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REMINDER:

CAREGIVER
 TRANSPORTATION
REQUESTS DUE AUG. 8

Does your child need to
 be bused to or from a caregiver
either before or after school?

If so, you must submit a
 new caregiver request form
by Aug. 8

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Notice to Parents:
Registration Deadline for New Students
If you are registering your child in the district for the first time, you must call before Thursday, Aug. 18 to make an appointment.

We have several staff members taking registration appointments and we will make every effort
to accommodate you.

However, if you do not call to make an
appointment before Thursday, Aug. 18,
we CANNOT guarantee your child will be
able to begin school on Sept. 3.
Call the District Registrar
to Make an Appointment
732-833-4661
NEW!
EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE!

To accommodate parents who are unable to come in to register during the day, we have scheduled three evening registration dates on:
July 27
August 10
August 17

Appointments are first-come, first-served.

FYI: There will be a Spanish translator available during these evening registrations.

See our Registration Page
for Requirements and to Download Forms

Don't Forget Your
Summer Assignments!
New 2016 Assignments are Available Now
Select Image for
Summer Assignments
for All Schools

In case you missed it...
Jackson Liberty HS Band Showed
Their Stuff to THOUSANDS during parade at Disney!

READ MORE about the great opportunities
our students had after being chosen to participate
in the elite Disney Performing Arts Programs!

Congratulations on showing the world
the TALENT we have here in Jackson!

NEW!!

Jackson School District
CAMP INVENTION



August 1st to August 4th
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Johnson Elementary School
Open to students entering Grades 1 - 5

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Jackson School District is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through five. 

It's an exciting, summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between STEM and innovation.  Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. 

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THINK 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
Brochure

Spring/Summer 2016 Brochure

Look Today!


BREAKTHROUGHS
IN
LEARNING

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. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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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.


Child Care Registration
Apply Now!
First Deadline is Aug. 13th

The Jackson Child Care Academy is currently taking registrations for the 2016/2017 school year.

Our first round of registrations will be accepted until August 13th, so we can ensure the start of child care services are in place on the first day of school, September 6th.

For the new tuition rates, registration forms and more information, visit www.jacksonchildcareacademy.org.


Do You Have Questions or Concerns That You Would Like to Discuss with the Board of Education?
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Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genco and
District Science Supervisor Tina Topoleski
"engineer" the winning structure in the newly
launched STEM Design Studio at
JohnsonElementary School.



Building Their Future,
One Initiative at a Time… 

Dr. Stephen Genco
Superintendent of Schools
 

As our students embark on the third marking period, the Jackson School District is equally busy watching our students thrive in the initiatives we put into place to advance student learning.

Just one example is the newly launched STEM Design Studio at Johnson Elementary School is a hit with our staff and students, who get to immerse themselves in team-centered, project-based engineering and technology projects. The goal of this piloted program is to develop higher-level cognitive skills in students and to introduce them to the STEM-based concepts and theories they will encounter throughout their school careers and hopefully throughout their lives, if they are so inclined. (See the
Johnson Design Studio page to see for yourself what they are learning.)

I had the pleasure of being part of the inaugural lesson in this studio, where teacher Shawn Levinson challenged teams of administrators to construct the tallest free-standing structure we could using only a pile of cardboard, some books and other random items. I am proud to say that District Science Supervisor Tina Topoleski and I were victorious! The former science teacher in me could think of no better way to truly experience the inspired fun our students are going to have in this studio than by rolling up my sleeves and diving in myself.

This project represents not only the district’s commitment to finding new ways to spark creativity and initiative in students, but also the importance of the community in all that we do. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the
 H.C. Johnson PTO for their generous donation of seed money for the materials and projects for the studio. Without their support, this new feature would not be the success it is today.

Projects and initiatives like this don’t just “happen’’ and they certainly don’t happen overnight. They are all part of a strategic process that actually begins one or more years ahead of time, during the construction of our annual budget.

Each year at this time of year, we hold a series of “Building a Budget’’ presentations during which each department presents its plans for the upcoming year. These public meetings are a great way to get to know what’s ahead and where we are planning on investing your tax dollars.

We held the first of these sessions on Feb. 9th and presented the proposed budgets for Curriculum and Instruction, Guidance, Technology and Special Education. Our next “Building a Budget’’ session will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building. This session will feature presentations on Facilities, Capital Improvements, Transportation, Co-Curricular Programs and Athletics.

The entire schedule for these sessions (as well as other opportunities for you to offer your input during our board meetings) and the actual presentations given during the board meeting, are all available on the
Budget Page of the district website.

I encourage you to join us, or at least to take a peek at the presentations when they are posted the day after the meeting. I know it isn’t as much fun as working against the clock with your teammate to build a model skyscraper out of sticks, cardboard and rubber bands… but it’s the best we can do sometimes on a Tuesday night.


Sincerely,

Steve Genco
Superintendent of Schools


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Tuesday, August 16
Board of Ed - Combined COTW and Business
6:00 PM @ Fine Arts Center, JMHS
Combined Committee of the Whole/Business/Goal Setting
Wednesday, August 17
Driver Safety Meeting for Parents
Mandatory meetings for parents of students who will be applying for high school parking permits.
Parents from either high school may attend whichever session they wish (even if it is not your home school).

Tuesday, August 30
Board of Ed - Business Meeting
5:30 PM @ Administration Building
Personnel items only
Agenda will be posted the day before the meeting
8:30 AM - JMHS New Student Orientation
Thursday, September 1
Staff (K-12) In-Service Day
District In-Service: All Staff Reports
Friday, September 2
Staff (K-12) In-Service Day
Building Level In-Service
Staff remains in their schools for this in-service.
Monday, September 5
Schools Closed
Labor Day
Tuesday, September 6
First Day of School for Students
Tuesday, September 20
Board of Ed - Combined COTW and Business
6:30 PM @ Fine Arts Center, JMHS

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

Jackson School District
Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Clifford Menafra
732-415-7020

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

2016-2017 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required.
2015-2016 "User Friendly'' Budget, as required.


Today, 7/30/2016
High: 84 Low: 71
Chance thunderstorms
40% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 7/31/2016
High: 82 Low: 69
Thunderstorms likely
70% 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.