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  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Ms. Dora Zeno
    Business Administrator

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

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

Superintendent's Message

  • 2018-19 Welcome Letter

    Posted by Mary Judge on 8/15/2018 8:40:00 AM

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Welcome back to our returning students, welcome to our students new to the district, and welcome to the incoming Kindergarten Class of 2031!  

    Each year brings with it new changes.  This year, I will be experiencing my first year as a Superintendent of Schools.   I am honored and excited to serve as the new Superintendent of this fine school district.  I look forward to working with the entire school community to continue the positive growth of the district.

    Back to School Nights have been scheduled for each school and are listed in the Parent Guide located on the district website.  I encourage parents to meet their child’s teachers and learn about the great programs in place in our schools.

    I would like to bring some changes to your attention.  Last year, four of our schools had security vestibules installed:  JTHS, Stanlick, Briggs, and Milton. This year, all of our schools will be fitted with a visitor management system.  Any visitor to the school will need to provide a form of photo identification when entering a building and be prepared to answer questions about their visit.  We will continue to use storage bins as a way of dropping items off at the building. I thank all visitors in advance for their cooperation to help keep our students and staff safe.

    On October 2nd, the district will hold a referendum vote.  Included in the referendum are much-needed upgrades to our facilities, items pertaining to school safety and security, and upgrades to buildings’ makerspaces.  Please look for information regarding the referendum at Back to School Nights, the webpage, and social media platforms.

    Our Middle School and High School English teachers have been hard at work developing a new curriculum for our students in grades 6-12.  With this addition to our Balanced Literacy program for grades K-5, I am certain our students will gain the knowledge to be successful readers and writers, prepared for college and careers outside of High School.  

    Should you have any questions during the course of the school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, principal, nurse, or any other staff member for assistance.  We are truly a team working together to provide your child with the best possible experience and education at Jefferson Township Public Schools.


    Jeanne Howe

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  • School Security

    Posted by Karen Slusark on 5/10/2018

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    As the district moves forward with increasing the security of our school buildings, I would like to bring to your attention a new protocol we will be implementing at all of our schools.

    Starting Friday, May 11, 2018, bins will be placed outside each school for parents to drop items off for their child.  Please use the intercom to notify the main office that you placed an item in the bin and be sure to have your child’s first and last name on the item.  The school staff will retrieve the item and give it to your child in a timely manner.

    Continuing the protocols already in place, you will be expected to present a form of photo identification when entering the building.  We ask that you do not hold the door open for any other visitors; each visitor must ring the main office for entry. Additionally, all visitors will be required to answer the following questions when ringing the main office:

    • Your name;
    • Whom you are here to see;
    • Purpose of your visit; and
    • If you are expected.

    We thank you for your cooperation to help us improve the safety and security of the students and staff in our buildings.

    Should you have any questions, please contact the main office of your child’s school.



    Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

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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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