January 2023 Message

From The Glen Meadow Middle School

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Welcome to January 2023

As we welcome in 2023, we wanted to thank you for all of your support thus far this school year. It is our hope and mission that your child's school year continues to be an enriching and rewarding experience. May this new year bring you and your family good health and happiness!

A few important reminders for the month of January:

  • Tuesday, January 3rd: First day back to school after Winter Break
  • Thursday, January 5th: Mid-Year Class Meetings for Students
  • Thursday, January 12th: GMMS & LHS Family Game Show Night with Jeff Veley at Lounsberry Hollow School at 6:00 pm. ALL GMMS & LHS FAMILIES ARE WELCOME! Please join us! (MORE INFO)
  • Friday, January 13th: Parent/Guardian Presentation with Jeff Veley at GMMS (8:15 am)
  • Friday, January 13th: Student Presentations with Jeff Veley
  • Monday, January 16th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - District Closed
  • Wednesday, January 18th: SCA Meeting at 9:45 am in GMMS Faculty Room
  • Thursday, January 19th: 7th Grade Hangout Night (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
  • January 23rd - 27th: Student Council Spirit Days (CLICK HERE)
  • Wednesday, January 25th: Early Dismissal - Wellness Wednesday
  • Monday, January 30th: End of Marking Period Two
  • Wednesday, February 1st: Student Cyber Safety Presentation with Detective Perez
  • Wednesday, February 1st: Parent/Guardian Cyber Safety Presentation (6:30 pm)

As always, we 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

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Happier January 2023

How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

~obtained from: actionforhappiness.com

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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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January is Mental Wellness Month, National Mentoring Month, and National Get Organized Month.

Here are some tips for parents/guardians to help middle school students get organized in the new year:

  • Make Getting Organized a Team Effort - Model organization for your child and develop a system together. Once your child is used to the routine, he or she will be self-reliant. Remember, the habits students form in middle school will be carried forward, so creating good habits early on is important!

  • Encourage Positive Routine - Help your child learn the strategies above to set them up for success. Suggest specified places to keep supplies and create a sample daily planner. Don’t force your child into a routine that doesn’t work for them. The most important part is that they have a system to consistently follow.

  • Keep Track of Important Dates - Mark important dates such as tests and assignment due dates on your calendar (separate from your child’s agenda or calendar) and make sure your child is prepared for them. You can check assignments on Genesis and/or Schoology to ensure your child knows what they have to do.

  • Seek Extra Help - If a child is still having trouble staying organized after trying the above steps, seek extra help. Teachers may be able to offer personalized help after school, during lunch, or possibly during study hall. Peer tutors are also great options. Tutors can help teach study skills and homework skills. To have your child sign up for peer tutoring, have them complete this google form.

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.


Restorative Practices at GMMS

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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Join us immediately after student drop off on Friday, January 13th, at 8:30 am for a 45-minute presentation entitled, Building Resilient Kids, by Mr. Jeff Veley. Parents/Guardians will receive login information for free, exclusive access to Squabbles, an online platform for parents and educators which includes videos and resources to teach valuable skills at home or in the classroom ($97 value per family!). In addition, light refreshments will be served and everyone in attendance will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. We hope you can join us!

NOTE: Please plan to arrive between 8:15 am - 8:25 am with your ID. Kindly check in with our door monitor, Ms. Vega, and she will direct you to the location of the presentation.

Mr. Jeff Veley was born to entertain and educate. His natural talent to command an audience of any age has brought him before 1 million people. He’s been honored with two international awards and recognized as a Peace Ambassador by the United Nations for his effectiveness in conflict resolution. As a social skills educator, Jeff is able to connect with kids and parents/guardians and provide the skills necessary to overcome life’s challenges.

Mr. Veley will also be presenting Youth Empowerment and Conflict Resolution Strategies to our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students later in the day.

Additional Happenings at Glen Meadow

The Winning Door Award Goes to... Mrs. Sisto's Class!

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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!

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.

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 third SCA meeting of the year, on Wednesday, January 18th at 9:45 am. Please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!

Vernon Coalition: It's Not Pestering, It's Parenting!

From Mrs. DeRitter of the Vernon Coalition: Please click HERE for our first Coalition parent letter entitled, "It's Not Pestering, It's Parenting!" Thank you, one and all, for your continued support of the Vernon Coalition.

Support the GM SCA with Spirit Wear Purchases

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SKI CLUB DATES (through Vernon PAL)

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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

Happy New Year!

The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School

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