September 15, 2016
Administrator's Corner

Hello Spartans!
We've gotten off to a great start for fall sports!  DPS has started an online athletic registration process (FamilyID) which will ease the amount of paperwork for families and also allow a convenient online payment option.  This fall we had over 180 students register online, and we plan to be 100% online by the end of the school year.  Winter registration dates will be posted on the  TJ Athletics page as soon as the information is available.
Our games are in full swing, and TJ fan support has been great - keep up the spirit!  It is wonderful to see so many community members supporting our students.  Stay updated on our athletics schedule by visiting our  TJ calendar
And last (but certainly not least) Homecoming will be upon us soon!  Homecoming week starts Monday, September 19 th .  Our students will be dressing up for spirit week, so if you see any "Dannys" or "Sandys" walking around you'll know why!
Monday- Rep Yo' Team day  
Tuesday- Grease day
Wednesday - International Day (wear the colors that represent your heritage)
Thursday- Geeks vs Jocks Day (wear whichever you really are on the inside: Geek it out or go overtly Jock)
Friday- TJ Day
Go Spartans!

Hola Spartans!
Hemos tenido un gran comienzo para los deportes de otoño! DPS, nuestro distrito ha iniciado un proceso de registro electrónico (FamilyID) que facilitará la cantidad de papeleo para las familias y también permite una opción conveniente de pago electrónico. Este otoño tuvo más de 180 estudiantes que se inscribieron electrónicamente, y tenemos la intención de tener el 100% para el final del año escolar. Fechas de inscripción para invierno serán publicadas en la página de TJ atletismo, tan pronto como la información esté disponible.
Nuestros juegos están en plena marcha y el apoyo de los aficionados de TJ ha sido grande - mantengan el espíritu! Es maravilloso ver a tantos miembros de la comunidad que apoyan a nuestros estudiantes. Estén al día sobre nuestro horario de atletismo visitando a nuestro calendario de TJ.
Y por último (pero no menos importante) nuestro "Homecoming" (regreso a casa) estará sobre nosotros pronto! La semana de 'Homecoming" comienza el lunes, 19 de septiembre. Nuestros estudiantes se vestirán durante esta semana de espíritu, por lo cual si miran a un "Danny" o "Sandy" (personajes de la película GREASE) caminar alrededor de usted, ahora sabe por qué!

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links
SAT Prep
We will begin the after school study sessions on October 6, 2016 from 3-4 p.m. and they will be every Thursday through March. There will be snacks and gift cards given out. We will also offer four FREE Saturday Mock SAT exams (dates TBD soon). To be able to participate in the study sessions students need to bring proof that they completed a practice exam on Khan Academy (print out or screen shot of score is fine). Please see Corielyn Bromley with any questions!
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.
Kudos Korner
  • The TJ golf team finished the season in 2 nd  place in the Denver Prep League standings.  Roger Nakagawa earned all-league honors with a 75.75 average in league matches.  Other top performers for the varsity team were Jessie Aldridge, Eddie Aldridge, Evan Koehler-Ray, and Devin Mauro-Gallegos The team will attempt to qualify for state at the regional tournament in Fruita on September 19 th . Good luck, Spartans!
Unity is Coming to TJ
TJ brings nationwide interactive public art display to Denver
Compelled to demonstrate we are more united than divided, TJ launches a new, public interactive art project, UNITY. Scheduled to run September 19-29, 2016, the project is one of many occurring throughout the country to visually celebrate that we are unique individuals connected by a common thread.     

Open to the General Public

WHERE:               Thomas Jefferson High School front lawn
            3950 S. Holly Street, Denver, CO 80237

WHAT:                  UNITY Interactive Public Art Project

WHEN:                 September 19-23:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 September 24-25:  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 September 26-29:  3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Be a part of the movement -  Click here to volunteer to help!
Kick Off to a New Season
TJ's varsity football team celebrates the start of the season with their first win.
When the leaves start to turn, the weather gets cooler, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes return, this can only mean one thing: TJ football is back in action. On Friday, September 1st, the Spartans were victorious over Mitchell High School with a score of 29-8, starting their season with a big win.  Read more
Senior Portrait Fundraiser
Professional Photographer Gina Theilmann has offered her services to take your senior portrait for a fee of $350.00 of which she is DONATING $50 back to the Class of 2017 Fund for After-Prom. Gina is offering a special session which is about capturing your child's personality. She is an experienced professional at bringing out the subject's natural beauty and personality. She welcomes siblings and family members to join in at the end of the photo shoot if you desire to get some additional special photos.

$350 Session Includes:
Time and travel to photo shoot
Creating your images and transferring to a flash drive
Yearbook image for senior book 
Authorization and release to print of any/all images
More information on TeamApp, Class of 2017 Team

Gina is available the week of  Sept 18th through Sept 25th , sunrise to sunset. If you are interested, please contact Gina directly to schedule: 952-913-0906 or email to:
Support the TJ Choir
Town Hall & Visioning Meeting and Workshop
Get involved!
Join Councilwoman Kendra Black this fall to learn how Denver is changing and share your ideas at her office's interactive Town Hall and Visioning meeting! We will discuss restaurants, retail, walkability, safety, public art, streetscaping, and how to maintain our strong, stable neighborhoods and parks. Using your vision, the councilwoman will develop a work plan to implement your ideas in the follow­-up workshop.
Town Hall & Visioning: Sept. 20, 6-7:30 pm 
OR  Sept. 24, 12:30-2 pm at Thomas Jefferson High School (3950 S Holly St)

Follow-­up Workshop: Oct. 25 6-7:30 pm 
OR  Oct. 29, 12:30-2 pm at TJ
Please  take 2 minutes  to fill out the visioning survey by clicking here.   Our work will help inform the citywide Denveright  effort.
Parent Engagement Panel
Spartans Start the Year on a Roll
Honor roll students start the year off on the right foot by being honored for their high GPAs.
On Wednesday, August 31st, the TJ community came together to recognize the success of the honor roll students from the spring 2016 semester in addition to the accomplishment of Academic Letterman receivers. The entire student body was there to provide support and encouragement to make this fall semester even more successful. Read more
GT News
TJ administration of the PSAT will be on Oct. 19.
Please make your $25 check payable to Thomas Jefferson with 'PSAT' in the subject line and submit it to the treasurer before Friday, Sept. 23.

Essential and Required Communication:
Every student must have an up-to-date email account on Naviance, and be using and checking it regularly. The default address is students' accounts. Every student should be using Naviance and checking email. GT specific and official communication/business is done this way. There is a cheat sheet of instructions here.

Recommended Communication:
Facebook Group for Parents (District wide, not TJ specific)
- Search 'DPS High School Gifted and Talented Parent Group' and request access

Activities, resources and services:
Call for parent volunteers! - Mr. Weaver needs parent volunteers to help with Chess and GT Lunch!

"Sixteen" talent search - Are you an extraordinary 15-year-old turning 16 this year and would like to share your story for a national audience? Please see Mr. Weaver.
GT Lunches are Wednesdays in Mrs. Bromley's 134, and Chess Club will meet Thursdays after school in Mr. Pratarelli's 117.
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your support in keeping our attendance at its best!
Get Geared Up
TJ Spartan Spirit Store
Get all your TJ Spirit gear at the Spirit Store!  New this year: PopSockets, stadium chairs, blankets, hats, zip hoodies, Ladies Capri pants, Under Armour 1/4 zip and UA sweatpants.
Let's fill the stands at the Homecoming game on 9/23 with GOLD! Gold T-shirts and pull-over hoodies in all sizes, $15.00 and $30.00.

Visit the online store, order online and pickup up at school.
visit the TJ HS Class of 2017 online store:
visit the TJHS Spartan Store online:
Clothes to Kids Donations
Denver Classroom Teachers Association is pairing with Clothes to Kids, an organization that gives free clothes to students in Denver on Free and Reduced Lunch. TJ is stepping up to help DCTA in this effort! Clothes to kids has certain "high needs" items that they never get enough of in donations. Unused socks and underwear are some of these high needs items. Through September TJ will be supporting the DCTA clothing drive by collecting unused socks and underwear to donate. Collection boxes will be placed in classrooms through September.Please bring some unused socks and underwear with you to donate to Denver students! Clothes to kids donates clothes to school children, so bring clothes for kids between the ages of 5 and 18. Stay tuned as the TJ Leadership students roll out their plan gather donations. For more information visit the websites below or contact Elizabeth McMahon in the math department.
Grief and Loss Support Group for Students
Thomas Jefferson High School  is hoping to  offer a grief and loss support group for students who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group will be facilitated by a counselor from Judi's House. Judi's House is an organization that specializes in the healing process for children and families. If your student is interested in participating in this group, please call the school social work office at:  Samanda Davis  (720)-423-7072
For more information about Judi's House, please visit: 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips

~ Cyberbullying ~
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles .
How can you prevent cyberbullying?

Be Aware of What Your Kids Are Doing Online- 
Talk with your kids about cyberbullying and other online issues regularly.
  • Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities. Ask where they're going, what they're doing, and who they're doing it with.
  • Tell your kids that as a responsible parent you may review their online communications if you think there is reason for concern. Installing parental control filtering software or monitoring programs are one option for monitoring your child's online behavior, but do not rely solely on these tools. Using social media is a privilege, not a right. Make them show you they can be responsible navigating the online community.
  • Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.
  • Ask for their passwords, but tell them you'll only use them in case of emergency.
  • Ask to "friend" or "follow" your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
  • Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or cell phones if they confide in you about a problem they are having.
Establish Rules about Technology Use
  • Establish rules about appropriate use of computers, cell phones, and other technology. For example, be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they're online. Show them how to be safe online.
  • Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others. Once something is posted, it is out of their control whether someone else will forward it.
  • Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online. Should complete strangers see it? Real friends only? Friends of friends? Think about how people who aren't friends could use it.
  • Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends. Sharing passwords can compromise their control over their online identities and activities.
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP
References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( ); National Association of School Psychologists (
Ladies Of ValuE (LOVE)
Hello Parents, 

If you have not already heard, we would like to introduce you to a new organization called Ladies Of Value (LOVE) that will be meeting weekly at Thomas Jefferson High. The mission is to illuminate the value that is hidden within our young ladies through authentic life skills, one on one mentoring and programs designed to prepare young women for the real world. The objective is to have well rounded women in education, finances, appearances and life experiences, in addition to having a genuine love for self. Self-value, the power of words, perception, and dating are just some of the topics we will be covering. 

Our meetings are held in room 11 during the office hour on Wednesdays. Students that have a grade below a C in any class will be asked to see their teacher during the office hour instead of our meeting. Our purpose is to help your young ladies grow into women that will become contributors not only to the TJ community but to society as a whole. Your support and help is welcomed and needed. Please encourage your daughters to attend our meetings regularly. If you happen to be free on any of the listed dates, please feel free to drop in on a meeting. Also, word of mouth goes really far. If you know of any other DPS schools grades 6-12 that you feel may benefit from our program please be sure to mention LOVE as well as providing school names and if possible, contact information. 

If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you in advance for all of your support. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. 

Anette Bowser 720-470-6699 
Natasha Vasquez 720-557-2811 
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Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2017 - Seniors
Parents of Seniors / Class of 2017 
Mix and Mingle: This Saturday! September 17, 2016
Spartan Sipporters - 21 and up - come help us raise funds for Thomas Jefferson's senior class by raising a glass of delicious cocktail creations from local Colorado distilleries. There will be tasty hors d'oeuvres and treats to pair with the colorful Colorado concoctions. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased here or at the door. Please visit the invitation link for additional details.  Rockies tickets might be yours, join us to find out more!
Senior Photos for Yearbook  -
Due by Oct 9th
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--this is the year we get big in our fundraising efforts so our kiddos have a big senior year. A planning meeting is being scheduled for the next week or two, so please email if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Sophomores
Class of 2020 - Freshmen
  • The class of 2020 is looking for parent liaisons to work with TJ on fundraising, community building, etc.
New TJ Pop Sockets are here!
Show your Spartan Pride with the new TJ PopSockets for your phone or tablet or any mobile device.

Buy individually or save by buying 2 for $16.00. Special Class of 2017 edition available too.
Add a single or pair to the back of almost any mobile device to transform its capabilities. PopSockets "pop" whenever you need a grip, a stand, an earbud-management system, or just something to play with.
Available at the Spartan Spirit Store online! 
TJ Food Pantry
Thomas Jefferson High School is proud and excited to inform you that we have a food pantry. The food pantry's purpose is to help students and their families have enough food over the weekends. If you receive reduced or free lunch, you and your family are eligible to receive food from the food pantry.  If you would like to enroll or have any further questions, please contact Samanda Davis at 720-423-7072 or .  You can also visit her in the special support office.   This program is confidential and the names of students and families will remain private.
Resources for Families
Clothing Resource: 
Clothes To Kids, a non-profit dedicated to getting school clothes to needy kids from pre-school through 12 th  grade - at no cost to the families.  They have an upbeat store in the south University Hills shopping area at Colorado Blvd and Amherst - next to Chez Artiste and under Tuesday Morning.  Students qualify if they qualify for FRL, if they have a referral letter from a school, social service agency, counseling center or church, and if they have a crisis such as homelessness or displacement
School Supplies:
Social Worker, Samanda Davis has school supplies in her office if a student is in need.  No appointment necessary however her days in the building are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. 
Samanda Davis, LCSW MSW
Social Worker
Thomas Jefferson High School
Senior Fundraisers
The Senior class is holding several fundraisers this year to pay for an After-Prom event and to help fund the Senior Prom.  So please be on the lookout for these fun events and exclusive offers throughout the year and support Class of 2017.
Class of 2017 T-Shirts - Don't miss out! Class shirts and stickers still available online at or contact Laura Whalen, 303-681-7226 or 
News from the Future Center
Seniors and families!  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will now open on October 1 st , a change from the January 1 st  date of prior years.  Students will now apply for financial aid concurrently with college applications.  To help support families through these changes, Denver Scholarship Foundation will be hosting two helpful events.  The first, a financial aid information night, will be held on September 15 th , from 6-8pm in room 111 at TJ.  This event will discuss how to apply for financial aid and how to find scholarships.  The second event will take place on October 11 th , from 3-7pm.  At this event, students and families will receive guided support in completing the FAFSA.  If you would like to sign up or would like more information, please contact Rena Maez at  or at 720-423-7134. 

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  
3950 S. Holly Street  |  Denver, CO 80237 
O 720.423.7134   F 720.423.7098 |