August 28, 2017
Administrator's Corner
Dear Parents and Students,

We will be having several different events this week to support our students. Please be aware that Tuesday, September 5th we will have an adjusted schedule so that we can put on a Bully Prevention assembly from 1:30pm-2:45pm. We also have Back to School Night on Wednesday the 6th from 5-7pm. Please plan on attending as it is important that we all come together to encourage and support our student growth.

Thank you.

Estimados Padres y Estudiantes,

Estaremos teniendo varios eventos diferentes esta semana para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes. Tenga en cuenta que el martes 5 de septiembre tendremos un horario ajustado para que podamos organizar una "Prevencion de Bully" de 1:30 a 2:45. TambiƩn tenemos Noche de Regreso a la Escuela el miƩrcoles el 6 de 5-7pm. Por favor planee asistir, ya que es importante que todos nos unamos para alentar y apoyar el crecimiento de nuestros estudiantes.

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
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Week at a Glance - Week of 8/28-9/1
  • Yearbooks on sale (until 9/29) for $45...see below for details
  • Fall play auditions - 2:45 p.m.
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Fall play auditions - 2:45 p.m.
  • Office Hours/early release

Kudos Korner
photos by Will Forrester
  • Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Eclipse viewing a safe and fun event for all! A strategically timed fire drill allowed all students and staff to be outside at the prime time to enjoy the spectacular event. Kudos to science, for using math and physics to tell us that this was going to happen! 
Time to Order School Photos!

It's time to order school pictures! Click here to read more about how it works, and click here for the order form. 
Band Day at Coors Field - Saturday, Sept. 2
Several of our band students will be performing at the Colorado Rockies Game on Saturday, September 2, at 6:10 p.m.  vs. the Diamondbacks. 

Family and friends (that's you) can purchase discounted tickets, which have the potential to benefit our band program, if over 100 people purchase tickets and indicate Thomas Jefferson High School as their choice. In order for the band to receive credit, tickets need to be purchased through this link.

Thanks for your support of this program!
TJHS Welcomes ASA High School Tour

The ASA high school tour is a Bullying Prevention Program that includes some of the best skaters and BMX riders in the world. 

Come watch some of the best actions sports athletes in the world and learn about how to prevent bullying. 

Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Show Location: Thomas Jefferson High School Parking Lot
Showtime: 1:30 pm-2:45 pm

Click here for more information!
Youth can GET A LIFT with RTD - and we're paying!
Get your MyRide Smart Card soon!
The City and County of Denver is partnering with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) to gain a better understanding of the transportation needs for Denver youth. Through this pilot project, 1,500 Denver high school students, ages 14 - 18, will be provided with a MyRide Smart Card preloaded with bus/rail fare, which can be used for all regular RTD bus rides, Call-n-Ride, SkyRide and rail services.
Download the new TJHS Mobile App today!
We encourage you to download the app from the App Store or Google Play at no cost (scan the QR codes below or simply search for "TJHS"). We will be finalizing formatting and loading new content in the coming weeks, so please be patient and check the app frequently for new information! Our hope is that this will be yet another way to strengthen communication for our community. 

Helpful hint: make sure your push notifications are on, 
so that you can get  updated info and event reminders!
Yearbook Discount - Act Soon!

All information about the yearbook can found here

Whether you are looking for the senior picture deadline or how to                 purchase a book, there is one stop for everything! 

The book is currently on sale for $45. To get the lowest price, purchase     before 9-29-17. The book will be $65 at full price, so this is quite a             discount! 

Click here for more information.

Purchase School Supplies at Office Depot or Office Max and Give Back to TJ!

Education is the Foundation for a Brighter Future: Give 5% Back To Your School!
Simply make a purchase of  qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout and your designated school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!

It's a small act that can make a huge difference.

TJ's school code is 70017648
Grease is the Word!
TJHS Theatre will be performing Grease in the Fall of 2017. It will be a fun, energizing, and exciting show! We need plenty of people to come on board to be apart of this amazing production including: Actors/Ensemble members, Theatre Tech, and Hair and Make-Up crew. An informational meeting on this production including audition information, time, fees, and other miscellaneous information will be discussed then. Auditions will be today and tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. All are welcome! Grease is the word!

If you are looking for adventure in June 2018, PERU  is the trip for you! White water rafting, hiking to scenic Machu Picchu, shopping in Peruvian markets, feasting on incredible local foods... among so many other adventures! 

Space is limited! Enroll today!  Contact  or Click here for more details about the trip. 

Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

Spending just 15 minutes together (whether it be a walk, cup of coffee, etc.) is all it takes for two strangers to start to feel empathy towards each other.

Here are some ways to help increase empathy in children and adolescents:

1)  Role Playing - There is evidence that role-playing has a positive and significant effect on empathy at all age and that role-playing might even have a positive effect on empathy for those who are merely passively exposed to it via others' actively role playing.
2)  Talking About Feelings- Longitudinal studies have found that having conversations with young children that reference feelings predicts their later perspective taking. Beyond simply referring to feelings, caregivers who refer to the "why" behind feelings tended to rear children who are better able to take the perspective of others.
3)  Induction and Distancing- Parenting techniques seem to have a significant impact on children's development of cognitive empathy as well. In particular, induction (when a parent refers to the other's perspective, points out their distress, and clarifies that the child's action caused this distress) promotes perspective-taking. Perspective-taking also increases when parents use the technique of distancing, in which caregivers question and challenge the child's viewpoint (versus explicitly explaining logic as with induction).Distancing is a Socratic method that involves questioning, providing counter examples, and creating dissonance within the child's existing perspective, thereby promoting consideration of alternative explanations of the feelings and behaviors of others.
4)  Gratitude- Gratitude is also a positive emotion that, as some argue, broadens and builds personal assets such as empathy by increasing an individual's willingness to consider other perspectives. Gratitude may also be effective at inducing empathy via an indirect pathway-reducing personal distress levels. Ask your child to come up with a list of their blessings (things they are grateful for) as well as writing an appreciative letter to someone important in their life. 
5)  Mindfulness- Mindfulness involves intentional present-moment awareness without judgement. In youth, there is support for mindfulness having a positive impact on empathy overall, as well as for reducing distress.

Want a short video to watch? Click here.
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP  
Parent Training Opportunity 
Children's Mental Health Youth Action Board - Applications Now Being Accepted!
2017-2018 Application Instructions
The Children's Hospital Pediatric Mental Health Institute (PMHI) is recruiting up to 12 passionate youth (ages 15-17) to participate as members of the Children's Mental Health Youth Action Board (YAB). The board consists of up to 15 youth from across the Denver Metro Area who are interested in improving mental health in Colorado.  
Goals of the Youth Action Board:
  1. Advise Children's Hospital Department of PMHI on projects and materials to improve patient care.
  2. Raise the awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues in the communities we serve by creating a project each year that will support social change.
  3. Develop the leadership and advocacy skills of each board member.
Applicant Qualifications:
  • A young person ages 15-18
  • Interested/ passionate about youth mental health
  • Able to get to and from Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Available on Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm starting October 3, 2017
  • Interested in making change
Time Commitment and Expectations:
The Youth Board will meet every other week starting October 3rd. Meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-6pm at Children's Hospital Colorado in the Gary Pavilion, Aurora, CO. Travel stipends are available to youth who need to travel more than 10 miles to Children's Hospital Colorado's Aurora campus. Each selected youth will have the opportunity to participate in the 8 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Training that may be held on a Saturday in late November.
Examples of past projects:
Each year, we create a project that is intended to create change around mental health. You can see examples of our past projects here:
Application Process:
Complete the attached application AND include ONE picture that says something about you, your passion for children's mental health, your family, or your community then e-mail both the application and picture to by 5pm on September 13th. Do not send links to a Google document, I've had trouble accessing that in the past.
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.
Public Input Opportunity
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!


Class of 2018 - Seniors
  • 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 if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Juniors
  • We are excited to introduce the Class of '19 retro t-shirt for sale!  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, or at various school events.  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:
Class of 2020 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono, the 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:  or Lisa at: .
Class of 2021 - Freshmen
  • New Graduation Requirements! DPS has adopted new, evidence-based graduation requirements that will go into effect this year for the graduating class of 2021. Click here
    to read more!
News from the Future Center
TJ Seniors and Families:
Worried about financial aid?  Need help navigating the process?  Need scholarship resources? On 9/21, Ms. Maez will lead a presentation about how to apply for scholarships and financial aid.  The meeting starts at 6pm and will take place in the TJ Auditorium.  If you need language translation services, please RSVP before 9/8/17 to
Save the date!  Need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid?  On 10/5/17, from 4-7pm, experts will be available to help you complete this application.  This workshop takes place during parent/teacher conferences and should take approximately one hour to complete.  More details to follow!

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
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