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Thomas Jefferson Middle School

JUNE 2018

Save the Dates

  • Monday, July 23rd - Middle School Office Opens
  • Friday, August 10th - 6th Grade and 7th/8th Grade New Student Orientation.
  • Monday, August 13th-First Day of School
  • Wednesday, August 15th - Open House
  • Thursday, August 16th - Picture Day

ISTEP Results - Rescore WIndow Closes Today

The Parent Portal is now open for you to check your child's ISTEP results. You will need your child's access code to log in. These letters, along with NWEA results were sent home with students the last week of the school year. Also, a copy of the letter can be found by logging into Skyward Family Access and clicking on the "Portfolio" tab on the left side, you will find the "2018 ISTEP Claim Code" attachment. If your child did not pass, please review their results and request a re-score if applicable. This needs to be done by Friday, June 22.

Registration 2018-19

Online registration for returning students in 2018-2019 School Year:
July 24 to July 31. You will need to log in to your Skyward Family Access account to complete online registration. *Computers will be available at all schools during normal working hours. After August 2nd please call your school. The first day of school is Monday, August 13, 2018.

Onsite registration at the school buildings for new students 2018-2019:

High School and Middle Schools - Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Elementary Schools - July 31 - August 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Incoming 6th Graders:

If you are the parent/guardian of an incoming 6th grader, please bring documentation for required vaccinations to your respective middle school during the on-site registration dates and times.

New Students to VCS

For students new to the Valparaiso Community Schools for the 2018-19 school year, excluding students who enrolled through Kindergarten Roundup, the enrollment process requires an appointment with school personnel. Please refer to our website and complete the New Student Information Form by clicking on the link provided below your school. New-to-VCS students entering VHS, BFMS, or TJMS will need to meet with a guidance counselor prior to registering. Appointment window selections are available on these schools' New Student Information Forms. Documents required to register your student: Transcript, Birth Certificate, Immunization Records and Proof of Residency.

Please refer to our website at - Enrolling Students Quick Link

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Our PTSO is in full swing and will be looking for chairpersons for our special events throughout the school year. Also, we may need to fill a few board offices. If you are interested, please contact Angie Crossin, or 219-765-4091.


When: Friday, August 10th

All 6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade students are expected to attend school from 7:50-10:15 a.m. on this day. Students will meet their teachers, follow their class schedule, and learn how to open their lockers. 7th and 8th grade students' day will include important technology training. Buses will be picking up students on the regular morning schedule Friday after 7:00 a.m. and returning students to their home after 10:30 a.m. Students are asked to bring their schedules and meet in the cafeteria. 7th and 8th grade students who have already attended TJMS should remain at home on this day.


Students need to purchase physical education uniforms from Blythe's Sport Shop, located at 2810 Calumet Avenue. The cost is $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.

Link to order online - $1.00 to ship to school.


Our main office has been undergoing renovations since the end of school. We can't wait to see the final result! Please note that Door 8 should be used in place of Door 1 until construction is complete.


Please click on the grade level downloads below to see the criteria used to place our students in honors classes at the middle school level.

2018 - 2019 VCS School Calendar

Parent Teacher Conferences will be the evening of October 24 and the afternoon of October 25 for all elementary and middle school parents.

English Language Learner Registration Night

You’re Invited!

What: An event to support Valparaiso families who are learning English as a new language

  • Bilingual volunteers help you register your children for school and ask questions

  • Registration for Compass International Family Center’s free programming

  • Free school supplies

When: Tuesday, July 31st, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Parkview Elementary School - 1405 Wood Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

¡Estás invitado!

Qué: Un evento para las familias que no hablan Inglés.

• Voluntarios bilingües ayudan a registrar a sus hijos a la escuela y hacer preguntas
• Las inscripciones para los programas de Compass International Family Center
• Materiales escolar gratuito

Cuándo: martes, 31 de julio, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Lugar: Escuela Primaria Parkview (1405 Wood Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383)

Los niños no deben venir a menos que uno de los padres esté presente.
Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a su escuela del niño. Link to the flyer

Student Handbook: BF/TJ Middle School Dress Code

This was Board-approved on June 15, 2017

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 this four-inch guideline.

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.