Recap from 5th grade parent night on April 10, 2014:
Thomas Jefferson
Middle School
 on to
May 17
Univ. of Central Florida
in Orlando
Scheduled Snow Make Up Days
Saturday April 5, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014




 The PUBLISHER OVERRUN always creates a few EXTRA YEARBOOKS.  If you would like to reserve a copy from the overrun, you can still do so at www.jostens.com.  Once the overrun is sold out, there is no possibility of obtaining any more yearbooks.  Personalization and icons are no longer offered, but the basic all-color book will be available for $30 until May 10 or until the overrun is exhausted.  Any remaining books will be sold after distribution day in June for $35.  Questions:  contact Mrs. Strayer   jstrayer@valpo.k12.in.us.

the Thomas Jefferson Middle School newspaper:
 Unable to attend the
8TH Grade Parent Night at VHS?
Click on the following link for info.

Report Cards for students are available on RDS only, starting with the 2nd quarter report cards due out on Jan. 24, 2014. Paper copies of report cards will no longer be sent home. 

       If you do not have access to a computer please contact the office to make other arrangements.

 If you have trouble logging into RDS or have forgotten your password, please contact the office.
We will be happy to assist you!

Please see the "News and Headlines" tab for daily school announcements.
General School Rules for TJMS:

  Student Handbook :
Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Friday: 7:55 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Wednesday (late start):  8:25 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Quick Facts

  • Mr. Jim Polite, Principal
  • Mr. Cary McKay, Asst. Principal

Address & Contact Info

  • 1600 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Map
  • Phone: (219) 531-3140
  • Fax: (219) 531-3146

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday:  7:00 am - 4: 00 pm
Please login to RDS Parent Access with your user name and password created at registration: 
Parent involvement is still a necessary part of our students' educational experience. 
If you are interested
in volunteering your time, talents, and support at TJMS, please click on the link in the PARENTS tab for the Parent Volunteer Sign-Up
                             Breaking the Silence
about substance abuse and addiction issues - 

Welcome to Thomas Jefferson Middle School!

Mission Statement

Thomas Jefferson Middle School recognizes that each of our students comes to us with unique and individual needs. Our mission is to challenge all of our students to reach their greatest potential through a fully integrated curriculum. We encourage students to become lifelong learners by developing a passion for knowledge and a desire to enhance their community and the world around them. We strive to create a diverse community that fosters mutual respect and social responsibility enhanced by a strong partnership between home, school and the community.

We Believe all Students:
  • benefit when the school staff, parents, and community collaborate in the education process.
  • need to be provided a solid academic foundation, which includes communication, research, and technology skills.
  • need skills to adapt, compete, and continue learning in an ever-changing society.
  • need to feel valued and respected as individuals with diverse experiences and backgrounds while developing character, citizenship, and responsibility.

 To view the current School Improvement Plan, please click on the following:

School Improvement Plan