Please note:  the final newsletter of the 2017-2018 school year will go out on Monday, 5/28. Weekly newsletters will resume on Monday, 8/20.
May 21, 2018
Administrator's Corner

In case you haven't heard the good news, 
TJ has received national recognition for being one of the top high schools in the nation! 
Click here for more information. 

We are getting ready for finals! Please remember that May 24th, May 25th and May 29th we will have finals and students will be out of school early each day. Click here for the schedule.

Students, be sure to study hard, get enough sleep, eat a good breakfast, and finish strong. May 30th and 31st are set aside for makeup finals (by appointment with your teachers). Good luck, Spartans! 

¡En caso de que no haya escuchado las buenas noticias, TJ ha recibido reconocimiento nacional por ser una de las mejores escuelas secundarias de la nación! Haga clic aquí­ para mas información. 

¡Nos estamos preparando para la final! Por favor, recuerden que el 24 de mayo, el 25 de mayo y el 29 de mayo tendremos una final y los estudiantes saldrán temprano de la escuela todos los días. Haga clic aquí para ver el cronograma. 

Estudiantes, asegúrese de estudiar mucho, dormir lo suficiente, comer un buen desayuno y terminar fuerte. Los días 30 y 31 de mayo se reservan para las finales de maquillaje (previa cita con los profesores). Buena suerte, Spartans!

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 5/21-5/25
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Senior Checkout Begins
  • Final Day of Senior Checkout
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -
  • Finals!
Period 2: 7:30 to 9:00 (Final)
Period 3: 9:05 to 10:35 (Final)
Period 4: 10:40 to 12:10 (Final)
Lunch: 12:10 to 12:50
Test make-ups and teacher conferences (by appointment): 12:55 - 3:00

Friday -
  • Finals!
Period 6:  7:30 to 9:00 (Final)
Period 7:  9:05 to 10:35 (Final)
Lunch:    10:40 to 11:35
Test make-ups and teacher conferences (by appointment):11:40 to 3:00 (Finals Make-up)
Kudos Korner
  • Monticello and Advanced Choir competed in the Music in the Parks Festival held annually at Ralston Valley High School. Our students were polite, caring, and had such positive attitudes! Our direct competitors were Golden High School and Falcon High School. Advanced placed 2nd in their division receiving a rating of "Excellent." Monticello bested the bunch with a 1st place finish and "Superior" ratings - the highest marks a choir can receive. 
Way to go, Spartans!
DPS Monthy School Lunch Menu
Click here to view the district-wide monthly menu!
9th Grade Orientation
9th grade orientation will be on May 31st from 6-7 p.m.
Staff Appreciation Picnic
The end of the school year is quickly approaching so it's time to come together one last time before summer to say THANK YOU to the wonderful staff at Thomas Jefferson High School for all that they do for our kids. TJ PTO will be hosting one last staff appreciation event during finals, a Summer Picnic Luncheon on Friday, May 25th from 12:00-1:00pm in Room 111.
Please help us make this end of year celebration a great one by contributing to the lunch in any way you can. With your donations, we are buying fried chicken for the staff and need help with the rest of the meal too. If you can't bring food for the meal, there is still time to donate. Click here to donate. Any amount helps!
Please sign up here and bring your item to the main office any time prior to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25th. Non-perishable items can be dropped off in the main office before 3:30pm on Thursday, May 24th. 
Thank you!
Lost and Found
Spartans, remember to check the lost and found for any items you may be missing.  The Lost and Found, located outside of the pool entrance, will be cleaned out on Thursday, May 31st. Please check for any missing items before Wednesday, May 30th. Any unclaimed clothing left after the 30th will be donated to Clothes to Kids of Denver, a local non-profit that serves low-income and in-crisis families by providing school clothes to student in need.
TJ Greenhouse Sale

The TJ Green House will be having an open house sale!

May 25th from 11-12:30pm
Please enter by Teacher Parking lot and follow the signs to the Greenhouse

You can pick up plants you preordered or come purchase for the first time
We will have a variety of plants
Broccoli, marigolds, tomatoes, tomatillos, basil, and a few other plants TBA

CASH or CHECK accepted

If you have any questions please contact 

Peace, Love and Plants
Yearbook News

Price:  The book is $65 until sold out. Last year, we sold out quickly, so act fast!

Distribution:  Yearbooks will be handed out at the Backyard Bash on Friday, May 18. Students will need a photo ID to pick up the book.

Class of 2019:  It's time to start thinking about senior photos for the class of 2019. The best time to get those taken is over the summer. The deadline will be early October, so please plan accordingly.  

New Parent Portal Coming Soon
The New and Improved Parent Portal is Almost Here!
We've heard your feedback loud and clear about the existing Parent and Student Portal, and we're redesigning it to provide a better user experience for DPS parents and families! The good news - the new portal will be available as early as May 15 for a sneak peek before summer break. This is only a sneak peek, and you will be able to experience what the new portal will be like by reviewing your student's end of year report cards and grades. Please stay tuned for more updates from the Parent Portal team throughout the summer. We're excited to bring you this new and improved experience on the Parent Portal, and we want to keep you informed about the new features we will be adding to the platform. To create a Parent Portal account, please visit and click Getting Started. If you do not remember your username or password, contact our hotline at 720-423-3163 or email
¡El Nuevo y Mejorado Portal para Padres ya casi está aquí!
Hemos escuchado sus comentarios alto y claro sobre el Portal para Padres y Estudiantes, y lo estamos rediseñando para proporcionar una mejor experiencia de usuario para padres y familias de DPS. La buena noticia - el nuevo portal estará disponible el 15 de mayo para obtener un vistazo antes de las vacaciones de verano. Esto es solo un adelanto, y usted podrá experimentar cómo será el nuevo portal al revisar sus boletas y calificaciones de fin de año de su estudiante. Por favor estén atentos para más actualizaciones del equipo del Portal de Padres durante el verano. Estamos entusiasmados de brindarle esta experiencia nueva y mejorada en el Portal para Padres, y queremos mantenerlo informado sobre las nuevas funciones que agregaremos a la plataforma. Para crear una cuenta del Portal para Padres, visite y haga clic en "Getting Started". Si no recuerda su nombre de usuario o contraseña, comuníquese a nuestra línea de asistencia al 720-423-3163 o envíe un correo electrónico a
Job Opportunities
Star Playgrounds
We're looking for people to help with our summer playground installations, specifically highschoolers who would need a summer job. Basic requirements: are no felony background, be able to lift a bag of concrete, and be able to get to our office on SantaFe & Titan Parkway. Last year we had kids biking here! We start at 7am, pay $13-15/hr, and have an awesome office manager! They get to work outside assembling playgrounds. Right now we're looking for bodies from end of April or May until the fall. Click here for more information!
Young Americans Bank
There are some potential job opportunities that we have for your students at Young Americans Bank. If you do not know anything about us we are a bank that is designed to teach the youth about financial literacy. Please feel free to visit us our website at   for additional information.
I am looking to hire 6 New Account Representatives for our Cherry Creek location and one for our Lakewood location. This position is a year round position, during the school year the students will primarily work every Saturday and can work 3-4 days a week during the summer/winter/spring break. The students will need to be at least 16 years old and be excited to work and learn about the financial industry. I have enclosed a job application and a job description for your review. I would be happy to come out and interview students who are interested. Please call me at the number listed below with any questions.

Click here for the job description, and click here for the employee application!

Lila Rodriguez
Operations Officer
Young Americans Bank
3550 E. 1
st Ave
Denver, CO  80206
Main: (303) 321-2265

Direct: (303) 320-3206
To apply, please visit our website

Select " Work in DPS " and go to School support Operations and select " Apply Now. " Select " External Candidates. " Enter " Custodian " in Keyword box. Click the " Apply for the Job " button and enter your information. 
School-Based Health Center News and Summer Hours
Spartan Spirit Store
The  TJ Spartan Spirit Store  is now in two places for your convenience-online and in the main hallway at TJ between the gym and auditorium. The store is also set up at select school events including athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.  Click here  for more information!
  • On-campus Spirit Store hours are on Fridays during lunch only. A couple of our wonderful parents alternate shifts to make the store convenient and accessible to students. It's also open during various special events. Julie Thibodeau will continue to be available at other times for the occasional urgent or spontaneous purchase.
  • We take cash and credit cards!
  • Order Spartan wear online. Great gifts for every class, parents and grads, too. 
  • Purchases from the Spirit Store directly benefit PTO's activities to build community, improve school spirit, and have a positive impact on every student at TJ! 
Questions?  Contact Erin Markham for more information: or  303-809-5449.
PTO News
  • Want to help make your students high school experience the best it can be?  
  • Want to support the staff at TJ? 
  • Want to get to know some parents at TJ?                                    
      Come to a PTO meeting!

We meet monthly and have 1-2 events each month that we support. You can help out as your schedule permits.   Email  with any questions.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
Denver has many options for low-cost summer fun!

The weather outside is starting to warm up, which has many of us eager to exchange our winter coats for t-shirts and flip flops. The warm weather can also cause some of us to have a bit of anxiety as we begin trying to plan how we will keep our children safe and entertained during the break. Below is a list of programs in Denver that offer low-cost summer programs to youth. You can also check out the DenverRAP Activity Calendar for information about free activities that are happening throughout Denver.

  • Connects children of diverse backgrounds with the outdoors
  • Multiple locations throughout Colorado
  • Ages pre-k to 12th grade
  • Offers financial assistance- deadline to apply is April 15th
  • cityWILD cultivates deep connections between youth and the natural world, working with them to develop their full potential and achieve their wildest dreams.
  • Grades 6-12
  • Programs are provided at no cost
  • OWL's summer programs offer an immersive Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), leadership, and community-building experience to students at local schools.
  • Ages 7-12
  • Visit website for locations
  • Free after-school and summer programs for youth. Programs focus on academic success, career development, leadership, health, and recreation.
  • Takes place in multiple schools throughout Denver. Visit website for more information.
  • Free meal program offered during summer months that provides nutritious meals to all children at no charge, regardless of income, race or religion.
  • Any child between 1-18 years of age can receive a meal at no charge. Adults can purchase a meal for the minimal charge of $3.00.
  • Multiple locations; visit the website for more information.
    • Designed to help girls build courage, confidence, and leadership skills that will propel them to reach their highest potential. Courses are 1 to 10 days long.
    • Financial aid is available for all Girls' courses.
    • Ages 8-18
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.  Resources: .
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as well as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store!

  • Supporting our TJ students, classrooms and teacher is as simple as a click of a button. Visit the online store to donate to TJ PTO today: Online Spartan Spirit Store for TJ Gear
Class of 2018 - Seniors
Thank-you to each and every parent that helped throw an amazing After-Prom event for the Class of 2018. The night would not have been successful without all of our wonderful volunteers!! We want to say thank-you for all your hard work, creativity, and countless hours of effort. Please join us to celebrate at a happy hour at the home of Jim and Kary Cramer 3103 S. Milwaukee Street. Friday May 18th at 5:30pm. RSVP to
Class of 2019 - Juniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
Class of 2020 - Sophomores
The Class of 2020 has the unique opportunity to match donations through the remainder of the school year! If you are a parent of a current sophomore at TJ and would like to contribute, please contact class liaisons Megan Perkins (  ) or Lisa LoJacono ( ) before May 30th to have your donation matched. All funds raised will go toward Class of 2020 senior year activities which benefit the entire class.
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!
  • Click here for a video about the new graduation requirements.
News from the Future Center
Seniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
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