TJMS 2013-14 GT Report

Submitted by Michelle Weber, GT Facilitator


At Thomas Jefferson Middle School, we have many active GT programs that were available to students. The following is a summary of the programs we offered this year, as well as comparison data from previous years. Read below to find our more information!

Overall Participation

330 students have participated in GT events

  • 6th grade= 80 students
  • 7th grade= 88 students
  • 8th grade= 130 students
  • Male = 150
  • Female = 180

In 2012-13: 296 students participated in GT events

  • 6th grade=106 students
  • 7th grade=82 students
  • 8th grade=105 students
  • Male = 137
  • Female = 156

  • 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

    Advanced Readers

    2013-14 = 67 students (6th = 23 7th = 17 8th = 27)

    Iowa Assessments:

    • 62/67 were at the 90th percentile or higher
    • 60/65 met expected growth
    • Average number of points growth = 40 (average expected growth is 13 points)
    • Average # times expected growth = 3.12
    • Highest score = 336


    • 24/67 were at the 90th percentile or higher
    • 31/67 met target growth
    • Average number of points growth = 2 (average target growth is 3 points)
    • Average # times expected growth = .97
    • Highest score = 251

    2012-13 = 37 students (6th = 13 7th = 8 8th = 16)

    Iowa Assessments:

    • 21/37 were at the 90th percentile or higher.
    • 24/36 met expected growth
    • Average # times expected growth = 1.66


    • 17/37 met target growth from Fall to Spring

    2011-12=26 students

    11/26 met targeted growth from Fall to Spring.

    13/26 improved.

    17/26 were 90% or above on 2011 ITP Reading test.

    2010-11=23 students

    6/23 met targeted growth from Fall to Spring. All students grew however.

    MAM - Most Advanced Mathematician

    2013-14: 11 students (6th = 3; 7th = 5; 8th = 4)

    Iowa Assessments

    • 8/11 met expected growth
    • Average number of points growth = 27 (average expected growth is 15)
    • Average # of times expected growth = 1.82
    • Highest score: 323


    • 7/11 met expected growth
    • Average number of points growth = 6 (average expected growth is 5)
    • Average # of times expected growth = 1
    • Highest score: 270

    2012-13 12 students (6th = 5; 7th = 3; 8th = 4)

    Iowa Assessments

    • 9/12 met expected growth


    • 7/12 met targeted growth
    • 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

    Honors Classes

    • 131 students enrolled in honors classes at Jefferson in 2013-14.
    • 147 students enrolled in honors classes at 2012-13.
    • 146 students enrolled in honors classes in 2011-12.
    • 117 students enrolled in honors classes in 2010-2011

    Belin-Blank Summer Institute

    A record number of students were nominated for this prestigious summer experience. Eight students were chosen as our school's applicants. From that group, four students were selected to attend and four students were selected as alternates.

    Selected to attend the Belin-Blank Summer Institute

    Samantha Fiegen, House 7-2, Performing Arts

    Madeline Perreard, House 8-1, Global and Cultural Studies

    Valerie Steffens, House 8-2, Social Sciences

    Alternates for Belin-Blank Summer Institute

    Heather Hostager, House 8-2, Creative Writing

    Ted Spring, House 7-2, Advanced Science

    Nominated, but not selected:

    Emma Weibke, House 8-2, Math Problem Solving

    Moriah Zimmerman, House 7-2, Invention and Innovation

    Reading & Writing

    Creative Communication Writing Contests

    Jefferson students had many opportunities to participate in writing contests, thanks to our awesome language arts teachers.

    Creative Communication Fall Essay Contest: The following students had their essays published in this anthology.

    • 8th Grade: Haley Cavanaugh, Max Coenen, Nataly Dougherty, Sam Enoch, Alexis Ernzen, Toni Fortmann, Taylor Greenwald, Heather Hostager, Grace Jackson, Hannah Jackson, Haley Kemp, Harrison Kivlahan, Haley Manders, Koehler Miller, DJ Ostrander, Tessa Sarazin, Rebecca Taylor, Ashley Thill, and Emma Wiebke

    Creative Communication Fall Poetry Contest: The following students had their poems published in this anthology.

    • 8th Grade: Shalonda Bell-Clark, Sarah Besler, Haley Cavanaugh, PJ Connolly, Charissma Cruz, Jax Dolan, Nataly Dougherty, Noah Dougherty, Alexis Ernzen, Ian Ernzen, Jesse Evilsizer, Toni Fortmann, Mycal Hall, Seth Hansen, Brianna Heffner, Heather Hostager, Jared Hoyne, Hannah Jackson, Nathan Kass, Haley Kemp, Dylan Kutsch, Brianna Lopez, Ben McClanahan, Eric McDonough, Koehler Miller, DJ Ostrander, Shiana Pierce, Austin Scherbring, Robin Smith, Sage Smith, Valerie Steffens, Rebecca Taylor, Ashley Thill, Sydnee Tucker, Ries Wolff, Brandon Xicon.

    Creative Communication Fall Essay Contest: The following students had their essays published in this anthology.

    • 8th Grade: Sarah Besler, Haley Cavanaugh, Charissma Cruz, Logan Ellingboe, Toni Fortmann, Taylor Greenwald, Seth Hansen, Heather Hostager, Grace Jackson, Harrison Kivlahan, Dylan Kutsch, Brianna Lopez, Haley Manders, Koehler Miller, Shiana Pierce, Laken Sahm, Sage Smith, Valerie Steffens, Rebecca Taylor, Emma Wiebke.

    Creative Communication Writing Contest: The following students had an essay or poem published.

    • 8th Grade: Ellie O'Neill, Shyann Patterson, Maddie Perreard, Elihda Saito, Sara Swank, Jada Tate, Cami Teasdale, Latrell Vance, Ruben Vandasselaar, Evan Wieser, Madison Wild, Alyssa Ahern, Marlonda Bell-Clark, Katie Block, Caley Bradley, Samantha Duve, Destinee Flesch, Brianna Fry, Dillon Gottschalk, Kayla Hayes, Justice Heinold, Janer John, Rachel Kyle, Hannah Mains, Jeni McGlynn, Darriana Milton, Lexi Oberbroeckling, Bobbi Jo Bellman, Lexie Birch, Xavier Crowder, Sierra Dunwoody, Amber Hillery, Darci Juergens, Alexis Kemp, Jasmine Mace, Jade O'Rourke, Dylan Pauley, Zach Pregler, Chris Werner.

    Elks Lodge Essay Contest

    Dubuque Elks Lodge #297 sponsored an essay contest with the theme, “WHAT DOES VETERANS DAY MEAN TO ME." Jefferson students won two out of the three awards.

    • Sam Enoch, 2nd Place
    • Heather Hostager, 3rd Place

    Dubuque Chorale "Let the River Run" Poetry Contest:

    The Dubuque Chorale is pleased to announce the winners of its spring poetry contest. The poetry contest was conducted as an educational component of the Chorale’s spring concert event, “Let the River Run.” The contest attracted over 200 eighth-grade student entries. Congratulations to Heather Hostager for receiving Honorable Mention with this poem:

    River Flow

    by Heather Hostager

    Thomas Jefferson Middle School

    River flow, river flow, an omnipotent bed of currents.

    Rushing between the damp muddy banks.

    Stretching far and wide, a pathway in our landscape.

    River flow, river flow, where it first began.

    People settled, economy flourished, the scene continues to change.

    River flow, river flow, a native place for all.

    Creatures swim, people fish, and eagles hunt for food.

    A resource we hold, tried and true.

    Storms have raged, winds have blown, and years have passed, yet the Mighty Mississippi flows.

    Martin Luther King Jr Contest

    Jefferson had many poster and essay submissions to this contest that was held in late November. One Jefferson 6th grade students were selected as the 1st place winner in the poster contest. Emma Decker, a student in House 6-2, created a poster on Linda Brown whose case Brown vs. the Board of Education integrated schools.

    "Everyone should have the same amount of freedom."

    -- Emma Decker, 11, a sixth-grade student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School

    Other Writing Contests

    • Ella Esser, House 6-2, was accepted for publication in Spring 2014 Poetry anthology with her poem titled "Ode to Words."
    • Toni Fortmann, House 8-2, was published in the Young American Poetry Anthology.
    • Kim Reuter, House 8-2, was published in the Across the Way Poetry Anthology.

    TJMS Book Club

    Reading teacher Shayna Boxleiter sponsored a book club for students who love to read independently. Students met with Mrs. Boxleiter on Wednesdays for 30 minutes to discuss selected books.


    • 6th Grade: Layla Holland
    • 7th Grade: Caryn Chapman, Grace Hoyne, Laine Sanderson, Mercedes Schwartz, Grace Specht, Maddie Wemmer
    • 8th Grade: Katie Block, Angel Carroll, Darcy Juergens

    2012-13: 13 students

    Spelling Bee

    19 students participated in our TJMS school-wide spelling bee. Five students were selected as sectional participants:

    • 6th grade - Maxwell Schumacher
    • 7th Grade - Carly Dalberg & Rowyn Olson.
    • 8th grade - Brianna Heffner & Emma Wiebke. Marlonda Bell-Clark, alternate.

    Battle of the Books

    15 students represented Jefferson at the 2014 Battle of the Books competition between the three middle schools.

    Thank you to Lorie Duclos for working with these teams.

    6th grade: Ella Esser, Shaelyn Hostager, Ashley Klein, Rebecca Johnson, Naomi Winkleman

    7th grade: Ben Birkett, Carly Dalberg, Cole Heim, Tristan Miller, Elizabeth Thill

    8th grade: Patricia Droessler, Alexis Kemp, Jeni McGlynn, McKinzie Oliver, Maddie Perreard.


    Math Olympiads

    Math Olympiads materials were used by 38 6th grade enrichment (honors) math students to encourage math skills and competitive math in the future. Teachers leading the Math Olympiads were Jill Duggan and Ryan Putman.

    Jefferson mathletes won national awards for excellence within Division E for grades 4-6. Jefferson had 13 students earn this award.

    The following students earned the felt patch (top 50% of all participants): Emily Fry, Tim Gronau, Trenton Sanchez, Chelce Tracht, Jayme Wuertzer, Keshauna Bodley, Gryphon Metcalf, Paige Hanson, Hunter Roraff, Max Schumacher, Adeline Coenen, Logan Horner Fritsch, and Catherine Schueller.

    2012-13: 14 students won national awards for excellence.

    2011-12: 14 students won national awards for excellence.

    Math Counts

    Nine students participated in MathCounts during the 2013-14 school year. Patt Henry served as the team's coach.

    • 6th grade: Samuel Francis
    • 7th grade: Cole Heim
    • 8th grade: Kyler Ball, Bobbi Jo Bellman, Max Coenen, Brianna Fry, Ethan Healey, Jonah Oberfoell, Brandon Xicon

    Seven students participated at the competition on Saturday, February 15th at Washington Middle School.

    • 6th grade: Samuel Francis
    • 8th grade: Bobbi Jo Bellman, Max Coenen, Brianna Fry, Ethan Healey, Jonah Oberfoell, Brandon Xicon

    2012-13: 13 students participated.

    Science & Technology

    First Lego League

    2012-13 was the inaugural year for Jefferson's First Lego League Team. Our focus this year was on Nature's Fury, robot games, teamwork, and fun. The 7th grade team competed in a regional FLL competition at Roosevelt Middle School on December 7, 2013. Sherry Meyer served as coach. Mark Zimmerman and Jonathan Pfeiffer from John Deere Dubuque Works served as engineering mentors for our team.

    The team won the award, "Against All Odds."

    The members of the Hillhawk Heroes included:

    • 7th grade: Sean Bradley, Riley Connolly, Alex Cota, Owen Dunne, Elizabeth Frieburger, Taya Hess, Tyler Lyons, Madi Peter, Joe Vize, and Moriah Zimmerman.
    • 8th grade: Noah Dougherty, Logan Ellingboe, Addison Kalb, Mason Kobliska, Eric McDonough

    We are ready to participate in FLL for the 2014-13 school year!

    Intro to First Lego League

    Sixth grade students were able to participate in Lego League using the Senior Solutions Challenge. While their group was non-competitive, it provides a base for future team participants. Thank you to Amy Haverland and Becky Milum for leading these groups.

    Trimester 1: Joe Rettenberger, Amaya Schwartz, Erin Weigman, Derek Veltstra, Natalie Oertel, Emma Gilles, Liberty Jones, Max Schumacher, Jimmy Bowen, & Sidney Hammel.

    Trimester 2: Gwen Dunlap, Paige Hansen, Logan Horner Fritsch, Elijiah Herrion, Colton Davis, Jessica Droessler, Andrea Longstreet, Shaelynn Hostager, Jared Sabers, & Caleb Perreard.

    Trimester 3: Neildrin Tunque, Nick Behnke, Austin Trausch, Ashley Klein, Naomi Winkelman, & Brianna Wardle

    Girls in Engineering

    Eight 7th grade girls were selected for STEM event at John Deere called "Girls in Engineering." This opportunity allowed girls to participate in a mentorship experience exploring different facets of engineering as a future career.

    Participants: Caryn Chapman, Cassidy Emerson, Elizabeth Freiburger, Grace Harwood, Morgan Hinman, Kayla LaPage, Rayne Schmitt, and Stephanie Stewart

    Code Word: STEM

    Ten 8th grade students participated in a STEM workshop sponsored by Keystone AEA and held at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Students were exposed to many types of computer programming and animation software, and were able to learn from some experts in the field. They will be working on creating their own project to share in the spring.

    Participants include:

    House 8-1: Mason Kobliska, Ashley Schmitt

    House 8-2: Denny Doerr, Alexis Ernzen, Ethan Healey, Miranda McCaffery, DJ Ostrander, Kim Reuter, Austin Scherbring, Robin Smith

    Social Studies

    Mock Trial

    24 students participated in the regional mock trial competition held at Loras College on November 6, 2013. Two teams worked on trying the case, The State of Iowa vs. Allyn Funt. Each student had a role within the trial and spent hours preparing questions or answers.

    7th grade: Alex Cota, Isaac Cretsinger, Carly Dahlberg, Julie Hammerand, Emilee Heims, Allison Klein, Hannah Kramer, Brandon Little, Ted Spring, Vera Weis, Zaebian Weis

    8th grade: Marlonda Bell-Clark, Max Coenen, Noah Dougherty, Ian Ernzen, Ethan Healey, Heather Hostager, Jackson Huston, Jeni McGlynn, Koehler Miller, Maddie Perreard, Regan Saunders, Sage Smith, Brandon Xicon

    Visual and Performing Arts

    Loras Honor Band

    2013 participants:

    6th grade: Emily Fry - Trumpet
    7th grade: Samantha Fiegen - Clarinet, Moriah Zimmerman - French Horn, Ben Hermiston - Alto Sax
    8th grade: Brianna Fry - Clarinet, Bobbi Jo Bellmann - Clarinet, Michaela Henry - Bass Clarinet, Jonah Oberfoell - Trumpet, Taylor Greenwald - Flute, Samantha Duve - Flute, Robin Smith - Alto Sax

    2012 = 10 participants.

    Young Citizen's Forum

    The Young Citizen’s Forum Summit was held on Thursday, February 27th at the NICC Town Clock Center. Jefferson had 50 participants in YCF.

    This year’s topics included:

    • Local Topic: Pet parks provide space where pets and their owners can exercise and socialize. Dubuque residents either appreciate and use the current space or challenge the need for such a space. What recommendations can be made to Dubuque City Council to honor both groups of citizens?
    • National Topic: Marijuana has just been legalized in Colorado. Consider its legal and ethical ramifications. What steps should be taken to either support this legalization or limit its use? Should this new law extend to other states?
    • International Topic: The use of humans as a commodity has been around for thousands of years. Understanding the immediacy in our world's media and cultural awareness: what role does human trafficking play in the world's atrocities?

    Thank you to coaches Katherine Thimmesch and Betsy Pelkey for working with our YCF group.

    6th grade: Emma Gilles, Ashley Klein, Emma Decker, Sydney Hammel, Dylan Schalk, Abbi Sarazin, Austin Trausch, Alex McClanahan, Gabby Liptak, Saffery Kiotak, Conner Schmidt, Gwen Dunlap, Max Schumacher, Shaelyn Hostager, Caleb Pereard, Jacqueline Mootz, Naomi Winkelman, Noah Francois, Blake Schleter, Rachel Mills, Elijah Yancey, Jessica Droessler, Moriah Stevenson

    7th grade: Riley Bleymeyer, Kyla Boyce, Sean Bradley, Riley Connolly, Alex Cota, Isaac Cretsinger, Cassidy Emerson, Lizzie Freiburger, Ben Hermiston, Taya Hess, Drew Kirton, Allison Klein, Kayla LaPage, Garrett Long, Wesley Meyer, Ali Naab, Morgan Ostrander, Bailey Smith, Ted Spring, Stephanie Stewart, Joe Vize, Vera Weis, Zaebian Weis, Madison Wemmer

    8th grade: Mycal Hall, Kim Reuter, Robin Smith

    2012-13 = 47 students participated.

    2011-12 = 35 students participated.

    Honor Choirs

    Opus Honor Choir Festival

    8th Grade: Evan Wieser

    River City HarMENy

    7th Grade: Tristan Miller, Ted Spring, Zaebian Weis

    8th Grade: Maxfield Coenen

    Honor Choir

    7th Grade: Zaebian Weis

    8th Grade: Maxfield Coenen, Evan Wieser

    Honor Orchestras

    Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra Festival

    8th Grade: Heather Hostager

    NIESTA Honors Orchestra

    7th Grade: Wesley Miller, Zaebian Weis

    8th Grade: Maxfield Coenen, Justice Heinold, Emma Wiebke

    Kennedy Honors Orchestra

    8th: Maxfield Coenen, Heather Hostager

    Jazz Band

    TJMS Jazz is an audition-only ensemble composed of 7th, and 8th grade students. This ensemble often performs at various events throughout the community.

    7th grade: Sean Bradley, Regan Connolly, Sam Fiegen, Gabby Fondell, Lizzy Freiburger, Julie Hammerand, Ben Hermiston, Kaitlyn Howard, Hannah Kramer, Lilly Kueter, Shayla Mallory, Gavin Reynolds, Steph Stewart, Vera Weis, Moriah Zimmerman

    8th grade: Shalonda Bell Clark, Bobbi Jo Bellmann, Brianna Fry, Ethan Healey, Michaela Henry, Jayden Kennedy, Jonah Oberfoell, Robin Smith, Evan Wieser

    Wind Ensemble

    Wind Ensemble is group of 7th and 8th grade students who are selected as talented musicians. They have performed at various community events during the school year including the Roshek Building during the holiday season and for the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools.

    6th Grade: Emily Fry

    7th Grade: Stephanie Stewart, Samantha Fiegen, Hannah Kramer

    8th Grade: Bobbi Jo Bellman, Brianna Fry, Michaela Henry, Jonah Oberfoell, Robin Smith, Ethan Healey, Evan Wieser, Taylor Greenwald, Shalonda Bell-Clark

    Band and Orchestra Mentors

    Seventh grade students who have shown exceptional ability in band and orchestra were given the opportunity to be 7th grade tutors and assist with the 6th grade. The 7th grade tutors will work with the 6th graders to improve their musicianship (including playing the right notes at the right time with good technique) but will also demonstrate proper rehearsal etiquette, and keep the 6th grade students on task as well. The 7th grade students will benefit from the tutoring as they lead by example.

    Band Mentors: Julie Hammerand, Steph Stewart, Hannah Kramer, Moriah Zimmerman, Lizzy Freiburger, Sean Bradley, Tania Rhone, Kaitlyn Howard, Lilly Kueter, Vera Weis, Sebastian Rodriguez, Gavin Reynolds, RJ Liptak, Raine Schmitt, Gabby Fondell, Ben Hermiston, Regan Connolly, Laura Daack, Morgan Hinman, Shayla Mallory

    Orchestra Mentors: Wesley Miller, Tyler Lyons, Riley Bleymeyer, Abby Thill, Grace Harwood, Bailey Smith, Zaebian Weis

    Celebration Choir

    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.

    6th grade:

    7th grade: Noah Capaul, Cassidy Emerson, Grace Hoyne, Natalie Leach, Ali Naab, Morgan Ostrander, Ted Spring, Abby Thill, Vera Weis, Zaebian Weis

    8th grade: Max Coenen, Patricia Droessler, Justice Heinhold, Grace Jackson, Hannah Jackson, Koehler Miller, Sara Swank, Evan Wieser

    2012-13 23 students

    2011-12 18 students

    2010-11 17 students

    Men's Choir

    The Dominant Prep quartet from St. Louis, Missouri worked with our men's choir on September 20th on various types of singing including acapella and barbershop quartet arrangements.

    Talent Show

    Jefferson's 4th 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: Harmony Manriquez, vocal solo; Mariah Stephenson, vocal solo & cup stacking; Catherine Schueller & Erin Weigman, vocal duet.

    7th grade: Yanique Starks & Madison Wemmer, vocal duet; Shayla Mallory, vocal solo; Emilee Heims & Isabella Kuennen, vocal duet; Regan Connolly, vocal solo; Tania Rhone, vocal solo; Ali Naab, vocal solo; Mary Mueller, stand up comedy; Samantha Fiegen, piano/vocal solo.

    8th grade: Regan Saunders & Jada Tate, dance duo; Kim Reuter, flag routine; John Turner & Daviante Swanagan, dub-step; Curtis Martin & Charisma Cruz: rap/vocal duet; Hannah Jackson, vocal solo; Justice Heinold, vocal solo; Serina Bennett, steel drum; Grace Jackson, vocal solo

    Alternates: Seven acts were selected as alternates. Shalonda and Marlonda Bell Clark, vocal duet; Vera Weis, vocal solo; Jayna Hickmon, vocal solo; Robin Smith, saxophone solo; Wesley Miller, violin solo; David Heinold, vocal solo; Bailey Smith, magic act.

    To see some of our talented performers, check out the videos on our Facebook page.

    Fiddler on the Roof, Jr

    Jefferson Middle School will present Fiddler on the Roof, Jr on April 24-27. This musical features a cast of 37, a chorus of 48, and crew of 25. This year's musical has 13 leads that have been double-cast to involve 24 students.

    Fiddler on the Roof, Jr Leads:

    • Tevye - Koehler Miller & Brandon Xicon
    • Golde - Regan Connolly & Maddie Perreard
    • Tzeitel - Jeni McGlynn & Heather Hostager
    • Hodel - Samantha Fiegen & Charissma Cruz
    • Chava - Grace Jackson & Hannah Jackson
    • Schprintze - Julie Hammerand & Emma Wiebke
    • Bielke - Shaelyn Hostager & Adeline Coenen
    • Motel - Zaebian Weis
    • Perchik - Jonah Oberfoell & Maxfield Coenen
    • Lazar Wolf - Addison Kalb & David Heinold
    • Yente - Gabrielle Fondell
    • Constable - Zach Smith & Brandon Doser
    • Fyedka - Douglas Saunders & Caleb Perreard

    Our leads worked with co-directors Emily Zebarth and Jill Duggan, as well as with Mary Ogelsby, and multiple high school student mentors in order to develop their skills in the performing arts.

    Dubuque Fighting Saints Jersey Design

    Hunter Roraff from House 6-2 was designed the winning Dubuque Fighting Saints Jersey. The warm up jerseys were sponsored by One Stop Tax and Accounting Service and were auctioned off to raise money for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Not only was Hunter was presented a Saints jersey at the January 11th Saints game showing off his winning design, the jersey auction raised $8,100! Congratulations, Hunter!


    Anti-Bullying Alliance

    Seven 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. 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.

    ABA Members: Caley Bradley, Ellie O'Neill, Charissma Cruz, Haley Cavanaugh, Nataly Dougherty, Jax Dolan, Dylan Kutsch

    ABA The One Thing

    TJMS Live

    TJMS Live (formerly Jefferson Java) is a student-produced news program. This group was mentored by our Technology Coach, Samantha Hancock. A 2012 DRA grant provided an equipment upgrade.

    7th grade: Emma Freiburger, Dylan Link

    8th grade: Serina Bennett, Charissma Cruz, Toni Fortmann, Hailey Kemp, Tessa Sarazin, Valerie Steffens

    2012-13: 12 students participated

    2011-12: 28 students participated

    2010-11: 20 students participated

    Check out one of our TJMS Live Shows below:

    TJMS Live: Stories from the Hill

    Special Olympics Peer Helpers

    Our TJMS Special Olympics team is supported by several 8th grade peer helpers who assist team members during practices and at events. Peer helpers apply for this responsibility, are selected by teachers, and assist the special olympics coach by providing leadership to their peers.

    Peer Helpers: Toni Fortmann, Hannah Jackson, Grace Jackson, Kim Reuter, Robin Smith

    Other GT Programming

    Jeff Talks

    Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. The search-engine giant, Google, allows it’s engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want. The idea is very simple. Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up. Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period. Ever heard of Gmail or Google News? These projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their their 20-time projects. Students in Mrs. Haverland's and Mrs. Willey's classes participated in Genius Hour one day per week from January through May. Eleven students shared their Genius Hour projects during our 1st annual JeffTalks held on May 15.

    6th Grade: Caleb Perreard, Erin Weigman, Marcy Begle, Harmony Manriquez, David Heinold

    7th Grade: Jocelynn Wisner, Skyler Soppe, Grace Specht, Bailey Smith, R.J. Liptak, Allison Klein, & Yanique Starks

    LEAP GT Opportunities

    Several GT opportunities were offered through the LEAP program. These programs included:
    • Drama Club - 50 participants
    • Chess Club = 9 participants
    • Creative Arts Challenge = 20 participants
    • Lego Building Lab = 20 participants

    Meet the TJMS GT Facilitator

    Michelle Weber is in her second year at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Instructional Coach / GT Facilitator. She is a former 7th grade science teacher and has a special place in her heart for all things STEM!