May 19, 2016

This will be the last newsletter for the year. 
Please look for us in the fall  once  we've 
kicked off  the 2016-2017 school year. 

Enjoy the summer!

Administrator's Corner

Dear parents, students, and TJ community, 

This has been an incredible experience as I've served my time here as principal of Thomas Jefferson High School. I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement on this journey. 

I am so proud of the growth that our students and staff have made, and the contributions our kids have made to the TJ community. I will miss my time with you, but I feel so assured that you are in great hands with MIke Christoff as your principal. 

Please know that TJ will always be in my heart.

Estimados padres, estudiantes, y comunidad de TJ,
Esta ha sido una experiencia increíble que he servido mi tiempo aquí como directora de la escuela Thomas Jefferson.  Quiero agradecer a todos por su apoyo y aliento en este viaje.
Estoy muy orgullosa del crecimiento que nuestros estudiantes y el personal han hecho, y las contribuciones que los niños han hecho a la comunidad de TJ. Extrañaré mi tiempo con ustedes, pero me siento tan segura de que están en buenas manos con Mike Christoff como su director. Por favor, sepan que TJ siempre estará en mi corazón.

Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Quick Links
ACT Books Available
We have 15 book sets for sale for $10. The set includes: Course Workbook for the ACT, Early Edge for the ACT, and 1,460 ACT Practice questions. The set is brand new and over a $100 value. Interested students can bring money to Ms. Cummins in room 134. Thanks!
2016 Denver Summer Opportunities for DPS Youth
It's almost summer!
Interested in clubs, activities, summer camps, festivals, day camps, tech camps and more? Click here for a complete guide to all things summer, compiled especially for DPS students.
Kudos Korner
  • Nick Wilson and  Maxx Robinson  have been chosen to speak at the Challenge Denver fundraising event on Wednesday evening.  They wrote an essay starting with the "If you really knew me..." exercise that the program is so known for and they both plan on sharing their story and how Challenge Day helped them in front of 150-200 people most of which are corporate sponsors.  The were both willing to be vulnerable which we all know is not an easy thing to do. 
  • Exciting news! IKEA came to TJ and interviewed 13 Spartans to help fill 30 summer positions. ALL 13 have made it on to the 2nd round in this process on their way to being hired by IKEA . IKEA was blown away by their professionalism, resumes and cover letters. While IKEA was here Mr. Perry met with their marketing director and she has so many ideas for next year in ways they could help TJ financially, in classrooms and also a sports day they host every year in May. We look forward to having IKEA as a Community Partner! The following 13 are the students who should be congratulated on their efforts:  Valyntine Lonergan,  John Riviera,  Seth Stoneburner,  Abloi Ater,  Hanna Zuy,  Katarina Withington,  Santino Salazar,  Caitlin Holland,  Diana Ruiz,  Ciara Dixon.  Eric Ilunga.  Michael Vasilco, and  Sean McNearney
Way to go, Spartans!
Southmoor Elementary is Turning 40! Come celebrate tonight!
Are you an alum of Southmoor Elementary? It's turning 40 and to celebrate, the school is hosting a block party on  Thursday, May 19th from 4-8. All who have contributed to its success - students, parents, teachers, administration and neighbors - past, present and future, are invited! Festivities will include music, food trucks and a costume contest. Invite your alumni friends and neighbors to join!! Click here for details.....hope to see you there!
All for One Community Golf Tournament - May 21

$95.00 per player (includes green fees, cart, great lunch, prizes) 
4 Person Teams - Modified Scramble - 7:30am Shotgun Start
Lots of Team and Individual Men/Women Prizes! 

End of Year Staff Appreciation Lunch
Well the End of the School Year is quickly approaching so it's time to come together one last time before summer to THANK the wonderful staff at Thomas Jefferson High School for all that they do for our kids.
TJ Partners PTO will be hosting a Summer Picnic Style Luncheon on Friday, May 27th at 11 am - 12:00 pm in Room 111.
Please help us make this a great end of year celebration by contributing to the lunch/picnic in any way you can.  We will be holding a drawing for donated gift cards for the staff during the luncheon.  Any contribution of $10 - $20 gift cards would be much appreciated.
Please sign up through the Sign-Up Genius and bring your item to the main office any time prior to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27th. The staff truly appreciates the luncheon.

Congratulations to Coach Wendell Smith!
Coach Wendell Smith made the TJ community proud by receiving the MBK25 Honoree.
Wendell Smith, one of TJ's football coaches, scored his own achievement off the football field by being honored by Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the City and County of Denver as a My Brother's Keeper Honoree. Read more

High School Registration for Ninth Grade Academy
NGA will take place August 8th-12th from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Please register now! 
Challenge Denver Peer Mediators
Congratulations to Davis Vanzetten, Rosa Gonzalez-Mejia,
Maria Jimenez-Guzman, Landon Cramer, LaJonai Stephenson, and
Malia Miles T
hese students just completed their peer mediation training, which was provided to them in partnership with Challenge Denver and their dedication to TJ to make sure we continue to stay a strong school.   Watch out TJ!
Parent/Student Portal - Please Sign Up!
If you haven't signed up for the Parent/Student Portal, please do so ASAP!
2. Click the "getting started" tab on the top
3. Fill out the form on the left with your name, e-mail address, phone number, student name, school ID number (lunch number) and student's 8 digit date of birth. Click "submit."
4. Create your username and password. Click "submit."
5. You will receive an e-mail immediately from the DPS Portal Team with a link to activate your account.
Partners PTO News
The 2016-2017 TJ Partners PTO will be hitting the ground running in early June to plan for next year's activities and fund raising opportunities. Watch your emails for community and back to school events to be held in early August.  Join in the fun early to get the school year off to a great start.
Please following new and returning Board Members will be looking forward to seeing you in the fall. 
Co- Presidents: Debi Kelley and Spring Hericks
Co-Treasurers: Kevin Whalen and Keith Priest
Secretary: Sylvie Fambrini
Members at Large: Kary Cramer and Shirli Sensenbrenner
If you have any questions over the summer, please contact TJ Partners PTO at
Have a Great Summer!
Rocky Mountain Regionals
Our teams absolutely killed it at RMR on the 30 th of April. Not only did we earn trophies, we cleaned house with a total of thirteen trophies over nine competitions!

Drill Team
Drill Team proved all their practice was never in vain. They got 1st place armed exhibition, 4 th place armed regulation, 5 th place 2 man, 3 rd place 4 man, 1 st place individual drill, 1 st place armed overall. "It was the best drill meet we have ever had, and I look forward to next year!" C/CPT Dale Williams, the commander of Drill Team, stated about their performance.

Honor Platoon
Honor Platoon stomped their way into victory with 1 st place unarmed exhibition, 2 nd place unarmed regulation, 1 st place unarmed overall.

Color Guard
While Color Guard did not earn a trophy, Color Guard still did well at 6 th place Color Guard A, and were only a few points off on placing 5 th.

The Future for our Teams
Due to our teams doing so well, both drill team and HP are eligible for going to Texas next year! However, many of our drill team members are seniors and won't be coming back for that experience.  This means our incoming freshman will have to pick up the ball and make sure we succeed in Texas!
Honor Platoon do not have to worry about that problem too much, however. Most of HP consists of sophomores and juniors, so instead of learning something new, all they have to do is improve.
Regardless of what happens, next year will sure be interesting for our teams!
Congratulations to Sabrina Janczak!
TJ French teacher extraordinaire, Madame Sabrina Janczak, has been recognized by the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) as Colorado Teacher of the Year

The CCFLT Teacher of the Year is awarded each year to an outstanding world language teacher who is also a leader in the teaching profession, an advocate for world languages, shares best practices with others, and is involved in the advancement of language education.  Madame Janczak demonstrates all of these qualities, and more!  She is a leader in our profession, and spends much of her own time training and demonstrating her techniques to teachers from all over the world!  She hosts teachers from all over Denver and the USA in her TJ classroom, and welcomes all to observe her dedication to the use of  Comprehensible Input  methods. She presents at conferences so that she can share her skills with other teachers.  This summer, you can see her present in Agen, France and at the International Forum on Language Teaching in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  

Recipients of the CCFLT Teacher of the Year award go on to compete regionally and nationally with other World Language teachers, with the ultimate goal of being named ACTFL Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

If you see Madame Janczak in the halls, be sure to tell her Félicitations (Congratulations) and Bonne Chance (Good Luck)!
First Place for the First Time
TJ's choir students bring home two first place trophies.
On May 14th, TJ took a group of forty students to the Music in the Parks choir competition. The past two years they have brought home second place trophies, but this year they did not settle and excelled, bringing two first place trophies back for the Spartans. Read more
Attention Juniors! Class of 17 Senior Photos!
You are almost seniors!
This means that you need to get your senior photos. The deadline is in October, so the yearbook staff suggests that you get those taken asap. This summer is a great time to take senior photos, and it will help ensure that you don't miss the deadline. To learn more about senior photo requirements, visit the journal or click here.
Summer Resources for Families

Support Spartan Football...Be a Triathlon Volunteer!
Spartan Football is raising funds by participating in the Dillon Triathlon on Sat., Sept 10th as volunteers. For every hour of volunteer time we earn and average of $5-10 for the football program at TJ.  Not everyone in the volunteer group has to be part of the football team or a student at TJHS. We can use as many helping hands as possible. Volunteers must be 16 years or older so parents, friends, siblings and anyone that wants to spend a day in the beauty of Dillon and experience the excitement of a triathlon while helping the participants and sponsors and benefiting TJ HS can volunteer for as little as 4 hours and up to 10 hours.

We need at least 10 volunteers that put their group name as "TJ HS Football" when signing up online for a time slot in order to earn the funds. Please visit this site t o see the possible volunteer positions.  All volunteers will receive an awesome Under Armour long sleeve tech shirt, and community service hours. 

Please let Laura Whalen, or 303-681-7226, know if you are planning to sign up. We have already reserved 7 of the most lucrative volunteer slots so check with Laura before signing up online to see if one of the previously reserved spots if something you would like to do.  We will also be providing transportation for those that need a ride to Dillon. Please let Laura know if you need transportation. 
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2016 - Seniors
You may be having a plethora of emotions as we get closer and closer to graduation; happiness, sadness, confusion, anxiety, and excitement just to name a few.  Here are the final dates you will want to have on your calendar for the following week.  If your student had Cap and Gown pictures taken, the order form proofs are available in the main office. 
5/24  - 8-11AM Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
· Auraria Campus Physical Education/Event Center (PE), 1255 10th St, Denver, CO 80204
· Seniors must attend to participate in graduation ceremonies
5/25  - 5-7PM - GRADUATION
·   Auraria Campus Physical Education/Event Center (PE), 1255 10th St, Denver, CO 80204 (more info on when to arrive will be provided at rehearsal)
·  S eniors will get their 5 free tickets the day they check out. Additional tickets can be purchased from the office manager, Danyelle Charles for $5 a ticket.
Class of 2017 - Juniors
  • How to stay in the loop and share your ideas for the Class of 2017:
  • Class of 2017 t-shirts - at online store for Class of 2017
  •  Follow 2017 Class on Twitter - @2017TJHS  
Class of 2018 - Sophomores
  • Class of 2018 - Truth or dare? Truth--we have a lot of money to raise next year. Dare--we dare you to make an end-of-year donation now for Prom and After-Prom! Next year begins fund raising in earnest to guarantee our students have enough raised to enjoy an epic senior experience. Help us end this year on a strong note by donating today to the Class of 2018 fund. Visit TJ's website at and look for Class of 2018!
Class of 2019 - Freshmen
  • Sunday, May 22nd, 5pm - Ready for summer? TJ class of 2019 parents - join us for a summer themed night out fundraiser at the Bulgers' house: 8200 E Princeton Ave, Denver, 80237. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. $20 per person. Buy tickets online at or pay with cash or check on the 22nd. RSVP here!
Calling all High School Leaders!
Are you a youth leader in Denver interested in pursuing the environmental field? Are you a student who loves the outdoors and is interested in meaningful volunteer work by your river? Whether you are thinking about being a wildlife biologist when you grow up, want to learn about working with kids, love exploring the outdoors, or just want to meet new people and help out your South Platte River - come join the   Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC)!

GLC is a youth group in Denver for high school students to learn more about the environment and become active, informed citizens. At least once a month The Greenway Foundation will host a GLC event and meeting, often down by the South Platte River, involving volunteer work projects, team-building exercises, and outdoor adventures around the state. 

Next GLC Event:  "Parks in Progress" will be held May 20th, at Grant Frontier Park and Pasquinel's Landing. GLC students will visit Grant Frontier Park, which is currently undergoing major renovations as part of the larger River Vision Implementation Plan (RVIP). After touring the "park in progress" and having a chance to hear from landscape engineers working on the project, GLC students will put in some service work hours by cleaning up the nearby (and recently renovated) Pasquinel's Landing.
Click here to learn more about the program, see a schedule of upcoming events, and sign up today!
Call for Artists! 
The Greenway Foundation is seeking talented artists for two different opportunities to display your artwork.
1. Coors Light South Platte RiverFest - Join our art competition open to all ages to create a piece of artwork on site. Artwork is seen by up to 20,000 festival attendees! Click here for more information!
2. The Greenway Foundation is seeking a talented artist to create an award to represent our annual event for the 2016 Partner in Change Award. Click here for more information!

Join Friends of Greenway 
Join our monthly giving program Friends of Greenway to get special perks and benefits -- such as early camp registration for 2017!  Click here  to schedule your donation today!  Our camps fill up quick, and there are only a few spots left at our new camp location Joe Shoemaker School (3333 S. Havana St., Denver, CO 80231). Follow this link  to sign up your elementary-aged children for a week of fun at our Adventures Outside Summer Camp! 
Aviation Science, Engineering and Aerospace Academy Summer Program
Click here for more information!
Volunteers of America Youth Volunteer Summer Institute - Apply Now!
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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