Dear Walnut Ridge Family,

Though the weather outside is frightful, each day at The Walnut Ridge School is more and more delightful! Our students have a very exciting 2018 ahead and we already have some wonderful news to share.

1) Governor’s Educator of the Year!

Congratulations are in order! Congratulations to our Governor’s Educator of the Year recipients from The Walnut Ridge School:

Suzanne MacDougall — Pre School Teacher

Jayna Murray — Speech Therapist

I know I speak for our entire staff when I say that I could not be prouder of these two winners. They are both hard working, intelligent, dedicated, and wonderful with our students. They are great representatives for our school! Bravo!!!

2) Mind Traveler Winners! 

Please join me in congratulating students Christopher DiGirolamo and Sophia Varela who have earned the distinction as “winners” of the Mind Traveler’s Library Fund Reading Incentive. CJ and Sophia will be honored at the January 18th Board meeting where they will be recognized for this wonderful achievement. Way to go CJ and Sophia!!

3) RSVP for our Dinner Meeting on January 17th!

You are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday,  January 17th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Walnut Ridge All Purpose Room, for a light dinner, presentation, and conversation regarding the future of your child(ren)’s education here in the Vernon schools.As you may know, over the past several years, we have worked very hard at expanding curricular offerings in the District to reflect the changing landscape of our global economy and way of life. This had led us to expand our technology and robotics offerings, expand our 1:1 chromebook initiative, create more middle school electives and Genius Hour, and develop CTE programs at Vernon Township High School. These CTE programs are each  focused on college and career pathways and aimed at equipping students with the tools needed to succeed after high school, no matter the path they choose. The tools gained through CTE range from dual-credit articulation agreements with schools such as SCCC, Rutgers, and Temple (to name a few), opportunities for students to intern and job-shadow with local businesses, and earn industry-valued credentials which makes students exponentially more marketable to employers.  In short, in the Vernon schools, our goal is to empower each and every student to reach his or her “preferred future.” Our CTE programs thus far are Allied Health, Engineering, Graphic Design, Cosmetology, Marketing, Hospitality Management, and Construction, Facilities, & Maintenance (CFM). Next year we plan to add Music Production and Computer Science.

As Preschool parents, it is important that we hear from you. Although many of your children will not be entering high school until 2027, we want to ensure that the decisions we make as a district in 2018 are ones that best support your children — the future of the Vernon Township School District. Together we can help pave a pathway for your child(ren) to take them from Pre-K to Pre-Med, or whatever your child hopes to do in his or her future.

Also on the agenda for the evening will be a discussion regarding our Preschool field trip to VTHS which is taking place on Friday, January 19. During this trip, our students will be play-planning and working in stations that are geared toward our CTE programs. It is a great way for our youngest students and oldest students to learn from each other and to help begin the process of empowering each child’s “Preferred Future”!

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, January 17 to talk about Tools of the Mind, CTE programs, and how to empower the next generation of Vernon students toward their individualized “Preferred Future.” Please RSVP to Ms. Jane DiCarlo – if you plan to attend. Please indicate the number of people in your party and whether you have any dietary restrictions.
We look forward to the conversation!

4) Field Trips
We have two exciting field trips on the horizon. The first is the trip to Vernon Township High School coming up on Friday, January 19 (mentioned above). The second is on Tuesday, January 23, when we will be taking the Pre School students to Price Chopper in Warwick to introduce them to their supermarket unit! Be prepared for some wonderful stories from your children when they return and for some great pictures on the website from me!
5) Instagram
Please do not forget to tell your friends and family members to follow us on Instagram. Here are some recent photos of our students!




Principal Piccirillo