I would like to bring to everyone's attention that the Board of Education adopted a revised calendar for the 2017-2018 school year at the February meeting.
This calendar can be found on the district website. I encourage you to take a glance.
I want to point out that the last day of school for students is now June 21st.
Also included in this calendar are ten (10) early dismissal days. For those that are unaware, the district will be implementing three new curricula (ELA - Balanced Literacy, Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards) in grades Kindergarten through Grade 5. The implementation of these new curricula require our instructional staff members to acquire additional training. It is our intention to utilize these 10 early dismissal days to provide the much-needed professional development to our staff to ensure the programs are implemented correctly.
If anyone has questions, please feel free to reach out to your child's building principal for further explanation.
Thank you in advance for your understanding while we look to enhance the learning environment for our children.
On March 3rd Dr. Plotts, Mr. DiColo and seven of our high school students participated in the "DOVER-JEFFERSON STUDENT LEARNING SUMMIT", which took place at Dover High School. The seven students who were selected to attend were from our student council and athletic advisory council. Upon our arrival Mr. Franks, Principal of Dover High School warmly greeted everyone and we enjoyed breakfast before starting the summit.
The summit began with Mr. Franks moderating a discussion on the differences between both student bodies and communities, as well as what both have in common. A YouTube video was viewed, which highlighted some great student and professional athletes, who have made positive impacts, such as Mohammad Ali. Dr. Plotts led a discussion about the incident which took place in January and how both schools and communities can move forward. The students shared personal stories about themselves and their roots within their community. The Principals facilitated another discussion about recent events, which were held in Jefferson with positive outcomes such as the Debate Team and Cheerleading competitions.
The meeting concluded with an invitation being extended from the Jefferson students to the Dover students, to come and visit our high school in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
The District will be hosting the third and final strategic planning session on December 12, at 7:00 PM at the Jefferson Township High School Media Center. All are welcome to attend.
More information on the Middle School website "JTMS Showcase"