March 6, 2017
Administrator's Corner


The semester is flying by! Be sure to remember that attendance is critical. Seniors must have a 92% attendance rate to attend prom and participate in commencement ceremonies. Students can connect with Mr. Skari for information about how to fix attendance. 

Families - if you need to apply for free and reduced lunch assistance, please do so here. Note: this assistance not only affects lunches, but can also provide discounts for students on testing, athletics, and more. 

If you have not paid for AP testing, please do so ASAP. 

Keep up the good work, Spartans!


¡El semestre está volando! Recuerde que la asistencia es crítica. Estudiantes en el grado 12 deben tener un 92% de asistencia para asistir al baile de graduación y participar en las ceremonias de graduación. Los estudiantes pueden comunicarse con el Sr. Skari para obtener información sobre cómo arreglar la asistencia.

Familias - si necesita solicitar asistencia para el almuerzo gratuito y reducido, por favor, hágalo aqui. Nota: esta asistencia no sólo afecta a los almuerzos, sino que también puede proporcionar descuentos para los estudiantes en pruebas, atletismo y más.

Si no ha pagado por las pruebas AP, hágalo lo mas antes posible.

Sigan con el buen trabajo, Spartans!

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!
Week at a Glance - Week of 3/6-3/10
  • CSC - 4:00 p.m.
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Orders and money due for Robotics Fundraiser with Jim 'N Nick's - see Mr. Santambrogio (or see below) for details

  • 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.

  • Robotics fundraiser: Jim N' Nick's meal pickup - 3:00 p.m. at the north doors by the softball field
Kudos Korner
  • Congratulations to seniors Bhawana Acharya and  Jose Navarro-Arriola who each won a $2,000.00 DTC Rotary/Interact Club Scholarship. Way to make us proud!
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.
Support TJ Robotics
Support the robotics program and let Jim 'N Nick's take care of the cooking! For $40, you can pre-order a Jim 'N Nick's Family Meal to be picked up on Friday, March 10th at Thomas Jefferson HS. Each meal consists of one pound smoked pork or chicken, two pints scratch-made trimmings, a dozen fresh baked cheese biscuits or 6 buns, and barbecue sauce (feeds 3-4). Make your selections, include a check (written out to Thomas Jefferson Robotics) or cash, and return to Matt Santambrogio RM 34 by March 7th. Click here to access the flyer with more details!
Save the Date 
Please note that 9th graders will be doing CMAS testing on Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th. Please make spring break plans accordingly so that students are here to test; the expectation is that students arrive at 7:30 a.m.
Attn: All Juniors and Seniors Who Have Attended Challenge Day
TJHS is hosting a fundraising event on May 2nd and we are in need of two students to speak to a large crowd of 150-200 people regarding their experience or sharing their "If you really knew me".  If you are interested, please let Mrs. Davis in the social workers office  know as soon as possible.  This is a great resume and college application builder.  You can email, call, or visit her in person:
Contact information is
Telephone number is 720-423-7072
Office 114C
TJHS is hosting a fundraising event and in need of two students to speak to a large crowd of 150-200 people regarding their experience or sharing their "If you really knew me".  If you are interested, please let Mrs. Davis in the social workers office  know as soon as possible.  This is a great resume and college application builder.  You can email, call, or visit her in person:
Contact information is
Telephone number is 720-423-7072
Office 114C
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.
Immigration Presentation
Denver Police Department Mentoring Program
Since 2014, Denver Police officers have taken on the role of mentor through Goodwill Industries of Denver's GoodGuides program. One-day a week, the officers meet with their mentees in an effort to help better prepare them for their futures, while also building positive relationships with Denver's youth. Watch now to see how the program is impacting the mentors and mentees...
Family Leadership Institute
In Need of a Prom Dress?
TJ Gear Wanted!
Leadership is doing a sports/TJ memorabilia project.  TJ families, alumni, or community members do you have any TJ gear that you no longer want?  Please bring them into the main office labelled Leadership. 
TJ's 2017 Inaugural Online Auction
The Auction Acquisitions Team is hard at work and Auction items are coming in!  We currently have Broncos Tickets, Restaurant Gift Cards, Massages and Hotels to name a few!  TJ's Inaugural Online Auction will be held  April 16-20, 2017  and proceeds will directly benefit our staff and students by helping to pay for valuable programs such as classroom grants and much-needed upgrades for improved working and learning environments. We want this to become TJ's biggest fundraiser on an annual basis and we need your help! 

Here's what you can do: 

1. Ask the places you already know, love and frequent for a donation...they rarely say no to a donation for a public school! Reach out to businesses and request donations such as restaurant certificates, merchandise, vacation and travel opportunities, spa packages, professional services, and tickets to entertainment, cultural and sporting events. The   TJHS 2017 Auction Letter  provides additional information and has the TJ Tax ID #, as donations to TJ are tax-deductible.  This can be printed out and given to businesses when requesting a donation.  Donation information can be submitted directly into the Auction system here   and items can be turned in or mailed to the TJ office.   
2. When the auction goes live on  April 16th , share the link with friends, families, neighbors, co-workers--anyone in the SE Denver community and beyond--who would enjoy supporting our neighborhood high school and walking away with some pretty awesome stuff as a result. When you bid and win, so does TJ! 
We need everyone to help with donations to make the Auction successful!   

Please email Megan Perkins at  and  see the attachment  for more information.
Cold Weather Care Guide and Sheltering Options for Families
As cold weather approaches, many families need extra assistance and sheltering options. Please click here to see the comprehensive guide. 
Communications Protocol for District Weather Closures and Delays
As we prepare for winter weather conditions, the Communications and Transportation Services teams want to ensure we're aligned with how we're sharing news about districtwide closures, dismissals and delays:
  • When districtwide school closures or early dismissals occur, information will be provided by Communications to students, families and educators.Additionally, messaging will be shared through area radio, television and print media, as well as through district websites and social media tools. We also encourage you to share this information on your school websites and social media tools.
  • Communications will use Infinite Campus to send out districtwide school closure or early dismissals messages.
  • Please note that the Transportation Services team will share information with students, families and educators about any delayed openings using its notification system called Bus Bulletin.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
~ Parental Involvement and School Success ~
Parental involvement in a child's education has been related to multiple positive effects in children's school achievement. "Children whose parents are involved in their education,"
* Earn HIGHER grades
* Have BETTER attendance
* COMPLETE more homework
* Are MORE MOTIVATED students
* Are MORE LIKELY to attend college

AND, here are some behavioral benefits, too:
* HIGHER self-esteem
* Higher probability of AVOIDING high-risk behaviors in adolescents
So, What Can I Actually Do?
1)     Talk to your student about the school day. You can reference last week's Mental Health Tip,             "Increasing Happiness in Kids" for a set of good discussion questions.
2)     Get to know their friends, and their friends' parents. You are doing this because you care                  about who they are with and what they do. Similarly...
3)     Get to know your child's teachers! You can better help them navigate each class/teacher if               you are familiar with the teaching style, classroom set-up, expectations, foreseeable                         challenges/conflicts that may come up, etc.
4)     Come to school events, such as: Back to School Night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, sporting         events, the school art shows, plays, weekend tournaments/competitions, musical/choir                     performances; become a member of the PTO; help with volunteer opportunities/events at the           school; your presence around school and effort to be a member of the community can have a           positive impact on your child.
5)     High school is hard, and there is a lot to manage. Help them time-manage and set up routines         for completing assignments at home. When possible, be available to help them if they have             any questions. Even if you cannot help with the content of the assignment, sit at the kitchen             table with them while they do their work. You can spend this time to catch up on some of your         responsibilities too! Help model what initiating and completing a task looks like.
6)     Continue to ask them about any future or upcoming events they are looking forward to.
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP  
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 if you have time, tools or trucks that would make this project go smoothly. Thank you! 
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.
Welcome to TJ AVID!
AVID is not just another its heart; AVID holds students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.
What exactly is AVID?
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 35 years ago with  one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories.
For more information about AVID worldwide, visit:
Thomas Jefferson High School's AVID Program named AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction!
Feb. 15, 2017
On behalf of AVID Center, we would like to thank you and your staff for your commitment to AVID and all you do to ensure equity and opportunity for all students. As a result of your efforts and in meeting the target percentages for both Process Metrics and Impact Metrics, we are proud and honored to formally recognize your school as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction FOR THE 2016_17 School year.
An AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction represents the highest level of AVID implementation fidelity demonstrating excellence in instructional practice and the promotion of college readiness schoolwide. This elite group of candidate schools represents less than 10% of all AVID middle and high schools worldwide.
Three 9TH Grade AVID Students recently named Thomas Jefferson's 9th Grade Students of the Month!
December:                            John Ingram (4.4 GPA)
January:                                 Grace Alexander (3.4 GPA)
February:                                Izabella Williams (3.1 GPA)
Congratulations to all three of you and your incredible efforts!
For more information about AVID at TJ, contact the AVID Coordinator (Mr. Eric Perry) at 720-423-7094 or
"AVID is closing the achievement gap with equitable persistence among diverse groups of college students"
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
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 

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:  
  • Save the Date: Saturday, May 6th @ 7pm
    Cinco de Mayo party
    Casa de Freedbergs
    Hosted by the Leprys + Freedbergs
    FUNdraising for senior year activities for the classes of 2018 + 2020 (This will be a combined party.)
    details + evite to follow
  • 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 - 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:
Class of 2020 - Freshmen
  • Save the Date: Saturday, May 6th @ 7pm
    Cinco de Mayo party 
    Casa de Freedbergs
    Hosted by the Leprys + Freedbergs
    FUNdraising for senior year activities for the classes of 2018 + 2020 (This will be a combined party.)
    details + evite to follow
  • 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: or Lisa at:
From the Counselors - Save the Date
April 15, 2017; 8:00-11:00 a.m.
College 101
Parents/Students: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors;
learn about the college application process, financial aid, Naviance, and more!
More details to follow.
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  
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