VTHS Message May 2020

From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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As May arrives...

...we continue with online learning. We greatly appreciate your continued 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. We want to remind you that 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 have been focusing on the New Jersey Social and Emotional Learning Competencies and Sub-Competencies during the 2019-2020 school year.

We understand that most of this responsibility has been transferred to your homes now and want you to know that we sincerely appreciate all of our families and the dedication that such online learning necessitates.

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Another Message for our Students...

"Take Me Home" to VTHS


Our Nurses Focus on the Community

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Cathy Toth works on sending sports' physicals from Dr. Fisher to our parents and guardians.
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The Vernon Township School District nurses attend a Zoom meeting to discuss topics pertaining to our students, families and staff members. Please take some time to review the COVID-19 FAMILY FACT SHEET below:
Mental Health Resources

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

VTHS SCA Provides Assistance to Vernon Community

This is a message from the VTHS SCA Board:

We just wanted to update you on what the High School SCA is doing to help our Vernon community.

We heard that the local pantries in Vernon are running low on food so we had a Zoom meeting last Thursday and made it our official April meeting where we voted on and unanimously approved to donated money to St. Francis and to the Vernon United Methodist Church, we also donate to Tracks Deli, they are giving hot meals to families in need and rely on monetary donations. We also donated money to the robotics department for supplies they need for making the face shields for the doctors and nurses. We gave $500 to each of them. This money is being donated on behalf of all the students and parents at the high school.

SCA stands for School Community Association and in this unprecedented time, we felt it necessary to give to our community in need. The High School SCA has worked very hard for the past couple of years and we have had great success with our fundraisers so we felt that, now more than ever, it was time to give back to our community. We are proud of our community and proud to be able to support in any way possible.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our SCA in order to make such donations possible.

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VTHS Teachers Teaching from Home!

Mrs. DiNunzio using Screencastify with her Students

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Musical Madness with Mrs. McAloney

Mrs. Lindsay McAloney's classes are down to the "final four" bracket for their Musical Madness. Her students get 2 (or 3 now because she's throwing in "wildcards') Tony performance clips and have to vote on which they preferred, then support their reason. Acting students focus on character development, story-line, etc. and the technology students focus on the lighting, visuals, and technical aesthetics. Here's a link to it if you want to check it out. They've been loving it!

Practicing for State Board Testing in Cosmetology

Pictured below are Drina Baljak and Talia Capasso, who are practicing for their State Board testing via Zoom with their teacher, Mrs. Susan Discorfano-Catania.We want to wish them the best of luck!
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News from the Athletic Department

The Athletic Department holds weekly Zoom meetings. This screenshot was taken during the meeting on Friday, April 17, 2020.
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Athletic Director Bill Foley, our Spring Coaches and our Athletic Trainers are tweeting out daily messages highlighting our senior athletes, providing sport specific tips and health/wellness information. Some coaches have Schoology pages set up for their teams with daily workouts and information and some coaches are hosting Zoom meetings to stay connected with their athletes.

Take Your Child to Work Day 2020

Bring Your Child to Work Day 2020 found our faculty and staff members working at home with their children and loved ones. Many of them shared their photos with us and we wanted to share them with you!
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Please consider taking some time to thank some of the fine educators who have worked with your children over the years. There is no gift more appreciated than a simple note (or email) of thanks.

Happy National Poetry Month from the Back Porch Review

Each school day during the month of April, Mrs. Kathy Weyant shared a poem and her insight about each poem. A copy of each of the poems is available by clicking the link below.

Some of Mrs. Weyant's beautiful insights included:

  • Always remember poetry can soothe our souls and tame the scary monsters in our minds.

  • We all want to leave a mark. How will future generations, how will our planet, how will our universe know you were ever here? May the reason others will know you were here is because you loved.

  • Grow, grow, grow during this sheltering time. Just a little.

  • Be compassionate toward yourself and others. Be patient, with yourself and this "lock down." Know that, like a river, nothing stays the same forever. It will pass. Let it be, for now.

  • May only ripples cradle your boat today.

  • May your days be filled with cures and blessings.

Thank you for sharing your amazing insight with us, Mrs. Weyant!


NJEA Awards VTHS a $10,000 Grant

Thanks to Mrs. Lisa Hirkaler and her committee, the NJEA has awarded VTHS $10,000 to improve the high school's courtyards! We are looking forward to working collaboratively on this beautification effort.

HOSA States Announces Results of State Competition

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) announced the results of the state competition. (Due to social distancing, the competitions were limited to online tests.)

VTHS had 4 competitors and one winner! Madison Hordych placed second in the Northern Regional Conference in Sports Medicine. Congratulations, Madison!

The ESCA Creates a New Website

Please take some time to visit this informative ESCA website; it links to each school's SCA.


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 were ordered and delivered thanks to Mr. Matt Shea and our amazing Tech Department!

The Tech Department also has a TECH RESOURCES FOR PARENTS site, which includes updates, helpful videos, resources etc www.vtsd.com/tech

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

Superintendent Karen D'Avino's Letter dated 4.22.20

This is the most updated information about the grading policy for the 4th marking period.


Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman: Gratitude
Ep.6.19.5 Rooted In Love

Calendar Update

As this Monthly Message is disseminated on Friday, May 1, 2020, the most recent information from Gov. Murphy for the State of New Jersey is that all schools will remain closed through May 15, 2020. As further information is made available, we will keep you informed.

At the current time, the Junior Prom has been cancelled and will be rescheduled sometime in the future.

The Senior Prom is still on hold, as it is scheduled for May 28th, however, more than likely, it too will be cancelled. Although plans are well underway for the traditional graduation ceremony, a Virtual Graduation will be implemented if a traditional ceremony cannot be held.

These are challenging times for many of us and it is our sincere hope that you and your families will remain safe and healthy in the coming days. Please reach out if we may be of any assistance.

Take care and be safe,

Pauline F. Anderson, Nicholas M. Demsak and Jacquelyn M. Van Orden

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Thank you for allowing us to work with you and your child during the 2019-2020 school year.