Survey and School
Greetings Falcon Family!
I hope that everyone's start of the new school year 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. I hope everyone has been able to attend their children's Back to School Nights and take notice to some of our building's upgrades. Each new school year 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.
Our district has committed to developing an English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum with shifts and program enhancements specifically to meet the rigor of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). We are excited to be implementing these academically enriched Reading and Writing Workshop Units of Study throughout our K-5 classrooms. These grade level experiences will include the following balanced literacy experiences: Read Aloud, Reading Workshop, Small Group Instruction, Writing Workshop and Word Study. The independent component of Reading Workshop allows students to choose texts based on a combination of their individual level and interests. Classroom libraries have been built to include a variety of genres, levels and subjects. Parents are invited to preview the books as your child makes their selection, along with any of the mentor texts included within the units. We want parents to be part of their children’s celebration of reading.
The new K-5 science curriculum reflects key changes brought about by the Next Generation Science Standards. The new standards require science education to shift its focus away from rote memorization of content as the primary means of learning in the science classroom. As such the new K-5 curriculum and accompanying textbook program place a much greater emphasis on the science and engineering practices used in authentic work. Additionally, various cross-cutting concepts provide different lenses for students to use when viewing phenomena and content. Students will be heavily immersed in science as a process not merely a body of knowledge, and will find the teacher acting less as a source of knowledge and more as a director of learning.
The Mathematics Department adopted two mathematics programs, GO MATH in grades K-5 and GLENCOE MATH in High School. The two programs combine 21st century educational technology with modern content, dynamic inter-activities, and a variety of instructional videos to engage today’s digital natives. Every student is supported through the universal access features of the program as they learn to think critically and apply their math knowledge. Students have all the resources they need to succeed. Moreover, both programs provide teachers with in-depth instructional support, embedded Professional Development videos and tips, and a wealth of differentiated instruction resources to ensure the depth of instruction required for student success.
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.
I welcome your input and thank you in advance for an outstanding year.
Patrick Tierney, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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.
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