Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year
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.
This event is to support families who do not speak English. See Flyer for details
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
Orientation for 6th and new 7th/8th Grade Students
Friday, Aug. 11th, 8am
1600 Roosevelt Road
Book Rental and Lab Fees Estimates
Length of School Day
Use this link to view the 2017-18 school year. Please plan vacations when school in not in session.
Cross Country (6,7,8) - August 14th
- Sign up through link on our website.
Football (7,8) - July 24th
- August 8th & 9th from 8:00 -10:00 a.m.
- August 10th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
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
Student Handbook and School Policies
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.