March 22, 2021

Hello TJ,
Just a reminder that we will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 29th through Friday, April 2nd. There will be no classes for students on Monday, April 5th due to a teacher planning day. We will return to our normal schedule on Tuesday April 6th. New guidance from Denver Health (along with existing guidance from CDPHE) has made it possible for more students to spend time together in class and across cohorts as well as for adults to support more students. This new guidance will allow us to have all students currently signed up for in-person to attend school Tuesday through Friday instead of the current two day a week schedule. This is only for students who are already currently attending in person, all other students will remain virtual. Students will continue to follow the DPS 5 health guidelines including wearing masks and social distancing. This change will take effect when we return from Spring Break and all current in-person students will be expected to attend on Tuesday, April 6th
Spartans, a reminder how important it is to attend class every day and actively participate. Parents, please encourage your student to check their grades on Schoology and work with their teachers to identify assignments they might be able to resubmit or any missing make up work they might be able to turn in. Doing this, and perhaps retaking a quiz or a test, can go a long way to improving your grade! Enjoy your well-deserved break TJ and be ready to come back and finish the year strong!

Hola TJ,

sólo un recordatorio de que estaremos en vacaciones de primavera del lunes 29th de marzo al viernes 2nd de abril. No habrá clases para los estudiantes el lunes 5th de abril debido a un día de planificación de maestros. Volveremos a nuestro horario normal el martes 6th de abril. La nueva orientación de Denver Health (junto con la orientación existente del CDPHE) ha hecho posible que más estudiantes pasen tiempo juntos en clase y a través de cohortes, así como para que los adultos apoyen a más estudiantes. Esta nueva guía nos permitirá que todos los estudiantes se inscriben en persona para asistir a la escuela de martes a viernes en lugar del horario actual de dos días a la semana.
Esto es solo para los estudiantes que ya están asistiendo en persona, todos los demás estudiantes permanecerán virtuales. Los estudiantes continuarán siguiendo las pautas de salud de DPS 5 incluyendo usar máscaras y distanciamiento social. Este cambio entrará en vigor cuando volvamos de las vacaciones de primavera y se espera que todos los estudiantes en persona asistan el martes 6th de abril.

Espartanos, un recordatorio de lo importante que es asistir a clase todos los días y participar activamente. Padres, por favor anime a su estudiante a revisar sus calificaciones en Schoología y trabajar con sus maestros para identificar las tareas que podrían ser capaces de reenviar o cualquier trabajo de reconstituir faltante que podrían ser capaces de entregar. Hacer esto, y tal vez volver a tomar un cuestionario o una prueba, puede ser un gran camino para mejorar su grado! ¡Disfrute de su merecido descanso TJ y esté listo para volver y terminar el año con fuerza!

Administrator's Corner

Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal 
School Health Professional Megan Miccio will be speaking to the TJ community about mental health on March 22, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain Time. All TJ students, parents, and faculty are welcome! Use the Zoom link below to join the event.

Topic: TJ Interact Mental Health Speaker

Time: Mar 22, 2021 11:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 918 8629 4657
Passcode: Eba1aM
Are you interested in business and entrepreneurship? Come join us on Wednesday, March 24th at 2:00 PM to hear about the Commons on Champa and connect around entrepreneurship and business supports. 

The Commons on Champa is a nonprofit community resource and economic development initiative established to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in building an inclusive, vibrant local economy.

Hi Spartans, 

If you purchased a yearbook last year and didn't pick it up please email and let her know if you are in the building and would like to stop by her office (Treasurer Office down the hall from the Main Office) or if you are Virtual she can leave it at the front door with the receptionist.  

Thank you and Stay Safe!
We will be working on a new collection of items for an online sale. Please watch the newsletter and School Deets for information. Reach out to TJHS.STORE@GMAIL.COM with any questions!
Denver Health School Based Clinic Staff is excited to welcome back students returning for in-person learning! Whether you are staying remote or coming back to school, we are here for you. Give us a call at 720-423-7190 to set up an appointment! #werehereforyou #covid19 #denverpublicschools or call us at (303) 602-8958

Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic: 720-423-7190

Consent for Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic:


Our next TJ PTO meeting will be Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. For questions about the TJ PTO, please contact us at

DPS School Resource Officer Transition Committee
Parents are invited to participate in the DPS School Resource Officer (SRO) Transition committee. Any parents interested in being part of the process should contact Ms. Lupo ( For more information about the SRO Transition, parents can visit the DPS webpage here:  SRO Transition | Denver Public Schools (
For the March TJ PTO meeting minutes, a video recording, and the current financial summary, please visit the TJ PTO webpage (
For questions about the TJ PTO, please contact us at
Male coaches, male student athletes, advocates, and gender-based violence prevention experts are changing their campus culture every day. Each of them has the opportunity to shape the social norms in their community and uplift healthy masculinity. Tune inext week to hear coaches and prevention experts talk about the value of their collaboration, as well as challenges and barriers they have overcome, and successes they have built along the way. 
Join Men Can Stop Rape, Willamette University, Doane University and Hastings College for Athletics in Prevention: A Two-Part Community Conversation. The first part will feature two coaches and two prevention experts from different campuses. The second part will feature four student athletes from different campuses participating in and doing this work. 
Mark your calendars for Part 1 on March 16th at 4pm EST and Part 2 on March 23rd at 4pm EST!
RSVP to receive the livestream link:
During the conversation, tweet questions to @mencanstoprape using the hashtag #HMseries; or submit them in the comment section on YouTube.
If you have any questions, please contact Men Can Stop Rape at
The TJHS 2021 Auction Letter provides additional information on the Auction and has the TJ Tax ID #, as donations to TJ are tax-deductible. This can be given to businesses when requesting a donation. Donation information can be submitted directly into the Auction system here:    

If you have any questions or would like to be on the Auction Committee, please reach out to Megan Perkins ( or Becca Mahoney (
The TreePlenish Event through Sustainability Club where students are selling saplings to plant to offset paper usage is on Saturday May 1st and you can order a tree until April 1st. Saplings are $5 and you can pick the option to have the volunteers plant it in your yard or to pick it up at TJ that day! We have about 30 more trees to sell to get to our goal. 

In addition, we are looking for groups of volunteers (2-3 per group!) if you would like to sign up with a buddy! It will be CO-VID friendly as no more than two households can be combined. 

The link to order trees or to sign up to volunteer is here:
We are having an 18-21 info session night for all TJ grades.

APRIL 14 @5:30pm
This event will be virtual (meet invite to come)
Our goal is that all students graduate college and career ready. One of the ways we achieve this goal is to support students' career and college exploration through programs that provide opportunities for students to discover how their interests and passions might someday fit into the world of work. There are many resources to help you learn more about career and college programs in DPS, visit to learn more! Handouts:  English  / Spanish
Matthew Mason (He/Him/His) 
Navigator at Thomas Jefferson High School
DPS Career and College Success

Cell: 720-466-1617 | Email: | Website

The Annual All For One Golf Tournament will be held at Wellshire Golf Course on June 12th. Net proceeds from the tournament are awarded equally to TJ High School and three other neighborhood schools each year, totally $20,000 since 2014. You can participate as a golfer or get lots of exposure for your business as an advertiser. All the details can be found at or call John at 720 232-4554.
The FNS (Food and Nutrition Services) team had a meeting this morning with folks from the Colorado Food Cluster (CFC). CFC has launched a new initiative to deliver 7-day meal boxes with (7) suppers and (7) snacks to families in Denver. They are currently working with various charter schools, but they have the capacity to expand to other DPS schools.  
FNS is not "involved" with this effort as we are not the vendor providing the suppers/snacks. However CFC is working directly with DPS schools to sign up families at no charge. The meals are available for kids ages 6-18 years old. Below is the sign up form and is available in English and Spanish. 

Dear Spartan Families, 

TJHS will continue to offer pick up opportunities for Chromebooks and class materials distribution by appointment only. 

  • To make a request please fill out the form here
  • We will contact you using the email address provided in the form to arrange a time for pickup.
  • If you are returning damaged technology please make sure the power cord is returned with the unit
  • We are out of Wifi Hotspots and we don't know when additional units will be made available.

In an effort to provide GT students and their families with the resources and supports needed to begin/complete their Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), the TJHS GT Site Team has created a Google Classroom for each GT grade level. The title and code for each grade level is listed below:
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2024 Cohort - doyqstu
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2023 Cohort - b7vpvfn
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2022 Cohort - orzg7to
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2021 Cohort - by7mjwi
The TJHS GT Site Team, working alongside our District GT Partners, has included resources, websites and documents to help you complete your ALP goals. Keep in mind that there are affective as well as academic goals. At this time, students should only focus on the Goals / Advanced Learning Plan section and not worry about the badges right now. We don't want you to get in there and feel overwhelmed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Tate, our Dean Instruction and GT Point of Contact at

Our District GT Partner is Brian Beard,, and you may receive GT newsletters from his office with internship and university opportunities. 
Did You Know?
Preparing for life after high school is more than just academics and testing.
And you can start having the conversations with your kids now. 

Being emotionally ready creates the greatest opportunity for success. There are skills that will help your child thrive, as they get ready to leave high school. Here you will find information, tools and guidance to help them with this transition- whether they are heading to college or straight to a career.
Set-To-Go, A JED Program, has a variety of resources for Students, Families and Educators.
Check them out!
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources:;
Class of 2021, 
The DSF Scholarship is now open for application. Spend 30 minutes and APPLY TODAY! 
Please review the Spring Timeline Grid with your family to stay on track for college! Be sure to check your college emails several times a week in case you’ve been selected for financial aid verification.
As always, you’ll find Weekly Scholarship Highlights and many other resources by accessing the TJ Future Center 2021 schoology course and calendar. Schedule a time for us to meet and review your next steps! 
Class of 2022 and Parents, 
Your College 101 Virtual Info Session is on March 24th from 5:30-7:30pm English and Spanish sessions will be offered. Please let us know that you’ll be attending by completing this form. 
Please visit your TJ Future Center Schoology course for an assignment regarding your college search and Junior Survey completion. At this time, you can find Summer College Prep Program info, start your scholarship search, review essay tips and view Virtual College Tours. 
Upcoming Deadlines and Events:         
Monday, March 22nd: CU Boulder Next Steps Presentation
Wednesday, March 24th: College 101 for the Class of 2022 Scholars and Parents, CSU DPS Admitted Student Info Session

Emily Webster
College Advisor | Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity
789 Sherman Street, Suite 610 | Denver, CO 80203
Class of 2021 - Seniors
Senior Information 20-21

Senior Awards:
Date: May 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm Location: TBD

Senior Check-Out:
Graduation Rehearsal Cap & Gown Pick-up
Date: May 14, 2021
Breakfast Time: 7:00 am
Rehearsal Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am Cap & Gown Pick-up

Graduation Information:
Date: May 18, 2021
Rehearsal Time: 12:00 pm
Ceremony Time: 1:00 pm
Place: DU Magness Arena

Possible Graduation Scenarios
Interim Superintendent Jones and his Senior Leadership Team will make a district-wide decision regarding commencement ceremonies by Spring Break.

The scenarios we are considering for this year's graduation season are below:

Scenario 1:
In Person/Indoors (normal)
Schools manage event coordination with the venue and vendors as normal
Scenario 2:
In person/Indoors (limited guests to 0 or 2 depending on regulations) Schools manage event coordination and logistics with the venue as normal
Scenario 3:
In person/Outdoors (limited guests to 0 or 2 depending on regulations) Liloni is managing venue coordination with the various venues at a district level
Schools will be responsible for school coordination and communication with both Liloni and students
Centrally supported live streaming option will be available
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Empower Field at Mile High
University of Denver Barton Lacrosse Stadium All-City Field
Scenario 4:
Alternative Celebrations (similar to 2020)
Schools responsible for coordination
Centrally supported live streaming option will be available

Jostens (Cap and Gown Announcement) information - this link will take you to the ordering page
Karla Henke, Jen Abram, Lisa Allen, Colley Moe, Teri Hertzel, John Trujillo  
Class of 2022 - Juniors
Class of 2022 - Juniors
Class of 2024 - Freshmen