VTHS Message April 2020

From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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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.

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A Message to our Students...

VTHS Misses You!

...and a message from the Class of 2020!!

VTHS Seniors miss you

Online Spirit Week 2020

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The VTHS Staff Participated Too!

Big Comfy Sweatshirt Day!

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"I Should Throw this T-Shirt Out" Day!

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"I Love that Band" Concert T-Shirt Day!

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Sports Jersey Day!

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VTHS Family Pride Day!

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Helping Behind the Scenes...

#VERNONSTRONG T-shirts for Sale

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

Thanks to folks working behind the scenes, Free and Reduced Lunches are available for pick-up at Vernon Township High School each weekday between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Arrangements may be made to have these lunches delivered by contacting your child's school counselor.

Technology Concerns

If your child is having difficulty with their Chromebook during Remote Learning please reach out to our Tech Department through clicking the following link: https://vtsd.on.spiceworks.com/portal.

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

Mental Health Resources

These resources were compiled by Ms. Kasandra Aristizabal for your use!

Using 3 D Printers to Create Masks...

Our sincere thanks go out to Mr. Jon Bruno, Mr. Roger Foco, Mr. Keith McCotter and Mr. Martin Perringer for using the VTHS 3-D printers from their homes to create masks for healthcare professionals! We are so proud!
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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.

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The US Census Bureau Pays a Visit to VTHS

According to Mr. Kelsey Falkowski, his Civics and Society class had the regional director of the US Census Bureau for the New York area speak to students. He explained the importance of an accurate census from the number of representatives each state receives to the billions of dollars allocated to states in federal aid. Students asked intriguing questions from how prisoners and the homeless are counted to job opportunities with the Census Bureau.
2020 Census

Take a moment to complete the 2020 for your household. It's the law!

A Skype Meeting from Yellowstone National Park

Mr. Kelsey Falkowski's Civics class also recently "Skyped" with a park ranger from Yellowstone National Park. He discussed his role as part of the Department of the Interior and his contribuiton toward conserving federal lands.

Ironically, this meeting was conducted during period 9 on March 13th! It helped everyone to get read for Virtual Learning!

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Book Jacket Project

Just before school closed, Mrs. Terry Sabia presented her Photo 1 students with a Book Jacket Project. Here are some examples of a job well done!

Sargent Turner Recently Visited all VTHS PE Classes

On Monday, March 9th in all Physical education classes, all students had the honor to do a military style workout with Sargent Turner, a local marine recruiter in the area. After the intense workout that all students participated in, Sargent Turner shared his experience of ten years (and counting) in the military including the places he has traveled, challenging moments, and the overall great opportunity that the military provides. As students headed to the locker rooms after their tiring workout, all students thanked him for his service and Sargent Turner encouraged them to ask any questions regarding the military. As a physical education department, we are all thankful to have our students experience this special opportunity along with building a relationship with our community.

Marketing I Presentation by Brooklyn Rubenacker

A recent presentation by Brooklyn Rubenacker was a big hit thanks to a visit from her special friend.

911 Dispatcher from Hopatcong Visits Class

The Career and Vocations class had a 911 Dispatcher from Hopatcong come in to speak about the job and roles they play in the community. The students were extremely receptive and had a wonderful experience!
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News from Cosmetology!

According to Mrs. Susan Discorfano-Catania, an Anatomy class in Cosmetology was taught by Senior Alexza Ochoa, which is an assignment on her tracking sheet, (teach a lesson). She did a FABULOUS job!!!

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

The United Leadership Club recently held a very successful afternoon filled with fun, food and camaraderie! A great time was had by all!
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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.

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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!

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The Cast of My Favorite Year Visits WSUS!

The cast of My Favorite Year performed some of their favorite numbers for WSUS as a run-up to their performances.
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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!

Students from Rolling Hills, Lounsberry Hollow and Glen Meadow took the opportunity to attend a Dress Rehearsal of My Favorite Year and got to meet some of its stars!

The 38th Annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Dinner Theater (SCADT) was a Great Success!

On Wednesday, March 11th, approximately 300 Vernon Senior Citizens attended a presentation of "My Favorite Year," followed by a buffet dinner and dancing.

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!

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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!

These photos were shared by Mr. David Blauvelt, who had his students recreate a masterpiece with materials available at home. Great job, Tim!

Some Creative Science Experiments!

Mrs. Ashley Lambrinides recently challenged her students to create videos depicting interesting science experiments. Here are some examples:
Walking Water Experiment!!!
The Importance Of Washing Your Hands: Soap And Pepper

Water Song

...just click on this link to enjoy!
Molly the Water Molecule: Chemistry Project 3/27/2020

Our VTHS Spring Athletes!


Vernon Township High School Senior Athletes '19-'20

VTHS Senior Athletes '19-'20

VTHS Pass-It-Along's Scholar Athlete 2020

Congratulations to Olivia Vizzini, who was recently honored at a banquet to honor scholar athletes.
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Indoor Track Meet of Champions

Seniors Jess Wilkens and Chris Ruiz participated in the Indoor Track Meet of Champions. Congratulations, Jess and Chris!
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A Few Reminders...

Schoology Updates

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...

We are all hoping for the best--especially for the Class of 2020!

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

We are eagerly awaiting the announcement of this year's winning entries. For the first time in years, VTHS students participated in this contest.
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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.