March 19, 2015
Administrator's Corner


First off, thank you for all of you who responded to the call out to help students get to school every day and on time! Our current year to date attendance is 91.2% and has improved over last year's 87.2% at this time. How is this happening? Our seniors did a fantastic job of gaining their attendance forgiveness days last week during PARCC, and our juniors have done an amazing job of winning many of our monthly attendance challenges which I'm sure occurred by having the lowest tardy rate per month, per class all year long!

During the month of March, so far, our sophomores have had the lowest percentage chronically absent students. (According to the district chronic absenteeism is the number of students with an average attendance rate of less than 90% including only "excused" and "unexcused" absences.) Our freshman started the year out strong with their monthly attendance rate, and proudly finished this last week off as winners with a 94.2% weekly attendance rate for our PARCC testing week. Along with these class successes, we have had individual students take accountability and serve a 20 minute detention after school for tardies during the day, and students attend Saturday school to make up time missed during the week, or simply to come and study.


I say all of this to affirm the research that shows high student attendance correlated to higher outcomes in grades, more positive behaviors, participation in after school activities, and value for long term goals in education. As we all work together toward empowering our students' futures, let's start with the very simple step of helping them get to every class, every day in a timely manner.


Paula Hammel 
Assistant Principal
The Bucket Challenge is Here!
What's the TJ Bucket Challenge?
We know the real magic of learning occurs in the classroom as well as everyday life. But we can't deny the impact of a positive work environment for adults or students. And TJ wants to invest in our kids by investing in the spaces that build great study habits and a sense of community--the library and a new study lounge.
Sometimes its the little things, the little upgrades, that lift spirits and translate into a more productive environment. Fresh paint, new furniture.

The TJ Bucket Challenge is a community-building, spirit-building exercise as much as it is a fundraiser to freshen up the school for our students. Won't you please help us help TJ?

Accept the challenge or skip straight to the donation bucket. Thanks for your amazing support!

Click here to donate, and click here to read more about it on the Journal! 
TJ Robotics Excels at State!

TJ Robotics team "The Spartan Six" made it to the final round of the State Competition.

On February 28th at the FIRST Tech Challenge State Competition, one of TJ's four teams that made it to the State Finals, won every match of the qualifying portion of the day, and was the number one seed going into finals. "The Spartan Six" looked like they were going to win it all, but lost a heartbreaking match in the last round of the finals. The TJ sophomore robotics team was still proud to take home the 2nd place trophy, and are optimistic about their chances in the future to move on to Super Regionals.

Pictured: The Spartan Six (L to R): sophomores Evan Wenger, Erik Stolz, Colton Hook, Natan Getschel, Kendall Richter (not pictured, #6: The Robot).

Pie Day Fun in the Sun
Sidewalk Ciphering
In Honors Precalculus Ms. McMahon's class went outside and practiced taking derivatives on the sidewalk with chalk.
From left to right: Blaise Hokkanen, Franz Torres, Gabby Harrison
Quick Links

Summer School
Students can now sign up for summer school. It is first come, first served, so don't wait!
Wanna Get Away?
Interested in traveling to Germany and the Alps in 2016? You can save $100 by enrolling before the end of March. Please come to room 217 or click here for more details! You can also e-mail

or call: 720-423-7093

STEM Opportunity for Girls
Montana Tech University offers an on-campus summer camp for high school sophomore and junior girls to explore exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers through hands-on experiments, lab-based activities, and interactions with professors and STEM professionals.  More information about the MINES program is attached and also available online .

Will the PARCC test be used for college admissions?  
Learn more here .
Helpful Resource
TJHS School 504 Plan Coordinator
School Psychologist: Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP
Good Luck to the Unified
Basketball Team!
The Basketball State Championship Special Olympics Game will be held at the
Gold Grown Fieldhouse (200 South Harlan Street, Lakewood, CO)


Friday, March 20, 2015


TJ -vs. Greeley West Team: 10:30-11:30

TJ -vs. Winner/Loser pool: 12:00-1:00


Good Luck!
R-Word Campaign
Unified Class is sponsoring a Like-a-thon for our R-word Campaign.  Students and teachers will sign up in Room 5 (Pitrone).  Each 3 member team pays $3 and receive 3 shirts to include in a post for a  picture or video to the TJHS Facebook page.  The most likes win a grab bag of prizes including a gift card to a community location!
Colorado Rockies Ticket Opportunity
Special Olympics have partners with the Colorado Rockies to sell tickets and promote schools Unified sports teams.  Tickets are at a discounted price and in all locations for the April 11 th  game against the Cubs.  Anyone can order tickets here. S elect TJHS and use promo code SOCO. If you are ordering for groups of 12 or more, please contact Jason Ragan at or 303-312-2224, and don't forget to mention TJHS.
Click here for affordable counseling resources for DPS students and families!
Get Your Community Service On!
The Denver area is full of volunteer opportunities for TJ students.
With 2 nd semester well under way, there is no better time than the present for Spartans to begin knocking out their 40 hours of community service requested for graduation, with diverse opportunities all over the Denver area.
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Opportunity for Women in Technology

Microsoft is excited to announce DigiGirlz 2015 is open for registration.

Please join us on
April 15th, 2015 for a full day of great activities including hands on development, career panel, and more.   It is a great opportunity to meet other young ladies interested in technology while connecting with Microsoft employees in their work environment.


Come dream about your future possibilities, share your great ideas and have a lot of fun with a technology leader!

The event is free; registration is now open on a first come, first served basis.


Location: Microsoft Store: Park Meadows Mall

Address: 8505 Park Meadows Center Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

  • Students in grades 7-9 are welcome to register  
  • Online release forms must be signed and submitted prior to attending event
  • Transportation to the event is the participant's responsibility
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • See registration link for additional information
Support Future Challenge Days!

Announcing Challenge Denver's
Benefit Concert 
Daryl Streumer of Genesis

Thursday, April 16
The Soiled Dove in Lowry  
Gifted and Talented Resources for Parents
Here is a link to a very important citywide resource for parents of GT students. Click here to learn about an important upcoming event for parents held at the Denver School of the
News from the Future Center

Dear Students and Families,


A few updates: 

  1. 1.       FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Do not pay for this application.  Click here for more FAFSA and financial aid resources. 
  2. 2.       For those of you who have completed the FAFSA and have started to receive financial aid award letters, I have created a spread sheet that you can use to compare financial aid offers among colleges.  Click here to access that information. 
  3. 3.       Time is running out to apply for the Denver Scholarship Foundation's scholarship.  Click here for scholarship details and click here for the application (Click "New Applicants" and then "DSF Student Portal).
  4. 4.       The following four links will connect you to scholarship information:
    1. a.       Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Directory
    2. b.      Where to search scholarships
    3. c.       List of Colorado university and college scholarships
    4. d.      Click here for scholarships with approaching deadlines. 


If you need to complete the FAFSA or have questions about any step in the financial aid process, I am happy to meet with you by appointment.  Please email me to set a time at  Otherwise, please review the links in this email to help ensure that you've completed next steps of the financial aid process. 


Have a great week!

Ms. Maez

Please let Ms. Maez know when...
You're accepted into college (bring in or email acceptance letters/emails).
You complete scholarship applications (see the attached scholarship checklist to help you organize what you need for your scholarships.)
You're awarded a scholarship or ANY time you get money from a college (might come with acceptance letter).
You receive financial aid award letters.
Important College Events:

All events in the Future Center, unless otherwise noted.

4/14/15- 1:00 pm- New York Film Academy

4/16/15- 9:30am-12:30pm National Hispanic College and AVID College Fair, Colorado School of Mines, click here for more information.  
Summer Program for Seniors
3/20/15-  Goodwill Summer Bridge Program for Seniors.  Click here for information and here for the application.  


4/15/15-  Adelina Gomez Scholars Summer Institute.  Click here for information and here

for the application. 


Many colleges offer summer programs at their campuses.  Research the websites of the colleges of your interest.  Many will offer scholarships to cover costs.

Helpful Financial Aid Links
Financial aid presentation
Colorado institutional scholarships- Includes helpful instructions on how to apply to scholarships at ALL Colorado colleges and universities.
Click here for a link to Denver Scholarship Foundation's scholarship directory.