VTHS Message April 2020
From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team
As April arrives...
...we are keenly aware that life has changed for all of us. We want you to know that we greatly appreciate your assistance with your children's online learning, understand the additional stress that this pandemic has created for so many of you, and are aware of the fears you may be experiencing about what lies ahead.
Together, we will get through this crisis and will be stronger as a result. Vernon Township High School is blessed with professionals who can help you and your families through this very difficult time. If there is anything we can do to assist you during this challenging journey, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Take care and be safe,
Pauline F. Anderson, Nicholas M. Demsak and Jacquelyn M. Van Orden
Social Emotional Learning
At Vernon Township High School, we continue to focus on the New Jersey Social and Emotional Learning Competencies and Sub-Competencies during the 2019-2020 school year.
We understand that much of this responsibility has been transferred to the home now that this pandemic has created the need for students to complete their learning online and we truly appreciate all of our families and the dedication that such online learning necessitates.
A Message to our Students...
...and a message from the Class of 2020!!
Online Spirit Week 2020
The VTHS Staff Participated Too!
Big Comfy Sweatshirt Day!
"I Should Throw this T-Shirt Out" Day!
"I Love that Band" Concert T-Shirt Day!
Sports Jersey Day!
VTHS Family Pride Day!
Helping Behind the Scenes...
24 Ink has designed a t-shirt to help Vernon Township. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to front line workers like the Glenwood Pochuck Ambulance Squad.
Free/Reduced Lunch Available Monday through Friday
Arrangements may be made to have these lunches delivered by contacting your child's school counselor.
Chromebooks and chargers are also available for pick-up at the high school daily from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.
Hotspots have been ordered and will be delivered to the district soon!
The Tech Department also has a TECH RESOURCES FOR PARENTS site, which includes updates, helpful videos, resources etc www.vtsd.com/tech
Using 3 D Printers to Create Masks...
Some Memories from March at VTHS!
Introduce a Girl to STEM
Stephanie DeMattheis represented Vernon Robotics to “Introduce a Girl to STEM” hosted by Picatinny Arsenal. Picatinny is one of our sponsors and it was an honor to be invited on base in order to see some of the wonderful things they are working on.
The US Census Bureau Pays a Visit to VTHS
A Skype Meeting from Yellowstone National Park
Ironically, this meeting was conducted during period 9 on March 13th! It helped everyone to get read for Virtual Learning!
Book Jacket Project
Sargent Turner Recently Visited all VTHS PE Classes
Marketing I Presentation by Brooklyn Rubenacker
911 Dispatcher from Hopatcong Visits Class
News from Cosmetology!
2020 TSA-TEAMS Competition
On March 6th, our students competed in the 2020 TSA-TEAMS Competition on the campus of TCNJ. They had a great time competing in a three-part event about Biomimicry. Our students worked on an essay (part 1) which we submitted online. They completed both part 2 the multiple-choice engineering questions exam and part 3 the Design-Build project.
During their lunch session, our students had a chance to visit the engineering building (Armstrong Hall) and the Integrated STEM building. They even got a personal tour from a Biomedical professor working on a new cutting edge medical prosthetic device. Finally, they competed against other high performing HS throughout the state.
Unified Leadership Club
Juniors Selected to Attend Girls’ Career Institute
Congratulations to Juniors Karolina Jamiolkowska and Rylee Smaldone who have been chosen by the Vernon Township Woman's Club to be delegates at the Girls' Career Institute, which will be held at Douglass College Campus of Rutgers University during June. Sponsored by the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs, Girls' Career Institute (GCI) offers a "mini college experience''at Douglass Residential College on the campus of Rutgers University.
Delegates experience a sample of college life by living in a dorm, eating in a cafeteria, and attending lectures and workshops. They learn about career choices from volunteer professional speakers and how to network with other delegates from all over the state of New Jersey. Many establish lasting friendships with one another.
VTHS Mathematics Honor Society
This year, 60 new students were inducted into the Mathematics Honor Society. In addition 55 seniors received their cords for graduation.
English Honor Society Induction Ceremony
On Thursday, March 5th, the English Department held its Third English Honor Society Induction Ceremony. They inducted 23 new members and 22 seniors received their cords. Congratulations, one and all!
The Cast of My Favorite Year Visits WSUS!
Photo Caption: From left, Sidney Sparta, Paloma Lupino, Hailey Minter, WSUS’ Steve Andrews, Ryan Spadafina, Cole Benkendorf and Nathan Fitch.
A District-Wide Preview is Attended by Hundreds!
The 38th Annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Dinner Theater (SCADT) was a Great Success!
It was a wonderful opportunity for the Vernon Township community to come together and celebrate! Many thanks to the Executive SCA for another job well done!
VTHS Presents Spring Musical “My Favorite Year”
The Thespians at Vernon Township High School presented their Spring Musical, My Favorite Year on March 12, 13 and 14. According to IMDb, the plot concerns Benjy Stone, a junior writer on the top-rated comedy show in the mid-1950s, whose idol, Alan Swann, an Erol Flynn-type actor with a drinking problem, is to be that week's guest star. When the headliner wants to throw Swann off the show, Benjy makes a pitch to save his childhood hero and is made Swann's babysitter.
The cast includes Ryan Spadafina starring as Benjy Stone and Nathan Fitch as the headliner King Kaiser. Other roles include Sebastian Leak as Sy Benson, Paloma Lupino as Alice Miller, James MacFadyen as Herb Lee, Hailey Minter as K.C. Downing, Jess Carfello as Leo Silver, Cole Benkendorf as Alan Swann, Sidney Sparta as Belle May Steinberg, Damian Vince as Rookie Carroca, Tessa Heidt as Tess, Dante Maas as Uncle Morty and Rylee Smaldone as Aunt Sadie.
The ensemble cast includes: Vanessa Cefaloni, Erin Fleming, Erin Gass, Kiera Greenhalgh, Sydney Griffone, Megan Hertlein, Breanne Kastner, Hannah Kolonoski, Leanna Mentone, Sky Port, Gabe Sevilla, Kelsie Shinall, Julia Stellingwerf, Keira Stellingwerf, Caylie Tymon and Brianna Van Orden.
Sharing Some VTHS Online Learning Experiences!
A Proud Artist from Vernon Township High School!
Some Creative Science Experiments!
Our VTHS Spring Athletes!
Vernon Township High School Senior Athletes '19-'20
VTHS Pass-It-Along's Scholar Athlete 2020
Indoor Track Meet of Champions
A Few Reminders...
Students should check into their courses on Schoology daily. Teachers are posting Daily Updates that have the assignments and expectations for the day. If you or your child have any questions regarding an assignment, please reach out to the teacher!
To streamline the process for our students, you will see some uniform things within your Courses:
Students’ courses open to Updates
Updates outline daily expectations
Materials are organized based upon date and/or unit
Office hours posted at the top of each course page
Thank you, teachers, students and parents/guardians for your assistance!
Marking Period 4 Grading Updates
Please be sure to check Genesis frequently as teachers will be posting grades on a regular basis.
Important information to note:
- Students have until Monday of the following week to complete their work.
- Missing work will receive a grade of "0" until the work is submitted.
- The earned grade for the assignment will be entered into Genesis if the work is submitted within the allotted time frame.
- If the work is not submitted by the Monday "deadline," the grade of "0" will remain for the assignment with the comment "Did Not Submit" added.
A Look Ahead...
Mrs. Jen Shirhall continues to send out transcripts for our seniors to submit with their scholarship applications. Thank you, Mrs. Shirhall!
We will continue to plan for our proms and graduation while we await further notifications about school closures.
- The Junior Prom is scheduled for Friday, May 15th.
- The Senior Prom is scheduled for Thursday, May 28th.
- Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th.
There is no school on Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th. Online Learning resumes on Tuesday, April 14th.
There is no school on Friday, May 22nd.
Sister-to-Sister Prom Shop at Project Self-Sufficiency
The Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency's Sister-to-Sister Prom Shop for area teens has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Coalition for Healthy & Safe Communities Poster Contest
Thank you for allowing us to work with you and your child during the 2019-2020 school year.
If we may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.