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The Deets!

  • When:  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Where:  Students will meet in the cafeteria right after school.  They’ll grab a free snack and head to the location of the LEAP activity.
  • Pick Up:  When the program concludes at 4 PM students taking the activity bus will meet the bus and depart from the back of school.  Students not taking the activity bus will also exit from the back entrance.
  • Parent Permission:  Be sure to complete the Parent Permission Form (pick one up in the main office) and have your student return it to the main office.  Students can’t participate without this form on file for 2017-18.
  • Activity Sign Up:  Each month, students will have the opportunity to sign up for LEAP activities in the main office.  Remember, it’s expected that students attend all sessions offered for each activity.  Students will sign in each day so we can keep participation records, but we won’t monitor daily attendance.   You do not need to let us know if for some reason your student can’t make it.

The Rewards:

Students who attend 12 LEAP sessions in a trimester will land some sweet incentives this year.  Trimesters end in December, March, and May and feature the following rewards:

  • December 21 – Get a free t-shirt to show your spirit
  • March 10 – Join in a surprise LEAP VIP outing
  • May 24 – Cool down with Dairy Queen ice cream

This year’s activities!

  • Homework Help:  Need help with homework, a quiet place to study, or time to use a computer?  Supervised homework help is available in the LRC on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 2:30-4 PM.
  • Living Life Out LoudExplore topics that teens face every day.  Enjoy snacks (plus prizes) while problem solving, role playing, street marketing, team building, creating, and more!
    • Oct 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12
    • Feb 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, & March 1
    • May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17
  • Tennis:  Learn the basic fundamentals and rules of the sport, then play games to challenge your skills.  Try a new sport, have fun, and meet new friends!
    • Oct 24, 25, 26 & Nov 7, 8, & 9
  • Rockin’ Rec:  Bowling, golf, ice skating, and arts and crafts are just a few of the activities offered this year.  Watch for more details and a chance to vote on your activity.
    • Nov 14, 15, 16, 28, 29, & 30
    • Jan 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, & Feb 1
  • Multimedia Madness:  Learn how to create and integrate digital content, social media, video, podcasts and more.  Then build a website to feature all of your creations!
    • Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21
  • Creative Expression:  We all have a story to tell.  Yes, even you!  Express yourself through the creation of collage art, photography, and poetry to tell your story and share it with others!
    • Jan 16, 17, & 18
  • Community Connections:  Try out a wide range of activities from some of our community’s coolest!
    • March 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22
  • Shakespeare 101:  Curious what Shakespeare really meant?!  Be part of the Drama Squad while learn about the Bard.  Plus, you’ll get to perform for your friends and family!
    • April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26


Contact the Jefferson main office (552-4700), or read out to the district LEAP facilitator Emily Blue at 552-3069 or

Visit for more information.


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.

Thanks DRA!

IMG_0056Thomas Jefferson Middle School would like to thank the Dubuque Racing Association for their grant award of $3195. Our school recently had the aeroponic garden installed and we can’t wait to start planting.

Thanks DRA!