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Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year

Calendar

July 25 - August 1 - Online Registration

August 1 and 2 - New Student Registration 8-11 am and 12:30-3:30 pm

August 7 - Student Schedules Available

August 11 - Orientation for 6th grade and new students

August 14 - 1st Day of School

August 23 - Open House at 6:00 p.m.

Registration

2016-17 REGISTRATION DATES

  • July 25 - August 1- Online Registration (TJMS is open from 8:00-3:00 if you need to use a computer)
  • August 2-3: 8-11 AM and 12:30-3:30 PM - Onsite Registration


Registration will be held in the Media Center, and the office will be closed from 11-12:30 on those dates. Our school nurse will be available to confirm that all required vaccinations are up to date and discuss any health concerns or needs with you. The cafeteria will be accepting payments for school lunch accounts. The building will be open to students from July 31-August 9 to try out the student lockers and walk the building. Student schedules will be released on August 7. The building will not be available for students on August 10 and 11, as these are teacher workdays and new student orientation. Please plan accordingly.


  • All parents of 6th grade students will need to bring documentation of required vaccinations.
  • Book rental fees will be ready mid-September.
  • Student handbooks will be distributed on the first day of school.
Registration Night - For ELL Families

This event is to support families who do not speak English. See Flyer for details

Immunizations

The Indiana School Immunizations Law (IC 20-8-7) identifies the diseases against which children must be immunized. When a child enrolls in a school corporation or when a change in the law has occurred, parents/guardians must show that their child has been immunized or that a current religious or medical objection is on file. Please discuss any questions with our school nurse. A child without updated immunizations documentation will be denied school attendance at Valparaiso Community Schools.

School Supply Lists

Physical Education Uniforms

6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade students may purchase physical education uniforms from Blythe's Sport Shop (located at 2810 Calumet Avenue) for a cost of $20.00 ($12.50-shorts, $7.50-shirt). Students are welcome to wear uniforms purchased for older siblings. All students are expected to wear P.E. uniforms

Orientation for 6th and new 7th/8th Grade Students

Friday, Aug. 11th, 8am

1600 Roosevelt Road

Valparaiso, IN

All 6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade students should attend school from 8:00-10:15 a.m. on this day. Students will meet their teachers, follow their class schedules, and learn how to open their lockers. 7th/8th grade students will be given a technology overview as well as usernames and passwords that are needed for the first day of school. Buses will be picking up students on the regular schedule and returning students to their home after 10:30 a.m. Students are asked to bring their schedules and meet in the cafeteria. Seventh and eighth grade students who have already attended TJMS should remain at home on this day.

Book Rental and Lab Fees Estimates

Book rental and lab fees will be based on the courses in which your child has been enrolled and scheduled. The following values are estimates for each grade level: 6th Grade $146.00, 7th Grade $187.00, and 8th Grade $195.00. Exact fees will be released in September and you will be notified. Those persons who are experiencing economic hardship may apply for textbook assistance through the registration process. Families who qualify for the free lunch program will also qualify for textbook assistance. You must check the appropriate spot on the free lunch application in order to qualify for textbook assistance. Those families that qualify are still responsible for student lab fees.

Length of School Day

Middle school classes begin at 7:55 AM and conclude at 2:50 PM; however, a staff member may require a student to stay after school to receive extra help, to complete assignments which were not completed on time, to make up a test, or to discuss disciplinary infractions. It is the student's responsibility to let parents know that he or she must stay after school. In the event of a two hour weather delay, school will start at 9:55 AM.
Late Start Wednesdays will NOT continue this year.

Use this link to view the 2017-18 school year. Please plan vacations when school in not in session.

Athletics

First dates are listed below. Click on the link for more information about the sport.


Cross Country (6,7,8) - August 14th

  • Sign up through link on our website.

Football (7,8) - July 24th

Volleyball (7,8) - Tryouts - Students need to attend all 3 days.

  • August 8th & 9th from 8:00 -10:00 a.m.
  • August 10th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Gymnastics - Call-out meeting: Tuesday, August 1st, 7:00 p.m. at VHS, Field House.


Each participant in any sport must have a current (after April 1, 2017) physical on file in our office or with the head coach before he/she may practice any sport. This requirement also includes tryouts. Physical packets are available to pick up in our school office.

Parent Teacher Student Organization

Great news! We are in the process of changing from a Parent Advisory group to a formal PTSO. Our bylaws have been written, and we are looking to fill the board offices. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Krutz at ekrutz@valpo.k12.in.us

Student Handbook and School Policies

The student handbook has been incorporated in an assignment book and student calendar which each student receives on the first day of school. It is important that students and parents read the handbook. It contains a great deal of information which is designed to improve communication between school and home. The handbook is updated annually. The handbook has been developed with significant input from students, staff, and parents. It should help each student with his or her organizational skills and benefit parents who are concerned about assignments being completed. The handbook can also be found on our school website.

School Safety, Absences and Appointments

  • With regard to school safety, Roosevelt Road is always busy when school adjourns and the buses pick up students to take them home. We request that any parent who picks up a child after school not park on Roosevelt. Students should only be picked up and dropped off on the north side of the building at Entrance 6 (Commons).
  • Parents must come to the school office and provide a picture ID before picking up their child early from school. Students will not be permitted to meet the parent in the parking lot. Only adults whose names appear on the child’s emergency card will be permitted to pick up a student from school.
  • Regular school attendance is essential for a child’s success. If a student is absent, the parent must call the office before 8:00 AM. Additional information can be found in the student handbook.
  • Parents should make every effort to schedule medical appointments so the student will not miss school. If this is not possible, he/she is to bring a note from the parent or guardian to the office before school on the day of the appointment. A pass will be issued to excuse the student from class at the appropriate time. A copy of the return to school note from the doctor’s office should be given to the office upon the student’s return to school.

VCS Middle School Dress Code

If in doubt do not wear it!

  • Cut-offs and short shorts
  • Tank tops, crop tops
  • Pants with holes above the knees

The dress code below was board-approved on June 15, 2017, and will be in our student handbook.


While fashion changes, the reason for being in school does not. As students mature and become adults, they will be required to meet certain dress standards for many occupational obligations and social functions. Student/staff health and safety, common decency, student schoolwork, and school and classroom order are all affected. This basic dress code does not infringe on students’ rights of freedom of expression, but rather encourages students to “dress for success” and come to school properly prepared to participate in the professional, educational process. Students are expected to observe ordinary standards of good grooming, with attire appropriate to a comfortable, yet professional and working school atmosphere.

In keeping with the above philosophy, and in order to reduce misunderstanding, the guidelines listed below have been approved by the VCS School Board.

1. The maintenance of common decency and classroom order requires adequate coverage of the person. Any clothing which reveals undergarments or the lack of undergarments will be considered inappropriate.

2. Cleanliness of person and apparel is required.

3. Pungent sprays, patchouli oils, strong perfumes, and like substances are not to be used or worn to school. These odors are disruptive to the educational process and harmful to the health of others.

4. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing which contains profanity or other suggestive inscriptions or advertises/promotes the use of death, suicide, destruction, gangs, cults, alcohol, drugs, or other substances which, if used by a minor, would be illegal. Additionally, clothing will not be permitted which advertises, promotes, or via innuendo or double meaning, suggests inappropriate ideas or behavior not conducive to a positive school climate or is disruptive to the educational functioning of the school.

5. Students will not be permitted to wear garments such as halter tops, those which reveal bare midriffs or backs, strapless tops, see-through tops, those which contain spaghetti straps, and garments with plunging or revealing necklines. Shirts and tops must be long enough to tuck in.

6. Pants must be worn on the waist without undergarments exposed. Skirts and shorts must have an inseam of four inches or greater. Any holes in pants must be below the knee.

7. The maintenance of health and safety includes the wearing of shoes, sandals, or boots, and such additional items that may be required in special classes such as industrial technology, laboratories and physical education.

8. Unauthorized costumes will not be permitted.

9. Slippers and pajamas or other nightwear will not be permitted.

10. Attire that may cause property damage or personal injury is not to be worn (i.e., chains, shoes that may leave black marks or scuffs on the floor, etc).

11. Upon entering the building during the school day, all students are to remove sunglasses, caps, hats, and other head coverings.

12. A jacket or coat, which is normally worn outdoors, is to be placed in a locker during the school day. In addition, backpacks are to be stored in a locker during the school day.

The administration reserves the right to use its discretion in determining the type of clothing appropriate for the school setting. Wearing inappropriate apparel will result in the student’s removal from class until the problem is corrected and/or may result in possible further disciplinary action.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

I am Mrs. Elizabeth Krutz, principal of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.