March 2022 Message

From Glen Meadow Middle School

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~Welcome to March 2022~

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.

Important reminders for the month of March and the beginning of April:

  • February 28 - March 2: 8th Grade CAP Program with NJ Child Assault Prevention
  • March 3: BOE Special Meeting at VTSD BOE
  • March 7 - March 9: 8th Grade CAP Program with NJ Child Assault Prevention
  • March 7 - March 11: Love of Reading Week - Spirit Days
  • March 11: Period 1: 8th Grade Counselors/Students - Naviance Career Strength Explorer
  • March 11: Read the McKay Way! Celebration during lunches (cookies and hot cocoa!)
  • March 14: No School for Students - District In-Service Day
  • March 16: GMMS Virtual SCA Meeting at 9:45 am
  • March 17: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
  • March 17: Period 1: 7th Grade Counselors/Students - Naviance Career Key Explorer
  • March 17: BOE Work Session at LH School at 7:00 pm
  • March 18: Period 1: 6th Grade Counselors/Students - Naviance Career Cluster Finder
  • March 23: "Don't Get Vaped In" Presentation for 7th Grade Students in PE/Health Class
  • March 23: National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 5:30 pm
  • March 24: Ashlee, the therapy dog, visits students during lunch periods
  • March 24: BOE Work Session at LH School at 7:00 pm
  • March 28: 21st CCLC Parent/Guardian Night at 5:30 pm
  • March 30: Spring Musical Performance for K-1 Grade Students
  • March 30: Spring Musical Performance for 5th/6th Grade Students
  • March 31: Spring Musical Performance for 7th/8th Grade Students
  • April 1: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Performance at 7:00 pm
  • April 2: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Performance at 7:00 pm

As we enter the month of March, 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 2021-2022 school year.

Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Principal

Eric W. Kosek, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Spirit Days!

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GMMS 2nd Marking Period Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Glen Meadow Middle School Honor Roll Students for the 2nd Marking Period! Please click on the button above for a complete list of students.

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GMMS Announces 2nd Marking Period STAR Students!

STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility) Students exemplify #TheGlenMeadowWay. STAR Students are nominated each marking period by their teacher(s) based on one or more of the following areas. Most Improved/Best Effort; Most Passionate/Engaged/Dedicated; Most Improved Attendance; Positive Character Traits (Demonstrates Compassion, Honesty, Trustworthiness, Optimism, and Responsibility); Positive Attitude towards Learning; Demonstrates Leadership and Integrity; Respectful to Teachers and Peers and/or Other Noteworthy Reasons Shared by the Teacher.


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GMMS Announces Student Upstander and Student Citizenship Award Recipients!

The Student Upstander Award: This student exemplifies the definition of an Upstander. Student Upstanders are nominated by their teacher(s) based on one or more of the following:

  • The student befriends someone in need of a friend
  • The student stands up on behalf of a peer and offers support to their peer
  • The student speaks out and asks an adult for intervention and/or support for their peer

The Student Citizenship Award: This student exemplifies good citizenship towards their school community and is nominated by their teacher(s) based on one or more of the following:

  • The student performs voluntary service (before, during, and/or after school)
  • The student participates in school activities that benefit the school community

  • The student goes above and beyond to make Glen Meadow the great school that it is!


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Mindful March 2022

Let’s take the time to pause and really take in what’s all around us. This month, take some time to look within. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life – like the way we eat, the things we notice, or our relationships with others. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future – this way we get more out of the day-to-day. It can also help us identify what we’re grateful for, which has been proven to help boost happiness levels!

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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 has partnered with Glen Meadow Middle School’s 21st CCLC. In addition, there is a Parent University component that provides workshops for parents/guardians and also affords students the opportunity to showcase their learning activities.

The program operates Monday through Friday, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with parent/guardian pick up. The 21st Century Community Learning Center is only available to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Glen Meadow Middle School students and is at no cost to families!

If you are interested in registering your child for this outstanding program, please contact Mrs. Kait Ramirez, Program Director, at or (973) 764-4534. Likewise, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacquelyn Van Orden, GMMS Principal, at 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.
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Hidden in Plain Sight will be featured virtually on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Presented by the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities in collaboration with Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and the County of Sussex and Franklin Police Department, this presentation is suitable for parents and other adult community members who work with or care about young people to prevent youth drug misuse.

Did you recently find a vape in your child’s pocket or read a text about pods or puff bars and wondered what that’s about? Seemingly “innocent” items commonly used by youth could actually indicate a substance use problem. This awareness presentation will allow adults to be more proactive in helping a young person who might be using alcohol or other drugs. Hear from prevention specialists about drug trends, how to prevent youth substance use disorders, and understand resources available to help keep youth healthy.

Would you be able to recognize signs of use and intervene before they become impossible to ignore? This “Hidden in Plain Sight'' presentation will equip parents and community members with the knowledge to look past the obvious and become aware of the signs and symptoms of drug misuse. This program is sponsored by The Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities and the Wallkill Coalition

Pre-registration is required at THIS LINK

Glen Meadow... Let's Continue To Read the McKay Way Through March 11th!

Read the McKay Way

Join us in an exciting district-wide reading initiative, which honors Dr. Charles McKay, VTSD Assistant Superintendent, who will be retiring at the end of the school year. The “Read the McKay Way” officially began on February 1st and ends on March 11th. We encourage our students and their family members to participate in this exciting endeavor. Students and family members may log their pages read HERE and may also leave a video message for Dr. McKay HERE on our district’s FlipGrid page. What a great way to celebrate reading as a family, a school, and a district! You will also see A LINK on the main page of our website that will take you to all of this reading information as well. In addition, please share your favorite book or what you are reading on social media with the hashtag #VernonReads

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Additional Happenings at Glen Meadow

Ladies Night Out - April 22, 2022

On Friday, April 22nd, Ladies Night Out will be held at Minerals Hotel 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 more information about this event, please click HERE.
Click for More Information about Ladies Night Out 2022

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

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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!

Glen Meadow Middle School yearbooks are now available for pre-order! The 2021-2022 yearbook is available for $30 and can be purchased at the link HERE. Don't miss out!


TREP$: This year, TREP$ will be open to both 6th and 7th-grade students. Students should contact Mrs. Panfile ( if they are interested in participating as space is limited. TREP$ Marketplace will be held on 4/12/2022. As the date approaches, more information will be shared including after-school permission slips and other pertinent information.

  • 7th Grade students will meet weekly on Tuesdays between 3/1/2022 - 4/26/2022.
  • 6th Grade students will meet weekly on Wednesdays between 3/2/2022 - 4/27/2022.

Glen Meadow Honor Societies

GMMS National Honor Societies Website: In addition to the National Junior Honor Society, Glen Meadow Middle School now offers induction into the National Junior Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society! Please click HERE for the GMMS Honor Societies website, which has been updated to include important information regarding these prestigious societies. A very special thank you to Mrs. Hirkaler and Mrs. Young for their partnership with both organizations.

Glen Meadow Musings!

Extra, Extra... read all about it! Read the Glen Meadow Middle School newspaper for students, by students! Learn about our archery unit of study in Physical Education and also meet some of our pets! Click HERE!


Please consider joining us at the third SCA meeting of the year, on Wednesday, March 16th at 9:45 am, which will be held virtually. To view the SCA Welcome Letter, please click HERE. In addition, please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!
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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 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

The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School

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