Dear Glen Meadow Families,

Congratulations to our first Glen Meadow Humanitarian Award recipients. Each grade level selected two students who represent and model the ideals of The Glen Meadow Way. Here is a short bio of each of our recipients…

Grade 8:


Meet: Amanda                      


Food:  Pasta                            Sport Activity: Golf

Music: All types                                 Book:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Movie: All Disney movies      School Subject: Science

Our school should know that Amanda loves animals.

When Amanda is not in school, she likes to volunteer at the Bergen Zoo.

Amanda is really good at golfing and skiing.

A career that interests Amanda is being a Veterinarian

Amanda aspires to work with animals



Meet: Sara                 


Food: Potatoes                        Sport Activity: Mountain Biking

Music: Rapper “NF”               Book:  Milk and Honey

Movie “Hush”                         School Subject: Science

Our school should know that Sara wants to stop bullying.

When Sara is not in school, she likes to paint.

Sara is really good at school.

A career that interests Sara is being a psychologist.

Sara aspires to be like her big brother.


Grade 7:


Meet: Abigail             


Foods: Shrimp, crab, scallops, lobster, fish, chicken parm, steak, and risotto                                              

Sport Activity: Field Hockey, Dance, Track and Field, and Volleyball

Music: Christmas top hits       Book:  In Between the Lines and The Fault in our Stars

Movie “Aladdin”                    School Subject: Math and Personal Fitness

Our school should know that Abigail loves spending time with her family and she loves staying active

When Abigail is not in school, she likes to shop, cook, bake, work out, and participate in sports.

Abigail is really good at sports, baking/cooking, and helping around the house.

A career that interests Abigail is being an athletic trainer or a professional athlete.

Abigail aspires to help people and stay positive.



Meet: Sean                 


Food: Pizza                            

Music: Rap Music                   Sport Activity: Basketball     

Movie “It”                              School Subject: Language Arts

Our school should know that Sean helps others and is kind.

When Sean is not in school, he likes to play basketball and baseball, play Xbox and PS4, and babysit.

Sean is really good at being kind and helpful.

A career that interests Sean is teaching.

Sean aspires to help others.


Grade 6:


Meet: Daniel              


Food: Chinese food, pizza, and hot wings                             

Sport Activity: Basketball and video games

Music: Rock and Roll             Book:  Amulet

Movie “The Matrix”               School Subject: Foundations Lab

Our school should know that Daniel is a kind and caring person and that he is a great friend and student.

When Daniel is not in school, he likes to watch TV and do his homework with his parents.

Daniel is really good at video games and basketball.

A career that interests Daniel is computer coding.

Daniel aspires to create innovations and technology that will help to better mankind.



Meet: Antonio              


Food: Pizza, pasta, soup, cereal, bagels, ice cream and candy                             

Sport Activity: Football and video games

Music: Rock and Roll             Book:  A Wolf called Wander

School Subject: Science

Our school should know that Antonio is good at drawing, studying, and reading.

When Antonio is not in school, he likes to read, play video games, watch a movie or watch TV.

Antonio is really good at drawing.

Antonio aspires to write good books.


Congratulations to Mrs. Tara Holderith, 7th-grade math teacher, who has received the NJ Department of Education Exemplary Educator Award! This award is given in recognition of a teacher who is deeply committed to the field of education and demonstrates highly effective teaching practices and serves as a professional role model. We are very proud to have an Exemplary Educator at Glen Meadow Middle School. For those of you who know Mrs. Holderith and whose children have or have had Mrs. Holderith, I think you will agree that she is highly worthy of this fine distinction!

Mrs. Holderith and her students

5th Grade Exploring Electives Experience: Our 5th-grade program was a great success! Parents and students were able to learn about the special area classes held at Glen Meadow and also see a wall that was filled with information on all of the clubs and sports available after school. Students learned a lot about the next school they will go to next year in our school district. Here is the link to a recent VTSD podcast featuring students who served at this event.


Sussex County Honors Choir: Congratulations to an elite group of Glen Meadow singers who auditioned and were accepted into the Sussex County Honors Choir this year. Students performed in a concert at Kittatinny Regional High School last week.  

VTHS Pep Rally: Our 8th-grade students will be experiencing a Vernon Township High School pep rally that will be held in our gym on Wednesday, November 27. The VTHS. Our 8th graders will hear from various groups at the high school in preparation for making class selections and the upcoming 8th Grade Student/Parent Orientation held at Vernon Township High School on Tuesday, December 3, at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendar! 

Vernon Lights Festival: Glen Meadow is excited to be invited to be one of the first groups to walk through the light festival themes on the grounds of the former Camp Sussex! Our 6th-graders will be going on December 2, 7th graders on December 3, and 8th graders on December 4 (PLEASE NOTE: this is a change in date). There is no charge for this special field trip. Please encourage your child to dress warmly and wear proper footwear as this is an outdoor activity. Check out the Vernon Lights Festival website.

Teacher of the Year Program

You are invited to nominate a teacher for the annual NJ Department of Education Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year. Please use this form to nominate a teacher at Glen Meadow. Our building selection will be made in early December. There are so many outstanding professionals in Glen Meadow for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Mrs. Kathy Stigler, special area technology teacher, and Ms. Stephanie Ash, School Nurse

Each candidate should:

  • Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator in a public or charter school;
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way;
  • Plays an active role in the community as well as the school;
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;
  • Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues

Updating your contact information: Now that the winter is around the corner, you are reminded to update your contact information in Genesis. You should also make sure that you have all checked the boxes for the phones you want to receive school information. You can receive emails in addition to phone calls. Please call the main office if you need any assistance with updating your contact information; we’d be happy to assist you!

Project Self-Sufficiency Toy Drive is underway. If you would like your child to donate a new unopened toy, please do so by early December. The toys that are donated will go less fortunate families in Sussex County. Students that have made donations are very proud of the gifts they personally selected.

A few reminders of upcoming events:

Variety Show: Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 pm

SCA Meeting: Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 9:30 am

Early Dismissal Day: Wednesday, November 27, 2019; Schools Closed November 28-29th

8th Grade Student/Parent Orientation: Held at VTHS on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 6:30 pm

TREP$: Our 6th Grade TREP$ program will be held on Thursday, December 5, at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium. This is a must-see event…you can take care of a lot of your holiday shopping purchasing handmade products by our students who are learning about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, have a business and market the products. Our 6th-grade students have been working on their ideas and items this fall under the direction of Ms. Reagan.

Winter Concert for the Band: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 6:30 pm, at VTHS

Winter Concert for the Orchestra and Choir: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 6:30, in the Glen Meadow auditorium

Change in the 2019-2020 School Calendar: We will have an Early Dismissal Day on Friday, December 20, 2019, school is closed from December 23, 2019, through January 1, 2020. School will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Wishing you a great Thanksgiving with your family,

Mrs. Gebhardt