November 2018

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

~Robert Collier


Welcome to November! It’s a shortened month for our students, but a very important one as we move into the second quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.

Here are some important dates to remember:

       Wednesday, November 7 End of first marking period

NJPSO to work with orchestra students – 11:30am – 2:00pm*

Comedy Hypnotist Show 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm**

BOE Work Session 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Lounsberry Hollow


Thursday, November 8 NJEA Convention – School closed


Friday, November 9 NJEA Convention – District closed

“Ladies’ Night Out” – Monte Carlo – “Luck of the Draw!” – 5:30pm




       Monday, November 12 Vaping Presentations:***

  • 9th grade – period 1
  • 10th grade – period 2
  • 11th grade – period 3

Tuesday, November 13 Freshman Academy Activity Day – 2:00  – 5:30 pm


Thursday, November 15 Grades available to students, parents and guardians at 2:00pm

PEER – Capture the Flag – 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Gym

FBLA Student Talent Show – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Auditorium

BOE Public Meeting 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Lounsberry Hollow   


       Tuesday, November 20 Keith Hawkins – 7:30 am – 12:30 pm –  Gym – Freshmen and DECA

National Honor Society Induction 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Auditorium


       Wednesday, November 21 Early Dismissal Schedule

2018 OPINFO Program – the United States Naval Academy

Marching band, Thespians, Cheerleaders and Varsity athletes to  visit Glen Meadow Middle School to speak to eighth graders–the Class of 2023!

Thursday, November 22 Happy Thanksgiving! (District closed)


Friday, November 23 District closed


       Friday, November 30 Open Mic Night 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Senior Cafe


…*the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be sending 4-5 musicians to conduct a “master class” with our orchestra students. What an exceptional opportunity for our student musicians!


…**please be sure to support this year’s DECA Hypnotist Show, being held on Wednesday, November 7th from 7:30-8:30 pm. Admission to this annual favorite is $8.00 per person.  Hypnotist flyer

Please be aware of the following if your child would like to be chosen as a participant during this event: There has never been a case of a hypnotized person failing to return to normal, wakeful alertness.

If left to their own devices, a hypnotized person will either emerge themselves, or drift into natural sleep before waking up.

An individual will experience hypnosis only if they fully consent, and having given consent to be hypnotized, they remain in control.

As easily as waking up, they can bring themselves out of the hypnotic state.


…***Mrs. Kate Romeo, our new SAC,  will be presenting information about the dangers of vaping to our students. We believe it is important for our students to have accurate information about this very important topic.


Some additional items…


…thank you for attending this year’s Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences. It was a pleasure seeing so many of you taking advantage of the opportunity to collaborate and communicate with your child’s teachers, counselors and case managers. By working together, we can ensure your child’s success!


…thanks, too, to the VTHS SCA for hosting such a wonderful luncheon for our faculty and staff members prior to our evening conference session. Every attendee was greatly impressed and appreciative of the all of the delicious food and welcoming ambiance. Many thanks  to our generous parents and guardians who made this event such a success!


……many thanks to Mrs. Ashley Lambrinides–and the entire School Climate Committee for the wonderful Week of Respect activities in early October.


…thanks to the Guidance Department for all of their hard work during October as we celebrated COLLEGE MONTH and helped to prepare our seniors for higher educational opportunities!


…congratulations to the following students who were accepted into the Sussex County School Honor Choir based upon their recent auditions:


  • Cole Benkendorf
  • Mark Bosma
  • Amanda Cueman
  • Nathan Fitch
  • Blake Harrsch
  • Ryan Spadafina
  • Michele Wagner


…congratulations to the following high school band students who successfully auditioned and were accepted into the 2018 All Sussex County High School Band:


  • Jacob Buurman – Tenor Sax
  • Matt Charuka – Principal Bass Clarinet and Clarinet
  • Freya Drew – French Horn
  • Brianna Frasco – Clarinet
  • Bryce Grier – Trumpet
  • Anmarie Kaczor – Trombone
  • Angelina Koppel – French Horn
  • Brandon Lee – Alto Sax
  • Mia Obrotka – Trombone
  • Wesley Sanders – Euphonium and Tuba
  • Hannah Van Blarcom – Flute
  • Caitlin Witters – Bassoon
  • Kelly Witters – Oboe
  • Max Yacun – Tympani


…congratulations to Mr. Max Taylor, Mr. Josh Jenkins and Mrs. Jody Young for a wonderful Wind Ensemble Fall Concert on Thursday, October 25! Replete with Halloween-themed music, it is always an audience favorite!


…congratulations to the Vernon Viking Marching Band who recently competed at the USBands’ Yamaha Cup Marching Band Competition at Rutgers University; the VTHS marching band received third place out of eight bands competing in Group IVA and second in Music Ensemble and Overall Effect Captions. The marching band should also be congratulated on their 8th place ranking at NJ State Championships this past Sunday, at Old Bridge High School; at this competition, the band competed with 12 bands total in Group IVA.


…congratulations to the cast and crew of “Up the Down Staircase!” Director Lindsay McAloney, Assistant Director Dana Ziegler and Set Builder Mike DeVore did an exceptional job once again this year! Thanks to everyone for their hard work and for sharing their talents with us! Cast and Crew


…congratulations to everyone who was involved in our Fall Sports’ Program this year. The dedication demonstrated by our coaches is impressive and the hard work shown by our student athletes is remarkable. Now…onward to our Winter Sports! Be sure to take some time to review the “Athletics” website for more up-to-date details!


…many thanks to the Class of 2020 for this year’s excellent Zombie Run! A great–albeit scary— evening was had by all!


…many thanks to the Class of 2021 for organizing this year’s Halloween Onesie Day! Our sophomore class was able to collect nearly $200 thanks your your participation!


…thanks, too, to the VTHS DECA advisors–Mr. Ed Flannery and Mrs. Shannon Flannery–and members for continuing your wonderful support of Harvest House by sponsoring another Harvest House Turkey Dinner. Your support is greatly appreciated!


…DECA also sponsored a Halloween Costume Party for some of our students on Friday, October 26th, which was enjoyed by all attendees! Thank you for all of your hard work!


…thank you to Mrs. Sang,  Mrs. Sigl and Mr. Falkowski for accompanying our students to this year’s Anti-Bullying Summit in Sparta. Our high school students were able to serve as mentors for middle school students throughout the county.


…do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring and making a difference? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program! Parent/Guardians, students and community members are encouraged to participate.An eligibility form and nomination form have been attached for your convenience: 2018-2019 GEOY Eligibility Form   2018-2019 GEOY Nomination Form


…please be sure to purchase a yearbook for the lowest price of the year by following this link: Yearbook Flyer 2018-2019

…if your child is a senior, please don’t forget to send in a Parent and Friendship Ad by following this link: 2019 Parent and Friendship Ad


Please be sure to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year. We would be happy to assist you.


Enjoy a great month!

Dr. Pauline Anderson, VTHS Principal