Ellen T. Briggs

Elementary School

Falcon Pride!


  • Due to the loss of power at Briggs this week, Kindergarten Orientation has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 5th,  

    The Second Grade Field Trip to Waterloo Village scheduled for Friday, May 18th is being rescheduled.  Details to follow.

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Welcome to Briggs!

  • Briggs School
    Dr. Michael Valenti

    Mrs. Diane Schilling

    Mrs. Julie Tantillo
    Part-Time Secretary

    Mrs. Liz West
    Anti-Bullying Specialist

    Ms. Jennifer Walsh
    Nurse, X5317

    School Hours8:35 am - 3:00 pm


    1 Jefferson Drive
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    (973) 663-0900
    Fax (973) 663-7853

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    May begins with Teacher Appreciation Week.  We have an amazing staff and are proud to take this opportunity to recognize and thank them for all they do for the students of Briggs School.

    National School Nurse Recognition Day is May 10th.  It’s a great time to thank our hard-working and dedicated school nurse, Jennifer Walsh, for taking such good care of the students at Briggs School.

    I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our school guidance counselor, Elizabeth West, for achieving the status of Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).  ASCA, the American School Counselor Association, each year recognizes school counselors that have exemplary programs that are data-driven, outcome-based, and aligned to ASCA Mindsets & Behavior Standards.  Mrs. West has been working diligently planning, implementing, and evaluating our school counseling program and also completing a rigorous application process.

    First grade classes are embarking on their annual chick hatching project which culminates with “Chick Day” on May 11th.  Parents are invited to come and meet our newly hatched baby chicks.

    All three grades have field trips this month:

    * Kindergarten to Turtle Back Zoo on Monday, May 14th
    * First Grade to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on Tuesday, May 1st
    * Second Grade to Waterloo Village


    Grade 1 Field Trip

    Our school-wide Field Day will be held on Tuesday, May 29th.   Our P.E. teachers have some great activities planned!

    Some important reminders:

    * School will be dismissed early on Tuesday, May 22nd for staff professional development. Dismissal time is 1:25 PM. 

    * All Jefferson Township schools will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.

    * Please advise our office if you will be moving out of district this summer.

    * Make sure you have submitted before and/or aftercare paperwork to our office for the next school year by the end of June.

    * Check out our Student Showcase page for pictures and articles about what’s happening in our school.

    Dr. Michael Valenti


Student Showcase

  • This section will be used to showcase student accomplishments and work as the school year progresses.  Please visit frequently for more information!

    Wax Museum   Wax Museum

    Second-grade students participated in the annual Second Grade Wax Museum.  Students chose a character or person they wanted to be, read a book about that person or character, filled out a graphic organizer, wrote a report, and finally dressed up as that person or character.  Kindergarten, first grade, and parents were invited to visit the wax museum and listen to the reports.  Great job second graders!


    Dr. Harte

    Dr. Harte came to Briggs School to teach the students about the importance of dental health.  

    Concert    Concert

    First graders welcomed their families to their Earth Day-themed concert.  A special thank you to Mrs. Thomson for putting together such a great show!

    Basketball Game   Basketball Game   Half Time Show   Basketball Game

    Briggs School held their Second Annual Student-Staff Basketball Game.  The second-grade students participated as players, cheerleaders, and scorekeepers, and a special group of first-graders and kindergarteners participated in activities between quarters.  A special thank you to everyone that made the game a success, it was a great time for the students and staff!

    911   911   911

    A special thank you to the Jefferson Township Police Department for their special 911 program for the kindergarten classes.  Students were taught and practiced how to call 911 in case of an emergency.  They then practiced giving their phone number and address to the dispatcher.  Thank you JTPD for all you do to keep our community safe! 

    Teacher    Cat in the Hat   Reading Train

    During Read Across America week, Briggs school celebrated reading and Dr. Suess in many different ways.  Each day a specific book was honored with an activity for example for the Cat in the Hat students wore hats to school.  Teachers also volunteered to read their favorite Dr. Suess books during lunch.  The week concluded with our reading train, where the whole school meets in the hallway to read, and a special visit from the Cat in the Hat.

    Science fair   Science fair   Science fair

    Briggs School had a wonderful turn out for the second-grade science fair.  Not only did the majority of the second graders participate by creating, displaying, and sharing their projects, but a lot of parents showed up to support their children as well.  Great job second graders!

    100th Day   100th Day   

    Briggs School celebrated the 100th day in style!  Both first-grade teachers and students dressed as themselves at 100 years old, kindergarten participated in their annual 100th day parade, and second graders celebrated with special activities.

    Slim Goodbody

    To kick off Wellness Week, Briggs School welcomed in Slim Goodbody.  He taught the students about the amazing things their body does and how to keep it healthy.  

    Penguin    Penguin    Reptile   Reptile

    Briggs School had some very interesting visitors lately!  A special thank you to Rizzo's Reptiles for their presentation and the animal friends they brought with them, and to Jenkinson's Aquarium for making first grade's Penguin Day extra special!


    Mock trials have begun in Second Grade!  Mrs. Uvino's class was the first to try the Civil case of  The Missing Dog ~ The Greens vs. Amanda.  Throughout the week the students learned about the court system and wrapped up the week with a mock trial.  

    Feather writing   Ms. Tomo's class   Feather writing

    Ms. Tomo's class learned about schools from the past.  The class made their own ink from berries and vinegar and wrote with sticks and feathers.

    Tickets please   Polar Express    

    Tickets Please!  First-grade students participated in Polar Express Day.  A special thank you to the first-grade teachers for putting together such a fun day!

    Reading Celebration    Reading Celebration

    First grade students participated in a writing celebration!  Students gathered together to share their realistic fiction stories.  Great job first graders on your hard work!

    Concert   Concert

    Second grade performed their annual winter concert for the families and did a great job!  A special thank you to Mrs. Fisher for all her hard work to make the concert a success. 

    Gingerbread Houses   Gingerbread Houses   Gingerbread Houses

    The second grade students welcomed in parents and other family members to build and decorate gingerbread houses.  

    Enrichment    Enrichment    Enrichment    

    During Friday recess, students participate in recess enrichment.  Classes rotate through different activities and enjoy some educational fun.  The stations include golf, virtual field trips, arts & crafts, and many more!


    A select number of lucky second-grade students were chosen to attend the STEAM/STEM NJGCTP trip.  Here the students participated in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities and moved through different stations.  The kids had a lot of fun and learned a lot while they were there! 

    Grandparent's Day   Grandparent's Day   Grandparent's Day

    The Briggs second graders welcomed in some very special visitors on the day before Thanksgiving.  Each year second grade celebrates Grandparent's Day with a skit about the first Thanksgiving and about the different winter holidays celebrated around the world.  The grandparents then got to enjoy a snack with their grandchild, it was a wonderful day for all!

    Halloween   Halloween   Halloween

    Briggs School celebrated Halloween in style!  Students and staff dressed up for the occasion, participated in a parade, and then attended class parties.  A special shout out to the Best Teacher Costume Winner, Mrs. Brennan!


    Halloween Safety

    A special thank you to the Jefferson Police Department for coming in to discuss Halloween safety procedures.  The students learned about Halloween safety by participating in a game show like contest with questions about staying safe during Trick-or-Treating.  Briggs School wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween and is grateful to the police department for their assistance with such an important matter!


    Briggs students had a special visit from Biscuit the dog to learn about proper hand washing procedures.  Students watched video clips of students not washing their hands and talked about how easily germs are spread.  They then learned the importance of proper hand washing to kill germs and talked about when during the day we should be washing our hands.  Who knew that talking about hand washing could be fun! Thanks, Biscuit! 

    Mock Trial   Mock Trial

    Mrs. West is running a special Mock Trial Program this year and each class will have a turn to participate.  Mrs. Grisi's class was the first to take part in the case of Goldilocks vs. The Three Bears.  After a week of learning about the court system and consequences for our choices Goldilocks was found guilty and had to fix baby bears chair, make the 3 bears breakfast, and write an apology letter for going into their house when they were not home.  More cases to come! 

    Red Ribbon Week   Red Ribbon Week

    To kick off Red Ribbon Week, Briggs School had special police officer visitors visit each classroom to talk about the importance of drug safety.  

    Fire Truck   Fire Truck

    During Fire Safty Week the fire department presented a special program to the kindergarten classes.  During the program, the students not only learned about fire safety but were able to learn about and see a real fire truck!  A special thank you to the fire department for their time.

    movie night

    PTA held a movie night for kindergarten students and their parents and it was an overwhelming success.  Big thank you to Mrs. Maffei for organizing this event. 

    Video   Turn out gear

    Briggs School had special visitors from the fire department during Fire Prevention Week.  The students learned about fire safety and the importance of having an escape plan at home in case of an emergency.  


    During the first week of October, Briggs School celebrated the week of RESPECT.  The students all participated in age-appropriate respect activities and spoke about what respect looks like.  A select number of respectful students were also chosen to be highlighted on a special bulletin board in the main hallway.  Great job being respectful Briggs School!

    Funnel Ball

    A special thank you to our PTA and maintenance staff for the new funnel ball equipment on the playground!


     Butterfly pic

     Every fall Briggs first-graders and teachers hold a butterfly release.  



    First Day of school

    Briggs students and teachers kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with smiles, enthusiasm, and excitement! 


    Patriot's Day    Patriot's Day

    The students and staff at Briggs School celebrated Patriot's Day, on Sept. 11th, by wearing red white and blue, a school-wide Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of patriotic songs outside around the flag.