October 29, 2015
Administrator's Corner

Halloween Costumes 
Students are encouraged to dress up in costumes on Friday, October 30, but there are some restrictions:  
- no masks (face paints are okay, but students must be recognizable by teachers and staff) 
- no weapons of any kind (light sabers, toy guns, plastic swords)
-no provocative clothing
-students must wear IDs (as is always the case) 
If students are not in compliance with the above restrictions, they will be sent to the passroom and/or asked to modify their costume to make it appropriate. 
No school Monday, November 2 (teacher comp day for October conference nights) 

Attendance update: if students arrive at school later than 7:40 a.m., they will not be admitted to their first period class but will instead be sent to the passroom. Thanks for your support in getting all students here on time. 

Mike Christoff
Principal Resident 
Quick Links
Math Tutoring
Need help with math?
Math tutoring is available in the Library Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your math materials and any questions....Great way to stay on top of your class!
Reminder: NO SCHOOL Monday, November 2!
Scary Movie Night - Tonight! October 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Leadership for a scary movie night on October 29th!
Tickets will be sold the week of October 26 th. Tickets will be $3 and that comes with a bag of popcorn. We will have five chaperones in the auditorium that night. Class of 2018 will be selling candy until 6:15, popcorn will also be served during that time. Candy will be $1. Students are expected to be out of the building by 8:15pm. We are looking to have some fun right before Halloween, so we will be showing a scary movie. Spartans, get ready to enjoy the night!
Trick or Treat Street Tomorrow, October 30, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Happy Halloween from the Class of Seventeen!
Congratulations to TJ's ASPIRE Athlete of the Week, Justin Vigil!
On October 15 th, Thomas Jefferson's Justin Vigil was named the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week! Justin was nominated for his achievements on the football team, his hard work in the classroom, and his involvement in the community.
"Justin is an athlete that every coach dreams of having. He's smart, dedicated, and most of all, a class act both on and off the field," stated Thomas Jefferson Football Coach Matt Nicolo.  Justin started the season as wide receiver for the Thomas Jefferson Spartans, but when the team's quarterback went down due to injury, Justin stepped up to fill the role.  "He basically had to learn to play the role in a week," said Coach Nicolo. In his first game as a quarterback, Justin threw for 85 yards and rushed for over 146 yards including a touchdown run against George Washington High School.  Justin was All-League WR as a sophomore and carries a 3.6 GPA at Thomas Jefferson.  He's an active member of the DECA chapter at TJ and has dedicated his time and efforts to several community service events including Adopt-a-Family and Trick-or-Treat Street for middle school students.   "His teammates consider him to be someone they look up to and the coaches all agree that he is invaluable to our program as an individual and program leader," concluded Coach Nicolo."
Justin received 2,891 votes during the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week program, edging out Dakota Ridge's running back Jeremy Lujan who finished with 2,620 votes, and George Washington Linebacker Adrian King. An interview with Justin was featured on Mile High Sports Show on FM 104.3 The Fan to announce his win!  

Click here to read more and listen to Justin's interview.
Another Great Year of Spartan Tennis
The TJ tennis team wraps up an impressive season.
As the season came to an end, the TJ's boys' tennis team continued their winning ways, as they have lost few matches over the past two years. The 2014 season was a success as the boys finished with a 9-4 record. This season showed just as much promise, as the Spartans finished the regular season with a solid record of 10-3. Read more
Theatre News
TJ Black Box Theatre Troupe
November 5, 6, 7, 2015 @ 7:00 P.M.
In TJ's Black Box Theater

You are invited to see TJ's Black Box Troupe perform this powerful work of urban theatre.  Jose Rivera keeps a sense of humor in this post-apocalyptic journey while commenting on issues we see in the news every day.  This is a great opportunity to watch our best actors perform in an intimate setting.  Seating is limited to 70 per night.  For tickets, contact Michael Palmieri @ michael_palmieri@dpsk12.org.  This is an age 12 and over show.  See you there!
Congratulations to the 2015-16 Theatre Tech Crew

Josh Raykin

Jessie Aldridge

Chase Vandenham

Stevie Moncrief

Janie Eslinger

Drew Wilson

Meghan Holland

Sydney Cunningham* Costuming

Ciara O'Neil

Sam Chappell

Andrew Seidenstat

Andrew Carpender

Quinn Fenimore
Ben Kontrelos
Landon Cramer
Morena Castaneda

Conner Vandenham

Franz Torres
Kyle Moe

Cole Bellamo

Beck Moore* Cast assists
James Oss* Cast assists
Kaelynda Estalla* Costume Mistress
Tech Leadership
Shop Manager:
(runs and maintains the shop, equipment and supervision)
Cole Bleichfeld
Stage Manager:
(maintains all set changes, props, equipment, cues actors, clears and maintains equipment)
Gavin Mueller
House Manager:
(oversees stage activities, runs the house on show nights, cues actors, maintains the house, organizes tech for fundraising and scheduling, responsible for reporting tech absences, checks the house is secure)
Zach Service
Sound/Lights Manager:
(maintains and runs the sound and light board, mics and checks levels for the actors, trains and mentors new tech on each piece of equipment)
Jesse Rosario
Oh Snap...There's a New Photography Teacher
New CCT teacher brings a new focus to TJ.
Heading into the 2015-2016 school year, a new teacher was needed in the CCT program as longtime TJ teacher Jeff Coleman made the decision to retire. The school was looking for someone who is experienced in technology, particularly photography, and works well with students. When veteran DPS teacher Will Forrester surfaced as a potential candidate, Principal Suzanne Morris-Sherer knew he was the right fit for the job. Read more 
Parents of 2016 Graduates
 We're bringing After Prom back! 
After Prom is a TJ tradition, where we provide a safe venue where our students can continue their late-night Prom celebration. To make this possible, the Senior class needs to raise money, and one way we'll do that is by selling Innisbrook Wrapping Paper. We will receive  40 % of every item sold, which will help pay for ou r After Prom location, transportation, and refreshments. Please help these kids cap off their senior year in style. 

The items can be ordered online and delivered directly to the customer. With our order number link:
www.innisbrook.com/user/160180   Innisbrook keeps track of the sales and credits our account. It is that easy.  If each senior sold  5   rolls of wrapping paper or other Innisbrook items, or forwarded the link and asked friends and family to purchase a few items, we could reach our fundraising goal!
Parents of 2017 Graduates
Parent Night planned in support of 2017 Senior Year activities. November 14, 2015 Join us! Registration mkt.com/tj2017 or TJHS2017@gmail.com
News from the Future Center
Upcoming Events:
Colorado State University Application Workshop-
11/11, office hours
Complete your CSU college application with the support of representatives from UNC and receive a fee waiver (if you are eligible). Sign up in Naviance, under college visits.
Financial Aid Information Session-
12/8, 6:00pm, Room 111
Seniors and their families will learn important information about how to apply for financial aid and about the specific steps they will need to take to be ready.
Visits from Colleges at TJ (Future Center):
Please sign up for college visits in Naviance.
Fort Lewis College
Mon November 2, 2015
12:15 PM
Colorado State University Pueblo
Wed November 4, 2015
10:00 AM
Metropolitan State University of Denver*
Mon November 9, 2015
10:45 AM
Colorado State University*
Wed November 11, 2015
2:15 PM
*These are application workshops:
  • To guarantee your spot, please sign up in Naviance.
  • You will need Colorado residency information to complete your application. Check with Ms. Maez for more information.
College and Scholarship Acceptance Notification
Remember to notify Ms. Maez of your college and scholarship acceptances. To see who's been accepted, check out the monitor about the security guard desk at the front of the building.
Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
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