Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - 
A Challenge Foundation Academy

May 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:

CONGRATULATIONS!!!  Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA) in rural Rutherford County, NC was again ranked as one of the best high schools in the state and nation by US News and World Report.  TJCA is ranked #5 in North Carolina, and the #1 high school west of Greensboro.   TJCA is also ranked #13
 in the nation out of over 2
,000 high schools nationwide. 
We are so proud of the dedication of our students, staff and families!
Below is the link to the released article, and the top ten North Carolina high school rankings.

As we quickly approach the end of another great school year, we urge all of our students to finish strong and to help carry on the great successes of the students who have come before them!  Please review the May testing schedules below, and help us to have 100% attendance during test dates.  
Families:  Please note our May Testing calendar dates!  PLEASE help with 100% attendance during exams:

·  week of 5/1: AP,   MAP exams

·  week of 5/8: AP,   MAP exams

·  week of 5/15: AP, MAP exams

· NC  State Exams:

·  Friday, 5/19 (half day): EOC-Biology, EOG- 5th and 8th science  

·  Monday, 5/22 math 3rd grade EOG; Math I EOC

·  Tuesday, 5/23 reading 3-8 EOG, English II EOC

·  Wednesday, 5/24  math 4-8 EOG 

·  Thursday, 5/25; make up for EOG 

·  Friday, 5/26 (half day) make up for EOG  

Please carefully review the school calendar for all activities this last month of school!


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:

The Forum continues to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00PM,  at the grammar school.  
The next meeting is scheduled for May 16.   Please help at our TJ table at the May Fest in Rutherfordton on Saturday, May 6 between 10AM-4PM!  Email if you can commit to a 2 hour spot between 10AM-4PM!  

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 News From Chair Jolly Putnam:

"The Second Annual Burgundy and Gold Golf Tournament is this Friday, April 28 at the Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club in Rutherfordton.  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.

Please check the school website for great summer opportunities here at TJ!
We are excited to invite students currently in grades 6, 7, and 8 to apply for the ninth annual TJCA-CFA STEM Camp to be held Monday through Friday, July 10th through July 21st, 2017 at the upper campus! Follow this STEM CAMP LINK to apply, being sure to read instructions and answer questions as accurately and completely as possible-DUE MAY 1.  If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Mr. Andrews at
Please note that student selection for the TJ Summer STEM Camp will be announced on May 8!

1-King Law in Rutherfordton is offering a scholarship opportunity for one graduating senior in the amount of $1,000. For more information about the application requirements, please see Mr. Hess or Mrs. Powell.

2- 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.

3-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.

4-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.

5-Current sophomores:

The Leadership Rutherford class for 2017/18 is looking for one rising junior from TJCA to participate in this monthly class which explores all aspects of quality life in Rutherford County.   You must be an A or A/B student who resides in Rutherford County with a desire to learn about community leadership.  See Mrs. Powell as soon as possible if you are interested. The deadline to submit an application is May 19th for students.

 6-Any student who will be at least 16 years old by June 20 and would like to volunteer this summer at Rutherford Regional Medical Center, please see Mrs. Powell for the program application.

 7-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.

8-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!

April Happenings at TJ!
Cast of Beowulf!
Fourth Grader at the Outer Banks!

FBLA students visit Wells Fargo Headquarters!

Fourth Grader Music Concert!

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

Friday, April 28- Noon Release for students-   12:30 PM Burgundy and Gold Golf Tournament at Cleghorn

Tuesday, May 2-  5:45PM-  TJ Board meeting in the Lietner Auditorium

Thursday, May 4- 7PM- Classical Guitar Concert in the Leitner Auditorium

Saturday, May 6-  May Fest in downtown Rutherfordton! Please e-mail Mr. Maimone if you can help man our table in front of Kid Senses Museum for a 2 hour slot from 10AM-4PM!

Tuesday, May 9 - SAT registration deadline for the June 3 SAT at TJCA. Register at

Thursday, May 11-  Upper school hand chimes concert Thursday, May 11 at 6pm in Leitner Auditorium

Friday May 12- 12 Noon- Kindergarten Music Program in the grammar school gym

Wednesday, May 17-Noon- First Grade Music Program in the grammar school gym

Friday, May 19-  Noon Release for students, May Mist Family Event grades 6-12*

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!

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 19, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 2(the last day of school).

Families:  Please note our May Testing calendar dates!  PLEASE help with 100% attendance during exams:

·  week of 5/1: AP,   MAP exams

·  week of 5/8: AP,   MAP exams

·  week of 5/15: AP, MAP exams

· NC  State Exams:

·  Friday, 5/19 (half day): EOC-Biology, EOG- 5th and 8th science  

·  Monday, 5/22 math 3rd grade EOG; Math I EOC

·  Tuesday, 5/23 reading 3-8 EOG, English II EOC

·  Wednesday, 5/24  math 4-8 EOG 

·  Thursday, 5/25; make up for EOG 

·  Friday, 5/26 (half day) make up for EOG  

* May Mist ticket sales info:

* 25 dollars each, May Mist is Friday May 19th from 6-10PM

*Event will be held at the Spindale House and Hors D’oeuvres will be served

* Mrs. Roberts will handle ticket sales in the Jr. High Office

*This is a Parent/Student prom, 400 tickets max(first come - first served),Please Dress in Sunday best

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