Principal's Message

Welcome to Jeffrey Trail!!  We look forward to another great year at JTMS.  Now in year 7, we find that while some things change, many stay the same.  As part of an ever growing community we have grown from 703 students and 26 teachers in 2013, to 1,114 students and 43 teachers this fall.  None the less, with an innovative and energetic staff and a beautiful campus, it still feels like a new school with high energy, high achievement and high expectations.

Students at Jeffrey Trail find success in a number of ways. We offer a wide range of core and elective courses that enable students to explore and express their interests. Jeffrey Trail has built a reputation of sending students to high school with the skills and work ethic they need to succeed. The academic excellence of Jeffrey Trail is not just evident in the classroom, but on display in countless regional and state competitions in multiple subject areas. Each year our staff supports award winning teams in Science Olympiad, Math Counts, National History Day, Speech and Debate, and Robotics. Our students also excel in individual competitions such as the Orange County Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Science Fair, art competitions and numerous STEM competitions.

We are all excited for this school year to begin as the JTMS staff have committed to a number of programs and initiatives that we believe will serve to help your children find success and joy in their school experience.

W.I.N.G.S.:  At Jeffrey Trail our top priority is that students feel safe, welcome and valued.  Promoting positive behavior is a hallmark of our community that we strive to model in the office, in the classroom, and everywhere in between.  Our belief is that when students feel safe (physically, emotionally and socially), they will be in the best position to succeed in all facets of life. 

W.I.N.G.S. is our state recognized character education program.  We instill our values of Willing to take a risk, Integrity in Actions, Noble in Thought, Generous in Spirit and Self-Directed into our students from day 1.  Our staff work to model and teach these values as we take every opportunity to recognize students for demonstrating them during the school day – and ask parents to do the same at home.

1:1 Chromebook Initiative:  Jeffrey Trail is excited to be the only Irvine Middle School providing a Chromebook to all students for use at school and home.   Our goal is to ensure equity and universal access to technology so that neither teachers nor students are limited in what they can learn and produce.  We value a diverse learning experience so while they will have a device when needed, instruction will not be “paperless.”

Evidence-based Grading:  Grades are a report on learning and each of our departments are working to ensure that their grading systems reflect that value.  We want our students to have efficacy in their efforts and hope that they can overcome academic setbacks to always achieve at high levels and be recognized for what they learn.

In short, there are great things happening every day at Jeffrey Trail.  We are extremely proud of our students, and proud to serve the Jeffrey Trail Community. 

Go Jets!!

Michael Georgino, Principal

Jeffrey Trail Middle School