April 2021 Message

From the Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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Welcome to April!

Spring Ahead at VTHS!

VTHS welcomed back both the Blue and Gold teams of the Class of 2021 on Monday, March 22nd and it was wonderful to see so many smiling seniors' faces! Continuing with that positive trend, we will be inviting both our Blue and Gold teams of 9th, 10th and 11th graders to attend school together beginning on Monday, April 12th, the first day back from Spring Break. Thus, we will no longer be utilizing a Blue and Gold calendar.

If your child is an exclusively virtual student and would like to return to in-person instruction, please contact your child's assistant principal as soon as possible so we can update their information in Genesis.

All VTSD schools will be closed from Friday, April 2nd through Friday, April 9th for Spring Break. We wish all of you a restful vacation and want to remind you that all students are scheduled to return to school--either Virtual or In-Person-- on Monday, April 12th.

Please be sure your children join in our Spirit Week Activities, which have been developed by Mrs. Kristy Riegler and the VTHS Student Council:

Monday, April 12th - Blue/Gold Day

Tuesday, April 13th - Tie-Dye Day

Wednesday, April 14th - Hat Day

Thursday, April 15th - Jersey Day

Friday, April 16th - USA Day

As always, if you have questions and/or concerns about your child's educational experience, please reach out to your child's teacher first. The teacher is the best one to assist you with questions about specific classes, assignments, and assessments. We truly believe that when the home and school work collaboratively, students receive a quality education. Thank you for being our Partners in Education!


Pauline F. Anderson, Ed. D., Principal; panderson@vtsd.com

Nicholas M. Demsak, Assistant Principal; ndemsak@vtsd.com

Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Assistant Principal; jvanorden@vtsd.com

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Results from the Wallkill Invitational Art Show

We wanted to share some good news from Vernon's Visual Arts Department:

VTHS had 2 students awarded at the Wallkill Invitational Art Show last Friday:

  • Will Toll was awarded 3rd place in Photography!
  • Patience Hevi won an $80,000 scholarship to Montserrat College of Art!

The VTHS Visual Arts Program continues to be award-winning!

Congratulations, one and all!

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Boys Basketball Highlight following a Game with Sussex Tech

On March 1st, following a game against Sussex Tech, the Sussex Tech Program presented one of our basketball players with a check for $1400 to help defer some of the costs incurred by his family due to the recent loss of their home to a fire.

Some very important values were learned from this sincere act of kindness. Thank you, Sussex Tech, for such sportsmanlike behavior!

VTHS Selected as one of 26 Pilot Schools!

The Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA), the professional learning division of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), has announced the 26 schools that will be a part of its Healing-Centered Engagement initiative.

Cristian Vintimilla Selected for Governor's School of Engineering & Technology

Cristian Vintimilla has been selected from a very talented pool of candidates to participate in this summer's Governor's School of Engineering & Technology hosted by the Rutgers University of Engineering! He will be spending four weeks, free of charge to him or his family, engaged in engineering and technology with others who share his interests.

Congratulations, Cristian! We are very proud of you!

Congratulations to our Athletes!

HOSA Competition Results

HOSA Northern Regional Conference

Clinical Nursing

6th Place - Natacha Morales Laureano

7th Place - Danielle Bruce

Sports Medicine

6th Place - Rebecca Bogdewicz

CPR/First Aid

4th Place - Mia Annunziata and Nadine Yamout - qualified to compete at the State Competition*

HOSA State Competition

CPR/First Aid

*2nd Place - Mia Annunziata and Nadine Yamout

Special thanks to Mr. Matt Bergh and Mrs. Jeanette Emmerich for their hard work in preparing all of these students for these competitions!

VTHS eSports Club Update

The VTHS eSports Club welcomes both casual gamers and competitive gamers. For the casual gamers, this club meets to play different games including mobile, console, PC, and even board games.

For our competitive gamers, VTHS has joined the Electronic Gaming Federation to face off against other teams across the United States. EGF games include Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, Overwatch and more.

Join VTHS eSports where YOU belong! www.vtsd.com/esports

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"Little Shop of Horrors" is a Big Hit!

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The Show DID Go On...!

Despite a challenging start, the theater students--along with Mrs. McAloney, Mr. Boehm and Mr. Taylor--put on a memorable and enjoyable show! Thank you, one and all for all of your hard work! For a complete list of all of our performers and "essential" behind-the-scenes folks, please open their Playbill below:

"Behind the Scenes" at VTHS!

VTHS Mathematics Honor Society Induction

Sixty new sophomores, juniors and seniors were inducted into the VTHS Mathematics Honor Society on March 16th. Please click on this button to review their program for a list of all of the society's members, in addition to the Math League's members.

Mr. Loggie on Bagpipes - St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Festivities!

Mr. Loggie and the VTHS Marching Band shared their amazing performances with the faculty, staff, and students on St. Patrick's Day. A special thank you to Mr. Loggie, Mr. Taylor, Mrs. Young, Mr. Castellano, and all of the students involved in the VTHS Marching Band!
St. Patrick's Day - VTHS Marching Band Performance

Gottheimer's Women's Leadership Summit

On Monday, March 29th, three senior students participated in a Zoom Call with Congressman Josh Gottheimer to ask our Fifth District Women Leaders about their successes and receive advice for their futures. VTHS was proud to invite Cecelia Evicci, Madison Hordych and Rylee Smaldone, who did a wonderful job representing VTHS! Thank you!
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Students Solve Shield Problem at VTHS!

In another example of staff and students working together to keep everyone safe as we return to school, Mr. Dominic Demsak works with his CFM students to adjust the desk shields at Vernon Township High School. As the Construction Facilities Management teacher, he guided his class to problem-solve the footprint issue where the shields were too wide for most of the students' desks. With a little ingenuity and tweaks, the function of the shields has been significantly improved while the distraction of their previous failures has been eliminated.

Model UN Results

Vernon Township High School students represented the Republic of China on Monday and Tuesday at the St. Peter's High School Model United Nations conference.

Fifteen teams across New Jersey participated along with a team from Pakistan. Our Model UN students developed position papers, crafted proposed resolutions, debated and collaborated with other delegations on a host of topics including the legality of Israel's annexation of Palestinian land in the West Bank, accessibility and distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on indigenous peoples, and the decrease in youth employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an added bonus, our Model UN students also had the opportunity to meet and listen to AmbaGary Domingo, the Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand at the end of the conference.

Maverick Brendli, Vjosa Ukella, and Kennedy Troung received honorable mentions and Julia Crafton, a freshman, received 1st runner-up. Approximately 150 students participated in this two-day conference.

Many thanks to Guy DellaTorre and Kelsey Falkowski for all their hard work with these students!

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Academic Decathlon State Results

Join us in congratulating our Academic Decathlon who finished the season 14th overall at the NJ State competition. Wesley Sanders, our team MVP, took home silver medals in Math and Music, while Karolina Jamiolkowska scored an honorable mention in Speech. Our top performers were Wesley, Karolina and Alexander McCann. This was a tricky season to say the least, so we are proud of our team and thrilled by their success.

Here's our full roster:

James Burke

Lindsay Burke

Morgan Burke
Shannon Burke
Kaitlyn Buurman

Julia Contino

Alexa Frain

Reagan Hamilton

Karolina Jamiolkowska

Ethan Lubeck

Dylan Mann

Jacob Mann
Alexander McCann

Wesley Sanders
Vjosa Ukella
Liam Young

Thank you, Thom LoGuidice and Marc Bray for all of your hard work with our students.

Cintas Representatives Deliver PPE to VTHS!

On March 19th, Sue Rolle, First Aid & Safety Service Manager for Cintas, donated PPE for the staff and students of VTHS. The materials were delivered by Ms. Rolle and Bob Storms, VTHS alumna. Ms. Rolle has two students in the district and we sincerely appreciate Cintas' generosity!

NHS Thanks First Responders

Under the tutelage of Mrs. Erin Hill and Mr. Kelsey Falkowski, the VTHS National Honor Society's members recently delivered homemade baked goods to Vernon first responders.

They created baskets and dropped them off to our local police station, firehouses and ambulance squads.

They also made a basket for our high school custodians and secretaries!

Everyone was very appreciative!

Thank you for your thoughtfulness, NHS!

"Certificate of Achievement in Psychology"

The following students earned a "Certificate of Achievement in Psychology" for the 2020-2021 school year at Vernon Township High School. To earn this award students must have an "A" average and have written a formal term paper related to Psychology.

  • Riley A. Ackerman
  • Mia S. Annunziata
  • Kailei J. Bose
  • Shannon N. Burke
  • Zoe M. Burns
  • Janelle L. Colyer
  • Noel M. DeBonta
  • Jamilah C. Evelyn
  • Jeremy S. Fitzpatrick
  • Alexa J. Frain
  • Daniel F. Gleason
  • Estella Hallacker
  • Alana G. Levy
  • Leandra McMahon
  • Sarah E. Petak
  • Maya E. Sauer
  • Alyssa M. VanDalinda
  • Emily C. Walker
  • Amanda R. Weston
  • Caitlin E. Witters
  • Kelly A. Witters

Congratulations to all!

Mr. Chorney

Some Important Reminders:


VTHS will be operating on an Early Dismissal Schedule on Wednesday, April 14th. Students will be provided with a FREE Grab & Go Lunch at dismissal time (11:20 am). Please mark your calendars!


In order to be in compliance with The High School Voter Registrations Law, we are providing the following voter registration materials, a summary of voter registration eligibility requirements, materials describing the role of a citizen, and materials articulating the importance of voting to all eligible high school students prior to graduation.

Please take the time to review the important information listed below:

New Jersey Voter Registration Application

Please click on this "button" for a blank New Jersey Voter Registration Application!

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Dear Members of the Class of 2021, if you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete this information so we can begin ordering your caps, gowns and diplomas for graduation!

The Winter Carnival was a Great Success!

Please take a few minutes to enjoy these photos (by clicking on each picture, a new picture will load), which were taken gratis by Brianne Valentino--a VTHS alumnae--from Brie Marie Photography.

Ms. Valentino can be reached at 973.934.7590 or at Briannevalentino@gmail.com.

Her website is https://linktr.ee/brie508

Thank you, Brianne!


The Class of 2021 is currently making plans for their End-of-Senior-Year activities, including the Senior Prom and their Senior Breakfast. They would like to thank everyone who supported their recent fundraiser, which raised $1,920! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

The Back Porch Review is Looking for YOU!

The Back Porch Review, VTHS's Literary Magazine, is looking for student and staff submissions for the 2021 edition, which are due by April 16th. This year's theme is Safe Harbors, which will reflect the challenges experienced over the past year.

Primary Contact Information for Genesis

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to update your contact information, so we can update our records. During these uncertain times, we want to be able to contact you immediately in case of an emergency. Thank you for your help!

Students' Virtual Learning Attendance Protocols

This document delineates how student attendance will be recorded during virtual learning.

Vernon Township High School Clubs and Organizations

It's important to get involved! Please take some a moment to review the numerous afterschool activities available at VTHS for every student! If you have specific questions, please email the adviser(s) listed for that particular club or organization!

Important Dates to Remember!

Marking Period 3 Ends and Marking Period 4 Begins!

Monday, April 12th is the last day of Marking Period 3; Marking Period 4 begins on Tuesday, April 13th.

On Monday, April 19th at 4:00 pm, Report Cards and Marking Period 3 grades will be available for grades 2 through 12 on the Genesis Student/Parent Portal.


On Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, all students (In-Person and Exclusively Virtual) in grade 10 will be eligible to participate in the administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT10) at Vernon Township High School.

Students participating in the PSAT should arrive at school at the normal start time of 7:05 AM and proceed to their test room where they will be tested.

Grade 10 students may be dropped off at the school and regular busing will be provided.

Temperature checks will be given and all testing rooms will practice social distancing.

During testing, all students will be more than 6 feet apart with masks. The PSAT test will conclude, at approximately 11:00-11:20 AM.

VTHS Honor Societies Information

Please take a moment to review the Honor Society information for Vernon Township High School. There are numerous opportunities to celebrate our high achieving students!


Review the information on the flyer below:

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We've Been Asked to Share this Information with You:

Key Club Shoe Drive

As its final fundraiser, the VTHS Key Club will be collecting clean, used shoes fro the homeless through soles4souls.org in Franklin. Please bring your pairs of shoes tied together to the VTHS main lobby on or before April 30th. Thank you!


The Center for Prevention & Counseling’s 21st Annual Contest is underway! Students in grades 4-12 are invited--and encouraged--to create a poster, essay or video highlighting their best message that highlights "A Healthy Me is Alcohol Free."

Information about Pandemic EBT Helps Families Buy Groceries during COVID through September '21:

2021 New Jersey Teen Media Contest Deadline Extended!

For the 26th year, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) is proud to sponsor the New Jersey Teen Media Contest. For 2021, the contest will once again accept entries in the hand-drawn/hand-painted artwork and written word categories.

Fall Drama Update

The Fall Drama was recently filmed and will be available for a purchasable stream this month. We will share the details as soon as we have further updates. Thank you for your continued patience.

Healthy and Nutritious Free Meals for all VTSD Students

5-Step Process for Ordering, Virtual Only Students, Blue and Gold Teams

Vernon Education Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations!

Please take a few minutes to nominate a well-deserving nominee for this year's Hall of Fame honor. The Call for Nominations and the Nomination Form are provided below:

Information from the Sussex County Library System about FREE Online Tutoring! Just click below:

Julia Crafton - Teen Singer and VTHS 9th Grader!

Please take a few minutes to listen to the clips of some of her original songs from "Woodstock Child". This was her "COVID Project", helping her family stay positive while at home, and looking toward a great future. Thank you for your support!

In closing...

As we enter a new month --- and continue with the 2020-2021 school year --- we are honored to continue our work with you and your children. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Enjoy your Spring Break and stay safe!

Wishing you all the best,

The Faculty and Staff of VTHS

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