TJ Today

Thomas Jefferson Middle School 2019-20

October 2019

Oct. 9 -Picture Retakes

Oct. 9 - Fall Orchestra concert - VHS 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 11 - End of 1st grading period

Oct. 14-15 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

Oct. 16 - 8th PSAT

Oct. 23 &24 - Parent Teacher Conferences more information


Oct. 24 & Oct. 25 - 1/2 day of school

November 2019

Nov. 5 - E Learning Day

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Program - 2 presentations: 8:40-7th & 8th gr and 9:40-6th & TJE

Nov. 15 - Cathie Bledsoe presenting Cybersafety program


Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Remember to bring in your original picture packet with all the pictures in it. Give the packet to the photographer and get a new picture taken. If you were absent or didn't get a picture taken originally now is your chance to get one. Remember you will also get a picture ID that you need for the library or some school functions.

Did you know?

Breakfast is served daily at TJMS, starting at 7:15. Enter the building thru door 8 in front of the building.


Parent - Teacher Conference Information

Oct. 24 - 1/2 day of school for students

Oct. 25 - 1/2 day of school for students & staff

Oct. 23 Open Conferences - 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 Open Conferences - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please watch your emails for sign-up Genius to schedule appointments.

A Few Reminders

School is now in full swing and students have settled into the daily routine nicely. Parents, we need your assistance to help prepare them for high school and advocate for themselves. Below are a few reminders:

  • Arrive at school with chrome books charged
  • Bring all their work and supplies to school. When items are dropped off students will receive them during their lunch period only, unless they come down to the office and pick it up If your child needs to leave school early for an appointment, please send a note with them to the office in the morning. By following this procedure they will be waiting for you when you arrive to pick them up.
  • In the morning, before school review the plan of how they will be going home each day after school

These simple steps will prepare the students for high school where independence is encouraged. We look forward to working with you, making it a smooth transition for parents and student.

6th Grade Off To A Good Start

Things have been rolling right along for the TJMS 6th Grade. The hallways are still bustling, but the students have settled in! You can see the ‘middle-schooler’ confidence that wasn’t there before.

Wow, Time Flies!

The 1st Quarter ends in 2 weeks. Please keep checking your child’s grades! It is important that all of us reinforce the importance of staying connected—parents and school.


Also, with the end of the quarter comes the PRIDE Reward Celebration for those students who have maintained an 80% or higher on their points and zero Fs in their classes! PRIDE points are updated every Wednesday and are posted in all teachers’ rooms. Ask your student what their PRIDE points are!

What’cha Reading?

All 6th grade students are reading Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. It’s a story about Cole Matthews, a troubled teen who experiences a life-altering encounter with the mythical Spirit Bear. Students and teachers alike are enjoying lively discussions based on their reactions to the text!


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!

Encourage your child to keep up to date on his/her reading counts points!

8th Gearing Up For Quarter 2

It is hard to believe that the end of the grading period is next week. When we return from Fall Break on Oct. 16, 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9. This will give students exposure to a college admissions test as well as give students and parents feedback on skills and knowledge needed for college and career readiness. For more information on the PSAT 8/9, please visit the College Board website (

Once score reports are available, more information will be sent home.

Following the PSAT, we will begin the second grading period. This is an opportunity for students to continue working hard, but also gives all students a fresh start. We want to remind you that we are here to work with your child if he/she is having any difficulties. Students are welcome to come in during teachers’ office hours each week. During office hours, teachers are available to help students with homework, review material that students are struggling with, study for tests/quizzes, provide extra practice, and provide a quiet place for students to work. If you are unsure of a teacher’s office hours, please email the teacher.

As a reminder, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wed, Oct. 23 and Thurs, Oct. 24. This is another great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and discuss individual needs/concerns. More details about conferences will be coming soon.

We are looking forward to a great second quarter!

String News

Everyone is invited to our Fall Orchestra Concert - Wed. Oct. 9, 7:00pm in the High School auditorium with special guest - Principal Maudlin. You won't want to miss Assistant Principal Strauss's musical debut. Come see which instrument she has mastered as she assists the sixth grade in their performance. Starting with Hunters Chorus from Weber's opera Der Freischutz, and the ever popular Star Wars theme. Followed by seventh grade with some traditional compositions like Simple Gifts and Handel's Music from the Royal Fireworks. Finishing with eighth grade presenting pieces by Bach, Mozart and also featuring Liam Utesch in Hyperdrive on the electric viola. We hope you can come enjoy this fun, free concert!

Congratulations to Addison Clark, Noelle Gapinski, Emma Hann, Chrystal Hernes, Analisa Sarver, and Liam Utesch. They were chosen to represent TJMS orchestras at the annual All-Region Orchestra hosted by the American String Teachers' Association. They will perform with students from all over Northwest Indiana in a concert in November.

Strolling Strings - will perform the National Anthem at the Oct. 21 home football game.

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Student Council would like to thank everyone for your help with the tail gate! It was a huge success, and the kids had a great time! We are collecting the following items, Box Tops and Strack and Van Til receipts, please send them in with your student! We have a new initiative that we are working on and are collecting new and unused hygiene supplies and toiletry items. Hotel samples are perfect! Mini shampoos, conditioners, soaps, lotions, mouthwash, and other beauty items will be collected for the entire year. Please bring these items into Ms. Coberg! Red Ribbon week starts October 23, and we are very excited to have our very own Officer Morris speak, along with Magistrate Mary DeBoer from Porter County Superior Court 1 to talk to our kids about the legal ramifications of drug use. We will have spirit days throughout the week to remind us of why Red Ribbon week is so important. We have about 100 kids in Student Council this year, and we are very excited for this group to help make TJMS an even better school!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:15 in the Flex Room.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ms. Alberson and Ms. Coberg


The TJMS PTSO would like to thank everyone who helped at, donated to, and participated in making the The Great TJMS Tailgate a huge success! We could not do it without our parents, and the family involvement is truly an asset to our kids. It was awesome to see all of the TJMS families and students supporting our fall sports and having a fun time. We would like to thank our resident DJ, Mac McElhaney for bringing energy to the crowd! Our first giveback night was a huge success. Chipotle is a fan favorite! Our next giveback night is October 24 at Shoe's Pizza. Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 9, at 5:30pm in the TJMS Flex Room. We hope to see you there!

Chuck Harris - PTSO President

Builders Club

Our last meeting was Wednesday, September 18th where we elected our 2019- 2020 President, Addison Clark! Builder’s Club hopes to have a great year and is excited to soon elect our Vice President.

The Packathon was a blast and Builder’s Club was elated to be a part of the experience. Thank you to the more than 40 members who volunteered for the fantastic event. The Trail Hike is October 5 and is the perfect way to see the beauty of nature. The meetings this month are October 1 October 16th. We will also be collecting candy for Treats For Troops soon after Halloween.

Have a marvelous month!

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? – Martin Luther King Jr.

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