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Welcome Back to School, 2021-2022

Welcome to the New School Year

TJMS Families,

Welcome to the new school year. I am very excited to get the school year started with our first student day being on August 11th. I am looking forward to this year as much as I ever have, thanks, in part, to the hard work our students, families and staff have put in to help create an environment within the school that is as safe as possible with respect to COVID.

Our newsletter to begin the school year has a great deal of information included. Please take a few minutes to carefully review the information included below.


Mark Maudlin


School Wide Contact Information

Below are email addresses of TJMS office members:

Mark Maudlin -- Principal

Erin Strauss -- Assistant Principal

Shannon Morris -- School Resource Officer (SRO)

Laura Dull -- Secretary

Kristin Scheub -- Secretary/Treasurer

Jami Carlson -- Guidance Counselor, Last Names A-L

Joe Metanias -- Guidance Counselor, Last Names M-Z

Heather Himes -- Social Worker

Shawn White -- Nurse

Online Registration Is Now Open

Registration through Skyward is available now through July 25th. In order for you or your child to access his/her schedule when they become available in Skyward on August 2nd, the registration process must be complete. For assistance with your Skyward log in credentials, please call the school office at 531-3140.

Upcoming Dates


2nd -- Schedules, Locker and Locker Combinations available in Skyward

4th -- 6th graders with last names A-L, locker/schedule practice 4:00-5:30

5th -- 6th graders with last names M-Z, locker/schedule practice 4:00-5:30

10th -- New Student Orientation, 8:00-10:15 a.m.

11th -- 1st Student Day

18th -- School Picture Day

27th -- Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce grade level presentations


6th -- Labor Day -- no school

24th -- 1/2 day for students. Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

Welcome New TJMS Staff Members

We are excited to welcome the following staff members to TJMS:

  • Mr. Amelse -- 7th Grade Science
  • Mrs. Butler -- 8th Grade Social Studies
  • Mrs. Erlandson -- English Language Learners
  • Mrs. Ferguson -- 6th Grade English/Language Arts
  • Mrs. Germann -- 8th Grade PLTW Gateway & 8th Grade Medical Detectives
  • Mrs. Hawk -- Resource
  • Mrs. Kerezman -- 7th Grade Spanish and 6th Heritage Language Learners I
  • Mrs. Lozano, Instructional Aide
  • Ms. Schafer -- 8th Grade Science

New Student Orientation - August 10th

Incoming 6th graders and new 7th and 8th graders are welcome to attend orientation on Tuesday, August 10th from 8:00-10:15 a.m. Buses will be running for orientation. Bus information will soon be available in Skyward Family Access.

Students should bring a copy of their class schedule and locker combination with them to orientation.

Car riders should plan to be dropped off and picked up at door #5 on the east side of the building near the baseball fields. Please see below for additional information about the traffic pattern for car riders.

Students will have the opportunity to attend each of their classes in a shortened format, meet their teachers, practice their lockers as well as learn about the arrival and dismissal processes. Students will begin their day in the cafeteria before moving to their 1st period class.

Parents of new students as well as students who are returning to TJMS should not plan to attend orientation.

Car Riders

Family members of car riders, please carefully review the traffic pattern that cars (green and yellow lines) and buses (white and yellow lines) should follow for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Please use the following guidelines to enhance safety for students and to speed the drop off/pick up process.

  • Enter and exit the drop off lines through the soccer/football field entrance
  • The south drive along the side of the building as it is reserved for buses
  • Use the 2 lanes (parallel green lines on the may) when entering and merge as you make the right turn toward the back of the building
  • Please pull as far down the drive past door #5 as possible to allow multiple cars to unload at the same time along the sidewalk next to the building
  • Students can enter door #4 or #5
  • Leave the area with the red dashed line open so buses can enter the south drive
  • Exit using a single line going to the lane closest to Roosevelt Road as you return to the exit of the parking lot
  • Students should not cross the south drive to meet someone picking them up
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Supply Lists

Supply lists are posted on our website as well as linked below.

6th grade supply list

7th grade supply list

8th grade supply list

P.E. Uniforms

P.E. uniforms will be required in P.E. classes this school year. Uniforms (t-shirt and shorts) can be purchased at Blythe’s Sporting Goods on Calumet Avenue. Uniforms can be purchased as a set ($20) or individual pieces (shorts @ $12.50/t-shirt @ $7.50). The same uniform will be worn in 6th-8th grades, so purchasing one that’s a little looser may be a good idea. Students are welcome to use the uniform an older sibling used while attending TJMS.

Students who are not enrolled in band, choir or orchestra will have a full year of P.E. Students enrolled in band, choir or orchestra will have least 2 rotations of P.E. during the year.

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Open House

Parents/guardians are invited to the TJMS Open House on Thursday, August 12th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Parent/Guardians of 6th graders will begin in the auditorium while parents/guardians of 7th and 8th graders will begin in the cafeteria. You will then have the opportunity to follow your student’s daily class schedule to meet teachers and learn about the class.

Daily Announcements

Please encourage your student to view the daily announcements that can be found on our website or by clicking here to watch for important call out information, upcoming daily schedule changes or general school announcements.

School Breakfast & Lunch

Through a grant from the USDA, all regular school breakfasts and lunches will be free to all students during the 2021-2022 school year. Additional a la carte items or additional breakfast/lunch items may be purchased by students.

The cafeteria will open at 7:20 a.m. for any student wishing to eat breakfast. Between 7:20-7:30 students wishing to eat breakfast may enter door #8 on Roosevelt Road (northern door facing Roosevelt Road). At 7:35 bus riders and car riders entering the building are invited to head to the cafeteria for breakfast.

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School Calendar and Times

The 2021-2022 Valparaiso Community Schools calendar can be found here.

Our school day runs from 7:50 a.m. -- 2:50 p.m. Students may enter the building at 7:20 through door #8 to eat breakfast or at 7:35 to head to their lockers and 1st period class.

Sport Physicals

A sports physical dated on or after April 1, 2021 is good for the 2021-2022 school year. If your student is planning to tryout or participate in a sport this school year, please don't wait until just before the season begins to schedule a physical. A physical done this summer or fall is good for winter and spring sports as well. All forms in this packet need to be completed and turned into the main office as one packet.

Fall Athletic Seasons

Fall sports are almost here. Please see above regarding sport physicals needed to begin any sport. Please click on the appropriate link below for more information about fall sports information, tryouts and/or practices:

7th and 8th Grade Volleyball

6th, 7th and 8th Grade Cross Country

7th and 8th Grade Football

6th, 7th and 8th Grade Gymnastics

Student Handbook

Each student will receive a student planner early in the school year. Included in that planner is a copy of the TJMS student handbook. The handbook can also be found here. Please encourage your student to keep their daily planner up to date with class due dates and other important classroom, grade level or school wide dates.


Please call the main office at 531-3140 by 8:15 a.m. if your child is absent from school. If we have not received a call by 8:15 a.m. and your child is marked absent from school, you will received a automated phone call alerting you of his/her unexcused absence.

Becoming A Canvas Observer

Parents are encouraged to become an observer of your child in Canvas. Being an observer will allow you to monitor your student's work, assignments, etc that are assigned through Canvas. To see more about how to sign up as a Canvas observer, click here.

Dropping Off Forgotten Items

From time to time students do forget things at home that they may need during the school day (i.e. music instrument, lunch, chromebook, etc). If this occurs, items may be dropped off on the table in the front lobby, just inside door #1. Please make sure your student's name and grade level are clearly marked. We will then email your student to let him/her know to stop by the main lobby to pick up the item(s). Please encourage your students to check his/her school email account a few times throughout the school day.

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