District Happenings

It may be freezing out, but...
It's Time to Think Spring and Summer!
Get your little ones ready for
Kindergarten or 1st Grade.
How about summer music programs or
piano or guitar or drum lessons? 
Or gymnastics, karate, drawing or CSI?
There are SO MANY Summer School Programs Available!
Jackson Community School
Spring/Summer 2016

Spring/Summer 2016 Brochure

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Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
FYI: District Evaluating New Approach to Active Shooter Drills and Procedures

We wanted to let our parents and staff know we are evaluating a new approach to how we could handle an active shooter situation. This approach or plan, which has gained national attention, is referred to as A.L.I.C.E., and includes additional strategies and options we may decide to employ in our district.

As our parents know, our current lockdown procedures involved the staff locking their doors and remaining quiet in an inconspicuous location in the room until an “all clear” announcement is given. In light of recent events of school violence, the A.L.I.C.E. plan offers a different philosophy: to use technology and information to enable staff and students the ability to make informed decisions in a crisis; remove as many people as possible from the danger zone; and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of survival.

We encourage you to
read more about this approach and about a pilot training program we are conducting with staff at Goetz Middle School. Please keep in mind, however, there are currently NO changes taking place in our district procedures. We will be sure to keep you informed as our impressions develop.

District Letter About A.L.I.C.E. Pilot Program
Jan. 22, 2016

Newly Elected Board of Education Members Take the Oaths of Office

Business Administrator Michelle Richardson (far left) stands with the newly elected board members -- 
Scott Sargent, Vicki Grasso and John Burnetsky -- after swearing them into office.

The three residents were elected to the Board of Education in November and were sworn into their three-year terms at the board's reorganization meeting on Jan. 6.
This is Ms. Grasso's and Mr. Burnetsky's first term and Mr. Sargent was elected to his second (non-consecutive) term.

At the Reorganization meeting, the Board of Education also selected Sharon Dey as president and Barbara Fiero as vice president.

Congratulations to
Jackson Memorial High School
Football State Champions!!

Photo Credit: Asbury Park Press
Select Image to See Video of Highlights!

The Jaguars won at Rutgers University Saturday night to win the NJSIAA Central Group IV championship game.
This is our 5th sectional championship! And our 2nd back-to-back championship!


Do you have difficulty communicating with your child? 
Would you like to learn new approaches that bring out positive results both behaviorally and academically?

Free and Open to All Elementary School Parents
Join Us for a Light Meal, too!
Free Childcare!

Sessions in mornings, afternoon and evenings to accommodate parents at four different schools on various dates between January and April.

Attend ANY session at ANY school - Open to all ages and grades!

There is no cost to attend, but you must register, as space is limited. 



See Our New Page!! 

PARCC Testing Dates
Understand Your Scores
Learn About Our Grading Changes
Find Resources and Sample Tests
Read our FAQ

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.

Notice: Thursday, Jan. 28 @ 6:30 p.m.
Student Diagnosed with Whooping Cough at JLHS

The district was notified today that a student at Jackson Liberty High School has tested positive for pertussis, which is commonly known as whooping cough. The student affected has received the appropriate treatment and is no longer contagious.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by a cough or a sneeze. It begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which become much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughing fits followed by a “whooping’’ noise. However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop. There is generally only a slight fever.

We have been in contact with the Ocean County Health Department and we will continue to monitor the situation in our district. If additional cases arise, we will again notify parents.

We encourage you to read the district letter below, which includes important health information for parents and staff that can be used to monitor your own health and the health of your children.

District Letter About Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Jan. 28, 2016

 District Calendar

Also, See the Revised
Current School Year
2015-2016 Calendar 
FYI: These documents are always available on the district website under the "Calendar''
link on the top of the page.

Jackson Board of Education
"Building a Budget''
Meeting Schedule & Info

Visit the
BOE Budget Page for our "Building a Budget'' presentation schedule

and info on how you can
offer your input on the budgeting process.

Jackson School District Curriculum Online


We are proud to announce the launch of a new website that has a searchable database of the approved curriculum in the Jackson School District.

This resource, known as the
Rubicon Atlas Curriculum Program, provides public access to our most up-to-date curriculum, including overviews of content by grade level, unit summaries and the essential questions students are expected to be able to answer upon completion of each unit.

To get started, click on the icon above. Select the “Browse’’ tab to see a list of courses, or begin searching by grade and subject on your own.

For now, the site features our complete curriculum in the areas of English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health and World Language. This site will be a living database that will be updated as we update our curriculum to be fully aligned with state standards. (e.g. Science, Music, Art, Business, Technology).

We are proud of our curriculum and we hope you will enjoy being able to take a first-hand look at all the ways we strive to help students excel.

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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Your Child's Education

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  View programming schedule 

Tuesday, February 9
Board of Ed - Workshop Meeting
5:30 PM @ Administration Building
Committee of the Whole (Workshop) Meeting
 is posted the day before the meeting
Wednesday, February 10
7PM Rosenauer PTA Meeting
Thursday, February 11
6 PM - JLHS Business Honor Society Induction Ceremony @ JLHS, Grand Hallway
Friday, February 12
All Students Report Today (Inservice Day Canceled)

HS - Report Cards Available on Portal
K-8 Report Cards Available on Portal
Sunday, February 14
JMHS - Cheer Competition @ JLHS
Monday, February 15
Schools Closed
Please remember that in the event of unscheduled closings, holidays in the calendar may be eliminated. Please see the district calendar for more information.
Tuesday, February 16
Board of Ed - Business Meeting
6:30 PM @ Fine Arts Center, JMHS
Agenda is posted the day before the meeting

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.

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.