Lors Photography will be at the High School on November 23 and 24 for underclass photos. They will be here each day from 8am-12:30pm for in person cohorts and 1:00pm - 3pm for virtual learners.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Olde English Feast 7:00pm, ticketed live interaction virtual event
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Olde English Feast 7:00pm, ticketed live interaction virtual event
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Olde English Feast 2:00 pm, ticketed live interaction virtual event
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM HS Band & Choir Concert 7:00pm start
Mr. Kevin Lipton
Dr. Vickki Nadler
Mrs. Michelle Papa
Ms. Amy Robinson
Mrs. Jennifer Kraljevich
School Hours: 7:15 am - 2:15 pm
1010 Weldon Road
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
(973) 697-3535 / Fax (973) 208-8409
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A new announcement was posted regarding all virtual learning this week. This is the same announcement that was emailed on November 22.
Dear Parent/Guardian and Students,
STEM Academy Open House Wednesday, October 28th and 7:30 PM Google Meet
As a result of the efforts of our student-led Diversity Committee, JTHS has been designated a No Place for Hate School. Our school community participated in various activities including taking the No Place for Hate Pledge. While there is always more work to do, this is certainly a step in accomplishing meaningful growth and change. We are grateful for the leadership and service of this tremendous group of students and staff advisors.
The High School will be conducting a virtual parent information Google Meet. this meeting will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, August 19.
Please click the link below in order to complete a Google Form. By completing this form you will better enable us to serve and answer your questions better. Please complete the form by 5:00PM, Tuesday August 19. Thank You.
Information Regarding Morris County Vocational School Shared-Time Students Updated
August 31, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
With the recent announcement that JTHS will be virtual to start the year, please see below for the new plans for the individual MCVS campuses.
Please remember that all students are responsible for both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) instruction and assignments.
Denville Campus- The only change is that students will be picked up and dropped off to their normal bus stops. Students will remain in their cohorts and be transported on cohort days. The plan will also remain the same as far as students being allowed to attend virtually any classes that are missed while they are being transported. This would mean that students log into the classes on their "off cohort" days- Falcons logging into the Jefferson cohort's class and vice versa. Please see the bold face type above.
Pequannock Campus- Allied Health students will begin their program this week. Jefferson transportation will pick students up on the following days for the next two weeks: Wednesdays (Sept 2 and 9) and Fridays (Sept 4 and 11). After that, students will be transported to Pequannock as per their cohort on Mondays and Thursdays. Students will be picked up and dropped off to their bus stops. By the time students return home, they will miss period 5 and some of period six. Students may attend virtually any classes that are missed while they are being transported. This would mean that students log into the classes on their "off cohort" days- Falcons logging into the Jefferson cohort's class and vice versa. Please see the bold face type above.
If you have any general questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Ramirez, Supervisor of Student Personnel Services or Mr. Lipton, Principal.
Mrs. Ramirez- firstname.lastname@example.org; 973-697-3535
Mr. Lipton- email@example.com; 973-697-3535
If you have any program specific questions regarding distance learning as it affects your shared-time programs, please contact the campus that your student is attending.
Mr. Kevin Lipton, Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I truly hope that this letter finds you safe and healthy during this unusual and hectic time. With that said, even with the uncertainty of things, I also hope that you have been able to either get away for a vacation or at least have been able to take time off and do day trips, rest and recreate on a staycation.
I want to welcome all of our freshman and new students to the high school. With me working in Jefferson from 2007-2010 and again since 2014 (at both the Middle School and Stanlick), I am very excited about working at the High School now. I am very eagerly awaiting the opening of school so that I can either meet everyone in person, or for those who I already know, I cannot wait to start renewing past relationships.
With the opening of schools quickly approaching, I want to thank all of the summer staff for all of the hard work that has occurred this summer. In addition to the normal work of cleaning, waxing, resupplying, stocking, scheduling, and all other normal activities; this summer, the staff also had to organize all of the student belongings that were left here when we left unexpectedly in March and plan ways to return as many of them as possible over the summer. We had to collect some computers and then distribute them and others to new students. We had to plan for a myriad of opening possibilities. From my personal/professional point of view, I also thank everyone for helping me to catch up to the High School way of doing things. I thank everyone for their warm welcome, warm wishes, and all of their efforts and support.
Our summer staff and outside vendors have been very busy. We have a few projects going on to improve security, efficiency, and the upkeep of our facilities. First, we are installing new security doors and procedures for the main entrance. When completed, a second set of doors will have been added. When arriving at the High School, visitors will once again report to the main doors. Upon entrance, you will be asked to place your driver’s license into the card reader. Once cleared, you will be directed to the main office. There will be locked doors in order to not allow any visitor to proceed directly into the main part of the building. With this, visitor parking will be relocated to the spots outside of the main doors. Other projects include the renovation of some rooms. In particular, the boys’ room and girls’ room in the C-wing have been renovated. Similarly, E12 has also been renovated.
As you will note, the student handbook has been updated and is available on the parent portal. Please make sure you take time to review its contents and discuss them with your child(ren). Also, you should have received detailed information on the reopening of schools. For your convenience a link to that letter and a FAQ sheet have also been placed on the high school website.
Before moving forward and looking at this coming school year I think it is imperative that I comment on how impressed I was with everyone during the spring. I can honestly say that no matter how difficult the spring was, I have never been more proud of the education community. Teachers, students, and parents absolutely rose to every occasion while going through brand new and completely unknown territory. The amount of hours and work that teachers put in, the amount of patience and effort that students put in, and the amount of continued support that parents put in was amazing. I thank everyone for all that you did to contribute to the situation.
In looking forward to our new school year, Jefferson Township High School is proud to begin its second academy. The Multimedia Broadcast and Journalism Academy will officially start in September. I wish the students and teachers of the program the best of luck and success in their endeavors.
I also recognize that we will be beginning in similar circumstances as we ended last year- uncertainty amidst a world-wide pandemic. However, I am excited about the new opportunities a new year brings. I have every faith that with all of the hard work administration, supervisors, and teachers have put in during this summer, as well as working together with an incredibly supportive extended family/community of parents and students; we will be successful.
Be well and be safe,
Jefferson Township High School
JTHS Mission Statement
The mission of Jefferson Township High School is to encourage all students to reach their potential as self-directed and creative individuals who act responsively in dealing with intellectual, social/emotional, technical, environmental, ethical, and fiscal decisions.
This mission will be accomplished through a shared commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, enhanced by active partnerships, mutual respect, and communication between the school, students, families, and the greater community.
Jefferson Township High School
For Immediate Release: December 16, 2019
Jefferson Township High School Placed on the College Board’s 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
250 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored
Oak Ridge, New Jersey — Jefferson Township High School is one of 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 10th Annual Honor Roll, Jefferson Township High School had to, since 2017, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
“I would like to congratulate our students, teaching staff, and administration on an incredible accomplishment. The teachers do a terrific job of preparing our students for success in school and in life. The students do their part in preparing throughout the school year for academic success. The ability to foster student achievement at the highest levels is what being an AP student is all about. I am so proud to work with this top notch team of educators and I look forward to the continued success of our student body!” (Timothy Plotts, Principal)
National data from 2019 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be opened equitably. Jefferson Township High School is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
“With more students participating and succeeding in AP in this district, more students are getting a head start on college by earning college credit during high school,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “We are pleased to honor the teachers and administrators who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to advance through AP.”
Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.
In 2019, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2017 to 2019, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.
For inclusion on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll, districts must meet the following criteria:
Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2019 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2017 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.
When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.
The complete 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/awards/district-honor-roll
About Jefferson Township School District
Jefferson Township is a rural-suburban community located in the northwest corner of Morris County 40 miles west of New York City. The township is known for being a year- round recreational center encompassing 42 square miles, including the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest fresh water lake, and many other lake communities. Jefferson Township has a population of over 20,000 residents.
Jefferson Township High School is a comprehensive public high school with an enrollment of approximately 1000 students in grades nine through twelve. The school system is accredited by the NJ Department of Education. JTHS offers 28 interscholastic sports and 51 co-curricular activities.
JTHS prides itself of being an inclusive school. As such, JTHS annually sponsors a unified track meet with neighboring school districts through the Special Olympics Unified Sports Program. In addition, JTHS is recognized by NAMM as a Best Community for Music Education for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Jefferson Township High School offers a challenging and rigorous curriculum that is designed to meet the diverse educational goals of its students. The program of studies includes 35 Honors level courses and 24 Advanced Placement courses in the areas of English, social studies, mathematics, science, business, world languages, art, and music.
JTHS students are given an opportunity to complete an independent study that reflects an accelerated and expanded study in relation to the regular school curriculum. During 2016-2017 school year, JTHS welcomed its first cohort of freshman students to the Academy of Environmental Studies. This highly selective program is part of the Morris County Vocational and Technical School and is open to qualified students from Morris and other neighboring counties.
Please look at the Virtual Backpack on Quick Links for events and camp flyers.