September 20, 2021

Administrator's Corner

Thank you TJ students and families for a wonderful Homecoming Week. Last week was filled with fun, TJ spirit, and reminders of why this is such a great community. So many people went above and beyond to make it special. Thank you to the parents who donated their time, food, and funds. Thank you to the staff members for everything you did to make sure students had a great week. And of course, thank you to those students behind the scenes that made all the events happen. Thank you all!

Now, it's time to buckle down as we only have a week before the first 6-week grading period ends. Students, please make sure you are attending class on time every day, reaching out to teachers for help, and staying on top of your work. Grades are important and our goal is to make sure everyone is doing their best and on track to be college and career ready. 


Gracias a los estudiantes y familias de TJ por una maravillosa semana de regreso a casa. La semana pasada fue llena de diversión, espíritu TJ, y recordatorios de por qué esta es una comunidad tan grande. Mucha gente hizo todo lo que estaba en sus límites para que fuera especial. Gracias a los padres que donaron su tiempo, comida y fondos. Gracias a los miembros del personal por todo lo que hicieron para asegurarse de que los estudiantes tuvieran una semana estupenda. Y, por supuesto, gracias a los estudiantes entre bastidores que hicieron que todos los eventos sucedieran. ¡Gracias a todos!

Ahora, es hora de abrocharse, ya que sólo tenemos una semana antes de que finalice el primer período de calificación de 6 semanas. Estudiantes, por favor asegúrese de asistir a la clase a tiempo todos los días, de llegar a los maestros para obtener ayuda, y de mantenerse al día de su trabajo. Las calificaciones son importantes y nuestro objetivo es asegurarnos de que todos estén haciendo lo mejor y en camino de estar preparados para la universidad y la carrera.

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Special thanks to all of the students, parents, faculty and staff who made Homecoming week one for the books! We are so excited to have everyone back together to show that we are SPARTAN STRONG!
Thank you to all the TJ parents who joined us at our first monthly meeting last week. It was a huge turnout with over 50 families attending! We are grateful to Principal Christoff for spending time with us. There were some important topics that came up that we will be following up on at future meetings. If you couldn't join us and would like to find out what you missed, you can find the meeting minutes, current financials, and the meeting recording on the PTO webpage.
We've had parents volunteer for a few of the open positions but we still need more help. We really are in need of a Vice President and Spirit Store support. If these rolls call out to you, please let us know! If a leadership role isn't for you now, we still want you to join us. Please visit the PTO page and click Join Today to share your contact information, so you can stay in the loop on how to support TJ in ways that work best for you!
We can't be Spartan Strong without you!

Questions? What to get involved? Email:

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!
Here at T.J., our school counselors work with and encourage students as they develop academically, personally and socially. We are here to support and advocate for all students.  

Here are our counselor caseloads:
Jillian Gleason- Students with Last Names A-D
Maggie Kennedy (se habla español) - Students with Last Names E-L
Erin Thompson- Students with Last Names M-Q and students with IEPs
Jeremy Anderson- Students with Last Names R-Z
Rebecca Taylor-9th Grade Transitions Counselor 

Senior Meeting                                                                     
This last week, the Class of 2022 met with counselors and our Future Center advisor, Emily Webster to go over steps for the college application process during Advisement.. 
All resources are on the Class of ‘22 Future Center Schoology page. To learn how to access the page as a parent, refer to this link.  

See the Future Center News for more information and don’t forget about preparing those applications for Colorado Free App Day October 19th-21st.

Graduation Requirement Info
Students will do ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) in Advisement on September 28th and 30th. ICAP is a graduation requirement. For more information, see here. To graduate, students must complete the required coursework, prove Math and English competency and have a complete and meaningful ICAP.More information can be found here.

Reach out to your student’s counselor with questions!
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 Experience where you will be able to 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

Did You Know…?
Parent Training Opportunity!
In the state of Colorado, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for those who are 15-24 years old 

Here is what our students are reporting:
Colorado Healthy Kids Survey 2019
As a guardian, here is how you can get information and resources: 
What: Signs of Suicide Parent Presentation by TJ Mental Health Team
When: Thursday September 30th, 2021 5:30-6:30pm
Where: Virtually! You can join from the comfort of your couch and pajamas 


Google Meet: 
Join by phone: 1-920-663-8096‬
PIN: ‪311 931 616#‬

Questions? Please contact:
- Samanda Davis- Social Worker (720)423-7072 & 
- Natalie Koncz- School Psychologist (720)423-7077 & 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mental Health and Social Emotional “Did You Know”: Compiled by Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP and Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW. 
From Your TJ Future Center

Seniors, you are doing a GREAT job with your college and scholarship applications. 
I’m so impressed with your initiative and determination!

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! 
You AND one parent, if they have a SSN, need to create a login (FSA ID). 
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 recommendationif requiredCOMPLETED 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! 
Wednesday. September 22- DSF Virtual Career Panel: TECH; Liberal Arts College Virtual Fair
Thursday, September 23: Emory U: Owning Your Process: Navigating College Admission Virtual Session
Friday, September 24: Penn State Prospective Student Virtual Session 
Parents: Linked here are presentation slides about accessing and using your Parent Portal to view the TJ Future Center schoology course. After you are in the Parent Portal, click See All Apps then click Schoology.  Here’s the contact info for login support. Please contact them if you have trouble logging in. This will help ensure you can see all of your student’s courses! In the meantime, you can view the content with your student via their log in.

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
Step 1) RSVP here Today! Limited Spots!
Step 2) Secure your Spot - Pay here Today!  Suggested Donation: $30/person
      Please give more if you can, it all benefits our kids!!
Generously Hosted by these TJ 2023 Families!
Deb Saint-Phard, Kris & Scott Hougard, Catherine & Doug Poirier,
Beth Scott & Geoff Hauer, Jenel Williams & Chip Wadkins,
Janet & Jeff Willson and Nyssa & Rick Zabel!
Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7-8:15 p.m. at Kris & Scott Hougard’s Backyard and on Zoom! RSVP by October 4th to so we can get a headcount please!
Topic: Class of 2023 Parent Meeting
Time: Oct 6, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 826 2311 8208
Passcode: 040738
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 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, annie_berg@dpsk12.orgTHANK 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