Jefferson Township

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Administration

  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Roger Jinks, Jr., Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent

    Mrs. Rita Oroho Giacchi
    Business Administrator

    31 State Route 181
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    (973) 663-5780  

    Mrs. Josephine Ramirez
    Supervisor of Student
    Personnel Services
    District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
    1010 Weldon Road
    Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
    (973) 697-3535 ext. 5865
    joramirez@jefftwp.org 

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  • Career Fair

    JTPS Career Fair

    January 24, 2023: Jefferson Township Public School welcomes applicants for all positions! Staff members will be available to speak with you about potential opportunities. We are hiring ON THE SPOT for many openings!

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  •  Kindergarten Registration

    23-24 Kindergarten Registration

    January 23, 2023: Kindergarten Registration for 2023-2024 will take place February 27-March 3. Make an appointment today to register your child at either Ellen T. Briggs (Lake Hopatcong families) or Cozy Lake (Oak Ridge families). Please pre-register your child before making your appointment.

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  • Thank you, Mr. Millar!

    January 11, 2023: On January 3rd, Matthew Millar was recognized for his 12 years of outstanding service to the children and community as a member of the Jefferson Township Board of Education. Thank you, Mr. Millar, for your time and dedication!

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  • Substitute Teacher Rate Increase

    November 22, 2022: In response to the nation-wide teacher shortage crisis, Jefferson Township Public Schools is announcing an increase in pay for substitute teachers. Substitutes can now make up to $175/day to work in Jefferson. The JTBOE approved a tiered pay schedule for substitutes based on accrued full days worked in a single school year. The new pay rate, effective 11/22/2022, is as follows:

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  • Jefferson Township Public Schools Awarded Preschool Expansion Funds

    November 17, 2022: The Jefferson Township Board of Education (JTBOE) is thrilled to announce that our district has been selected as a recipient for funding through the NJDOE Preschool Education Aid (PEA). These funds have been allocated to integrate six high-quality, full-day preschool classrooms right here in Jefferson Township, at no extra cost to taxpayers.

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  • Preschool Expansion Aid & Program Update

    October 18, 2022: Over the summer, the Jefferson Township Board of Education (JTBOE) applied for Preschool Expansion Aid (PEA) through the State of New Jersey. In September we learned that Jefferson Township was not selected in the first round of districts to receive funding.

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  • So Many Reasons to be a FALCON!

    October 3, 2022: The district will be a leader in academic excellence while developing healthy, well-rounded, resourceful students who are positive, contributing members of local and global communities.

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  • Preschool Expansion Grant Update

    Sept 9, 2022: The Jefferson Township Board of Education (JTBOE) was advised that our district was not selected as an award recipient for the State of New Jersey Expanded Preschool aid. This is disappointing news for our district and our community. If eligible, the JTBOE intends to reapply for the grant again for the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you to our staff who have been working tirelessly in anticipation of starting this new program and we hope to be considered for funding in the future.

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  • Preschool Program 2022-23

    August 8, 2022: The Jefferson Township Board of Education (JTBOE) was recently notified of its eligibility to apply for grant funding that would enable the expansion of preschool services for children who are three or four years old before October 1, 2022, and reside in Jefferson Township. If the district’s application is accepted, this funding will allow our district to increase the number of students in a full-day preschool program at no cost to parents.

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  • Curriculum Community Forum Update

    July 27, 2022: If you are not able to attend the August 4th forum in person, please click the live-streaming link: https://youtu.be/sVxGfu6IU_k

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  • Curriculum Community Forum

    July 22, 2022: Join us on Thursday, August 4 @ 6:00 pm at the JTHS Media Center to gain insight into the changes for the 2022-23 Jefferson Township Public Schools Curriculum.

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Preschool

  • 2023-24 Full-Day Preschool Program

    Posted by Mary Judge on 1/10/2023 2:00:00 PM

    Thank you for your interest in our full-day preschool program.  Additional information on our program, including how to apply for the lottery, will be released in the spring.  Please continue to check back. 

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  • Preschool Application Form

    Posted by Mary Judge on 11/23/2022 10:05:00 AM

    Families enrolled in the existing program need not take any further action. Families interested in one of the 35 additional spots should complete this form to be included in a lottery drawing. The completed form must be received no later than Monday, November 28th. Families who had previously registered to be included in the lottery need not reapply.

    Registration requirements:

    • Student must be a resident of Jefferson Township;

    • Student must have turned 3 years old before October 1, 2022

    • Student must have up-to-date immunization records, a completed health history form, and a medical examination form to be completed by a pediatrician or health care provider.

    Families will be notified via email of the status of their application by December 2nd. 

    Families entitled to tuition reimbursement are being contacted separately.

    Any questions regarding the program can be directed to the building principals of their respective schools:

    Lake Hopatcong: Briggs Elementary School, Mrs. Randi DeBrito rdebrito@jefftwp.org
    Oak Ridge: Cozy Lake Elementary School, Dr. Timothy Plotts tplotts@jefftwp.org 

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  • 11/23 Preschool Program Update

    Posted by Mary Judge on 11/23/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The Jefferson Township Board of Education (JTBOE) is thrilled to announce that our district has been selected as a recipient of funding through the NJDOE Preschool Education Aid (PEA). These funds have been allocated to integrate six high-quality, full-day preschool classrooms right here in Jefferson Township, at no extra cost to taxpayers. 

    The program is scheduled to begin on January 3, 2023. Our staff has been working behind the scenes in anticipation of receiving these funds, hiring staff, and preparing space. Three of these preschool classes will be housed at Cozy Lake Elementary School and three will be located at Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School.

    “It is wonderful to be able to expand our preschool program and provide early childhood education to families in our community at no cost to our families,” stated Jeanne Howe, Superintendent, upon hearing our district will be receiving the funding.

    The district currently provides tuition-based, half-day general education preschool services to 81 families in Jefferson. The expansion funds will be used to eliminate tuition for existing general education preschool students and convert to a full-day model for all students. We are able to increase services by more than 40% to include approximately 35 additional children from our community in the preschool program. Our hopes for the next 3-5 years are to offer free, high-quality, full-day early learning programming to all three and four-year-olds in Jefferson Township, building a strong foundation for learning and success.

    Families enrolled in the existing program need not take any further action. Families interested in one of the 35 additional spots should complete this form to be included in a lottery drawing. The completed form must be received no later than Monday, November 28th. Families who had previously registered to be included in the lottery need not reapply.

    Registration requirements:

    • Student must be a resident of Jefferson Township;

    • Student must have turned 3 years old before October 1, 2022

    • Student must have up-to-date immunization records, a completed health history form, and a medical examination form to be completed by a pediatrician or health care provider.

    Families will be notified via email of the status of their application by December 2nd. 

    Families entitled to tuition reimbursement are being contacted separately.

    Any questions regarding the program can be directed to the building principals of their respective schools:

    Lake Hopatcong: Briggs Elementary School, Mrs. Randi DeBrito rdebrito@jefftwp.org
    Oak Ridge: Cozy Lake Elementary School, Dr. Timothy Plotts tplotts@jefftwp.org 

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