What You Need to Know
We are very happy that you will be joining us for the 2021-2022 school year. Despite the excitement of starting a new school, we know that many students feel nervous because they are not sure of what to expect. Hopefully, this page will answer many of your questions and help you start your first day Jaguar Strong. So take your time exploring the information and don't forget to click the links. These will take you to the various areas of the website for more details on that topic.
The summer office hours are 7:00 am - 3:00 pm. If you have questions not addressed here, you may call the office at 504-363-4300 during the office hours.
Communications from Thomas Jefferson Academy
Communication is vital. Without it, parents would not know the important things happening at the school. You can no longer rely on folders being sent home with your student daily. We are teaching them to be responsible adults and those building blocks start in 6th grade. Furthermore, communication from parents is just as vital. Often, the school needs important information from parents about their students, too! And even though we send these forms home with our students, they may not necessarily get to the partents. So how do we address communication at Thomas Jefferson to ensure nothing falls through the crack?
Grade Level Google Classroom Codes
As mentioned in the communications letter above, the office shares important information through Grade Level Google Classroom Codes. Each grade has their own "Google Classroom" where information pertinent to students in that grade is shared. This is especially useful if you do not want to use Facebook. The flyer below has the codes for each grade.
If you are not familiar with Google Classrooms, you can learn more by visiting the Google Classroom page (under "Families", click "Resources").
Student Progress Center
The Student Progress Center allows parents to access grades, absences, financial obligations, and more For more information, visit the Student Progress Center page (under "Our School", click "About Us").
6th Grade Orientation
July 30, 2021
We cannot wait to meet our incoming 6th grade students! And because we can't wait, new students are invited to attend the 6th Grade Orientation. Students will have an opportuity to familiarize themselves with the campus, have fun, and start new friendships. Simply choose which session you would like to attend and fill out the Google Form to register. All participants who register by the July 7th deadline will receive a 6th Grade Orientation TShirt. If you miss the deadline, you may still register to participate. See the flyer below for more information.
August 2, 2021
Get ready for some fun and fellowship at the Freshmen Orientation! This event is available for new students as well as Thomas Jefferson students moving up from 8th grade. Simply choose which session you would like to attend and fill out the Google Form to register. All participants who register by the July 7th deadline will receive a Freshmen Orientation TShirt. If you miss the deadline, you may still register to participate. See the flyer below for more information.
Thomas Jefferson Academy School Hours
The school day begins at 8:15 am. The carpool gate will open at 7:45 am. No students are allowed on campus before 7:45 am. The school day will end at 3:35 pm.
Once the office returns after the summer break, the administration will set the class times. As soon as it is official, we will be post the bell schedule on the website on the School Schedule page (under the "Our School" tab, then select "About Us").
2021-2022 District Calendar
The School Calendar is set by JP Schools. This is a handy reference to enter into your personal calendar or print to have available. It details all the days the students do not attend as well as important dates such as Parent Conferences. You may access the calendar on the JP Schools Calendar page of the Thomas Jefferson website (under the "Our School Tab", then click "About Us")
Thomas Jefferson Calendar
Another important calendar is the Thomas Jefferson Events Calendar located at the bottom of the Home page. This calendar is updated regularly and includes athletic events as well as all events that occur at the school. It is another tool to help parents stay informed and see what is happening at the school.
Uniforms for Students
Thomas Jefferson Academy students are required to wear uniforms to school. Please visit the Uniforms page on our website for more information regarding uniforms (located under the "Our School" tab, click "About Us").
Student Class Schedules
Students will receive their class schedules in their homeroom on the first day of school. How will they know their homeroom teacher? Once the student is dropped off, they will proceed to the office. There will be lists on the walls just outside the office to let students know who their homeroom teacher is as well as staff directling those that are unfamiliar with the campus.
If you would like your student to ride the bus to Thomas Jefferson, please visit the Transportation page on our website (under the "Our School" tab, click "About Us") to learn about the process.
Parents have the option to drive their students to school and/or pick them up at the end of the school day. This is known as Carpool. To learn about the process, please visit the Carpool page on our website (under the "Our School" tab, click "About Us").
Student Parking on Campus
Driving to school is an exciting right of passage for many of our Thomas Jefferson Juniors and Seniors. However, on campus parking is very limited and students are restricted to parking in the back parking lot. At some point during the first month of school, an announcement will be made for those interested in purchasing a parking pass to go to the office and see Ms. Terry to pick up the necessary form that must be filled out and signed by their parent/guardian. Until that time, Juniors and Seniors may park in the back parking lot on a first come/first serve basis. For more information, please visit the Parking Information page on the Thomas Jefferson website (under the "Our School" tab, click "About Us").
Students are offered a variety of healthy breakfast and lunch meals daily. Students approved for reduced price meals are charged $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch at all grade levels. Students paying full price are charged $1.00 for breakfast and $1.75 for lunch.
Parents are encouraged to pre-pay their meals by using MyPaymentsPlus. The website also allows parents to check student purchases and monitor meal account balances. For further information, go to www.mypaymentsplus.com or call 877-237-0946.
School Cash Online
School Cash Online (SCO) is the online store for Thomas Jefferson Academy. For safety and efficiency reasons, JP Schools would like to reduce the amount of cash and checks coming into our school. To learn more about SCO, please visit the School Cash Online page on our website (under "Our School", click "About Us").
The Thomas Jefferson Academy website is updated as new information pours into the office, which is often daily. We suggest browsing the entire website to learn as much as you can about our school, but we have suggested some pages to start with below.
The Counselor's Corner is a vital resource for our parents and students. In the past, there has been important information such as graduation requirements, scholarship information, and grade level information. Make sure you take some time to browse the Counselor's Corner (under "Student Life" tab) as it is sure to grow this year.
This page has information regarding which sports are at Thomas Jefferson and what is required from our athletes. We offer Middle School and High School Sports at our school. We are very proud of our teams and each sport has their own page where you will find information regarding tryouts, schedules, rosters, and photos of the team. These pages are found unde rthe "Student Life" tab.
Is your student interested in Band, Cheer, or Dance Team? You can find out more about them on their corresponding pages listed under the "Student Life" tab (click "Performance Teams").
We are fortunate to have lots of great teachers who are willing to devote some of their spare time to sponsor our clubs. There is truly something for everyone. You may visit the Clubs/Programs page under the "Student Life" tab to learn more. Each club has their own web page.
There is a wealth of information presented on the website and these pages are updated often. If you have time, you should browse the various tabs and pages. Who knows? You may find out something interesting for you and your student!
Faculty and Staff Directory
Every member of the faculty and staff may be reached by email. Please keep in mind that teachers are often teaching and quite busy during the school day. They do not answer emails while in class with students. Administrators receive many directives from the district that must be completed, help teachers, help students, and more during the day. If you send an email, we ask for your patience and allow at least 48 hours for that individual to respond. The directory is located on the Faculty and Staff Directory page on the Thomas Jefferson website.
If you have an emergency, please call the office at 504-363-4300.
If your contact address or phone number has changed, please do not wait until school starts to update your information. You may miss out on some important news or updates form the school.
If your address has changed, you should come in to the office to see Ms Bonnie with two proofs of residency (such as a utility bill).
If your phone number has changed, simply send Ms Bonnie an email at Bonnie.Lepine@JPSchools.org and let her know the new contact number. Make sure you include your name, your student's name, and the grade the student will be attending this fall.
We can't wait to have our Jaguars back on campus!