Message for June 2022

From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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June 2022

Welcome to June!


Thank you for your continued support throughout the 2021-2022 school year!


We want to thank everyone who worked behind the scenes to ensure that all of our students who were required to take a standardized test last month were able to do so. It was an arduous amount of scheduling, set up and break down of tables and chairs, and an enormous amount of cooperation from our students and their families! Thank you, one and all!


May was another busy month at VTHS with lots of activities happening before, during and after school at VTHS! Please be sure to take some time to review this month's message and acknowledge the numerous students and staff members who have worked so hard to make VTHS such a special place to attend school. Students' high school experience is enhanced by belonging a club, becoming part of a team, or participating in an activity--and not just attending school.


We also have some exciting and memorable activities scheduled this month, including the Senior Breakfast, the Senior Prom, the Freshmen class trip, yearbook distribution and the Senior Walk....and, of course, the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2022! We would like to thank everyone who has played a role in making all of these activities possible!


As we move towards the end of the school year, we will be following a Final Exam Schedule during our scheduled early dismissal days. Please see the schedule below.


We have enjoyed working will all of your throughout the school year and want to thank all of you for sharing your children with us!


Sincerely,



Pauline F. Anderson, Danielle Colte, and Nicholas M. Demsak

VTHS Final Exam Schedule 2022

Please review the attached schedule for all of the details about this year's final exams. Seniors with an A average are exempt from finals.

“#VTHSWhatsNext”

Once seniors have decided on "What's Next?" after graduation, we are asking them complete the form attached to this letter to share their plans for their next venture following graduation. We are hoping that the entire Class of '22 participates!

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Class of 2022 News!

Here's the link to the newsletter created for our graduating seniors!

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Action for Happiness Calendars...

Joyful June 2022

...will be shared with you each month. They truly bring messages of hope and are replete with exceptional ideas to enrich your life--and the lives of those around you! Be sure to take a moment to review and/or print them out for your use throughout the month.


This is their message for June: Look for what's good. There are lots of actions that help us live with purpose, even in difficult or uncertain times.


For more information, please visit https://actionforhappiness.org/calendar


Thank you!

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Some June Dates to Remember!

Wednesday, June 1............. Senior Breakfast (7:40 am) Cafeteria

..............................................Senior Prom (6:00 - 10:00 pm) Perona Farms


Friday, June 3.......................District Wide Casual Day Special Olympics

..............................................Early Dismissal for VTHS only due to track meet


Saturday, June 4..................SAT Testing (6:45 am) Glen Meadow


Monday, June 6...................Faculty Meeting/Professional Development (2:15 pm)


Tuesday, June 7...................Senior Awards (6:30 - 8:30 pm) Auditorim


Wednesday, June 8.............Extended homeroom for Senior Exit Survey on Naviance

..............................................Jazz at the Flats (7:00 pm) Vernon Flats at Vernon Crossing Road


Thursday, June 9.................BOE Work Session (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Lounsbery Hollow


Friday, June 10....................UNITY EXPO (Tolerance Fair) (7:00 am - 12:00 pm) Media Center


Monday, June 13.................Senior Walk (9:45 - 11:45am) Vernon Township School District

..............................................Solo Ensemble Concert (7:00 pm)


Tuesday, June 14................Spring Varsity Awards (6:30 - 8:30 pm) Auditorium

..............................................Freshman Spring Activities (2:00 - 3:30 pm)


Wednesday, June 15.......... Jazz at the Flats (7:00 pm) Vernon Flats at Vernon Cross Road

..............................................Engineering Night (5:30 - 8:00 pm) Upper Library


Thursday, June 16 ..............SCA Virtual Meeting (12:30 - 1:30 pm)

..............................................BOE Tentative Public Meeting 7:00- 9:00 pm Lounsberry Hollow


Friday, June 17.................... Final Exams for Periods 1 & 5 (based on an A day schedule)

...............................................Early Dismissal


Monday, June 20 .................Final Exams for Period 2 & 6 (based on an A day schedule)

...............................................Early Dismissal


Tuesday, June 21................Final Exams for Periods 3 & 7 (based on an A day schedule)

..............................................Early Dismissal


Wednesday, June 22...........Final Exams for Periods 4 & 8 (based on an A day schedule)

Early Dismissal


Thursday, June 23..............Make Up Exams (based on an A day schedule)

.............................................Last day of school

.............................................Graduation (5:00 pm) Macerino Stadium

2022-2023 VERNON TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR

For your planning purposes, here is the calendar that has been approved for the 2022-2023 school year.

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~~~~~~BEHIND THE SCENES AT VTHS~~~~~~

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JUNIOR PROM A GREAT SUCCESS!

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Thanks to the hard work of the Junior Class advisors and their Prom Committee, this year's Junior Prom was a great success!


The VTHS gymnasium was transformed into an Enchanted Forest thanks to Mrs. Coleen Ranzan, Mrs. Kasandra Aristizabal and their prom committee!

WIND ENSEMBLE, JAZZ EXPRESS & SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT

The VTHS performed their 43rd Annual Spring Concert on May 18, 2022.

VTHS SPONSORS "WOMEN IN STEM" CONFERENCE DURING MAY

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On Friday May 6, 2022, the freshmen and sophomore young women of VTHS had an opportunity to participate in Princeton University’s annual Virtual Young Women's Conference in STEM. Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (a.k.a. STEM), the Young Women’s Conference introduced Vernon girls to women scientists and engineers and the wide breadth of careers available to them in these fields. Prominent women scientists and engineers from around the region spent the day with the girls in a variety of formats that includes small-group presentations, hands-on activities, a keynote address, and a chemistry demo. This virtual conference was sponsored by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy.


Congratulations to the following students who participated:



Angun, Fatima

Arnold, Devin

Austin, Gabrielle

Benson, Jaclyn

Black, Allison

Castillo, Arianna

Ciannella, Christina

Clarke, Kayla

Cordaro, Brooke

Crafton, Julia

Culmone, Alyssa

DeGraw, Katherine

Destani, Sihana

Emmerich, Meghan

Federici , Gia

Fermin, Genesis

Franek, Emily

Gass, Aster

Getz, Emily

Goolsby, Adrianna

Hamilton, Reese

Henderson, Lily

Hernandez, Noelle

Hess, Isabella

Jaros, Amber

Jones, Symone

Keating, Kasey

Kerrison, Janine

Kim, Kristina

Kosco, Olivia

Lopez, Amaya

Matallana, Eluney

McCafferty, Kiraleigh

O'Brien, Hana

Paton, Julia

Petak, Katelyn

Puza, Kaydence

Quimby, Paige

Ruano, Gabriella

Sanchez , Ariana

Schneider, Brooke

Seaman, Jessie

Seigel, Phiona

Sherman, Emma

Tucker, Natalie

Ukella, Vjosa

VanDenBroek, Sophie

Vasquez, Samantha

Vogel, Kailey

Witters, Amanda

Wood, Olivia

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VTHS Sponsors Women in STEM Conference

Read all about last month's Women's Conference!

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Memorial Day Faculty and Staff Barbeque

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After weeks of creating a menu, costing the menu, creating shopping lists and prep schedules, on May 26th the Culinary 3 Hospitality Management class hosted the "Memorial Day Faculty and Staff BBQ". Menu included, BBQ Ribs, Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, Baked Mac and Cheese, Corn Casserole, Roasted Potato Wedges, Pasta Salad, Coleslaw, Bacon Caesar Salad, Brownies, Lemon Bars and Strawberry Poke Cake. The students did an amazing job!
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2022 STRING SYMPOSIUM SLIDE SHOW

Please take a few moments to celebrate the Class of 2022 members who performed their last strings' concert this spring!

2022 STRING SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

This program lists all of the from Glen musicians Meadow Middle School and Vernon Township High School who performed at this year's String Symposium. It was truly a wonderful evening!

SCHOOL CLIMATE COMMITTEE HOSTS ROCK PAINTING!

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Class of 2022 Visits Dorney Park!

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Boys Lacrosse Team Maintains Garden

Members of the Boys Lacrosse team maintained the John Fisher Garden, to honor the memory of former player John Fisher who passed away in 2006. Each year, the team mulches, plants and weeds the garden and this year they replaced the older red stones with a refreshed look of gray rock.
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VTHS Seniors Assist with Rolling Hills & Walnut Ridge Field Day Activities!

Members of the Senior class assisted with Field Day Activities at

Rolling Hills Primary School and Walnut Ridge School.


Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the day special for our younger students!

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Rolling Hills Field Day

Danielle Bruce

Abby Talt

Eva Whang

Kylah Demarest

Dylan Shea

Emma McKeon

Evan Amato

Sidney Grifone

Martina Brich

Reagan Hamilton

Alexa Vizzini

Natalie Hassert

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Walnut Ridge Field Day

Tino Rivera

Elissa Tineo

Noel DeBonta

Magan Westdyke

Matt Tavares

Harry Malile

Jeremiah Carfello

Chris Meischner

Martina Brich

Lydia Alheidt

Sofia Staley

Students Enjoy a Masterclass with VTHS Alumnus Ethan Metz

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VTHS STUDENTS VISIT RHETT PRESTI AT FDU TO ATTEND "THE CHILDREN'S HOUR"

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Brianna Van Orden Selected as a 2022 MLK Scholar by the NJDOE! Congratulations!

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Protect Me With 3+ Poster Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Alyson Van Gulick won third place and Kayla Patterson won an honorable mention. Both students' posters were selected out of over 200 submissions! Alyson's poster will be displayed at health events around the state as a tool for raising student and parent/guardian awareness about the importance of adolescent vaccinations.


Her poster will also be permanently displayed on the "Winners" page of their website.

TOP 15 LUNCHEON HOSTED BY DR. D'AVINO

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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION

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Academic Honor Society Induction

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Maggie Previgian Honored as NJSIAA Scholar Athlete!

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ART SHOW AND NAHS INDUCTION

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On Thursday, May 12th, the high school art department hosted the National Art Honor Society Induction. The NAHS advisor, Ms. Soriano-Bunger and the VTHS principal, Dr. Anderson, were in attendance to hand out certificates and honor cords.


In addition to the ceremony there was a display featuring student artwork from all high school art classes.


Congratulations to all the members of the NAHS!

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VTHS SCA HONORS VTHS STUDENT ARTISTS

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CHARCOAL PORTRAIT BY IDALIS SANTIAGO

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DIGITAL ART BY KAYLA PATTERSON

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANISA DESTANI

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SCULPTURE BY JAYDEN CABRERA

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Sussex County Education Association Honors Educators & Awards Scholarship

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The Sussex County Education Association is to honor those who have worked in NJ public education for 25 years. This is the first in-person celebration the SCEA was able to have due to the pandemic so those who met this milestone in 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 were honored.


The Vernon Township School District Honorees included:



  • Dawn Basso
  • Dianne Chletsos
  • Christopher Jensen
  • Kristina Krops
  • Debbie Lynch
  • Bonnie Roth
  • Jim Saganiec
  • Kimberly Smarth-Meichnser
  • Maureen Sweeney
  • Cynthia Thomas
  • Cathy Toth



VTHS Senior Noel DeBonta was the winner of the Kathy Del Ben Scholarship sponsored by Visions Credit Union.


Congratulations, one and all!

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VTHS BAND PERFORMS IN DISNEY WORLD!

Congratulations to the Vernon Township High School Band Program for their six wonderful performances and workshops in Orlando, Florida over the last six days. The Band performed a marching band parade in Magic Kingdom, a Symphonic band concert in Disney Springs, a Symphonic Band workshop in Backstage Disney, a Dance Workshop in Universal Studios and both a Jazz Band and Symphonic Band Concert in Universal Studios City Walk.


Our students represented Vernon Township High School and the Band Program with great musicianship, dignity and pride! Thank you everyone for your continued support of our students and program.

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

VTHS Summer '22 Acceleration Program Letter

Please read all about this FREE Summer Acceleration Program for all current VTHS students who are in need of credit recovery for the following courses: English I, II, III and IV; Algebra I and II; Geometry; College Math; Financial Literacy; PE 12

ARTSTANDING - FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH - LHMS - 5-8 PM

Please be sure to join this family event at "A Student's Journey Through the Arts" ARTSTANDING 2022 on Friday, June 10th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow Middle School!

International Exchange Program

VTSD is proud to announce our International Exchange program for the Fall and we are currently looking for host families! Hosting an international student is an incredibly rewarding experience. Families who open their hearts and homes to international high school students develop lifelong bonds and gain a better understanding of the world around them. The opportunity to host also provides important cultural lessons for your family, neighbors, and our Vernon community. Check out our informational flyer and be sure to contact Lisa Curry, our program’s local coordinator with any questions you may have.
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Some Resources from NASP about Talking to Children About Violence

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"Oceans of Possibilities" Needs Teen Volunteers!

If you are a teen between the ages of 14 and 18, you can volunteer at a local library. Please see this flyer for all of the details!

AMES RUBBER CORPORATION TO HOST OPEN HOUSE ON JUNE 18TH

Volunteer for Pass It Along...

Greetings from Pass It Along,


We need your help! We are looking for teen volunteers to help us with the programs listed below. Without our teen volunteers, we would not be able to launch and keep these programs up and running. Please consider volunteering when you can and make a difference in your community!


Volunteer at a Food Pantry:


Since COVID, the need of our community has grown exponentially. With the added need, the Sparta Community Food Pantry has added additional hours to accommodate the full time working community members. We are looking for volunteers to assist in distributing and packaging food at the Sparta Community food pantry on Thursdays from 4:30 pm -6:30 pm. You can sign up on the days you are available using this link.


Volunteer with local youth:


Exciting news! Pass It Along has partnered with Norwescap to bring youth programming to Sussex, NJ! Norwescap is a non-profit organization that serves low income populations, with a primary focus on early childhood education. We have two amazing programs available at their new community center located at 37 Main Street Sussex, NJ. These new programs provide opportunities, which otherwise would not be available.


Youth Art Classes on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. We will have a different program each week, including crafts, dance, music, and more! Sign up here and help put a smile on a child's face.


Homework Buddies from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This will include fun activities to assist with homework and literacy. Sign Up Here!


Additional

For all of our other opportunities, please click this link!


Thank you for considering these amazing volunteer opportunities! Together we can make a difference. "Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

PASS IT ALONG DAY--SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH

Pass It Along Day involves projects such as gardening, helping out at homes with disabled people, helping out at the food pantry, garbage clean ups, animal shelters, and much more. Please consider participating in this great opportunity!

STUDENT DRIVERS' PARKING PASS INFORMATION FOR GRADES 11 & 12

All eligible juniors and seniors will be permitted to park on campus if they complete and/or provide all of the necessary Parking Registration materials listed below, including Random Drug Screening and attendance at a Share the Keys presentation. At this time, we do not have any additional Share the Keys presentations scheduled.


All vehicles parking on campus should be registered at this time. All students must complete and submit the necessary paperwork in order to receive a parking pass for the 2021-2022 school year.


Each eligible driver must present the following information in order to obtain a parking decal to be permitted to park on campus:


  • A completed PARKING REGISTRATION form (see below)
  • A COPY of a valid DRIVER'S LICENSE
  • A COPY of the CURRENT REGISTRATION for the car
  • A COPY of the CURRENT INSURANCE CARD
  • A signed copy of the RANDOM DRUG TEST form (see below)
  • Proof of participation in the SHARE THE KEYS' Program


If your child would prefer to pick up hard copies of the Parking Registration and Random Drug Test Form, please have them stop by the main office.


Student drivers should gather all information and return the completed forms to the main office. Mrs. Linda Hopper will be there to answer all questions and assist our student drivers!

VTHS STUDENT/PARENT/GUARDIAN HANDBOOK 2021-2022

Please use this link to view the VTHS Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook throughout the school year.

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SPEND YOUR SUMMER AT NJIT!

The Center for Pre-College Programs offers a series of summer programs for high-achieving students from post-4th to post-11th grades. These programs are designed to encouerage and prepare students to succeed in the STEM fields and are held in July.

ESCA and SCA News

VTHS SCA

We would like to sincerely thank this year's VTHS SCA Board for all of their hard work and dedication to our faculty, staff and students! Well done!


President - Dianne Falcone

Vice President - Keren Gonen

Treasurer - Joanne Jarosz-Quaranta

Recording Secretary - Dayna Germinario

Corresponding Secretary - open


Thank you!

ESCA Website

This website contains the most up-to-date information from our Executive SCA. Be sure to visit their website frequently throughout the school year!

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In closing...

...please reach out if we may be of any assistance as we close out the school year.


Thank you for your continued assistance and cooperation,


Pauline F. Anderson, Danielle Colte and Nick Demsak

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