TJ Today

March 2022-23


March 6 @ TJMS - Band Winter Concert - TJMS

6th grade - 6:30pm

7th grade - 7pm

8th grade - 7:30pm

March 7 @VHS - 6th grade "Almost Spring" Orchestra concert - VHS, 7:00pm

March 8 @ VHS - 7th/8th grade "Almost Spring" Orchestra concert - VHS, 7:00pm

March 9 @ VHS - Choir Winter Concert - VHS - 7:00pm

March 11 - State Science O Competition

March 12 @ Valparaiso University Arts -A-Budding 2 p.m.

Upcoming ILEARN and NWEA Testing Information

April 5 -- NWEA Reading Spring Benchmark Test

April 6 -- NWEA Math Spring Benchmark Test

ILEARN testing will take place during the dates listed below. Testing will take place in the mornings on these dates with make-up test sessions occurring after these dates. Students will need to make sure their chromebooks are fully charged. In addition, ILEARN testing requires wired, not wireless earbuds/headphones. If your student has a pair of wired earbuds/headphones, please make sure they bring them to school on testing days.

April 18 & 19 -- ILEARN ELA Testing

April 25 & 26 -- ILEARN Math Testing

April 27 -- ILEARN 6th Grade Science & Biology I

6th grade That's a Wrap on Feudal Day!

Feudal Day 2023 was quite the success this year! Queens Highlan and Alberson would like to thank everyone who helped make the day one to remember. The students looked amazing in their period clothing! I feel we also need to give a shout out to the amazing 6 th grade teachers for their hard work and dedication—not only on Feudal Day, but every day!

Did someone say Pi?...

On Pi Day—March 14— we will be conducting our annual Pi Day contest in which students recite as many digits of pi as they can. In order to qualify for the contest they must recite at least 40 digits by Monday, March 10. The winner will receive an awesome trophy for their hard work!

Pencils, Pencils, Pencils!

We are noticing a bit of a shortage on the writing utensil front these days in the 6 th grade… Any and all pencil donations (or any other school supplies) would be greatly appreciated.

Parents, if you could please:

● Check grades and assignments on Skyward/Canvas weekly. The end of the 3 rd grading period is coming up!

● If you see a missing assignment, communicate with your child and let them know it needs to be completed/turned in.

● Contact your child’s teacher with any questions/concerns if your child is struggling

academically—We all want your children to be successful!

7th grade Pi Day is Coming!

In math, we are working through our Geometry unit. We took measurements of different items to see who could get closer to pi and now we are working on calculating surface area and volume of different prisms and cylinders. In Pre-Algebra, we are working through our Probability Unit. We performed a dice experiment to see how close our results were to different theoretical probabilities. March is full of fun, including pi Day, Giver Day and Spring Break. Advanced Science students will finish up their Chemistry unit as the current grading period comes to an end. Other science classes have started a life science unit and have started talking about cells. Students have also had the chance to look at things under microscopes. In Social Studies,

In English, students are reading The Giver. Social Studies is concentrating on the events that led up the Cold War and the history and culture of Korea and Japan. As the last nine weeks start and as spring break approaches, students will have an opportunity to engage in a fun day about this book! Please check in with your students to make sure they have pencils and all other supplies that they still need to get through the school day. We hope to finish the school year strong!

Regional Champions-Crushing the Competition!

Thomas Jefferson’s Science Olympiad team has been busy studying, building, flying, and getting ready for their Regional competition which was held in early February. An outstanding performance was shown by all team members, placing 1st in 18 of the 23 events that were hosted by Indiana University Northwest.

Science Olympiad is a national competition that provides standards-based challenges to its competitors. Many of the events involve interactive, challenging and inquiry based, hands-on approaches to learning between various disciplines of chemistry, physics, earth and environmental science, and engineering. The State tournament will be hosted by Purdue University NW in Hammond on March 11th. The team continues to improve as they are preparing to defend their State Title.

Team members: Ahana Bhardwaj, Charlie Rowe, Helen Hann, Ben Barriball, Caroline Dyer, Clara Warren, Dallas Wells, Ava Bosman, Wes Moye, Madden Hartz, Mia Green, Micah Cram, Adam Warren, Jennifer Wang, Sophia Norrod, and Nora Duncan. Coaches not pictured: Richard Bender and Carol

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Yearbook News

Yearbook Club has been working very hard these past few months. We have met twice a week in the mornings to come in and work hard to make this year's yearbook a success! Our executive committee has been amazing in showing leadership to keep everyone busy and making sure no one is left out. The stronger our teamwork is, the better our yearbook will turn out.

If you have not ordered a yearbook yet, it is not too late. Go to and enter the code: 1016299019601518

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Studies show that students who eat school breakfast reach higher levels of achievement in math and reading, score higher on standardized tests and have better concentration and memory.

Orchestra News

Builders Club

Hi, I'm Megan, the Builders Club Secretary, and I’m here to tell you about what we do. We have done many fun events, have meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, and have hikes at Meadowbrook. Our most recent event was the coat check for the VHS Winter Formal. At the coat check, we had to organize the coats and make sure we remember the order we put them in. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun. At our hike this month we even got donuts! We are very excited about this year’s spring fundraiser. I’ll tell you all about it in the next issue of TJ Today!

Student Services News

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Did You Know?

You can set up Skyward to let you know when your child's grades drop below a certain percent? That you can also set up Skyward to notify you if your child has missing assignments?

Setting up email notifications is THE BEST way of staying informed of your student’s grades.

  1. Log into your account.

  2. Click on “My Account” in the top right-hand corner of your Skyward homepage. See Figure D.

  3. At the bottom of the window, look for Email Notifications.

  4. Check all the boxes that you would like information about and how often you would like to receive the information. The second checkmark item allows you to set a parameter if a grade falls below a certain number. In the example below, this parent put “70” in the “Low:” text field. This means the parent will be immediately notified if their student receives any class assignment, test, quiz, etc. that falls below a grade of 70. See Figure E.

Below is the link to the video instructions.

School Wide Contact Information

Below are email addresses of TJMS office members:

Mark Maudlin -- Principal

Erin Strauss -- Assistant Principal

Shannon Morris -- School Resource Officer (SRO)

Laura Dull -- Secretary

Kristin Scheub -- Secretary/Treasurer

Jami Carlson -- Guidance Counselor, Last Names A-K

Erik Shive - Guidance Counselor, Last Names L-Z

Heather Himes -- Social Worker

Shawn White -- Nurse

Supply Lists

Supply lists are posted on our website as well as linked below.


Please encourage your student to view the daily announcements that can be found on our website or by clicking here to watch for important call out information, upcoming daily schedule changes or general school announcements.

Calendar 2022-23

P.E. Uniforms

P.E. uniforms will be required in P.E. classes this school year. Uniforms (t-shirt and shorts) can be purchased at Blythe’s Sporting Goods on Calumet Avenue. Uniforms can be purchased as a set or individual pieces. The same uniform will be worn in 6th-8th grades, so purchasing one that’s a little looser may be a good idea. Students are welcome to use the uniform an older sibling used while attending TJMS.

Students who are not enrolled in band, choir or orchestra will have a full year of P.E. Students enrolled in band, choir or orchestra will have least 2 rotations of P.E. during the year.

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Sport Physicals

A sports physical dated on or after April 1, 2022 is good for the 2022-23 school year. If your student is planning to tryout or participate in a sport this school year, please don't wait until just before the season begins to schedule a physical. A physical done this summer or fall is good for winter and spring sports as well. All forms in this packet need to be completed and turned into the main office as one packet.

Student Handbook

Each student received a student planner early in the school year. Included in that planner is a copy of the TJMS student handbook. The handbook can also be found here. Please encourage your student to keep their daily planner up to date with class due dates and other important classroom, grade level or school wide dates.


Please call the main office at 531-3140 by 8:15 a.m. if your child is absent from school. If we have not received a call by 8:15 a.m. and your child is marked absent from school, you will received a automated phone call alerting you of his/her unexcused absence.

Becoming A Canvas Observer

Parents are encouraged to become an observer of your child in Canvas. Being an observer will allow you to monitor your student's work, assignments, etc that are assigned through Canvas. To see more about how to sign up as a Canvas observer, click here.

Dropping Off Forgotten Items

From time to time students do forget things at home that they may need during the school day (i.e. music instrument, lunch, chromebook, etc). If this occurs, items may be dropped off on the table in the front lobby, just inside door #1. Please make sure your student's name and grade level are clearly marked. We will then email your student to let him/her know to stop by the main lobby to pick up the item(s). Please encourage your students to check his/her school email account a few times throughout the school day.

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