Dear Parents and Guardians…There’s lots to share with you at Glen Meadow!



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This is Love of Reading Week– this week, teachers will be reading famous reading quotes of different authors during our morning annoucements. Students can guess the author and win prizes from our librarian, Mrs. Yost. We will also be kicking off a One School One Book event at Glen Meadow, students, faculty, staff, and parents will come together to discuss books they love that will become future books our school will be reading next school year. Our inaugural meeting will be held next Tuesday, March 10, after school. If you’re reading this blog post and would like to be a part of this committee, please call the main office and add your name to our committee!

Glen Meadow Ambassadors and National Junior Honor Society Members are hosting Game Night for grades 5, 6, and 7! Students in grades 5 (Lounsberry Hollow), 6 and 7, are invited to come out on Thursday, March 5th, at 6:30 pm, to play lots of board games, card games, guessing games, and to play volleyball. This is a free event, snacks will be provided through generous donations from our SCA parents. 


Count Me In! Congratulations to Robert Burdzy, Jaclyn Benson, and Noelle Capasso… they won the drawing for attending school every day during the month of February. Here are the proud students standing with the prizes they selected.

Count Me In!

Congratulations to 8th grader Jamie LeFort who attended the National PAL Region 6 Youth Mentoring Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge from February 20th-22nd in Williamsburg, VA.   The Youth Mentoring Conference had approximately 130 teenagers from six states in attendance for three days to participate in mentoring and leadership workshops.   This conference gives the teenage participants an opportunity to engage in discussions on age-appropriate topics on social media, crimes, financial literacy and diversity. We are very proud of Jamie for being selected for this prestigious conference! She is a role model for her peers. Jamie attended with VTHS students Jessica LeFort (Jamie’s sister), Antonia Tucci, and Rebecca Kuhn.

Jessica LeFort, Antonia Tucci, Jamie LeFort, Rebecca Kuhn

Jamie with a friend made at the conference


Several of our 7th and 8th-grade students volunteer at the Senior Citizens Dinner Theater “My Favorite Year” VTHS Spring Musical on Wednesday, March 11 after school. These students will be servers at dinner assisting with making sure the hundreds of senior citizens have an enjoyable meal. Glen Meadow students will also interact with our seniors in a way to build bridges with our community. We are very proud of our volunteers!





Calling all future chefs! Sodexo is sponsoring a Healthy Breakfast Recipe Contest. Students can submit a healthy breakfast recipe by Friday, March 13th, that will be judged by the Sodexo chefs. Recipe forms can be found in the main office and in both cafeterias. Three recipes will be selected. The winners will receive wireless ear pods and will be creating their recipe in the kitchen at Glen Meadow with a Sodexo chef. Samples of the recipe will be given to students during lunch periods.


Students of Mrs. Stigler, Mr. Joseph, and Mr. DeYoung attend SCCC event that promotes STEM lessons- Our engineer and robotics students enjoyed a day at Sussex County Community College on February 21st to meet and learn with the students of the Halstead Middle School. Employees of Picatinny Arsenal worked alongside professors from SCCC led students in robotics, coding, and parachute making stations. This was an inaugural event provided students with real-world applications. Students were also given a tour of the college and were able to experience a day-in-the-life of a college student.


Parents, please join us for Ryan’s Story on Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 pm. Parents will be able to experience the program that students will see during the day. This is a poignant program presented by Mr. John Halligan who lost his son Ryan to suicide because he was bullied when he was 13 years old. Please visit Ryan’s Story online to learn more about Mr. Halligan’s campaign. This is a very important program for all parents. Please bring a friend!  Here is the flyer with information on the program.


Featuring Some Hallway Highlights


Mrs. Holderith and Mrs. Kepfinger’s Math Class: Students in Mrs. Holderith and Mrs. Kepfinger’s class applied skills learned from a lesson on the interior and exterior angles of a triangle. The pictures below show students engaged in a Quizlet Live in which they worked in groups to demonstrate their understanding of angle relationships. Next, the students participated in a hands-on discovery activity on triangle sum theorem. The activity concluded as students worked on independent practice with small-group and individualized instruction.

Mrs. Roth’s Social Studies Class: After learning about persuasive advertisement techniques using an iCivics lesson, students in Grade 7 World History created advertisements to convince a hunter-gatherer to settle down into a Neolithic agricultural community.  Students viewed advertising techniques such as testimonials, bandwagon, name-calling, glittering generalities, card stacking, plain folks, and transfer.  Here are a few examples of the many persuasive posters created by students.  Jayla Rodriguez is posing next to her expressive poster.


Mrs. Schmidt’s Language Arts Class: After reading Monster, students created bio posters. Mrs. Schmidt’s students took a Gallery Walk Critique of Monster end of novel bio posters. Click on each picture and you will see students’ post-it notes around each poster providing feedback to their peers. The students put a lot of thought into their posters and well as thought-provoking comments.

Mrs. Basso and Mrs. Zaremba’s Language Arts Class: Students from Mrs. Basso and Mrs. Zaremba’s period 3-4 class collaborated on a poetry project. The students were given a list of poets they could research. Students were charged with creating a slide presentation, a poster, a book, or a project of their choice. The students from both classes collaborated to make a book about their poet. The project turned out AMAZING! Below are photos of the students’ beautiful work. Remember, you can click on a picture to enlarge and enjoy it.

National Junior Honor Society: Congratulations to our 7th and 8th-grade students who will be inducted in the National Junior Honor Society on Wednesday, March 18th, at 5:30 pm. Students who are currently members of the National Junior Honor Society will lead this program. Our Viking Voices will open the program with the flag salute and singing of the National Anthem.

Seusssical Jr. Mrs. Sandler and Mr. Kelter, co-advisors, are leading our actors and actresses in practice to prepare for our spring musical Seussical Jr. Our young actors and actresses will be performing several shows this spring. We will be hosting a preview for our friends at Cedar Mountain and Lounsberry Hollow and, for the first time, will be having a Senior Citizens show on Friday, April 3, at 1:00 pm! Our program for the public will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, at 6:30 pm. More to follow on our big show! Many thanks to our parents who are supporting this program and picking up their children from practice every evening! Please click here for the flyer that provides details. Also, the full ensemble will be performing a number from Seussical, Jr. at the Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm Board of Education meeting.


Our next SCA meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 9:30 am

School will be closed on Friday, March 20, for a teacher in-service day

Detective Thomas Laird from the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office will speak to all 7th and 8th-grade students about the proper use of social media and cell phone safety on March 25th. Some of you may recall that Detective Laird presented to our parents at Tech Night at Vernon High School in January.

Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge will be holding an event in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  This organization would like to invite students to submit posters with their idea of how to make the Earth better for all.  Please see the attached flyer with details. Posters received by April 15, 2020, will be put on display for the event to be held at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex on Sunday, April 19.


Rosemary Gebhardt