TJ Today

May 2021-2022


May 16 - Snow Make-up day - in person school day

May 16 - 20 Spring Book Fair

May 26 - 1/2 day Dismissal at 11:30 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

6th Grade - The school year is winding down...

Thank you, parents—Teacher Appreciation Week!

The TJMS 6th grade team would like to thank all of the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to make us feel loved and appreciated. You’re the best!

Did someone say Poetry Contest?

It’s that time of year again for the annual TJMS 6th grade poetry contest. Core + students were asked to pick and memorize a poem (16 lines or more). We are all looking forward to seeing their performances!


If any student has a copy of any textbooks, books, or anything else that was sent home please make sure they are returned to their teachers by May 18th. It is important that we get all things loaned out back in a timely manner.

And we’re finished!:

ILearn testing has concluded! Way to go, TJ 6th graders; we knew you could do it! Take a deep breath—we’re done!

Parents—the school year is coming to an end, if you could please:

● 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!

7th Grade -Working hard to End the Year

The school year is winding down but 7th graders are still hard at work. In ELA, we are studying a nonfiction novel called "Small Steps: The Year I got Polio", In Social Studies, we are studying the effects of war on the development of nations in Southeast Asia. In Science we are continuing our life science unit learning about the differences between viruses and bacteria. Finally, in Math we are reviewing integer, decimal and fraction operations. Pre Algebra students are exploring some concepts they will learn in 8th grade such as quadratic and cubic functions.The 7th grade team would like to thank you and your students for your dedication to learning this year. We hope you have enjoyed this year as much as we have and wish you a restful and rejuvenating summer!

Builders Club News

Builders Club has done a lot lately! We had a fundraiser and made almost $500! Half of that money will go to the VCS Backpack Program, and half will go to Giant Paw Prints. The Viking Times that won were Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Krivas, and Mrs. Clendenin. The prize will be recess during Viking Time at the park. Mrs. Janowiak and Mrs. Haines will chaperone (with Sunny, we hope). Congratulations to those classes.

By Kiley Anderson

Student Council

Student Council would like to thank you all for a wonderful year! We learned the value of serving others in our community through fundraisers, helping with school events and much more. A special thanks to our PTSO for all of your help on our projects, especially the teacher snack cart! On behalf of the Student Council, we wish you all a fantastic summer! See you in August!

TJMS Student Council

Media School Happenings

Upcoming: A Busy Book Fair Week!

Our second semester book fair is scheduled for Monday, May 16th thru Friday, May 20th. In addition to students being able to browse and shop during their regularly scheduled class visits, students can also visit the book fair before school, during lunch and Viking Time periods - and after school, as needed. The book fair should be the perfect time for your child to get Ready for Summer Reading! Encourage your child to participate in one of the many no-purchase-necessary book fair activity options -- such as the digital puzzles contest and scavenger hunt – to help make our book fair week a memorable celebration of reading and books!

Virtual Media Center

Ms. Hurley is developing a Virtual Media Center for students to access throughout the summer months. This tool will offer a variety of resources, including recommended podcasts, author videos, links to reading options, makerspace options (like a virtual Rubik's cube tool!), and more. Once finished, the resource can be accessed via each middle school's media center website page and will also be featured on each school's Destiny Discover home page. This resource is perfect for a rainy day, car trips, and for so many other summer moments in between!

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Attention 7th and 8th grade parents! It's not too early to start thinking about college.

There is an opportunity for your child to have all or part of his or her college tuition paid for by the state! The 21st Century Scholars program began years ago as a way of helping students afford a college education. The scholarship eligibility is based on family income. Once a student is enrolled in the program, he or she will pledge to meet good citizen guidelines throughout the rest of their school years which will include some check in points each year in high school.

In order for a student to be enrolled, parents must fill out an application online before the deadline. Please click on this link for more information about eligibility and for the link to the application:

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Please reach out to your child’s school counselor for any help or additional information you might need. We are happy to help and excited for the chance at your student attending an Indiana college or university with free or reduced tuition!

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Snow Make Up Dates Announced

Due to two recent school cancellations for weather, school will be in session on Monday, April 11th and Monday, May 16th. These day will be involve students reporting to school for a traditional day of school. These dates will not be eLearning days.

PTSO IS Seeking Officers for 2022-2023 School Year

The PTSO is seeking officers for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in learning more about how PTSO supports the TJMS students and staff and how you can help, please contact PTOS president, Cassidee Jacobson at

Did You Know?

You can set up Skyward to let you know when your child's grades drop below a certain percent? That you can also set up Skyward to notify you if your child has missing assignments?

Setting up email notifications is THE BEST way of staying informed of your student’s grades.

  1. Log into your account.

  2. Click on “My Account” in the top right-hand corner of your Skyward homepage. See Figure D.

  3. At the bottom of the window, look for Email Notifications.

  4. Check all the boxes that you would like information about and how often you would like to receive the information. The second checkmark item allows you to set a parameter if a grade falls below a certain number. In the example below, this parent put “70” in the “Low:” text field. This means the parent will be immediately notified if their student receives any class assignment, test, quiz, etc. that falls below a grade of 70. See Figure E.

Below is the link to the video instructions.

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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-K

Erik Shive - Guidance Counselor, Last Names L-Z

Heather Himes -- Social Worker

Shawn White -- Nurse

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 or individual pieces. 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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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.

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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