January 2021 Message

From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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As we begin the new calendar year...

We wanted to thank you once again for all you have done to make the challenges associated with virtual learning more successful thanks to your assistance and cooperation. Although this year continues to be replete with challenges, we sincerely appreciate all you have done behind the scenes to ensure that your children are "arriving for school"--whether that be virtually or in-person-- prepared and ready to learn each day.

We want to emphasize that we will be following the new Exclusively Virtual schedule through January 18th. The school day will begin at VTHS each day at 9:00 am and will conclude at 2:00 pm. It is imperative that each and every student make themselves available for "live" instruction at the start of each period, as attendance will be taken and recorded in Genesis and will count as a "participation" grade. Information about any changes to this schedule will be available in the upcoming weeks.

As always, if you have questions and/or concerns about your child's educational experience, please reach out to your child's teacher first. The teacher is the best one to assist you with questions about specific classes, assignments, and assessments. We truly believe that when the home and school work collaboratively, students receive a quality education. Thank you for being our Partners in Education!

As We Say Goodbye to 2020...

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VTHS Chamber Orchestra and String Orchestra

The VTHS Symphonic Choir and Meistersingers

Thank you VTHS Choir alumni Ryan Shinall and Josh Wilson for helping with the recording process!

VTHS Band Winter Concert 2020

Vernon Township High School Band Winter Concert 2020

7th Annual Wreaths Across America at Glenwood Ceremony

We are most grateful to Mrs. Justine Van Blarcom who took the time to share this wonderful information with us:

Several of our students and some alumni participated in the 7th annual Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at the Glenwood Cemetery in Vernon, NJ on Saturday December 19, 2020. The Meistersingers sang the National Anthem acapella: Alumni Connor Blake, Class of 2016, Ryan Spadafina Class of 2020, Reyna Whitty, Devyn Blake, Breanne Kastner, Sebastian Leak, Jeremiah Kerton, Cole Thompson, and Tessa Heidt.

Class of 2020 Alumni Tim Nuzzetti played his drum for the Honor Guard and as each veteran presented their ceremonial wreath. Alumni 2020 Bryce Grier played Taps and did it beautifully. Alumni 2020 Hannah Van Blarcom escorted her father to the Army ceremonial wreath. Mr. John Loggie played the bagpipes at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The following Boy Scouts from two troops also participated: Christopher Wynne Troop 283, Maverick Brendli Troop 283, Rhys Moore Troop 283, Dante Maas Troop 912, James Dorsey Troop 912, and Matthew Okken Troop 912.

Christopher, Maverick, Rhys, and Dante each had a speaking part and James Dorsey posted their troop flag and Matthew Okken escorted a veteran to the Merchant Marine ceremonial wreath.

Mrs. Van Blarcom believed that it was important to share their community service as they all volunteered their own time to be a part of this memorial ceremony for our veterans with the lesson being "Remember, Honor, Teach."

Thank you, Mrs. Van Blarcom!


Please take a moment to review and congratulate our scholar-athletes on this Google Doc. It is organized by Fall Athletic Honors per sport. Students with All Academic status are noted in last column with asterisks. We are proud of all of you!

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Kaitlyn Buurman Selected as the VTHS Scholar Athlete!

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Buurman who has been selected to represent Vernon Township High School as this year's Pass It Along Scholar Athlete. Kaitlyn is ranked 9th in the VTHS senior class and is a member of the Varsity Girls Volleyball and Softball Teams. Well done, Kaitlyn! We are very proud of you!

Here's some information about the program:

Pass It Along will be delivering its 36th annual Scholar Athlete (SA) Program. The program honors and celebrates local high school seniors, nominated by their school administrators, who excel in three disciplines: academics, athletics, and above all, service to the community.

The scholar athletes will submit a portfolio of essays, achievement certifications, class standings, school transcripts, and letters of recommendation to the Scholar Athlete Program committee. Nominees will participate in speaking engagements (possibly virtually) with local civic organization/club meetings, and sponsor companies. They will also participate in a Pass It Along Community Service Project, created, planned, and executed collectively by the nominees with the guidance of the Pass It Along staff.

The program will end with a special awards banquet scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Perona Farms in Andover, New Jersey. The scholar athletes will be awarded a college scholarship and other prizes as provided by endowments and sponsors.

Twelve local high schools will be participating in the 2021 Scholar Athlete program:

Hackettstown HS

High Point Regional HS

Hopatcong HS

Jefferson Township HS

Kittatinny Regional HS

Lenape Valley HS

Newton HS

North Warren HS

Sparta HS

Sussex Technical HS

Vernon Township HS

Wallkill Valley HS

Master Class with Cate Bottiglione for Mrs. McAloney's Class!

Cate Bottiglione recently visiting Mrs. McAloney's Acting One, Principles of Acting, and Acting Repertory classes to speak about on-camera work, the audition process, and the industry during COVID times. Ms. Bottiglione spoke about some past work she’s done and future material "in the works".

Students in the Acting One and Principles of Acting classes worked on entrances and giving a performance slate, while the Acting Repertory students got to work with real material from Blue Bloods, Comedy Central shows, and voice over commercial scripts, while Cate gave notes on their performances.

We are most appreciative of Ms. Bottiglione's work with our students, thanks to Mrs. McAloney

Ms. Winters' Virtual Field Trip to see a Live Kidney Transplant

Ms. Christina Winters recently worked with the Liberty Science Center to schedule a "virtual" field trip so her students could view a live kidney transplant.

Fourteen students virtually attended a live surgery (kidney transplant) from Morristown Hospital, hosted by the Liberty Science Center and were encouraged to investigate careers in a variety of medical fields.

Careers in Medicine

This document clearly delineates information about numerous careers in the medical field.

Student Input Worksheet for Live Kidney Transplant

Participating students were encouraged to develop questions for the medical professionals involved in the surgery.


Stuff the Stocking Update...

Congratulations to the VTHS Career & Vocation class for collecting gifts for Stuff the Stocking! Students researched various charities and partnered with Project Self-Sufficiency. On December 11th, Ken Reuter came to collect the gifts while Mrs. Hornyak connected with her students on Zoom!

Thanks to your generosity, 26 presents were donated to this year's Stuff the Stocking program.

Thanks to Mrs. Hornyak and her students for all of their hard work!

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...WE WELCOME 2021!

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Jon Gordon's Positive Tips for 2021 are replete with great ideas for welcoming a new year--and making it a positive one! Take a minute to review, download or copy this document as it will serve as an excellent reminder for everyone throughout 2021!

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VTHS Virtual Learning Plan

This is a copy of the Virtual Learning Plan mentioned in the welcome message above and distributed to all parents, guardians and students on November 24, 2020.

VTHS Virtual Schedule

These newly revised times allow time for 2-minute "passing" between classes and a 60-minute break halfway through the virtual school day!

Students' Virtual Learning Attendance Protocols

This document delineates how student attendance will be recorded during virtual learning.

The 5 Step Process for Ordering Meals for All VTSD Students:

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Primary Contact Information for Genesis

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to update your contact information, so we can update our records. During these uncertain times, we want to be able to contact you immediately in case of an emergency. Thank you for your help!

Spring '21 Concurrent Courses through SCCC

Vernon Township High School offers numerous spring concurrent courses through Sussex County Community College. Concurrent enrollment is a partnership between Vernon Township School District and SCCC which provides students with the opportunity to earn high school and college credit.

Students are responsible for enrolling in the course and payment of tuition by the respective enrollment deadline should they elect to receive college credit for the course(s). Credits earned are not guaranteed to be transferred to all colleges/universities. It is the student’s responsibility to check if the credits will transfer to the college/university they will be attending.

Please click on the link to see the list of spring concurrent courses that are offered at Vernon Township High School through SCCC. LINK Registration is open until Monday, February 8th.

Here are the steps to pay online:

1. Go to Sussex.edu

2. Click Paying for College

3. Click Making a Payment Online

4. Log in With Student ID and Portal Password

5. Click Make Payment

If you or your child should have additional questions regarding concurrent courses, please contact your child’s teacher or counselor.

Vernon Township High School Clubs and Organizations

It's important to get involved! Please take some a moment to review the numerous afterschool activities available at VTHS for every student! If you have specific questions, please email the adviser(s) listed for that particular club or organization!

VTHS Honor Societies Information

Please take a moment to review the Honor Society information for Vernon Township High School. There are numerous opportunities to celebrate our high achieving students!


Review the information on the flyer below:

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For planning purposes...

...PSATs will be held on January 26, 2021, for tenth and eleventh grade students.

...there will be no midterm or final exams administered at the high school this year.

We've Been Asked to Share this Information with You:

Teens: Unlock Your Potential and Level Up for 2021

Register here to receive a link with the login information on the day of the event: https://sussexcountylibrary.org/event/teens-unlock-your-potential-and-level-up-for-2021/

In closing...

As we enter a new calendar year--and continue with the 2020-2021 school year--we are honored to continue our work with you and your children. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Wishing you all the best,

The Faculty and Staff of VTHS