October 2021 Message

From The Glen Meadow Middle School

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Welcome to October 2021

As September draws to a close, we wanted to thank you for all of your support during the first month of school. We hope that your child's 2021-2022 school year has started off as a positive, enriching, and rewarding experience.


Many exciting events await us during the month of October! Glen Meadow Middle School will be celebrating the Week of Respect from October 4th through October 8th. Each day, students are encouraged to participate in spirit days that align with the theme of the day. Also, from October 25th through October 29th, Glen Meadow Middle School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with daily spirit days as well. More information can be found in the information that follows. As always, for a complete list of Glen Meadow happenings, please visit the GMMS/VTSD Calendar HERE.


Please note, on Monday, October 11th, the Vernon Township School District will be closed to students for a Teacher In-Service Day. The remainder of the week, Tuesday, October 12th through Friday, October 15th, will be early dismissal days at Glen Meadow Middle School due to Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences which will be held virtually. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding scheduling conference appointments with your child's teachers. The virtual conference schedule will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 14th (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, October 13th and Friday, October 15th (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)


As always, we are here to work alongside you and your child(ren) throughout the school year. If you should ever have any questions or concerns about your child's education, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we are stronger! When the school and home collaborate and communicate, we are all working towards one common goal - a successful school year for your child. Thank you for partnering with us throughout the 2021-2022 school year.


Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Principal

Eric W. Kosek, Assistant Principal

Join The 21st Century Community Learning Center!

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21st Century Community Learning Center Website

To learn more about the GMMS 21st CCLC Program, please click this button to visit our website.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) is a FREE after-school program that provides students with academic enrichment opportunities that will offer support beyond the classroom curriculum. Students will receive homework support and a nutritional snack each day. The 21st CCLC allows students to explore STEM, Physical Fitness, and Visual and Performing Arts activities, including but not limited to Theatre, Robotics, Engineering, and Culinary Arts. Students will also have the opportunity to attend field trips within the community to work with key stakeholders of this initiative. The Farm at Glenwood Mountain has partnered with Glen Meadow Middle School’s 21st CCLC. In addition, there will be a Parent University component which will provide workshops for parents/guardians and will also allow students to showcase their learning activities.


The program officially began on Monday, September 13, 2021. It operates Monday through Friday, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with parent/guardian pick up. The 21st Century Community Learning Center is only available to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Glen Meadow Middle School students and is at no cost to families! The amazing teaching staff includes Ms. Terri Yost, Mrs. Veronica Dignan-Corbutt, Mrs. Peggy Mitchell, Mrs. Amy Sandler, Mrs. Christina Frazita, Dr. Hollyce Schoepp, and Mrs. Sheila Dasalla.


Kait Ramirez, Program Director of the GMMS 21st Century Community Learning Center, is hosting a virtual parent information night on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Please read through the attached newsletter to RSVP by Tuesday, October 5, 2021, if you are interested in attending to learn more about this amazing opportunity. We are beyond excited to offer the 21st CCLC and are looking forward to sharing valuable information with our families.


If you are interested in registering your child for this outstanding opportunity, please contact Mrs. Kait Ramirez, Program Director, at kramirez@vtsd.com or (973) 764-4534. Likewise, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacquelyn Van Orden, GMMS Principal, at jvanorden@vtsd.com. We are excited to provide this engaging and enriching learning experience for your child and are looking forward to all of the incredible adventures that await!

21st CCLC IS WHERE IT's AT!

Week of Respect: October 4th through October 8th

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Anti-Bullying Laser Light Show During The Week of Respect!

Prismatic Magic will be presenting an Anti-Bullying program to our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students on Tuesday, October 5th - Everyone Counts Day. Each program runs for 40 minutes. For a sampling of the program, please click HERE. For additional information, including FAQs, please click HERE.

Also during the Week of Respect...

  • Week of Respect Posters will be displayed in each classroom.
  • Quotes that align with the daily theme will be read by a faculty or staff member on the daily announcements.
  • Daily challenges will be given to students to make a difference.

  • Students will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with photo props.

  • “The Meadowgram” on Instagram will launch and include a daily dose of “positivity!”

    • Motivational Monday

    • Thoughtful Tuesday

    • Way to Go Wednesday

    • Thank You Thursday

    • Fun Friday

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Red Ribbon Week Toolkit

For additional resources, please click on this button for more information.

Impt. Make-Up Dates:

  • START STRONG TESTING: If your child missed any of the Start Strong Testing dates, make-up testing will be on Wednesday, October 20th.


  • SCHOOL PICTURES: If your child missed School Picture Day, picture make-ups/retakes will be Thursday, November 11th.

Optimistic October 2021

Especially when things are feeling a bit tough, it can help to set some goals. Making goals achievable and ensuring that you have a few short-term as well as long-term, more ambitious goals helps us feel we're making progress. It doesn't matter if your goal for the day is something really small, the important thing is to give yourself the opportunity to feel like you've achieved something and to celebrate that! This month's calendar is full of ideas to help you think about how you can put this into practice.


~obtained from: actionforhappiness.com

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Counselor Assignments

October is a busy month for Glen Meadow students and staff! This month, we are focusing on respecting ourselves and others by being kind and making positive choices.


Counselors at Glen Meadow Middle School are assigned according to each student's grade level. The counselor assignments for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows:


6th Grade:


7th Grade:

8th Grade:

Ryan's Story on November 2, 2021

Please click on this button to learn more about Ryan's Story, presented by Mr. John Halligan.

Mr. John Halligan to Visit GMMS

On Tuesday, November 2nd, the GMMS SCA has arranged for Mr. John Halligan to speak to our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students about the effects of bullying, suicide prevention, and ways to be an upstander instead of a bystander. Mr. Halligan's message is known as Ryan's Story. Each student assembly will run 60-minutes in length. In addition, there will be a parent/guardian presentation at 6:30 pm on the same date, November 2nd. For more information about Ryan's Story, please visit: https://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/

The Glen Meadow Way

#TheGlenMeadowWay is built on three core principles:


  • Respect Yourself and Others
  • Take Responsibility for Your Actions
  • Reach Your 100%


Here at Glen Meadow, we focus on respect, responsibility, and reaching our goals. We accomplish this by following the 5 Ps. We are Prompt, Prepared, Polite, Positive, and Productive!

8th GRADE PARENT/GUARDIAN and STUDENT ORIENTATION AT VTHS

On Thursday, October 7th, Vernon Township High School is hosting an 8th-grade Orientation for all 8th-grade parents/guardians and students from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Attendees will learn all about Freshman Academy, CTE Programs, Clubs, Activities, Athletic Programs, and much, much more. This is an event that you do not want to miss!

Thank You, GMMS SCA!

A very special thank you to the GMMS SCA for their very generous donation to purchase Student Planners for every Glen Meadow Middle School student. Planners were distributed last week along with a special treat from the SCA. Please encourage your child(ren) to use their planners daily.


A Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser packet went home with Glen Meadow students on October 1st. All profits from Gertrude Hawk sales benefit the students and staff of GMMS. Please note that this fundraiser ends on October 19th. Thank you!


Please consider joining us at the second SCA meeting of the year, on Wednesday, October 20th at 9:45 am, which will be held virtually. To view the SCA Welcome Letter, please click HERE. In addition, please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!

Masks Required in Glen Meadow Middle School

Per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #251, all faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering while indoors. Students will not have to wear a face mask while eating, when participating in high intensity physical activity while maintaining physical distancing, and when they are outside. Hand sanitizers are available to all faculty, staff, and students and should be used by all upon entering classrooms and offices. Hand washing is encouraged and physical distancing will be implemented when practicable.

Additional Information

  1. Hand sanitizing and handwashing will be strongly encouraged and embedded into regular practice at GMMS.
  2. Physical distancing of 3 feet will be maintained when practicable.
  3. Cafeteria tables will be limited to ~4 students per table. Students are welcome to eat their lunch inside or outside during their scheduled lunch period.
  4. Cafeteria tables will be sanitized between use and placemats will be made available to students.
Glen Meadow Middle School Schedules

This document includes schedules for a Regular Day, an Early Dismissal Day, a Delayed Opening Day, and the A Week/B Week Schedule for Glen Meadow Middle School.

Glen Meadow Middle School Clubs and Activities

Clubs and Activities are a great way for students to get involved! Please review the after-school offerings at GMMS. If you have any specific questions, please email the club advisor by clicking on their name within this document.

Glen Meadow Middle School Calendar

Please click on the button above for the GMMS Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

Glen Meadow Middle School SCA

Please click on the button above to access the GMMS SCA website to learn about all of the amazing things the GMMS SCA does for our faculty, staff, and students!

Follow Glen Meadow Middle School on Twitter

Please click on the button above to follow the official Twitter page for GMMS (@GMMSVikings).

Vernon Township School District Calendar

Please click on the button above to access the VTSD Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

Random Drug Testing in Grades 7 and 8

This information is being shared with our families, should you wish to opt your 7th or 8th-grade child in for voluntary random drug testing. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Scott Waleck, RDT Coordinator, at (973) 764-6106.

In closing...

Thank you, GMMS families, for an amazing start to the 2021-2022 school year. We are honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside you and your child(ren). If there is anything we can do to assist in making this year a successful one, please do not hesitate to contact us. #TheGlenMeadowWay


All our best,


The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School