April 2022 Message

From Glen Meadow Middle School

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~Welcome to April 2022~

Thank you for all of your support thus far this school year. It is our hope and mission that your child's school year continues to be an enriching and rewarding experience.

Important reminders for the month of April:

  • April 1: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Performance at 7:00 pm in GM Gym
  • April 2: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Performance at 7:00 pm in GM Gym
  • April 5: End of 3rd Marking Period
  • April 6: Start of 4th Marking Period
  • April 6: 7th Grade Field Trip Form Due
  • April 8: Building Resilient Kids for Parents/Guardians with Mr. Jeff Veley (8:30 - 9:15 am)
  • April 8: Youth Empowerment/Conflict Resolution Mr. Jeff Veley (6th, 7th, and 8th-grade)
  • April 11th through April 14th: Spring Book Fair in the GM Library (during LA Classes)
  • April 12: TREP$ Marketplace at 5:30 pm in GM Gym
  • April 12: Spring Book Fair at 5:30 pm in the GM Library
  • April 13: GM SCA Meeting at 9:45 am in GM Faculty Room
  • April 13: 6th Grade Field Trip Form Due
  • April 13: 8th Grade Field Trip Form Due
  • April 14: BOE Work Session at 7:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow School
  • April 15: District Closed - Spring Break
  • April 18: District Closed - Spring Break
  • April 19 through April 22: School Closed - Spring Break
  • April 25: School Resumes after Spring Break
  • April 27: GM Vernon Coalition Townhall Meeting at 6:00 pm in GM Gym
  • April 28: BOE Public Session at 7:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow School
  • April 28: Therapy Dog Visit during Lunches

As we enter the month of April, we want to 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 2021-2022 school year.

Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Principal

Eric W. Kosek, Assistant Principal

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Join us immediately after student drop off on Friday, April 8th, at 8:30 am for a 45-minute presentation entitled, Building Resilient Kids, by Mr. Jeff Veley. Parents/Guardians will receive login information for free, exclusive access to Squabbles, an online platform for parents and educators which includes videos and resources to teach valuable skills at home or in the classroom ($97 value per family!). In addition, light refreshments will be served and everyone in attendance will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. We hope you can join us!

NOTE: Please plan to arrive between 8:15 am - 8:25 am with your ID. Kindly check in with our door monitor, Ms. Vega, and she will direct you to the location of the presentation.

Mr. Jeff Veley was born to entertain and educate. His natural talent to command an audience of any age has brought him before 1 million people. He’s been honored with two international awards and recognized as a Peace Ambassador by the United Nations for his effectiveness in conflict resolution. As a social skills educator, Jeff is able to connect with kids and parents/guardians and provide the skills necessary to overcome life’s challenges.

Mr. Veley will also be presenting Youth Empowerment and Conflict Resolution Strategies to our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students later in the day.

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Active April 2022

This month we’re encouraging you to get active, get outdoors and take care of your body! Let’s reap the benefits of getting our bodies moving and breathing more deeply as a result of exercising, laughing, and singing. We don’t have to run marathons as there are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies. For example, unplugging from technology, getting outside, and making sure we get enough sleep. Enjoy getting active in April, Glen Meadow!

~obtained from: actionforhappiness.com

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Field Trips! Field Trips!

6th Grade Trip - Raritan Valley Planetarium

DATE: May 25th OR May 26th (determined by homeroom)

COST: $45.00


7th Grade Trip - Bronx Zoo

DATE: May 12th

COST: $45.00


8th Grade Trip - Hudson River Cruise

DATE: May 26th

COST: $55.00


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 has partnered with Glen Meadow Middle School’s 21st CCLC. In addition, there is a Parent University component that provides workshops for parents/guardians and also affords students the opportunity to showcase their learning activities.

The program operates Monday through Friday, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with parent/guardian pick up. The 21st Century Community Learning Center is only available to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Glen Meadow Middle School students and is at no cost to families!

If you are interested in registering your child for this outstanding program, please contact Mrs. Kait Ramirez, Program Director, at kramirez@vtsd.com or (973) 764-4534. Likewise, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacquelyn Van Orden, GMMS Principal, at jvanorden@vtsd.com. 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!
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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.

Additional Happenings at Glen Meadow

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Mrs. Sisto's Class Field Trip

Last month, Mrs. Sisto's class participated in community-based instruction at Laser One and Frank's Pizza. A great time was had by Kaileigh, Jayce, Michael, and Christian! Mrs. Sisto and Mt Piontkowski are looking forward to their next adventure with Mrs. Sisto's class!
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Ava Dilzer Creates Renoir Masterpiece

Eighth-grade student, Ava Dilzer, has completed a six-month portrait of the Art Master Renoir, "The Theatre Box". Next week, on Friday, April 8th, this impressive piece of art will go to the National Art Honor Society Art Show at Wallkill Valley High School. Mrs. Hirkaler states, "I am so proud of her artistic academic commitment to excellence. It is not easy to copy a master, which is usually done in college." Congratulations, Ava!

Congratulations to our AMAZING Artists!

The following students will have artwork displayed in the Wallkill Art Show on Friday, April 8, 2022, from 6-8pm:

  • Molly Boyle - 8th grade
  • Cassidy Baker - 8th grade
  • Allyssa Clifford - 7th grade
  • Ava Dilzer - 8th grade
  • Arianna Johnson - 7th grade

The following students won the Morristown Medical, Atlantic Health, and Mountain Creek helmet logo contest:

  • Alexis Inoa (2nd Place Passes) - 7th grade
  • Faith Osusky (3rd Place Board Cover) - 6th grade

Center for Prevention Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest

Congratulations to the following students for their submission in the Center for Prevention's poster contest entitled, "Everything is awesome when you're alcohol free!" The honorable mention winners, whose posters will be shared on the Center for Prevention website, are:
  • Arianna Johnson - Grade 7
  • Raven Evans and Carly St. Clair - Grade 6
  • Anna King - Grade 6

Our students will be recognized at the countywide Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 12th at 7 pm with featured guest speaker, NJ State Senator Steve Oroho.

Ladies Night Out - April 22, 2022

On Friday, April 22nd, Ladies Night Out will be held at Minerals Hotel in Vernon. This fun, yet important, annual event Raises money for the ESCA scholarship fund. The fund awards scholarships to approximately 20 graduating seniors of Vernon Township High School who will be continuing their education. For more information about this event, please click HERE.
Click for More Information about Ladies Night Out 2022

Ladies Night Out raises money for the Vernon Executive SCA Senior Scholarship Fund. Aligning with the ideals of ESCA, the awards are made on the submission of essays depicting the student’s service and its impact to family, local or greater community

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Sister to Sister Dress Shop

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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!

Physical Education - 4th Marking Period

Beginning on Monday, April 11th, students will be changing for Physical Education. Gym lockers will be assigned before April 11th. Please make sure your child is prepared for PE with suitable clothing and footwear, which includes appropriate length athletic shorts or sweatpants, a t-shirt/sweatshirt, socks and sneakers that tie. Thank you!


Mark your calendars! April 11th through April 14th is the Glen Meadow Middle School Book Fair! Students will have the chance to visit the Book Fair with their Language Arts classes during that week. Parents/Guardians/Caregivers will have the chance to visit the Book Fair on Tuesday, April 12th, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

Pre-Order Your Glen Meadow Yearbook!

Glen Meadow Middle School yearbooks are now available for pre-order! The 2021-2022 yearbook is available for $30 and can be purchased at the link HERE. Don't miss out!

TREP$ - April 12th!

TREP$: This year, TREP$ will be run by 6th and 7th-grade entrepreneurs and this is an event that you do not want to miss! TREP$ Marketplace will be held on 4/12/2022 in the Glen Meadow Middle School Gym. We hope to see you there supporting our students!

Glen Meadow Honor Societies

GMMS National Honor Societies Website: In addition to the National Junior Honor Society, Glen Meadow Middle School now offers induction into the National Junior Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society! Please click HERE for the GMMS Honor Societies website, which has been updated to include important information regarding these prestigious societies. A very special thank you to Mrs. Hirkaler and Mrs. Young for their partnership with both organizations.

Glen Meadow Musings!

Extra, Extra... read all about it! Read the Glen Meadow Middle School newspaper for students, by students! Click HERE to hear more about the spring musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and our visit with the therapy dog, Ashlee!


Please consider joining us at the third SCA meeting of the year, on Wednesday, April 13th at 9:45 am, which will be held in the Glen Meadow Faculty Room. To view the SCA Welcome Letter, please click HERE. In addition, please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!
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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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.

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In closing...

Thank you, GMMS families, for your continued partnership this 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

The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School