Thomas Jefferson Middle School seeks to create a learning environment that is personal, spontaneous and responsive to the diverse needs of all students. Our goal is a transformation from the traditional one-size-fits-all model of teaching to a system that addresses the needs of the whole child and achieves success one student at a time.
Teachers at TJMS commit themselves to work collaboratively to develop and deliver intentional instruction that is purposeful and relevant, with the intent clear to the learner. As facilitators of learning, teachers infuse technology into the curriculum, providing students with authentic opportunities to demonstrate learning and the means to create the evidence of progress toward the attainment of state and district standards.
At TJMS, the computer and other technology resources enable our students to access the information they need, communicate with the teacher as they receive and submit work, view evaluative data about assignments and progress, produce quality work and showcase evidence of learning.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School opened in fall 2004 to ease overcrowding at Alki and Gaiser middle schools. Local voters helped fund construction of the new school by approving an $87.7 million bond measure in 2001. The opening coincided with the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which was commissioned by the school’s namesake.
With capacity for 880 students, the school housed only sixth- and seventh-graders during its inaugural year. Fifth-graders from the next-door Felida Elementary School also attended Jefferson while their school received additional classrooms and a new gymnasium and commons. Today, the school serves sixth through eighth grades.
September 2004: Fort Vancouver High School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics are chosen to receive $5,000 grants to create artwork for the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s expedition. Part of the Confluence Project, the student artwork will complement seven works of art by Maya Lin.
October 2008: Katie Hebner, choir teacher at Thomas Jefferson and Alki middle schools, is one of nine teachers honored at Washington’s 2009 Teacher of the Year ceremony. She is Regional Teacher of the Year for the ESD 112 region.
Fall 2014: The school’s girls’ cross-country team is named the September/October Team of the Month.
March 2016: Teacher Ann Medellin is named the 2016 Outstanding Music Educator by the Washington state chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
April 2016: Teacher Patrick Mongrain receives a $2,500 Thank America’s Teachers grant. Mongrain is one of 60 teachers selected from among approximately 2,000 applicants.
May 2016: TJMS is one of the top-performing schools in Clark County’s plastic film wrap collection challenge.
June 2016: Two eighth-grade environmental science classes make water quality monitoring and education a priority.
October 2016: Jefferson’s efforts earn the school a spot in a Clark County Green Schools video.
December 2016: Teacher Leslie Roth earns National Board certification.
February 2017: Vancouver voters vote yes on a bond measure to provide funding to upgrade Jefferson and every school in the district.