Dr. Kelly Cooke
Mr. Robert Hayzler
Asst. Principal/Anti-Bullying Specialist
Mrs. Kathy Tobia
Ms. Joanne Martino
Mrs. Liz Conley
School Hours: 7:35 am - 2:15 pm
1000 Weldon Rd.
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
Fax (973) 697-1348
MS Home Webpage: June 2019
Thank you for visiting our school’s homepage. The end of the year is fast approaching. Our Middle School students are eagerly anticipating the final weeks of school and all the exciting activities ahead!
During the past month, students have taken center stage engaging in exciting and rewarding learning activities at JTMS. For example, students participated in a school-wide Clean Up Day sponsored by our Student Council and Peer Leadership Clubs, performed in both band and choral concerts as well as the Big Band Bash event, competed in Solar Sprints at Great Meadows Middle School and Unity Charter School, attended an overnight in Philadelphia, PA, visited the Sterling Mines, traveled to New York City, walked for Operation Safe Home, debated at the College of St. Elizabeth, participated in Teen Scene, presented at our Environmental Art Museum, and competed musically at Dorney Park, PA as well as enjoyed the amazing MS/HS PTA Carnival’s rides, games, and food.
In addition, we are proud to announce that Jefferson Township Middle School students ranked nationally in the 84th annual Le Grand Concours, 2019 (a National French Contest). Le Grand Concours is a national competition in which students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2019 event. Below is a listing of our JTMS nationally ranked winners from Miss Kelsey Crowe’s Grade 7 students and Mrs. Marybeth Neuschatz’ Grade 8 students:
Honorable Mention – Placed in the 50th to 69th national percentile:
Honorable Mention – Placed in the 70th national percentile:
Bronze Medal – Placed in the 75th national percentile:
Silver Medal – Placed in the 85th national percentile:
Silver Medal – Placed in the 90th national percentile:
Congratulations to all our winning students! Thank you for making us proud!
Thank you for visiting and please be sure to review our webpage, on the left, for upcoming events, announcements, and activities for JTMS students. In addition, please be sure to review your child’s progress in the Parent Portal as well as access your child’s food services account balance in the “Food Services” tab. Thank you.
From all of us at Jefferson Middle School, we wish our eighth graders much success at the High School and welcome new sixth graders and returning students on Thursday, September 5, 2019.
Wishing you and your family a safe, relaxing and fun-filled summer!
On behalf of the JTMS Tri-M honor society students, thank you to the White Rock teachers for a fun and organized day. It was our pleasure to come meet the 3rd grade students and allow them to try out the band instruments. The JTMS Tri-M students especially had fun mingling with the 3rd graders during recess and eating lunch together.
32nd Morris County Regional Debate Tournament
The College of St. Elizabeth
May 30, 2019
Congratulations go out to our Jefferson Debaters from Stanlick School, White Rock and the Middle School who competed in The Morris Area County Debates on May 30th , 2019 at the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. There were 8 districts that competed in this event.
Because each district was only allowed 8 students from Junior Varsity to compete, Jefferson had a run off in our schools prior to the debate. Our top 16 debaters (8 from elementary school and 8 from the Middle School) went to the debate in Morristown.
The following is the result of our debates.
1st place Junior Varsity Affirmative JEFFERSON Justin Brinck and Hannah Levine
2nd place Junior Varsity Affirmative - Wharton
3rd place Junior Varsity Affirmative - JEFFERSON Emily Hollick /Madison Mathews
4th place Junior Varsity Affirmative - Mount Olive
5th place Junior Varsity Affirmative – Mount Olive
1st place Junior Varsity Negative JEFFERSON! - Anmol Mehta and Bobby Nardone * They earned a Perfect score: Only time this has ever happened in the 32 years of the competition
2nd place Junior Varsity Negative - Oakland
3rd place Junior Varsity Negative -JEFFERSON Kyle Plunkett / Emmagrace Bartels
4th place Junior Varsity Negative – Oakland
5th place Junior Varsity Negative – Mount Olive
1st place Varsity Affirmative - Livingston
2nd place Varsity Affirmative - Morris
3rd place Varsity Affirmative - JEFFERSON Fiona Bishop and Nina Dhillion
4th place Varsity Affirmative - Oakland
5th place Varsity Affirmative – Mount Olive
1st place Varsity Negative - Morris
2nd place Varsity Negative - Livingston
3rd place Varsity Negative- Livingston
4th place Varsity Negative - JEFFERSON Olivia Smith and Joshua Small
5th place Varsity Negative – Mount Olive
2019 Music Department Dorney Park
2019 Solar Sprint Competition
Mark Carrion - 3rd place for Speed in the District Competition
Every Middle School from across Morris County present one 8th grade student as their recipient for the honor of the Morris County Middle School Leadership Award.
On Wednesday night, May 1, 2019, the Morris County Superintendents honored each school’s recipient at a dinner ceremony in Whippany, NJ. Students were honored for their actions and deeds that represent model citizenship and leadership in their respective school communities. The students recognized, were those that demonstrated academic, extracurricular, and community leadership qualities.
I am pleased to report that our Middle School’s 8th grade representative, Katelynn Peterson, did a fantastic job addressing a crowd of 230 people from across Morris County. Katelynn accepted her award with grace and conveyed her love for our Jefferson Township Community.
Mrs. Howe, Superintendent of Schools, and I were proud and privileged to have shared in this special leadership award ceremony with Katelynn and her family.
Congratulations Katelynn on a job well done!
Members of the JTMS Tri-M helped at the Jefferson Art Committee's Senior Citizen Big Band Bash. Students help serve food, clean tables, clean up afterwards and join in on the dance floor while dancing to the sounds of the Jefferson Community Jazz Band.
JTMS Duct Tape March Madness Winner-Mr. DiDonato!
At the end of March, the Red Cross Club collected items to benefit the animals of the Jefferson Township Municipal Pound. The collection was a huge success, and the JTMS community was able to donate several boxes filled with cat and dog food, treats, toys, blankets, towels, and cleaning supplies. Go Falcon Family!
Our Annual JTMS Staff vs. Student Basketball Game!
And the winners are.....JTMS STAFF!
The JTMS Tri-M Honor Society members hosted their 3rd annual Musical Petting Zoo this past Saturday. We had over 50 kids go through and try out the different instruments. The age range of the participants were from 9 months old up to adult ages. It was a fun day of music, games, and community.
Over the weekend we received an update from Kenya on the construction of the safe home. We are happy to report that much progress has been made since the end of January when we sent the funds for phase 2.
JTMS Awarded Kindness Matters Certificate
Sixth graders were given the assignment to research an influential person who contributed to the social reform of civil liberties and the Civil Rights Movement during the 19th and 20th centuries, both for the minority races and gender equality. Students cooperatively and independently conducted research on this person and created a trifold project which includes an informative essay, a timeline, and related images. Students will “become” their person or an “expert” on their person during our Living Museumpresentations and show their knowledge by responding to pre-arranged questions.
Project Kind Sandwich Making at JTMS!
Project Stay Gold Visiting the Elementary Schools
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!
The School Counseling Department has been meeting with students for various reasons, including to discuss failing grades, conflict mediations, risk assessments, and scheduling for next year. Counselors also completed the scheduling process for the ‘19-’20 school year, helped with The Ripple Effect initiative at the high school, held Naviance and Resume lessons with 8th graders, conducted Conflict Mediation lessons with 6th graders, attended the 6th Grade Parent Orientation, and helped facilitate the 6th Grade Student Orientation. In addition, counselors continue to run and wrap up support groups as well as facilitate annual 504 meetings. Finally, the counselors attended a training for the new Signs Of Suicide initiative/grant the MS will be participating in during the 2019-20 school year.
The sixth grade students have been working hard on the statistics cluster of their math curriculum. Their focus has been on measures of center and measures of variation. Also, the blue and gold math classes were combined in an effort to collaborate on an escape room! The students had a great time solving math problems and entering clues to move through the nine rooms. There were some exciting finishes as student groups raced to be the first to escape!
In 6th grade Science, students explored astronomy by modeling the reason for the seasons, tides, eclipses, and the phases of the moon. 6 Gold: A thank you letter was received from Mayor Wilsusen in response to the student letters previously sent in regards to their concerns about the recent silica dust pollution in Lake Hopatcong. 6 Blue: The team held an environmental museum funded by a Middle School PTA grant. The event was well attended by students, siblings, parents, and grandparents. Students presented on various topics including: how to pack a waste free lunch, how to purify water for people who are lacking clean water, and poaching as well as plastic bags and pollution in the watershed. In addition, attendees voted on the upcycled items created by 6 Blue students and visited the art gallery to see environmental student artwork. Parents and students also joined Mrs. Helfand at the Paulinskill River in Lafayette, NJ on June 7th from 5-6 pm to release the rainbow trout they had raised all year. Students successfully released 84 trout. The evening included discussing the health of the river, environmental conditions needed for the trouts’ survival, potential predators, and the release itself. The evening concluded with a hike behind the park to see the recent beaver activity along the trail.
In 6th Grade Social Studies, students have been learning about the Civil War and the repercussions that the war created. Students thoroughly researched the multiple events surrounding the conflict and created a digital synopsis of what they learned. Students wrapped up the unit by covering Reconstruction and the long term impact that it came to have on American society, emphasizing this year’s theme, “we learn history to change the present.”
Since the beginning of May and through the end of the year, students in 6th grade ELA have and will be reading dystopian novels in their Socratic Circles. Their summative assessment of the book is to create a project where they will come up with a plan to turn the book into a movie. Using their knowledge of characters, setting, plot, and theme students will plan a soundtrack, create a promotional poster, and produce a movie trailer video. Also, through the generous support of the PTA, top readers from both teams will be recognized for their efforts with awards, gift cards, prizes, and a fun celebration!
Seventh grade Language Arts students finished their book club novels where they discussed themes, character development, relationships while annotating using signposts. Students will soon participate in a Socratic Seminar to show contrasts and comparisons between the different novels.
In seventh-grade mathematics, students are working on their last project for the year. Students will be designing a board game to review all of the main topics learned this year. Once completed, students will be getting together as a grade level to view everyone else's games and have a chance to play them.
After finishing a self-paced webquest about the lines of evidence scientists have developed to support the theory of evolution, students in 7th grade Science are working hard to survive the zombie apocalypse. They are applying their knowledge and skills from across the science curriculum in order to make evidence-based decisions in hopes that their team will not perish during the outbreak. Also, if time and technology are available, students will participate in a virtual field trip to a tropical coral reef to explore the threats to the habitat as well as learn about how a variety of organizations are working to preserve our natural coral reefs.
Seventh grade Civics students have been studying some basic economics’ concepts for the month. Classes have participated in activities which both entertained and strengthened their knowledge of vocabulary and basic personal finance goals of which they can set for themselves in the future.
In 8th grade Language Arts, students are finishing their study of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey. Students are also working on No Red Ink, paying special attention to phrases and clauses along the way. Students will be making Character Presentations of their most memorable character of the year to close out their Middle School experience.
Students in Math 8, finished their geometry unit on surface area and volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres. In Algebra, students finished their unit on statistics. In Geometry, students finished their unit on circles. All math programs are now preparing for their LinkIt final benchmark assessment.
To wrap up the year, the 8th grade Social Studies classes hosted a presentation for parents on the students’ year long assessments. Students chose topics from Hunter-Gatherers to Roman Gladiators and everything in-between and developed websites, interactive displays, and even videos to present the triumph and tragedy of their topics. Students are spending the last few weeks of the year re-creating works of science, art, philosophy, and literature from the Renaissance to demonstrate their understanding of humanism in the Renaissance.
The 8th grade Blue and White teams have been working on their capstone engineering project. In doing so, students are building bridges out of toothpicks and Elmer's glue that they planned out within their blueprints. On Monday June 17, they will be testing to see how much mass their bridges can hold. The goal is 1,000g! The Gold team has worked with forces, waves, electricity and magnetism. Students are culminating the year with an engineering project where they design and build water rockets using their accumulated learning about forces and the laws of physics. Students will launch their rockets outside and evaluate how their designs affected the function of the rockets during launch and flight.
The 7th grade GATEways and HS Digital Arts class recently collaborated to provide the GATEways students with a hands-on experience using Virtual Reality. Using the new Virtual Reality equipment at the high school, the teachers as well as select high school students led the GATEways students through a virtual reality activity. The goal of this activity was not only to provide the GATEways students with an enhanced educational experience, but also to expose students to the unique courses and opportunities that our high school has to offer. In addition, the GATEways program most recently completed its culminating educational experiences. A day trip to the Pocono Environmental Education Center for the 6th grade that focused on communication and team building, the 7th grade’s two-day trip to New York City that focused on technology and society, and the three-day 8th grade trip to Washington DC that focused on one’s role and place in society both individually and as a US citizen.
6th Grade: Students are creating and finalizing a world habitat project in which they were asked to design and describe their habitat in the target language. Students are presenting and discussing their presentations with peers in which they discuss weather, exotic animals, possible activities, and object descriptions. 7th Grade: Students are completing a final vacation project in which they explore Spanish speaking countries. Students were asked to create a Google Slides presentation in which they demonstrate tourist attractions and activities. All descriptions are done in the target language. 8th Grade: Students are creating and finalizing career project presentation in which they describe and discuss future career options in the target language. Students explore possible universities they can attend for their chosen career, degrees, and career requirements. All information is presented to peers in the target language.
Our 21st Century classes are preparing presentations to share what they have learned from their research. Our Speak Up and Write All About it classes are finalizing their video reports. We will be working on putting those all together in a classroom news broadcast!
To wrap up the year, students delved even deeper into text analysis in language arts. Sixth Grade has begun a “Lights, Camera, Action” project focusing on the analysis of student-selected books including The Girl Who Owned a City, The Giver, The Selection, The Hunger Games, and Cinder. For this project, the students had to select songs, craft a script, and create a movie trailer to represent their novel. In seventh grade, the students completed a newspaper project where they crafted a lead story and editorial interview through the eyes of one character from Freak the Mighty. The students have since moved back into book club books such as The Running Dream, The Fault in Our Stars, Sahara Special, Out of My Mind, and Eleven where they are completing signpost annotations and participating in Socratic seminars. In eighth grade, the students completed their capstone essays and vision boards as a reflection of themselves in 8th grade. The students presented their vision boards to their respective classes to show their hopes for the future and have since moved into reading the novel Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey.
In seventh-grade mathematics, students are working on their last project for the year. Students will be designing a board game to review all of the main topics learned this year. Once completed students will be getting together as a grade level to view everyone else's games and have a chance to play them. Eighth grade is doing a review before taking the last LinkIt assessment before their Promotion Dance and Promotion practice.
In Forensics 7 and 8, students are working on their final projects in which they must create a crime scene based on a common fairy tale. Students must make and describe evidence as well as explain how to analyze the evidence. Students will then tell their story and present their case to the class using pictures, diagrams, and their knowledge of forensic science.
Chorus: Chorus has had a crazy month! In mid-May, students traveled to Dorney Park. Both choral groups earned the highest rating of superior at the Park. In addition, all JTMS Chorus students had their Spring Concert of which they worked extremely hard. Students in the 7th grade are working on writing song parodies while 8th graders are practicing the National Anthem for our Promotion Ceremony. Band: The Tri-M Music Honor Society students finished the year by helping at the Senior Citizens Big Band Bash followed by helping with 3rd grade instrument demonstrations as well as giving JTMS tours to incoming 6th grade students and their parents. The JTMS Bands had a successful concert season with their Spring Concert and performance at High Notes Festival. Our Select band received a Superior rating and our Jazz band received an Excellent rating. The 6th and 7th grade band students are now preparing for their final performance at the 8th grade Promotion Ceremony.
In Robotics, students have been working on flying drones! The students recently learned how to correctly bind the drone to the controllers using the BetaFlight software. Students first learned to hover directly above the ground before learning to vertically lift the drone up and down. Once the students have the basic flight movements down, they will be using First Person View (FPV) goggles to get their own virtual reality feel. How exciting!
STEM 6th: The students completed a design a tower of a certain height made of drinking straws that was 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 19 tennis balls. The students rounded out this unit on structures by analyzing all of the data from the towers of their peers and creating a lab report on how to improve their tower if they were to construct another one. Students currently started conducting research on buoyancy and creating a blueprint for what they believe will be a successful boat design. STEM 7th-8th: Students have been refining their skills in the use of a 3D drawing program called, Sketchup. In this program, students were tasked with creating their own dream house as a 3d model. In doing so, students must have a certain number of rooms and furniture pieces, while everything else is their own design. At the end of the unit, students will have an option to 3D print a small model of their dream house.