DCSD Middle School '12-13 GT Report
Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt, & George Washington MS
270 students participated in GT events
- 6th grade=88 students
- 7th grade=72 students
- 8th grade=110 students
- Male = 126
- Female = 144
In 2011-12: 177 students participated in GT sponsored events.
- 6th grade=58 students
- 7th grade=60 students
- 8th grade=59 students
- Male= 84
- Female:= 93
2012-13 = 37 students (6th = 13 7th = 8 8th = 16)
- 21/37 were at the 90th percentile or higher.
- 24/36 met expected growth
- Average number of points growth = 24 (average expected growth is 13 points)
- Average # times expected growth = 1.66
- Highest score = 349
- 17/37 met target growth from Fall to Spring
- 18/37 made improvement
- Highest score = 251
11/26 met targeted growth from Fall to Spring.
17/26 were 90% or above on 2011 ITP Reading test.
6/23 met targeted growth from Fall to Spring. All students grew however.
MAM - Most Advanced Mathematician
2012-13 12 students (6th = 5; 7th = 3; 8th = 4)
- 9/12 met expected growth
- Average number of points growth = 20 (average expected growth is 15)
- Average # of times expected growth = 1.4
- Highest score: 323
- 7/12 met targeted growth
- 11/12 made improvement from Fall to Spring
- Highest score: 292
2011-12 9 students
5/9 students met targeted growth from Fall to Spring MAP RIT
Highest score 287
2010-11 7 students
8/9 students met targeted growth from Fall to Spring MAP RIT
Highest score 288
- 147 students enrolled in honors classes at Jefferson in 2012-13.
- 146 students enrolled in honors classes in 2011-12.
- 117 students enrolled in honors classes in 2010-2011
Belin-Blank Summer Institute
Selected to attend the Belin-Blank Summer Institute
Bailey Hansen, House 8-2, Visual Arts
Annika Hogstrom, House 8-1, Social Sciences
Paisley Kascel, House 8-2, Performing Arts
Rebecca Schueller, House 8-2, Global and Cultural Studies
Alternates for Belin-Blank Summer Institute
Max Coenen, House 7-2, Invention & Innovation
Logan Ellingboe, House 7-2, Creative Writing
Heather Hostager, House 7-2, Advanced Science
Carrie Klein, House 8-1, Math Problem Solving
Reading & Writing
Elk's Lodge Writing Contest: "What Does the National Anthem Mean to Me". Students needed to write an essay explaining the importance of the National Anthem and how it affects their lives today.
- 1st place: Brody Leibfried
- 2nd place: Jessica Stewart
- 3rd place: Lydia Johnson
Honorable Mention Winners:
- Adam Mueller, Kenzie Updike, Lizzie Grace, Paisley Kascel, Bailey Hansen, Logan Moore, Erika Smith, Isaac Martin, Mia Burns, Brianna Gourley, Brianna Freihoefer, & Sam Weiland
Creative Communication Fall Essay Contest: The following students had their essays published in this anthology.
Ben Briones, Marshon Crowder, Breana Freihoefer, Lizzie Grace, Courtney Green, Kelli Jones, Paisley Kascel, Mallory McDonald, Nick Miller, Hemmy Milton, Adam Mueller, Sierra Sanchez, Rebecca Schueller, Alex Sprecher, Jessica Stewart, Alissa Ties, Michael Weidemann, and Sam Weiland
Creative Communication Fall Poetry Contest: The following students had their poems published in this anthology.
Kenzie Updike, Cordell Brewer, Mia Burns, Ben Duggan, Brianna Gourley, Megan Gronau, Bailey Hansen, Luke Harwood, Edie Hill, Lydia Johnson, Garrett Kane, Isaac Martin, Brandon Mitchell, Logan Moore, Katie Nelson, Amanda Reeves, Sidney Sanders, Tyrell Saunders, Erika Smith, Amber Smothers, Ben Briones, Marshon Crowder, Breana Freihoefer, Hemmy Milton, Adam Mueller, Sierra Sanchez, Sam Weiland, Alex Sprecher, Jessica Stewart, Alissa Ties, Michael Weidemann, & Rebecca Schueller
Martin Luther King Jr Contest
Battle of the Books
Thank you to Samantha Hancock, Tech Coach/LRC for working with these teams.
6th grade: Elizabeth Freiburger, Grace Harwood, Taya Hess, Allison Klein, & Kayla LaPage
7th grade: Bobbi Jo Bellman, Marlonda Bell-Clark, Brianna Fry, and Evan Wieser
8th grade: Taylor Butler, Alyssa Hughes, Carrie Klein, Emily Schleter, & Jessica Stewart,
- 6th grade - Carly Dalberg & Zaebian Weis.
- 7th Grade - Brianna Heffner & Emma Wiebke.
- 8th grade - Cody Bartels.
Cody Bartels was one of the top 10 finishers in our sectional bee and he participated in Regional Spelling Bee on March 9 at Clarke University.
TJMS Book Club
- 6th Grade: Grace Hoyne, Laine Sanderson, Mercedes Schwartz, Madison Wemmer, Morgan Ostrander
- 7th Grade: Marlonda Bell-Clark, Katie Block, Alexis Ernzen, Alexis Kemp, Dakota Thompson, Ashley Schmitt, Tasheka Sample
- 8th Grade: Katie Nelson
This is a new program for the 2012-13 school year.
Jefferson mathletes won national awards for excellence within Division E for grades 4-6. Jefferson had 14 students earn this award.
The following students earned the felt patch (top 50% of all participants): Sami Clark, Brandon Doser, Julie Hammerand, Cole Heim, Benjamin Hermiston, Grace Harwood, Kaitlyn Howard, Megan Kaufmann, Hannah Kramer, Kayla LaPage, Wesley Meyer, Ted Spring, Bailey Smith & Stephanie Stewart.
2011-12: 14 students won national awards for excellence within Division E for grades 4-6.
- 6th grade: Laine Sanderson & Moriah Zimmerman
- 7th grade: Max Coenen, Brianna Fry, Evan Wieser, & Brandon Xicon
- 8th grade: Megan Gronau, Paisley Kascel, Carrie Klein, Noah Sabers, Emily Schleter, Cheyanne Schmitt, Jessica Stewart, & Josh Zimmerman
Seven students participated at the competition on Saturday, February 16th at Washington Middle School.
- 6th grade: Moriah Zimmerman
- 7th grade: Brandon Xicon and Max Coenen
- 8th grade: Jessica Stewart, Josh Zimmerman, Emily Schleter, and Paisley Kascel
Wahlert Math Contest
7th grade: Max Coenen, Ethan Healey, Koehler Miller, Emma Wiebke, & Brandon Xicon
8th grade: Carrie Klein, Noah Sabers, Emily Schleter, Jessica Stewart, and Josh Zimmerman
Individual Awards (19 participants)
2nd Place - Noah Sabers
Carrie Klein, Josh Zimmerman, Jessica Stewart
Science Bowl team members included:
- 6th grade = Ted Spring.
- 7th grade = Brianna Fry & Emma Wiebke.
- 8th grade = Lizzie Grace, Megan Gronau, Adam Kuennen, Adam Mueller, Noah Sabers, Jessica Stewart, & Josh Zimmerman.
Noah Sabers was selected as a member of the all-star team. Ten students were chosen for the all-star team who answered the most correct answers during competition.
Students also created wind turbines, but did not place in this competition.
First Lego League
The members of the Galactic Unicorns included:
- 6th grade: Elizabeth Frieburger, Kayla LaPage, Tyler Lyons, Stephanie Stewart, and Moriah Zimmerman.
- 7th grade: William Allman & Mason Kobliska
- 8th grade: Adam Kuennen, Noah Sabers, & Josh Zimmerman
We are ready to participate in FLL for the 2013-14 school year!
Teams and their projects.
The Foodies, 8th grade, researched the difference between artificial and natural foods and their connection with obesity. Team members: Breana Freihoefer, Emily Schleter, & Jessica Stewart
The Pie Lovers, 7th grade, researched the connection between different types of breakfast foodies and the energy they provided. Team members: Jeni McGlynn & Sara Swank
The Nerd Herd, 7th grade, researched different materials that could be used to build a safer football helmet to prevent concussions. Team members: Max Coenen, Ethan Healey, Koehler Miller, & Brandon Xicon
The All Stars, 7th grade, researched the effects of exercise on test-taking ability. Team members: Noah Doughtery, Logan Ellingboe, & Addison Kalb
The Pink Ninjas, 6th grade, researched the effects of artificial sweeteners on the human body and informed their classmates about them. Team members: Samantha Fiegen, Julie Hammerand, & Hannah Kramer
The Colors, 6th & 7th grade, grew tomato seeds that were flown in space. Team members: Patricia Droessler, Alexis Kemp, and Morgan Ostrander
Quad Thunder, 7th grade, researched the effects of different types of music on a person’s attitude and attention span. Team members: Bobbi Jo Bellman, Brianna Fry, Heather Hostager, & Emma Wiebke
eCyber Rocks, 6th grade, designed a car that could use alternative sources of energy. Team members: Drew Kirton, Raine Schmitt, Alexis Wand, & Vera Weis
Other students participated in eCYBERMISSION but did not complete a mission folder this year: 7th graders - Tristan Esser, Chris Hansen, Jackson Huston, Andre Lessears, and Nick Wobbema.
2011-12: 6 students participated
2010-11: 14 students participated
Girls in Engineering
Participants: Bobbi Jo Bellman, Charisma Cruz, Ashton Esser, Brianna Fry, Heather Hostager, Jeni McGlynn, Valerie Steffens, & Ashley Thill.
Check out the Dubuque Telegraph Herald article for more information.
Young Citizen's Forum
The Young Citizen’s Forum Summit was held on Thursday, February 28th at the NICC Town Clock Center. Jefferson had 47 participants in YCF.
This year’s topics included:
- Local Topic: How can DCSD maintain nutritional value and student-friendly appeal while meeting national health standards for school lunches?
- National Topic: Should year-round schooling be mandated nation-wide?
- International Topic: How and why can the world community create a coordinated effort to conserve and preserve endangered and wild animals?
Thank you to coaches Katherine Thimmesch, Amy Haverland, and Betsy Pelkey
for working with our YCF group.
Jefferson had 3 outstanding delegates at this year's summit: 6th grade - Isaac Cretsinger & Vera Weis and 8th grade - Emily Schleter.
2011-12 = 35 students participated.
Visual and Performing Arts
- 7th grade: Bobbi Jo Bellman, Brianna Fry, Ethan Healey, Michaela Henry, Jonah Oberfoell, Kim Reuter, Robin Smith, & Evan Wieser
- 8th grade: Cody Bartels, Taylor Butler, Heather Dean, Lizzie Grace, Adam Mueller, Tabitha Smith, Jacob Tuecke, Michaela Uptegraph, & Samantha Wieland
- 7th Grade: Bobbi Jo Bellman, Samantha Duve, Brianna Fry, Michaela Henry, & Jonah Oberfoell
- 8th Grade: Cody Bartels, Taylor Butler, Heather Dean, Lizzie Grace, Alyssa Hughes, Adam Mueller, Tayler Reynolds, Erika Smith, Michaela Uptegraph, & Samantha Wieland
A sample performance from our wind ensemble is below for you to enjoy!
In addition to weekly practices, students in the Celebration Choir had the opportunity to work with Hempstead High School choir director Terri Slade to improve their vocal performance & technique.
23 students were selected for Celebration Choir in 2012-13.
6th grade: Noah Capaul, Cassidy Emerson, Grace Hoyne, Natalie Leach, Ali Naab, Morgan Ostrander, Ted Spring, Abby Thill, Vera Weis, Zaebian Weis
7th grade: Max Coenen, Patricia Droessler, Justice Heinhold, Grace Jackson, Hannah Jackson, Koehler Miller, Sara Swank, Evan Wieser
8th grade: Alexis Decker, Abby Gilles, Lizzie Grace, Megan Gronau, McKenna Johnson,
2011-12 18 students
2010-11 17 students
Jefferson's 3rd annual talent show was a showcase for talented students in the area of performing arts. Students auditioned and were selected in different areas including: singing, dancing, playing piano or guitar, performing as an ensemble, or even stand-up comedy.
- 6th Grade: Gavin Reynolds
- 7th Grade: Marlonda Bell-Clark, Bobbi Jo Bellman, Charisma Cruz, Jeremiah Franklin, Brianna Fry, Justice Heinhold, Michaela Henry, Grace Jackson, Hannah Jackson, Mason Kobliska, Jonah Oberfoell, Kim Reuter, Robin Smith, & Evan Wieser
- 8th grade: Carmen Ames, Cody Bartels, Ben Briones, Taylor Butler, Marshon Crowder, Heather Dean, Alexis Decker, Lizzie Grace, Megan Gronau, Annika Hogstrom, Paisley Kascel, Adam Mueller, Tayler Reynolds, Kyle Ridgeway, Tabitha Smith, Amber Smothers, Jacob Tuecke, Michaela Uptegraph, & Samantha Wieland
To see some of our talented performers, check out the videos on our Facebook page.
Annie Jr Leads:
- Annie: Madeline Perreard & Samantha Fiegen
- Warbucks: Noah Sabers & Koehler Miller
- Miss Hannigan: Abby Gilles & Marlonda Bell-Clark
- Grace Ferrell: McKenna Johnson & Jeni McGlynn
- Rooster: Max Coenen & Zaebien Wies
- Lily St. Regis: Sara Schroeder & Samantha Wieland
- Molly: Heather Hostager & Grace Jackson
- Pepper: Tabitha Smith & Tayler Reynolds
Our leads worked with co-directors Emily Zebarth and Jill Duggan, as well as with Mary Ogelsby, Elizabeth Griesinger, Aaliyah Fondell, and Sam Zebarth in order to develop their skills in the performing arts.
Sixteen 8th grade students worked with guidance counselor Paula Baumann to improve Jefferson's climate and culture, striving to end bullying at TJMS. These student leaders spoke out and led activities including: Mix-It-Up at Lunch, Conflict managers, and Pen Pals. They also sponsored "No Unkind Words" week with activities for students to participate in and are creating a video about respect for the student body.
Two members of our ABA group, Chelsea Molzoff and Tayler Reynolds were selected to attend Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's Bullying Prevention Summit in November 2012.
ABA Members: Rashawn Carter, Chelsea Molzoff, Tayler Reynolds, Katie Nelson, Josie Schoenberger, Summer McCallum, Logan Ludovossy, Dylan Hinman, Annika Hogstrom, Riley Merfeld, Makayla Lurry, Nicole Kinzle, Edie Hill, Andrew Molzof, Eryn Davis, & Mia Burns.
Check out the finale for "No Unkind Words Week" by clicking here. Plus our newly created video promoting respect which is below.
Student government representatives were selected by homebases as student leaders. They planned three Jefferson dances, improve school climate and culture through Spirit Week, and sponsored a Mini Dance Marathon in conjunction with Loras College. Student government's mentors were Emily McCullough and Elizabeth Bushman.
- 6th Grade: Zach Edgington, Garrett Trimborn, Taya Hess, Garrett Long, & Caryn Chapman
- 7th Grade: Ashley Schmitt, Julia Meehan, Latrell Vance, Addison Kalb, Alex Ward, Denny Doerr, Ben McClanahan, Taylor Greenwald, & Noah Dougherty
- 8th Grade: Cody Grass, Kasey Mills, Emily Schleter, Danny Hoover, Logan Moore, & Robert Kircher
12 cast and crew members: Alex Sprecher, Mia Burns, Megan Gronau, Nathan Feldman, Lydia Johnson, Jack Roussel, Taylor Rehfeldt, Kara Greve, Kristan Brown,
Logan Reavis, McKenna Johnson, & Marshon Crowder
2011-12: 28 students participated
2010-11: 20 students participated
5th Grade Orientation Leaders
Twenty-two 6th grade students participated in a leadership program that culminated with students leading of our 5th grade orientation on April 11th. Katherine Thimmesch mentored these students. Students participated as program emcees, vignette actors, and room hosts.
Orientation Leaders: Kyla Boyce, Sami Clark, Zach Edgington, Cassidy Emerson, Gabby Fondell, Emma Frieburger, Jasmine Greve, Taya Hess, Drew Kirton, Allison Klein, Garrett Long, Olivia Meyer, Madi Peter, Eulalia Redcloud, Terrell Ried, Amber Schatzabel, Aaron Schmitt, Joe Vize, Dylan Weaver, Madison Wemmer, Zaebian Weis, & Lucas Zmudka
Other GT Programming
- Quiz Bowl