Dear Glen Meadow Parents and Guardians:
As we approach the end of the year, we would like to thank all of you for your support of your children and our teachers as we navigated a very challenging school year. While this year was like no other we still have a lot to celebrate as the year comes to a close. This blog will be dedicated to all of the great students at Glen Meadow, like our Students of the Month who have been recognized for their efforts, achievement, kindness, and just all-around being great kids! Don’t forget to check out the next edition of “Glen Meadow Musings”, a student-written, online newspaper. Check out the pictures from “Dear 2020: Memoirs of Middle School” an original musical written by our very own students! Our Track and Field students had a winning season and enjoyed getting back to a sport they love! Spirit Week will take place the week of May 24th. And finally, don’t forget about the Glen Meadow Summer Acceleration Program. If you would like to enroll your child in this program, please click this link that will take you to the Glen Meadow page to sign up. To our 8th grade parents and guardians, important letters regarding end-of-the-year events will be sent to you via School Messenger very shortly, please watch for these letters in your email. Here is the first letter we have sent out.
Here is the 8th Grade Dance letter and the permission slip.
Here is the Advancement letter that was also sent in a School Messenger email
Congratulations to our May Department-by-Department Students of the Month!
|Subject||May Students of the Month|
|LA 6||Ian Webb|
|Math 6||Quinn O’Brien|
|Science 6||Matthew Young|
|Social Studies 6||Lyla Russo|
|LA 7||Kaitlyn Bohmer|
|Math 7||Jamie Dreps|
|Science 7||Robert Burdzy|
|Social Studies 7||Uriah Sacdalan|
|LA 8||Philip Pritchard|
|Math 8||Caden Krzyzak|
|Science 8||Kyle Mangone|
|Social Studies 8||Gia Federici|
|Performing Arts||Junior Troche|
|STEM||Amaya Lopez and Abby Buck|
Student Council Information: Our school leaders under their advisor, Ms. Yost, has been very busy planning school spirit day, a food collection, and Penny Wars…check it out!
- Jars will be set up for each grade.
- The grade with the most points will win a prize
- Pennies will be worth 1 point
- Nickels are -5, dimes are -10, quarters are -25, dollar bill is -100, ten dollar bill is -1,000, etc.
- Students can put money into any jar
- a 6th grader has a $1.00 bill and $1.00 in pennies.
- The student should put the pennies in the 6th grade jar,
- The student puts the money and the bill in the 8th grade jar.
- This will add 100 points to 6th grade, and take off 100 points for the 8th grade jar.
- If they put both in the 6th grade jar, it would be a wash and 6th grade wouldn’t gain any points.
“Dear 2020: Memoirs of Middle School” This originally written musical chronicled the lives of middle schoolers during the pandemic. Scenes were acted in “students’ bedrooms” from March 2020 to the present. The actor and actresses told their stories through dialogue, acting, and singing songs. You will be able to see this spectacular show beginning on June 5th on demand. This is a musical your whole family should see as everyone will be able to relate to something in the show. It is funny, heartwarming, sad, and poignant all at the same time.
Track and Field News: Coaches Davenport, Galante, and DiGuilio had an exceptional season with their athletes. At the recent meet against Kittatinny, the excitement was watching our 1600 meter run for girls. Amanda Witters ran the whole time with a Kittatinny girl four feet behind her for the entire race….until, on the last curve, the Kittatinny runner passed Amanda! We all assumed Amanda was “out of gas” and would never recover enough to catch up to the Kittatinny runner… Boy, were we wrong! Amanda put on the ‘afterburners’ and beat the Kittatinny runner in the last 100 yards. In addition, she beat her lifetime personal best by 30 seconds (in the world of track, that’s huge!). Lily Henderson and Captain Gabby Cafferata also achieved their personal best with this boost from the Kittatinny runners.
For sprinters, Captains Kylie Burns and Abbey DeYoung battled it out in both the 100 meters as well as the 400 meters. You can never tell from one race to the other which one will dominate. It’s truly magnificent to watch, knowing that they are best friends, and will continue to push each other for their entire high school careers! Yet, when they run in the 4 by 200 relays, they add their poetry in motion to fellow Captain Tina Cianella and soundly beat any competition, including the few times that they ran against a boys team!
Speaking of the boys, we have to highlight our fastest ones: newcomer, Diego Gonzalez, and Timmy Pallis. These two also trade the first place finishes back and forth with each other. Timmy’s talents go beyond sprinting, too, and Timmy usually earns first place in whatever event he enters such as long jump, shot put, and discus. Timmy has also dabbled in the mile run and 400 meters, winning at those too! Whoa…what an athlete!
This Track and Field season has also led us to a crazy mix of siblings: we have two sets of identical twins….the Holderiths and the Orrs. Then we have a brother/sister team with the Wagner family, and the two Roman sisters. The Glen Meadow Track and Field Team truly is a team that has bonded in SO many ways on and off the track this year. In addition to being an exceptional year for our students, we also want to wish Coach Davenport all the best as she begins her retirement at the end of this school year. Coach Davenport has dedicated many years as one of the Glen Meadow Track and Field Team coaches.
Builder’s Club News: The Builder’s Club actively has supported organizing in our community as well as raised money for local groups. This spring, the Builder’s Club challenged Glen Meadow to donate loose change for the Glenwood Pochuck Ambulance Corp to have a fun activity at school. The Club collected $105.00 so students will be able to give a teacher a pie in the face! Stay tuned to see who the “lucky” person is, maybe it will be Mr. Myhren again…you may remember he got a lot of pies in the face on Pie Day on March 14th!
Glen Meadow Musings: Check out the latest edition of our student online newspaper…our students are writing their final newspaper for June and it will feature students, faculty, and staff telling Glen Meadow Musings what they most look forward to this summer.
Pixton Cartoons: Pixton is an online platform where students can create comic strips. Ms. Dignan-Corbutt’s 8th-grade math students wrote comic strips to teach others about math concepts they have learned this year. What a great way to understand a concept…making sure you can explain or teach it to another. Check out the students’ comic strips.
Affiah Sangare – pixton project
Students Create Utopia: Mrs. Ramirez and Mr. Galante’s students held a movie analysis after watching “The Hunger Games” and discussed the difference between utopias and dystopias. Working independently or with a partner, students created their own utopia, a seemingly “perfect” place with elements of control. They presented to the class and everyone was given a rubric to score each utopia. Check out some of the utopias the students created, which one would you like to live in?
Acids and Bases: Mr. Sorensen’s 7th grade scientists conducted experiments to learn more about acids and bases.
Meet Buxton, the Therapy Dog: Buxton visited all Vernon Schools and he was a big hit. Buxton enjoyed spending lunch was students who were able to pet him and he lounged on the grass… and lounge he did. Buxton is a St. Bernard; his owner explained how Buxton became and therapy dog and the origin and the history of the St. Bernard. Buxton loves children and loves having his picture taken. Next month, we look forward to meeting Hugo, another therapy dog that will visit all of our schools.
Free Miners Game this summer: The Sussex County Miners will be offering our students free tickets to see a game. We will soon be receiving a code and directions to receive free tickets to see a Miners game. This code can be used in the Miners online ticketing system for up to TWO FREE Tickets per family (with the purchase of one regularly priced admission for either the 6/10 or 6/24 game). Tickets will then be virtual and sent to the purchaser directly. More information will follow, save the date!
Mindfulness for Students: The Vernon Township School District has been very fortunate to have Mindfulness trainer Mindfulness is a practice of training the mind to pay attention to whatever comes up in the present moment. In our society, children are often asked to, “pay attention”, “calm down”, “be kind”, and/or “be grateful”; yet, they’re not exactly taught how to do this. Mindfulness and Mindful Movement can change the neuropathways of our brain allowing us the space to be responsive instead of reactive when in a triggered situation. This is a way to help children and teens learn self-regulation, how to change their mindset from one of un-comfortability and disease to a place of control and being centered. Below are the next installments of Mr. Thomasberger’s training for our students with the Zoom link provided:
Link for May 27th @ 3:45 – 4:30 pm Meeting ID: 853 2730 8391 Passcode: 000754
Link for June 10th @ 3:45 – 4:30 pm Meeting ID: 863 2742 1829 Passcode: 598394
Don’t forget that our SCA meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 9:45 am. Our final meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 9:45 am, IN PERSON. The GMMS SCA will be discussing the 8th-grade dance and more. We thank the GMMS SCA for funding our obstacle course for Field Day as well as treating each student to flavored ice after the day’s events! We appreciate our parent volunteers and all that they do for GMMS!
A few reminders about overdue books from our Librarian, Ms. Yost: All library books are due back to the library by June 1. Students are responsible for any books checked out during the 2020-2021 school year. The fines for any items that were still checked out to students from the 2019-2020 school year have been waived due to the abrupt closing of the building. If you have any library books that belong to VTSD at home, please send them in with your child and we will ensure they get to the correct library. There is also a box in the lobby of Glen Meadow where any student can drop off books they are returning after school hours.
- GATE Showcase: Tuesday, May 25, at 6:00 pm, at GMMS under the tent
- GMMS and VTHS Spring Concert on the VTHS football field: Wednesday, May 26, at 6:00 pm (rain date Thursday, May 27)
- Jazz at the Flats: Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 pm
- Field Day will take place as follows:
- 8th Grade: Monday, June 7, periods 5 through 9
- 7th Grade: Tuesday, June 8, periods 5 through 9
- 6th Grade: Wednesday, June 9, periods 5 through 9
- Field Day rain dates: Thursday and/or Friday, June 10-11
- 8th Grade Dance: Friday, June 11, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Early Dismissal Days (12:30 pm): Monday, June 14-Friday, June 18
- 8th Grade Advancement Ceremony: Thursday, June 17, 5:00 pm, at VTHS- students will receive three tickets, one for a guest to sit on the field with the student, and two for guests to sit on the bleachers.
- Last Day of School: Friday, June 18
Rosemary Gebhardt Eric Kosek, Ed. D
Principal Assistant Principal