District Happenings

“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:
June 2nd, June 4th and June 10th
Learn How to Stop the "Summer Slide''
We will also be raffling off some FREE Learning Games!

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!


June 6 - July 30
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at Jackson Liberty HS

Spend a week this summer at the district's NEW STEM Summer Camp.

This program will feature HANDS-ON activities and fun learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Open to students entering Grades 6 through Grade 9 in the fall.

Four one-week sessions grouped by grade level.
Registrations due by June 15. See the registration form for more info!


Registration Form

Junior Art & Musical Theater Summer Camp

June 29 through July 17
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spend your summer at the district’s
Junior Art & Musical Theater Summer Camp!
Open to Jackson students aged 8-13.
Three-week program includes art design, props design,
costume design, vocal coaching, dance routines,
acting and a musical theater performance!


Registration Form

(Don't delay! Space is limited to 35 students!)

Lights... Camera... Summertime!
Jackson Digital Media Academy's
Film and Television Summer Camp

Three different sessions running in June and July
See brochure for full schedule and options.

Open to all students currently in grades 5-12
(Students from outside the district
may also attend.)

Want to learn how to make a short film, produce a television show or
create your own music video using state-of-the-industry equipment and techniques?
Sign up now!

Flyer and Registration Form
DEADLINE for submission: Friday, June 5

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!

Get Educated on PARCC
and the Common Core Curriculum
and see our Testing Schedule

New Spring/Summer 2015

The Jackson Community School
Spring/Summer 2015 Brochure

is available ONLINE.

Look Today!

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.

Budget Information
See Overview and Details
View Full Budget Document Here

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For More Info
From April 28 BOE Meeting 
High School Students Recognized For Outstanding Accomplishments




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

Stay Connected to
News & Info About
Your Child's Education

Watch Jackson Television
on Cablevision Channel 77
or or online at

  View programming schedule 

Tue, May 26 - Wed, May 27
7:30 AM @ JLHS/JMHS EOC Biology Testing
Wednesday, May 27
7 PM-JMHS-National Art Honor Society Induction
Thu, May 28 - Fri, May 29
7:30 AM @ JLHS/JMHS EOC Biology Testing Make-ups
Thursday, May 28
5:30 PM-ROTC Awards Dinner
Woodlake Country Club
6 & 7 PM - McAuliffe Band Concerts @ JLHS
6th Grade Concert begins at 6 p.m.
7th & 8th Grade Concert begins at 7 p.m.
8:30 AM - McAuliffe Student of the Month
Friday, May 29
10 AM - Johnson 5th Graders to visit Goetz
6-10 PM - JLHS Junior Formal-Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune

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.

2015-2016 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required
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.
2010-2011 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required.
2009-2010 "User Friendly" Budget, as required.

Today, 5/27/2015
High: 87 Low: 65
Mostly cloudy
8% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/28/2015
High: 87 Low: 67
Slight chance thunderstorms
20% 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.