March 2023 Message

From Glen Meadow Middle School

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~Welcome to March 2023~

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 27 - March 3: Love of Reading Week (SCHEDULE)
  • February 27: "Get Cozy with a Good Book” and wear comfy clothes and crazy socks!
  • February 28: "Let Your Love of Books Shine” and wear tie-dye or bright clothing!
  • March 1: “Wacky Wednesday” - Wear a crazy hat or wild hairstyle!
  • March 2: "Wear Words Close to Your Heart” and wear a shirt with words on it!
  • March 3: "Favorite Book Character” - Dress like your favorite book character!
  • March 9: BOE Work Session at LHS (7:00 pm)
  • March 13: District In-Service Day - No School for Students

  • March 15: SCA Meeting at 9:45 am in the GMMS Faculty Room

  • March 15: Spring Musical Performance for K-1 in Gym (10:00 - 11:00 am)

  • March 15: Spring Musical Performance for 5th/6th Grade in Gym (12:45 - 1:45 pm)

  • March 15: 21st CCLC Family Night (5:30 - 7:00 pm)

  • March 15: National Bus Safety Poster Contest Due Date - see information below

  • March 16: Spring Musical Performance for 7th Grade in Gym (9:10 - 10:10 am)

  • March 16: Spring Musical Performance for 8th Grade in Gym (10:30 - 11:30 am)

  • March 16: BOE Public Session at LHS (7:00 pm)

  • March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • March 17: Beauty and the Beast Jr. Performance at 7:00 pm

  • March 18: Beauty and the Beast Jr. Performance at 7:00 pm

  • March 21: CAP 8th Grade Parent/Guardian Meeting - Virtual (6:00 - 7:00 pm)

  • March 22: NJHS Induction Ceremony (5:30 - 7:00 pm)

  • March 23: 6th Grade Hangout Night (5:30 - 7:30 pm) - PERMISSION SLIP

  • March 27: 8th Grade CAP Lesson in PE/Health

  • March 28: 8th Grade CAP Lesson in PE/Health

  • March 28: Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction Ceremony (6:00 pm)

  • March 29: 8th Grade CAP Lesson in PE/Health

  • April 3: 8th Grade CAP Lesson in PE/Health

  • April 4: 8th Grade CAP Lesson in PE/Health

  • April 5: 8th Grade CAP Lesson in PE/Health

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 2022-2023 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 2023

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 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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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.


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.

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NJHS Souper Bowl Collection

Thank you to all who participated (incl. Kaitlyn who dropped off the donations) in the National Junior Honor Society "Souper" Bowl nonperishable food collection for the St. Francis De Sales Food Pantry!

Patriot's Pen Essay Winners

Congratulations to Jack and Christina on their winning Patriot's Pen essays! Both students were recognized at the Vernon VFW on February 5th.

ESCA Senior Citizen Appreciation Event

Please consider donating your time and/or beverages or desserts as the Executive SCA and VTHS Theater Department welcome back our Vernon Senior Citizens to the VTHS production of Curtains on March 8th. Thank you! Kindly SIGN UP HERE.

Ladies Night Out - April 14, 2023

On Friday, April 14th, 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.
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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!

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.

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!

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 join us at the next SCA meeting, on Wednesday, March 15th at 9:45 am. Please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!
  • Please consider helping the VTSD SCA at upcoming events: SIGN UP HERE
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ESCA Fundraising for ArtStanding

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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 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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