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 Danny Arellano
Principal Danny Arellano

Message from the Principal

Welcome Parents



Dear Parents and Guardians:


Welcome back to school!  We look forward to serving you and your student(s) here at the middle school.  

Thomas Jefferson Middle School (TJMS) was established back in 1939.  And some 80 years later, we are still committed to providing “Academic Excellence for All Students”.  We pride ourselves in bringing out the very best in our students;  academics, athletics, arts, and attendance.  

Throughout the years, TJMS has passed on many traditions. It is our goal to continue doing just that.  While here at TJMS, students and staff are expected to follow and live by the Cougar “PAW”.


P - Perseverance (i.e., Cougars never give up!  We work through adversity only to inspire others to do the same.)

A - Attitude (i.e., Cougars do their very best in everything.  We believe in ourselves and in each other.)

W - Wise Choices (i.e., Cougars do the right thing especially when no one is watching.  If we make a mistake we learn from it and move on.)

TJMS is committed to continuing a tradition of promoting and recognizing students and staff who exemplify the Cougar “PAW” in academics, athletics, arts, and attendance.  In addition, we are committed to making continuous improvement in our school campus in order to provide a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment for all our students.  

As you know, we are facing temporary, yet challenging circumstances; however, rest assured TJMS is prepared and committed to supporting all students through distance learning.  Through it all, we will need to work together to ensure a positive learning experience for our students. 

  • Teachers will be communicating with their students via Google Classroom and Google Meets to provide daily online instruction.  

  • Students will need to log on to their Chromebook and participate/engage with their classroom teacher(s) daily.  

  • Parents will need to encourage their student(s) to participate and complete distance learning assignments.  We also ask that you make every effort to monitor your student’s progress via AERIES Parent Portal.  (If your student(s) are having difficulty accessing the online instruction or completing their assignments please contact their teacher(s) via email or call our school office.

Once again, we are committed to providing all our students the very best educational opportunities whether it be via distance learning/online or face-to-face on campus. Let's work together to inspire our students to follow and live by the Cougar “PAW” by making good choices, doing their very best in everything, and surrounding themselves with positivity.  

Furthermore, all students received a “Distance Learning Daily Student Schedule” to remind them with days and times to connect with their classroom teacher(s).  In addition, the schedule outlines teacher office hours so students can reach out and connect with them for support.  This schedule may also be accessed from our TJMS website at: and click on Distance Learning Handbook.

“Let’s Be Great, Stay in Touch, and Be Safe!”


Mr. Danny Arellano,

TJMS Principal