Ellen T. Briggs

Elementary School

Falcon Pride!


  • Please note that conferences scheduled for Thursday will now be held on Monday 11/19/18 at the same time. 

    Conferences scheduled for Friday will now be held on Tuesday 11/20/18 at the same time. 

    Monday and Tuesday will be early dismissals.  Dismissal time is 1:10 PM.  

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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


    November is the month to remind us to be thankful about the many positive things happening in our lives.  That includes our right to vote.  Briggs students will be learning about the process by voting for their favorite cookie.  In the running are Oreo and Chocolate Chip.  What’s your favorite?


    Briggs students have been learning about kindness and respect.  What better way to demonstrate these positive character traits than to give to those in need during this season?  In this vein, we are running a food drive.  Please help us by sending in your non-perishable food donations by Friday, November 16th.  Items needed include: tuna, soup, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, pasta, sauce, canned fruit, canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy, hot & cold cereals.

    Please log onto your Realtime Parent Portal to make an appointment for a Parent-Teacher conference.  They are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 14th, 15th, and 16th.  Students will be dismissed at 1:10 PM on these three days.  We encourage all parents to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher.  Communication between home and school has a positive effect on student learning.

    Our second grade classes are planning Grandparents Day for Wednesday, November 22nd.  We look forward to welcoming all the second grade students’ special guests.

    Our first grade classes will be learning about family traditions this month.  This will surely be a special time for our students to share their unique celebrations and customs with their friends.

    Some important reminders:

    • November 8th & 9th – Schools closed for NJEA Convention
    • November 13th – Staff Professional Development; Dismissal at 1:25 PM
    • November 14th-16th – Parent Teacher Conferences; Dismissal at 1:10 PM
    • November 21st – Early Dismissal at 1:25 PM
    • November 22nd & 23rd – Thanksgiving Recess (Schools Closed)

    Dr. Michael Valenti


Student Showcase

  • First Day

    Coming in for the first day of school! 



    Some second graders enjoying the Week of Respect Pep Rally! They are participating in the partner ball carry. 



    So excited to be meeting our new mascot, Freddy the Falcon! 





    The students loved having the preschool kids come for a visit! 





    Mrs. Greene's class enjoying parent visitors for Johnny Appleseed Day!



    Students from Miss Megna's class for the Halloween Safety program. 



    Crazy hair day for Red Ribbon Week!



    "Just Say No Magic Show" for the end of red ribbon week with Miss Longo and some students!



    Miss Meade and her class with their spooky Haunted House in the Makerspace Lab! 





    Mr. Tanis showing the student council the correct way to fold the flag.