TJ Today

May 2022-23


May 15 - 19 Spring Book Fair

May 19 Science O Nationals

"Spring into the Arts" is at Black Bird Cafe until May 20th.

May 24 - 8th gr Farewell


Way to go Academic Super Bowl Team!

Congratulations to our Academic Super Bowl team on an outstanding day at the Area Competition Saturday, April 29th. Each team placed in the top three in their classes at the area competition. Team members Jennifer Wang, Elizabeth Szevery, Abigail Lee earned the state runner up title in math as well as first place at the area competition! Dionne Ralph, Dani Gonzales and Megan Winland earned a second place finish at the area competition and just missed a state top 10 ranking for English. Jennifer Wang, Ahana Bhardwaj and Elizabeth Szevery earned a first place ribbon in Science at the area competition and earned a state top 10 ranking for science. Rachel Zeck, Finley Strietelmeier and Ahana Bhardwaj earned a third place ribbon at the area competition for Social Studies. In the final Interdisciplinary round Jennifer Wang, Ahana Bhardwaj, Megan Winland and Dionne Ralph took the stage again and earned an area first place ribbon for Interdisciplinary and a state top 10 ranking. Congratulations, ladies! We are so proud of you!

6th Grade Winds Down

6th Grade—the school year is winding down…

Thank you, parents—Teacher Appreciation Week!

The TJMS 6 th grade team would like to thank all of the parents who took time out of their

busy schedules to make us feel loved and appreciated. You’re the best!


If any student has a copy of any textbooks, books, or anything else that was sent home

please make sure they are returned to their teachers by May 10th. It is important that

we get all things loaned out back in a timely manner.

And we’re finished!:

ILearn testing has concluded! Way to go, TJ 6 th graders, we knew you could do it! Take

a deep breath—we’re done! 

Parents—the school year is coming to an end, if you could please:

● Check grades and assignments on Skyward/Canvas weekly.

● 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 - Wraps up the year

In 7th grade, we are still working hard. Keeping students engaged is a challenge but we won't give up even as the weather starts to get warmer. In science, students are learning about the differences in bacteria and viruses and then will be learning about some body systems like the digestive and respiratory systems. In advanced science, we are finishing our year learning about genetics. In Pre Algebra, students are working through the 8th grade standards. They are learning the exponent rules and how to perform operations on numbers written in Scientific Notation. In Math class, students are reviewing topics such as rational numbers and solving equations in preparation for their 8th grade math class. English classes will be working and completing the Small Steps book with an accompanying project. In Social Studies, students are studying the development of island cultures of the South Pacific.

Builders Club & Student Council -Dance Marathon

Builders Club and Student Council teamed up to bring a fun, new event to TJMS. Both groups collaborated with Valparaiso University's Dance Marathon Team to raise money for Lurie Children's hospital in Chicago. Through combined fundraising efforts the last week of April and the first week of May, students raised over $2,000! The culminating event was a whole school dance party on April 28th. We had a great time and can't wait for next year's event! Way to go, TJMS! Thank you to everyone for your kindness and generosity in raising money for a worthy cause!

Media Center Happenings

Upcoming: Our Second Book Fair!

Our second book fair is scheduled for Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 19th -- only two weeks away! In addition to students being able to browse and shop during their scheduled class visits, students can also visit the book fair before school and during Viking Times. The book fair is a perfect time for your child to choose a book or two to read over the summer. What’s more, students can just browse and add book titles to their reading list as TJM has many of the books available for check-out here in our library. Encourage your child to participate in one of the book fair activities to help make the book fair a memorable celebration of books!

Summer Gymnastics

Any girls entering grades 6-8 in the Fall, who are interested in trying out for the Middle School Gymnastics team should contact Coach Lorie Cook at now for more information. There will be a mandatory Parent Meeting on August 2nd from 6:00-6:30 in the VHS Fieldhouse.

Tryouts will be held August 17 and 18, from 3:20-5:30. The season will run through the third week in October, with competition at the Optional level. All girls trying out must have a completed physical packet on file with their MIddle School, before attending tryouts.


Attention 7th and 8th parents, please consider enrolling your child into the Twenty-first Century Scholars scholarship. This scholarship must be started in 7th or 8th grade! The deadline for signing up for this scholarship is approaching. Indiana eighth graders must get signed up by June 2023.

This is an opportunity for your child to have all or part of his or her college tuition paid for by the state! The 21st Century Scholars program began years ago as a way of helping students afford a college education. The scholarship eligibility is based on family income. Once a student is enrolled in the program, he or she will pledge to meet good citizen guidelines throughout the rest of their school years which will include some check in points each year in high school.

In order for a student to be enrolled, parents must fill out an application online before the deadline. Please click on this link for more information about eligibility and for the link to the application:

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Please reach out to your child’s school counselor for any help or additional information you might need. We are happy to help and excited for the chance at your student attending an Indiana college or university with free or reduced tuition!

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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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

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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