May 10, 2021

Administrator's Corner

Season D games have started! Good luck to all teams as they compete this season!

The TJ Athletics department worked extremely hard this year to provide safe and fun opportunities for students to get involved in athletics. We wanted students to connect with TJ adults and peers, grow school pride while having fun, and above all, to feel a sense of normality in what continues to be a chaotic year for us all. This year we are proud to say we had over 630 students participate in a sport, and over 200 students participate in off season conditioning. Athletics plays an important role every year in keeping kids connected to school and on track academically, and this year was no exception. While the last season is just beginning, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the coaches, teachers, parents, and staff who worked together to ensure our students had a positive experience in TJ athletics this year!

¡Los partidos de la temporada D han comenzado! ¡Buena suerte a todos los equipos mientras compiten esta temporada!

El departamento de Atletismo de TJ trabajó extremadamente duro este año para proporcionar oportunidades seguras y divertidas para que los estudiantes se involucren en el atletismo. Queríamos que los estudiantes se conectaran con los adultos y compañeros de TJ, que se sintieran orgullosos de la escuela mientras se diviertían y, sobre todo, que sintieran un sentido de normalidad en lo que sigue siendo un año caótico para todos nosotros. Este año estamos orgullosos de decir que hemos tenido más de 630 estudiantes participando en un deporte, y más de 200 estudiantes participan en el acondicionamiento fuera de temporada. El atletismo juega un papel importante cada año en mantener a los niños conectados a la escuela y en pista académicamente, y este año no fue una excepción. Mientras que la última temporada está recién comenzando, quiero darles LAS GRACIAS a todos los entrenadores, maestros, padres y personal que trabajaron juntos para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes tuvieran una experiencia positiva en atletismo de TJ este año!

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
  • Congratulations to Sergeant Scott Johns, who was selected as a winner of the 2020-21 Denver Public Schools Rae Harris Intellectual Curiosity Awards! He was nominated for this award by Dustin Bailey. Johns will be celebrated in a zoom awards ceremony next week.

  • Congratulations to the TJ Honor Platoon - they recently participated in a virtual competition and won 7th in the country! Way to go, Spartans!

  • Thank you to everyone who made Prom 2021 possible:
  • Parents - Colley Moe, Matt Bartels, Lisa Allen, Holly Wagstaff-Bellomo, Jen Abram, and many more for Christmas trees, donuts, tulle hanging, garden bed covering, and much more
  • Erin Thompson and Leadership for decorating and clean up
  • Facilities - Tom, Karen, and Elva for hanging lights and being amazing
  • Carla Allen for lots of ordering and support
  • Chaperones: Jeremy Anderson, Jillian Gleason, Maggie Kennedy, Natalie Koncz, Robin Morrissey, Alex Alcala, Emily Lupo, Amy Kalinchuk- for being awesome and cleaning up in ten minutes
  • Kyler Jackson for DJing
  • Class Sponsors Elizabeth Lynch and Jason Klimczak for all of their planning, communication and execution
  • Jon Poole and Mike Christoff for putting in the extra hours
Here is an amazing video to make you feel like you were there... PROM VIDEO LINK
Help raise money for TJ high school by purchasing an organic juice cleanse!!!
Monday May 10th – Friday May 21st
Order a 3 day ($120) or a 5 day ($180) organic juice cleanse and I will donate 30% of sales. You will be emailed a gift certificate that can be redeemed anytime in the next year.

Benefits of a juice cleanse include:
*Weight loss (average 4-5 lbs on the 3 day and 6-8 lbs for the 5 day)
*Decrease in uncomfortable GI symptoms
*Reset cravings and appetite

Breen Juice is a Mom owned small business that was established almost 5 years ago. 
If interested in more information before you commit or to order a cleanse please email me at and I will send instructions and what to expect. Per day on the cleanse involves 4 juices and 1 almond milk. YOU CAN EAT ON THE CLEANSE!! The cleanse itself is only around 1000 calories a day so you can snack on anything that is not MEAT WHEAT or DAIRY

Please call me if you have any questions or email me (303) 359-8694 or
Thanks for the support!! Kelly Reese  
Commencement Information:
When: May 25th
Where: Infinity Park
                950 South Birch
Glendale, CO 80246
Time: Students and staff arrive at 11:00 a.m. – ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m.
Dress: Caps and Gowns (students may decorate caps – keep it school appropriate!)
Guests: Each student may have up to 4 guests – children 2 and under do not count towards the 4 guests

Senior Last Day of School:
May 14th, 2021 (except for those Seniors that have AP testing on May 17th)
  1. Students must be in good standing with all of their classes and have completed all DPS course requirements for graduation.
  2. Students must have completed their Senior ICAP.
  3. Students not meeting requirements 1 and 2 will still be required to continue to attend school until requirements 1 and 2 are met.
Senior Check Out:
When: May 21st: 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: TJHS Parking Lot
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. only
  • Credit/ICAP Check with your Counselor
  • Technology Return (any school owned devices must be returned i.e. Chromebooks/Hotspots etc.)
  • Uniform/Equipment Return (for seasons A,B,C)
  • Book Return (textbooks only – you do not need to return library books)
  • Cap & Gown Pick Up (you will get your sashes and cords as well)
  • Phonetic Cards (so we know how to pronounce your name for the ceremony!)
  • Guest List completed
Graduation Rehearsal:
When: May 24th  
Where: TJHS
Time: Students must arrive at TJ at 1 p.m.
Dress: normal school clothes – you should not wear your cap and gown for rehearsal

Week of May 24th: click here for the finals schedule (each final will be 90 minutes - detailed bell schedule to come later).
Spartan Families,
In partnership with Governor Polis’ Vaccine for All efforts, we are very excited to announce the opportunity for TJ students (16+) and our TJ families/community who already received the Pfizer vaccine on Saturday to receive the second shot at TJ on May 15!

Age 16 and up are eligible and a parent must be present to receive the vaccine if under 18.
Shower our wonderful TJ Teachers and Staff with gratitude by sending an email, getting involved with Teacher Appreciation Events next week, or making a donation at the TJ Spirit Store  Teacher Appreciation | TJHS PTO.

Can you rock a Sign Up Genius? Can you add flair to a gift package? Do you love to host friends & family? Then you have what it takes to be the TJ PTO's next Hospitality Chair. This important PTO role hits the sweet spot between making our TJ teachers and staff feel happy and supported without you feeling overextended. Interested? Please reach out Eileen Robinson at

TJ PTO Meeting Details
Join us for the May PTO Meeting
Time: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 07:00 PM 

For questions about the TJ PTO, please contact us at
Thank you to everyone for your amazing support of the Thomas Jefferson High Food Bank this school year! We are hoping to send our families into summer with non-perishables to fill their pantries and will be collecting donations through May 17 in preparation for our final distribution of the school year on May 19. Donations can dropped in the "TJ Food Bank" box at any of the following locations: 

·       7996 E. Jefferson Place, Denver, 80237  
·       7500 E. Dartmouth Avenue #25, Denver, 80231
·       2750 E. Bates Avenue, Denver, 80210  
·       3732 S. Sebring Court, Denver, 80237  
·       6895 Eastmoor Drive, Denver, 80237
·       7925 E. Mexico Avenue, Denver, 80231
·       2805 S. Gilpin Street, Denver, 80210  
·       3614 S. Hudson Street, Denver, 80237
·       3004 S. Milwaukee Circle, Denver, 80210
·       3734 S. Oneida Way, Denver, 80237  
·       3771 S. Rosemary Way, Denver, 80237  

We are in need of the following items this month: Rice, Pasta & Sauce, Canned protein (fish, chicken), Jelly (no Peanut Butter needed), Canned/Boxed meals, Cereal/Breakfast Bars, Canned Fruit.

Please reach out to Megan Perkins ( or Suzy Stone with questions (
Upcoming seniors: if you are interested in signing up for Senior Parking for next year, please contact Carla Allen in the Treasurer's office!
If your student needs summer school, please reach out to their counselor to get signed up!
The yearbooks will not be available for pickup by Senior Checkout. They will be available for pick up the week of May 24. More details to come!
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.
Hello TJ!  

Here is a Summer Programs Toolkit with ready-made resources for students and families. The programs listed in this toolkit are free, or may be offered at reduced rates, and provide students with opportunities for college credit and career experiences.  

If you are interested in any of these programs, please reach out to your counselor!
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!
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

CSU is offering an online girls only coding camp this summer for girls going into 10th & 11th grade in the fall. TJ alum Morgan VandeRiet will be one of the instructors! It is an introductory camp to Python, and they will also be doing a little bit of Scratch. It is FREE! It is June 14-18 from 11-3pm. Due to the prevailing health and safety concerns imposed by COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, the camp is delivered online. There will not be any face-to-face, in person meetings.

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.

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:


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…?
Summer is just around the corner. This year has been chaotic; a lot of ups and downs for the whole family, but especially for our kids. We are excited to present another TJ Talks event for our community, in preparation for the summer break, and as we look towards the future. 

Dear SE Denver Community, 
Thomas Jefferson High School would like to extend a special invitation to your school community to join us as our guests as we welcome Dr. Carter from Highlands Behavioral Health to discuss:
  • What our kids are experiencing in regards to their mental health during this time
  • How to talk to kids about their mental health (hopelessness, depression, isolation) during COVID
  • How to prepare kids for the summer regarding their mental health
  • Strategies for parents
When: Thursday May 13th- 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Meeting ID
Phone Numbers: (‪US‬) ‪+1 929-287-3195‬; PIN: ‪172 176 107#‬

Who is Dr. Carter, MD, EdD?
Dr. Carter is a Board-Certified Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist and is the Chief Medical Officer for Highlands Behavioral Health in Denver, CO. He studied and trained at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston/McGovern Medical School. Dr. Carter is passionate about education, teaching, and training students and residents. He completed a second doctorate in Healthcare Education, focusing on instruction, curriculum and leadership. 
He is an avid researcher and has published on a myriad of topics in psychiatry, in addition to developing curriculum for medical schools in Texas and across the United States. His topics of interest include physician/trainee wellness, physician leadership, cultural psychiatry, LGBTQ+ health, and interventional psychiatry.  
Dr. Carter is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, serving on the Scientific Planning Committee, Tele-psychiatry Committee, and APAPAC Board. He is also a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also served as the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship on the APA Board of Trustees, is a Ginsberg Fellow, and is active in local and state advocacy projects for mental health.  

Mental Health and Social Emotional “Did You Know”: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
Class of 2021, 
Please complete this required form so we know where to send your Final HS Transcript! If you have not yet received your Financial Aid Award information, please set up a time for us to meet! Your school may be missing information needed to proceed. Signing up for housing, if applicable, and orientation are current priorities. 
Congratulations on all of your hard work and accomplishments! 
Class of 2022 and Parents, 
Please visit your TJ Future Center Schoology course for information and activities to help support your college planning process. Students, if you have not yet completed the Junior Survey, please do so by clicking here!

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
Class of '21 - SENIORS! 

Graduation PARADE!  Saturday May 22 – Meet at 9:30 AM to decorate
Infinity Park is excited to host our graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 25th with the ceremony beginning at 12:00 p.m. The physical address is: 950 S. Birch Street, Glendale, CO 80246. 
Karla Henke, Jen Abram, Lisa Allen, Colley Moe, Teri Hertzel, John Trujillo  
Class of 2022 - Juniors
SAVE THE DATE! August 28th
What: The Annual TJ Season Opener Stadium Party 
When: Saturday, August 28, 2021, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Brooke & Rob Bolinske's Backyard
Who: All TJ Parents are Invited
Why: We had to postpone this annual TJ Fall tradition last year. If you bought tickets for this party at the 2020 TJ Auction, you are all set. Funds from any additional tickets we sold will be split among the Classes of 2022 & 2023 and matched by a corporate sponsor.
Tickets: $30 per person

Email for more details and to reserve your ticket.
(This party will be held outdoors and will follow all current Denver guidelines for gatherings.)
Class of 2023 - Sophomores
SAVE THE DATE! August 28th
What: The Annual TJ Season Opener Stadium Party 
When: Saturday, August 28, 2021, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Brooke & Rob Bolinske's Backyard
Who: All TJ Parents are Invited
Why: We had to postpone this annual TJ Fall tradition last year. If you bought tickets for this party at the 2020 TJ Auction, you are all set. Funds from any additional tickets we sold will be split among the Classes of 2022 & 2023 and matched by a corporate sponsor.
Tickets: $30 per person

Email for more details and to reserve your ticket.
(This party will be held outdoors and will follow all current Denver guidelines for gatherings.)
We always need more help and input!! If you have any ideas or comments and would like to get more involved, please contact Catherine Poirier or Christy Jordan - Our 2023 Class Staff Sponsors are Rebecca Taylor, MA and Annie Berg, MSW,
Class of 2024 - Freshmen