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    Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Assistant Superintendent

    Ms. Dora Zeno
    Business Administrator

    Mrs. Margaret Widgren
    Director of Student
    Personnel Services
    District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

    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 beginning on September 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Jefferson Township High School Media Center.  All are welcome to attend.

Superintendent's Message

  • Message From The Superintendent

    Posted by Mary Judge at 9/9/2016

    Greetings Falcon Family!

    I hope that everyone's opening week went well.  From a district perspective and after visiting all the schools and trying to visit as many classrooms as possible, I observed many smiling and happy faces of students that were excited to be back in school.  I saw just as many smiling and happy parents to have their children back at school, too. 

    As we begin this school year the Administration and staff are enthusiastic to foster the love of learning for all of our children. As you can see, starting with the district's new website, we have been busy making changes.  I welcome and urge you to attend your children's Back to School Nights (listed on each individual school's webpage) and take notice to some of our building's upgrades. 

    At this time I would to invite all of our district's stakeholders to join me and participate in the start of the district's new Strategic Planning process. Three dates have been established, beginning on September 26th and following on October 20th and December 12th.  All meetings will take pace in the Media Center of the JTHS beginning at 7:00 PM.  During these meetings, stakeholders will have an opportunity to discuss the district's strengths and weaknesses, create a district mission and vision statement, and provide input to lay the groundwork for the short and long-term goals.  Please register HERE or contact my office at (973) 663-5780 ex 5094.

    In closing, it is my intention to utilize this forum on a regular basis to communicate with you, the parents.  Please check back often to see new messages.


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