January 28, 2016
Administrator's Corner

If you would like support completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, mark your calendar for February 8th From 3-6pm, Rena Maez will have expert staff available at TJ to help students and their families complete the FAFSA (details below).    
Congratulations to all of the students who made the honor roll! For the first semester of the school year, 446 out of 1035 students made the honor roll. That's 43% of the school! We are so proud of all of your achievements. Keep it up, Spartans! 

Please check out the new "Class News You Can Use" section below - this is a place where parents can keep up to date on the latest deadlines, dates, and fundraising opportunities for their student's class.

Thanks for all that you do to support our students! 

Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Quick Links
Please note: Lockdown Drill on February 4th
We will have a lockdown and shelter in place drill on the 4 th. Please click here to familiarize yourself with the protocols for these drills. 
Kudos Korner
  • Thanks for all the parents, friends, relatives and sponsors of class of 2017 that donated and attended a very fun game night Sipping for Seventeen event this past Saturday at the Whalen's home sponsored by the Whalens and Stoezters.
Financial Aid Application Assistance Available
Seniors!  Financial aid season has begun.  The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Get help at TJ from the Denver Scholarship Foundation.  We will host a FAFSA workshop on February 8 th , from 3-6pm.  You should plan approximately one hour to complete the FAFSA.   The goal of this workshop is to complete the FAFSA. Click here to access a flyer with important details.  To RSVP, please contact Rena Maez at rmaez@denverscholarship.org or call 720-423-7134. 
The Yearbook is back, with Free Personalized Pages!
With the new school year came the passing of the Aristocrat torch to Mr. Forrester  and the photojournalism classes. We're doing things a little differently this year, and  want all of you to know about it! We have switched production companies and are  now working with TreeRing, and they have some great ideas we are excited about. 
One of the biggest changes is that you can now personalize your copy of the Aristocrat by creating two free pages! All  you have to do is make a free account on the website and follow the links we've  provided, and you're on your way to owning a completely unique version of our 
yearbook! This lines up perfectly with purchasing your book online through  TreeRing for only $45.00.

Click here to add your personalized pages, and buy your book!
Class News You Can Use
Class of 2016 - Seniors
Class of 2017 - Juniors
Class of 2018 - Sophomores
Class of 2019 - Freshmen
  • Please join the 2019 Parent Class Sponsors! This group will meet periodically with TJ Staff Class Sponsors to strengthen connections, build community, and support the Class of 2019 with fun parent socials and fundraisers to ensure our students have a legendary senior year. Think prom, after prom, graduation, etc. 
DPS is on a Roll
DPS earns recognition once again on the AP Honor Roll.
Every three years, the College Board honors school districts around the United States that increase access to Advanced Placement classes while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning passing scores on the tests. Denver Public Schools is once again being recognized for its variety of AP classes offered and high percentage of students who earn a score of a 3 or higher. Read more 
Girls' Leadership Council Inspires Young Women to be Leaders and Philanthropists
Applications are due by February 1, 2016.
For more information, please go to: https://wfco.org/girlsleadershipcouncil
Don't miss this opportunity to attend the 
Institute for the Development of Gifted Education's 2016 Conference
Please consider registering to attend on Feb. 4th!
Conference at 
the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education will offer  multiple sessions throughout the day that will be relevant for our parent-body, one of which is from 
11:15 - 12:15, and  includes TJ Spartans!  
Keynote Speaker:   Dr. James Delisle
Lunchtime Keynote:  Palmarium Award Winner (to be announced)
University of Denver Campus: 
February 4, 2016 8:00 am-4:00 pm (Policy Symposium w/reception on Wednesday evening 4:30-7:00, February 3 with panel including Dr. James Delisle, Dr. Sylvia Rimm, and Dr. Julia Link Roberts)
Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.
This session is also being led by our own in-house Specialist, Mr. Weaver:
Dynamic High School Learning Environments:
A Student Panel
Facilitated by Brian Michael Weaver and Rebecca McKinney
High School learning environments are changing.  The 2016 dynamics require an increasingly engaging climate that fosters liberty, authenticity and immediacy on the parts of educators and learners.  In this session, a student panel will expound on the functions of academic freedom, genuineness and sense of closeness in secondary learning environments as pathways to achievement.  Through this lens, progressive settings such as collegiate concurrent enrollment and online coursework will be compared and contrasted with traditional settings.  Exploring the most effective climates with the least for our highly gifted teens, participants will gain essential perspectives in this growing aspect of educational differentiation. 
Sweets for Your Sweet - Class of 2017 Fundraiser
Duffeyrolls are being sold in support of TJ 2017 Senior year activities

Juniors, the more you sell, the more money your class will have - all proceeds are for YOU! (& it's easy)

 Sweets for your Sweet - just in time for Valentine's day!
  • Pick up order forms in Ms. Thibodeau's office (just down hallway in the main office)
  • Order forms due back to school by Feb 2, 2016, you may leave them in Ms. Thibodeau's office
  • Each seller will need to pick up orders on Feb 12th between 2-4pm (TJ main entrance lobby)  You are responsible for pick up & distributing the pans of Duffeyrolls to purchasers.
  • If you simply want to place an order, please send an email to  tjhs2017@gmail.com to make arrangements.     

Thanks & Go TJ!

A Farewell Journey
Thomas Jefferson Senior reflects the identity of a Spartan with her widespread participation.
Thomas Jefferson senior Jurnee Farrell
has exemplified the true definition of what it means to be a Spartan. Through participation in volleyball, National Honors Society, strong academics, and other leadership programs, Farrell has developed key leadership abilities, which she hopes to pass on others and use to help her continue to excel in the future. Read more 
RTD Fare Increase - Effective January 2016
As an approved agency participating in the RTD Pass and Reduced Fare program, a fare increase has been approved by the Board of RTD to take effect January 2016.  As a result of this fare increase the DPS bus pass program cost will increase.  The logistics of the program will remain the same. 
The following increases will take effect January 2016:

The 10-Ride ticket books were $10.00 and will increase to $10.15.  
·District Issued Eligibility passes were $39.50. New passes will increase to $49.00

If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact Sherri Jones at 720-423-4603. 
Graduation for All Campaign
Some students don't walk across the graduation stage... and not for the reason you think.

They have the grades.
They have the credits.
They may have even been accepted to college already.

Then they get the order form for the cap, gown and graduation announcements, and that's where it stops.

The basic graduation expenses at one Denver high school start at $46 for just the cap and gown. For many of us $46 is what we spend on coffee for the week. Add in announcements and senior pictures, and the cost is a real burden or even impossible for some families.

The Graduation for All Fund helps those for whom the graduation ceremony is out of reach.

Click here to donate

Thanks to your donations, we can make sure that these kids have the same experience as everyone else in their class. Imagine the pride their families will feel when their senior marches across the stage, gets a diploma and a handshake, and takes the next step in their adult life. 
News from the Future Center
Seniors, it's time to work on financial aid!  Here are a few updates for you:
  1. If you have applied to or won any scholarships, come to the Future Center to be entered into a monthly $50 raffle! 
  2. Secondly, if you would like support completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, mark your calendar for February 8th.  From 3-6pm, I will have expert staff available at TJ to help students and their families complete the FAFSA. 
  3. Please check the websites of the schools that you are applying to for financial aid deadlines.  In order to get the best financial aid possible, you need to turn your financial aid in before the deadlines.
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