April 2021 Message
From the Vernon Township High School Administrative Team
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas M. Demsak, Assistant Principal; email@example.com
Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Assistant Principal; firstname.lastname@example.org
Results from the Wallkill Invitational Art Show
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!
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!
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
Congratulations, Cristian! We are very proud of you!
Congratulations to our Athletes!
HOSA Competition Results
HOSA Northern Regional Conference
6th Place - Natacha Morales Laureano
7th Place - Danielle Bruce
6th Place - Rebecca Bogdewicz
4th Place - Mia Annunziata and Nadine Yamout - qualified to compete at the State Competition*
HOSA State Competition
*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
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
"Little Shop of Horrors" is a Big Hit!
The Show DID Go On...!
"Behind the Scenes" at VTHS!
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.
St. Patrick's Day Festivities!
Gottheimer's Women's Leadership Summit
Students Solve Shield Problem at VTHS!
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!
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:
Thank you, Thom LoGuidice and Marc Bray for all of your hard work with our students.
Cintas Representatives Deliver PPE to VTHS!
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"
- 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!
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!
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Please take the time to review the important information listed below:
Please click on this "button" for a blank New Jersey Voter Registration Application!
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!
Ms. Valentino can be reached at 973.934.7590 or at Briannevalentino@gmail.com.
Her website is https://linktr.ee/brie508
Thank you, Brianne!
CLASS OF 2021 THANKS YOU!
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, 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.
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!
This document delineates how student attendance will be recorded during virtual learning.
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!
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.
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.
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!
We've Been Asked to Share this Information with You:
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:
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.
5-Step Process for Ordering, Virtual Only Students, Blue and Gold Teams
Vernon Education Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations!
Information from the Sussex County Library System about FREE Online Tutoring! Just click below:
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!
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