TJMS Newsletter

April 2014

Hillhawk Students of the Month

Special Thanks

A special thank you to Catfish Charlie's for providing lunch for our Students of the Month! The students enjoy your warm hospitality and wonderful food every month!

News from the Hill

Discount Card Sales...Coming Soon!

They're back! TJMS Discount Cards featuring discounts from amazing local businesses such as Culver's, Catfish Charlie's, CherryBerry Yogurt, and many more will be available on Friday, April 11th! Buy one for only $10 to help support student activities such as sports, drama, classroom activities, transportation for field trips and anything that is a direct support to the students at Jefferson!

Here's the list of amazing prizes that students will have the opportunity to win!


2 Airplane rides over the Dubuque Area

1 Mini I-Pad

1 $400 Bicycle

1 Guitar

1 32” TV

2 Digital Cameras

5 $100 cash prizes

8 $50 Cash Prizes

Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

Looking for a fun, family activity in April? Check out the Family STEM Festival on April 12th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Grand River Center. This event features over 70 FREE and FUN activities focusing on hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Check out robotics, computer gaming, flight simulators, science experiments, and much more!

UD for Kids is Back!

UD for Kids is an enrichment opportunity in its 23rd year for gifted and talented students in the tri-state area. Students demonstrating advanced abilities in the areas of academic, leadership, creativity, visual, and performing arts are nominated to attend UD for Kids. Returning UD Kids from Summer 2013 do not need to be nominated again. Emails will be sent to these returning families by March 1st with their returnee code. If you are interested in UD for Kids, but have not previously attended, please contact Michelle Weber, GT Facilitator at or 552-4708.

For students currently in grades 5-6-7...July 7-11

Registration for Week 3 begins on Saturday, April 12th.

Cost for each weeklong session is $115.00. This tuition includes a UD Kids t shirt and daily snacks. Students are dropped off daily at 12:10 and picked up at 4:00. There is a snack break at 2-2:25. Students in Grades 5-6-7 take one course. These small classes are taught by instructors who offer innovative, hands-on learning experiences in areas such as creative arts, math, science, social studies, writing, and music. Class selections will be processed electronically in the order they are received. When class selections are submitted, space availability will be checked for each selection – please be patient while this process occurs. Registrants may have to make alternate selections if spots are no longer available for the selected classes at the time of submission.

For more information, please check out: Please direct questions to UD for Kids Coordinator Cheryl Werner at

TJMS Nurse Notes

From Nurse Schmitt, RN BSN

Parents/Guardians of 6th Grade Students:

A new state law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive a Tdap booster shot. This came about due to the recent pertussis (whooping cough) cases seen in our state. A booster containing Pertussis that has been given on or after age 7 will qualify.

If your child has had the required booster shot please ask your physician to FAX the updated immunization form to 563-552-4701. If your child has not had this booster please notify your physician to receive the required Tdap.

The VNA will be providing immunizations at SUPER SHOT SATURDAY on May 31, 2014 at The Finley Hospital for a donation of $17. If this fee is a hardship for your family please contact me for assistance. Appointments can be made by calling the VNA at 563-556-6200 to schedule an appointment for either May 31st or another clinic.

The law requires this booster and students without proof of immunization will face exclusion (unexcused)next fall.

Thank You,

Kim Schmitt, RN BSN
Jefferson Middle School Nurse

Did you know?:

Kids Should Not Consume Energy Drinks, and Rarely Need Sports Drinks.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently came out with a statement and guidelines for pediatricians and parents regarding children and teens' use of sports and energy drinks. The AAP recommends specifically discussing these drinks at routine health care.

Advertising claims about sports and energy drinks range from helping hydrate you after exercise or play to improving athletic performance. But both types of beverages deliver risks along with their refreshment. And the differences in the formulas making up these two types of beverages make it important to distinguish between the two.

For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best," Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FAAP, a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and a co-author of the report said. "Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don’t need, and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay”.

There is no reason at all for children and teens to consume energy drinks, according to the AAP report. These drinks, such as Monster Energy and Red Bull, typically contain stimulants including caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, l-carnitine, creatinine and glucuronolactone. Their stated purpose is to enhance athletic performance, endurance and concentration. The dose of caffeine they deliver is both potentially dangerous and unnecessary for children and teens.

Caffeine and kids are not a good combination. Caffeine can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and cause restlessness and sleep disturbances. It can increase anxiety. There are concerns about the effect of caffeine on the developing nervous system of children as well as concerns about the development of addiction to the stimulant. Caffeine withdrawal can cause troubling symptoms including headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability and other problems.

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Hillhawk Happenings

Dubuque Chorale Announces “Let The River Run” Poetry Contest Winners

The Dubuque Chorale is pleased to announce the winners of its spring poetry contest. The poetry contest was conducted as an educational component of the Chorale’s spring concert event, “Let the River Run.” The winning entry will be read by Master of Ceremonies Paul Hemmer at the concert, which will be free and open to the public, and will be held on Friday, May 2, at 7:30pm, at the Grand River Center Ballroom.

The poetry contest was open to current 8th grade students in the Dubuque Community School District and Holy Family Catholic Schools. Students were asked to write and submit poems with a river theme, which is also the theme for the Let the River Run concert. Poems could be up to 20 lines in length, and of any form, i.e., free verse, sonnet, haiku, blank verse, etc. This year’s judges included local author Katherine Fischer, MFA, Professor of English Emerita at Clarke University; teacher, activist, and poet Bill Pauly; and songwriter/poet Kristina Castaneda. Judging criteria included creativity, thought, artistic value, and, of course, correctness, grammar, and neatness.

The contest attracted over 200 eighth-grade student entries which, according to judge Katherine Fischer, “shows remarkable enthusiasm by not only students, but also by teachers, administrators, and parents.”

Congratulations to Heather Hostager for receiving Honorable Mention with this poem:

River Flow

by Heather Hostager

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

River flow, river flow, an omnipotent bed of currents.

Rushing between the damp muddy banks.

Stretching far and wide, a pathway in our landscape.

River flow, river flow, where it first began.

People settled, economy flourished, the scene continues to change.

River flow, river flow, a native place for all.

Creatures swim, people fish, and eagles hunt for food.

A resource we hold, tried and true.

Storms have raged, winds have blown, and years have passed, yet the Mighty Mississippi flows.

5th Annual Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk

The Hempstead High School Booster Club

presents the 5th Annual

Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk

and Jelly Bean Fun Run!

Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Roosevelt Middle School

Route: Radford to Theisen’s on Chavenelle and return

Check in: 7:30-8:00 A.M. Race time: 8:30 A.M.

Online registration $10.00 (Available Here)

Paper registration: $15.00 ($17.00 the day of the race.)

Cost for t-shirt: $10.00 (T-shirt must be pre-ordered by April 15.)

Make checks payable to HHS Booster Club/Bunny Hop

5K run age divisions for prizes:

10-13; 14-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+

(Post-race refreshments will be provided.)

New this year!

Jelly Bean Fun Run

For children ages 4-9

A ⅕ mile run/walk around ERMS.

All participants receive a jelly bean bag.

Cost for the race and t-shirt: $15.00 (T-shirt must be pre-ordered by April 15.)

Race only: $5.00

Online registration is also available for this event.

Creative Communication Essay Contest

The following students were chosen to be published for our latest essay contest through Creative Communication:

Sarah Besler, Haley Cavanaugh, Charissma Cruz, Logan Ellingboe, Toni Fortmann, Taylor, Greenwald, Seth Hansen, Heather Hostager, Grace Jackson, Harrison Kivlahan, Dylan Kutsch, Brianna Lopez, Haley Manders, Koeller Miller, Shiana Pierce, Laken Sahm, Sage Smith, Valerie Steffens, Rebecca Taylor, Emma Wiebke, Bobbie Bellmann, Lexie Birch, Xavier Crowder, Sierra Dunwoody, Amber Hillery, Darci Jurgens, Alexis Kemp, Jasmine Mace, Jade ORourke, Dylan Pauley, Zach Pregler, Sara Swank, and Chris Werner

Congratulations, students!

Mrs. Willey's Writers of the Week!

The following students did an excellent job on their Renaissance artist research paper, way to go!

Halie Brandenburg

Sean Bradley

Peggy Revis

Chase Sabers

Jasmine Greve

Belin-Blank Summer Institute Selected Students

Three Jefferson students have been selected to attend the Belin-Blank Summer Institute in June!

Samantha Fiegen, H7-2, Performing Arts

Madeline Perreard, H8-1, Global and Cultural Studies

Valerie Steffens, H8-2, Social Sciences

Two Jefferson students were selected as alternates to the Blank Summer Institute!

Heather Hostager, H8-2, Creative Writing

Ferdinand Spring, H7-2, Advanced Science

Great work, students!

Sports and Activities at Jefferson

Track Season is Underway!

Track Season started on March 31st. Jefferson will host 3 meets this year and we could use volunteers to help each meet. The meets are:

Monday, April 14th at 4:00 pm at Hempstead (Girls Meet)

Saturday, April 26th Jefferson Invitational (Girls Meet) at Dalzell. This meet will start at 2:00 pm.

Monday, May 5th at 4:00 pm at Hempstead (Boys Meet)

If you are able to help us out, please call school and let us know. Thanks!

Complete Schedules:


Mon, April 14th 4:30 Jefferson Host Mazz, Wash @ Hempstead

Tues. April 22nd 4:30 Washington Host, Roos, Jeff @ Hempstead

Sat. April 26th 2:00 Jefferson Invitation @ Dalzell

Fri. May 1st 4:30 Mazzuchelli Host, Roos, Jeff @ Wahlert

Tues, May 6 4:30 Mazzuchelli Host, Wash, Roos @ Wahlert

Sat., May 10 9:30 Washington Relays @ Dalzell


Fri., Apr. 11th 4:30 Roosevelt hosts Mazz | Wash @ Dalzell

Mon. April 21st 4:30 Mazzuchelli hosts Roos | Jeff | Washington &

Galena @ Wahlert

Sat., Apr. 26th 9:00 Roosevelt Invitational @ Dalzell

Tues., Apr. 29 4:30 Washington Host, Jeff, Mazz @ Hempstead

Mon. May 5th 4:30 Jefferson Host, Roos, Wash @ Hempstead

Sat., May 10 9:30 Washington Relays @ Dalzell

Jefferson Hats are here! Get yours before they are gone!

Will just got a shipment of HillHawk Hats for our students. Hats are $10.00 and can be purchased in our main office.

Check out and create your own Jefferson Apparel. TJMS gets 10% of anything you purchase. Use promo code: JP975

New LEAP Activities!

With the warmer weather coming there are lots of new LEAP activities for you to try! Hockey, Rugby, Chess Club, Canoeing, Creek Exploration, Spice Cooking Club, Snakes at River Museum, and Handwriting Analysis to name a few. Sign up today after school in cafeteria.

6th grade intramurals

Check out 6th grade intramurals! We will offer 10 sessions: the first eight sessions are instructional while the last two are skills demonstrations. Parents are welcome to attend. 2:30-4:15pm

Basketball starts April 7th for boys. Meeting mainly on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Basketball starts April 8th for girls. Meeting mainly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Football starts: May 9th and meets Mondays-Thursdays

Volleyball starts: May 15th and a schedule will be handed out at first practice.

Students must have an updated physical and signed concussion form to participate.

Activity bus is available every night for students to use, it leaves Jefferson at 4:15pm daily.

Come Cheer on the Dubuque Fighting Saints as They Begin Their Playoff Run!