Message for February 2022

From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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Welcome to February!

We begin the month of February with Midterm Week at VTHS. Although this is a new venture for many of our students, our teachers have been diligently preparing students for their midterm exams. Please be reminded that the high school will operate on an Early Dismissal Schedule from Monday, January 31st through Thursday, February 4th. The only afterschool buses available during that week will depart VTHS at 3:30 pm. Friday, February 5th will be a full day of school.

On Thursday, January 27th, the Vernon Township Board of Education voted to extend President's Weekend by an additional day. The 4-day weekend now includes Monday, Febrary 21st and Tuesday, February 22nd. Enjoy the extra long weekend!

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, "we need each other more than ever right now! 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 they also boost our own happy hormones 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."

For more information, please visit


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Some February Dates to Remember:

Monday, January 31 - Thursday, February 3

  • Midterm Week - see schedule below
  • Early Dismissal for students

Tuesday, February 2

  • National Girls and Women in Sports Day - please join us at 4:00 pm for girls basketball

Friday, February 4

  • A full day of school - Midterm Make-up Exams scheduled
  • SCA Bingo 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm HS Cafeteria

Monday, February 7

  • Counselors from the Guidance Department will address all 9th, 10th and 11th graders regarding scheduling for 2022-2023 during PE/Health classes in the auditorium

  • Report cards will be open on the Parent Portal districtwide

Wednesday, February 9

  • AP, CTE, and Elective Fair in the Media Center- for Juniors - during Flex Period in Libary

Thursday, February 10

  • AP, CTE, and Elective Fair in the Media Center - for Sophomores - during Flex Period in Library
  • Thespian Society Induction - 6:00 - 7:00 pm - VTHS Auditorium

Friday, February 11

  • AP, CTE, and Elective Fair in the Media Center - for Freshmen - during Flex Period in Library
  • DECA Zombie Run 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Monday, February 14

  • Happy Valentine's Day! Be sure to participate in the Singing Valentine's Fundraiser!

Thursday, February 17

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

Monday, February 21

  • District Closed - Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, February 22

  • District Closed (extra day added to the long weekend by the BOE on 1.27.22)

Please be sure to review this schedule carefully. The periods refer to the "DAY A" schedule.

The VTHS Choirs Singing Valentines Fundraiser!

Please be sure to order a Singing Valentine for someone special on Monday, February 14th. The VTHS Barbershop Chorus will deliver a song plus a rose, candy or a personalized card for just $10! This is an annual favorite at VTHS!

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!


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



Three VTHS Band Students Selected for All State Band!

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Congratulations to the following VTHS Band Students who successfully auditioned

and were accepted to the 2022 NJ All State Ensembles:

Anmarie Kaczor - Symphonic Band - Trombone

Wesley Sanders - 1st Chair Wind Ensemble - Tuba

Leigh Rose Hart - Orchestra - French Horn

(Pictured from left to right)

Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction Held January 26, 2022

Congratulations to the following music students who were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction on January 26th. These music students were selected on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.

New Members

Bold font indicates Seniors

Joanne Baez, Courtney Bergin-Moroney, Olivia Burdzy, Morgan Burke, Sophia Dinnocenzo, Megan Hertlein, Laura Landon, Madison MacPherson, Amber Menier, Ian Rovner, Kelsie Shinall, Owen Young

Second Year Members

Bold Font indicates Seniors

Leigh Rose Hart, Alexander McCann, Idalis Santiago, Vjosa Ukella

Third Year Members

Bold Font indicates Seniors

Erin Fleming, Anmarie Kaczor, Mia Obrotka, Wesley Sanders,

Adriana Soto, Anna Torba, Caitlin Witters, Kelly Witters, Liam Young


Tri-M Officers

President: Wesley Sanders

Vice President: Anmarie Kaczor

Secretary: Leigh Rose Hart

Treasurer: Mia Obrotka

Historian: Kelly Witters

Chapter Advisors

Kevin Boehm

Jennifer Krott

Max Taylor

Many thanks to Mr. Kevin Boehm, Ms. Jenn Krott and Mr. Max Taylor for organizing the lovely ceremony and to the VIP for catering the reception following the induction.

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Tri-M Officers 2022

(Left to Right): Leigh Rose Hart (Secretary), Kelly Witters (Historian), Wesley Sanders (President), Mia Obrotka (Treasurer), Anmarie Kaczor (Vice President)

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Tri-M Seniors 2022

Back row (left to right): Caitlin Witters, Kelly Witters, Liam Young, Mia Obrotka, Wesley Sanders, Vjosa Ukella

Middle Row (left to right): Sophia Dinnocenzo, Amber Menier, Adriana Soto, Joanne Baez, Kelsie Shinall, Anmarie Kaczor, Anna Torba

Front Row (left to right): Morgan Burke, Laura Landon, Madison MacPherson, Erin Fleming, Idalis Santiago, Olivia Burdzy, Megan Hertlein

Not pictured: Courtney Bergin-Moroney and Alexander McCann

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Tri-M 2022

Back row (left to right): Caitlin Witters, Ian Rovner, Kelly Witters, Liam Young, Owen Young, Mia Obrotka, Wesley Sanders, Vjosa Ukella

Middle Row (left to right): Sophia Dinnocenzo, Amber Menier, Adriana Soto, Joanne Baez, Kelsie Shinall, Anmarie Kaczor, Anna Torba

Front Row (left to right): Morgan Burke, Laura Landon, Madison MacPherson, Erin Fleming, Leigh Rose Hart, Idalis Santiago, Olivia Burdzy, Megan Hertlein

Not pictured: Courtney Bergin-Moroney and Alexander McCann

February 2, 2022 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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Please check out this video of some of our amazing female athletes here in Vernon!

We are celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day during the first week of February.

We are proud of our coaches and our amazing female student-athletes!

National Girls & Women in Sports Day Poster

Please be sure to join us at VTHS on Wednesday, February 2nd at 4:00 pm as our girls basketball team plays Sussex Tech. Join us as we celebrate our female athletes!

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. Vernon Township High School will be hosting a basketball game vs. Sussex Tech to celebrate the day. The Glen Meadow girls basketball team and Sussex Charter Middle School teams will be joining us for the event.

It is also Senior Night so we will be recognizing our senior athletes prior to tip-off!

The game starts at 4:00 pm. Please join us!

Girls Wrestling News!

Girls Wrestling Notebook: Vernon Makes Strides...

Take some time to read this great article about our girls wrestling team!

Sharing Some Photos...

...from Senior Night and the Dual Tournament, where Vernon placed 4th--the highest placing team in the north!

Congratulations to Draydon Charman who was named MVP for our team that day!

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Great Media Coverage from the Senior Night Jamboree

Wrestling: Vernon vs High Point 5pm - 1/24/22

Football Scholar Athletes to be Honored

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, Football Scholar Athletes from each of the high schools in Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties will be honored at a dinner in Morristown. This dinner, sponsored by the Greater Morris County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is always a memorable event!

This year, Kevin Coulther has been selected as the Vernon Township High School's Football Scholar by Mr. Bill Foley, Coach Down, and his other football coaches; Kevin was chosen not only for his talent on the football field but also for his scholarship, school leadership, character, and citizenship.

Congratulations, Kevin! We are very proud of you!

Behind the Scenes at VTHS!

VTHS First Annual AP, CTE, and Elective Fair in the Media Center

VTHS is holding its First Annual AP, CTE, and Elective Fair. Students in grades 9-11 will be invited to spend their flex periods learning about the different elective offerings at VTHS using the following schedule:

  • Wednesday 2/9 - Juniors
  • Thursday 2/10 - Sophomores
  • Friday 2/11 - Freshman

This is a great opportunity for our underclassmen to learn about their options and speak to other students who have already taken these classes.

Midterm Review in US I Honors with Mrs. Coesfeld...

...making connectons, using critical thinking skills, especially causation and sythesis!

Snow Unit in Mrs. Emmerich's Class

Mrs. Emmerich's class recently finished a unit on snow. They learned about the science behind both natural and manmade snow. Their cumulating activity was a Zoom with Evan Kovach, who is the General Manager at Mountain Creek. He explained how they make snow, where the water comes from and how the snow guns work. He also answered questions and discussed the qualifications needed to be a snowmaker at Mountain Creek.
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Media Center News


The Sussex County Library System and VTHS have created a Student Access Card for our students in the Sussex County Library System. No fines or fees are associated with this account, which will provide each user access to digital resources. Enjoy!



Please review the materials for the Senior Privilege Program and be sure to have them submitted on or before Friday, February 4, 2022. Thank you!

Pass It Along Self-Care Workshop Series for Teens

The first ever Pass It Along Self-Care Workshop Series will take place throughout February and will provide an array of workshops, including mindfulness lessons, art classes, yoga and more! Click on this link for workshop contents and links to join.

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."


This message is for all seniors and their parents/guardians! Don't miss out on the opportunity to contribute a Parent Ad, submit your child's baby picture, or purchase a yearbook! Click on this link for additional information! Thank you!

Please support the Key Club's "Soup"er Bowl Canned Food Collection through February 11th!

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Seton Hall Essay Contest Honors Female Role Models!

Students will be asked to write about a female role model, someone who has inspired or influenced them. The role model may be a contemporary or historical figure. Winners receive $100 and a certificate. Please note: the deadline is Feb. 21, 2022.


Students may pre-order lunch before 9:00 am to be picked up and enjoyed during Unit Lunch.


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

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

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 is asking you to consider signing up to donate or volunteer to make Friday's Cash Blast Bingo a huge success. Just click on this link; it will bring you to SignUpGenius link. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and generosity!

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 Business Solicitation Letter 2022

Please use this letter to solicit for donations for the 2022 Ladies Night Out. Vernon Township High School parents/guardians are asked to focus on Warwick, NY as they solicit for donations. Thank you!

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.

We wish you all a Healthy and Happy 2022!

Pauline F. Anderson, Danielle Colte and Nick Demsak