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Thomas Jefferson Middle School 2020 - 21


Nov. 3 - Election day - E-Learning Day for all students

Nov. 4 - Regular School day for everyone

Nov. 10 - School Picture Day - Remote Learners come 3:15 - 4:30 use door #5

Nov. 11 Veterans Day

Nov. 25 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 Book Fair

Honoring Our Veterans:

This year in honor of our veterans, all TJ students will have the opportunity to dedicate a star to a family member/friend who has served in the military. These stars will be on display for all students and staff to see. It is our small token of thanks to all of the men and women who have served and currently serve our nation.

In class learners will have the opportunity to fill out a star in their Viking Time class. Remote learners will have a star template in their Social Studies folder with directions on how to submit it.

6th grade Keeps Moving Right Along!

The 2nd grading period has started so, please keep checking your child’s grades! It is important that all of us reinforce the importance of staying connected—parents, students, and school.

The TJMS 6th Grade Team would like to thank all parents that took time out of their busy schedules to attend Parent Teacher Conferences. Thank goodness for Zoom! J


What are we learning at the moment?

Social Studies—The Election Process, Dia de los Muertos, and Ancient Greece (in that order)

Math— completed Fractions, Decimals and Percents and moving onto Intro to Algebra unit.

Science— finished our Ecology unit and will begin Astronomy. Our journey begins with Earth's motions and understanding why we have seasons.

ELA— writing personal narratives and independent reading

Core Plus—is working on a Fall Writing and Data Analysis and Statistics


Parents, as always, 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.

· Students will need earbuds/headphones for classes.

· 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

7th Grade is off to a roaring good start for second quarter. Mrs. Olsen's Language Arts classes are getting a kick out of the fun characters in the 1920s themed novel, 'A Long Way From Chicago'. Her Advanced students are delving deep into the mystery towns in 'Uglies'. Mrs. Murvine's classes are learning an important lesson about the value of friendship in their novel study, 'Freak the Mighty'. In Social Studies, we are taking a short pause from our History of World Religion Unit to cover the process and history of the American Election system. We will Exploring World Languages are learning a lot about new cultures, and are currently studying the German Language and culture. In science we are working on Newton's Laws of Motion. In Advanced Science, we are learning about the layers of the earth.

Please continue to remind your students to charge their chromebook each night. Additionally, please remind your student to check Canvas daily for assignments that may need to be done. Remote Learners: don't forget to read your weekly newsletter! Keep up the great work, Seventh Graders!

8th Grade- Who Did It?

Recently, the 8th grade students at TJMS participated in Teacher Trivia. Each Viking Time class competed to see who came out on top in guessing which of their teachers were the answers to questions such as:

Who shares the same birthday?

Who spent their summers working at Dairy Queen?

Who went to college on a full-ride athletic scholarship?

The winning Viking Time class was then first to pick its color for our Class of 2025 t-shirts. These t-shirts will be worn for special events throughout the school year. Mr. Krenz’s students were this year’s Teacher Trivia champions.

Other tidbits:

*8th graders took the PSAT test on October 29. Look for results for this benchmark test in a few weeks.

*Veteran’s Day activities will take place on November 10.

*If a student is absent, he or she can access the day’s lesson through all the 8th grade teachers’ Canvas pages- just like they were a remote learner for the day.

*Please remember that remote learners should be logging into Canvas and watching videos or live streaming every day during regular school hours.

Student Council

Hello TJMS Families! Student Council applications are NOW available! Students should check their grade level Canvas page. Meetings will be ZOOM, so ALL learners can participate! If your student is interested, please have them fill out the Student Council application!

Americanism and Government Scholarship

The American Legion is sponsoring an Americanism and Government Scholarship Contest during the month of November. This program is open to any student in the 7th and 8th grade in any public, private, and parochial school within the State of Indiana. At the post level, officials will grade all tests and select two students from each grade as local winners. The winning tests are forwarded to the District Americanism and Government Test Chairperson who will select the District’s 7th and 8th grade winners. The District winners are then forwarded to the Department Headquarters, to be considered for selection as a state-level winner.

Awards: There are a total of 4 state winners selected by the Americanism and Government Committee of The American Legion Department of Indiana. Each Junior Americanism and Government winner will receive a $500.00

Interested students should email Mrs. Joll at to be entered into the contest. Students will take the test at TJMS at the end of November.

News From the Media Center

Did you know that the TJMS Media Center used over $2,000 of our book fair profits for student and staff giveaways in 2019? If you have a 7th or 8th grade student, they can tell you about all of the giveaways that happen during book fair week. Let’s continue the tradition!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming virtual book fair with in-school displays and delivery happening from Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 4. Students will access fair materials using various digital tools and will request to purchase materials in a format similar to how students currently request library books. In addition, we will only accept purchases using the eWallet feature, which means all transactions will be digital. (Note that this is different from the online fair option, which will also be available.)

From year-to-year, our book fair is a special celebration of reading for our entire school community. Modifying our book fair to follow COVID precautions and procedures will ensure this year is no different. Stay tuned for more details!

Join Games Club

Games Club has begun and it's never too late to join! Games Club is a time for students to relax with friends while playing board, card, computer, or small electronic games in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to bring in their own games especially if they are games that don’t require sharing of game pieces. We will be doing our best to make sure masks are worn, hand sanitizer is used, and safety guidelines are followed.

Students need to sign up on their grade level Canvas page and pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Highlan in A118. On Thursdays, students can take the late bus home or parents can pick up their child at 3:45 at the front of the school. Email Mrs. Highlan if you have any questions.


Student Services

Attention 7th and 8th grade parents! It's not too early to start thinking about college! Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition
at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. Seventh and eighth

grade Indiana students whose families meet income eligibility guidelines can apply to become a 21st Century Scholar in middle school. Applications must be received by June 30 of the student’s 8th grade year. Please click here for more information and to see if your family meets the guidelines for this scholarship:

For more information, please contact Mrs. Carlson (last names A-L) or Mr. Metanias (last names M-Z) in student services.

Builders Club News

We elected our president for the 2020-2021 school year! Congratulations to Lottie Wells. Lottie has been an active member of Builders Club since she was in 6th grade and we are excited to have her lead this year. We will be meeting on Wednesday November 4th due to the elearning day on Tuesday November 3.Vice president election will be held at the next meeting. We need boxes of instant mashed potatoes! Builders Club members are encouraged to ask their friends and family members to donate boxes of instant mashed potatoes for local families in need; now until November 6. Unfortunately we are not doing treats for troops this year because the local chapter is not participating this year. Our next hike will take place at Meadowbrook, our next hike will be Saturday November 7 from 9:30-11:30. It is not too late to become involved in Builders Club! We welcome new members throughout the year! Check out your grade level Canvas page for how to sign up or come see Mrs. Janowiak or Ms. Perry.

Replayit -Submit photos for yearbook here!

Get your pictures in the yearbook. The yearbook staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school and community events , we'd like to see them. SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS HERE!


Did you know that we have a Parent Teacher Student Organization? Our goal is to help support TJMS teachers and students with various activities and projects throughout the year. We work together with the TJMS Student Council to create fun activities and events, that encourage and promote positivity for students and teachers at TJMS.

Our meetings will be ZOOM meetings through January. At that time, we will reevaluate and see where things are at. We will be sending the ZOOM link closer to the first meeting with a reminder.

November – Tuesday, November 3, 2020 5:30-6:30pm

December – Tuesday, December 1, 2020 5:30-6:30pm

January – Tuesday, January 5, 2021 5:30-6:30pm

We have been very fortunate to have incredible parent support. We are looking to fill the following positions for the 2020-2021 school year: If you are interested in being on our team, please see the attached form.

PRESIDENT - The president shall preside over all meetings of the organization and Executive Board; shall be a member ex-officio of all committees, shall serve as the official representative of the organization, shall perform all duties usually pertaining to the office and shall coordinate the work of the officers and committees of the organization.

VICE PRESIDENT - President Elect shall act as an aide to the president. In the event of the president’s absence, the president elect will assume the president’s responsibilities. The president elect will work closely with committee chairs.

SECRETARY - The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the organization and board. The secretary will also make all notifications of future meetings and provide the minutes past/present upon request.

Please respond to this email with any questions or interest in filling a position!

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We are strongly encouraging students to remember items for school so we can limit outside people from entering the building. Parents, please encourage and remind students to be prepared for that day of school. If something is forgotten the drop-off table will be set up in the front entry. Parents are to drop off the item with the students name and grade clearly marked on the item. There will be no pens or paper set up to write anything down. Please tell us your child's name and item and we will email them the item is to be picked up. We will not be delivering items to students. They will be responsible for collecting their items. Parents please remind your student to check the front table if they forget something. Students you must check your school email for all messages.

No student drop off in front of the building from 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Buses are dropping off in this time period.

TJMS Return to Learn Plan

Detailed information on returning to school safely. Please take the time to read all the information included in this packet. Hopefully, this will answer most of your questions on upcoming school this year.

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