November 2021 Message

From The Glen Meadow Middle School

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Welcome to November 2021

As the month of November is upon us, we wanted to thank you for all of your support during the first marking period of school. We hope that your child's 2021-2022 school year has started off as a positive, enriching, and rewarding experience.


While we are not wishing time away, the month of November always seems to go so quickly!


  • Schools are closed this Thursday and Friday, November 4th and 5th, for the NJEA Teachers Convention.
  • Picture makeups/retakes are scheduled for Thursday, November 11th.
  • Glen Meadow's wonderfully talented students will be performing at the Variety Show on Wednesday, November 17th.
  • The first marking period ends on November 12th and report cards are available on Genesis on Friday, November 19th.
  • There is an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 24th, and schools are closed on Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th for Thanksgiving Break.
  • More information can be found in the information that follows. As always, for a complete list of Glen Meadow happenings, please visit the GMMS/VTSD Calendar HERE.


As always, we are here to work alongside you and your child(ren) throughout the school year. 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

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 a FREE 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 officially began on Monday, September 13, 2021. It 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! The amazing teaching staff includes Ms. Terri Yost, Mrs. Veronica Dignan-Corbutt, Mrs. Peggy Mitchell, Mrs. Amy Sandler, Mrs. Christina Frazita, Dr. Hollyce Schoepp, and Mrs. Sheila Dasalla.


The program has also given our students the opportunity to visit Vernon Township High School to learn and work alongside the VTHS Robotics Team. This Wednesday, students will be taking a virtual field trip to Liberty Science Center and in the coming weeks, they will be taking a trip to The Farm at Glenwood Mountain. Parents were treated to an evening of student showcases, an informative parent/guardian session with dinner served, and time to peruse the Glen Meadow Media Center at the first of many Parent University events last Thursday, October 28th.


If you are interested in registering your child for this outstanding opportunity, please contact Mrs. Kait Ramirez, Program Director, at kramirez@vtsd.com or (973) 764-4534. Likewise, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacquelyn Van Orden, GMMS Principal, at jvanorden@vtsd.com. 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!

21st CCLC CONTINUES TO GROW!

New Ways November 2021

This month, we're encouraging you to try something new! Learning something new or getting involved in an activity that really interests us is great for our well-being. Keeping our brains active is not only good for us physically but it can help us feel that we are flourishing as we see ourselves making progress with a new skill. Trying new things is important, as is remembering that it's OK if things don't go right the first time - change "I can't do it", into "I can't do it...yet!" This month's calendar is full of ideas to help you decide what to try next.


~obtained from: actionforhappiness.com

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Nominate a Governor Educator and Educational Services Professional

Please submit the GEOY/ESP form to nominate a Glen Meadow Middle School Educator and/or Educational Services Professional for the 2021-2022 Governor’s Educator of the Year Recognition Program! Nomination letters are due to Mrs. Van Orden (either in hard copy or digital form) no later than Friday, November 19, 2021.


As per NJDOE, Educational Service Professionals include: Associate School Library Media Specialist • Behavior Specialist • Bullying Specialist • Cooperative Education Coordinator • Cooperative Education Coordinator / Hazardous Occupations • Director of School Counseling Services / Child Study Team • Educational Interpreter • Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant • Mathematics Specialist / Mathematics Coach • Paraprofessional (Instructional) • Reading Specialist / Reading Coach • School Athletic Trainer • School Counselor • School Library Media Specialist • School Nurse • School Occupational Therapist • School Physical Therapist • School Psychologist • School Social Worker • Speech-Language Specialist • Student Assistance Coordinator

NJHS Gives Back to Their Community

On Saturday, October 23rd, Mrs. Amato and eleven National Junior Honor Society members met to clean up roadside litter as a way to give back to their community. We are so proud of their efforts! Way to go, NJHS!

Mr. John Halligan to Visit GMMS

This Tuesday, November 2nd, the GMMS SCA has arranged for Mr. John Halligan to speak to our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students about the effects of bullying, suicide prevention, and ways to be an upstander instead of a bystander. Mr. Halligan's message is known as Ryan's Story. Each student assembly will run 60-minutes in length and students are encouraged to wear green as this was Ryan's favorite color. In addition, there will be a parent/guardian presentation at 6:30 pm on the same date, November 2nd. For more information about Ryan's Story, please visit: https://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/
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Counselor Assignments

Counselors at Glen Meadow Middle School are assigned according to each student's grade level. The counselor assignments for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows:


6th Grade:


7th Grade:

8th Grade:

LEAD Program Coming to GMMS

Beginning in the second marking period, 7th-grade Health students will be partaking in the LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Program at Glen Meadow Middle School. Seventh-grade students that have Health in subsequent marking periods will also participate in their health classes at that time.


Led by Vernon Township Police Department's SRO Perry and Cpl. Rovetto, 7th-grade students will receive one weekly lesson that coincides with the current curriculum. Topics include: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Identifying and Managing Emotions, Effective Communication, Building Relationships, Understanding Addiction, Effects of Nicotine Use, Effects of Alcohol Use, Effects of THC and Marijuana Use, and Street, Rx, and OTC Drugs. We look forward to the partnership with the Vernon Township Police Department.

STUFF THE STOCKING AT GLEN MEADOW

The Stuff the Stocking contest on behalf of low-income children and teens in Sussex and Warren counties has begun! The winning school takes home the coveted Stuff the Stocking trophy and the top three schools will receive contributions towards their school activities fund. The goal is to encourage children and teens to think of others while strengthening school spirit. The donation of gift cards, along with new, unwrapped toys, sports equipment, and other items is greatly appreciated. If you can help, please send your child in with any of the aforementioned items and place them in the collection boxes outside of the main office. Thank you!
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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!

Plant the Promise!

Congratulations to Mrs. Reilly-McKeon and Mrs. Sisto's classes for being chosen to Plant the Promise at Glen Meadow Middle School. Their classes were given all of the necessary supplies to plant 100 red tulip bulbs along the front of the building as a reminder of all that was learned during Red Ribbon Week. We look forward to the beautiful sea of red tulips in the spring!

2021-2022 National Bus Safety Poster Contest

The New Jersey and American School Bus Council Safety Poster Contest is underway! This year's theme is "1 Bus + 1 Driver = a BIG Impact on Education." All entries must be postmarked before March 1, 2022. For full details and information, please click HERE.

GMMS SCA

Please consider joining us at the third SCA meeting of the year, on Wednesday, November 17th 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!

Impt. Make-Up Date:

  • SCHOOL PICTURES: If your child missed School Picture Day or would like their picture retaken, picture make-ups/retakes will be Thursday, November 11th.

Masks Required in Glen Meadow Middle School

Per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #251, all faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering while indoors. Students will not have to wear a face mask while eating, when participating in high intensity physical activity while maintaining physical distancing, and when they are outside. Hand sanitizers are available to all faculty, staff, and students and should be used by all upon entering classrooms and offices. Hand washing is encouraged and physical distancing will be implemented when practicable.
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 an amazing first marking period of the 2021-2022 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


All our best,


The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School