TJMS 2013-14 GT Report
Submitted by Michelle Weber, GT Facilitator
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
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
2013-14 = 67 students (6th = 23 7th = 17 8th = 27)
- 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)
- 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
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
2013-14: 11 students (6th = 3; 7th = 5; 8th = 4)
- 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)
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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:
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
"Everyone should have the same amount of freedom."
-- Emma Decker, 11, a sixth-grade student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
TJMS Book Club
- 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
Battle of the Books
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.
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.
- 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
Special Olympics Peer Helpers
Peer Helpers: Toni Fortmann, Hannah Jackson, Grace Jackson, Kim Reuter, Robin Smith
Other GT Programming
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