Morning Announcements

Friday, October 18, 2019


Today is an A Day for 6th Graders.

From Coach Green and Coach Somerville: Girls’ basketball tryouts are Monday, October 21st and Tuesday, October 22nd. You must be on the court by 2:35 both days.Please make sure you have your physical form completed and turned in before tryouts.

From Ms. A Miller: Model UN will meet after school today. Come if you need help on your position paper for tomorrow’s conference otherwise, we’ll see you at 1:00 in the bus circle. Positions and backgrounds are in for the George Washington University Conference in November. Positions are posted outside Ms. A. Miller’s room.

Don’t Miss Harvest Fest this evening! This is a community event. Bring the whole family.Tour the garden, enjoy free seasonal treats, listen to the chorus & orchestra perform, participate in a raffle, and enjoy the movie “Goosebumps” while sitting on hay bales under the starts. Pizza will be available for purchase. Please join us for this fun event!

From Mr. Heath: The Jefferson tennis team competed hard but came up short against their opponents at the singles portion of the Middle School championships. The following students represented Jefferson in strong fashion. Nour and Malek BenHammouda, Olivia Bartrum and Richa Dhakal. Also, Connor and Brady Keefe, Jack Stewart and Andrew Argote. Jefferson season is complete and finished with a 4 and 1 record for second place in the county. Pizza Party will be sometime next week.

From Ms. Dunbar: Garden Club meets today. Please meet Ms. Brown and Mr. Malinosky outside by the blue shed after dismissal. All are welcome!

From Mr. Siegel: Football Fridays will continue after school tomorrow on the lower field if anyone is interested.  We’ll get started at 2:50

From Mr. Bittner: Yesterday, your Girls’ Soccer team took on Gunston. It was a very chilly, windy, and cloudy afternoon on the turf field. Your team was great from whistle to whistle. With the support of excited fans, the team took the game in hand and never looked back. Scoring for the Yellowjackets were Alessandra Dinarte with 1 assist, Daniella Amaya with 1 goal, and Francis Shapiro with 1 goal. Notching up a final shutdown in her Yellowjacket soccer career was Harriet Shapiro. The final was Gunston 0 and TJMS 2! Wonderful game! Our final season record was 5 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. This has been the best record for your Girls Soccer team in at least 15 years! Kudos! A special thank you to our 8th graders who are going on to bigger and better pursuits next year. Thank you to Isabella Blandon, Lila Derr, Alessandra Dinarte, Keelin McCarty, Sophia Voulgaris, Captain Carsten Polestak and Captain Harriet Shapiro. We wish you well and you will be missed! Thank you to all members of the team and we will see you all next year!

From Ms. Bennett: Hello writers of TJMS! National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo is approaching fast! If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s when writers try to write a whole book in just one month, or at least write as much of a story as possible, making time to write every day in November! It’s fun and challenging.If you’d like to participate in NaNoWriMo, please fill out the google form that is linked in each grade level’s TA canvas! Mrs. Bennett will be setting up times for interested writers to come together and write, both during the school day and after school. Again, fill out the form in TA canvas if you’re interested!

From Ms. Riley: Attention all students who are interested in being hired as Tech Crew for the TJMS Fall Play Shuddersome: Tales of Poe. There will be a mandatory information meeting on Monday October 21 from 2:30 – 3:00 in the Theater. Please attend this meeting to get all the information on how to be a Tech Crew member. Any questions, please see Mrs. Riley.

From Mrs. Dunbar: The Reading Buddies Program will begin on Friday, November 8th. If you are interested in earning Community Service by reading with 2nd Graders at the elementary school next door to us, please pick up a permission form from the Library anytime this week and next week. Forms are due back by November 1st.

From Ms. Rotchford: Math Counts will meet every Thursday from 2:30-3:30 in Ms. Rotchford’s room 251.

From the Yearbook Staff: The yearbook is having a 15% discount for everyone who is pre-ordering yearbooks by February 5th.  Don’t miss out on a terrific opportunity!  We are also allowing 6th and 7th graders to work on the yearbook with us during YJP.  Please sign up to become a part of the yearbook team.  Signup sheets will be coming to your classrooms in the following week or they will appear in your Canvas.  TAs, keep an eye out.  Order your yearbook now on

Now here’s Dr. Woody-Pope: Happy National Bullying Prevention Month!We’d like to take this opportunity to announce our Bullying-Prevention Public Service Announcement, or PSA, Contest. We invite all students to consider sharing a message about how to prevent bullying here at Thomas Jefferson. Get your creative juices flowing and submit a video, poster or skit. Winners will have their PSA shared on the morning announcements and win a gift card courtesy of the School Counseling Department! Look for more information to come in TA soon!

From Ms. DeFilippi and Ms. J Miller: The TJ Girls Running Club meets Tuesday and Friday at 2:45pm by the garden.  For all of you who loved Girls on the Run in elementary school, the Girls Running Club is for you!  Come run, walk and enjoy being outside with us!

From Information Services: If you are having trouble connecting to home WiFi, your iPad is most likely not set up properly.  You will need to completely reset your iPad through settings and start over.  You must log into both Hub and Global Protect at school.