October 2021 Message
From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team
With the very busy month of September behind us--and so much to look forward to in October, we would like to thank everyone for their continued support.
This year, we are encouraging all of our students to develop a sense of belonging while in attendance at Vernon Township High School; we want all students to get involved instead of just attending school. These four years will provide important developmental milestones and we will be encouraging every student to participate in an extracurricular activity during the Unit Lunch period and/or after school. We are pleased to announce that the 3:30 pm afterschool buses are will be available every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. A list of extracurricular activities will be shared with all of our students and is available on the district website. Please be sure to encourage your children to get involved in their school!
We would like to thank all of you who took the time to visit the high school to meet your children's teachers during our Back-to-School Night. This month, we will host four Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conference sessions from Tuesday, October 12th through Friday, October 15th. Be sure to check the calendar below for the times of each of these sessions and register for your virtual conference today! Thank you.
Wishing you all the best as we continue working together for the 2021-2022 school year,
Pauline F. Anderson, Danielle Colte and Nicholas M. Demsak
Some October Dates to Remember:
Monday, October 4 -- Friday, October 8
WEEK OF RESPECT
Together we can make a difference
- Wednesday, October 6 - Start Strong Science Assessment - Grades 9 and 12 - Gym
- Wednesday, October 6 - Attaboy Assembly - 12:30 - 1:45 pm
- Thursday, October 7 - 8th Grade Orientation - 6:00- 8:30 pm
- Monday, October 11 - School Closed for Students/Teacher-In-Service
- Tuesday, October 12 - Early Dismissal at 11:20 am
- Tuesday, October 12 - Virtual Parent/Guardian - Teacher Conferences -12:00-2:00 pm
- Wednesday, October 13 - Early Dismissal at 11:20 am
- Wednesday, October 13 - Virtual Parent/Guardian - Teacher Conferences - 4:00-7:00pm
- Wednesday, October 13 - PSAT 10 and 11
- Thursday, October 14 - Early Dismissal at 11:20 am
- Thursday, October 14 - Virtual Parent/Guardian - Teacher Conferences - 12:00 - 2:00 pm
- Thursday, October 14 - BOE-Work Session 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Lounsberry Hollow M.S.
- Friday, October 15 - Early Dismissal at 11:20 am
- Friday, October 15 - Virtual Parent/Guardian - Teacher Conferences - 12:00 - 2:00 pm
- Friday, October 15 - District Wide Casual Day - Harvest House
- Saturday, October 16 - Harvest House - 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Saturday, October 16 - Homecoming Dance - Gym - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- Monday, October 18 - PLCs/Committee/Department Meeting
- Monday, October 18 - Underclassmen and Faculty Make-Up Photos 7:00 am - 2:00 pm -Rm. 103
- Tuesday, October 19 - SENIOR MOVIE NIGHT at Warwick Drive-In Theater - Hosted by the Board of Education Student Life Committee and sponsored by VTHS Alumnus Andrew Wiik - Arrive at 6:00 pm - Movie at 7:00 pm - Free popcorn, drinks and prizes! Join in the fun and decorate your car for Halloween.
- Wednesday, October 20 - Financial Aid Presentation with Michael Whiting (Virtually) - 7:00 - 9:00 pm (additional details will be available soon)
- Wednesday, October 20 - “What’s Your Anti-Drug?” Contest deadline - 5:00 pm
- Thursday, October 21 - BOE-Public Meeting - 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Lounsberry Hollow
- Thursday, October 21 - Keith Hawkins Training for DECA Leaders -6:00-9:00 pm
- Friday, October 22 - Keith Hawkins Orientations for Freshmen and Sophomores
Saturday, October 23 - Sunday, October 31
RED RIBBON WEEK
"Drug Free, Looks Like Me"
- Monday, October 25 VTHS Faculty Meeting
- Tuesday, October 26 College Fair - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Gym
- Thursday, October 28 Fall Play - Charlotte’s Web - 7:00 pm
- Friday, October 29 - Wear Onesies for Halloween - bring a non-perishable food donation
- Friday, October 29 - Fall Play - Charlotte’s Web - 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Please be sure to take a few minutes to register for a virtual conference with each of your child's teachers by using this step-by-step flyer. Thank you!
*Monday (Oct. 4) - Friday (Oct. 8)* ******WEEK OF RESPECT******* Together we can make a difference
- Monday, October 4th - BLUE OUT - wear all blue clothing
- Tuesday, October 5th - TEAM UP AGAINST BULLYING - Everyone Counts! - wear a jersey
- Wednesday, October 6th - NO DRAMA, PAJAMA DAY - wear your pajamas to school
- Thursday, October 7th - SOCK IT TO BULLYING - wear your favorite socks
- Friday, October 8th - DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF - wear sweats or sweatshirts
Jets Tackle Bullying
To date the Jets have hosted 5 educator symposiums with over 1,000 educators participating, conducted 25 school visits reaching over 10,000 students directly since 2015 and donated over 1,750 STOMP Out Bullying educator toolkits to schools with the potential to impact nearly 800,000 students. Additionally, the Jets have provided more than 27,000 tickets to schools for incentives for students who are upstanders.
Congratulations to Jaden Torres, our September Upstander of the month! Jaden is a leader and a role model in our school community. He has advocated for other students that did not have the strength to advocate for themselves, and is working to create an inclusive community for all of our students.
Stay tuned for VTHS's October Upstander of the Month, who will be announced soon!
Action for Happiness Calendars...
October's message focuses on optimism and using our daily actions to focus on what really matters!
Behind the Scenes at VTHS
THE MOVING WALL ESCORT
Mr. Merchant was overwhelmed as he shared, "Vernon was certainly the PRIDE OF SUSSEX COUNTY!!! What a great day. Thank you ALL so much for making sure that those 58,318 (veterans whose names appear on the Moving Wall) we were escorting felt your presence yesterday. Everyone was just in total awe of the patriotism displayed by tall the Vernon students, faculty and township. The homemade signs, hats and patriotic clothing...JUST AMAZING! Thank you ALL again!"
VTHS was well represented as students from our marching band, Key Club and student-athletes boarded buses to "honor" our veterans during this historic moment for Sussex County!
Well done, one and all!
Simon Sez Guy
Although he does not usually perform for school audiences anymore, the students of VTHS were treated with a performance by Steve Max, the Simon Sez Guy on Friday, September 10th.
For the past 25 years, Simon Sez has been seen at all manner of organizational gatherings from corporate events such as sales meetings, town halls, break out sessions, fitness programs and picnics to town celebrations, college and high school happenings such as family visiting weekends and Project Graduation.
The VTHS students actively participated and enjoyed cheering on their classmates who were selected as participants. In the end, the finalists received Steve Max T-Shirts and everyone had a great time! It was a great close to the first week on school!
Museums in Motion
Teachers and students toured the traveling museum throughout the week and then noted "Highlights" from their visit and responded to questions by writing their answers on index cards.
It was a valuable experience for all of our staff members and students.
Please use this link to view the VTHS Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook throughout the school year.
STUDENT DRIVERS' PARKING PASS INFORMATION FOR GRADES 11 & 12
All eligible juniors and seniors will be permitted to park on campus if they complete and/or provide all of the necessary Parking Registration materials listed below, including Random Drug Screening and attendance at a Share the Keys presentation. All vehicles parking on campus should be registered at this time. All students must complete and submit the necessary paperwork in order to receive a parking pass for the 2021-2022 school year.
In conjunction with the Vernon Township Police Department and the Vernon Township Board of Education, we are proud to continue our Safe Driving Initiative for the 2021-2022 school year. Student safety continues to be a priority to us at Vernon Township High School; therefore, we will be offering the Share the Keys program to Vernon families virtually this year. At this time, we do not have any additional Share the Keys presentations scheduled.
Student safety is of our utmost concern and students driving on campus poses potential hazards to our students, staff, and visitors. We feel having you attend this program with your child will help instill a sense of importance and responsibility that comes with sitting behind the wheel, whether driving to campus or anywhere else.
Each eligible driver must present the following information in order to obtain a parking decal to be permitted to park on campus:
- A completed PARKING REGISTRATION form (see below)
- A COPY of a valid DRIVER'S LICENSE
- A COPY of the CURRENT REGISTRATION for the car
- A COPY of the CURRENT INSURANCE CARD
- A signed copy of the RANDOM DRUG TEST form (see below)
- Proof of participation in the SHARE THE KEYS' Program
If your child would prefer to pick up hard copies of the Parking Registration and Random Drug Test Form, please have them stop by the main office.
Student drivers should gather all information and return the completed forms to the main office. Mrs. Linda Hopper will be there to answer all questions and assist our student drivers!
ESCA and SCA News
President - Dianne Falcone
Vice President -
Treasurer - Joanne Jarosz-Quaranta
Recording Secretary - Dayna Germinario
Corresponding Secretary - currently open*
*If you are interested in serving in this capacity on this 2021-2022 board, please contact Ms. Falcone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to another successful year as we work with our SCA board members!
The VTHS SCA will be meeting on Thursday, October 21st at 12:30 pm this month in-person at the high school. If you are interested in attending via Zoom please contact Ms. Falcone.
This website contains the most up-to-date information from our Executive SCA. Be sure to visit their website frequently throughout the school year!
MORE INFORMATION TO SHARE
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on this patriotic theme. This year's theme is "America: Where do we go from here?"
Please consider submitting a story or poem if you are a VTHS student! Share your message!