April 1, 2019
Administrator's Corner

This week will end our 6 week grading period on April 5th. Please review IC to see your student's grade as April and May move quickly through instruction and these months are also full of testing. In April, the SAT for 11th graders will be on April 9th. The PSAT 10 for 10th graders will be on April 10th, and the PSAT 9 for 9th graders will be on April 11th.  Only the corresponding grades should be in attendance on the date of their exam and no other grade level needs to be in the building. (For 12th graders working on Edgenuity, they can enter down in the ROTC hallway.) Students will still be expected to be in attendance at 7:30am.

Esta semana terminará nuestro período de calificación de 6 semanas el 5 de abril. Por favor revise el IC para ver el grado de su estudiante como abril y mayo se mueve rápidamente a través de la instrucción y estos meses también están llenos de pruebas. En abril, el SAT para estudiantes de 11 ° grado será el 9 de abril. El PSAT 10 para los estudiantes de 10º grado estará el 10 de abril, y el PSAT 9 para el 9º grado será el 11 de abril
Sólo las calificaciones correspondientes deben estar presentes en la fecha de su examen y ningún otro nivel de grado debe estar en el edificio. (Para los estudiantes de 12 grados que trabajan en Edgenuity, pueden entrar en el pasillo ROTC.) Se espera que los estudiantes estén presentes a las 7:30am.

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 4/1-4/5
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Josten's Deliveries - lunch
Wednesday -
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.

Kudos Korner
  • We are proud to say that 516 students made the honor roll with a 3.0 or above for Spring of 2019! That is up 84 students from last year at this time. We also celebrated  and recognized two of our students who scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test takers in our region: Alexander Acosta and Nataly Miranda Silva. This week we also had 30 students take the Spanish CLEP exam and get 6-9 college credits!! 
Congratulations to all our students!!
Reminder for Seniors in Edgenuity
Are you a senior working on Edgenuity?  If so, and you are not finished with your coursework, you need to be in room 32, from 8-ish to 2:30 -ish during April 9, 10, and 11. 
PTO News
These last few months of school are going to fly by. There is so much happening! Come to the next meeting of the PTO to hear directly from Principal Christoff on the construction projects and plans for next year. You don't want to miss it!
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th from 6-7pm in Room 111.
King Soopers Gift Card Program
King Soopers just made FUNDRAISING for TJ even EASIER!
Beginning April 1st, you just need to register your King Soopers loyalty card number or alternate ID (e.g. phone number) to earn money for TJ. After you register for the program,  a percentage of ALL of your King Soopers purchases will go to TJ.
Important: At the point of purchase, you must swipe your loyalty card or type in your alternate ID in order for your purchases to count toward TJ's fundraising.
In order to get benefits from the use of your loyalty card/alt id you MUST:
2. Click on Enroll Now
3. You will then see a page where you can choose your organization
4. Search for Thomas Jefferson High School Partners either by name or UT036 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
That's it! You are now enrolled and can help raise EASY MONEY for TJ's classroom grants, student events and staff appreciation.  Thank you!
Questions? Email TJHSPTO@gmail.com
Free Camp for Young Women
Camp Ember is a 4 day, 3 night camp offered to young women ages 16-18. The camp is FREE for the young women selected and includes training, mentorship from community female firefighters, lodging, transportation between training events and food/drink. Campers will be introduced to the world of firefighting and EMS by mentors that will inspire them to embrace their full potential. Click here to apply!
Summer Opportunities for Students
  • For Juniors interested in Engineering: 
Campos EPC EngiNearMe is a free week-long STEM program held June 2 - 7, 2019 at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder. This program offers rising seniors from Colorado high schools an opportunity to explore everything engineering has to offer. During this week, students will work on various hands-on engineering projects and build connections with current students and faculty. 

All expenses are paid for by the University of Colorado Boulder and Campos EPC, including on-campus housing. A $2,500 scholarship is available to participants who accept admission to the CU Engineering program.

If you want to learn how to harness your creativity and how you can make an impact in the world, be sure to apply for this opportunity! 

Deadline to Apply:  April 1, 2019 (TODAY!) by 11:59pm MST
Click here for more information!  

  • For  Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors interested in Architecture:
The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver has created a summer camp for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school plus recent graduates called Architecture in the City. The camp will run from June 3rd to the 14th. Student will get the opportunity to explore architecture and the related fields in the studio environment through drawing and model building. They will also visit local firms and have a final project that will be installed near the CU Denver campus.
Deadline to Apply April 3rd, 2019

Click here for more information! 
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:
  • The yearbook is now $65 and can be purchased online or through the school treasurer. The book will be available until sold out, so act fast!
  • Yearbooks will be distributed at the Backyard Bash.
  • All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
News from the Future Center
  • Seniors - Please be sure to visit the Future Center for deadlines, scholarships, and college visits!
Sophie Vogel
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
3950 S. Holly Street  |  Denver, CO 80237 
O 720.423.7134   F 720.423.7098
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJHS Spirit Store needs your business! Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, joggers, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs.

We're open every Friday at lunch. We STILL have great sale prices! 

Short sleeve t-shirts :$10
Long sleeved t-shirts: $20
TJ Hoodies: $25
Beanies with pom poms: $20
TJ joggers: $35
We accept cash, credit cards and checks. Come see us! 
We're also hoping to show up at some spring sporting events!

If you have any questions please email them to  tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
101 Self-Care Suggestions for When It All Feels Like Too Much - Round Four!
As recognition of National Social Work Month, for the month of March (and part of April), our weekly "Did You Knows" will focus on self-care. We are all human; and therefore experience some days, weeks or months that may be difficult to get through, for a variety of different reasons. And that is okay! So if you or someone you love is going through one of these tough times right now, a time where it all just feels like too much, we want to offer up 101 suggestions for self-care to help you or your loved one get through this time.

Here are tips 46-60:
46. Take a tech break. Delete or deactivate social media if it feels too triggering right now.
47. Or maybe get on tech. If you have been isolating maybe even interacting with friends and family online might feel good.
48. Go out in public and be around others. You do not have to engage. But maybe go sit in a coffee shop or on a bench at a museum and soak up the humanity around you.
49. Or if you are feeling too saturated with contact, go home. Cancel plans and tend to the introverted parts of yourself.
50. Ask friends and family to remind you that things will be OK and that what you're feeling is temporary.
51. Put up some Christmas lights in your bedroom. They often make things more magical.
52. Spend a little money and treat yourself to some self-care and comfort. Maybe take a taxi versus the bus. Buy your lunch instead of forcing yourself to pack it. Buy some flowers that delight you.
53. Make art. Scribble with crayons. Splash some watercolors. Paint a rock. Whatever. Just create something.
54. Go wander around outside in your neighborhood and take a look at all the lovely houses and the way people decorate their gardens. Delight in the diversity of design.
55. Go visit or volunteer at your local animal rescue. Pet some animals.
56. Look at photos of people you love. Set them as the wallpaper of your phone or laptop.
57. Create and listen to a playlist of songs that remind you of happier times.
58. Read some spiritual literature.
59. Scream, pound pillows, tear up paper, shake your body to move the energy out.
60. Eat your favorite, most comforting foods.
Please remember, by no means is this list exhaustive nor will every item on this list possibly feel good and right for you. This list is not meant to be prescriptive, nor do we mean to imply you need to do all or any of these things to take good care of yourself. You are the expert of your own experience and know what's best for you.

The suggestions in this list are in no way a substitute for care or advice from a licensed mental health care clinician. These are self-care coaching suggestions, not therapeutic advice. Moreover, if you feel suicidal or find yourself having suicidal ideations, please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  at 1 (800) 273-8255 .
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources: www.angstmovie.com
Facilities Management Jobs Available
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
Youth Sports Camps this Summer!
TJ is excited to host two youth camps this summer! Use promo code "TJSPARTANS" for 10% off. 
Kyle Freeland is hosting a youth baseball camp July 1!  Emmanuel Sanders is also hosting a youth football pro camp June 30-July 1.

Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as well as other TJ gear)  in the Spartan Store. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Class of 2019 - Seniors
Class of '19 update


Less than ten weeks left of class for our students and less than three months to graduation. Wow, we're so close! The teachers and administration at TJ have dedicated a lot to our students over the years - consider sending a special thank you to those who have been important to your student.

As we approach this important milestone, there are a lot of opportunities for parents to make the last couple of months extra special for our students. 

  • MR TJ, April 19th: THIS EVENT IS IN JEOPARDY if we don't find a creative volunteer interested in helping our Senior Boys' pageant. If you'd like to take on this tradition, please email armccord06@comcast.net. You will have support from other volunteers as needed.
  • After Prom, April 26th from 11pm-2am @ TJ: This is a fun and FREE event for all Seniors whether or not they attend Prom. This year's theme is "Building Memories: Under Construction" (the TJ lobby will be under construction for the event, so we wanted to have fun with that). If you'd like to help with the event, please visit the sign-up genius here (forward to family and friends who may want to volunteer)!
Don't forget these important dates:
  • April 9-11:            No School for Seniors (testing)
  • April 11:                After Prom Sign Making @ TJ (parent volunteers - see the sign-up genius)
  • April 19:                Senior Class Panoramic Picture @ TJ
  • April 19:                Mr. TJ
  • April 20:                Pick up Jostens orders (everything but cap and gown).
  • April 26:                 Prom at Denver Athletic Club 8 pm to 11 pm.
    • After prom at TJ 11 pm to 2 am.
  • April 29:                 No School
  • May 7:                    Senior awards by invitation
  • May 17:                  Senior check out.
  • May 20:                  Mini graduation rehearsal at TJ. Pick up cap and gown.
  • May 29:                  Graduation rehearsal at Magness Arena 12 noon. Graduation at 2 pm.
Local University Application Deadlines:
  • Colorado State University: May 1st
  • University of Northern Colorado: August 1st
  • Metro State University: July 1st
  • Seniors must have a 93% attendance rate to attend Senior Prom and to walk at Graduation. If you're student is not compliant, have them connect with Mr. Skari for assistance.
  • Students must have a 93% attendance rate and a 3.0 GPA to participate in the Mr. TJ Event.
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
  • Host an event
  • Make a tax deductible financial donation - Find out if your employer will match your donation!
  • Participate in Neighborhood Eats events
  • Buy a Class of '19 T-shirt via tjhs.store@gmail.com
  • For more information contact Anne McCord - armccord06@comcast.net
Class of 2020 - Juniors
As we look ahead to Senior year, we need several parent volunteers to take on the planning and execution of the Senior night camp out before the first day of school for incoming freshman (Aug.19).  This is a great TJ Spartan tradition. We would especially love to have some dads help out with this event.   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( megandperkins@gmail.com ) or Lisa LoJacono ( lisalojacono@gmail.com ).  
Class of 2021 - Sophomores

We're looking for volunteers to host future events for our class parents. If interested, please come to the next PTO meeting, or send an email to thetzel@comcast.net; or colley_moe@comcast.net to find out more.

Class of 2022 - Freshmen
The class of 2022 needs 2-4 additional parents to join parent Julie Rubin in planning fundraising events. The class of 2022 has two faculty sponsors,  Jason Klimczak and Maggie Kennedy, but parents are needed to work with the staff to plan fundraising activities. Parent sponsors also plan community building activities for the parents of the class of 2022.  Each class is expected to raise money needed to host their Prom, After Prom and other activities senior year.  The sooner the fundraiser get started, the more choices there will be for events senior year. The time commitment can be as little or as much you can share.   Your involvement in any capacity is important and appreciated. We are successful because of your behind-the-scenes contributions, large and small. It all adds up to a stronger community. An engaged parent body shows our students that we care about them!
If you need more information, contact tjhspto@gmail.com or Julie directly at rubin_j@comcast.net.