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Vice-Principal's Office


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Vice-Principal - Kevin Dowson

Mr. John Way

Welcome to Thomas Jefferson Middle School and the 2014-2015 school year.

The primary focus of the administration and faculty at TJMS is to provide an exceptional educational experience for all students, and thus equip each child with the tools he or she needs to lead a productive and fulfilling life. In meeting our educational requirements for promotion, students will attain the academic, social, technical, and critical thinking skills demanded by global society and life in the 21st century.

As vice principal, it is my primary objective to ensure that all students deem TJMS to be a safe, nurturing, and efficient learning environment. This assessment can be realized only as a result of shared expectations and enduring collaboration among all stakeholders - administration, faculty, students, family, and community. It is our collective responsibility to model and enforce the attitudes and behaviors associated with proper citizenship so that all children practice and eventually come to internalize the norms that are paramount if we are to sustain a desirable, potent, and scholarly atmosphere.

In conclusion, I leave you with two empowering quotes to ponder. Those who most readily appreciate their meaning and adhere to their tenets are destined to find much success in future endeavors.

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Integrity has no need of rules." – Albert Camus


News and Events

Junior Police Academy – Every Tuesday in October – The Lodi Police Department will conduct a Jr. Police Academy for any 7th grade student interested.  The Academy will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the TJMS Gymnasium.

TJMS PTO Gift Wrap and Holiday Gift Sale- Catalogs were distributed to each student.  Profits from the sales will offset the cost of class trips, 8th Grade Social and other activities. Orders are due Tuesday, October 7th.  Any student who returns the form stating they brought home the packet is eligible for daily prize drawings. Again, all orders are due Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

Upcoming Dates


Monday, October 20 -
Monday, October 20, 2014 – “Heroes and Cool Kids” – Students from Lodi High School will come to our school to teach lessons to the 6th grade classes regarding positive peer interactions and making good choices.


Monday, October 20 -
October 20 - October 24, 2014 – “Red Ribbon Week” The TJMS guidance counselors have prepared several activities to help promote safety in our school. The theme for this week is “One School, One Goal: Bully & Drug Free.”


Thursday, October 23 -
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – “National Junior Honor Society Inductions” – 6:30PM in the TJMS Auditorium


Friday, October 24 -
Friday, October 24, 2014 – TJMS HALLOWEEN DANCE – All TJMS students are invited to attend this annual event to be held in the TJMS Gymnasium. Students are encouraged to dress in costume. The dance runs from 7:00 to 10:00PM. The cost is $5.00 per ticket and refreshments will be sold.


Tuesday, October 28 -
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Pretty in Pink Dance – The dance is to benefit the Susan G. Komen Association on the prevention of breast cancer. This dance is a mother/daughter dance for all girls in the Lodi Public Schools. The dance is from 6:00 – 9:00PM in the TJMS Gymnasium. The cost to enter the dance is $5.00.


Wednesday, October 29 -
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Make Up Picture Day – Students will have their pictures taken if they were absent when original pictures were taken. Students can also do a retake of the pictures they ordered. Students must return the original package to the photographer before having a retake picture taken. Students must wear regular school uniforms, but may change their top to have their picture taken.


Friday, October 31 -
Friday, October 31, 2014 – Halloween Celebration – In recognition of Halloween, students will be permitted to wear costumes to school. Costumes must adhere to the school dress code for decency and safety. Students are not required to wear costumes and school uniforms are not required.