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  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Mr. Roger Jinks, Jr.
    Assistant Superintendent

    Ms. Dora Zeno
    Business Administrator

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

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

Superintendent's Message

  • Response to Assemblywoman DeCroce

    Posted by Mary Judge on 3/19/2019 2:40:00 PM

    I would like to share with the Jefferson Township community a letter written by Ms. Zeno, Business Administrator/Board Secretary and me in response to an inquiry from Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and shared with Senator Joseph Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber.  

    Dear Assemblywoman DeCroce:

    Thank you for taking an interest in the state aid our district received this year and what impact this will have on our students.

    Before listing the numerous reductions our district needed to make this year, I would first like to point out our past fiscal accomplishments.  We have historically developed a tight budget that promotes the success of all our students. With minimal or no state aid increases for the last several years, our district has managed to implement the following among other improvements:

    • Use of a student data management system to analyze the performance of our students to make improvements in the educational process;
    • A 1:1 laptop program for students in grades 6-12;
    • Full-day kindergarten;
    • Makerspaces;
    • STEM electives;
    • Significant revisions to district curricula to align to standards and best practices;
    • Special education programs including an extensive transition program for our

    grade 12 - age 21 students;

    • An increased offering of Advanced Placement courses;
    • Offering PSATs for all sophomores and juniors at no cost;
    • Enhancing overall district security by purchasing a visitor management system, adding cameras for buses and buildings, installing retention vestibules in some buildings, and hiring an additional hall monitor;
    • Phasing in our bus fleet to meet current standards such as three-point seat belts, external stop cameras, and internal security cameras and complying with new laws;
    • Improving the High School auditorium to include new flooring and air conditioning;
    • Various roofing projects; and
    • Boiler Replacements.

    We were able to accomplish the above with flat aid while simultaneously accommodating increases in costs of healthcare, salary increases for staff members, increased cost of utilities, costly repairs for aging facilities, and increased number of ESL and special education students, a record number of student mental health referrals, and increased homebound instruction. It is unfair to be categorized as “overfunded” while promoting student success and implementing mandated programs with no additional aid for several years.  

    With the almost $1.2 million reduction in state aid for the 19-20 school year, on top of the $554,620 reduction in the 18-19 school year, our district will be forced to take the following measures:

    • Elimination of instructional and support positions;
    • Removal of all facility improvement projects;
    • Reduction in already sparse supply accounts;
    • Reduction of staff professional development money;
    • Discontinue upgrades to student laptops, impacting overall technology device management program;
    • Postpone purchase of two buses, impacting overall fleet management program;
    • Realignment of central office and building support staff; and
    • Initiate tuition for our inclusive pre-school disabled program.

    If our district continues to realize future budget cuts as outlined in Senate Bill 2, the impact to our district would be catastrophic.  We will be forced to reduce programs and staff, eliminate some athletic programs, reduce co-curricular activities, consider pay-to-play, reduce courtesy busing, and increase class size, among other cuts.

    The Jefferson Board of Education is hopeful that as the ramification of these budget cuts become apparent to the communities across the State, the funding formula will be reexamined and adjusted to at least keep districts’ state aid flat.  

    Should you require any additional information or would like to further discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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  • 2019-2020 Kindergarten Residency Verification

    Posted by Mary Judge on 1/16/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Kindergarten registration and residency verification for the 2019-20 school year is open. To register your child online, please locate the “Student Registration” tab found under the “Quick Links” section of the district’s homepage and follow to access the “Student Online Registration” link.

    Residency verification is held at the Robert F. Drummond Administrative Offices (31 State Route 181) in Lake Hopatcong/Jefferson Township, by appointment. Only those children who will be five years of age before October 1, 2019, will be eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2019. No exceptions will be made. (Please refer to District Policy 5112 – Entrance Age for further information.)

    To make an appointment or if you have any questions please call (973) 663-5780 ex 5094, between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Please do not contact the school.

    Requirements for all new, incoming students:

    1. Must be a current resident of Jefferson Township and provide proof of residency at the time of registration and verification. No exceptions will be made.
    • Homeowners: Current picture identification along with the most recent mortgage statement, deed to the home, or current tax bill.
    • Renters: Current picture identification, along with the current rental/lease agreement and utility bill (cable, electric, etc.).
    • Families who live in Jefferson and do not own or rent the property: The homeowner or renter must accompany the parent/guardian to the residency verification appointment. Please see above for documents required for registration.
    1. Student’s original birth certificate (photocopies will not be accepted).

    Families that do not have the necessary and complete documentation will be asked to reschedule.

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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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