District Happenings

Standardized Testing Calendar for This School Year

This spring, the PARCC assessment will replace the NJ ASK and the HSPA tests, as required by law. All Jackson students in grades 3-8 and high school students taking certain courses will now be tested using the PARCC assessment this spring.

The Jackson School District has established a schedule in order to complete all of the required testing during the windows of time established by the state. 

Please select the letter for the grade level/school for your child to view that unique testing schedule. These dates are also listed on the calendar on the district and school websites.

PARCC Testing Schedules





For more information on PARCC and the NJ Common Core State Standards, see the links below.


Applications are now being accepted for the Jackson School District Academies of Learning for the 2015-2016 school year.


Please select the academy icon below for more information
and how to apply.


Academy of Business
for students entering 9th grade
in 2015-2016

 Digital Media Academy
for students entering 9th or 10th grade in 2015-2016
 STEM Academy
for students entering 9th grade in 2015-2016

“They didn’t do math this way when I was a kid!’’

“When I was in school, we just read – 
we didn’t have to worry about all this other stuff.’’

Do you find yourself saying
(or thinking) things like this?
Are you sometimes afraid to open that backpack to see what kind of “homework monster’’ lives in there?

The Jackson School District’s
Parent University can help!

Upcoming sessions:
Getting Ready for Assessments
Jan. 13, Jan. 15, Jan. 21, Feb. 5
Plus More All Year

Click Image for Schedule
and More Information

These sessions are open to ALL parents. Free child care is available.
You are welcome and encouraged to attend a session at ANY of these schools!

Jackson STEM Academy Featured
on NJTV's "Classroom Close-up"

See the PHOTO Gallery from the television shoot
From Classroom Close-up:
 Check out the awesome STEM Academy program in the Jackson ‪School‬ District
that is allowing ‎students‬ to choose exciting career-based education in; ‪‎Life‬ and ‪Biomedical‬, ‪‎Physical‬, and ‪Computer‬ ‪Sciences‬ as well as ‪Engineering‬!

See the VIDEO below:

Jackson Township Emergency Alert System

The school district is pleased to help the Jackson Township Police Department get the word out about the township's emergency alert system. This system allows residents to receive phone and e-mail alerts about emergencies and other important community news (e.g. severe weather, road closures, evacuations).

To sign up, click on the image below and follow the instructions on the township's site.
NOTE: This is the system used by township police and personnel - it is different from the automated system used by the school district.

Do You Have Questions or Concerns That You Would Like to Discuss with the Board of Education?

Moving Forward in 2015
Dr. Stephen Genco
Superintendent of Schools

One of my governing philosophies as superintendent is there is no substitute for returning regularly to the classroom to see first-hand how our teachers and students are striving for excellence every day.

Positive local news coverage of our students giving back to the community and feature shows like two recent episodes of NJTV’s “Classroom Closeup’’ program
(on the launch of our new STEM Academy and on an elementary art/literacy program entitled “The Art of Comprehension”) are just a few examples of the quality work being done in our classrooms. I consider it a privilege to be able to see these and so many other programs in action, under the direction of our inspired staff and administrators.

As superintendent, and as a former teacher, I am filled with pride every time I witness chemistry and physics coming to life in creative ways, or see our math students tackling seemingly impossible equations. I revel in the sounds of our bands and choruses and in the expressions of pride on the faces of our young musicians as their hard work is rewarded with deserved praise from friends and family at our concerts.

In my position I know that these daily successes are not an accident, but rather the result of planning, perseverance and passion. As we launch ourselves into 2015, we are fully engrossed in this year’s initiatives like the expansion of our Writer’s Workshop literacy program and a new elementary STEM pilot that uses fun and engaging activities to introduce higher-level thinking concepts, the scientific method and engineering principles to our younger students.

We are also finalizing our preparations for the first round of the PARCC assessments, which are new tests aligned to the Common Core Standards that will replace the NJ ASK tests beginning this spring. Because of the work that has been done over the past several years (professional development, planning, readying our technology and tech infrastructure, field testing the new assessments last year), I am pleased to say we are ready for this new challenge. At the beginning of January you will be receiving letters home explaining what these assessments are, when they are taking place in your individual schools (the testing calendar will be new to us this year) and how you can help your child do his or her best. 

Meanwhile, we are also planning ahead for next year and are about to embark on our budget discussions to craft the 2015-2016 school budget. We are also considering ideas for a new Finance Academy and for the possibility of Full-Day Kindergarten. Our Jan. 20th Board of Education meeting (Jan. 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center) will include more discussions on these and other matters. I encourage you to come out to discuss the many ways we are working to advance our district and serve our students.

As the year continues, 
I know I am eager to get back out there to see what other wonderful things are going on inside our schools. It will be my pleasure to use this column to continue to share my experiences with you, so we can all share in our students' successes. 

Dr. Stephen Genco
Superintendent of Schools

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News & Info About
Your Child's Education

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on Cablevision Channel 77
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Tuesday, January 27
Shortened Day for High School Students ONLY
HS Exams
7 PM - Holman Chorus Concert @ JLHS
7 PM - Johnson Choral Concert @ JMHS
Wednesday, January 28
Shortened Day for High School Students ONLY
HS Exams
7 PM - Rosenauer PTA Meeting

7 PM - Switlik Choral Concert @ JMHS
7PM- CRS Gr. 5 Chorus Concert @ JLHS
HS Marking Period Ends
Thursday, January 29
HS Transition Day and K-8 Prof. Development Day - School Closed to STUDENTS ONLY
Schools Closed for Students Only
Reminder: This date may change or may be eliminated from the calendar if we experience emergency closings.
Friday, January 30
Rosenauer Reading Arts Day

See Our
District & School Grades
and Other Info on
Harassment, Intimidation
& Bullying

Jackson School District
Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Clifford Menafra

Under the NJ School District Accountability Act, school districts are required to post "User Friendly'' budgets that contain designated information in a specific format.

2014-2015 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required.
2013-2014 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required.
2012-2013 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required.
2011-2012 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required.
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2009-2010 "User Friendly" Budget, as required.

Today, 1/25/2015
High: 40 Low: 21
Partly sunny
7% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 1/26/2015
High: 29 Low: 20
Snow likely
69% chance of precipitation.

Mission Statement

The Jackson School District is committed to developing and sustaining a learning environment that fosters growth in scholarship, character and initiative.

We are resolved to ensure all students achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels and our comprehensive education program provides opportunities for students to become life-long learners and contributing citizens in a worldwide community.