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Welcome to Thomas Jefferson Middle School!

Our aim is to foster academic excellence. We provide a caring, nurturing community in which all students can feel supported and safe emotionally and physically. We believe that students are at the center of learning and we strive to challenge our students academically. We create an environment of academic excellence by using a variety of instructional strategies and activities to address the varied learning strengths of our students. Our dedicated staff works very hard to meet the individual needs of all students, and maintain personal relationships with our families.

Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and community. Together, we will continue to improve the quality of our school community and provide the best for the children of Jefferson Middle School. All children are more successful when we work as a team to achieve academic success.

We will confront and disrupt dispositions, beliefs, language, practices and systems that create inequities and provide all students, especially students of color, with a challenging, culturally relevant curriculum and educational experience.

Our mission is to cultivate the potential in every student to thrive as a global citizen by inspiring a love of learning and civic engagement, by challenging and supporting every student to achieve academic excellence, and by embracing the full richness and diversity of our community. Everyone achieving. Everyone responsible.

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Thomas Jefferson Middle School was originally named Memorial Junior High. It was built in 1969 with the open classroom concept, since then the school has changed. Thomas Jefferson Middle School is located on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin.

Principal Richard Meister was the first principal of Thomas Jefferson Middle School. The article below, from 1970, explains the beginning of our school.

Wisconsin State Journal Article from 1970