November 2022 Message
From The Glen Meadow Middle School
Welcome to November 2022
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 2022-2023 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 by so quickly. We have a lot going on at Glen Meadow!
- November 3 - 8th Grade Hangout Night at GMMS (5:30 - 7:30 pm) - PERMISSION SLIP
- November 8 - Beauty and the Beast Auditions
- November 9 - Marking Period 1 ends
- November 10 - Schools Closed - NJEA Convention
- November 11 - District Closed - NJEA Convention
- November 14 - LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Program begins for 7th-grade Students in 2nd Marking Period Health Classes
- November 16 - "We're Not Buying It" Program begins for 6th-grade Students in 2nd Marking Period Health Classes
- November 16 - GMMS SCA Meeting (9:45 am - 10:45 am)
- November 16 - Genesis Parent Portal Opens (4:00 pm)
- November 16 - Virtual Johns Hopkins Meeting
- November 22 - GMMS Variety Show (6:30 pm)
- November 23 - Wear Animal Print and Donate $1.00 to The Giving Tree
- November 23 - VTHS Marching Band Performance for 8th-grade students at GMMS
- November 23 - Early Dismissal Day (12:30 pm)
- November 24 - District Closed - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
- November 25 - District Closed
- November 29 - TREP$ Marketplace at GMMS (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
- More information can be found in the information that follows. For a complete list of Glen Meadow happenings as they become available, 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 2022-2023 school year.
Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Principal
Eric W. Kosek, Assistant Principal
Join The 21st Century Community Learning Center!
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.
Helping Students Strive For Academic Success
Glen Meadow Happenings
CRAZY HAT DAY!
Crazy Hats... Crazy Hair... Crazy Fun!
MORE CRAZY HATS!
GMMS students "put the cap on drugs" during Red Ribbon Week!
MRS. BRADY IN HER HAT!
GMMS faculty also "put the cap on drugs" during Red Ribbon Week!
Engineering students Design, Develop, Build, Test... and PLAY!
Engineering students in Mrs. Stigler's class are hard at work building carnival games!
Imaginations and creativity run wild with our Engineers... and we love it!
Middle School Summit
Mrs. Gonzalez, Mrs. Van Orden, and Mrs. McAloney at the Middle School Summit.
Two students come together for a photo after drafting their Kindness Action Plan for Glen Meadow Middle School!
GMMS students share their ideas for kindness with the other Sussex County Middle School students.
Order a GMMS Inspire Kindness T-Shirt
New Ways November 2022
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: https://actionforhappiness.org/
Nominate a Governor Educator and Educational Services Professional
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
Restorative Practices at GMMS
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.
During the month of November, we continue to focus on respecting ourselves and others by being kind and making positive choices.
Counselors at Glen Meadow Middle School are assigned according to each student's grade level. The counselor assignments for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows:
Mrs. Alexis Pisco - email@example.com
Mrs. Lindsay McAloney - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs. Carol Gonzalez - email@example.com
World Kindness Day
November 13th - World Kindness Day is internationally observed on November 13th. World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement.
Parents & Guardians
November 17th - National Parental Involvement Day provides an opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the powerful contributions parents and caregivers provide at school and home to support student success.
Hunger and Homeless
November 11-19th - Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness.
World Kindness Day
Parents & Guardians
LEAD Program Begins November 14th
Led by Vernon Township Police Department's 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.
We're Not Buying It Program Begins November 16th
Art Contest: Acceptance Grows Here
The Glen Meadow Way
- 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!
Vernon Coalition Meeting
2022-2023 National Bus Safety Poster Contest
Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser
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.
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.
Please click on the button above for the GMMS Calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.
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!
Please click on the button above to follow the official Twitter page for GMMS (@GMMSVikings).
Please click on the button above to access the VTSD Calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.
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.
Thank you, GMMS families, for an amazing first marking period of the 2022-2023 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 #GMMSinspirekindness
All our best,
The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School