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Mr. Joseph Cordero

Principal, Jefferson School

Mr. Cordero was named Principal of Jefferson Elementary School in July of 2017.

He has a strong background in elementary education and experience as an educational leader. Before coming to Summit, Mr. Cordero began his career teaching elementary students in 2nd and 4th grade in the Jersey City Public School District. He then worked in the Curriculum & Instruction Department and Special Education Department as a Literacy Coach. From September 2012 until June 2017, Mr. Cordero was an Assistant Principal of a PreK-8 building and subsequently Principal of a PreK-5 school.

Mr. Cordero sees himself as a lifelong educator and learner. He believes every opportunity is a chance to learn. Mr. Cordero is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Kean University. He is also the father to an elementary school age child.


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Welcome to the 2017- 2018 school year!

Jefferson School this year, will focus on our children going further than we have. We want them to stand firmly on our shoulders and draw strength from our experiences so that they can have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known. For that reason, this year we are focusing on giving our students the tools needed to achieve future betterment, as our theme for this school year is “Education for the Next Generation.”

Through this theme, Jefferson School staff and students will explore two learning opportunities: the Next Generation Science Standards, further technology integration into learning and teaching,

Blue Ribbon Award

Jefferson School enjoys a national reputation for educational excellence, having been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. Our students flourish in a stimulating academic environment that emphasizes literature-based language strategies, process writing, problem solving, critical thinking, manipulative math experiences, and hands-on science and computer instruction.

Our Parents/PTO

The parents are a critical ingredient of our school's success as they participate in the teaching/learning process and as enthusiastic supporters of the Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO provides direct support for many of the exciting activities listed below. Please feel free to visit the Jefferson PTO website at:http://www.jeffersonschoolpto.com/

Academic Activities

  • Continental Math League
  • Family Math
  • Family Science
  • Family Technology
  • Field Trips
  • Student Invention Convention
  • Jefferson extended Enrichment Program(JEEP)
  • National Geographic Geography Bee
  • 4/5 Annual Spelling Bee
  • Benchmark program
  • Grade 3 Micro Worlds Contest

The Arts

  • Cultural Arts Programs
  • Chorus / Orchestra / Band
  • Select Chorus
  • Art in the Classroom
  • Music in the Classroom
  • Jefferson Actors' Guild (JAG)
  • Poetry in the Park
  • International Dance Festival
  • International Months / Nights


Extra Curricular

  • Student Council
  • Roaring Jaguar TV
  • International Club
  • Bridges- Lunches for the homeless
  • Fifth Grade Fiesta
  • Memorial Day Celebration
  • 5th Grade Buddy Program
  • Pack the Park
  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Field Day
  • Intramurals
  • 5th Grade Citizenship Program
  • Pep Rally/ School Spirit Days


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