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Mr. Ronald Poles

Principal, Jefferson School

Mr. Ronald Poles was named Principal of Jefferson Elementary School in August of 2002. Under his leadership, he oversaw two additions to the facility including that of the Primary Center as part of the campus. During his tenure, Jefferson School has been named one of the top 10 most improved schools in New Jersey.

From September 2001 until August 2002 Mr. Poles was Principal of the Lincoln Franklin School in Garwood NJ, prior to that Mr. Poles served as Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for the Garwood Schools. Mr. Poles taught in the Summit Public School from September 1995 until February 2001 and from September 1979 through 1983. Mr. Poles was president of his own small business from 1983 through 2000.

Mr. Poles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kean University, a Master’s of Arts in Instruction and Curriculum and a Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration from Kean University.

Mr. Poles lives in Warren with his wife, Kathy. They have two children and three grandchildren.


Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 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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