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Dear Thomas Jefferson Middle School Families,


Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year. I hope you had a wonderful summer break and your child is ready to start a new school year. We are excited to welcome our students back into the classrooms and look forward to seeing our hallways full of the energy and enthusiasm only our Patriots can bring. Our skilled and devoted faculty are already planning and preparing for our students’ return


Throughout the summer, our office team has been welcoming new families and our hard working custodial staff have been cleaning the facility. Our PTA is gearing up to welcome families and offer exciting events for our students and familiesAs a collaborative learning community, we highly encourage you to be involved in sustaining the academic and emotional growth of our young scholars. Please join the PTA and attend our virtual meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Our first meeting will be held on September 14th


Over the summer, we have updated our website and now offer a mobile application which I encourage everyone to download. You can find it in the App Store or Google Play under Teaneck Public Schools. With this app, you will receive notifications directly to your phone whenever information is posted on our webpage. Additionally, you can follow us on FaceBook and Instagram. 


As we begin this school year, I would like to personally welcome our newest Patriots – our incoming fifth graders and newest Teaneck residents. I encourage you and your child to take advantage of all that TJMS has to offer, allow your child to grow, make new friends, learn all they can about our rapidly changing world and utilize all the opportunities afforded each day. 


Our first day of school will be Thursday, September 9thSkyward will open on August 30th. Through this platform, you will be able to access your child’s schedule and update contact information. TJMS is a paperless school and all communication will be via email. Please be sure to review your phone numbers and email addresses to stay up-to-date with the school. Our teachers update Skyward regularly; please be sure to have your login and password information. Should you need assistance with Skyward, you may contact the Counseling Office at 201-833-5475.


If you notice your child is missing a class in his/her schedule, please contact your child’s counselor before the first day of school.  Other important information for your review can be found on our school and district website; this includes the school calendar, school supplies lists, and the Student/Parent Handbook.


We ask that your child reports to school every day with all the materials from the school supplies list, the district provided chrome book and charger, extra masks, a spill-proof bottle of water and a towel to sit outdoors for lunch. Students must wear masks to school and parents complete the Qualtrics health questionnaire prior sending your child to school each day no later than 7am. We also ask that every parent, regardless of qualification status, complete the lunch application (one per family in district) digitally by Friday, September 10th


The administrative team, support staff and faculty are dedicated to enhancing student achievement, promoting social-emotional wellness and providing opportunities to discuss specific academic areas of focus. We remain 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 eagerly look forward to greeting our students and families again. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and accomplishment for all. 


Enjoy the remainder of the summer break.



Nina OdatallaPrincipal

A Commitment to Lifelong Learning in a Caring Environment