Thomas Jefferson Middle School
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Technology Tidbits: brought to you by the TJMS Technology Committee
Read Below or click on this link for a PDF.
Want an easy way to view grades in Skyward?
- From the menu, click on Gradebook.
- This will allow you to view each class and current letter grade.
- To see detailed grades for assignments, click on the next to each class so that it turns . You can then click on Next 10… if more assignments exist.
Does your child have missing assignments?
- At the top of the gradebook it says ”Missing Assignments Exist for (your child’s name)” or “There are no missing assignments for (your child’s name).”
- If missing assignments exist, it tabulates all missing assignments from the beginning of the year.
- To view missing assignments, click on (Show All).
- This will give you the list of assignment missing for the entire year. To view the missing assignments from the current grading period, click on Show only for current term.
- You will then see the list of assignments, the class the assignment is for, the assignment category (ex: Homework, test, etc), and the point value of the assignment.
- You can click on the assignment for more details.
8th Grade Thinking about the Future
The 8th grade class of 2020 is getting ready to start scheduling their high school courses in social studies class. This is a really exciting time of year for these students because they are all beginning to think about the path they will take during their time at VHS. Teachers will be making recommendations for next year, and we strongly urge you to follow these because many feel it will lead students to the greatest amount of success in their educational career. Incoming freshmen also have the option to take a summer school course, but the choices are limited and seats will fill up fast. If your son or daughter is interested, please check the VHS webpage for information or contact our school guidance department about the details.
Other activities adding to the excitement of the 8th grade year are a tour of the Career Center and the upcoming Envision the Future program at the Porter County Fairgrounds. Both of these programs have been developed to help guide students in thinking about their careers and what it will take to reach those goals. Each student takes a survey on the computer that asks basic questions about their interests. The software then takes that data and matches it with two or three careers that might be of interest to each individual. Many students are amazed how closely these match their own ideas. Please, when you have a second ask your students about these programs and what potential careers they might explore in their future. Most classes are also using these career choices as the research paper topic in language arts class
7th Grade looking forward
6th Grade Happenings
In Language Arts and Literature classes, we are starting our poetry unit. Along with reading and writing poetry, each student will be responsible for memorizing and presenting a previously published poem to their classmates. Props and/or a costume will bring the poems to life! Keep working on that memorization!
In Social Studies, we are wrapping up our studies on Ancient Rome. We will have our homeroom gladiatorial challenge next Thursday and our unit test will be that week also! The next unit we will be studying is the Middle Ages. Castle Jefferson will lower the drawbridge and invite the kids into Medieval life and all the trappings!
In Science, we are working on Chapter 6, Earth, Moon, and Sun. We are learning that the seasons in both hemispheres are a result of the inclination of the Earth on its axis. Students will be learning how the position, size, and relative motions of the Earth, moon, and sun cause day and night, solar and lunar eclipses, and phases of the moon.
In Math, students are getting ready for the semester one final. We will be completing a study guide in class. To further review for this test, students should review their notes, quizzes, and tests in their math binder. As always, Moby Max is a great online tool to practice specific math skills.
Semester time is the perfect time to replenish school supplies. We have many students that need pencils, highlighters, colored pencils, etc. The school supply store is also open during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Remember to check Skyward for updated grades! Thanks for all you do to help your child be successful!
Drama Club Thinking of Spring!
TJMS Media Center
Low cost internet service if your child is eligible for the National Lunch Program.
Cafeteria Account Management
Happy, Healthy New Year from Food and Nutrition Services! Did you know parents can manage their child’s cafeteria accounts through Skyward Family Access? You can quickly and easily check your child’s cafeteria account balance, monitor purchases and make online payments. Are you signed up for low balance email alerts? Sign into Skyward by clicking on the Parent Portal icon at www.valpo.k12.in.us. Click on Open Family Access. Click on My Account in the upper right hand corner. Scroll down through Account Settings and check the box with Receive Emails when Food Service Balance is under $5.00.
Questions? Call Food and Nutrition Serves at 531-3050.
21st Century Scholars
Have you completed a Twenty-First Century Scholar application for your child? The applications must be completed during your child's seventh or eighth grade year. If your child qualifies for the program and follows the Twenty-first Century Scholars Pledge, he or she can get up to four years of undergraduate college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana college or university. The online application can be found at www.scholars.in.gov If your family income does not exceed the income maximums, complete each section of the enrollment form. The Twenty-first Century Scholars website can also be accessed on the Thomas Jefferson Middle School website. Please contact Mrs. Carlson in the Guidance office with any questions.
- South Bus #15, 3:50 - begins at TJMS and then goes to VHS, and then to BFMS.
- North Bus #30, 4:05 - begins at BFMS, then goes to VHS, and then comes to TJMS.