News from the Superintendent

Karen D'Avino, December, 2018


Over the last couple of months I have had the opportunity to meet many families, students, and staff. It has been a privilege to attend events like, Music in the Mountains and Up the Down Staircase at Vernon Township High School. Also exciting are concerts at Glen Meadow, the Veteran's Day parade at Cedar Mountain and Literacy Night at Rolling Hills. The Walnut Ridge grandparents Celebration and Lounsberry Hollow's many events for students and families are all opportunities that I am grateful for.

At Vernon Township High School I recently attended the first ever English Symposium. This event focused on celebrating the successes of our recent graduates with a focus on the value of English. I was impressed by our alumni. They spoke highly of the English department at Vernon High School as well as their experiences at VTHS. Students were articulate and accomplished. I could not have been more impressed.

If you are looking for more good news, I am sure you are tuned in to our YouTube channel. VTHS Studios has produced more forty podcasts celebrating the successes of our students and district. For more information, please follow the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

I have received a warm welcome from Vernon and look forward to future successes in our schools and community. On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to wish all of our staff, students, and families Happy Holidays!

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English Symposium, Vernon Township High School

Coffee with the Superintendent

In an effort to extend my service to families and hear from the community, there will be three upcoming Coffee with the Superintendent "meet and greets". All three events will occur in the Superintendent's Office at the Board of Education offices which are located in the Walnut Ridge School (left side of the building.) Although not required, please email Mrs. Gagliostro, at if you are planning on attending. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

I look forward to informal conversation and the opportunity to meet more families during those times.

Informational Sessions Regarding Budget Cuts to VTSD by the State of New Jersey

During the December 6, 2018 work session meeting of the Vernon Board of Education, some budgetary information was presented. For more information, please see the VTSD Budget Discussion with panel linked below.

The central office administration will be hosting two open informational sessions for families and community members to learn more about the budget cuts imposed by the State of New Jersey to the Vernon Township School District. These informational sessions will be held on the following dates and times at the VTHS Auditorium at 6:00 p.m:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019

We look forward to seeing you then.