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Weekly Student and Family Newsletter

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Quote of the Week

“One of the greatest things you have in life is that no one has the authority to tell you what you want to be. You’re the one who’ll decide what you want to be. Respect yourself and respect the integrity of others as well. The greatest thing you have is your self-image, a positive opinion of yourself. You must never let anyone take it from you.”

– Jaime Escalante

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Jaime Escalante was an educator who was born in Bolivia and came to the United States in the 1960s to seek a better life. He began teaching math to troubled students in a violent Los Angeles school and became famous for leading many of them to pass the advanced placement calculus test. He was played by Edward James Olmos in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.

Week at a Glance

Upcoming events for the week (and beyond):

10/5 Student of the Month Assemblies

10/6 School Picture Makeup Day

10/6 Coachella Valley College and Career Fair

10/7 No School - Teacher Professional Development Day


10/20 Great Shake Out (California Earthquake Drill Day)

10/21 Fun Day #1 (Get Those iReady Lessons Done!)

Advisory Days at a Glance

Monday - iReady Math Lesson

Tuesday - Tech Skill: Google Suite

Wednesday - iReady Reading Lesson

Thursday - No Advisory

Friday - Fun Friday

Coachella Valley College and Career Fair

The Coachella Valley College and Career Fair is THIS Saturday, and DSUSD middle school students are encouraged to attend.


Here are details about the event:

  • October 6, 2022 at Agua Caliente

  • 4-8 p.m. The event is FREE!

  • Rally at 4:00 (arrive before if possible)

  • Tables open at 5:00

  • Registration is not required by strongly encouraged.

  • Videos: English, Spanish


It's never too soon to start thinking about your college and career options!

TJMS On The Move

Nearly 80 students from TJMS participated in the 8th Annual Bianca Rae Foundation Rae of Hope Retreat this past Saturday. TJMS had the most participating students among all DSUSD Middle Schools.

Important Notice - The One Chip Challenge

One Chip Challenge is NOT Allowed on any DSUSD Campus

A dangerous student challenge is sweeping the nation. It is called the “One Chip Challenge” and is being shared by Tik Tok and other social media sites. The challenge was issued by a snack company named Paqui. Students are being challenged to eat what is claimed to be "a high voltage chip that contains the super-charged Carolina Reaper Pepper and Stinging Scorpion Pepper with a shocking twist...it will turn your tongue blue. The purpose of this challenge is to see how many chips an individual can eat without having any ill effects. Several students at our school and other DSUSD schools have attempted this challenge with resulting health issues.

Consumption of these extreme chips can cause serious digestive and respiratory distress.

Please discuss this challenge with your children and urge them to not participate or encourage others to do so. Students will receive school consequences if found in possession of these chips or participating in the challenge.

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ALL MEALS ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS!

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