March 10, 2016
Administrator's Corner

We will be hosting our 2 nd
Annual Night Out at TJ, which will be March 25 th. It was such a success last year that we are doing it again! This year will again be full of music, fun, and great food!! For all students who want to attend, they will need to have a 90% attendance rate. 
Estaremos organizando nuestra 2 da Anual "Night Out" 
(noche afuera) en TJ, que será el 25 de marzo. ¡Fue un gran éxito el año pasado que lo estamos haciendo de nuevo! ¡¡Este año volverá a estar lleno de música, diversión, y buena comida!! Para todos los estudiantes que quieran asistir, tendrán que tener 90% en su asistencia.
Paula Hammel 
Assistant Principal   
Quick Links
Saturday school will be on the 12th of March from 8am-11am. All Seniors trying to make up attendance are encouraged to attend and work on class work/APEX as well.
Kudos Korner
  • Kudos to Jennifer Stephenson for getting the Slam Poetry Club students to present their poetry in the lobby on Friday. They did an amazing job!!
Principal Selection Process - Community Meeting Invitation
Superbowl Champ Returns to TJ as Head Football Coach
We are proud to announce that TJ Alumnus Derrick Martin has been chosen to become the next Head Football Coach at TJ. Derrick, a 2003 graduate, was a standout three sport athlete while at TJ participating in football, basketball and track. He was a state qualifier in track and helped lead the Spartan football team to the state semi-finals his senior year losing to eventual state champion Columbine. He attended the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. He was a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants. His nine year NFL career also included stops in New England and Chicago. Derrick was the consensus top choice by both the search committee and the student athlete panel. We are excited to move into the next phase of Spartan Football under his leadership. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process and helped us make this important selection. GO SPARTANS!
Choice of Studies Window Now Open
The window for choice of studies will be open from March 7th thru March 21st  
Upperclassmen can log onto Infinite Campus and add their class choices for next year.
Counselors will assist all freshmen with class choices during their science classes on Tuesday, March 8 th .  Incoming 8 th grade choice nights and math placement exams will be March 22 or 23 rd from 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. Read more
Parent Support Needed for March 11th Teacher Appreciation Event
It's that time again to say THANKS A LATTE to the fabulous TJ staff and teachers. 
With your help, TJ Partners PTO will be hosting the 3 rd Annual Coffee Cart on Friday, March 11 th and we need your help to provide scrumptious breakfast treats to go along with their coffee.  Please sign up here to help out. 
AP Money Due by March 18th!
big-bills-money.jpg Parents and students: just a reminder that all AP money is due by March 18th so that we can order AP exams in time. 2 weeks and counting!!
Final FAFSA Friday
Financial Assistance Available
For seniors who have not yet completed their FAFSA, Ms. Maez is available to help! She has reserved the following Fridays for drop in FAFSA/financial aid support on 3/18, from 8-2:45 p.m.  Students and families can make appointments with her if those dates/times do not work. Click here for more information!  
Junior FUNdraisers
TJ's junior class is working hard on planning and fundraising for upcoming social events.
With senior year quickly approaching for the class of 2017, the juniors and administrators are working together to raise money for events such as prom and the senior banquet - events that will make their last year at TJ memorable to date. Read more
Pizza Anyone? Support the Class of 2017!
Upcoming Testing Schedule
Read below for upcoming testing dates.
3/24/16: Mock AP Stats and AP Calc 7:30-12:00 (library and room 111) 
4/5/16: Mock Environmental 7:30-12:00
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 on the Horizon
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  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 with any questions.

Bound to Succeed
After endless hours of preparation, fourteen Spartans competed in the 2016 DECA State Conference.
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is an organization that has been around for nearly 70 years, preparing students for college and career-readiness by allowing them to experience the work force. Members gain this knowledge by being exposed to elements like public speaking and thinking under pressure. Fourteen TJ students spent many hours studying, role-playing, and preparing themselves for the State Conference, which was held on February 20-23, at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Read more
Counseling Corner
The window for choice of studies will be open from March 7 th thru March 21 st .   Upper classmen can log onto Infinite Campus and add their class choices for next year.
Counselors will assist all freshmen with class choices during their science classes on Tuesday, March 8th.  
The directions to log on to IC  and choose classes are:
1.       Log onto your Student Portal
2.       Click on attendance in the left side column
3.       Click on the red sentence that goes diagonally across the calendar. (that takes     you to IC)
4.       Course Registration is first at the top of the list.
Be sure to enter both semester choices for a total of 14.
Counselors will be in the computer labs on March 9, 16, and 23rd for help. 
Incoming 8th grade choice nights and math placement exams will be March 22 or 23rd from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  
9th grade Expo at Auraria Campus on Friday March 25, 2016.   Ask your child's counselor for more details.
Any upper classmen interested in  taking classes on a real college campus contact Ms. Stone for more information.
As always counselors are available for questions either by phone or email.
Jeremy Anderson - or 720.423.7124 (students with last names R thru Z )
Stephanie Stone- or 720.423.7182 (students with last names A thru G)
Erin Thompson- or 720.423.7179 (students with last names H thru Q) 
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2016 - Seniors
  • Yearbook Personalized Pages Due 3/15 - Purchase here and personalize a page: Yearbook Link - Personalized pages due by March 15th - get yours done today online.
  • Prom Dress Shopping - 3/12, 3/17, 3/18 - want a bargain, check these sites for very cost effective options:
  • Prom Attire for the Gents - watch for information on discounts and TUX options from Al's Formalwear and Men's Wearhouse coming soon. Reserve early to get the best cost and selection.
  • Fri. 4/15, Mr. TJ,  - . 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). It'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 will also be providing opportunities to purchase corsages and boutineers for Prom. Details coming soon!
  • After Prom Event - After much discussion with the students, it has been decided that there will be no official after prom event held this year.  The After Prom committee will be working with the prom committee to support prom efforts and host other special events for the seniors in the coming months to support the Class of 2016 as they look toward their futures!! Watch the newsletter for updates coming soon.
  • Get your Senior class T_shirt! at:
Class of 2017 - Juniors
  • Junior Class Meeting - Wednesday, 3/16 at 2:15 p.m., Rm 224. ALL JUNIORS encourage to come. Mr Sheehan is leading meeting and discussion for Prom fundraising and IMMEDIATE help with Junior participation in Mr TJ concession stand and ushers. Come help make YOUR prom in 2017 amazing!
  • Prom 2017 meeting on Mon, 3/21 at 3pm in Ms. Reed's room. Come share ideas and help out.
  • March 14-18 - all week - Beau Jo's. The next Neighborhood Eats in support of 2017! Diners must bring flyer for TJ 2017 to get credit. (Flyers are coming soon!)
  • How to stay in the loop and share your ideas for the Class of 2017 -
  • GET YOUR Class of 2017 t-shirt - at online store for Class of 2017
  • Follow 2017 Class on Twitter - @2017TJHS
Class of 2018 - Sophomores
  • April 8th, 7-9 PM - Class of 2018 Parent Social at the home of Jim and Kary Cramer, 3103 S Milwaukee street. Break out of the smaller circles you know at TJ and meet the rest of the 2018 families! Look for an Evite in your email soon or contact Kary Cramer,  for more information.
Class of 2019 - Freshmen
  • Parent Social 3/15, 6pm at Esters - The Parent Class Liaisons invite you join in on a fun, relaxed time of getting to know each other at Esters Neighborhood Pub (1950 South Holly Street, Denver) Please RSVP here   Questions? Email Debi at
Hello, Dolly!
Important Summer Opportunities from the GT Office
March 11 - Application Deadline for NCAR Data Analytics Bootcamp (current Sophomores and Juniors).
March 14 - Postmarked Application Deadline for Children's Hospital Denver Health Internship (current Sophomores).
A Positive Downhill Experience
TJ Ski Club offers Spartans great opportunities to hit the slopes.
Thomas Jefferson Ski Club has gained praise as they continue to provide students with incredible opportunities this winter with various trips to Winter Park. Both beginners and experts have enjoyed skiing with the club this year, and all students are encouraged to join as tickets are only $6.00. Read more
Creative Industries Summer Internship
Accepting Applications Now!

This summer the Center for Visual Art (CVA) at MSU Denver will host a high school internship program in collaboration with Goodwill Industries. Building on the success of previous years, interns will contribute to OhHeckYeah!
We partner with OhHeckYeah!, an organization whose mission is to create community through play:   .

This project-based internship exposes young creatives to the local professional sector and engages the next generation in the Denver arts community.
Interns will:
Engage in challenging, though provoking, collaborative art projects;
Learn from leading art and technology industry professionals;
Explore future careers in the arts;
Meet amazing friends and have a blast!
Application Deadline March 18 . Please encourage young artists ages 16-20 who might be working towards a career in the creative industries to apply here.
Finance the Future
Students are encouraged to visit the Future Center to learn about college scholarships and financial aid details.
With college admission decisions on the horizon, upperclassmen are adjusting their focus toward college preparation. With college and scholarship application deadlines quickly approaching, seniors are making decisions regarding where they want to attend college in the Fall of 2016. Read more
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
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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