February 2023 Message

From Glen Meadow Middle School

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~Welcome to February 2023~

Dear Parents and Guardians: Thank you for all of your ongoing support this school year. It is our hope and mission that your child's school year continues to be an enriching and rewarding experience as we embark on the third marking period.

A few important reminders for the month of February:

  • February 1: 7th Grade LEAD Program Begins in MP3 Health Classes with Cpl. Rovetto
  • February 1: Student Presentations on Cyber Safety from Detective Perez
  • February 1: Parent/Guardian Presentations on Cyber Safety at 6:30 pm (SIGN UP HERE)
  • February 4 - 6: VTSD Wellness Weekend
  • February 6 - 10: National School Counseling Week!
  • February 7: Genesis Grading Portal Opens to Parents/Guardians at 4:00 pm
  • February 8: 6th Grade "We're Not Buying It" begins in Health Classes with Vernon Coalition
  • February 9: BOE Work Session Meeting at Lounsberry Hollow at 7:00 pm
  • February 13 - 17: Week of Kindness Spirit Week! See Below for Daily Themes
  • February 13: 7th Grade "Don't Get Vaped In" Presentation with Vernon Coalition
  • February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!
  • February 15: Early Dismissal Day for Students
  • February 15: GMMS SCA Meeting in the GMMS Faculty Room at 9:45 am
  • February 16: BOE Public Meeting at Lounsberry Hollow at 7:00 pm
  • February 20: DISTRICT CLOSED - President's Day
  • February 22: Bus Driver Appreciation Day!
  • February 22: 21st Century Community Learning Center Family Night at 5:30 pm
  • February 27 - March 3: Love of Reading Week Spirit Week! See Below for Daily Themes

As we enter the month of February, we want to thank you for sharing your children with us. If you should ever have any questions or concerns about your child's education, please do not hesitate to reach out. 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 2022-2023 school year.

Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Principal

Eric W. Kosek, Assistant Principal

Week of Kindness Spirit Days! February 13th - 17th

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Friendly February 2023

We need each other more than ever!

This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realize - and it also boosts our own happiness too! In stressful times, people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen, and show compassion.

~obtained from: https://actionforhappiness.org/

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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 an 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 and The Painted Grape have 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 19, 2022, and will run Monday through Friday, immediately after school from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with parent/guardian pick up. Please note that on days that the school is closed or if we have called for an early dismissal, the program will not be in session. The 21st Century Community Learning Center is only available to 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students residing in Vernon Township and is at no cost to families.

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Kait Ramirez at Glen Meadow Middle School at (973) 764-4534. 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.

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During the month of February, we celebrate African American History Month as well as
International Boost Self-Esteem Month. Within the month of February, National School Counseling Week is February 6th through February 10th, and World Thinking Day is Tuesday, February 22nd.

African American History Month

Five Ways to Celebrate African American History Month

  1. Read about African American leaders who shaped our history.

  2. Learn about the many famous firsts in African American history.

  3. Listen to African American music that has influenced American arts and culture.

  4. Visit an African American cultural institution or event in person or online.

  5. Explore events that have shaped African American history in the United States.

International Boost Self Esteem Month

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Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Volunteer to be a Peer Tutor at Glen Meadow. Click HERE for more information.
  • Volunteer at Sussex County Libraries. Click HERE for more information.


What are Restorative Practices? Restorative Practices strengthen relationships between individuals as well as one's connections within their learning community.

What are some examples of Restorative Practices?

  • Using Affective Statements - Affective statements, referred to as “I” statements tell the listener how the person feels and why it makes them feel that way. They are an effective way to teach students how to express their emotions appropriately.
  • Community Circles - A Community Circle is a discussion space in which students and the teacher sit in a circle so that everyone is visible. What distinguishes a Community Circle from an everyday group discussion is that Community Circles are used as an opportunity for students to build community.
  • Small Impromptu Conferencing - Bringing students together to resolve a problem/disagreement by discussing the situation and how to resolve it.
  • Setting Classroom Agreements/Norms - Some examples of general class norms are: Come prepared to class, respect others and yourself, and be kind.
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Additional Happenings at Glen Meadow

Vernon Animal Shelter

A very special thank you to everyone who purchased a Candy-Cane-Gram during the month of December. As a result of your generosity, the National Junior Honor Society donated all of the proceeds ($262.00) to the Vernon Animal Shelter. A special thank you to Mrs. Amato for organizing the event and to Azraelle for delivering the check!

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!

Who Will Win the "Soup"er Bowl?

Students are encouraged to bring in canned goods beginning on Tuesday, January 31st through Friday, February 10th to cast their vote for the team that they believe will win the Super Bowl. NJHS has placed collection boxes outside of the main office. All canned goods will be donated to a local food pantry.

Pre-Order Your Glen Meadow Yearbook!

Don't miss out! You can now pre-order your child's Glen Meadow Middle School 2022-2023 Yearbook through Josten's website. Please CLICK HERE for further information.

Board Games and Card Games

If you have any unwanted board games or card games (Uno, SkipBo, Phase 10, etc.), please consider donating them to GMMS for our students to play during indoor recess throughout the winter season. When inclement weather keeps us from going outside, students enjoy playing indoor table games with friends. All donations may be brought to the main office. Thank you in advance!

2022-2023 National Bus Safety Poster Contest

The New Jersey and American School Bus Council Safety Poster Contest is underway! This year's theme is "Safely Rolling to My Destination" All entries must be postmarked before March 15, 2023. For full details and information, please click HERE.


Please consider joining us at the next SCA meeting, on Wednesday, February 15th at 9:45 am. Please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!
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Ladies Night Out - April 14, 2023

On Friday, April 14th, Ladies Night Out will be held at Red Tail Lodge in Vernon. This fun, yet important, annual event Raises money for the ESCA scholarship fund. The fund awards scholarships to approximately 20 graduating seniors of Vernon Township High School who will be continuing their education. For additional information, please click HERE.
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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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 your partnership throughout the first half of the 2022-2023 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 #GMMSinspirekindness

The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School

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