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    Dr. Kelly Cooke

    Mrs. Kathy Tobia
    Asst. Principal

    Ms. Melissa Hall
    Interim Asst. Principal

    Mr. Robert Hayzler
    Asst. Principal

    Ms. Barbara Francavilla
    SAC & Anti-Bullying Specialist

    Mrs. Liz Conley
    Nurse, X5720

    School Hours: 7:35 am - 2:15 pm

    1000 Weldon Rd.
    Oak Ridge, NJ 07438

    (973) 697-1980
    Fax (973) 697-1348


    Welcome to Jefferson Township Middle School’s Home Page! 

    We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was relaxing as you enjoyed the warm company of family and friends.  

    The month of November was busy for our Middle School students.  Sixth graders engaged in their annual “Great Debate” this month.  Classes were divided into four groups and assigned a controversial topic for debate.  Topics included year-long schooling, single-gender schools/classrooms, animal testing, and state-mandated standardized testing.  Through their research, students worked to gather information and organized quotes and facts using the Noodle Tools program.  Debaters were rated and judged by their peers and victors were awarded for their compelling arguments.  

    Two teams of seventh graders participated in an annual overnight field trip to the Montclair University School of Conservation in Stokes State Forest.  Students were actively involved during the two-day stay which included many unique activities and events including: team building, environmental studies, problem-solving and social activities as well as archery, wall climbing, confidence building, and conservation photography. 

    Eighth-grade students completed their language arts unit titled, "The Journey to Independence" where students read several selections written by Edgar Allan Poe.  Additionally, students completed a research project based on Poe and culminated the unit by attending the Pax Amicus Theatre in Budd Lake where students saw the show "The Tales and Horror of Edgar Allan Poe".  

    Please note on our website that the JTMS Red Cross Club and Student Council are promoting and facilitating our annual Toys for Tweens drive for the holidays.  Toys may be dropped off between November 30th and December 15th.  Toys collected will be distributed to children within the Jefferson Township community.  In an effort to raise additional money, the clubs have organized a bake sale scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at Camp Jefferson.  Proceeds from the bake sale will go directly to the Toys for Tweens program. 

    Also posted on our website, the Jefferson Township Middle School has the opportunity to participate in a “money-back” rewards program titled, A+ School Rewards.  This program runs through March 30, 2018, and is offered by Stop and Shop food stores.  If you get a chance, please register and support our amazing middle school. 

    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.   From all of us at JTMS, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year! 



    Dr. Cooke








School News

  • 6th Grade

    The Special Class Placement 6th Graders have wrapped up “The Great Debate” in which they were partnered with students from Ms. Hoertel’s and Ms. Gunderson's classes. This was a wonderful way for students to see the process of argumentative writing in real-life situations.

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  • Getting to Know Our October JTMS Teacher of the Month

    Meet Colleen Meade, the 7 Blue Science Teacher here at JTMS! Mrs. Meade has been teaching here at JTMS for more than six years. She went to school to teach Biology and she loves teaching Life Science here at JTMS. One of her favorite class activities is teaching her students about dissections. This year Mrs. Meade really enjoyed spending time with her students at the PBSIS Kindness Day. She loved painting rocks with the students and thinks they all turned out beautiful. In her personal life, Mrs. Meade loves spending time with her 2 year-old son, Simon. They love going on walks with her dog Nikko, and playing at the park. When Mrs. Meade is not spending time with her family or working with her students, she finds time to go out and photograph nature; but she always has time to photograph her little boy! Mrs. Meade is appreciated by her co-worker for her technical expertise and her patience when they ask her for help. She always makes time for her co-workers who need her help. It is for her dedication to her students and co-workers that Mrs. Meade is being recognized as JTMS October Teacher of the month. Congratulations Mrs. Meade!

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  • Getting to Know our Educational Support Professional for the Month of October

    Meet Tami Shellhamer, JTMS’s extra support professional working as a paraprofessional in sixth grade at JTMS. This is Ms. Shelhamer’s third year working in Jefferson Township, and her first year at the middle school, before that she was at White Rock school. Outside of school she is actively involved in Girl Scouts, and planning fun activities for friends. Her favorite school activities are when we come together as a community and share events with the students, such as the Veteran’s day program Mystery reader, classroom parties, Just Dance completion, and dressing up/down for various events and charities. Her favorite sports teams are the NY Giants and the NY Yankees, and she loves to go to Lake George with her family. She listens to country music and 80’s hairbands like Bon Jovi. Here at JTMS she goes above and beyond for the students of JTMS. Every day she demonstrates empathy, intelligence, and caring, and she is a valued member of her team. It is this dedication to her student and co-workers that Mrs. Shelhammer is being recognized as JTMS October Educational Support Professional of the month. Thank you for everything you do!

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  • Getting to Know Our Teacher of the Month for September

    Meet MaryBeth Neuschatz, our sixth and eighth grade French teacher here at JTMS! Having taught here for eight years after retiring from her “real” job as an Analyst/Manager in the IT world, she views this as her “bucket list” job and says that school, French, and education saved her life. A fan of alternative music (The Killers and ALT-J are her favorites) as well as the Giants and Mets (through good and bad times!), she enjoys running, working out, and gardening, as well as traveling with her family and 3 dogs. While originally from New Jersey, she lived in Paris for a year, immersing herself in the culture. Here at JTMS, she is actively involved in creating props and scenery for the plays and works closely with students on the Grand Concours French exam, however her favorite school activity is when she gets to see students enjoying her French class. In addition to helping students, she is always willing to help colleagues with questions about lesson plans, SGOs, Realtime, and anything else someone might need help with. Because of her dedication to both students and staff, she is recognized as our September Teacher of the Month!

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  • Getting to Know our Educational Support Professional for the Month of September

    Judy Gurlacz has been nominated for our staff of the month. Mrs. Gurlacz works as a kind and knowledgeable secretary in the Main Office here at JTMS. She works very hard while making the school a better place for students, parents, and staff. She always greets others with a welcoming smile that will make you feel included. Mrs. Gurlacz has been working in her current position for 8 years. She has also worked as a secretary in Guidance and at Drummond School. Some of her hobbies and interests include bike riding and hiking with her family. She also enjoys all kinds of music. Our wonderful staff member, Judy Gurlacz, consistently strives to help improve our school with her amazing work ethic and her selfless personality. From PBSIS and JTMS we thank you for all of your hard work.

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