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  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Acting 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

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  • Operation Safe Home

    Posted by Karen Slusark on 3/15/2018 7:00:00 AM

    In October of 2016, Chief Joseph of the Maasai Warrior Tribe in Kenya visited with the students of Jefferson Township High School. During that meeting, Chief Joseph expressed his village was in need of a kitchen for their preschool to safely prepare food for their children. The student council of Jefferson Township High School quickly responded to the need and raised $1,500.00 for the children of the village; within six weeks the kitchen was constructed for the Maasai children.

    Following the successful construction of the school kitchen, Chief Joseph approached our school district and communicated the dire need facing young women living in and around his village. Chief Joseph stated, “Currently the Maasai community has no safe house or rescue center and most of the children enrolled and of school age children have no rescue center where they can seek moral and legal support they need whenever they are faced with life challenges.”

    As a school district, we are compelled to take on this service learning opportunity in order to increase global awareness in our school community; we have named it Operation Safe Home. The community is raising money to build a school, to protect and educate young girls living in the Maasai Tribe of Kenya, Africa. The school will provide education services to young women who are in need. In addition, the school will serve as an educational center for the children living among the Maasai.

    To accomplish the successful construction of this school in Kenya, the Jefferson Township school community is seeking partners to materialize this need for the young girls of the Maasai Tribe. We invite you to consider joining us by contributing a tax-deductible donation through our gracious partner Durga Tree International as we seek to make history for the people of the Maasai. Thank you in advance for your consideration; this is a truly noble cause for which our community feels passionately.

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  • Make Up Date Friday April 6th

    Posted by Robert Fleming on 3/8/2018

    This year’s district calendar has six emergency closing dates built into it.  As of today’s date, the entire district has utilized all six of those days due to inclement weather.  Additionally, on Tuesday, March 6th, the Middle/High School complex closed early due to lack of electricity and water.  Unfortunately, since the dismissal occurred so early in the school day, the day does not count toward the State-required 180 days; therefore, the Middle and High Schools must make up one day.  As it states on the district calendar, the first day to be used for this purpose is Friday, April 6th.

    All students in the Middle and High Schools will be expected to report at their normal time on Friday, April 6th and will follow an early dismissal schedule.  Please note that at this time, elementary students are not impacted and elementary schools will continue to be closed on April 6th.

    If there are any future emergency closings, you will be updated accordingly with information on makeup dates.

    Jeanne Howe
    Acting Superintendent

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  • 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.


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