Home of the Jaguars!

Office Hours:  7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Thomas Jefferson Middle School, the oldest middle school in the Desert Sands Unified School District, located in Indio, California, opened it's doors in 1947. Today, TJMS is academically focused with the help from outstanding teachers and a supportive administration. We are proud to be ranked a 10 in similar school rank, which is the highest possible ranking.

Did you know. . .
  • Mr. Daugherty was the DSUSD Middle School Teacher of the year in 2012?
  • The TJMS concert band and jaguar band won gold medals at Forum Music in 2014
  • The broadcast team won an award at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival in 2012
  • The TJMS concert band was the only middle school in DSUSD to rate an unanimous superior at the Indio HS SCSBOA band festival in 2013?

A message from Principal Lopez

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A message from Assistant Principal Olmos

I am pleased to serve as Assistant Principal of Thomas Jefferson Middle School. The Desert Sands Unified School District Mission of college and career readiness for all students will continue to guide our shared work for the 2015-16 school year. A partnership of parents and staff is essential in preparing students with academic and life skills they will need for the future and, on behalf of all the Home of the Jaguar Middle School staff, it is an honor to partner with you within this strong sense of community.

Parents, I ask for your support as well – please:Have your child attend school each day, and arrive on time; Monitor your child’s homework by reviewing their agendas and communicate with their teachers;

Encourage your child to read at least 30 minutes a night; Ask your child to share what they specifically learned at school each day.

We know that middle school years can be a stressful time for students and parents. It is a critical time with the excitement of seeing old and making new friends, and beginning new classes. We will work hard to make sure that your child’s transition, as well as yours, is as smooth as possible. Reassure your child that middle school is a fun, safe and exciting place to learn, and to take advantage of new opportunities. We have many volunteer opportunities available and always appreciate whatever help you can provide.

TJMS staff and community offer students a rich educational experience that contributes positively to the development of student character and self-worth. The middle school years are a period of unique academic and social transitions and the positive impact we have during this time is powerful and rewarding.

What's New...
  • Be sure to buy your ticket to participate in the Zombie Run on October 30th during 7th period.  Tickets are $10.  You get a water bottle, t-shirt, and a dance ticket!  Tickets can be purchased in room 605 with Mr. Trevino.

  • Red Ribbon Spirit Week starts Monday!

    Monday: Love yourself! Wear red and hearts.
    Tuesday: Turn you back on drugs. Wear you shirt backwards.
    Wednesday: Be Strong! Wear your superhero outfit.
    Thursday: Tell drugs to peace out. Wear tie dye!
    Friday: Use your brains! Zombie costume day.

    Lunch time activities:
    Monday: Sign the pledge
    Tuesday: Twister in the quad
    Wednesday: Relay Races
    Thursday: Musical Chairs
    Friday: Monster mash dance off!

  • Due to CELDT testing the week of October 19th the bell schedule will be altered. Click here for the CELDT bell schedule
  • Instrument rental night is Wednesday, September 9th at 6 PM in the MPR.  
  • The first band booster meeting is Tuesday, September 8th at 6:00 PM in the band room!  Band parents, make sure you come by and see how you can help!
  • Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 2nd starting at 5:00 PM in the MPR.  Come meet the teachers and see the classrooms!
  • Look out for the new bell schedule for 2015-2016!  It is posted under "School Information".  The first bell doesn't ring until 7:53 AM on Wednesday!

Upcoming Events

Club Meetings
AVID- Meetings are held on Wednesdays at lunch in the MPR as scheduled (Not every week)

ASB- Meetings are held on Mondays at lunch in Room 403

Club Live- Every other Thursday at lunch in Room 403
Chess- Tuesdays. See Mr. Bonnet for details

Conflict Mediators- See Mrs. Mares or Ms. Olmos for details

Environmental Club- Meets on Tuesdays at lunch with Ms. Burrows in 608

Good News Club (Christian Club)- See Mrs. Mares or Ms. Olmos for details.

PRISM GSA- (Gay Straight Alliance) "Promoting Respect Individuality and Support in Middle School" Meets in Room 403 on Tuesdays at lunch. See Ms. Bossi for details. (this is an acceptance and anti-bullying group)

Wrestling- See Mr. Trevino for details.

Yearbook- See Ms. Magallanez for details.