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  • Dr. Patrick Tierney

    Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Assistant Superintendent

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    Business Administrator

    Mrs. Margaret Widgren
    Director of Guidance
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    31 Rt 181
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    (973) 663-5780


  • Jefferson Jefferson Township New Jersey

    Jefferson is the northernmost township in Morris County formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 11, 1804, from portions of Pequannock Township and Roxbury Township. The township was named after Thomas Jefferson, the President of the United States at the time the township was created.

    The township has two large divisions, Milton and Lake Hopatcong. Each half has its own first-aid squad, fire department substation and set of elementary schools. Both sections of the township share a high school and middle school.

    Jefferson Township has many natural and recreational facilities to offer including Lake Hopatcong (the largest lake in New Jersey), Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, and Camp Jefferson to name a few. Jefferson Township also offers many community activities including sports, scouts, library programs, concerts, picnics, as well as its yearly Jefferson Days celebration.

    Our Schools

    The Jefferson Township Public School District is committed to providing a quality education to all of our students, from kindergarten through grade 12. With approximately 3,000 students district wide, our seven schools promote the highest standards of academic excellence, as well as the highest social and ethical expectations within our learning community. Our district’s comprehensive K-12 curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will require to be life-long learners, productive workers, and responsible and contributing citizens. At the Jefferson Township High School, our co-curricular programs offer a complete range of inter-scholastic athletics. We are consistently recognized by the NJSIAA for our sportsmanship.  Students compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference as well as Morris County tournaments in athletics.

    Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) exist in every school.  Within the PLCs, teachers work together to improve instructional practices.  The district continues to focus on tools for student assessment.  These assessments enable teachers and students to identify strengths and areas needing additional work. Unit and semester assessments are designed to prepare students for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) administration.

    The district has incorporated the Common Core Standards (CCS) in all curricular areas and professional development to assist our teachers is on-going.

    Our Mission

    All students are held to the highest standards for academic, social and ethical behavior. They are motivated to learn, self-assured, and confident individuals. Students are prepared to apply their skills and knowledge as productive citizens in an ever-changing world. 

    Members of the educational community are facilitators of learning who work cooperatively and support students. The educator differentiates instruction while encouraging inquiry-based learning, critical thinking skills, and community based activities.  Instruction focuses on practical and technological problem solving applications. 

    A diverse curriculum provides opportunities which promote student learning. The curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary connections and a global perspective.  Student assessments provide continuous feedback on achievement of benchmarks which align with learning outcomes, state, and national standards.

    It is the expectation of this school district that all pupils achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels.

    Belief Statements

    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should develop a sense of responsibility emphasizing interpersonal relationships, good citizenship, cultural and global awareness.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students learn best in a safe and secure environment which encourages them to accept challenges and become creative problem solvers.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should be able to communicate appropriately and effectively with others in a diverse population.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should be prepared to apply acquired skills and knowledge in an ever-changing society.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should reach the highest academic, social, and ethical standards.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should make positive contributions to the community.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should become life-long learners.

    Strategic Plan 

    The District will be conducting a strategic planning process over the next several months. Please check back once it is completed. 


Superintendent's Message

  • A Message From the Superintendent

    Posted by Mary Judge at 8/17/2016

    Welcome Back

    Hello Falcon Family!

    I hope that everyone had a relaxing summer with family and friends.  I am certain everyone is asking the same question – Where did the summer go?  I feel as though school just ended and it was yesterday when I spoke at the high school graduation.  Anyway, another school year has arrived and the time has come to doing what we love - to teach and help our students become active learners. On behalf of the Board of Education, administration, teachers, and our support staff, we are excited to begin this school year with high expectations for our district.

    September is a new beginning. We have several new staff members who have joined our Falcon Family, to go along with the wonderful ones we already have. I want them to know that their efforts are appreciated and wish them a successful school year.

    The administration and staff are committed to supporting our students by providing them exceptional instruction. We accomplish this by assuring that our curricula is current and reflects the college and career readiness standards. We strive to assure that our classroom instruction will be rigorous and relevant.  However, the key to establishing active classroom environments begins with creating strong relationships between students, teachers, and parents. We urge you to become partners in the academic development of our students.  

    The Jefferson Township Public Schools will continue its commitment to providing a quality education for every student.  It is our mission to provide opportunities through high expectations and efforts to enhance the learning environments of our students.

    Thank you in advance for an outstanding year.

    Patrick Tierney, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools 

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