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  • Dr. Patrick Tierney
    Superintendent

    Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Assistant Superintendent

    Ms. Dora Zeno
    Business Administrator

    Mrs. Margaret Widgren
    Director of Student
    Personnel Services
    District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

    31 Rt 181
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    (973) 663-5780

Superintendent's Message

  • A Student's Perspective

    Posted by Patrick Tierney on 11/3/2017

    Having the privilege of being the Superintendent of Schools in Jefferson, I have the pleasure of visiting our schools and sitting in with and speaking with many of our staff and students. In one such visit at the high school, I observed Ms. Clarizio's Sport and and Entertainment class. As I watched and listened to our students analyze and discuss what is happening in the world today and how these issues are to be reported. I was amazed in the maturity and passion that many of our students have. In that class and on that day, I made a promise to them. The promise was that I would be willing to publish some of their writing pieces in the Superintendent's Message to highlight that our students are aware of what's happening in the world today. 

    While I am aware that this is a very controversial issue in the United States today, it is also my opinion that we should encourage our students to be respectful of one another's positions and beliefs. Whether or not you support or disagree with the position, we need to acknowledge that our students are keenly aware of what is happening in the world today. If there is one thing our children need, that is to be civil to one another. 

     

    Those Should Stand For Those Who Served and Who Currently Serve - By Nick Miller

    Kneeling for the National Anthem - is it right or wrong and what is the true reason why members of the NFL are kneeling? It has become one of the hottest topics in American news to this date.

    NFL members have been kneeling before or during the National Anthem, an act which many Americans have voiced as highly disrespectful to both the current American military and veterans.

    On September 1st, 2016 at Levi's Stadium, home of the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick took the first kneel during the National Anthem. Undoubtedly, Kaepernick’s stance, which lasted a little over two minutes, altered the NFL forever. Kaepernick influenced other players to emulate his actions, inspiring national debate over player’s intentions and the impact of these actions on football fans of all ages. President Trump has verbalized his contention with such actions.  

    Before every game the National Anthem is played in honor of those who served and those who currently serve to protect the freedoms of every citizen living in this democratic country. During the National Anthem, current military members hold the flag while NFL members kneel right behind them. Many NFL fans have articulated their disdain for such action and have deemed it a clear and utter disrespect for current and past members of the military. Fans have complained that professional football players are role models who are publicly disrespecting the American flag and American troops.

    Jake Miller, a Marine Corps. reserve residing in his hometown of Jefferson, revealed his frustration regarding this situation. Having recently graduated boot camp, he has inspired a heightened sense of patriotism in his family. Since his return, Miller’s family members become especially irritated when they gather to watch the pro-football games. Whether it is a Thursday, Sunday, or Monday, Miller says, “It seems as though there is always at least one player with his knee on the ground.”

    Miller’s younger brother Collin adds, “I see my brother’s facial expression, it’s like a fire is lit, like when my dad lights the grill, and he heats up with anger.”

    Miller feels that NFL members should find another way to express their first amendment right to peacefully protest.  NFL owners and commissioners have supported their players while many Americans do not want to see these players protesting in uniform on NFL time. Some feel that they should be punished or they should be banned from the NFL. It’s a hot debate because their actions are not illegal.

    NFL players have explained their actions as a peaceful protest against police brutality. On July 17th, 2014, Eric Garner, a 43 year-old, African-American male, was choked and killed by a New York Police Officer in Staten Island, New York. The officers were trying to arrest Garner for selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner was not sure why he was being arrested. One officer grabbed him from behind in a choke hold, a move prohibited by the New York Police Department, and the compression of his chest caused Garner to expire. Mr. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” have become a cry from protesters. Since then, there have been several deadly police encounters around the country.  Excessive police brutality, racial profiling, and racial inequality have sparked national protest.

    Players believe they are making a peaceful statement against social injustices, and the NFL supports their actions. The biggest frustration voiced by Americans is understanding why the protests are conducted during the playing of the National Anthem at an NFL game, a time set aside to pay tribute to serving and retired military personnel.

     As long as NFL players continue to kneel in uniform during the pre-game Anthem, the controversy will continue to be front news.   

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  • Jefferson Jefferson Township New Jersey

    Jefferson is the northernmost township in Morris County formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 11, 1804, from portions of Pequannock Township and Roxbury Township. The township was named after Thomas Jefferson, the President of the United States at the time the township was created.

    The township has two large divisions, Milton and Lake Hopatcong. Each half has its own first-aid squad, fire department substation and set of elementary schools. Both sections of the township share a high school and middle school.

    Jefferson Township has many natural and recreational facilities to offer including Lake Hopatcong (the largest lake in New Jersey), Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, and Camp Jefferson to name a few. Jefferson Township also offers many community activities including sports, scouts, library programs, concerts, picnics, as well as its yearly Jefferson Days celebration.

    Our Schools

    The Jefferson Township Public School District is committed to providing a quality education to all of our students, from kindergarten through grade 12. With approximately 3,000 students district wide, our seven schools promote the highest standards of academic excellence, as well as the highest social and ethical expectations within our learning community. Our district’s comprehensive K-12 curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will require to be life-long learners, productive workers, and responsible and contributing citizens. At the Jefferson Township High School, our co-curricular programs offer a complete range of inter-scholastic athletics. We are consistently recognized by the NJSIAA for our sportsmanship.  Students compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference as well as Morris County tournaments in athletics.

    Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) exist in every school.  Within the PLCs, teachers work together to improve instructional practices.  The district continues to focus on tools for student assessment.  These assessments enable teachers and students to identify strengths and areas needing additional work. Unit and semester assessments are designed to prepare students for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) administration.

    The district has incorporated the Common Core Standards (CCS) in all curricular areas and professional development to assist our teachers is on-going.

    Our Mission

    All students are held to the highest standards for academic, social and ethical behavior. They are motivated to learn, self-assured, and confident individuals. Students are prepared to apply their skills and knowledge as productive citizens in an ever-changing world. 

    Members of the educational community are facilitators of learning who work cooperatively and support students. The educator differentiates instruction while encouraging inquiry-based learning, critical thinking skills, and community based activities.  Instruction focuses on practical and technological problem solving applications. 

    A diverse curriculum provides opportunities which promote student learning. The curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary connections and a global perspective.  Student assessments provide continuous feedback on achievement of benchmarks which align with learning outcomes, state, and national standards.

    It is the expectation of this school district that all pupils achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels.

    Belief Statements

    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should develop a sense of responsibility emphasizing interpersonal relationships, good citizenship, cultural and global awareness.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students learn best in a safe and secure environment which encourages them to accept challenges and become creative problem solvers.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should be able to communicate appropriately and effectively with others in a diverse population.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should be prepared to apply acquired skills and knowledge in an ever-changing society.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should reach the highest academic, social, and ethical standards.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should make positive contributions to the community.
    • We believe that Jefferson Township students should become life-long learners.

     

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