April 2023 Message

From Glen Meadow Middle School

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~Welcome to April 2023~

Thank you for all of your 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 approach the end of the 3rd marking period, we look forward to a lot of exciting events for our students over the next few months... from field trips to field days, book fairs to volleyball tournaments, and everything in between!

Important reminders for the month of April:

  • April 3 - 6: Student Council Spirit Week
  • April 3 - 5: 8th Grade CAP Lessons in PE/Health
  • April 3: 6th Grade Intrepid Field Trip Permission Slips Due (forms in the main office)
  • April 4: End of the 3rd Marking Period
  • April 5: Beginning of the 4th Marking Period
  • April 7 - 16: SPRING BREAK
  • April 17: School Resumes
  • April 17: 7th Grade Bronx Zoo Field Trip Permission Slips Due
  • April 19: GMMS SCA Meeting in GMMS Faculty Room (9:45 am)
  • April 20: NJAHS/GSA/Ethics Council Field Trip to The MET
  • April 20: BOE Work Session at Lounsberry Hollow School (7:00 pm)
  • April 21: Report Cards Available to Parents on Genesis (4:00 pm)
  • April 25: Young Astronauts Field Trip to Beuhler Science Center
  • April 26: 21st CCLC Family Night (5:30 pm)
  • April 27: BOE Public Session at Lounsberry Hollow School (7:00 pm)
  • April 28: 8th Grade Medieval Times Field Trip Permission Slips Due

As we enter the month of April, 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 to us. 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

Upcoming Spirit Days!

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Active April 2023

This month we’re encouraging you to get active, get outdoors and take care of your body! Let’s reap the benefits of getting our bodies moving and breathing more deeply as a result of exercising, laughing, and singing. We don’t have to run marathons as there are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies. For example, unplugging from technology, getting outside, and making sure we get enough sleep. Enjoy getting active in April, Glen Meadow!

~obtained from: actionforhappiness.com

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Field Trips! Field Trips!

6th Grade Trip - Intrepid

DATE: May 4th

COST: $65.00

Permission Slips Distributed on March 17th

Permission Slips Also Available in Main Office


7th Grade Trip - Bronx Zoo

DATE: May 18th

COST: $65.00

Permission Slips Distributed on April 6th


8th Grade Trip - Medieval Times

DATE: May 25th

COST: $75.00

Permission Slips Distributed on April 17th


It's Never Too Late to 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 runs 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 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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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.
Restorative Practices at Home

Shared by Jeffco Public Schools in Denver, Colorado.

Families can use circles as a tool to talk further about an array of topics. Circle topics at home might include talking about expectations for behaviors at events/gatherings, developing family values/norms, holding family meetings, goal-setting for the week, and school-related conversations, to name a few. After reading the suggestions, you may be thinking to yourself, "Oh, we already do those things!" So with or without knowing it, you probably are already "doing" restorative practices at your house.

Circles typically involve asking thoughtful questions to hear from everyone. If you are the one asking questions, you can answer them as well. Circles don’t require a lot of time, especially proactive ones that are meant to maintain connection and open communication. They can be short conversations at breakfast, during car rides, or embedded in your nighttime routine. Here are examples of restorative circle questions that can be asked of children and their family members:

  1. What is one goal you want to accomplish this week/weekend? Do you need support in accomplishing this goal?

  2. What would you like to do for fun this weekend, within reason?

  3. After school/work check-in: On a scale of one to five, (1) being low and (5) being high, how was your day? Why did you rate it that way?

  4. What was one thing that made you happy, pleased, or proud this week?

  5. What can you do in school/at work to show kindness?

Obtained from Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO.

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Glen Meadow Happenings


Congratulations to the 7th and 8th-grade students who were recently inducted into Glen Meadow Middle School's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society!

The new inductees are pictured below: Logan Bergh, Natalia Bock, Luca Bracchi, Hannah Burrafato, Mark Catania, Logan Clayton, Grace Cosenza, Kaine Doyle, Annelise Geisler, Emily Gosses, Joseph Heintz, Hadassah Jean, Bella Knarr, McKenna McAloney, Chloe Miller, Dylan Miller, Patrick Naughton, Tristan O’Krinsky, Lilliana Rovetto, Carolyn Rugel, Molly Sokolewicz, Evan Toll, Aiden Velez, Cameron Weiss, and Brianna White.

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Congratulations to the students who were recently inducted into Glen Meadow Middle School's chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society!

The new inductees include Yuri Caraballo, Grace Cosenza, Casandra Cruz, Marcus DeBarbieri, Haven Delehanty, Melodie Guzik-Upchurch, Violet Henderson, Kara Howell, Hadassah Jean, Lindsey Jensen, Evelyn Lawley, Riley Lazier, Aedan Manning, Avril Matallana, Brian Miller, Tessa Pelak, Kaitlyn Van Blarcom, Kendall Weiss, and Tyler Wynne.

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National Junior Art Honor Society

Congratulations to the students who were recently inducted into Glen Meadow Middle School's chapter of the National Junior Art Honor Society on Thursday, March 30th! Students and their families enjoyed the ceremony, followed by an art show and light refreshments.

The new inductees are pictured below: Evelyn Bernard, Lovle Blakes, Siri Borgerson, Axel Bourne, Casandra Cruz, Jordyn Dearolf, Emma Dow, Ava Florio, Caileigh Gandy, Alison Getz, Emily Gosses, Lilly Greener, Lindsey Jensen, Arianna Johnson, Lillian Kelso, Anna King, Bella Knarr, Leah Mishock, Kyra Nolan, Tessa Pelak, Edith Roman, Lilliana Rovetto, Ace Sajban, Juliet Schwarz, Alyanna Souffront, Carly St.Clair, Ivana Sudacki, Ava Tlatelpa, Aniela Tomeczk, Madigan VanBlarcom, Sierra Wagner, and Crystal Wortham.

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8th Grade Dialogue and Conversation

Congratulations to Mark Catania (Grade 8) for representing Glen Meadow Middle School at the Sussex County School Boards Association 8th Grade Dialogue and Conversation on Monday, March 20th!
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And the Award Goes to...

Hats Off for Helmets

Congratulations to the following GMMS Students who won the Hats Off for Helmets contest at Mountain Creek.

  • Karina Czerhoniak (Grade 7) was the 1st Prize winner in the Middle School Division.
  • Savannah Nelson Hollingworth (Grade 7) was the 3rd prize winner in the Middle School Division.

Center for Prevention Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest

Congratulations to the following students for their submission in the Center for Prevention's poster contest entitled, "Every Day is a Good Day…Alcohol Free!"

  • The first-place award (top ten) goes to Renee Kaczor (Grade 6) - Photo 1. Renee’s poster will be published in the NJ Herald in April.
  • The honorable mention winner is Alexis Sinche (Grade 8) - Photo 2.
  • Both posters are shared on the Center for Prevention website. Renee and Alexis will be recognized at a countywide Town Hall meeting at a later date.

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Additional Information to Share

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More Information About Ladies Night Out 2023

Ladies Night Out raises money for the Vernon Executive SCA Senior Scholarship Fund. Aligning with the ideals of ESCA, the awards are made on the submission of essays depicting the student’s service and its impact to family, local or greater community

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!


Mark your calendars! April 24th through April 28th is the Glen Meadow Middle School Book Fair! Students will have the chance to visit the Book Fair with their Language Arts classes during that week.

Wanted: Board Games & 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!


Please consider joining us at this month's SCA meeting on Wednesday, April 19th at 9:45 am, which will be held in the Glen Meadow Faculty Room. Please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!
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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.

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In closing...

Thank you, GMMS families, for your continued partnership this 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