8:00 AM MLK Jr. Day-Schools Closed
10:00 AM - 12:35 PM Visions Federal Credit Union Visit for Staff
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Project Stay Gold Trip to Elementary Schools
9:30 AM - 10:40 AM M. Guagenti-Class Trip
7:35 AM - 12:30 PM Student Early Dismissal-Staff PD
Dr. Kelly Cooke
Mrs. Kathy Tobia
Mr. Robert Hayzler
Ms. Joanne Martino
SAC & Anti-Bullying Specialist
Mrs. Liz Conley
School Hours: 7:35 am - 2:15 pm
1000 Weldon Rd.
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
Fax (973) 697-1348
Happy New Year JTMS community!
We hope your holiday celebrations brought family and friends together to share in the warmth of the season. December was an exceptionally busy month for Jefferson Middle School students as they engaged in numerous learning experiences within all disciplines and especially in our World Language and elective courses. Students narrated a family album project in World Language, built drones in Robotics, crafted “ugly face mugs” in Art, created blueprints in STEM, synthesized research in 21st Century, explored newsrooms and publications in Speak Up and Write All About It, and prepared holiday treats in Family & Consumer Science as well as created interactive greeting cards in our Computer Science Discoveries class. What a month for us here at JTMS!
JTMS students, along with the other Jefferson Township schools, will participate in a week-long event, the Great Kindness Challenge, which kickoffs on January 28th. Sponsored by the following committees/clubs, School Climate Team, PBSIS, Project Stay Gold, Student Council, Red Cross, and Kindness Club as well as JTPTA, students will participate in theme days, poster contest, kind Sticky Notes project, and food drive.
Thank you for visiting and please be sure to check out our webpage, on the left, for upcoming events, announcements, and activities for JTMS students. Again, happy New Year to all!
In the School Counseling Department, staff members have been working on a new I&RS meeting format with much success. Counselors have been busy with student interviews and necessary follow-up meetings. With the end of the first marking period, counselors contacted parents about students who were in danger of failing. And, in conjunction with the Child Study Team, counselors contacted parents and made Giving Garland ornaments for faculty and staff to pick up and volunteer to buy gifts for students with financial needs.
The Morris Area Mathematics Alliance (also known as MAMA) presented a workshop on Mathematical Mindset and Google in the Math Classroom at CCM. This mathematics alliance was created in each NJ County and the Morris Area Math Alliance is the only one still in existence, 20 years later. Three members of the Math Alliance Steering Committee (for the last 4 years) are Jefferson Township Mathematics teachers and two are teachers at the Middle School, Ms. Rachel Koenig and Mrs. Jennifer Escolano. MAMA holds two workshops a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The most popular workshop is the roundtable discussion, where teachers volunteer to turnkey the great things they do in their classrooms. In past few years the Math Alliance has had presenters from Jefferson Township who teach at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.
The seventh and eighth grade Art students finished a unique clay unit. They created a utilitarian piece inspired by the “Face Jugs” made by the African- American slaves in the mid 1800’s. Though the jugs' exact purposes are unknown, many scholars believe they have either practical or spiritual value. Students’ clay vessels were mugs, with the traditional “Ugly face”, as seen on the face jugs. As a culminating activity, students participated in a hot chocolate party to test out the functionality and craftsmanship of their “beautiful” art work. And finally, with left over clay, students created small clay “smiles”. These smiles were given to the School Counseling department to be used to spread kindness and make students smile when they may be having a bad day.
In 6th Grade Earth Science, students concluded their study of earthquakes. In doing so, students learned how to locate the epicenter of a quake, investigate tsunamis and learned that although they do not happen often, there are earthquakes on the east coast of the United States. It was surprising to many students that the Ramapo Fault is one of the largest on the east coast and runs through the Jefferson Township area. In addition, Mrs. Helfand's students continued to study the development of rainbow trout and currently have approximately 250 fish in the fry stage.
In the Core Skills Language Arts department, students wrapped up their work with narrative writing and have moved back into reading literature. The students have continued to develop their literature-based skills this marking period while focusing on identifying and analyzing point of view, perspective, setting, characterization, and theme in various class texts such as the play, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; the novel, Legend by Marie Lu; and the novel, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The seventh and eighth-grade classes will be switching gears and moving back into book clubs where they will delve a little deeper into their “Dawn of Dystopia” and “You Can’t Change Who You Are” units of study.
In Core Skills Mathematics, 6th graders finished studying percent with a shopping spree of $10,000. Students purchased everything from engagement rings to baby elephants to DIY fixer-up antiques of 1980’s cars. Seventh graders immersed themselves in the world of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers. They learned all the rules through songs and interactive games. Eighth graders made connections to the skills of finding slope through the use of tables, equations, and/or graphs.
In Mrs. Stewarts, 7th Grade Civics class, students began making earrings to sell as a project for Supporting Communities. The money collected will be used to benefit "The Safe House" project in Kenya to help prevent girls from being sold into slavery and forced into labor or marriage.
The seventh and eighth graders in the Speak Up and Write All About It classes researched various job positions within a typical newsroom and then applied for a position that interested them. Students are now working to put together a class news broadcast. Students pitched their news story idea to our editors and directors. Very soon, students will be writing the scripts, selecting pictures to go along with their stories, and filming the content for their broadcasts.
In Robotics, students finished building drones! The students recently learned how to correctly bind the drone to the controllers using the BetaFlight software. Students will soon begin flying the drones by first learning to hover directly above the ground. Once the students have the basic flight movements down, they will use the First Person View (FPV) goggles to get their own virtual reality feel.
In Chorus, the 6th, 7th and 8th graders performed exceptionally well at their Winter Concert. Students sang beautifully and appeared to motivate all in attendance to feel the spirit of the holidays. Students are now working to learn special music for the NJ Devils and Dorney Park Trips. In Music Exploratory, students learned basic music notation such as rhythm, and treble and bass clef. Students are mastering the concepts very quickly!
Seventh grade Language Arts students wrapped up their mystery and suspense genre by creating a narrative story and focusing on writing techniques such as: developing character and setting, understanding various plot elements, and using dialogue appropriately. In addition, students presented an iMovie trailer based on their independent AR novel which incorporated characters, settings and plot events.
The Eighth Graders finished up Unit One of the new ELA curriculum where they finished reading selections by Edgar Allan Poe and completed writing a narrative story in the style of Poe or Agatha Christie. Students are looking forward to ending the marking period with a trip to Pax Amicus Theater where they will see the live stage production titled, “The Life and Tales of Edgar Allan Poe". In addition, eighth graders also attended an assembly called "Hopes and Dreams" given by Jack Elsmore, who lost a son to drug use and addiction. Students were engaged and moved by Mr. Elsmore’s presentation.
In 8th Grade ELA, students used the mentor text, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton to discuss character traits and motifs in order to build theme. The grade’s culminating activity will be dressing up like Greasers and Socs for the day. Students will then transition into Socratic Book clubs where they will be provided choices of books to be read within the club.
In 8th Grade Social Studies, students participated in a Socratic Seminar that involved students conducting research, developing meaningful questions, and generating additional questions about the justification of the death of Socrates. Students discussed several deep philosophical questions and ideas related to 'what is the truth?' and 'what is character?'
The 8th Grade Science classes completed a unit on the benefits and risks of chemical use. During this study, students created presentations and evaluated the alternatives to the use of DDT as a pesticide. Leading up to the holiday break, students will study physical and chemical properties as well as chemical reactions.
In World Language, sixth graders learned how to describe their community and created projects in the process. In addition, students applied new vocabulary by making maps of their dream community and then narrated their descriptions to the class. Seventh graders learned how to describe themselves and others. They applied this skill to the creation of a family album project where they narrated the descriptions of members of their family. Eighth graders discussed free-time activities and learned about the conjugation process. Students have shown their ability to engage in conversations in which they elaborated on what they do and how they feel about it. In the ESL program, students continued to prepare for the ACCESS exam through various presentations and writing activities.
In Forensics, students finished their unit on identifying an individual while using physical evidence. Students are now starting a unit on how to bring an investigation to trial. Students learned how to write a police report as well as a search warrant. They will finish the marking period with several case studies about famous forensic investigations and the trials that followed each of them.
The students learned about the Engineering Process, the backbone of every project that they will complete over the length of their time in STEM. The first project they completed involved the design of a tower of a certain height made of drinking straws. The tower was designed and built in a manner capable of holding a tennis ball at the very top. There were many impressive towers that were constructed, with one being able to hold a grand total of twelve tennis balls! The students will round out the unit on structures by analyzing all of the data from the constructed towers and creating a lab report on how they could improve their tower in the future.
STEM 7th and 8th Grade: The students created blueprints detailing the type of straw rockets they wanted to create. This included the number of fins, fin shape, nose cone shape, and length of the rocket body. Each group created two rockets and tested them to see which one could fly the farthest and which one could most accurately land on a given target. The month ended with the students learning how to use a new program called, Sketchup in which they created 3-D drawings of detailed objects such as houses.
In the Band department, the 7th and 8th grade band students began composing their own pieces of music, using a software program called Noteflight. Also, the JTMS Jazz Band is currently rehearsing for the many performances this year. Finally, the 8th grade band is preparing for their combined concert with the high school. The anticipated performance will take place in February.
Students in the Family and Consumer Science Department have been invited to participate in the F&CS National Dine-In Event. Students will plan, shop for and prepare a meal for their families. Students have been asked to photograph the preparation as well as the eating of the meals. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening family bonds. At the conclusion of the event, each student will write a reaction paper about the Dine-In experience.
The 7th-grade community service project. The Health students wrote out holiday cards as well as creating a piece of art for senior citizens. They will be delivering the cards and the pictures to cedar crest nursing facility.
JTMS Students Holiday Decorating Contest!
Tri M Induction Ceremony
Pictures from the JTMS field trip to Stokes State Forest!
Celebrating Grandparents day 2018 at JTMS!
Photo's from JTMS back to school night! The entire evening was a tremendous success!
Jefferson Java is a school community-based project run by the Middle School Life Skills classes. We provide a hot beverage service to the staff and faculty which teaches students a variety of skills while having fun!