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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

Superintendent's Message

  • 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
    Acting Superintendent

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  • School Performance Report Communication

    Posted by Karen Slusark on 3/28/2018

    Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the School Community,

    New Jersey’s School Performance Reports provide families, educators and the public a picture of overall school performance. The performance reports offer valuable information across many elements, including schoolwide academic achievement and progress, demographics, school climate, chronic absenteeism, and college and career readiness.

    The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) encourages all members of the school community to use the reports to help start local conversations by asking questions such as: Are our students on track for success? Are all of our students making progress from last year? What areas is our school doing well in, and in what areas might we need improvement?”

    The School Performance Reports were developed with, and are continually enhanced by, input from stakeholders like you. Below are some of the enhancements to the reports.

    New Jersey School Performance One-Page Summary Reports

    For the first time, the NJDOE is publishing one-page, parent-friendly Summary Reports providing easy-to-read highlights of each school. The Summary Reports are a dashboard of key indicators such as student progress, graduation rates and 2-year and 4-year college attendance. The NJDOE has also made available a guide ( to explain the different data points on the Summary Reports.

    Over Two Dozen New Data Elements

    The 2016-17 New Jersey School Performance Reports ( contain new data elements, including:

    • Updated school narratives with information across a variety of categories;
    • Full and/or half day Pre-K and K reporting;
    • Chronic Absenteeism by grade, subgroup, and progress toward statewide goals;
    • In-school and out-of-school suspensions; and
    • School start and end times.

    Summative Rating

    Federal law requires New Jersey to include a summative rating based on a formula that combines a few key measures (i.e., proficiency, student growth, graduation and chronic absenteeism). This summative rating is just one part of the overall performance of a school and it is used to determine which schools need the most intense support. Visit for more information.

    The NJDOE continues to seek your input on how to further improve the usability of these reports. Please fill out the feedback survey ( or email the

    Thank you.

    Jeanne Howe
    Acting Superintendent

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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.

    For more information, pictures, and videos, please visit:

     To make a donation, please visit:

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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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