Message for March 2022

From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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March 2022

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February 22, 2022 was National Bus Driver Appreciation Day! Many Thanks to our Bus and Van Drivers!

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Welcome to March!

Thank you for your assistance with last month's Wellness Weekend! It is important for all of us to take some time to rest and relax during these stressful times and we appreciate your support.

One of the most important things to remember this month involves our juniors. All 11th grade students must participate in the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) testing that will be held at VTHS at March 15th and 16th to be eligible to graduate. No 11th grade students will be eligible to graduate or access alternative pathways without taking this assessment. Please take some time to review the informative letter that was distributed to the parents/guardians and students of the Class of 2023 last week, by following the link listed below.

We will begin gathering information for the Class of 2022's graduation in the upcoming weeks! Please be sure to be on the lookout for emails and remind your seniors to be sure to answer all of their emails promptly. 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

Action for Happiness Calendars...

...will be shared with you each month. They truly bring messages of hope and are replete with exceptional ideas to enrich your life--and the lives of those around you! Be sure to take a moment to review and/or print them out for your use throughout the month.

According to Action for Happiness, "Let's all pause, breathe and really take in what's all around us."

For more information, please visit


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Some March Dates to Remember!

Friday, March 4

  • Winter Varsity Awards - 6:00 - 9:00 pm - Auditorium

Tuesday, March 8

  • College/Career Presentation for Juniors -periods 1 and 2 - Auditorium

Wednesday, March 9

  • Cinderella Previews throughout the day
  • Senior Citizen Dinner Show - 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 10

  • Cinderella Previews throughout the day
  • Spring Musical - Cinderella - 7:00 pm - Auditorium

Friday, March 11

  • Spring Musical - Cinderella - 7:30 pm - Auditorium

Saturday, March 12

  • Cinderella - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Monday, March 14

  • Teacher-In Service - School Closed

Tuesday, March 15

  • NJGPA Testing for Juniors

Wednesday, March 16

  • NJGPA Testing for Juniors

Thursday, March 17

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC - VTHS Marching Band to participate!

  • SCA Zoom Meeting - 12:30 - 1:30 pm
  • BOE Public Meeting - 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Lounsberry Hollow

Friday, March 18

  • VTHS SCA Bingo - 7:30 - 10:30 pm - Cafeteria

Mon., March 21- Sun., March 27 - NATIONAL DRUG & ALCOHOL FACTS WEEK (NDAFW)

(Please encourage all VTHS student to participate in this year's contest for grades 4-12!)*

Wednesday, March 23

  • Band Pop’s Concert - 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Auditorium

Tuesday, March 29

  • Share the Keys Presentation - 6:00 pm - Auditorium
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VTHS Proudly Presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella!

Tickets are on sale NOW for VTHS' Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella!


Show Dates:

Thursday, March 10th @ 7:00 P.M.

Friday, March 11th @ 7:30 P.M.

Saturday, March 12th @ 2:00 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.

(There will be a "Meet the Royal Court" event in the cafeteria after the 2:00 PM show)


Children - $8 online, $10 at door

Adults - $12 online, $15 at door

Read the McKay Way

Please be sure to participate in this wonderful activity as we honor Dr. Chuck McKay before his upcoming retirement! It's open to the whole community! The program ends on March 11th!


Please use this QR Code to track every page read! Thank you!


Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon Team!

During the last weekend in January, the Academic Decathlon team had their online regional competition. Under the guidance of Mr. Thom LoGiudice and Mr. Marc Bray, they have advanced to the Online State Competition on February 26th and are pleased to announce the following students earned medals and honorable mentions:

Regular Competitors

  • Vjosa Ukella – Bronze medal in Interview, Honorable Mentions in Science, Economics and Math
  • Graham Reed- Silver medal in Speech

Alternate Competitors

Reagan Hamilton –Bronze medal in Science

Wesley Sanders – Gold medals in Math and Economics, Bronze Medals in Music and Literature

Congratulations, one and all!

Congratulations, Wesley!

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Congratulations to Wesley Sanders who was awarded the 2022 NJ All State Governor’s Award for Band at a recent NJ All State Band Concert at the NJ Performing Arts Center. This is the most prestigious award offered by NJMEA (New Jersey Music Education Association) and is only offered to one NJ band student annually! Congratulations, Wesley!
Congratulations to our Newest Thespian Inductees!

On Thursday, February 10th, Vernon Township High School honored student achievement in the theatre at their Induction Ceremony 2022. Please review their program for further details. Congratulations, one and all!

Key Club Hosts their February Winter Wonderland Carnival at Cedar Mountain!

On Saturday, February 5th, 26 Key Club students went to Cedar Mountain to host their February Winter Wonderland Carnival. Various activities including hand painting, crafts, Phys Ed materials, and a selfie station were available for all little ones to enjoy. The admission proceeds will be used by Key Club for their Yellow Tulip Project, a fundraiser to promote positive mental health awareness for teens, scheduled for the Spring.
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Behind the Scenes at the Zombie Run!

The Cosmetology 2 and 3 classes and DECA collaborated to make the "2022 ZOMBIE RUN" a huge success!

Featured Stylists and Assistants

Noah - Samara

Aleiah - Madison

Sarah - Alayna

Avia - Jade


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VTHS Girls Wrestling Success

Coach Ashley Iliff shared information about the Girls Wrestling Program:

I wanted to share how proud I am of the girls wrestling team and the success they have had this year! Only a three year program, Vernon has their first ever female region and state medalist! This is also the first state medalist we have had out of boys or girls since 2007!

Out of the 16 Sussex County girls who were seeded in the north region, 8 of them were Vernon athletes. Seven of those athletes placed in the top 8 of their weight class in a 30 person bracket!

We have had multiple girls place in every tournament of the year!

Our girls also attended the Kingsway Dual tournament which was the first ever dual tournament in the History of NJ. Out of 10 teams our girls placed 4th without a full line up. We placed the highest out of every team in the north with a big win over High Point, another power house school known for wrestling. This event was viewed as a “team states” and shed some light on how we compare to other teams. All of our females are new except for two who started three years ago with our first ever girls team.

I wanted to thank everyone for supporting our female athletes and the growth of this program! Go Viking!

Thank you,

Coach Iliff

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News from Mr. Saganiec about Track Accomplishments

Indoor Track and Field had the following accomplishments at our State Track Meets during February:

North 1 Group 2 Sectional Championships

  • Boy's Tied for 4th in the North 1 Group 2 Sectional Meet
  • Zack Mountain placed 2nd in 400m, 3rd in High Jump
  • Cristian Vintimilla placed 3rd in the 800m
  • 4x400m Relay (Shawn Broderick, Michael Evinick, Cristian Vintimilla and Zack Mountain) placed 2nd
  • Danielle Bruce placed 5th in Pole Vault
  • Maggie Previglian placed 6th in the High Jump

State Group Championships

  • Danielle Bruce Tied for 4th in Pole Vault (Top 25 performance in the State)

- She will be competing in the State Meet of Champions Friday 3/4 in Toms River

  • Zack Mountain and Riley Wallace will be competing Tuesday 3/1 at the Eastern State Championships in the Long Jump

Congratulations one and all!

Congratulations to Caitlin Hart!

Caitlin place 3rd in the region and 5th in the state!

She is the first girl in the history of VTHS to place in both the region and state tournament. She is also the first wrestler--from both boys and girls wrestling teams--to place in the state since 2007!

Congratulations, Caitlin!

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Wesley F. Sanders Named as a Finalist for National Merit Scholarship!

Wesley F. Sanders of the Class of 2022 was recently named as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. High school students who meet publish program and participattion requirements enter the National Merti Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) at the specified time in the the high school program, usually as juniors. Congralations to Wesley and his family!

Cristian Vintimilla VTHS Pass It Along's Scholar Athlete '22!

Cristian Vintimilla has been nominated as this year's VTHS Scholar Athlete and will be honored at a banquet that will be held at Perona Farms on March 2nd. Cristian will receive a scholarship and his achievements in academics, athletics and community service. Congratulations to Cristian and his family!

Please see a copy of the flyer advertising Cristian's service project below:


Please support Cristian's community service project!

2022 MLK Scholarship Essay Competition for NJ Seniors!

The New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is proud to offer 10 scholarships to current high school seniors who are New Jersey residents in the amount of $5,000 per student. This year's theme is "THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW."


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. At this time, we do not have any additional Share the Keys presentations scheduled.

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.

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 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!

Another Share the Keys Presentation Available in March!

Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Vernon Township Police Department and the NJM Insurance Group, we are able to offer an additional Share the Keys presentation. This presentation is being made available for students (and thier parents/guardians) who need to attend a presentation to park on campus this year OR if students would like to get a "jumpstart" and be prepared for parking on the VTHS campus next year.

Please mark your calendars now! A registration link will be made available closer to the March 29th date.

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Registration Form for March 29th Share the Keys

Please complete this registration form on or before Monday, March 28th if you and your child will be attending this presentation. Thank you


Please use this link to view the VTHS Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook throughout the school year.

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

Dealing with COVID: For Parents and Guardians of Elementary through High School Students

Dealing with COVID: For Parents, Elementary and Middle/High Schoolers

Help the VTHS Class of 2022 by Purchasing VTHS Spiritwear!

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Register for all camps and programs by visiting FAIRVIEWLAKEYMCA.ORG/REGISTERNOW


Although not many students are opting to pre-order a "In a Hurry" Grab & Go Lunch, it is a great option in order to avoid waiting in line! Students may pre-order lunch before 9 am which can be enjoyed during Unit Lunch. Give it a try!

ESCA and SCA News


Please join us in welcoming this year's VTHS SCA Board:

President - Dianne Falcone

Vice President - Keren Gonen

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

We look forward to another successful year as we work with our SCA board members!

The VTHS SCA will be meeting via Zoom for the remainder of the school year. Please contact Dianne Falcone if you are interested in receiving the link.

Thank you!


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The VTHS SCA Needs BINGO Volunteers & Donations!

Please consider clicking on this link to volunteer and/or make a donation in order to make this March 18th BINGO Night a success! Thank you!

ESCA Website

This website contains the most up-to-date information from our Executive SCA. Be sure to visit their website frequently throughout the school year!

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Vernon ESCA LNO 2022 Parent Donations

The ESCA is seeking DONATIONS for their Ladies Night Out Tricky Tray. Please read this flyer for all the details.

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In closing...

...please reach out if we may be of any assistance throughout the school year.

Thank you for your continued assistance and cooperation,

Pauline F. Anderson, Danielle Colte and Nick Demsak