December 2022 Message

From The Glen Meadow Middle School

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Welcome to December 2022

As the month of December is upon us, we wanted to thank you for all of your support thus far this school year. We hope that your child's 2022-2023 school year continues to be an enriching and rewarding experience.

A few important reminders for the month of December:

  • December 2nd: Don't Get Vaped In Presentation for 7th Grade Health Classes
  • December 6th: GM Winter Band Concert at VTHS (6:30 - 7:30 pm)
  • December 8th: Family STEM Night at VTHS (5:00 - 7:00 pm) (INFO)
  • December 8th: BOE Work Session at Lounsberry Hollow (7:00 pm)
  • December 9th: GM Winter Orchestra/Choir Concert at GMMS (6:30 - 7:30 pm)
  • December 12th: Book Fair (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • December 13th: Book Fair (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • December 14th: Wednesday White Out (Wear white and donate a canned good)
  • December 14th: Book Fair (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • December 14th: Evening Book Fair for Parents/Guardians/Students (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
  • December 14th: Vernon Coalition Meeting at VTHS Library (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • December 15th: Book Fair (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • December 15th: BOE Public Meeting at Lounsberry Hollow (7:00 pm)
  • December 16th: Book Fair (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • December 16th: GMMS Band/Orchestra/Chorus performs for CMPS
  • December 19th: Spirit Week! Sweater Weather - Wear a Holiday/Fun Sweater!
  • December 20th: Spirit Week! Favorite Character - Dress as a Holiday Character or Wear Red!
  • December 21st: Spirit Week! Holiday Hat - Wear a Holiday-themed Hat or Hair!

  • December 21st: GM SCA Meeting in Faculty Room (9:45 am)

  • December 21st: VTHS Meistersingers & Brass Choir Visit GMMS

  • December 22nd: Spirit Week! Toasty Thursday - Wear Warm, Cozy Clothes or Pajama Pants!

  • December 22nd: Early Dismissal Day (12:30 pm)

  • December 23rd through January 2nd: Winter Recess

  • January 3rd: School Resumes

As we bring in the month of December, we extend our congratulations to one of our main office administrative assistant, Ms. Cheddy Bogdewicz, who is now the Administrative Assistant to the VTSD Athletic Director, Mr. William Foley, at Vernon Township High School. A very special welcome to Mrs. Lisa Ingrasselino, our new main office administrative assistant. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Mrs. Ingrasselino in her new role!

In addition, we offer our heartfelt well wishes to CST case manager, Mrs. Lauren Peachey, who has accepted a new position in a district closer to her home. Please join me in excitedly welcoming back Mrs. Amanda Saxton as the GMMS CST case manager at Glen Meadow Middle School! Congratulations to all!

As always, we 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

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Governor's Educator of the Year Award Goes to...

Dr. Christopher Jensen! Dr. Jensen is an esteemed 8th-grade Science educator at Glen Meadow Middle School. Dr. Jensen was nominated by his colleagues and chosen to represent Glen Meadow Middle School as the GEOY for the 2022-2023 school year. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jensen for this well-deserved honor!

Educational Specialist of the Year Award Goes to...

Mrs. Carol Gonzalez! Mrs. Gonzalez is a well-respected counselor at Glen Meadow Middle School. Mrs. Gonzalez was nominated by her colleagues and chosen to represent Glen Meadow Middle School as the ESP for the 2022-2023 school year. Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Gonzalez for this well-deserved honor!
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GMMS Announces 1st Marking Period Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Glen Meadow Middle School Honor Roll Students for the 1st Marking Period! Please click on the red button above for a complete list of students.

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GMMS Announces 1st 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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Do Good December 2022

This month, we're encouraging you to carry out small acts of kindness. Kindness is contagious, and helping others has been proven to make us feel better too! Let's try to focus on being generous with our time and attention - it's free and better for everyone, as well as our planet! This month's calendar is full of ideas to help you show kindness towards yourself and others.

~obtained from:

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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.


Veteran's Day - A Day to Pay Our Respect

On Saturday, November 5th, NJHS students (under the leadership of Mrs. Amato and Mrs. Stigler) put 500 flags on Veteran's graves at the Northern NJ Veteran Memorial Cemetery. We are so proud of our students!
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Variety Show Performers 2022

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Restorative Practices at GMMS

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.
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International Volunteer Day

December is a great time to get your family involved in volunteer projects within your community. Pass It Along is a non-profit organization committed to helping build confident, resilient, and compassionate teenagers through self-discovery, volunteerism and leadership. Check out some of the great opportunities they have available for students and families to participate in this holiday season:

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.

Supporting Mental Health During the Holidays

Holidays can also be a stressful time for our children. Here are some tips on how to support your child’s mental health during the holiday season.
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5 Tips To Be Stress-Free

  1. Take care of yourself first. Get plenty of rest, eat a well-balanced diet, do some form of activity, carve out time for self-care, and remember to breathe. When we are stressed, we do not breathe deeply, which can amplify anxiety.
  2. Plan ahead, and do things in chunks.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  4. Focus on experiences rather than things.
  5. Remember to laugh.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving our resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. These are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. It improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and allow us to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
  • Laughter may even help us live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who do not laugh as much.

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!

Toys For Tots - Builder's Club

Please help a child in need during the holiday season. The GMMS Builders Club is collecting unused toys for the "Marine Toys for Tots" organization, which in turn, will distribute them to less fortunate children during the holidays. Donation boxes are in front of the main office until 12/9. If you would like to give a monetary donation, please click on the following link: Marine Toys for Tots

Thank you, Mrs. Lopez, Builder's Club Advisor & the Builder's Club

Glen Meadow Middle School Book Fair!

Get ready for the Glen Meadow Middle School Book Fair, which will run Monday, December 12th through Friday, December 16th! Students will be brought to the Book Fair with their Language Arts classes one day that week. Your child may ask their Langauge Arts teacher for the specific day that they will be attending.

In addition, the Book Fair will be open to GMMS parents, guardians, grandparents, families, etc. on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the GMMS Media Center. Please join us! If you would prefer that your child shop online, or if you would like to set up an E-Wallet account for your child on the Book Fair website, please visit Thank you!

December Spirit Days!

Monday, December 19th: Wear a Holiday/Fun Sweater!

Tuesday, December 20th: Dress as a Holiday Character/Wear Red!

Wednesday, December 21st: Wear a Holiday-themed Hat or Hair!

Thursday, December 22nd: Wear Cozy Clothes or Pajama Pants!

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.

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 consider joining us at the third SCA meeting of the year, on Wednesday, December 21st at 9:45 am. Please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!

Vernon Coalition: It's Not Pestering, It's Parenting!

From Mrs. DeRitter of the Vernon Coalition: Please click HERE for our first Coalition parent letter entitled, "It's Not Pestering, It's Parenting!" Thank you, one and all, for your continued support of the Vernon Coalition.

Order a GMMS Inspire Kindness T-Shirt (Deadline Extended)

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Wreaths Across America

Link to Sponsor Online

If you would like to purchase a wreath for this program which supports our Vernon Township High School scholarship, please complete the form below or sponsor online by clicking this button.

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Help Us Stuff the Stocking for the Season of Hope Toy Drive

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Please Donate to The Giving Tree and Help Families in Need

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The GMMS Theatre Program Fundraiser - Poppin' Popcorn!

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Support the GM SCA with Spirit Wear Purchases

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ESCA Three Month Calendar Raffle Fundraiser

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Please Join Us at the VTSD Family STEM Night on Dec.7th

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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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 partnership throughout the first three months 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

Have a safe and restful holiday season,

The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School

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