September 18, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Thanks everybody for a great Spirit Week! 

We appreciate your efforts to make it a fun and safe week. The six week grading period closes at the end of the month, so make sure you're staying on top of your work to finish strong! 

Don't forget, parent/teacher conferences are October 4th and 5th from 3:30-7:30 p.m. 

Go Spartans!

¡Gracias a todos por una gran Semana del Espíritu! 

Agradecemos sus esfuerzos para que sea una semana divertida y segura.  El período de calificación de seis semanas se cierra al final del mes, así que asegúrese de entregar sus  trabajos para terminar fuerte! 

No olvide que las conferencias de padres / maestros son el 4 y 5 de octubre de 3: 30-7: 30 p.m.
¡Vamos Spartans!
Mike Christoff
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!  Please click here to view TJ's attendance policy.  Please click here to view Colorado's student attendance policy
Week at a Glance - Week of 9/18-9/22
  • Yearbooks on sale (until 9/29) for $45...see below for details
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

  • Office Hours/early release
  • Financial Aid Night - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Kudos Korner
  • Congrats to the softball team for taking 1st place in the Mile High Classic Tournament!
Way to go, Spartans!
Yearbook Discount - Act Soon!

All information about the yearbook can found here

Whether you are looking for the senior picture deadline or how to                 purchase a book, there is one stop for everything! 

The book is currently on sale for $45. To get the lowest price, purchase     before 9-29-17. The book will be $65 at full price, so this is quite a             discount! 

Click here for more information.

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.
Athletic Sticker and Pass Information
·Current fall athletes can get their Athletic Sticker in Jasmine's office if they bring their current student ID
·Students playing winter/spring sports who pay early at the treasurer (Carla Allen) can bring their receipt and ID to Jasmine to get their sticker also
·Students who don't pay a Pay-to-Play (non-athletes) can purchase a year pass (not a sticker) in Carla's office for $60

o   Parents and community members can also purchase a year pass for $60 in Carla's office
Please note: All passes and stickers get you in to DPS League games.  Passes/stickers do not work on out of district games, tournaments, and CHSAA regionals/state tournaments.

Thanks for all of your support of TJ athletics!
Counseling News - Fall 2017 Denver Area College Fairs

Denver National College Fair
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Denver Mart
451 E 58th Ave

Out of State College Fair
Thursday, September 28, 2017
(6:30-8:00 p.m.)
Lakewood High School
9700 West 8th Avenue
Lakewood, Co 80215

In-State and Out of State College Fair and workshops
Saturday, September 30, 2017
(10:00- 12:00)
Mountain Vista High School
10585 Mountain Vista Ridge
Highlands Ranch, Co 80126

In-State College Fair at TJ
Monday, October 9, 2017
TJ Gymnasium
Juniors and Seniors will be excused from class

Admission is free. Students are encouraged to register at and print the barcode and bring it with them to the fair.
Girls: You're Invited!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

"As students transition from middle level to high school, their self-concept gradually grows. Increasing freedom allows adolescents greater opportunities to participate in activities in which they are competent, and increased perspective-taking abilities enable them to garner more support from others by behaving in more socially acceptable ways." 

 So let's get our student involved in activities they love! Take a look at TJ's extensive list of: - Clubs and activities HERE, and - Athletic opportunities HERE. Outside of school, teens can find recreation centers to visit (free with DPS IDs), organized faith-based groups to join, local businesses at which to work or volunteer, museums and parks to visit, book clubs and camps to attend, etc.
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP   
Resources: Concept and Self Esteem in Adolescents, 2007). 
Download the new TJHS Mobile App today!
We encourage you to download the app from the App Store or Google Play at no cost (scan the QR codes below or simply search for "TJHS"). We will be finalizing formatting and loading new content in the coming weeks, so please be patient and check the app frequently for new information! Our hope is that this will be yet another way to strengthen communication for our community. 

Helpful hint: make sure your push notifications are on, 
so that you can get  updated info and event reminders!
Spirit Store Items
Get Your Gear On!
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store which is online. The store is also set up at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.
Check out the new American Apparel soft 100% cotton v-neck t-shirts in dark gray or white with gold TJ on the front and Spartan on the back. Also, get a new gray fleece blanket with gold TJ embroidered in the corner to keep you warm while cheering on the Spartans this winter. 

New XXL and XL sizes in men's Under Armour ankle zip sweatpants and new inventory in the Under Armour 1/4 zip long sleeve pullovers in graphite gray stripe with embroidered TJ. XXL hoodies and T-shirts now available.
GT News
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 


  •  Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as wells as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store!


Class of 2018 - Seniors
  • Please look for more opportunities this school year for parents to socialize, get connected and contribute to the Class of 2018 fundraising efforts. Please email if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Juniors
The Class of '19 is raising funds to support senior year activities such as After Prom.  Following are ways to support the class
  • Purchase a Class of '19 t-shirt on the Spartan Store Website or purchase one at the next TJ event.
  • Participate in Neighborhood Eats Programs:
    • Lowry Beer Garden:  Monday September 25th between 5-9pm.  A parent meeting will be held at 6pm, don't miss it!  10% of  the night's proceeds will be donated to the class!
    • Chipotle:  Monday, October 9th between 4-8pm.  50% of participant proceeds will be donated to the class!
  • Make a financial donation on the Spartan Store Website Ask your employer if they will match your donation!
  • Host a parent event!
For more information or to volunteer at class events, contact Anne McCord at

Class of 2020 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono, the parent representatives for the Class of 2020. Please look for important information to come.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Megan at:  or Lisa at: .
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!
News from the Future Center
Seniors and Families-  Check out the resources below to help you plan your college and financial aid processes: 

Colleges Visiting Thomas Jefferson High School- Students can view and must sign up to attend college visits in their Naviance account.  University of Colorado Denver will be visiting TJ on Monday morning and Western State Colorado University on Wednesday.   
Meetings with Ms. MaezSeniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  A calendar of her availability is posted on the door.
Upcoming Events at TJ:
9/18/17- 3rd Period- Class of 2018 MANDATORY Meeting- Counselors and Ms. Maez will discuss the transcript request process, how to request recommendation letters, and important graduation information.  Parents are invited, but only students are required to attend. 

9/21/17- 6-8pm, TJ Auditorium- Financial Aid Information Night- Presentation about how to apply for financial aid and scholarships for college. RSVP ASAP only if translation services will be needed at

10/5/17- 4-7pm- Thomas Jefferson FAFSA Night- Bring required paperwork  to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the first step of the college financial aid process.  Please arrive before 6:30 pm. 

10/9/17- 1-2pm- Thomas Jefferson High School- TJ College Fair- Juniors and seniors will be pulled from class for this in-state college fair. 

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
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