Dear Glen Meadow Families:

Week of Respect:

“Kindness Matters Always in ALL WAYS!”

Our Week of Respect is underway! Each day, students show their school pride and focus on kindness toward others. Each day a faculty member is reading a thought-provoking quote about kindness and challenging students to do something special for another person. We are also having fun dressing in clothing reflecting the day’s theme. Here are some pictures of faculty, students and staff wearing jerseys with numbers on them, because “Everyone Counts!”.

Students in Mrs. Stigler’s technology and design classes created all of the bulletin boards in the building to reflect this year’s Week of Respect themes.


National Junior Honor Society October happenings…

The spring 2019 National Junior Honor Society inductees are busy working on their service-learning projects for the school year. This month the Glen Meadow NJHS members are participating in a sock-collecting program called “Socktober”. The NJHS is collecting socks of all colors and sizes for the homeless men, women, and children in Sussex County.  Socks will be collected throughout the month of October. 

On October 26th, the NJHS will complete a roadside clean-up on the main roads of Lake Panorama.

Officer elections will be taking place this month.  Members who are interested in running for an office are requested to submit a speech that will be delivered to all members. Any NJHS members interested in running should check the Schoology page that is managed by Mrs. Amato, advisor. Later in October, members will vote for all officer positions.

Mrs. Frawley’s 7th Grade Social Studies Classes: After completing a unit on Map Skills, the students created an imaginary island of their choice and had to incorporate all the skills learned within the unit. Some key concepts placed on the map are a map scale, a key or legend, latitude and longitude lines, coordinates, physical features, and a compass rose.


Mrs. Schmidt’s 8th Grade Language Arts Class: As a lead-in activity in preparation for reading the novel The Miracle Worker, students took part in a simulation where they were blind-folded conducting an exploration activity. In addition, you will see some pictures of Mrs. Schmidt’s students peer-editing and working in a small group study of text structures.

Mrs. Grimaldi’s classroom has been serving as host to several Monarch butterfly caterpillars and chrysalises. Throughout the late summer and early fall, students arrive silently into the classroom as they observe the evolving caterpillars and chrysalises that metamorphosis into Monarch butterflies. Many hatched butterflies have been released by the students as these Monarchs make their long flight to Mexico and South America. Students dabbed their fingers in a bit of orange juice and carried the butterflies, in hand, and released them on our school grounds.  

Vernon Coalition Pride Survey: Every two years, the Vernon Coalition gives the “Pride Survey” to all students in grades 6 through 12 whose parents have granted permission via Genesis. This year, our student body will be taking this survey on October 29th in all social studies classes. This survey looks at students’ thoughts and attitudes regarding smoking, smoking products, alcohol, and various drugs. All teachers have been trained by Rebecca Dorney, Vernon Coalition Coordinator, to understand the purpose of the survey and how to administer the survey. The survey students are taking is completely anonymous and will give the Vernon Coalition very critical information for future prevention programming for our students regarding drugs and alcohol. Rebecca Dorney, along with Lisa DeRitter, Youth Coordinator, will also be teaching lessons in all social studies classes about the importance of conducting surveys and connecting this survey to the upcoming United States Census that will be taken next year. If your child has not been granted permission to take this survey and you would like your child to do so, you can change your permission directly in Genesis.

Here is a link to the questions your child may see on the survey from

The 8th Grade GMMS Ambassadors have just been announced! Our student leaders have been selected based on teacher recommendations and an essay that the student wrote that shows that the student has Vernon Pride and wants to be a great representative for our school. The Ambassadors will be involved in service projects in our school and community. Students will be meeting with their advisor and attending a Principal’s Panel luncheon with Mrs. Gebhardt to plan upcoming events. 

Mrs. Basso and Mrs. Zaremba’s Language Arts students study character traits: Excitement is in the air as students in Mrs. Zaremba’s and Mrs. Basso’s Language Arts classes work collaboratively to celebrate their technology skills and knowledge about characterization!  After meeting the main characters in the novel, So Far From the Bamboo Grove, the students gathered text evidence and a variety of visuals to display the traits of each main character on a Google slide presentation.


Ms. Sisco’s 6th and 7th-grade students learned lessons about the heroes of 911. As part of their social studies lessons, Ms. Sisco’s students wrote a thank you letter to former VTHS graduate, Michael Chirichello, who is a NYC police officer who served at Ground Zero during the 9/11 era. Michael Chirichello wrote a letter of gratitude back to the students of Ms. Sisco’s class telling them how each of Ms. Sisco’s students are also heroes. Mr. Chirichello gave each student a World Trade Center pin and postcards. The class was very touched by the heartfelt letter and gifts from Mr. Chirichello!

Count Me In! Our Count Me In program has begun! If you have been in the main hallway of Glen Meadow, you will see a showcase full of prizes that are been selected for pre-teen and teens. All students are eligible to win the prizes in the showcase…it’s easy to win…just come to school every day!! Our first round of winners have been selected via a random drawing of all students who had perfect attendance in the month of September. Students won Apple gift cards, wireless headphones, and thermoses. Come to school and COUNT ME IN!!

Congratulations to our Lady Vikings Field Hockey Team Congratulations to the Varsity Field Hockey team on their  3-0 victory over Kittatinny on 9/27! Goal Scorers were Sidney Van Tassel,  Makenna Thomas and  Abby DeYoung.  Assists went to  Chloe De Bonta and Makenna Thomas. 

Cross Country: Congratulations to our Cross County Team runners. At last week’s invitational at Hardyston Middle School, many of the teams’ runners medaled in their events

Grade 8 Boys: 

1st Place: Zac Mountain

2nd Place: Dylan Barca

Grade 8 Girls: 

3rd Place: Erin Collins

Grade 7 Girls:

2nd Place: Grace Duffy

Grade 6: Boys

2nd Place: Dylan Heykoop

3rd Place: Daniel Arroyo


Volleyball: Coach Oakes has almost 100 participants in this very popular sport. While students are learning the fundamentals of this sport they are also preparing for the VERY POPULAR Volleyball Tournaments. Our first tournament will be on Friday, October 18 after school. This is an activity that should not be missed!! While students have fun playing with teammates and compete, they are also giving back to our community by donating non-perishable food items. Select athletes will be making a presentation about this very popular activity at the October 17 Board of Education meeting.


Mark your calendars for Glen Meadow October events:

Early Dismissal Day: Monday, October 14th. Students will be dismissed at 12:30- our district teachers will be participating in an in-service day in the afternoon.

October SCA meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16, at 9:30 am. We had a great parent attendance at our September meeting. We love our parent volunteers. Please check out the Glen Meadow SCA link where our minutes will be posted to keep you up to date if you missed a meeting. Stay connected with the SCA, here is a link to the Glen Meadow SCA Facebook page.

If you are interested in contributing to the Glen Meadow “Unfundraiser”, please click this link. All proceeds will go to fund programming at Glen Meadow School. 

Parent Conferences: Tuesday, October 22-Friday, October 25. Many parents have signed up for their child’s conferences. If you haven’t selected a date and time to see your child’s teachers, please do not delay! All schools will hold evening conferences on Tuesday and Thursday and afternoon conferences on Wednesday and Friday. Glen Meadow’s conferences will run as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday: 3:45-7:00 pm

Wednesday and Friday: 1:15-3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 23: Wear ORANGE for Anti-Bullying- this will be a district-wide activity

Picture Re-Takes: Friday, October 25, 2019

Anti-Bullying Summit at Sparta High School: Friday, October 25, 2019. If your child is attending this program, you are reminded that because this is an early dismissal day, you are requested to pick up your child at school at 2:30 pm.


Thank you for partnering with us!

Mrs. Gebhardt