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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

As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Lodi Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the school district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Please feel free to contact Mr. Jamie E. Ciofalo, Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates


Wednesday, September 17 -
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 6th Grade Orientation – Assemblies were held for all 6th grade students to highlight the year and discuss behavioral expectations.


Friday, September 19 -
Friday, September 19, 2014 – 8th Grade Graduation Ring Ceremony – 8th Graders who ordered a ring last year will receive their rings in a ring ceremony


Friday, September 26 -
Friday, September 26, 2014 – All School Dance – The TJMS PTO will sponsor a “Welcome Back to TJMS Dance”. The dance is from 7:00 – 10:00PM in the TJMS Gymnasium. The cost of the dance is $5.00. Refreshments will be sold. This dance is for TJMS students only.


Tuesday, September 30 -
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Jr. Police Academy – The Lodi Police Department will sponsor a Jr. Police Academy at TJMS for any 7th grade student who is interested. The Jr. Police Academy is held every Tuesday during the months of October and November. 6:30 – 9:00PM in the TJMS Gymnasium