TJ Today

Thomas Jefferson Middle School 2019-20

September 2019

Sept. 11 - midterm athletic eligibility

Sept. 16 Chipotle 5-9 Give back

Sept. 24 TJM Tailgate after school

Sept. 27 - Student 1/2 day dismissal at 11:30

Oct. 11 - End of 1st grading period

Oct. 14-15 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

Oct. 23 &24 - Parent Teacher Conferences more information

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Recently, 8th graders participated in Teacher Trivia as a way to get to know some interesting facts about their teachers this year. We use this contest as a way for students to select t-shirt colors for their class of 2024 t-shirts. Orders for the t-shirts are being taken now and are due by Tues, Sept. 17. Students will be asked to wear these at various times throughout the year for special events and field trips. We hope that all 8th grade students will get a t-shirt for school pride.


The TJMS PTO has several "earn back" nights scheduled throughout the year with various restaurants in Valparaiso!




5:00 - 9:00 PM

(We get 33% if we meet minimum of $300 in sales during that time)

The PTSO had their first meeting this week and we are looking forward to a great year! Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 9, at 5:30 in the TJMS Flex Room, please join us! Our first event is a giveback night this Monday, September 16th at Chipotle from 5:00-9:00. How can you help? Take the family out to dinner! You DO NOT need a flier, BUT you DO need to mention TJMS. TJMS gets 33% proceeds of sales. Bring your friends and family!

Our next event is the Great TJMS Tailgate co-chaired with the TJMS Student Council on September 24th from 3:00-4:15 behind TJMS. This is a fun-filled after school event with music, food, and entertainment. Students and families are welcome! After the event, we can either head over to the TJMS volleyball game to cheer on our team, or walk after to see the TJMS football teams take on Willowcreek. We are looking for help with this event, both donations and time.

Please see link below to participate! If you are interested in volunteering at anytime this year, please make sure you have a CURRENT background check on file with VCS.

Student Council - (Stuco)

Student Council is off to a great start. Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 18 at 7:15am in the Flex Room. Our first big event is The Great TJMS Tailgate co chaired with the TJMS PTSO! An afternoon of fun, music, food, and entertainment. Tickets will be on sale before school, at 7:15am, Thursday - Monday BEFORE school in the book store located in the cafeteria. Tickets are $3.00, OR $2.00 with a canned good. Members of the TJMS Football team, Cross Country team, Volleyball team, and Gymnastics team will be allowed into the event for free. Food and concessions will be available for sale, as well as spirit wear and other TJMS items.

We are still collecting Box Tops! We are also collecting Staples receipts and Strack and Van Till receipts so please send them in to Ms. Coberg with your students!

TJMS Spirit Wear

TJMS spirit wear is now for sale! Show your TJMS/Valpo pride and place your order. There are items for all ages and sizes, and the items are delivered right to school! You can place your order online with Blythes Athletics at (Links to an external site.) click the Online Team Store Login on the left tab and use Sale Code: 75DCB. This is open through September 22, and items will be delivered in October.

Builders Club

The Builder’s Club callout meeting was Wednesday, September 11th, but don’t fret if you couldn’t make it. Talk to Mrs. Janowiak in room A127 to get a permission slip if you still want to be a part of this extraordinary club!

The first meeting is Wednesday, September 18. For all the members, the Packathon is September 21st, and you don’t want to miss it. Pizza and donuts are provided for the volunteers, and there is groovy music to sing and dance to while you pack. Please see Mrs. Janowiak for the Packathon forms. Until next time, parents and students, keep on keeping on.


Team Peace applications for 8th graders are due Wednesday, September 18th to Ms. Bush.

Team Peace is a student led leadership group who mentor elementary students and serve as role models to their TJMS peers.

PSAT For 8th Grade

The PSAT 8/9 test is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments given to VCS students. Eighth graders will take this test on Wednesday 10/16, right after our Fall Break. The PSAT 8/9 is designed to help students and educators determine which academic skills they need to work on to get ready for high school and beyond. This test also helps schools identify students who are likely to succeed in AP courses as well as connects students to scholarship opportunities. More information about the test will be coming closer to the date. Please email Mrs. Carlson with any questions or concerns at

School Attendance Leads to Success

Regular school attendance is essential for a student’s success in school. If a student must be absent, the parent must call the attendance office before 8:00 a.m. the day of the absence at 219-531-3140. Futher information can be found in the TJMS student handbook.
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