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Jefferson Middle School

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Enrollment: 689

In partnership with our parents and community, we are committed to connecting students to their future through academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity.

History

Jefferson Middle School is located on a 40-acre tract of land at Sangamon Street and Crescent Drive in Champaign, Illinois. Built in 1960 as a junior high school, Jefferson changed to a middle school during the 1977-78 school year. Recently, Jefferson has received building upgrades to improve the school’s energy efficiency, including new windows and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Curriculum Offerings

The core middle school subject areas of math, reading, language arts, science, and social science are offered throughout the regular school day. Additional Encore opportunities of art, music, drama, and a STEM experience are also available to all students. Foreign language opportunities specific to French and Spanish are offered to seventh graders. AVID (Advancing Via Individual Determination) is a support class intended to accelerate average ability students and prepare them for more advanced coursework. ESL/ELL classes are also offered to students who might benefit from support as they learn English as a Second Language.

Mentoring

Jefferson has implemented a varied and extensive mentoring program. Meeting with students once a week during the school day, adults serve as role models, encouragers, and friends. Among our mentors are workers, business professionals, parents, college students, grandparents, staff within our own building, and retirees. Mentors are a diverse group of people who are successful in life and willing to share their time and experiences with our students.

Tutoring

Tutors from different organizations throughout the community are utilized to help students attain academic success. University of Illinois Vis-à-vis students and volunteers from the America Reads/America Counts provide one-on-one tutoring assistance.

Technology

High-speed internet access is currently available in each class room. Two computer labs and six mobile computer carts provide a hands-on environment for students to learn to create rich documents, multimedia presentations, research, and basic websites. Students are encouraged to work with technology in small groups, problem solve, present, and participate in peer review of projects. Each student has a unique log-on that allows a profile to travel with them on any PC in the building. A technology instructor is dedicated to supporting students, teachers, and technology as Jefferson integrates technology in the classroom.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Student Council
  • Art Club
  • After-School Choir
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Math Counts
  • YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) sponsored by the Champaign County YMCA
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  •  Library Club
  • Drama Club
  • Lego Robotics
  • Chess Club
  • Spring Musical
  • Cabaret Night
  • Builder’s Club
  • Green Team
  • Lead for Life
  • Tap-In
  • Lego Robotics
  • SeaPearch

Reading & Math Intervention

Jefferson Middle School offers additional reading and math intervention to students not yet meeting academic standards. The class provides daily attention to skill development essential to being successful in middle school classes.

Enrichment Opportunities

Jefferson offers enrichment opportunities during the regular school day as well as after school for interested students. Honors Reading, Honors Math, and Level I French and Spanish are offered. Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad, Math Counts, Lego Team, Drama Club, All School Choir, and Library Club are some examples of extracurricular opportunities to expand and extend students’ knowledge and provide additional content to accelerate student learning.

PTSA

The mission of the Jefferson PTSA is to provide support to the school’s administrators and staff to ensure that all the students who attend Jefferson receive the finest in middle level education. Educational aids and enrichment programs are among a few of the items the PTSA provides to enhance the educational opportunities for all students. In addition, parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s middle school education.

PTSA members also serve on school committees, such as Building Council and Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony. Parents volunteer as tutors, mentors, and aide teachers by copying and collating materials for classroom use.

Academic Support

Jefferson students are encouraged to take advantage of the additional support offered to students during the day after school. Many teachers will invite students to join them for lunch periodically to retake a test or make up some missing work. Homework Club meets twice a week for students to work on homework in a supervised environment. 

Athletics

All of the Champaign middle schools offer the same interscholastic sport opportunities. Fundamental skill building, conditioning, teambuilding, training, and sportsmanship are the key areas of focus. The aims and objectives of middle school athletics reflect the aims and objectives of the total school program. Available interscholastic middle school sports include:

  • Boys’ Cross Country (6, 7, 8)
  • Girls’ Cross Country (6, 7, 8)
  • Boys’ Basketball (6. 7, 8)
  • Girls’ Basketball (6, 7, 8)
  • Girls’ Volleyball (6, 7, 8)
  • Wrestling (6, 7, 8)
  • Boys Baseball (6, 7, 8)
  • Track (6, 7, 8)
  • Archery (6, 7, 8)

Awards

  • Certified as a National AVID Demonstration School Site 2009-2012. Jefferson serves as a model and hosts visitors from around the United States who would like to implement AVID with a high level of integrity.
  • 2014 ISTA/Exxon Mobil Award
  • 2014 Wind Turbine Grant and Installation
  • 2010 Illinois History Teacher of the Year
  • 2009 IAHPERD P.E. Teacher of the year
  • 2009 IAHPERD Administrator of the year
  • Recipient of multiple News Channel 15 Golden Apple Awards
  • 2008-09 8th Grade Girls Basketball State Champions
  • 2009 8th Grade Volleyball State Champions
  • 2009 8th Grade Boys Basketball State – Final Four
  • 2009-2010 7th Grade Boys Basketball State Runner-up
  • Widely recognized Archery Club
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