April 3, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Hello Spartans! We hope you and your students had a fun and restful Spring Break and are ready to have strong finish to the school year! Spring sports are in full swing, and we encourage you to visit the calendar of athletic events going on for TJ. Also, there are some important testing dates coming up:

April 11th: SAT and PSAT - 10th and 11th grade only (no school for 9th and 12th grade UNLESS they're in Edgenuity)
April 17th - April 18th: 11th grade CMAS Science (school in session for all students)
April 24th - May 5th: World Language tests (school in session for all students)
May 1st - May 12th: AP exams (school in session for all students)
May 17th: Senior Check-Out
May 24th - May 26th: Semester 2 Finals (detailed schedule coming soon)

Have a great week!

¡Hola Spartans!
¡Esperamos que usted y sus estudiantes se diviertan y descansen durante las vacaciones de primavera y estén listos para terminar fuertemente este año escolar!  Los deportes de primavera han comenzado, y le animamos a visitar la página para el calendario de eventos atléticos en TJ.  Además, hay algunas fechas de exámenes muy importantes:

11 de abril: SAT y PSAT - Grados 10 y 11 solamente (no hay clases para el grado 9 y 12 a menos que estén en Edgenuity)
17 de abril - 18 de abril: Ciencias de CMAS del grado 11 (escuela en sesión para todos los estudiantes)
24 de abril - 5 de mayo: Pruebas de idiomas extranjeros (escuela en sesión para todos los estudiantes)
1 de mayo - 12 de mayo: exámenes de AP (escuela en sesión para todos los estudiantes)
17 de mayo: "Senior Check-out" los maestros desconectan a los estudiantes del grado 12 de sus clases.
24 de mayo - 26 de mayo: Exámenes finales del semestre 2 (programa detallado por venir)
¡Que tengan una buena semana!

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!
New TJ Student Club
The Hispanic/Latino Student Club meets on Wednesdays at lunch in room 218.
Week at a Glance - Week of 4/3-4/7
  • Blue/Green Day - no students
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Protect our Winters (POW) assembly

  • Office Hours/early release
  • All class t-shirts (as well as other gear) for sale during 8th period and after school (during Office Hours) in the lobby.
  • TJ Talk: Raising Balanced Kids in the Digital Age with Family Mindfulness Counselor Michael Vladeck, 6-8pm in the auditorium - free and open to the public! (see below for more details)

Kudos Korner
  • TJ Robotics Wins Colorado Regionals! Congratulations to Sparta Robotica for being on the winning alliance for the Colorado Regional FIRST Competition! They are headed to Houston at the end of April to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championship. Way to go, Spartans! Click here for the 9News story.
  • We have 2 Daniel's Fund Scholarship winners: congratulations to Adna Adrovic
    and Kiaryce Bey! These two young ladies have each received a full ride scholarship to any college they choose - anywhere in the country! This is a life changing scholarship. Congratulate these two great Spartans when you see them. This is a testament to their hard work over the past four years and our work in preparing them for their futures!
TJ's 2017 Inaugural Online Auction
Hello TJ Parents and Families!

Do you have a professional product or service you'd like to promote to the rest of TJ? 

TJ is hosting an Inaugural Online Auction with live bidding available April 16-20. This school-wide fundraiser will help fund larger classroom grants to make TJ stronger for all our students. The objective is for this event to become TJ's biggest annual fundraiser, but we need your help to reach our goal.

Some of the hottest items in any auction are those that people spend their money on anyway--restaurant or shopping gift cards, auto/mechanic services, salon services, massage therapy, weekend getaways, household repairs/services, landscaping, legal and accounting services, movie passes, etc. And these are a great way to get the word out about your business or service! 

If interested, donations are needed ASAP and can be made directly to TJ's online auction system at https://tjhs.ptapal.com/auction_donate.asp. Donated items can be dropped off in TJ's office and are needed no later than April 7th. 

The TJHS 2017 auction letter provides additional information on the auction and also has the tax ID number (as all donations are tax deductible). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contact Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com or 303.870.0579).

We appreciate your support of this new event and look forward to seeing what proceeds from the auction will be able to do for the school! 

Want more information on how the Auction works?  See the Auction FAQs here.  

Thank you!
-Auction Committee
Sonic Community First Value Cards
Students: we have Sonic Discount Cards on sale in the treasurer's office for $5.  Come and get yours today! Proceeds from these sales support our local community!

Strengthening Families Program at Hamilton Middle School
Who:  Students (within or outside of HMS) ages 10-14 and their parent(s) or guardian(s)
Free childcare provided for children under 10
What:  SFP is a family group that provides youth and parents 17 tools to become healthier, happier and stronger families.
When:  SFP will begin Tuesday, April 4th from 4:30-7p. SFP will occur every Tuesday for 7 weeks, ending May 16th.  Free dinner is provided to families from 430-5p and group is from 5-7p.
Where:  Hamilton Middle School cafeteria
Why:  Parents get to learn to love with limits during this often-challenging transitional time from Elementary to Middle or Middle to High School. Youth get to participate in interactive groups that help them gain empathy for their parents and others, learn how to abstain from drugs and alcohol and grow into healthy young peoples. IN ADDITION, if you choose to participate and attend at least 6/7 groups, your family will receive a $100 gift card.
Contact Lauren Dodge, InSchool Prevention Specialist with interest or for more information. (720) 423-9499, lauren_dodge@dpsk12.org
PTO Fundraiser - April 9th 

April 9, 2017
5:30-7:30 p.m. 
$40 per person, $20 goes to school PTO  Fundraising and so much more, join us -  limited space.   Sign up now!
Buy Your Yearbook!

This is just a friendly reminder to buy a yearbook soon! In order to have the book in time for the signing party in May, you must purchase your book before April 14. To buy a book, click on this link. If you are you unsure about whether or not you already bought a book, login into the Josten's site to find out. Thanks!

Help make TJ beautiful! Xeriscape TJ on Saturday, April 15th. 

Are you a landscaper or love to garden and work in the dirt? We need you! 

- A couple flatbed trucks to pick up and deliver trees to TJ
- Approximately 20 adults and 20 students to help dig holes, mix dirt, plant and water new trees in designated locations
- Extra dirt, compost or potting soil to mix with existing soil
- DPS work trailer will be provided with supply of shovels, gloves, etc.

Email  springhericks@gmail.com if you have time, tools or trucks that would make this project go smoothly. Thank you! 
From the Counselors - Save the Date
Important Attendance Reminders
Parents and Guardians,
As a reminder, the key to your student's academic success is coming to school on time and attending every class. Please note that we will not be accepting excused absences for students who are in school and want to miss one class to study or hang out. This is not acceptable. Also, we will require that all seniors have a 92% attendance rate to attend prom and participate in commencement ceremonies. (Seniors can connect with Mr. Skari for how to fix their attendance.) 

Please click here for a copy of our 
attendance policy.
If your student is struggling and needing academic support, please remember that we have tutoring after school in the library on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Office hours on Wednesday is from 2:15pm-3pm and every student should be connecting with at least one teacher during that time.
Mumps Alert for Families
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has shared with us that there have been several cases of the Mumps virus reported in the state over the past few weeks. In order to minimize the spread of mumps in schools, the agency has asked us to provide information to our families.

We are sharing with you a cover letter in English and in Spanish for families along with a Mumps Alert letter in English and in Spanish from the CDPHE. Please share this valuable information with your school community.
Peru Trip - Act Soon!
It has been chosen, we are off to Peru in June 2018! All students interested in hiking Machu Picchu, rafting in the Sacred Valley, touring a wild animal sanctuary, cruising an Indian market and so many more adventures... Stop by room 217 for an informational packet!
Parents of interested travelers: please contact Jennifer Sonheim with any questions:  720-423-7093 or   Jennifer_Sonheim@dpsk12.org .
We will have an informational meeting in the near future!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
~ TJ Talks Event ~
Greetings TJ Community!

We are excited to announce Part 2 of 
our first TJ Talks series!

TJ Talk: Raising Balanced Kids in the Digital Age
with Family Mindfulness Counselor Michael Vladeck
Thursday, April 6th 6-8pm
TJ Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Mindfulness counselor Michael Vladeck has presented to countless schools on raising more grounded, self-aware teens and creating stronger family connections in the midst of digital distractions. Whether as a follow up to Screenagers or for your own edification, please join us for a special night focusing on:
  • Science-based evidence on the actual impacts of excessive screen use on the development of your child 
  • Specific strategies and resources to manage screen use in a way that empowers your kids and eliminates fighting and power-struggles
  • How to raise more grounded and self-aware children amidst the distractions of screens and the negative influences of pop-culture
  • How to create deeper and stronger connection with your children as a result of working towards more balanced screen management
  • How to show up more effectively, supportively and lovingly as a parent in the midst of the issues and concerns you will work though.

Want additional information? Check out his website.

Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP  
Resources: www.ted.com   and www.tinybuddha.com
Spirit Store Items
Get Your Gear On!
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store which is online. The store is also set up at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.
Check out the new American Apparel soft 100% cotton v-neck t-shirts in dark gray or white with gold TJ on the front and Spartan on the back. Also, get a new gray fleece blanket with gold TJ embroidered in the corner to keep you warm while cheering on the Spartans this winter. 

New XXL and XL sizes in men's Under Armour ankle zip sweatpants and new inventory in the Under Armour 1/4 zip long sleeve pullovers in graphite gray stripe with embroidered TJ. XXL hoodies and T-shirts now available.
Center for Family Opportunity Resources
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as wells as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store and during 8th period and after school (during Office Hours) on Wednesdays in the lobby. (Pictures of 2018 and 2020 shirts coming soon!)
Class of 2017 - Seniors
Parents of Seniors
Info meeting April 10 at 7pm, TJ cafeteria
Come hear about the final weeks leading up to graduation. (June 2)

There are still many opportunities for you to get involved, by sharing your time or making a donation. Your participation is important and is appreciated.

Please consider filling a spot or two for the return of this year's After Prom - click here to sign up

Go TJ!
The Senior Panoramic picture will be taken on April 10th at 10:30 a.m.
After Prom is Back! 
Hello TJ families, as we prepare to re-establish this Senior Year event your help is needed. TJ has not had an After Prom in 4 years - it is time to bring it back! We are asking senior parents to get involved to create a memorable night for the Class of 2017. Your time and / or generous donations are appreciated!

After Prom is a free, fun, extension of Prom, held at the school from 11pm -2am (April 22, 2017) Students may leave but no re-entry allowed. Food, casino tables, inflatable obstacle course, lounge, music, and exciting giveaways to be announced all night. Student's names will be drawn, they must be present to win.

Parents participating during the event will hardly be noticed (by teens). The night cannot happen without you.

If you would like to financially support After Prom, donate here.
Questions? Email Steph Stoetzer.

Thanks in advance for your support!
SENIOR T-Shirts - Get Yours Now
We still have some of the original Class of 2017 T-Shirts available. Y ou can purchase online and pickup at school OR  see Julie Thibodeau in the office  to buy your shirt.  Profits from these shirts support After-Prom Event for 2017.  So please support our Seniors and a safe, fun Prom 2017.  Purchase online here!
Stay CONNECTED - TeamApp - TJ Class of 2017, Twitter @2017tjhs, facebook TJHS 2017 Spartan Support 

Questions:  TJHS2017@gmail.com
Thanks for helping to make TJ and the Class of 2017 Great!
Class of 2018 - Juniors
  • Class of 2018 Parents:  Mr. TJ is on the horizon.  This male talent/variety show is a TJ tradition for Senior Boys and will be held Friday, April 14th.  Junior parents run the concession sales during the event.  We are in need of parents who want to volunteer to help with concessions and help coordinate the show.  This is a fun way to get involved.  Volunteer commitments vary; anyone interested should email: Sara_andolsek@dpsk12.org.  
  • Fiesta like there's no Mañana! 
    Let's FUNdraise + create wonderful memories for both the Class of 2018's and the Class of 2020's Senior year activities
    (which include Prom, After Prom, Mr. TJ, etc).
    Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 6th at 7pm.
    Hosted by The Leprys and The Freedbergs at Casa de Freedberg.
    $30 per person (collected at the door) which includes appetizers + desserts, margaritas, wine + beer plus a fun evening with a great community. This fiesta is going to be serious fun, so please bring your friends! Adults only, please. 
    All are welcome whether or not you have a student in the TJ Class of 2018 and/or 2020. Please RSVP here by May 1, 2017. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the Class of 2018's senior year activities, please contact Kary Cramer at karycramer@msn.com. Please contact Lisa Lojacono at lisalojacono@gmail.com to contribute to the Class of 2020's senior year activities.
  • Please look for more opportunities this school year for parents to socialize, get connected and contribute to the Class of 2018 fundraising efforts.  Please email   karycramer@msn.com  if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Sophomores
  • We are excited to introduce the Class of '19 retro t-shirt for sale (picture above)!  T-shirts are $15 each and proceeds will help fund Class of '19 Senior Year activities, including After Prom.  Shirts can be purchased directly from Julie Thibodeau, online at the Spartan Store, during Office Hours in the lobby, or at various school events. Parents will be selling the t-shirts in the lobby on February 8th and 15th as well.  THANK YOU for supporting the Class of '19!
  • If you have an idea for fundraising, community building event or volunteer opportunity, please contact Jane Bulger:  janeebulger@gmail.com
Class of 2020 - Freshmen
  • Fiesta like there's no Mañana! Let's FUNdraise + create wonderful memories for both the Class of 2018's and the Class of 2020's Senior year activities 
    (which include Prom, After Prom, Mr. TJ, etc). 
    Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 6th at 7pm.
    Hosted by The Leprys and The Freedbergs at Casa de Freedberg. 
    $30 per person (collected at the door) which includes appetizers + desserts, margaritas, wine + beer plus a fun evening with a great community. This fiesta is going to be serious fun, so please bring your friends! Adults only, please. 
    All are welcome whether or not you have a student in the TJ Class of 2018 and/or 2020.  Please RSVP here  by May 1, 2017.  If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the Class of 2018's senior year activities, please contact Kary Cramer at karycramer@msn.com. Please contact Lisa Lojacono at lisalojacono@gmail.com to contribute to the Class of 2020's senior year activities.
  • Thank-you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono who have agreed to be parent representatives for the Class of 2020. Please look for important information to come.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Megan at:  megandperkins@gmail.com or Lisa at:  lisalojacono@gmail.com.
News from the Future Center
Seniors and families, we are approaching financial aid deadlines.  To receive priority financial aid and institutional scholarships, students must complete FAFSA and institutional scholarship applications before the colleges' deadlines.  Even if you think you have too much income to be considered for need-based aid, some colleges may still require the FAFSA to apply for their scholarships.  Click  here  to see a list of deadlines for Colorado colleges and universities.
For upcoming events, college visits, financial aid workshops, scholarships, and much more, visit the Future Center wikipage !
Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
3950 S. Holly Street  |  Denver, CO 80237 
O 720.423.7134   F 720.423.7098
rmaez@denverscholarship.org |   www.denverscholarship.org