Extracurriculars and Clubs

2019-2020 Club Signup Form

Equestrian Team

The TJCA Equestrian team is comprised of 7th – 12th grade Hunter/Jumper riders. Based at Fern Hollow Farm in Bostic, the team members participate in weekly individual and group lessons and monthly team practices. Under the direction of trainer Freda Jessen, members of the team have competed in local rated and schooling shows and the North Carolina State Fair Horse Show.



7th and 8th Grade Academic Teams

The seventh and eighth grade academic teams prepare for and compete in academic competitions across the state and region. The competitions cover all of the subject areas. We want students who will work hard on the material we will use for study, and the students must be committed to coming to the meetings. This is really a great experience. We love to win! Teams practice during their grade’s advisory time. Please see Ms. Maskarinec for more information.

High School Academic Team

The High School Academic Team competes in multiple quiz bowl and academic competitions. The team travels several times a month to competitions, primarily in North Carolina and South Carolina, and occasionally in other states. The team practices during the school day.  Tryouts are held each spring for the following year.

Please consider supporting your nationally ranked academic team. Donations can be brought to the high school office along with a copy of the completed form. The team competes all over the region and nation with the leaders of tomorrow. Every time the team performs well, the stature of EVERYONE’S TJ diploma increases!

Percussion Club

Do you enjoy a good beat? Does the idea of hitting things with your hands excite you? Would you like a place where making noise is welcomed? If so, then you’re in the right place!

The percussion club is where students with a percussion penchant can come together to make music. We play a variety of selections from traditional Afro-Cuban percussion all the way to the modern rock drum set. We meet on Thursdays from 3pm-4pm. For more information, please email Mr. Davis Westbrook at dwestbrook@tjca.org.

Choir Club:

Tuesdays 3-3:30pm (Grades 6-12)

Tri-M Music Honor Society:

Select Thursdays once a month 3-3:30pm (Grades 8-12)

National Honor Society

National Honor Society is a collection of students in grades 10-12 who have achieved a high academic standard and are dedicated to serving their community and growing as leaders. NHS members engage in voluntary service projects and seek to improve their school, practically and culturally. NHS meets every other Tuesday at 3 PM.  See Ms. Conner for more details or email kconner@tjca.org

National Latin Honor Society

The NLHS is a Part of The Association for the Promotion of the Study of Latin.

The Association for the Promotion of the Study of Latin (APSL) is the nation’s oldest private organization dedicated to the promotion and study of the Latin language. It was founded in 1929 by the late Dr. Albert E. Warsley and over time has offered the following services to Latin teachers.

The programs of the NLHS enable teachers to reward students for exemplary performance in their study of Latin.

The only information required for reception of a reward is a teacher’s statement that a student has achieved a consistent grade of 90% for three consecutive quarters (or equivalent) in any level of Latin studies.

Students are admitted based on Merit and continued merit in Latin and language classes.

Students serve throughout their high school career in volunteer roles helping and fostering Latin in the generations to come.

We meet every Thursday 3-4pm in 307.  – closcalzo@tjca.org

Guitar/Ukulele Club

Guitar/Ukulele Club meets on Thursdays from 3:00 – 3:30 pm. Open to any 6th – 12th grade student interested in playing guitar or ukulele. Explore playing different styles of music in a less structured environment. May perform as a group on the February and May guitar concerts. – abrucksch@tjca.org

Middle School Art Club

Art Club will meet on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m., gaining valuable insight into deeper exploration of the topics that interest the students individually. We will have seasonal hands-on projects, and take creative responsibility of bulletin displays of what’s going on in our Arts program and school community. Open to 7th-9th grades.

Junior Civitans

The Junior Civitan Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 3-4 p.m, starting October 5th.

Junior Civitans promotes civic minded community for student citizens, in carrying out the selection of charitable causes. Annual events are assisting with the North Shelby School Christmas party, and the Potato Planting project each spring. Students also choose smaller fund raising efforts and causes in which they learn the art of giving back through service.

New Century Scholars

New Century Scholars (NCS) is a program that provides last-dollar college tuition and textbook fee support to selected students to attend Isothermal Community College upon graduation from high school and successful completion of the NCS program. Students are selected for NCS participation beginning in the 7th grade (based on applications submitted in 6th grade) and continue throughout middle and high school; members must be residents of Rutherford or Polk counties. The NCS program is designed to improve academic readiness, bolster student persistence toward high school graduation, and increase the rate of college attendance. New Century Scholars learn to set high expectations for themselves and work hard to reach their goals. Candidates are selected based on classroom effort, positive attitude and desire for education, and good behavior and character. Once a student joins NCS, they are expected to comply with school attendance regulations, meet grade requirements, follow school guidelines regarding behavior, complete volunteer service hours each year, renew the NCS contractual agreement annually, remain drug and alcohol free, and exhibit good citizenship. Sponsor is Mrs. Jennifer Powell – jpowell@tjca.org

Drama Club (6-12)

A combination of both Middle and High School students, Drama Club will meet on Wednesdays when plays are not in active production. This will be a place where students who cannot participate in the class, or where students who are already in the class and wish to extend their theatre experiences beyond the school day may meet to stay involved in the theatre scene at TJ. The Drama Club puts on the Fall and Spring shows, as well as participating in various other activities on and off campus such as reenactments, live performance meet-ups, independent filmmaking, and whatever other wonderful performance opportunities present themselves!

Mr. Jonathan Foust – jfoust@tjca.org

Mu Alpha Theta (MATH) Honor Society

Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with nearly 100,000 student members in more than 1,800 schools.  As a national entity, we are dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students.  Our national society offers numerous opportunities for scholarships, grants, special recognition, awards, and competitions. If you would like to see some of these opportunities or learn more about MATH, visit the website at mualphatheta.org.  At Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy – CFA, students must maintain a pi (3.14159) or higher unweighted GPA in high school math courses and complete at least one AP math to be considered for membership.  tandrews@tjca.org

S.A.V.E Promise Club (6th-12th)

SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs are a place for young people across the country to show their leadership, creativity and passion for protecting their friends, schools and communities from violence BEFORE it happens.  SAVE Promise Clubs are established and led by students, and are a powerful approach to preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) because they recognize the unique role that young people play in making their schools and communities safer.  Meeting times are TBD. Please contact Mrs. Lemmon or Ms. Conner if interested.

Science Olympiad Division B (6-9) and Division C (9-12)

North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging, and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and technology.  A list of the 2019-2020 Division B events can be found at https://www.soinc.org/events/2020-division-b-events and Division C events can be found at https://www.sciencenc.com/resources/high-school/. tandrews@tjca.org

Environmental Awareness Club

This is a student-led club that focuses on the upkeep of the recycling program at our school, picking up litter on campus when needed, helping upkeep various plants on campus, looking for opportunities in the community to assist with environmental issues, and, starting this year, working with the garden created two years ago by Mr. Schaeffer.  We will spend time discussing current issues relating to the environment. tandrews@tjca.org

Future Business Leaders Of America (FBLA)

FBLA helps high school students discover and prepare for future careers in the business world. Through a combination of guest speakers, field trips and self-study, FBLA members will expand their horizons in a variety of business related topics over the course of the academic year.  FBLA meets the last Thursday of each month at 3 PM. Mr. Smith and Mr. Martin msmith@tjca.org

Speech & Debate Team

The Speech and Debate Team will prepare to participate in regional tournaments. Students may prepare for any event that will be judged at the tournaments to which we will travel. Some of the events include Lincoln-Douglas debating, Public Forum debating, Dramatic Interpretation, and Dramatic Monologues. Practice is on Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00. msmith@tjca.org

4-H Horse Club and Hippology Team

In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Our club at TJ is open to 6-12 grade students who are interested in learning more about horses. We will compete in district and state level contests that test your knowledge about all areas of horses. We also present at the ICC Science Fair and will be participating in the TJCA Fall Festival and at TIEC.  We meet on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 in Mrs. Yelton’s room. myelton@tjca.org

Rocketry club

This is a student-led club interested in building and experimenting with rockets.  With safety as our number one priority, we will procure and build model rockets, design and 3D print parts for original models, experiment with creating and mixing fuel, and launch rockets.  If you would like more specific details, please speak with Jonathan Baxter or Reid Blanton, who will be the student leaders if we have enough interest.

Chess Club

Want to think like a strategist? Enjoy friendly competition? Chess club is about gaining experience with one of the world’s oldest games: building mental endurance and improving perception. Students will learn the game and play each other each meeting. All skill levels are welcome.

Creative Writing/Literary Journal

For those who write for fun and are interested in improving their work. This club involves writing your own poems and short stories or personal essays and presenting them to the group for analysis and discussion: our goal is to help each other become better writers, through cooperative evaluation of our art. Throughout the year, we’ll review and select works from the group to be included in a TJCA Literary Journal that will be published (either online or as part of the yearbook). Come prepared to write boldly and analyze fearlessly!