Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Engaging our Gifted Learners


Recently eight Jefferson eCYBERMISSION teams submitted their mission folders to compete in a state and national science contest. Students worked with coaches Ms. McCullough and Ms. Weber on Fridays during period 5 during December, January, and February to research a topic, create an experiment or prototype, and record their results and conclusions on the eCYBERMISSION website. We should hear in early April how students did on their mission folders and if we have any award winners in the state of Iowa.

Two Jefferson eCYBERMISSION teams have been selected to participate at the 3rd Annual eCYBERMISSION summit at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium on March 20th. The Foodies and The Pie Lovers will present their projects to an expert in their field. Students will also participate in hands-on science activities, visit the new exhibit on Turtles, and learn more about the projects that other students in Dubuque completed.

Our Jefferson teams and their project research can be found below. A big thank you to Coach Emily McCullough for working with our eCYBERMISSION students.

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: Tristan Esser, Chris Hansen, Jackson Huston, Andre Lessears, and Nick Wobbema. Thank you for your dedication. We hope you’ll participate again next year.