Thomas Jefferson Middle School 2020 - 21
IMPORTANT PICTURE RETAKE INFORMATION
Picture Day is: Jan 26, 2021
Order Code is: 53213D
Your link to order is: https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/53213D
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
6th grade G.R.E.A.T.
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
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: destinydiscover.com
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 https://valtjms.axis360.baker-taylor.com/# 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: email@example.com.
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.”
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!
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!
REMINDER OF OUR NEW PROCEDURES
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.
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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