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Thomas Jefferson Middle School 2020 - 21


Jan. 18 - MLK Day - No School


March 3 - VHS 8th Parent Night


Picture Day is: Jan 26, 2021

Order Code is: 53213D
Your link to order is:

Students who ordered a package on original picture day but are choosing to get their picture retaken MUST bring their original picture package with them on retake day. Inter-State will not order them a new package until the old one is returned. They DO NOT need to place a new order.

If a student has already been photographed & did not previously place an order, they should not be participating in retakes unless the parent has requested that they do so.

Thank you for your help with this.

Remote Learners will come in through Door 5 from 3:15 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. for retakes

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6th grade G.R.E.A.T.

Spreading Joy

In the weeks leading up to the Winter Break, our 6th graders took the time to write and decorate holiday cards for residents of nursing homes in the area. The students had a great time and, I’m sure, made the holidays a little brighter for the people who received them.

The G.R.E.A.T Program!

This semester, all 6th graders are participating in the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Program. This program consists of a violence prevention curriculum that teaches students important skills to help them avoid gangs, violence, drug abuse, and crime. The purpose of G.R.E.A.T. Program is to help students develop beliefs and practice behaviors that will help them avoid destructive habits. During the G.R.E.A.T. lessons, students will be working closely with their G.R.E.A.T. Instructor, Officer Morris, who serves as a mentor and positive role model for the students. Thank you, Officer Morris! We are excited that our 6th graders get to experience the G.R.E.A.T. Program this year!

What ‘cha Reading?

Core Plus classes have started reading the novel, A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. It is the story of Meg Murray, a girl who is propelled on an adventure through time and space. Along with her younger brother, Charles Wallace and friend Calvin, she sets off to rescue her father.

Parents, as always, 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 -Earth Science and more

7th Grade is off to a great start to 2021! In Language Arts, we are working at becoming better writers. We will be working on using our skills for reading non fiction texts to respond to writing prompts. Science is learning about Earth Science, and Advanced Science will be learning about the Periodic Table of Elements and other topics relating to Chemistry. In Social Studies, we are studying the history and development of cultures in Africa. In Math class we are working hard at polishing our skills to solve equations, and in Honors Math, we are working on Geometry. Digital Applications is learning all about Google and Google Drawings and Google Docs. We are also making sure we are being responsible digital citizens while online. Exploring World Languages is off to a great start with the new semester with our study of the Latin Language. Please make sure your child is checking Canvas each day and keeping up with their assignments in each class.

8th Grade

Last year- more than any other- showed us that everyone can become overwhelmed at different points in our lives for a variety of reasons. As we return from break and hope for a better 2021, the 8th grade teachers wanted to provide our students with some techniques they can use when feeling overwhelmed. During this third quarter in Viking Time, students will be learning and practicing different techniques to help them relax, relieve stress, and feel more connected to the world in which they live. It is our hope that these strategies will not only help them in school but will help them throughout their entire lives.

This is also the time of year in which we start to help transition our students to thinking about high school. During the next several months, we will be talking about high school schedules, credits, and GPA. Students have already participated in interest and personality inventories in language arts classes. All parents should be aware that there will be a Freshman Parent Information Night currently scheduled for March 3 at 6 p.m. Mark the date on your calendars, and more details will be coming soon.

The TJMS Media Center is here for our families: 24/7!

If your child needs help checking-out an eBook or digital audiobook, use this list of instructions to pick out a “just right” book.

  • Go to:

  • Locate your school

  • Log in using your child’s username and password (ID# and 5 Letters)

  • Scroll to e-books or audiobooks and click "See All"

  • Choose a book and select “Checkout”

For mobile devices, download the Destiny Discover app and follow the same steps listed above.

We also partner with PCPLS to deliver access to their eBooks, even if you don't have a library card! Go to or download the Axis 360 app to any mobile device. Scroll through the page to access countless eBooks and audiobooks courtesy of your local library. (Your username and password are the same as Destiny Discover.)

If you experience trouble logging in or have any questions, please contact:

For more media center news and happenings, access the VCS Media Department Winter newsletter.

Builders Club News

Happy new year from Builders club! We hope everyone had a great Christmas break! The Builder’s club has been busy ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and this year we raised over $500 dollars! We aren’t finished with the holiday cheer just yet! We also shopped for the Angel Tree and donated games to the Caring Place! Now that it’s a new year, we have the opportunity to start fresh. Set some new goals and think about what you could do better for our community. You can always improve you! Keep up the great work!

Our leadership team has been decided as well. We are led by President Charlotte Wells (8th grade), Vice President Amelia Haines (7th grade), Secretary Allison Shikany (6th grade), and Trail Master Nathaniel Pine (6th grade). Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The next hike will be on Saturday, January 23 at 9:30 AM.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

~Mahatma Ghandi

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Replayit -Submit photos for yearbook here!

Get your pictures in the yearbook. The yearbook staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school and community events , we'd like to see them. SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS HERE!

Student Council

Hello TJMS Families! Student Council applications are NOW available! Students should check their grade level Canvas page. Meetings will be ZOOM, so ALL learners can participate! If your student is interested, please have them fill out the Student Council application!


We are strongly encouraging students to remember items for school so we can limit outside people from entering the building. Parents, please encourage and remind students to be prepared for that day of school. If something is forgotten the drop-off table will be set up in the front entry. Parents are to drop off the item with the students name and grade clearly marked on the item. There will be no pens or paper set up to write anything down. Please tell us your child's name and item and we will email them the item is to be picked up. We will not be delivering items to students. They will be responsible for collecting their items. Parents please remind your student to check the front table if they forget something. Students you must check your school email for all messages.

No student drop off in front of the building from 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Buses are dropping off in this time period.

TJMS Return to Learn Plan

Detailed information on returning to school safely. Please take the time to read all the information included in this packet. Hopefully, this will answer most of your questions on upcoming school this year.

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