District Happenings

The Jackson Community School
Fall 2015 Brochure
is available ONLINE.

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Community School
Pre-K Registration
Registration Packets are available
on the Pre-K web page.
Registrations are ongoing
and will be accepted until classes are filled!

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.


New Grading System is in effect
for 2015-2016

The district has made several changes at the Middle School level to better maintain the integrity of a student's performance.

What's New:
How we calculate grades
What is a "passing'' grade
Criteria for Honor Roll and High Honor Roll
How geometry and algebra courses are weighted

Select image below to see more info on these changes

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

Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genco and new Asst. Superintendent of Schools Nicole Pormilli help welcome our new full-day kindergarten students during their orientation session this summer.

Our Shared Mission

Dr. Stephen Genco
Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  As you know I came back to the district last year just as the school year was beginning. After a year and a summer to work with you all to implement key strategic initiatives, I find myself even more ready and even more excited to join you as we begin this new school year.

This year we will welcome our little ones into a full-day kindergarten program for the first time. Providing this strong early foundation in learning is something that will benefit all of us as students progress through our district. This fundamental improvement would not have been possible without the vision of the administrative teams of the past, the Board of Education’s longstanding commitment to this goal, or without the parent and staff members who rolled up our sleeves and figured out a way to make it happen this year. I hope everyone in Jackson is proud to join in this district-wide success.

We are also starting this new school year with some key facilities improvements in place, including the majority of Jackson Memorial High School finally having air conditioning (the rest of the school will be finished in the coming weeks), the completion of much-needed paving work throughout the district (the JMHS student parking lot alone is a work of art), the solar projects going on at Liberty and Elms to help lower our energy costs district-wide and many other projects completed by our hard-working facilities staff.

We are pleased to welcome a second School Resource Officer to our district – we will now have both Officers Colin Menafra and John Pejoski on board. This partnership with the Jackson Police Department provides us with an invaluable resource to us and anyone who has met these officers knows they are committed to the kind of community-oriented policing that builds relationships with students and staff.

Our curriculum updates for this year center around:

  • Our elementary literacy program and will feature a commitment to a balanced literacy approach and to the expansion of the Readers and Writers Workshop program (a collaboration with Teachers College of Columbia University). Students need to be reading often, and need to be reading books that are on the right level for them. Our research-based approach has our students guided by essential questions, “big ideas’’ and promotes instruction that is skill and strategy based.

  • Our secondary science program, featuring an investment in online materials to provide dynamic content in this complex field of study as we fully align to the Next Generation Science Standards. The development of our STEM Academy continues with great success as well with the addition of our second academy class this year.

  • The health and physical education curriculum district-wide, featuring an investment in a Discovery Education platform that will provide the most up-to-date information on a continual basis. The units of study in this platform will change as health information changes, providing our students with not only the information itself but also the context for how that information plays out in the real world around them.

In addition to all of the above, we are launching our new
Academy of Business this year at both high schools, which is our latest addition to our academies of learning (STEM, Digital Media) and which will give our students a chance to pursue a focused area of study to help them hit the ground running in their future careers.

I am also looking forward to seeing the results of this year’s significant investment in
professional development district-wide. The Board of Education and my administrative team want you to know that we hear you – we know you want opportunities to advance your skills and to keep on top of the best technology tools, teaching strategies and student engagement methods.  As a former teacher I have never forgotten what it means to have the demonstrated support of my district and I hope you see our investment in professional development as one of many indicators that we have your backs.

And last but certainly not least - this year we are embarking on the second and final phase of our
Strategic Planning process. The first phase of this endeavor last year featured staff, student and parent surveys (many of which were completed by many of you, thank you), which prompted thoughtful discussions among our Strategic Planning Committee comprised of students, staff, parents and administrators.  The result of this collaboration was the creation of the district’s new Mission Statement and a formal statement of our Values and Beliefs, which I am pleased to share with you.

However, no matter what is “new’’ this year, I also know the heart of a district does not change – we are where we are today because of
each and every staff member in the Jackson School District -- every driver and aide who safely shepherd our students back and forth to school, every teacher, therapist and aide teaching them or supporting their instruction, every staff member doing his or her part to support the district and keep our students happily fed and safe and healthy, the team maintaining our school buildings and grounds and all our parents and volunteers.

On behalf of Business Administrator Michelle Richardson, our new Assistant Superintendent of Schools Nicole Pormilli (who is eager to get to know all of you) and Dan Baginski, whom we were proud to promote this summer to the vacant position of Assistant Superintendent, it is our pleasure to welcome our staff, students and parents back. I hope you will take a moment to read our new
Mission Statement and our formal statement of Values and Beliefs. I can think of no better way to end this message – and to begin our school year – than by sharing with you the mission we will be striving to achieve together.


Dr. Stephen Genco
Superintendent of Schools

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  View programming schedule 

Friday, October 9
7 PM - JLHS Homecoming Football Game vs. Pinelands
Monday, October 12
Schools Closed
Schools Closed for STUDENTS ONLY
K-12 Professional Day for Staff
Tuesday, October 13
Board of Ed - Workshop Meeting
5:30 PM @ Administration Building
Agenda is posted the day before the meeting
Wednesday, October 14
7:30 PSAT Testing @ JLHS & JHS
7PM Rosenauer PTA Meeting
9:45 AM - HCJ PTO Mtg.
PSAT for 11th Graders
Friday, October 16

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

Jackson School District
Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Clifford Menafra

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Today, 10/9/2015
High: 80 Low: 52
Rain showers likely
82% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/10/2015
High: 64 Low: 39
Mostly sunny
4% 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.