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  • Click here to view the district's COVID-19 preparedness plan.

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  • 3/27/2020 Update:
    Based on the Governor's address yesterday afternoon, the decision to reopen schools in NJ will be re-evaluated on April 17th.  Please note that this does not mean that the schools will reopen on that date.

    If you have an incoming Kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the online registration. Upon our return to the office, you will be contacted to discuss the necessary information for the residency verification and an appointment for the Kindergarten entrance screening.

    If you have a child/children who need to be enrolled for this current school year, please complete the online registration and email me to advise me of the pending registration and include your child/children’s name, date of birth, and grade level.

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  • 3/13/2020

    At this time, appointments to verify student residency are canceled until Monday, March 30th. Thank you.

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  • 3/6/2020 COVID-19 Update

    Jefferson Township Public Schools are collecting information in the event the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts the Jefferson community. Please click the link below to complete this form to provide information for the district.

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    Dear Members of the Jefferson Township School Community:

    As cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread across the United States, I would like to share with you the plan Jefferson Township Public Schools currently has in place in the event the Coronavirus affects our school community.

    Should the virus affect Jefferson and schools are required to close, JTPS schools are positioned to offer distance learning options for students in grades K-12. At this time, the New Jersey Department of Education has not changed their stance on distance learning; they currently require all students to physically attend school for the day to count toward the 180-day requirement; however, we are ready to provide students with work and lessons to keep moving forward in our district curricula. Should school closings become necessary, parents will be notified through our Blackboard Alert system and information will be posted on the district webpage.

    The district is taking a proactive approach to COVID-19 by following the guidelines for school districts published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The school nurses are meeting with the students to remind them of healthy habits: sneezing or coughing in their elbow, wash hands frequently for twenty seconds and keep hands away from their face and eyes. We ask that you reinforce these healthy habits at home and, if your child does become sick, please keep them home. Additionally, classrooms and busses are being deep cleaned with cleansers that can eliminate the virus.

    Should you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please visit the link below or reach out to your child’s school.

    Jeanne Howe, Superintendent of Schools




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  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Mr. Roger Jinks, Jr.
    Assistant Superintendent

    Mrs. Rita Oroho Giacchi
    Business Administrator

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

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


  • COVID-19 UPDATE: 3/24/2020

    Posted by Mary Judge on 3/24/2020 4:40:00 PM

    Dear Falcon Families:

    I hope this message finds you and your family well.  

    In my letter to the community on 3/13/2020, I explained that the schools would close facilities for two weeks and switch to a distance learning model starting on Monday, March 16th.  Since that message, the Governor closed all schools under an Executive Order for an undetermined amount of time. Jefferson Township Public Schools cannot reopen without the Governor lifting the restrictions on all public schools.  When I have additional information regarding the reopening of schools, I will share it with the community.

    While we continue to utilize a distance learning model, there are a couple of reminders I would like to share:

    • Please contact your child’s teacher(s) if you are experiencing difficulty with Google Classroom or connectivity to the internet. They will submit a tech help desk request on your child’s behalf.
    • JTPS is following an early dismissal schedule for all schools; however, students can complete their work at any point during the day.  We understand that families need to be flexible with work schedules and the sharing of devices.
    • At the Middle and High Schools, assignments in each subject should take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete.  The High School is following an all-meet schedule, so students should expect work in each class daily. If your child is spending more than 30-35 minutes on each of their classes each day, please contact your child’s teacher.
    • The expectation is that each child completes work daily.  Should your child become ill and cannot participate in the day’s activities, please contact the attendance line at your child’s school before 9:00 am. They will be marked absent for the day and will be given additional time to make up the assignment.
    • Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher(s) or principal.

    Be well,

    Jeanne Howe

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  • Distance Learning Reminder

    Posted by Jeanne Howe on 3/15/2020 2:45:00 PM

    This is a reminder that Jefferson Township Public Schools will be shifting to a distance learning model starting tomorrow, March 16th.  Students will not be required to be on-line at any specific time, but it is expected that all work assigned for the day will be completed within the timeframe outlined by their teachers.  If your child is having difficulty completing the work within the timeframe, or there are extenuating circumstances, please let your child’s teacher know. Our staff will be flexible during this unprecedented time and understand that every child’s situation will be different.  All administrators will be in their buildings tomorrow to help troubleshoot the start of distance learning.  Should you have any problems or questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the building principal.  

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  • COVID-19 & School Closure

    Posted by Mary Judge on 3/13/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Dear Falcon Families:

    As you know, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to grow over the course of the last several weeks. In addition to the healthy habits outlined in previous communications, social distancing is a strategy to help reduce the spread of a communicable disease.

    As of this communication, I am unaware of any confirmed cases in Jefferson Township; however, after much consideration and consultation with the Township Health Officer and the Board of Education, Jefferson Township Public Schools will close all facilities and begin distance learning starting on Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please note that a decision will be made to further close our facilities for a longer period of time by Wednesday, March 25th.  You will be notified of this decision through our Blackboard Alert system. 

    During the closure of our facilities, students will engage in distance learning. More information about the learning plan is outlined below.  Our staff is ready to begin virtual instruction starting on Monday, March 16th.  

    There will be no on- or off-campus activities during this time.  All after-school clubs, activities, and athletics will be postponed until our facilities reopen. Additionally, all field trips have been postponed until further notice. 

    In preparing for the closure, your child(ren) will be taking instructional materials home with them this afternoon. Students are also being encouraged to bring home with them any personal items they may need over the closure.

    These are unprecedented times. I am sure that there will be some bumps in the road as our plan is implemented; I ask that you be patient with the staff and the district as we work through these difficulties.

    Should you have any questions about the distance learning plan, or have any issues with accessing the lessons or services, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher and/or principal.

    Thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility.

    Stay healthy,

    Jeanne Howe, Superintendent of Schools

    Cc:    Board of Education

             District Staff

             Eric Wilsusen, Mayor

             Debra Millikin, Town Manager

             Peter Tabbot, Health Officer

             Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Executive County Superintendent

    Virtual Learning Plan

    General Information

    • Any technology issues should be reported to the classroom teacher.  If they are unable to assist, they will contact technology.
    • Elementary teachers and administrators will be available to answer any questions through email between the hours of 8:30 am and 1:30 pm.
    • Middle and High School teachers and administrators will be available to answer any questions through email between the hours of 7:30 am and 12:30 pm.
    • Should you reach out to a staff member after hours, they will return your email as soon as possible the following learning day.
    • If your child is ill, please call the main office line to report their absence from learning activities as soon as possible.  
    • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or building principal.

    Grades PK-2

    • Children will be bringing textbooks, workbooks, and other materials home with them this afternoon.  
    • All lessons and assignments will be communicated to the parents through the Blackboard Alert system.

    Grades 3-12

    • Children will bring home any ancillary materials needed for distance learning as determined by their classroom teachers.
    • All lessons and assignments will be communicated to the students through Google Classroom.
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  • 3/13/2020 Coronavirus Update

    Posted by Mary Judge on 3/13/2020 9:15:00 AM

    March 13, 2020 Coronavirus Information:


    2020.03.13 Coronavirus Update

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  • Important Coronavirus Information

    Posted by Mary Judge on 3/6/2020 3:10:00 PM

    Over the past several days, our administrative team has continued working on a plan in the event the Coronavirus (COVID-19) necessitates the closing of our schools for an extended period of time.  Any closing would come at the direction of a state or municipal health official.

    Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Education notified districts that if schools are required to close, they may use distance learning options to count toward the required 180 days of instruction.  This plan must be first approved by the Executive County Superintendent and is currently under review. Please note, days cannot count toward the requirement until the plan is approved and the district has time to prepare virtual lessons; therefore, the first day or two of a school closing may not be deemed as instructional days and could be designated as emergency closing days.  Should the district be mandated to close, additional information regarding virtual instruction will be shared with you at that time.

    We are urging all parents to reinforce healthy habits with their children to help reduce the spread of illness:

    • Frequently and vigorously wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands;
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched;
    • Sneeze into a tissue or sleeve instead of your hands; and 
    • Keep your child(ren) home if he/she is sick.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s principal.


    S-2 In the News & In the Know

    (3/5/2020) Jefferson schools: $2.3M loss in state aid "catastrophic", by Gene Myers Morristown Daily Record, USA TODAY NETWORK - NEW JERSEY Please visit the link below:


    (3/4/2020) School funding based on old tax information, by Dustin Racioppi & Stacey Barchenger - Please visit the link below for this article from


    (3/2/2020) School aid fight well worth fighting - Please visit the link below for the Op-Ed from the Asbury Press:


    (3/2/20) ELC, school district say state made a "serious error" in calculating funding numbers - Please visit the link below for an article written by Carly Sitrin for Politico:


    (2/24/2020) State must fully fund special education, increase transitional aid - Please visit the link below for additional information from Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, & Assemblywoman Joann Downey:


    (2/23/2020) Please check out the link below for an article that appeared in the Morris County Daily Record on Sunday, February 23, 2020. It is an Op-Ed piece from two New Jersey Superintendents who are members of the SOS Coalition.


    We Need to Protect Our Schools - Please visit the link below for information from Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, & Assemblywoman Joann Downey:

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    Posted by Mary Judge on 2/19/2020 11:00:00 AM

    The School Aid Funding Impact was presented at the Board of Education Meeting on Monday, February 17, 2020.

    School Aid Funding Impact


    Important budget talking points and legislator contact information is linked below:


    Talking Points & Contact Information


    Please follow us on Facebook @ and Twitter @JTPSBOE for updated information. 

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  • Response to Assemblywoman DeCroce

    Posted by Mary Judge on 3/19/2019 2:40:00 PM

    I would like to share with the Jefferson Township community a letter written by Ms. Zeno, Business Administrator/Board Secretary and me in response to an inquiry from Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and shared with Senator Joseph Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber.  

    Dear Assemblywoman DeCroce:

    Thank you for taking an interest in the state aid our district received this year and what impact this will have on our students.

    Before listing the numerous reductions our district needed to make this year, I would first like to point out our past fiscal accomplishments.  We have historically developed a tight budget that promotes the success of all our students. With minimal or no state aid increases for the last several years, our district has managed to implement the following among other improvements:

    • Use of a student data management system to analyze the performance of our students to make improvements in the educational process;
    • A 1:1 laptop program for students in grades 6-12;
    • Full-day kindergarten;
    • Makerspaces;
    • STEM electives;
    • Significant revisions to district curricula to align to standards and best practices;
    • Special education programs including an extensive transition program for our

    grade 12 - age 21 students;

    • An increased offering of Advanced Placement courses;
    • Offering PSATs for all sophomores and juniors at no cost;
    • Enhancing overall district security by purchasing a visitor management system, adding cameras for buses and buildings, installing retention vestibules in some buildings, and hiring an additional hall monitor;
    • Phasing in our bus fleet to meet current standards such as three-point seat belts, external stop cameras, and internal security cameras and complying with new laws;
    • Improving the High School auditorium to include new flooring and air conditioning;
    • Various roofing projects; and
    • Boiler Replacements.

    We were able to accomplish the above with flat aid while simultaneously accommodating increases in costs of healthcare, salary increases for staff members, increased cost of utilities, costly repairs for aging facilities, and increased number of ESL and special education students, a record number of student mental health referrals, and increased homebound instruction. It is unfair to be categorized as “overfunded” while promoting student success and implementing mandated programs with no additional aid for several years.  

    With the almost $1.2 million reduction in state aid for the 19-20 school year, on top of the $554,620 reduction in the 18-19 school year, our district will be forced to take the following measures:

    • Elimination of instructional and support positions;
    • Removal of all facility improvement projects;
    • Reduction in already sparse supply accounts;
    • Reduction of staff professional development money;
    • Discontinue upgrades to student laptops, impacting overall technology device management program;
    • Postpone purchase of two buses, impacting overall fleet management program;
    • Realignment of central office and building support staff; and
    • Initiate tuition for our inclusive pre-school disabled program.

    If our district continues to realize future budget cuts as outlined in Senate Bill 2, the impact to our district would be catastrophic.  We will be forced to reduce programs and staff, eliminate some athletic programs, reduce co-curricular activities, consider pay-to-play, reduce courtesy busing, and increase class size, among other cuts.

    The Jefferson Board of Education is hopeful that as the ramification of these budget cuts become apparent to the communities across the State, the funding formula will be reexamined and adjusted to at least keep districts’ state aid flat.  

    Should you require any additional information or would like to further discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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  • School Security

    Posted by Karen Slusark on 5/10/2018

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    As the district moves forward with increasing the security of our school buildings, I would like to bring to your attention a new protocol we will be implementing at all of our schools.

    Starting Friday, May 11, 2018, bins will be placed outside each school for parents to drop items off for their child.  Please use the intercom to notify the main office that you placed an item in the bin and be sure to have your child’s first and last name on the item.  The school staff will retrieve the item and give it to your child in a timely manner.

    Continuing the protocols already in place, you will be expected to present a form of photo identification when entering the building.  We ask that you do not hold the door open for any other visitors; each visitor must ring the main office for entry. Additionally, all visitors will be required to answer the following questions when ringing the main office:

    • Your name;
    • Whom you are here to see;
    • Purpose of your visit; and
    • If you are expected.

    We thank you for your cooperation to help us improve the safety and security of the students and staff in our buildings.

    Should you have any questions, please contact the main office of your child’s school.



    Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

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Referendum Updates

  • The district would once again like to thank the Jefferson Township Community for their support of our Bond Referendum vote back in October 2018.  The district was able to receive 40% reimbursement from the State in grant money. Fortunately, when our credit history was reviewed by the financial institutions providing the bonds, we were able to secure loans at the rate of 3.62% which is lower than expected.

    Although it is a smaller-scale project, we are excited that the work has started!   The door locks are being replaced at Cozy Lake by Oak Security. The new locks will have a thumb lock for enhanced security and will be ADA compliant.  

    The other projects slated to occur this summer are:

    • High School Roof replacement;
    • High School Science Room Renovations;
    • Middle School Classroom Renovations;
    • Middle School Locker Room Renovations;
    • Creation of makerspace classrooms in Briggs, Cozy Lake, Stanlick, White Rock, JTMS & JTHS;
    • Various flooring projects throughout the district; and
    • Exterior Building Facade repairs at Briggs, Cozy Lake & JTHS.


    Updated 9.12.2019


    Woodshop Room

    HS Wood Shop

    Science Rooms

    HS Science 1

    HS Wood Shop 2

    HS Science 3

    Makerspace Classroom

    HS Makerspace

    Outside Facade

    HS Outside Facade

    Updated 9.11.2019


    Media Center

    MS Media Center

    Media Center 2

    Science Rooms

    Science Room

    Science Rooms 2

    Science Rooms 3


    Locker Room

    Locker Rooms 2

    Locker Rooms 3

    Updated 9.10.2019

    Ellen T. Briggs:

    Outside Facade 

    ETB Outside Facade

    Makerspace Classroom

    ETB Makerspace Classroom

    Update 9.9.2019

    Cozy Lake:


    CL Outside

    Makerspace Classroom

    CL Makerspace

    All-Purpose Room



    CL Kitchen


    Makerspace Flooring

    Makerspace Flooring

    Kitchen Flooring

    Kitchen Floor

    Classroom Floor

    Classroom Floor

    Classroom Floor

    Classroom Floor 2

    All-Purpose Room

    APR 2

    Update 9.6.2019

    White Rock:

    After: All-Purpose Room

    APR 1

    APR 2

    After: Makerspace

    MS 1

    MS 2

    Update 8.5.2019

    White Rock:

    Before: Kitchen Storage Room

    Before Kitchen #1

    Kitchen Storage #2

    After: Kitchen Storage Room 

    After Kitchen Storage

    Update:  7.30.19

    High School: 

    Roof Progress

    Roof Meeting


    HS Roofing


    Update: 7.23.19

    High School:

    Makerspace Flooring Progress

    HS Makerspace Floor

    HS Makerpace #2

    HS Makerspace #3

    Update: 7.22.19


    Science Flooring

    HS Science Flooring #1

    HS Flooring Before #2

    HS Science Flooring #3

    HS Science Flooring #3




    HS Before Outside Work

    Outside Work #2

    Outside Brick Work

    Outside Progress

    Outside Progress #2

    Outside Progress #3

    Outside Progress #4


    Science Classroom Drop Ceiling

    HS Drop Ceiling #1

    HS Drop Ceiling #2


    Wood Shop Flooring 

    Wood Shop Flooring #1

    Wood Shop Flooring #2


    Roofing Machinery & Crew

    Roofing Equipment & Materials

    Music Rooms

    HS Music Room Before #1

    HS Music Room Before #2

    HS Music Room Before #3


    Future Makerspace Classroom

    HS Future MS Classroom

    Flooring Progress


    Band & High Tech Music Room Flooring

    Band & High Tech Music Room

    Band & High Tech Music Room #2


    Update: 7.19.19

    Cozy Lake: 

    Outside Facade

    CL Outside Facade

    All-Purpose Room



    White Rock:

    All-Purpose Room Abatement 

    WR APR Floor Abatement

    Makerspace Flooring 

    Makerspace Flooring

    Makerspace Flooring

    Makerspace Flooring 2


    Update: 7.18.19

    Cozy Lake:

    Outside Facade Progress

    Cozy Lake Outside Facade Progress


    Ellen T. Briggs:

    Exterior Modular Wing Facade Progress

    Outside Modular

    Makerspace Room 111

    Makerspace Cleared

    Makerspace Room 111

    Makerspace Progress



    Gymnasium Lobby

    JTMS Gymnasium Lobby

    Locker Room

    JTMS Locker Room

    Floor Abatement 

    JTMS Flooring

    Panoramic View of Media Center

    JTMS Panoramic View of Media Center



    All-Purpose Room Flooring 

    Stanlick Floor Abatement

    Makerspace Flooring 

    Stanlick Maker Space Flooring


    UPDATE: (6/26-7/10):


    Media Center Moving Out, Ceilings Removed & Painting Begun

    MS Media Center Before

    MS & Mr. Vastola

    MS Media Center Drop Ceiling Removed

    MS Painting & Progress

    CL Gutted Kitchen


    Cozy Lake:

    Removal of Outside Facade:

     CL Facade

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    Cozy Makerspace


    JTMS Science Rooms:

    Classrooms B3 & 4 Emptied

    B3 B$ Empty

    B4 Flooring Removed

    MS B4 Floor Removed

    B21 Final Demolition 

    MS B21 Final Demo.

    White Rock:

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    White Rock

    All-Purpose Room Before

    WR APR


    Middle School:

    Locker Room Before

    Locker Room 1

    Locker Room Before

    Locker Room 2

    Media Center Before

    Media Center 2

    Media Center Before

    Media Center 2

    Robotics Classroom Before

    Robotics 1

    Robotics Classroom Before

    Robotics 4

    Science Classroom Before

    Science 11

    Science Classroom Before

    Science 7


    Ellen T. Briggs:

    Facade Before


    ETB Facade

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    ETB Makerspace

    Door Hardware Before

    ETB Door Lock


    ETB Door Lock After


    All-Purpose Flooring Before

    Stanlick APR Floor

    Classroom Before

    Stanlick Classroom

    Kitchen Flooring Before 

    Stanlick Kitchen Flooring

    Closet Before

    Stanlick Closet

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    Stanlick Makerspace


    High School:

    Roof Areas A,B,C, & D

    ABCD Roof Before

    Roof Areas C & D Before

    C&D Roof

    Auxiliary Gym Roof Before

    Aux. Roof

    Fascia Before

    C8 Fascia

    Fascia Before

    C9 Fascia

    Science Lab Before

    C7 Science Lab

     Makerspace Classroom Before

    HS Makerspace

    Wood Shop Classroom Before


    Wood Shop Classroom Before

    Woodshop 2

    C7 Cleared Out 

    HS C7 July 2nd

    Prep Room Floor Hatch 

    Floor Hatch Prep Room 7/8

    C9 Early Demo 

    HS C9 Early Demo June 21st

    Room C8 Before

    HS C8 Before 6/21

    C8 Cleared Out 

    HS C8 Cleared Out 7/2

    C7 Outside Fascia

    HS C7 Outside Fascia


    May 16, 2019

    Cozy Lake:

    Before: Old Hardware 

    Old Door Hardware

    After: Updated Hardware

    CL Door After


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