoln’s early schooling. We learned that Abraham Lincoln only went to school through his early years totaling ONE year!! Abraham Lincoln was a truly self-taught person! Edward from Mrs. Giangrande’s class shared a fun fact live about Mr. Lincoln that he was a shopkeeper. One time, Abraham Lincoln overcharged a woman six cents and walked miles to return the money to her! This is how he got his nickname Honest Abe!  You will see Edward in the bottom picture on left side of the smartboard telling his fact.

Jump Rope for Heart: Our students raised over $4,000.00 for the American Heart Association in this year’s campaign. Money raised goes directly to heart research and education. We thank all the families that contributed to this special cause. Due to our recent snow days, Jump Rope for Heart will continue during the weeks of February 12th and 19th. Here are some pictures of our students enjoying gym class during this activity. We thank the parent volunteers who donated their time to assist with this program.

Enjoy some winter scenes painted in art class with Mrs. Docherty by our first-grade students 

March 5th – March 9th is Love of Reading Week:  Our “Keep on Reading” song can be found at:


Here is our Love of Reading Week calendar:

Day of the Week     Dr. Seuss Book                       Dress Up Activity
Monday, March 5th Oh the Places You’ll Go Wear a Shirt with Words on it from a Place you have Visited
Tuesday, March 6th Green Eggs and Ham Wear a Funny Hat and/or Something Green
Wednesday, March 7th Wacky Wednesday Wacky Hair and Silly Sock Day
Thursday, March 8th Cat in the Hat Wear Stripes Today
Friday, March 9th The Sleep Book Pajama Day

Click here for the Fill the Hat activity!

Click here for the Love of Reading Week flier!

Beyond the Classroom: The Importance of Reading Aloud to Our Children– please take a moment to read this informative article on the importance of reading to your child, no matter what age! In the words of Meghan Cox Gurdon, in her Wall Street Journal article “The Great Gift of Reading Aloud,” says that in the not so distant past, reading aloud was the way children fell in love with stories. Enticing storytellers would captivate their listeners as unfolding sentences offered gifts to their imaginations. The child who learned to love stories by hearing them would be a child who would willingly gravitate toward more sophisticated literature on his own. This statement nicely encapsulates the premise of this article. Thank you for taking a moment to read it.

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration: Our Kindergarten and Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 is opening soon!  You can find the link on the Cedar Mountain and Walnut Ridge site as well as the main page of the VTSD website. Families will need to register online and then come in person to complete the registration process. You will need to bring a proof of residency and your child’s medical history (vaccinations and recent physical). If you happen to have friends or neighbors with young children, please direct them to this link. Kindergarten and Preschool registration will take place at Cedar Mountain Primary School for BOTH preschool and kindergarten on Monday, March 26, from 9:30-11:30 am; Tuesday, March 27, from 4:30-8:00 pm; Wednesday, March 28, from 4:30-8:00 pm; and Thursday, March 29 from 9:30-11:30 am, in the gym.

School Spirit Day: Thursday, February 15- remember to wear your class of 2029 or class of 2030 t-shirt!

School Closed on Monday, February 19, 2018, in observance of President’s Day

100th Day of the Year- is on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Thank you for your generous donations for the Connect for Community program. We have collected a variety of hygiene items that cost approximately $1.00. There is still time to donate. 

SCA Meeting: Monday, March 5, 2018, at 9:30. At March’s meeting, we will have Mrs. Nelson, Math Coach, who will be making a hands-on math presentation. You will be able to observe first-hand what a typical math lesson looks like in your child’s classroom.  Mrs. Nelson will also be reminding everyone about Math Night coming on Tuesday, March 20th.

Other upcoming events by our SCA:

  • Cupcake pick up: Thursday, February 15th, from 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Fund Raiser begins on March 1
  • Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, March 2, at 6:00 pm in the gym…come see “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
  • Family Craft Night will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:00 pm

Thank you for partnering with us, we look forward to seeing you at our many school events!

Rosemary Gebhardt



BOE Livestream 2/8/18

The board of education work session will continue as planned tonight starting at 7pm.  If you cannot attend (or do not want too brave the roads), our livestream will start promptly at 7pm!

VTSD February 3rd Podcast

Episode 18 of our ongoing series of podcasts from Dr. McKay includes an interview with the Robotics team and info for Monday night’s 8th grade parent night, the academic decathlon, a food drive at Lounsberry Hollow, an author visit at Rolling Hills and more!

Great Events at Walnut Ridge

Dear Walnut Ridge Family:
Just a few quick announcements for Thursday February 1!
1) Congratulations are in order for The Walnut Ridge School! We have been honored with a $500 donation from Exxon!!! We will use the funds toward setting up our brand new class which starts on Monday!
2) The Walnut Ridge School has been in the news! Check out our recent article in the Advertiser regarding our Pajama Day event. CLICK THIS LINK!
3) Also, we were recently in the newspaper to promote registration for the 18-19 school year. To see that article CLICK THIS LINK! Please spread that news to any friends or family who may be interested in signing up!
4) Finally — A BIG THANK YOU to all the parents and students that came last night to our dinner meeting. It was so nice to hear feedback from so many parents. I am already busy at work trying to implement a few of your suggestions. I will plan to get another meeting like this on our calendar in a few months. Thanks again!
Principal Piccirillo

Meet Ms. Kusma!

February 1, 2018


Dear Walnut Ridge Family,


We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the newest addition to our preschool team, Ms. Kusma! She will be teaching our newest class beginning February 5.






Ms. Kusma has lived in Vernon throughout her life, attended Vernon Schools, and graduated from Vernon High School in 2010. She is an alumna of Immaculata University and holds degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Ms. Kusma has worked for the Vernon Township School District in the preschool program as aide and earlier this year as a teacher in a leave-replacement circumstance. Parents may also recognize her from the local YMCA where she is a swim instructor and lifeguard.


She is looking forward to creating a classroom community where all students feel welcome, safe, and excited to learn!

VTSD Podcast Episode 17

Episode 17 of our ongoing series of podcasts from Dr. McKay includes info on the Mindtravelers, the DECA Prom, a visit from Jancee Dunn, pathways for preschool, ESSA information, and more!

Mid-term exam schedule

There have been a few changes to the mid-term schedule for the week of January 29th. In an effort to encourage students to attend school on Friday and spread out exams for the students for students who have two exams on a few days, the schedule is changed to the following:

Monday, Jan. 29      – Mid-terms for periods 1 and 6

TuesdayJan. 30      – Mid-terms for period 2 and 7

Wednesday, Jan. 31 – Mid-terms for periods 3 and 8

ThursdayFeb. 1      – Mid-terms for periods 5 and 9

FridayFeb. 2           – Mid-terms for periods 4 and “make-ups” and/or PEP Rally*

*please encourage your children to remain at school for the Winter PEP Rally, which has been rescheduled to February 2nd. Some of our students and our their advisors are working hard to make this event a successful one!

Thank you!

Dr. Pauline F. Anderson

For additional info including the schedule for the days, click here


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