5:00 PM Service Night
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Master Schedule Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Science NHS Career Night
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Mini-College Fair
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Environmental Science Academy ECO Fest
Dr. Timothy Plotts
Ms. Vickki Nadler
Ms. Michelle Papa
Ms. Joanne Martino
SAC & Anti-Bullying Specialist
Ms. Jennifer Kraljevich
School Hours: 7:15 am - 2:15 pm
1010 Weldon Road
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
(973) 697-3535 / Fax (973) 208-8409
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Progressive Innovation Drives JTHS!!!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
One-to-One Laptop Initiative
We have come to that time in the year when it starts to get colder outside. Although the outside temperatures may be dropping things are really heating up at JTHS. Starting January 2nd, 2018 every student in grades 8 and 9 will be receiving Thinkpad Laptops as part of our One-to-One Laptop initiative. As we strive to make our students more globally competitive and advanced in a 21st century environment, having laptops at school and also being allowed to take the laptops home will only improve communication and student achievement as we continue to use and foster the Google Classroom. After student laptops for grades 8 and 9 are rolled out, a schedule will be provided for the roll-out time frame for additional high school grades.
Maker Space Innovation Lab Program
JTHS is continuing on the theme of fostering innovation and creativity in our student learners with the addition of a Makerspace program that will be set up in our media center. What is a Makerspace? Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as Hackerspaces, and fablabs are creative do it yourself spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In our Makerspace we envision students being able to share interests, ideas, equipment, technology, and computing. The JTHS Makerspace will have things like a Makerbot 3d printer, electronics, hardware, tools, supplies, and more. We are looking to launch the Makerspace in the media center tentatively for the end of January and or beginning of February. We are looking to raise $10,000 to successfully launch our Maker space. If you or your organization would like to donate to this initiative, please contact Nancy Tasker in the high school main office at 973-697-3535.
New Master Schedule Proposal
Jefferson Township High School is currently assessing and presenting on a proposed new master schedule model. With the creation of a Master Scheduling Committee at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the committee was charged with the task of investigating the needs of a new high school master schedule, exploring schedule options like block scheduling, and making data-driven recommendations for a new master schedule. After a year plus of working on this charge, a recommendation of a 4-day rotating block schedule has been proposed. To date, 6 meetings were held with various stakeholder groups to propose the new master schedule recommendation. With the goal of improving student achievement in all areas by fostering student-led instruction based on engaged learning that is derived by embracing longer class periods, we are recommending a 4-day rotating block schedule be proposed for the 2018-2019 school year pending board of education approval. As an educator, I feel that by going from a traditional schedule with 8- 42 minute periods each day, to a 4-day rotating block schedule with 7- 53 minute periods extends the teachable moment and fosters better student engaged learning. The proposed 4-day rotating drop block schedule will go from a traditional 8 period day to a 7 period day on a rotating 4-day schedule. More information will be provided as we go forward with this incredible opportunity for the students at Jefferson Township High School.
Tim Plotts, Ed. D.
Jefferson Township High School
Congratulations to our January Students of the Month:
Science .................Kaitlyn Stuck
Video Production...Brittney Osorio
English .................Chloe Bolka
Mathematics .........Nicholas Lynch
Health and PE........Karlee Luker
Health and PE .......Cameron Delfino
Social Studies........Kalen Luciano
Social Studies........Corinne Renshaw
World Language....Matthew Johnson
Music ....................Kara Majury
Business ...............Kaitlyn Scalfani
Congratulations to the Athletic Department on being awarded the prestigious Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey DAANJ PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE AWARD!!!! This award is given to athletic programs of excellence that meet the rigorous requirements of the state of New Jersey. Jefferson's core belief and focus on education-based athletics is second to none. This is more proof that we as a learning community are continuously improving the total school program at JTHS. I would like to thank all of the committee members who worked toward achieving this recognition.
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