Thomas Jefferson Middle School
 4735 East Cantrell Street    Decatur, IL 62521

Phone: (217)362-3200   Fax: (217)424.3037

School Hours: 9:05 - 3:30

Principal: Nate Sheppard


District Headlines

  • DPS Superintendent Search

    The Board of Education is seeking your input on the desired characteristics & skills that you would like to see in the next superintendent.

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  • PreK Classes starting January 2017

    Pershing Early Learning Center has openings in PreK classes starting in January 2017. Call today to enroll your four year old eager to start school!

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  • 5Essentials School Survey

    Students, teachers and parents have a voice in improving our schools. Now through January 16, 2017 take a 20-30 min survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in our school learning environment.

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  • School Board Candidate Petition & Filing

    Anyone interested in running for Decatur's Board of Education can find out information here.

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  • District Calendar

    Click here to view the 2016-2017 school calendar. If you have any questions regarding the calendar please contact your child's school.

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  • Virtual Backpack

    Find out all that our community has to offer by visiting the DPS Virtual Backpack. In an effort to "go green" and cut down on paper in the Friday Folders, we are providing all of our community resources online. We will update information as our community partners provide it to us.

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  • DPS Hall of Fame

    Visit our Hall of Fame page to nominate a Decatur Public School alumni, faculty, staff, volunteers & community member who has distinguished themselves in athletic endeavors at DPS.

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  • Decatur FACES

    Facility Advisory Committee for Exceptional Schools Meeting Documents and Presentations

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  • Millikin - DPS61 Girls Basketball Camp

    Camp Video

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  • DPS Talks

    Decatur Public Schools is now doing its own version of TED Talks. This is a great opportunity to get an inside look at DPS. The interviews are educational and there is always a fun blooper section at the end!

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  • more


  •  thanksgiving November
    23 - Thanksgiving Break Begins
    24 - Thanksgiving Day
    28 - School Resumes
          GBB 8th Gr Regionals Begin
          Lego League 3:30-5:30
    29 - Hearing/Vision Screening
    30 - Hearing/Vision Screening
    Ornaments  December
     1 - Student Council 3:30-4:30
          Lego League 3:30-5:00
          BBB 6:00 @ Taylorville, 4:00 Bus
          Hearving/Vision Screen
     5 - Lego League 3:30-5:00
          BBB 4:30 @ TJ vs Holy Family
     8 - LegoLeague 3:30-5:00
          Student Council 3:30-4:30
          BBB 6:00 @ Mt. Zion, 4:30 Bus
    10 - 8th Gr Skywalker Holiday Tourn, TBA
    11 - 8th Gr Skywalker Holiday Tourn, TBA
    12 - Lego League 3:30-5:00
    15 - Lego League 3:30-5:00
           Student Council 3:30-4:30
           BBB 4:30 @ TJ vs Hope
    20 - End of 1st Semester
    21 - Winter Break Begins
    24 - Christmas Eve
    25 - Christmas Day   
    31 - New Year's Eve
             Happy Holidays!!

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