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Commitment to Life-Long Learning In A Caring Environment


The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

                                                                      - Martin Luther King Jr.

August 2018

Dear Thomas Jefferson Middle School Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year at Thomas Jefferson Middle School!  As I do each year as I reflect on the opening of another school year, I look forward to, and believe in, the greatness of the opportunities that will present themselves to each of us during our time together.  I am deeply aware of the changing world in which we live, the challenges our young people face, and the bedrock importance of the active participation of parents in all aspects of their children’s lives.  We here at Thomas Jefferson Middle School embrace the reality that for many, if not all, of our students, school is their “second home.”  My hope is that during this school year, you as parents and guardians, and we, as administrators, teachers, child study team and school counselors will partner together to position each of your sons and daughters for success - intellectually, socially, physically, and morally.

It is with great joy that I welcome our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Enoch Nyamekye.  Mr. Nyamekye earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Fairleigh Dickenson University, majoring in English, and then received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Teaching.  Mr. Nyamekye has had ten years of teaching and moderated the S.O.L.V.E. mentoring Program at Teaneck High School.  He also worked with the TJ Achievers at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and the Peer Leadership Program.  

I will also take this opportunity to welcome our newest members, the incoming fifth graders, the Class of 2022!  I encourage each of you to take advantage of ALL that Thomas Jefferson Middle School has to offer.  Allow yourselves to grow, to question, to meet new people, to learn as much as you can about the world, your classmates and teachers, and yourselves every day.  I encourage you not to let any opportunity pass you by!

Our first day of school is Wednesday, September 5, 2018.  Other important information can be found on our school website.  This includes:  a 2018-2019 school calendar, school supplies lists, and a copy of the Parent/Student Handbook, which I encourage each of you to review and discuss with your child, positioning them to be academically and socially successful at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

The administrative team here at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Ms. Angela R. Davis, Principal, Ms. Nina Odatalla, Assistant Principal for Grades 6 and 8, and Mr. Enoch Nyamekye, Assistant Principal for Grades 5 and 7, is committed to focusing on student achievement, to providing opportunities to discuss specific areas of focus and key strategies for building cultural competency, as well as character education and to improving school climate.  We recognize that it will be extremely difficult to reach our goals and objectives without the support, understanding and involvement of parents, guardians, and the greater Teaneck community in the education process.  Commitment to life-long learning is truly a community commitment!

We are looking forward to a very positive and rewarding school year at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, working closely with you and your family.


Angela R. Davis



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