Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - 
A Challenge Foundation Academy

June 2017 Newsletter 


Building upon the foundation of the Core Knowledge Sequence
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy
partners with families to educate students in grades K–12 in the trivium 
of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, thus graduating thoughtful, articulate young 
adults who are prepared for college and for a lifetime of citizenship and active intellectual inquiry.

Upper School Campus: 2527 US Hwy 221A, Mooresboro, NC  28114
Tel: (828) 657-9998  Fax: (828) 202-5135
Grammar School Campus:  1110 South Broadway. Forest City, NC  28043
Tel: (828) 245-9526  Fax:  (828) 245-9530

Dear TJCA-CFA Families:

On behalf of the entire staff at TJCA-CFA, we want to take this opportunity  to THANK of all of our dedicated families for a great school year, and for entrusting your children's' education to us.  The success we have been so fortunate to achieve would not be possible without a true "team effort" of students, families, staff, administration, and board.  We do wish you all a restful and enjoyable summer break, and we hope that many of you take advantage of the great summer opportunities at TJ which are listed below!

We are sending this June newsletter home early to remind upper school families of the free physicals for all students planning to participate in athletics in the 2017/18 school year.  Physicals will take place in the high school gym beginning at 3:30PM on Tuesday, May 30th.  Students MUST have the completed physical form with them, signed by a guardian, to receive the free physical.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE!  TJCA-CFA has a college advising team to assist interested tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders and their families with the college admissions process. Parents of eleventh and tenth graders who wish
 to make an appointment with Mr. Ziegler are welcome to contact him at
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Parent Forum News:

CONGRATS and THANK YOU to our newly elected Forum Officers for the 2017/18 school year: 

Chairman – Pam Jones

Vice Chairman Grammar – Kelly Hall

Vice Chairmen Upper – Jen Halliday, Effie Fiore, and Stephanie Taylor

Secretary – Becca Schweppe

Treasurer – Ashley Garland

*If you have not done so already, PLEASE link your Ingles card to our school to help raise funds for the classroom: Please visit their website at to link your card TODAY.   You can also link this from our website at:   

(Remember: Ingles card must be relinked each year)
Our school's information is listed below:
School ID# 22885
Name: Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

The Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee News 

The annual Burgundy and Gold Scholarship awards dinner will be held Tuesday evening May 30th at the First Baptist Church in Forest City at 6:30PM.   Award winners will be announced at the dinner, and will be published in the local papers soon after.  
From Chair Jolly Putnam:
 " The Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee would like thank the TJCA family for our most successful year yet.  We are awarding $23,500 to eight seniors from the class of 2017!  Congratulations to all the seniors.  We are so proud of each of you and wish you all the best in your next endeavors.  
Anyone interested in serving on the Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee for 2017-2018, please contact Jolly Putnam at".

                Linked here are the scholarships awarded to the Class of 2017!    B&G Scholarships 2017
Also, please assist our Burgundy and Gold Committee to offer scholarships to deserving seniors each year by using the Amazon Smile link when you shop on

Have a TJ alumnus in your family? We have had a good response to our alumnus survey, but we would like to get to 100% participation!  Graduates can give us valuable feedback through this quick and easy survey , also linked on our website.

Please contact Donna Trimble at for information on our spring trip to Italy in 2018; or Brandie Roberts at for the 2019 trip to the land down under, Australia! 
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 We respectfully request that our bus riding families consider a $50 per month donation to help keep our buses running.  If writing a check, please add 'bus donation' in the memo line, and mail to attn: Mrs. Shumate on the upper campus, or drop a check off at any of the offices.

Please check the school website for great summer opportunities here at TJ!


- Gardner- Webb University is excited to offer Math Academy for high school students who have completed Precalculus.  The Math Academy is a five-day event, July 24-28, 2017, with focus on applied mathematics in statistics, finance, cryptography, technology, and geometry.  Just $25 with limited space (only 15 students).  Applications  are due by June 30.

-Gardner-Webb University is offering a Computer Science Summer Camp July 31 - August 4, 2017 with focus on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, social and mobile networking, big data, and programming using Alice.  No previous computer science experience needed to enjoy this camp for just $25.  Limited to 12 students, so apply early.  Applications  are due by June 30.

-Gardner-Webb University Godbold School of Business will be hosting the B.E.S.T. “Bringing Entrepreneurs and Students Together” Program for high school students July 18 – July 21, 2017.  This program is geared to rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and is being offered at no cost to the student. For more information please see Mr. Hess or Mrs. Powell.

 -The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has announced an essay contest for students in grades 9-12. The topic is access to justice, and first prize is $2,000. For more information, please see Mr. Ziegler.

-The Engineering Discovery Camp is for current 6th thru 8th graders and promises to provide a week of exciting challenges and new discoveries.  The camp, a partnership between North Carolina State University and Isothermal Community College, is designed for everyone and no special knowledge is needed for you to participate.  So whether you already want to become an engineer, or you would like to find out more about engineering, or you simply want a week with friends & fun, you will find what you're looking for at our camp.

Please check out our website to get more info and to apply for the camp.Time is running out for applying, so don't delay!  Note - there are limited scholarships available to help cover the cost of the camp for those who qualify!

 Happenings at TJ!

As always, please check our daily calendar of events on the school website,

Tuesday, May 30th- 3:30-5:30-  Free sports physicals in HS gym-Forms will be outside of Mrs. Robert's office. Pick up forms prior to May 30th and complete parents portion to bring with you to the physical!  (SEE LINK ABOVE)

Friday, June 2-  Noon Release LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students!

Monday, June 5th 6PM-  High school graduation at the ICC Foundation  (limited seating!)

NOTE several Noon Release dates as we approach the end of the school year:
May 31, June 1, June 2(the last day of school).


Joe Maimone, Headmaster       Gary Blake, Principal 6-12             Jason Cole, Principal K-5