September 13, 2021

Administrator's Corner

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Back to School Night! If you weren’t able to make it, feel free to reach out to teachers with any questions or concerns.

Sports have started and we are using a new online ticketing platform, Ticket Spicket. To make entering games more convenient, purchase tickets online at . Not all events require tickets. Fall sports requiring tickets are football and volleyball. 

This week is Homecoming Week! Encourage your student to participate in the many activities and attend the dance on Saturday, September 18th from 8-11pm at TJ. Tickets to the dance can be purchased at school during lunch and after school. 

¡Gracias a todos los que se unieron a nosotros para la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela! Si no pudo hacerlo, no dude en comunicarse con los maestros con cualquier pregunta o inquietud.

Los deportes han comenzado y estamos utilizando una nueva plataforma de venta de entradas en línea, Ticket Spicket. Para que la participación en los juegos sea más conveniente, compre boletos en línea en . No todos los eventos requieren entradas. Los deportes de otoño que requieren boletos son el fútbol y el voleibol.

¡Esta semana es la semana de regreso a casa! ANIME a su estudiante a participar en las muchas actividades y asistir al baile el sábado 18th de septiembre del 8 al 11pm en TJ. Los boletos para el baile se pueden comprar en la escuela durante el almuerzo y después de clases.
Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Congratulations to our students below who are one of 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service. Students should have been emailed a certificate from College Board and will be honored at TJ's Honor Roll Assembly on the 23rd of September.
 Cedar Miera
Dylan Nelson
Evan Valdes-Halterman
Juanita Hurtado
Kinara Oili-Young
Ayah Almutkassi
Deqa Muse
Nathnael Tewelde
Sara Eyassu
Sydney Ezell
Graphic by Shana Saint-Phard
Spirit Week!
Monday 13th - PJ Day
  • Bonfire 6:30-8:30 (details below)
Tuesday 14th - Jersey Day (sports team not state)
  • PowderPuff game 3-4 pm on Turf
Wednesday 15th- Decades Day
Homecoming Royalty announcement at Lunch - Front patio
  • Seniors- 80s
  • Juniors- 70s
  • Sophomores - 60s
  • Freshmen - 50s
Thursday 16th - Twin Day
Friday 17th - TJ Day
  • Pep assembly Schedule
  • TJ Swag giveaway 
  • Homecoming Football game and Royalty Parade 7 pm
Saturday 18th - Homecoming Dance Outside
  • 8-11
PTO Meeting on 9/14 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM
PTO business meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. We are excited to have Principal Mike Christoff join us for this first PTO meeting to share what's happening this school year. Here is the link to join the meeting: 

Topic: September PTO Meeting
Time: Sep 14, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 0849 9529
Passcode: 256921

Spirit Wear Team
We are eager to provide lots of opportunities for students to get outfitted in their spirit wear. We are building a team of spirit wear volunteers. If you want to join the team, let us know by emailing We need help for the coming Spirit Week and Homecoming football game.

Homecoming is next week (9/13-18) and students are looking forward to fun events all week long. We would love to have parents support the homecoming dance by providing goodies for our kids to enjoy at the event. Please check out the HOCO Dance Signup to see if you can contribute to it. If you can't drop off food but want to contribute, you can always make a donation to the PTO by visiting the PTO store here TJHS PTO Donation | TJHS PTO (

Thank you for your support, TJ Families! Go Spartans!

Welcome back to school, Spartans! We'd love to have even more families join the King Soopers Community Reward Program. This is FREE money that supports TJ students and the school community. From April through June, 89 families participated which generated a donation of $1,500 to the PTO. Thank you to all who participated! It is so easy to join - all you have to do is pick TJ as your rewards partner and then shop at King Soopers as you normally would. TJ receives a percentage of all purchases!!
It is easy to sign up. To get the benefits, you must register for the rewards program here...
  1. Go to and sign in to your digital account or create a new one. Make sure your loyalty card number or alternate ID is associated with your digital account.
  2. Click on Enroll Now
  3. Search for Thomas Jefferson High School Partners or use code UT036
  4. Click Enroll
That's it! You are now ready to earn FREE money for the TJ community. At the point of purchase, you must swipe your loyalty card or type in your alternate ID for your purchases to apply to TJ. 
It takes approximately 10 days for the King Soopers Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt. TJ receives payments from King Soopers quarterly. The percentage TJ receives varies by quarter.
You can view the total you earned during the last quarter by signing into your King Soopers account and selecting My Account. There is a tab for the Community Rewards Program. You can verify that TJ is listed as your Community Rewards beneficiary and see the amount you've contributed.
Thank you for your support!
Questions? Email
Our first Food Distribution of the school year will take place on Wednesday, September 29 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at TJ!  
Any family that is in need of food support is welcomed and encouraged to sign up HERE. Both non-perishable and fresh food will be distributed. Please note that you MUST sign up for us to have food available for you at the distribution.  
We will begin collecting non-perishable food items in the coming months. In the meantime monetary donations to the TJ Food Bank are appreciated and can be made HERE.

Please reach out to Megan Perkins ( or Becca Mahoney ( with questions!

Thank you for your support!
Denver Public Schools implements Prevention Services by your School Health Professional and Mental Health Team. Prevention Programming is intended to expand substance use prevention and social emotional educational opportunities in schools. The majority of prevention programming is brought to students through collaboration with the School Health Professional and Faculty here at TJ. Please take a moment to read the prevention programs offered HERE. If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Miccio (she/her) School Health Professional at

Las Escuelas Públicas de Denver implementan los Servicios de Prevención por su Equipo de Salud Mental y Profesional de Salud Escolar. Prevención La programación tiene por objeto ampliar la prevención del uso de sustancias y las oportunidades educativas sociales emocionales en las escuelas. La mayoría de la programación de prevención se lleva a los estudiantes a través de la colaboración con el Profesional de Salud Escolar y la Facultad aquí en TJ. Por favor tome un momento para leer los programas de prevención que se ofrecen AQUÍ. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con la Sra. Miccio (ella / ella) Profesional de Salud Escolar en
Welcome back, Spartans! We’re working on getting all of the spirit wear into the new home inside the school in the front lobby. Hopefully, we’ll be able to open that in September.

Until then, if you would like a TJ hoodie, t-shirt, PJ pants or joggers email us at and we’ll help you get the items you want. 

The chromebook you have received is YOURS for the rest of the time that you are at TJ.

You are expected to bring it to school EVERY day and to CHARGE it every night.

You are financially responsible for that chromebook. If you lose your chromebook or power cord, you will have to pay for it. If you damage your chromebook, you will have to pay for it. If your dog eats your power cord, you will have to pay for it.
Keep your chromebook safe and protected from damage. We recommend a case or sleeve that you can pick up at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, etc. Please do not put stickers on the chromebook or mark them in any way. A sleeve or case is the best way to mark it as yours.

There are very few extra chromebooks. Do not expect a loaner on days that you forget yours. See Mr. Skari about the slim possibility of getting one.
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.
Calling all entrepreneurs! Interested in building your own business and working for yourself? Consider the Launch 50/50 Expereince where you will be able learn the basics of building your business and shadowing local small businesses in a comprehensive internship experience.

Questions? Please visit Mr. Mason in the Counseling Office or via email at!
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

Being bold is a learned behavior, and the more you practice it, the more it shows up in every area of your life. Let’s help boost confidence in our adolescents!
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

Seniors, you are doing a GREAT job with your college and scholarship applications.
Remember to review the Major Scholarships with Early Deadlines and the Weekly Scholarship Highlights! APPLY to every opportunity for which you are eligible.

FAFSA and CASFA open for applications on October 1st. You will complete one or the other to establish eligibility for federal or state financial aid….FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE.
This gives you plenty of time to create your login and gather the required information! 
Click here to learn more about the Financial Aid process in the TJFC schoology course. 
Similar documents are required for CASFA but neither student or parent need a social security #.
Try to complete your FAFSA or CASFA in October to ensure maximum access to $$$$!
Colorado Free Application Days are on October 19th and 20th. Be sure to have your applications to Colorado colleges and universities including your letters of recommendation, if required, COMPLETED by October 18th! Many schools use the Common App
Link your Common App to MAIA Learning so we can send your supporting documents.
You can then submit them FOR FREE on October 19th or 20th! 

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
Class of 2022 parents join us for our first planning meeting of the year via zoom on Sep. 14th, 2021 at 5pm (through 6:30pm, maybe shorter) just before the PTO meeting.
Meeting ID: 631 919 2849
Passcode: 20A0wp
We will discuss future meeting preferences and upcoming events. If there’s anything you’d like to add for a discussion topic please send it to Marlene at

Did you know?
  • There is plenty of resources and continued education support at your fingertips. Our class staff sponsors are TJ’s very own Counselors and they have been incredibly supportive of the kids. They are always available if you have questions regarding continued education and available opportunities.
Class of 2023 - Juniors
Welcome Back Junior Class!
How to get Connected:
Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7-8:15 p.m. at Kris & Scott Hougard’s Backyard - Zoom Link and RSVP information coming soon! 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, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT of 2023!
Class of 2024 - Sophomores
Parent Meeting – Join Us!
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom! 
Mark your calendar for the first parent meeting and plan on meeting some great parents and tossing around ideas for fundraising and other events. 
Zoom invite will be provided via email to all class parents. 

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
Dyanna Spicher (parent)
Class of 2025 - Freshmen