Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - 
A Challenge Foundation Academy

March 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:

We are so excited to announce a fantastic family evening of 50s/60s food and music!  Please mark your calendars to join us on Saturday evening, April 1st, for a BBQ burger and hot dog plate starting at 5:30PM in the upper campus cafeteria,  followed by a professional 50s/60s oldies band performance in our historic Lietner Auditorium at 7PM!  The group, Flying Saucers, are a six piece Rockabilly and Oldies variety band from North Carolina that entertains crowds with popular favorites from the years 1955-1965: the golden years of Rock-n-Roll! Music performed includes Rock-n-Roll, Country, Motown, Doo-Wop, Surf, and even a few retro TV theme songs. 
Tickets are $10 for the dinner and $10 for the performance, and all proceeds will go to our new building capital fund!
PLEASE come dressed in your favorite 50s/60s outfits and order your tickets today so you do not miss out on this great evening, while supporting our 2020 Vision plan.
To order tickets, please go to:  and either use your current login and click on 'fundraiser' and toggle the 'capital campaign fundraiser', or stop by one of the school offices to purchase your tickets with a check, and please write 'April 1 Concert Fundraiser' in the memo line.   Please be sure to print out your email receipt from PayForIt and bring it on April 1 as your ticket, or bring your office receipt!  Note too that you can get to the PayForIt link from our website:
Finally, PLEASE help us to encourage any alumni of  Tri-High, particularly from the 50s/60s, to purchase a ticket and reminisce with us! 

New Student Applicants for 2017/18!
Our new student application deadline for the 2017/18 school year is quickly approaching!   Please be sure to spread the word to family and friends that the new application window for entry into the lottery ends on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 5PM.   Note that applications will continue to be accepted after March 15, but only applications received before the deadline will be entered into the lottery.  Applications received after March 15 will be added to a secondary wait list after our lottery draw.  Please note that our public lottery will take place on Monday evening March 27th at 4:30PM in the Leitner Auditorium.  Remember too that siblings of currently enrolled students who hope to join us in 2017/18 MUST have a completed application by March 15. Although they will not have to go in the lottery. we must have their applications on file to have an accurate lottery count for each grade.  Apply here:

The completed Lotterease application is step 1 of the application process.  When you submit your Lotterease application you will receive an email with a link to step 2, the online School Application form.   To finalize the registration into the lottery, you must have a valid email address and complete step 2.  

IMPORTANT! For currently enrolled students (other than seniors!), please complete the student Intent to Return form and survey, linked below only if you have not already done so.  Intent to return forms must be completed for all students by March 1 so we can set our lottery positions for new applicants.  We appreciate your prompt responses!

2016/17 Yearbook ORDER DEADLINE MARCH 20:  

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!  You MUST order your yearbook from the link below BY MARCH 20.  
PLEASE do not miss out, as NO EXTRA books will be ordered, so you must order online! Cost is $35, click:

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The High School and Middle School Academic Teams would like to invite our TJCA family to the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities Tournament here at TJ on Saturday, March 4th from 9AM-3PM.  There is no entry fee, but any donations to support our academic team will be greatly appreciated!  Checks can be sent to the high school office to the attention of the academic teams.  All funds support our tournament participation costs.

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 tenth graders who wish
 to make an appointment with Mr. Ziegler are welcome to contact him at
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Parent Forum News:

PLEASE join us for TJ Dine Out night, Thursday March 23rd at Pleasant City Wood Fired Grill in Shelby!

We still need a few Wednesday afternoon study hall monitors from 3-4PM.  As a friendly reminder, helping during study hall on Wednesdays is a great way to meet your two hours per month of community service to our students and school!  Please contact Melissa Johnson at
The Forum continues to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00PM,  at the grammar school.  The upcoming dates are:  March 21, April 18, May 16.  Linked here are February's minutes:

FORUM Feb 2017 Minutes

Boxtops for Education are an easy way for our school to earn needed funds for teacher classroom needs!  On the grammar campus collections continue in each classroom, and on the upper campus, we will collect these in homerooms on the 30th of each month, so PLEASE clip those boxtops and send them in with all students. 

*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 would like to thank you all for your generous support of this year's Show Your Love for the Class of 2017!  From Chair Jolly Putnam:
"Thanks to all who participated in the "Show Your Love for the Class of 2017." We raised over $2,200!
We are pleased to present our 2017 Schedule of Scholarships.  This year we will award $23,500 to eight seniors!  The application process is open March 1- April 6.  Please contact Mrs. Powell for access to the application.
The Second Annual Burgundy and Gold Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 28 at the Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club in Rutherfordton.  Please join us for a great day of golf supporting our scholarships!  Lunch at 11:30, shotgun start at 1:00.   Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Jolly Putnam at for details."
Linked here are the scholarships available to the Class of 2017!    B&G Scholarships 2017

Also, please assist our Burgundy and Gold Committee to offer scholarships to deserving seniors this 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.

Furman University Summer Scholars – For current 10th and 11th graders – Challenge your mind, make new friends, and have fun while taking part in lectures, discussions, debates, lab research, field trips, group & individual projects, and much more! Visit for more details.

College Preparation Opportunities – Search a database of programs offered in NC at

PAGE PROGAMS- The North Carolina State Government offers students ages *15-18 opportunities to serve as pages for the Governor and for state legislators. For more information, see Mrs. Powell or visit: (Governor’s Page Program – *must be 16 for the Governor’s page program)

NC Central University is currently accepting applications for the Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy 2017.  This is a residential summer opportunity for high-performing high school sophomore, junior and seniors at NCCU School of Business.  This year we will be able to facilitate the academy Saturday, June 17th-Sunday June 25th.  
The academy remains fully funded, with the exception of a refundable $100 deposit should the student be selected.   Should the student complete the academy in its entirety the deposit will be returned to them at the program's completion.  
Application deadine is April 7th - academy

February Happenings at TJ!
Firebird Dance Performance!

Our TJ Kings and Queens!

Science Olympiad takes first place in western regionals!

Congrats to State Beta Club History Bowl Champ,
Matilda Ziegler


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

Tuesday, February 28-  All Juniors take the state sponsored ACT exam!  Please be on time, have a good breakfast!
                                        End of Trimester 2.  

Wednesday, March 1-  Letters of Intent DUE for currently enrolled students to reserve their seats for 17/18 year.

Thursday, March 2- meeting of 7th grade parents and students going on the end of year trip to New England in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm.

Friday, March 3 - Registration deadline for the national ACT exam given here at TJCA on Saturday, April 8. Any high school student who wishes to test on that day should register online at

Saturday, March 4- 9AM-3PM -The High School and Middle School Academic Teams would like to invite our TJCA family to the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities Tournament here at TJ!

Tuesday, March 7-  5:45PM-  TJ Board meeting in Leitner Auditorium

Wednesday, March 8-  Report Cards sent home


Thursday, March 16- Noon- Grammar Gym- 2nd grade concert
Thursday, March 16 -meeting of students and parents going to London, the Countryside, and Edinburgh in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm.

Friday, March 17-  NO SCHOOL for students, Required Teacher Work Day


Tuesday, March 21- 6PM- Grammar Library-Parent FORUM meeting

Thursday March 23 -  TJ Dine out night at Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille   233 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150

Saturday, March 25-   A meet and greet camp for any one interested in trying out for MS cheerleading will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 9AM-12Noon at the grammar school gym.
               Actually MS Cheer tryouts: Tuesday March 28Wednesday 29th,Thursday 30, Friday 31. 3:30-5:30
               Any question they can contact Genia Cole at

Monday, March 27-4:30PM- New student lottery for 17/18 school year in Leitner Auditorium

Friday, March 31- Noon-  Fourth grade music program in grammar school gym

PLEASE ORDER your tickets today at:

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