Administrator's Corner

October 11, 2021

Hello Spartan Families, 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are virtual and will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, October 13th and 14th. Below you will find the link to sign up for video conferences with each teacher. The teachers are listed in alphabetical order. We suggest you have your student's schedule available when signing up for conferences. Each teacher has a link to their shared calendar. Once in the teacher's shared calendar, please select the time slot that you would like, "book the appointment" and save. You will receive a confirmation that includes the video conferencing link. 

Also, PSAT and National Merit Scholarship testing will take place this week. Below is our testing schedule:
Monday - normal schedule
Tuesday - normal schedule
Wednesday - PSAT/NMSQT testing for 10th and 11th grade, all other students are off
Thursday - PSAT testing for 9th grade, all other students are off
Friday - No school

Seniors in Edgenuity are expected to attend Study Hall on Wednesday and Thursday

Thank you!

Hello Spartan Families,

Las conferencias de padres y maestros son virtuales y se celebrarán este miércoles y jueves, 13th y 14th de octubre. A continuación encontrará el enlace para inscribirse en videoconferencias con cada profesor. Los maestros se enumeran en orden alfabético. Le sugerimos que tenga su(s) horario(s) de estudiante disponible(s) cuando se firme para las conferencias. Cada maestro tiene un enlace a su calendario compartido. Una vez en el calendario compartido del profesor, seleccione el intervalo de tiempo que desea, “reservar la cita” y guarde. Recibirá una confirmación que incluye el enlace de videoconferencia.

Tamás, PSAT y las pruebas de becas de mérito nacional se llevarán a cabo esta semana. A continuación se muestra nuestro calendario de pruebas:
Miércoles - Pruebas PSAT/NMSQT para 11th y 10th grados, todos los demás estudiantes están fuera
Jueves - Pruebas PSAT para 9th grados, todos los demás estudiantes están fuera
Viernes - No hay escuela

Se espera que las personas mayores en Edgenuity asistan a Study Hall el miércoles y el jueves
Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
  • Thanks to all of the Advisement class representatives who gave valuable feedback last week! We appreciate your time and your voices.
Weather permitting, the Hebrew Alliance will be getting the easement directly off of Ivanhoe repaired on October 11. We are being told that that entire entry way will need to be shut down for the repair. This will affect the morning arrival, lunch and the end of the school day. They are hopeful that is a one day thing only. Please plan accordingly!

Be sure to visit Slices this week on Wednesday-Friday (11am-8pm) to support TJ's Interact Club!

Please mention Interact Club so that a portion of your meal goes to a good cause. Thanks for the support, TJ!
Restorative Practices is a type of Conflict Resolution that we use at TJ to resolve issues between students, peers, teachers, and staff members. Often, the Student Excellence Team facilitates what we call, “restorative conversations,” which we have found to be very effective in resolving conflict! If you are interested in trying this out at home with your families and TJ students, use the following guiding questions:  

  1. What happened?  
  2. What harm was done or who was affected?
  3. What do you take responsibility for? 
  4. What can we do to fix this?  

Each person involved in the conflict should answer the questions, one at at time, without interruptions. The final question is all about compromising and coming up with an agreement which everyone contributes to and that all can agree to. Try it out at the dinner table tonight and send us your feedback! 
Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Oct.13th and 14th from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Please check email and the TJ website for sign-up instructions. TJ PTO will provide a staff appreciation lunch during conferences on 10/13. Please see signup below to help out!

Virtual TJHS PTO Meeting on Tuesday, 10/12 at 7:00 p.m. We will talk about ways PTO can support TJ athletics, get a food bank update, and review our planned fundraisers and financials. Please join us!

Topic: TJHS PTO Monthly Meeting
Time: Oct 12, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 895 6560 3700
Passcode: 480461

Questions? Email:
Thomas Jefferson HS SkillsUSA is kicking off their fundraiser to raise money for Support the program activities for SkillsUSA.

The fundraiser will be running from 10/07/2021 – 10/22/2021. To order, please contact any member of Thomas Jefferson HS SkillsUSA, or you can place an order online by clicking this link! Thank you for supporting Thomas Jefferson HS SkillsUSA!

The link is a SkillsUSA order link. You may choose a student at the top of the page you know as the seller to get the seller credit.

All orders will be delivered to TJ on Nov 2nd, seller will be responsible to deliver.
We're working on an online sale and will give you the details as soon as we have things figured out. 

Our October Food Distribution date and time information will be shared in the coming weeks! Please continue to watch for updates!   

We will begin collecting non-perishable food items in the coming months. In the HERE.

Please reach out to Megan Perkins ( or Becca Mahoney ( with questions!
Thank you for your support!
Instead of placing your leaves curbside, donate them to us! 

Please contact to donate them to the Garden.

We would love them in the giant paper bags if possible. 

Thanks, TJ!
There are 3-4 paraprofessional jobs available here at TJ! The job would pay $15 and would be from 7:20 am-2:50 pm. Please contact the main office if you are interested.
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

Phone: 720-466-1617 | Email: | Website

Did You Know…?

This would be a great week to take advantage of a more flexible schedule for your teen! 

Encourage them to get outside, disconnect from their devices, and try something new with their time off. Let’s all use this week as a re-set, mental health break, and a time to re-energize and reconnect with each other in a meaningful way. 
Mental Health and Social Emotional “Did You Know”: Compiled by Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP and Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW.  Resources:
From Your TJ Future Center

You and a parent will need a FSA ID to begin your FAFSA application.
 Be sure to complete the 2022-2023 app.  Click here to learn more about the Financial Aid process in the TJFC schoology course. Once you’ve submitted, please complete this form.
Similar documents are required for CASFA but neither student or parent need a social security #.
 CO Free Application Days are October 19th, 20th, and 21st!
Be sure to have your applications to Colorado colleges and universities including your letters of recommendationif requiredCOMPLETED by October 18th! You will likely need to complete a Common App. Be sure to link your CA and MAIA TODAY! Set aside some time next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to work on your applications since you do not have classes! 
Remember that your College Access Assignments are set up to keep you on track for college. Be sure to use the REQUIRED Steps for Complete College Apps doc to guide your work. Please visit us in the Future Center with any questions and to work on your applications including scholarships from the Weekly Scholarship Highlights!! 
Tuesday, October 12: Boettcher Foundation Scholarship Fall Webinar
Friday, October 15: FAMU Application DUE!

Katie Damas 
Future Center Advisor CC Fellow
Future Center Phone #: 720-423-7134 
Rm 135
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 2022 - Seniors
Our class leaders are committed to providing Senior parents with continued support and the latest graduation and senior events. You can reach out for more info:

Class of 2023 - Juniors
Class of 2024 - Sophomores
Parent Meeting – Join Us!
Class meetings will be held the third Tuesday of month at 7pm.  

Our next meeting details:
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Nyssa Zabel’s house 

Class Donations – Every dime counts!
Sophomores are quite possibly the best “10s” out there! Gather those dimes (pennies, quarters, and ten-dollar bills too) and make a donation to the Class of 2024; money raised will be used for the Class of 2024 After Prom. 

Please click on the PTO Square link to support the class. Feel free to pass the link onto family and friends! Corporate matching is always appreciated.

Extraordinary parents – come get involved! 
 Reach out with questions, comments, and ideas. We look forward to a great year!
Rebecca Moore
Tambyr Reed
Robin Morrissey
Dyanna Spicher (parent)

Class of 2025 - Freshmen