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    Ms. Margaret Widgren – Principal
    Mrs. Kathleen Tobia – Assistant Principal
    Mrs. Karen Roccisano  - SAC/Anti-Bullying Specialist
    Mrs. Liz Conley – Nurse x5720
    Josephine Ramirez
    Anti-Bullying Coordinator
    Jefferson Township Public Schools

    (973) 697-3535 ext. 5865
    1010 Weldon Road
    Oak Ridge, NJ  07438


    Greetings from Jefferson Township Middle School,

    As principal of Jefferson Township Middle School, I take pride in the amazing programs and curriculum that we have to offer at JTMS.  Furthermore, I am most proud of the welcoming and positive school environment where our students are able to grow and thrive.  This past year, a committed team of stakeholders including representation from the students, staff, parents, Jefferson Township Police Department, and Administration came together to develop our beliefs, vision, and mission.  Each word in these statements was carefully crafted in order to clearly communicate our beliefs, vision, and mission and to build a solid foundation upon which to continue building a middle school program that is responsive to the needs of our students.

    I am looking forward to an exciting school year and to continuing our partnership with parents and the Jefferson Township community.

    Warmest Regards,

    Peggy Widgren, Principal

    JTMS Beliefs, Mission & Vision


  • Congratulations to the Morris County Superintendent Leadership Award Recipient, Benjamin Soleyn.

    The Dunkin for Dunkin Student Foul Shot Winners are:
    6th grade-Nico Loncar, Mack Stanley, Maddie Vorabouth
    7th Grade-Ashley Strauch, Fiona Benoza, Gavin Rajewski
    8th Grade-Katelyn Terranova, Tati Martinez, Will Henderson.
    Winning teacher with the most foul shots:
    Mr. Gage
    Winner of the Teacher Raffle:
    Ms. Papaianni
    Congratulations to all the winners

    JTPS students in grades K-8 were invited to come and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math through interactive and engaging activities at JTMS on Wednesday, March 6th. The 82 student attendees enjoyed hands-on science experiments and engineering challenges, such as DIY Lava Lamps, the Penny Boat Challenge, and Balloon Cars. They were able to visit the JTMS Book Fair & refreshment cafe and at the end of the evening, walked away with a goodie bag of fun.

    The night was possible due to donations from JTMS students & staff members as well as a generous Pride Grant from the JTEA & NJEA. There were also JTEF volunteers who came to make sure the book fair was open for sales, led by Antonella DaSilva. Specific recognition and thank you to those who volunteered as facilitators during the event. First, our students - Isabel Dominguez, Thomas Frick, Antonio Gigante, Becca Jacoby, Natasha Jacoby, Erin Leonard, Timothy Nakev, Garrick Riena, and Trevor Zorzi. And next, our staff - Scott Byers, Cathy Caruso, Sharon Clayton, Liz Conley, Mark DiDonato, Sheri DiStasi, Jen Escolano, Carol Gargone, Pam Graham, Alyssa Guagenti, Tammy Gundersen, Debbie Helfand, Cheryl Heller, Jess Hoertel, JoAnn Rebecky, Jodi Reiss, Jess Rosenberg, Kathy TobiaDerek SicaAleyna StormsPatty Szuszkowski, and Peggy Widgren.

    Attached is a quick slideshow with some pictures of the evening-enjoy!

    JTMS Celebrating Pi Day
    Assemblywoman for the 25th District, Aura Dunn, visited JTMS and spoke to our 7th grade students about her story and how she became involved in politics and about what her role is in our government.

    7th grade GATEways student, Madison Castle taught a Learning Lab today about CapCut editing software.

    Mrs. Distasi’s 7th grade homeroom enjoyed bagels and fruit for being the winners of the “Kids Heart and Health Challenge Fundraiser” during Wellness Week.

    Mrs. Sabella’s students are working together on the vertical white boards to factor linear expressions.

    Our first JTMS Learning Lab was successfully completed.

    Learning Lab Information

    Chess learning lab 11/28

    Each year throughout, the State of NJ schools recognize one teacher and one educational service professional with the distinction of being a Governor’s Educator Award recipient.
    Please, join me in congratulating this year’s recipients:
    Mrs. Alyssa Guagenti, the JTMS Governor’s Teacher of the Year and
    Mrs. Karen Roccisano, the JTMS Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year
    Congratulations Mrs. Guagenti and Mrs. Roccisano!  We would all like to thank you for your unwavering commitment to our JTMS Falcon Family and to the educational profession.

    8th grade student, Benjamin Soleyn, was nominated by JTMS teacher, Mr. Brown, to be a part of the Envision by World Strides Junior National Young Leaders Conference this past summer in Washington D. C…. Benjamin visited historic monuments, memorials, and museums and gained friends from all over the United States…thank you, Benjamin, for sharing some of your photos and Congratulations!!!

JTHS Academies

  • Dear Parent/Guardian and Students, 

    Applications for the academies are now open! The mission of the JTHS Academies is to provide select students with an alternative, but progressive and elite high school experience.  Students who attend the JTHS Academies will engage in an honors-level theme-based curriculum, and move through the program in a cohort with their grade level.

    The JTHS Business and Finance Academy students will participate in unique and authentic learning experiences including, but not limited to, Stock Market Challenge, Profession Shadowing, Student-run Credit Union, School Store, Volunteering, Industry Work, Euro Challenge, Career Day, QuickBooks Certification, Public Speaking and participating in DECA. Additionally, students will not only enroll in honors-level courses but beginning Junior year, they will be eligible to take the following courses and receive up to 21 credits from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  These courses include Sports and Entertainment Honors, AP Economics, Advertising and Promotion Honors, Entrepreneurship Honors, Business Law Honors, International Business Honors, and Marketing 2 Honors.  

    The JTHS STEM Academy students will participate in unique and authentic learning experiences including, but not limited to, CAD Honors, Robotic Engineering, Pre-Calculus Honors, Chemistry Honors, Engineering 1 & 2 Honors, AP Physics, and AP Computer Science A. The program will conclude with a Scientific Research Capstone Experience where during their senior year, students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the first three years in the Academy to the completion of the patent process. Beginning Junior year, they will be eligible to receive up to 24 credits from Fairleigh Dickinson University for the following courses, Honors Pre-Calculus/AP Calculus AB/BC, Academy AP Physics 1, Engineering 2 Honors, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Physics 2, AP Computer Science A, and Scientific Research/Capstone 1 & 2.

    The JTHS Multimedia Broadcasting and Journalism Academy students will participate in unique and authentic learning experiences including, but not limited to, TV & Radio Broadcasting, Podcasting, TED Talks, Sports & Entertainment Journalism Reporting, Public Speaking, Social Media Marketing, Blogging, and Graphic Design Editing. Additionally, students will not only enroll in honors-level Broadcast Journalism specific courses, but beginning Junior year, they will be eligible to take the following courses and receive up to 24 credits from Fairleigh Dickinson University. These courses include English 11 Honors, English 12 Honors, US History II Honors, Advanced Sports & Entertainment Journalism Honors, Video Production III Honors, Advanced Communications Honors, Digital Editing and Design Honors, and Contemporary Media Honors.

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    For more information on the Business & Finance Academy contact:  Maria Dunbar at or 973-663-5780 ext. 5077

    For more information on the Broadcasting Multimedia & Journalism Academy, contact: Derek Sica at or 973-663-5782 ext. 5073

    For more information on the STEM  Academy contact: Conor Devine at or 973-663-5780 ext 5072                

Student of the Month

  • JTMS students of the month for April 2024:
    6-Jesse Mutia
    6-Cheyenne Pinand
    7-Lily Millikin
    7-Cate Jacob
    8-Dilan Quiros Gonzalez
    8-Alina Greiner
    Congratulations on being recognized for your trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship…keep up the great work!