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December Message


I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoyed their time with family, loved ones and friends. The arrival of December brought Vernon its first snow days of the school year and the additional challenges of inclement weather and lost power. I hope everyone managed to stay safe, warm and is persevering during this past storm.

The holiday season will soon be upon us with many more opportunities to spend quality time with family, grandparents, extended family and good friends. I am often reminded of the lasting effects of quality time spent with family.

Country singer, Tim McGraw wrote to this in his song, Humble and Kind, “Visit grandpa every chance that you can. It won’t be wasted time. Always stay humble and kind.” It is these values of humility, kindness and respect that we try to emulate and teach your children as they grow academically, socially, emotionally and as McGraw sings, “help the next one in line, always stay humble and kind.”

On behalf of Lounsberry Hollow Elementary School, I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy and Happy New Year!

Please see below the many events happening at Lounsberry Hollow School during the month of December before the official Winter break begins.


Eric W. Kosek, Ed.D.
Acting Principal
Lounsberry Hollow School



December 3– Lounsberry Hollow SCA Meeting  9:30AM –   Room #122 Candle Fundraiser Pick Up – 5:00PM- 6:30PM Rescheduled-Date-TBD

December 4-Janine Loweth Assembly – Author of I AM… 1:15PM – All Grades Pajama Day – PBSIS Fundraiser

December 10-12– SCA Holiday Store – during all lunch periods

December 12-Vernon Board of Education Work Session  7:00PM – LHS

December 13-PBSIS School Store

December 18-Welcome to N.J. Assembly – 9:00AM – Grade 4 -LEAD Graduation – Grade 5 – 1:11PM

December 19-Vernon Board of Education Public Meeting   7:00PM – LHS

December 20-Early Dismissal – students dismissed at 12:20PM

December 23January 1-December Recess

January 2– Students Return

Superintendent Spotlight

In this episode of the Superintendent Spotlight, Ms. D’Avino celebrates a great community service project from our VTHS Baseball team! Seniors Frank Fogge, Jacob Buurman, Peter Parigi, and Nicholas Zinno tell their story with Coach Myhren. Also in this episode, Ms. D’Avino spends time with our charitable partners from Sussex Rural Electric, Claudia Raffay and Steven Sokolowski.



November 26th Podcast

In this episode, Dr. McKay and Ms. D’Avino interview students from Glen Meadow who are getting ready for next week’s TREP$ Marketplace which will take place on December 5th at 6:30pm at GM! Also in this episode, we recognize a number of athletes who have letters of intent at colleges where they will play Division I sports as well as a highlight about alumni Ryan Olsen who was inducted posthumously into the Sussex County Hall of Fame.

8th Grade Orientation Night at VTHS

The 8th Grade Parent/Guardian-Student Orientation Night is Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm at Vernon Township High School. All 8th-grade parents/guardians/students are invited to attend to learn more about VTHS including Freshman Academy, 9 CTE Programs, Athletics, Activities, and Clubs. Refreshments will be served by the VTHS SCA.


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November 15th Podcast

In this episode, Dr. McKay interviews Glen Meadow students who helped with the Open House Night. GM Students include Makenna Thomas, Kaitlyn White, Grace Barbarise, Dylan Barca, Paul Mele, and Zachary Ezzo (all eight grade students) with the help of Ms. Yost and Mrs. Stigler. Also in this episode Mr. Bray and Mrs. Coesfeld unveil the Vikings In Service wall with the help of their VSA students. And congratulations to our New Jersey Exemplary Educators Tara Holderith (GM), Kelsey Falkowski (VTHS), and Stella Foco (VTHS)!

Test of Emergency Notification System

Tonight (Monday, November 11th) we will test our emergency notification system (at 7pm).  We are conducting a test of our emergency notification system to ensure that all stakeholders will be notified in the event inclement weather closings, delayed openings, or other emergencies.  If you need to change your notification preferences, please refer to the instructions at www.vtsd.com/infocenter or call your school’s main office during regular hours. If you need to change your contact information, use the CONTACTS tab in the Genesis Parent Portal or call your school’s main office during regular hours.

Lounsberry Hollow Veteran’s Day Message:

Lounsberry Hollow School would like to honor those that served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces on this Veteran’s Day.

We stand in respect of you. Your service to country and sacrifice for the common good of the freedoms we share is a debt we can never repay.


November 5th Podcast

In this episode, Ms. D’Avino and Dr. McKay highlight the VTHS Marching Band and their achievements at States and Nationals, our pride in the Vikings Field Hockey team that went to the State Finals, the FBLA did some traveling, the RH and LH Book Fairs, and more! Also, congratulations to Mrs. Kris Genneken our Education Support Professional of the Year!

False Alarm at VTHS

At approximately 11:10 a.m. there was a false alarm at the high school.  Out of precaution, the administration and security department called for a lockdown of the school.  A female High School student sent an inaccurate text to her boyfriend (an out of district student) who responded by calling the police.  Vernon Township High School (and all other schools in the district) are safe.  We have no evidence that there is a safety concern to our students, staff, families or schools at this time.  We will continue to work with the Vernon Township Police Department.  Any information regarding the missing student should be directed to local law enforcement.

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