About TJMS

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About TJMS

Dear Thomas Jefferson Middle School Families, 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year. I hope your family had a restful and healthy summer break. As part of our  amazing learning community, our faculty and staff welcome you back and value your dedication to excellence in  education. As a collaborative learning community, we highly encourage you to be involved in sustaining the  academic and emotional growth of our young scholars. 

As we begin this school year, I would like to welcome our newest Patriots – our fifth grade families. Embolden your  children to take advantage of all that TJMS has to offer; allow them to grow, make new friends, learn all they can about  our rapidly changing world and utilize all the opportunities afforded to them each day. I would like to introduce the  newest member of our support staff, Ms. Jessica Hummel. She will be our counselor overseeing grades 6 and 7 until  Ms. Martino’s return in November. 

We are moving towards becoming a paperless school. As such, most of our communication will be via email and text  messaging. Please verify your information in Skyward (phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contacts).  In additional to our teachers updating grades in Skyward on a regular basis, our school will send you weekly emails  to inform you of upcoming events. If there are any discrepancies, you may update your profile (instructions are  available on page 9 in the manual). If you need to obtain your Skyward login information or need further assistance  with editing your Skyward account, you may contact the Counseling Office at 201-833-5475 or email Ms. McMillon at  [email protected] for further assistance. “How To” videos will also be available on our district website. 

Our first day of school will be on Tuesday, September 8th. You will be able to view your child’s schedule in Skyward  on August 21st7th & 8th grade parents: your child’s schedule should consist of Math, Language Arts, Social  Studies, Science, Physical Education, World Language (French or Spanish) and two electives. If you notice that  your child is missing a class in his/her schedule, please contact your child’s counselor before the first day of school.  Additionally, please visit our school webpage to complete all the forms we need for your child’s use of technology,  media release and lunch applications. Other important information can be found on our school website; this includes  the school calendar, school supplies lists on the Parent Information eBoard, and the Student/Parent Handbook. 

The administrative team and TJMS staff are committed to enhancing student achievement, promoting character  education, and providing opportunities to discuss specific areas of focus. We are committed to our motto of lifelong  learning in a caring environment and look forward to working with you to ensure your child’s success 

We look forward to greeting our students and families again. Together, we will make this school year one of growth  and achievement for all.  

Enjoy the remainder of the summer break. 

Sincerely, 


Nina Odatalla

Principal 

A Commitment to Lifelong Learning in a Caring Environment 


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