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Get TEXT ALERTS from Dubuque Schools!

To better inform our families about schedule changes, the Dubuque Community School District will begin offering text messaging for weather-related and emergency alerts from the district. The service is offered through School Messenger, the system the district currently uses for mass email messages and automated phone calls.


  • On TUESDAY, FEB. 21, between approximately 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. all phone numbers on file for families and staff will receive a text message asking them to opt in.
  • If your phone has SMS or text messaging capability, you will receive the initial message.
  • When you receive this text, REPLY “Yes” or “Y” to confirm that you’d like to continue receiving text messages.
  • That’s it! You will then receive text messages for weather and emergency alerts.
  • You can opt out of these text messages at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

PLEASE NOTE: The district will only use text messages for weather-related or emergency purposes, not for general district information. Subscribers are responsible for any applicable text messaging charges from their carrier.

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Student Artwork Featured in Digital Fringe

The October edition of Digital Fringe, an online gallery of student art in the Dubuque Community School District, is now live!

View the Elementary School Gallery

View the Middle and High School Gallery

This gallery is a way to highlight the remarkable products of art education in the district. It’s a digital attempt at bringing the work of our student artists at all levels into your home – because art is created for others to take in.

‘Midwest Menu’ in Schools,
Oct. 6

The Dubuque Community School District will join school districts across the Midwest in celebrating the third-annual Midwest Menu event on Thursday, Oct. 6. Over 7,000 students in Dubuque and over 500,000 throughout the region will join in the event, which celebrates healthy, regional, and sustainable school meals.

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TJMS Discount Card Fundraiser

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The Jefferson PTO is sponsoring a discount card fundraiser.  If you attended open house, you received 3 discount cards with your schedule. There are some amazing deals on our discount cards this year. Cards are $10. If you need more discount cards to sell or would like to purchase a discount card, please contact the Main Office at 552-4700. Proceeds from our fundraiser directly support Jefferson students!


The top 20 selling students and the 3 top selling homebases will be taking a river cruise on the American Lady in October.

Student Tardy Policy

Student Tardy Policy Update:
School success goes hand-in-hand with good attendance!

Being to school on time every day is important. However, we know some mornings can be rather hectic and that is why we allow students to be tardy three (3) times in a trimester without any consequences.

Beginning with the fourth (4th) tardy, students will receive the following consequence.

When students arrive…

> after 7:45am but before 8:30am they will have a 15 minute after school detention.

> after 8:30am but before 9:00am they will have a 30 minute after school detention.

> after 9:00am but before 9:30am they will have a 45 minute after school detention.

Students that arrive after 9:30am, will be considered truant and marked as an “Unexcused Absence.” Ongoing truancy issues may lead to additional involvement with the district’s Truancy Officer.

Note: Students will receive another three (3) excused tardy passes at the beginning of each trimester.


Please call school if you know your child will be late or absent. 552-4702

The after school time is not necessarily a consequence, rather a time for your child to get caught up on what they missed.

Thank you for your assistance.