Jeanene Dutt's Blog

Learning Zone Clarification

I would like to share a brief update on the new initiation of Learning Zone in light of recent contacts and some misconception. After working with staff and re-evaluating the schedule of Learning Zone, we are now offering our intervention/extension period 2 days a week and Curriculum Review will take place 3 days a week. Curriculum Review (lesson review, projects, make-ups, etc.) is organized by each Team and they use their discretion to design that period. I would like to answer a few questions that have been proposed and highlight the true intention and vision of Learning Zone. Hopefully this will give everyone a better understanding of the program.

  • Learning Zone (LZ) is in place to improve student achievement for all students.
  • LZ is a designated instructional period for intervention and extension that will address each student’s individual needs.
  • Groups for LZ are determined by various points of data including; 2013 results of NJASK, Star Reading and Star Math Assessments, previous district assessment results, etc.
  • Skills will be re-assessed periodically and results will be analyzed by staff throughout the school year to determine changes in LZ groups if necessary. 

As always, if you would like further information, please do not hestitate to contact the school. 


Learning Zone and Renaissance Learning Parent Survey

Please take a moment to ask any questions you may have after my Open House Presentation.

Parent Liaison: First meeting on October 16, 2013

Please consider joining the Lopatcong Middle School Parent Liaison this school year. The first meeting will be held on 10/16/13 from 9:00am-11:00am. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please email me at 

Parent and Community Volunteers Needed!

Anyone interested in volunteering at the middle school for a variety of activities should contact Mrs. Dutt at I am seeking interest from anyone who would like to serve on special committees (Parent Liaison, Veteran's Day, Parent Visitation, etc.) as well as in the library. Any time you can dedicate is worthwhile so please do not think that if you can only do a few days this year that we are not interested. We are hoping for various parents and community members to be a part of our school. Thank you in advance for working with our students. 

8th Grade Promotion Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting for any 8th grade parents interested in serving on the PTA committee to prepare for this year's promotion activities. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00pm in the Media Center at Lopatcong Middle School.

Parent Visitation Day & Career Day

On Friday, May 24, Lopatcong Middle School will hold a Parent Visitation Day in conjunction with Career Day activities. I am currently working on a schedule for both events with members of the middle school staff and details will be made available as soon as we make final decisions. 

At this time I am actively searching for parents and community members who would be willing to present during our Career Day. If you or anyone you know would be interesting in working with our student body, please contact me at your earliest convenience.  I am looking forward to this great event here at Lopatcong Middle School! 

Parent Liaison Meeting - January 16, 2013

The next Parent Liaison will be held on January 16, 2013 at 6:00pm at the Lopatcong Middle School. These gatherings are a great time to share your concerns and express your ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. The first meeting that was held in October was a positive and productive meeting. I will share my update from that meeting as well as discuss new items. 

If you plan on attending, please email me at Also include topics of consideration that you would like to discuss at future meetings. 

Eighth Grade Parents - High School Registration Forms

Please submit high school registration forms IMMEDIATELY to Lopatcong Middle School. We will forward all forms to the Phillipsburg School District.  

If you have not received registration information, you can access the registration forms for Phillipsburg at Click on Student Registration on the left side menu. At the bottom of the page you will see a section for Sending District Students. Click and download the Sending District Registration Form, Secondary Medical Forms, and the Release of Records. Complete these forms and submit to Lopatcong Middle School and we will forward to the Phillipsburg School District. 

Eighth Grade Parent Meeting - December 5, 2012

There will be an important meeting for all eighth grade parents on December 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the middle school. At this meeting we will share pertinent information about the remainder of eighth grade and the expectations for the students and parents. We will discuss field trip requirements, promotion activities, Bring Your Own Device and various other general topics pertaining directly to eighth grade students. Please make every effort to attend as I feel you will gain valuable knowledge from this meeting.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - UPDATE

Communication regarding conferences was sent home with students back in October. This communication contained information on how to schedule your child's conference through the Parent Portal as well as if a conference was requested by the team of teachers. The deadline for scheduling is this Friday, November 7, 2012. Please make every effort to schedule your conference as soon as possible if you wish to meet with the teachers to discuss your child's progress. If you have any issues, please contact the school at your earliest convenience.