April 7, 2016
Administrator's Corner

A few reminders to kick off the month:

-we are entering our testing window with an unusual daily schedule (see below). It is critical that your students come to school on time every day!

-when the district calls a "late start" day due to weather conditions, we are NOT one of those schools, so please plan accordingly! 

-there will be no school for students on Monday, April 11th, and the ACT will be on April 19th for juniors (seniors taking APEX are able to come in both of these days to work on their courses).

-due to the two snow days last month, the end of spirit week will be rescheduled for April 13-15th, with the pep rally taking place on the afternoon of Fri. 4/15

-Mr. TJ will be the evening of Fri. 4/15

-Night Out will be rescheduled...stay tuned for details!

Esta semana:
Algunos recordatorios para dar comienzo al mes:
-estamos entrando en nuestra ventana de exámenes con un horario diario inusual (ver más abajo). ¡Es critico que los estudiantes lleguen a la escuela a tiempo todos los días!
-¡cuando el distrito de llamadas de "comienzo tarde", debido a las condiciones climáticas, nosotros no somos una de esas escuelas, así que por favor planee como corresponde!
-no habrá clases para los estudiantes el lunes, 11 de abril y el ACT será el 19 de abril para los del grado 11 (los del grado 12 pueden venir ambos días y trabajar en sus cursos de APEX)
-debido a los dos días de nieve el mes pasado, el fin de semana de espíritu será reprogramado para abril 13-15, con el "PepRally" (reunión de energía) que tomara lugar en la tarde del viernes 4/15
-Mr. TJ será la noche del viernes 4/15
-¡Noche De Afuera será reprogramada... estén atentos para más detalles! 
Mike Christoff
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Saturday school is this Saturday the 9th
 from 8am-11am. Students with 2 truancies will be on the list. 
Seniors taking APEX are invited to come to school on April 11th and April 19th to get some APEX work done without any other distractions!
Tutoring schedule for the month: 

Monday 4/18
Thursday 4/21 
Thursday 4/28

Kudos Korner
  • Kudos to SkillsUSA state qualifiers will be attending the Colorado SkillsUSA Leadership Competition event in Colorado Springs on April 6th, 7th, and 8th of this week:
    Rachel Sadler, Asianae Jackson, Kate Overn, Zach Service
    VIDEO COMPETITION: Keith Joyner, Eli Webb
    3D ANIMATION COMPETITION: Hunter Holmes, Sam Trout, Rogelio Flores, Scott McMahon, Stephanie Chavez, Tyler Weiskopf
    PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: Izzy Ryan, Avery Hericks, Katie Schelock
    COMPUTER PROGRAMING COMPETITION: Julio Munoz, Luis Merlin, Corey Spielman
Upcoming Testing Schedule
Read below for upcoming testing dates.
4/6/16-4/15/16 PARCC 9th grade (schedule below)
4/19/16 PSAT 10 (10th graders) and ACT (11th graders) No 9th or 12th graders 
4/25/16 CMAS 11th grade....still developing schedule
5/2/16-5/13/16 AP Exams (schedule attached...still working on rooms and proctors)
End of May...district finals
PARCC Testing is Here!
Please note: participation rates for 2016 testing may impact SPF scores. All students are expected to attend school during these testing periods.
The PARCC online testing will begin at TJ in April.  Our 9th graders will take the PARCC ELA/Math test. The purpose of the state test is to formally assess how students can perform in regards to grade level Common Core Standards. This is also an accountability measure to ensure that schools are adequately preparing students. We will receive the results in much more timely fashion this year. This will allow us to adjust school-wide instructional strategies at the beginning of the year. I am glad to say this is a much better set up than last year.
9th graders will begin testing on April 6th.  We will work on an adjusted schedule so students will still attend all classes during our a djusted schedule.   See the modified schedule below.  All students are expected to attend school during this testing period
Please contact Julie Thibodeau at 720-423-7149 or julie_thibodeau@dpsk12.org  with any questions.

PSAT 10 and ACT - free for all students! 
Thomas Jefferson is excited to announce that we will be administering the PSAT 10 along with the ACT this year on April 19th starting at 7:30 am.  Sophomores will take the PSAT 10 and Juniors will take the ACT.  Due to testing, there will be no school for 9th and 12th graders that day. Be sure your students are well rested and come prepared.  Students should bring with them: pencils, approved calculators(TI84 or similar is acceptable) and their school id's.  Please contact Julie Thibodeau at 720-423-7149 or  julie_thibodeau@dpsk12.org with any questions.

Principal Selection Process - Update and Forms
The final Community Meeting was rescheduled for April 5th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in room 111. 
If you were unable to make either of the in-person engagement sessions this week, the following links will provide a good way for you to participate and give your input.
Use this form to list the skills and characteristics that will be the most important for the next principal.
Utilice este formulario para apuntar las habilidades y características que serán las más importantes para el próximo director.
Click on the links below to learn more about the hiring timeline:
Night Out - in the process of being rescheduled - stay tuned!

Cutting Edge Art
The Denver Art Museum's new samurai exhibit arrives to inspire museum patrons.
On March 3, 2016, several reporters from the TJ Journal staff were able to attend a special media preview for Samurai: Armor from the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, the newest travelling exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Along with reporters from other high schools, newspapers, and freelance work, these TJ students were able to take an in-depth guided tour of the exhibit before it opened to the public on March 6th. Read more
APEX Update
If a senior is making up credits on Apex, they need to be done by 13 May 2016 so everything can be graded in time for senior checkout on 17-18 May.  If they are not finished by checkout, they have until the 19 th to do so;  the final list of student who will be able to participate in the ceremony needs to be with the principal by end of day on Friday the 20 th.
As of 25 March, there will be 32 school days remaining for the seniors.  Ideally, a senior should have completed 81% of all of their apex coursework by then. We will have "senior days on apex" for students who are not done;  those are on 11 April and 19 April.
The district is moving to another vendor next year, and our contract with Apex will expire on 30 June 2016.  Students will lose all progress in their current class if their class is not completely finished.
The only way for them to get more time is to attend summer school.  The Program Manager for the district will send the information to counselors in April, and students must go through their counselors to enroll in summer school.
April 2016 TJ Partners Meeting
With Spring Break behind us, the end of the year will be creeping up on us fast and there is a lot going on.  Join us for the TJ Partners PTO meeting on Tuesday, April 12th at 6pm in Room 111 to find out how you can get involved.  The agenda will include end of year events (Backyard Bash, Night Out, teacher appreciation luncheon) planning, the teacher grant request process, and TJ Partners Board election process. 

As our parents of seniors start to look toward life after TJ, this means there will be a few TJ Partners Board positions open this year.  If you are interested in joining the TJ Partners PTO leadership team, please contact us at tjpartnerspto@gmail.com.  Thank you for your continued support.  TJ would not be what it is today without you!

Mr. TJ 2016

It's Raining Men!
Grab your rain boots and head on over to TJ on April 15th at 6pm.  It's going to be Raining Men in the auditorium.  Please join us for the long standing tradition of Mr TJ and get in on the fun to see who will be named Mr TJ 2016, Mr Talent and Mr Congeniality.  Even Mayor Hancock stopped by practice this weekend to see what the buzz is all about.  You don't want to miss it.  

DECA Breakfast
What: DECA End of Year Breakfast
Where: Mt. Vernon Country Club
When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016  8-10am
Why: Celebrate the year and welcome new members for 2016-2017 School year
It's time again for the Annual DECA Breakfast. $20.00 per person, Buffet Style, and a whole lotta fun! See Coach Matt or Danny Showers for more details. RSVP's due by April 15th!
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2016 - Seniors
  • 4/14 -10:30AM - Senior Class Panoramic picture... Don't miss your senior class group picture on 4/14 at 10:30am. Be there and don't be left out of this piece of your class history! Order info can be picked up in the Main Office or it will be distributed at picture time.
  • 5/25 - 5-7pm - Graduation Information : The Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Auraria Campus (Event Center, 1255 10th St., Denver, CO 80204) from 5-7 p.m. On May 25th. Each student will get 5 free tickets and additional tickets will be for sale for $5/each. P arking is at the Tivoli, parents do pay for parking, staff is free.
  • Mr. TJ, Fri. 4/15 -  . Nine  of the esteemed class of 2016 young men will be joined by their escorts and emcees to compete for the title of Mr TJ by showcasing their style, grace and talents.   It's going to be "Raining Men" and you won't want to miss it.
  • Prom, 4/23, 8-11pm at the Curtis Room in Landmark (DTC). I t's sure to be a grand time! We will be looking for parent volunteers to help with various aspects of prom in the coming weeks, stay tuned to the newsletter for updates. Class of 2016 are providing corsages ($15) and boutineers ($10) for Prom.
  • Get your class T_shirt! at: mkt.com/tj2016
Class of 2017 - Juniors
  • April 6 @ 2:15 Mr Sheehan's room - Info meeting regarding Prom - your ideas & involvement are needed !  
  • How to stay in the loop and share your ideas for the Class of 2017:  tjhs2017@gmail.com
  • Class of 2017 t-shirts - at  mkt.com/tj2017 online store for Class of 2017
  •  Follow 2017 Class on Twitter - @2017TJHS
Class of 2018 - Sophomores
  • This Friday April 8th, 7-9 PM -  Class of 2018 Parent Social at the home of Jim and Kary Cramer, 3103 S Milwaukee St. Last minute RSVP at, http://evite.me/QdRjwyGHvM
  • Donations for the Class of 2018 fund can be given here at the Spartan Online Store in the section called "All Fundraisers."   mkt.com/tjspartanstore
Class of 2019 - Freshmen
Swing into the Season
The girls' tennis team gets back into the swing of things with the new 2016 season.
Spring sports have officially begun their seasons, and the girls' tennis team is ready to rev up their competitive spirits. The team recently completed tryouts, and both new and old members are excited to play this year. This season, head coach Jeff Zinke plans to create an environment for the girls that is fun and enjoyable, yet also educational. Zinke wants the girls to be as educated about tennis as they are enthusiastic about playing it. "It's important to have fun and enjoy the sport while being knowledgeable about it," explained Zinke. "The only way to create that environment is through lots of time spent in practices with fun activities during practice." Read more
Health Screening
Each year DPS conducts health screenings for students in specific grades. At the high school level all 9th graders are screened as well as testable students in special education. The screening consists of vision and hearing screenings as well as height/weight (BMI) measurements. At Thomas Jefferson High School the screenings will take place onApril 22 & 25; Recheck dates are April 26 & 27. If you would NOT like your student screened you must notify the school nurse prior to April 15, 2016 via e-mail to Deborah_Samuels@dpsk12.org

Cada año DPS lleva a cabo exámenes de salud para los estudiantes en grados específicos. En el nivel de secundaria todos los estudiantes de 9º grado son examinados, así tambien como estudiantes en educación especial que puedan ser examinados. Los exámenes consisten en exámenes de la vista y la audición, mediciones de altura/peso (IMC). En la escuela, Thomas Jefferson los exámenes tomaran lugar los días 22 y 25 de abril; revisiones son el 26 y el 27 de abril. Si NO le gustaría que su estudiante sea examinado debe notificar a la enfermera de la escuela antes del 15 de abril del 2016 a través de un correo electrónico a
April 27th - Community Meeting with Councilwoman Black
News from the Future Center

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 
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