October 8, 2015
Administrator's Corner   
  • Saturday school 8am-11:30am on October 24th

  • Please check the athletic website as we have a lot events occurring.
On October 13 th, there will be a Suicide Awareness Presentation during the Partner's Meeting at 6pm at TJ in room 111. We would like to invite all parents to come and be a part of that.

We also purchased new furniture for the library and atrium from funding we received from a very successful "Paint Bucket Challenge" as well as funding from the Southmoor Park South Golf Tournament. We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our contributors!

As it is the beginning of the 2 nd 6 week grading period, please go onto the IC Parent Portal to help your students with grades and attendance as students need parent's support now more than ever.

Reminder for parents, please don't drop off students before 7 a.m. as we do not have supervision, and be sure that your students leave the school by 3:30 p.m. unless they are with a coach.
We want to celebrate our TJ Family by showcasing pictures of your family! Please send family photos to tjfamily3950@gmail.com or you can Tweet us @TJSpartans and use the #tjfamily. We want to show pictures of our families on the TV in the main lobby and to our prospective families as they consider TJ for the 2016-2017 school year.

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Saturday School
Saturday School will occur the 2nd and 4th Saturday of October. The next one will be on October 10th from 8-11:30 a.m.
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!
Conferences and a Concert - TONIGHT!
The second night of Parent Teacher Conferences will be held tonight, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Additionally, the Advanced Band, Advanced Orchestra and Jazz Band are giving a concert TONIGHT at 7 p.m./ The concert is titled, "Video Game Music - Live," with music ranging in style from classical to jazz to rock.  Sam Trout and KhamShem TourĂ©, two students from the Advanced Band, have each arranged a piece of music for this concert, and a few of the other pieces for this concert were arranged specifically for the TJ music students.  We now look forward to sharing our work with the TJ community.

We hope to see you there! 
Special Parent Presentation - Mental Health Awareness
October 13th, 2015 - 6:00pm
Mental Health Awareness
Suicide and Depression Prevention
Who: Samanda Davis- School Social Worker and Natalie Koncz- School Psychologist   + YOU!
What: Parent and community member suicide & depression prevention. As a parent and community member, you play a crucial role in our students' safety. Please join us for this training and discussion.
When: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Where: Thomas Jefferson High School, Room 111
Please click here for additional information.
TJ Partners PTO - Meeting on October 13th from 6-7:15 p.m.
TJ Partners PTO - please join us for the October 13 th Partners PTO meeting in room 111 at 6PM-7:15PM.  The agenda for this months meeting will include the following key items:
1 - Info session on Denver College Affordability Fund Ballot Initiative presented by Ben Kelly
2 -
Mental Health Awareness Suicide and Depression Prevention presentation by TJ school psychologist, Natalie Koncz and TJ social worker, Samanda Davis (see above) 
3 - Update on establishment of various subcommittees including hospitality, fundraising, and Artfest just to name a few.
4 - Review of current financials for TJ Partners PTO
We hope to see you there.  
PSAT October 14
Oct. 14 is the PSAT at TJ at 7:30 am in Room 111.  Only punctual students may test and "track down" service will not be available this year on the day of the test (one proctor runs around looking for missing registrants). 
The test is primarily for Grade 11, and academically prodigious 10th-Graders are also encouraged take this test which can trigger the National Merit Scholarship.  
Registration is first come, first-served and completed only by payment of $20 to the Treasurer's Office Monique Alexander by a deadline of October 9th.  Ms. Alexander keeps record of payments, which doubles as registration, so your receipt is your test ticket.
TJ's Community Partner Program is Here!
What is it? 
An awesome new program for area businesses, civic and non-profit organizations, alumni and neighbors to engage with TJ in meaningful ways and help provide cool, new opportunities and greater resources to students and staff.

We also wanted to more formally recognize TJ's current business supporters, and build stronger connections and community for TJ in Southeast Denver. Partner logos will be featured on a special page on TJ's new website, and there will be multiple opportunities to be recognized each school year. 
How will this program benefit students and teachers?  
  • Career readiness (workplace tours, shadows, internships, summer jobs, special projects)
  • Academic support (guest speakers, tutoring, mentoring) 
  • Sponsorships and grant awards (athletics, clubs, classrooms, programs) 
  • Community service and engagement (throughout the greater Denver area or at TJ)
  • Staff appreciation and student incentives (discounts, free food and fun!)
Who are TJ's current partners? 
Westerra Credit Union, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management DTC, Whole Foods Tamarac, Colorado Young Leaders, Challenge Denver, My Music Skool, Lone Tree Arts Center, Elvis Cinemas Tiffany Plaza, Target on Tamarac, Embassy Suites Hampden, Firehouse Subs Hampden, LiveBasil Pizza Hampden, Jim n Nick's Hampden, Milk n Cake, Papa Murphy's on Leyden, Orange Theory Fitness on Happy Canyon, Starbucks Happy Canyon, Triangle Print Media, KS Design, FilmPharm, and more to come. 

How can organizations get involved? 
What's your passion? Are you a subject matter expert? Are you interested in supporting a specific team or activity? Does your company require community service, offer internships or job shadows? Want to make a difference in a classroom or in a student's life? Does your business do cash or product donations for sponsorships, promotions, events or incentives?

These are just a few ideas to consider. A list of ideas and recommendations will soon be featured on the Community Partner Program web page.

How can you sign up? 
An entire page on TJ's new website will be devoted to this program. Look for it later this month. There will be a form to submit your interest in the program. You may also email TJ parent/alumni Spring Hericks at  springhericks@gmail.com or connect with TJ's resource specialist Danny Showers at  Edward_Showers@dpsk12.org.
From the Counselors - College Fair Information
Students can register for the 2015 college fairs online before they attend. They can learn more about registering by clicking here. Counselors will also be available in the computer labs during conferences October 7th and 8th, to assist juniors and seniors with this process.
Dates for the upcoming 2015 College Fairs are:
Denver National College Fair
Sunday, October 11, 2015
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Denver Mart
In-State College Fair at TJ
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
9:30-10:30 a.m.
TJ Gymnasium
Out of State College Fair
Thursday, October 8, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lakewood High School
In-State/Out of State College Fair
Saturday, October  10, 2015
Mountain Vista High School
Those juniors and seniors that are taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 can still register at http://gotocollegefairs.com/ and attend one of the other fairs in the area. Please call Ms. Stone in the counseling office with any questions.   
Soaring into a New Season
New TJ Gymnastics Coach takes the team to new heights for the 2015-2016 season.
The gymnastics program at TJ has hired a new coach for the 2015 season: Molly Sifers . Sifers has made multiple changes to the program which she hopes will improve the gymnasts' overall performance and season. Read more
Health News - Flu Shots Available
October 20th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the  Denver Health School Based Health Clinic at Thomas Jefferson
Cost: The flu shot is free if you have one of the following insurance carriers. Cigna, Anthem BCBS, Rocky Mountain Health Partners, United Health Care/Tricare, Aetna or Multiplan/PHCS.
Click here for more information.
Rhee Returns to TJ as Varsity Head Coach
Spartans welcome their new head coach with open arms.
Thomas Jefferson is proud to announce the new head coach for varsity volleyball, former Varsity Assistant coach Erik Rhee . Former Varsity coach Kathleen Nickless still sits by his side as Assistant coach. Read more
News from the Future Center
Early Application/Early Decision and Financial Aid: 
If you are applying early action or early decision to a college AND are interested in applying for financial aid, you most likely will need to complete the CSS Profile.  Colleges use the CSS Profile to assess your financial aid in addition to FAFSA.  Most early action/early decision CSS profile applications are due in early November, so you should get started filling the application out now (FAFSA does not open until 1/1/16).  I am happy to help.  For more information on the CSS Profile, click here.  Make sure to check the websites of the colleges where you are applying for specific deadlines and details. 
Upcoming October College Visits to TJ (Juniors and Seniors Only):
Most likely, the college admission representative visiting TJ will be the first person to read your application.  Attending college visits will connect you directly to a person who most likely will have significant feedback in your application status. 
If you have Naviance questions, click here to be directed to a helpful PowerPoint (slides 6-10). 
Thu October 8 
12:00 PM
Thu October 8 
1:00 PM
Fri October 9 
12:30 PM
Mon October 12 
12:00 PM
Tue October 13 
9:00 AM
TJ College Fair
Wed October 14 
9:30 AM
Fri October 16 
11:00 AM
Thu October 22 
12:30 PM

College Fairs:  Click here
to be taken to a list of college fairs happening in Denver in October. 
Scholarship Opportunities:
Students interested in applying to the Gates Millennium Scholarship should come to the Future Center on Wednesday, September 30
th, during office hours to learn important facts about applying.  This scholarship requires a SIGNIFICANT amount of time.  You are eligible to apply if you...
  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American.
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
  • Are a senior in high school.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities.
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.
Ms. Maez provided important information about the Daniels Fund scholarship on Wednesday, 9/23, during office hours.  If you would like support from the Future Center, please stop by ASAP.  
The Daniels Fund can cover a significant portion of the cost of attendance.  You are eligible to apply for the Daniels Fund scholarship if you meet the following conditions:
  1. Senior in high school.
  2. Your family has financial need.
  3. You scored a 17 or higher on all ACT subject tests. 
  4. You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 
Other scholarships:
Check your email and Naviance accounts for more scholarship information.  

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity

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