April 10, 2017
Administrator's Corner

CMAS testing happened before break - students did a great job! Thanks for all of your support. The PSAT/SAT testing will happen on April 11th, only students taking those two tests need to attend that day (no freshmen or seniors need to attend). Be sure that students get a good night sleep, eat a good breakfast, and are ready to do their best!  

Also in April, the parent satisfaction surveys will be coming home via your student later this month; you can return them via mail or directly to the school and we will mail them for you. 

As we head into the final grading period, please continue to support our students by checking on IC and making sure they're on top of their work and deadlines so that we can end the year on a high note!

¡Los exámenes de CMAS ocurrieron antes de las vacaciones de primavera- los estudiantes hicieron un gran trabajo! Gracias por todo su apoyo. Los exámenes PSAT / SAT ocurrirán el 11 de abril para los estudiantes en los grados 10 y 11, solamente los estudiantes tomando los estos exámenes deben asistir ese día (los estudiantes en los grados 9 y 12 no asisten a clases). ¡Asegúrese de que los estudiantes duerman bien la noche anterior, coman un buen desayuno, ¡y estén listos para hacer su mejor!
También en abril, las encuestas de satisfacción de los padres estarán llegando a casa a través de su estudiante a finales de este mes; Usted puede devolverlos por correo o directamente a la escuela y nosotros los enviaremos por usted.
Dirigiéndonos hacia el período de calificación final, por favor continúe apoyando a nuestros estudiantes revisando el IC y asegurándose de que están al día con sus trabajos/tareas para que podamos terminar el año en una nota alta!

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!
Week at a Glance - Week of 4/10-4/14
  • Senior Panorama Picture - 10:30 a.m.
  • Senior parent meeting - 7:00 p.m. (see below for details)
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • PSAT/SAT testing - no school for freshmen or seniors
  • Bad Daddy's Burgers Fundraiser (Landmark location) for the senior class - 4:00-9:00 p.m. (see below for details)
  • Partners PTO meeting - 6:00 p.m.
  • Office Hours/early release
  • All class t-shirts (as well as other gear) for sale during 8th period and after school (during Office Hours) in the lobby.
  • Jostens delivery of graduation announcements - 11:15-12:15 p.m.
  • Last day to buy a yearbook in time for the signing party!
  • Mr. TJ - doors open at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 7:00 p.m.!
Kudos Korner
  • Kudos to the students of Mr. Fox, Mr. Santambrogio, Mrs. Lynch and Mr. Croom for creating and decorating this Spartan head with recycled materials to help promote the Protect Our Winters assembly! A big thanks to Sara Andolsek who made the assembly possible!
It's Almost Time for TJ's 2017 Inaugural Online Auction...Bid Often and Win Big!
TJ's Inaugural Online Auction will run April 15-20. Mark your calendars now because bidding will start promptly at 8:00 am on Sunday, April 16th and item categories will being closing at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 20th.  The online catalog will be available to preview beginning Thursday April 13:  tjhs.ptapal.com .

Make a difference for TJ!
When everyone bids, TJ wins. The auction is a great way to have the money you normally spend on everyday items go to TJ. See, win-win! Plus, 100% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit our classroom grant program. 

We need YOU to help to make TJ's Auction a success...here's how you can help:
  • Bid on items you already buy every day 
  • Bid on fun items including gift cards, weekend getaways, athletic tickets, cool experiences, great gifts
  • Send the auction link to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors and encourage them to bid, too
  • Remind other TJ families to get in on the auction action

Everything you need to know about how the auction works can be found here in the

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate contact Megan Perkins at  megandperkins@gmail.com or  303.870.0579.

Get those calendars out and get ready to get bidding! 
Mr. TJ is Here!
Mr TJ is Friday April 14, 2017.  Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased from the contestants and escorts for $5 in advance or that night at the door $8.  All proceeds go to the Senior Prom.  Come check out the show and the dancing, spirt and talent of these seniors.  If you would like to donate to the show please click here.  We are looking with help to provide dinner for our night rehearsals and the junior parents run a concession stand to raise money for 2018 Prom.
Buy Your Yearbook!

This is just a friendly reminder to buy a yearbook soon! In order to have the book in time for the signing party in May, you must purchase your book before THIS FRIDAY, April 14. To buy a book, click on this link. If you are you unsure about whether or not you already bought a book, login into the Josten's site to find out. Thanks!

Help Make TJ Beautiful
Phase I: Tree Planting
April 15 11:30am

We need lots of help putting 23 trees in the ground on the "approach" to TJ from Ivanhoe. These trees have been made available by the "Denver Digs Trees" program. We'll have the DPS work trailer on hand with plenty of shovels and gloves. Nick's Garden Center is providing compost and a parent is providing mulch. Landscape design has been provided by TJ Alumni Michael Buchenau of Denver Urban Gardens. This project is the first phase in beautifying TJ's grounds in an effort to better integrate our mid mod architecture with a modern master landscape plan. 

Please meet beside TJ's baseball field at immediately following the College 101 workshop. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen, if needed. Students, come earn some community service hours! 
From the Counselors - Save the Date
Community Access Training
Important Attendance Reminders
Parents and Guardians,
As a reminder, the key to your student's academic success is coming to school on time and attending every class. Please note that we will not be accepting excused absences for students who are in school and want to miss one class to study or hang out. This is not acceptable. Also, we will require that all seniors have a 92% attendance rate to attend prom and participate in commencement ceremonies. (Seniors can connect with Mr. Skari for how to fix their attendance.) 

Please click here for a copy of our 
attendance policy.
If your student is struggling and needing academic support, please remember that we have tutoring after school in the library on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Office hours on Wednesday is from 2:15pm-3pm and every student should be connecting with at least one teacher during that time.
Mumps Alert for Families
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has shared with us that there have been several cases of the Mumps virus reported in the state over the past few weeks. In order to minimize the spread of mumps in schools, the agency has asked us to provide information to our families.

We are sharing with you a cover letter in English and in Spanish for families along with a Mumps Alert letter in English and in Spanish from the CDPHE. Please share this valuable information with your school community.
Peru Trip - Act Soon!
It has been chosen, we are off to Peru in June 2018! All students interested in hiking Machu Picchu, rafting in the Sacred Valley, touring a wild animal sanctuary, cruising an Indian market and so many more adventures... Stop by room 217 for an informational packet!
Parents of interested travelers: please contact Jennifer Sonheim with any questions:  720-423-7093 or   Jennifer_Sonheim@dpsk12.org .
Click here for more details about the trip.  We will have an informational meeting in the near future!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
~ Spring Cleaning ~
Spring is here- let's start the cleaning!
Here we are once again. It is that time of the year that some people look Spring is here- let's start the cleaning! Here we are once again. It is that time of the year that some people look forward to- opening the windows, deep-cleaning the house, getting rid of old items they no longer need; others may wince at the thought of going through closets, drawers, cabinets and feeling pressured to make the "to get rid of this, or to keep it?" decision. Though it can be difficult, time consuming and possibly argument-invoking, it can be important for your physical and mental health. Let's find out how!  

What can "Spring Cleaning" do for me? 
* By making the effort to de-clutter areas, you can actually increase your productivity! Cleaning off your kitchen table, work-space, entry table, etc. can help support a more organized approach to work and facilitate ease with completing tasks. Plus, it may look nicer and more welcoming to guests and visitors in the home. 
* The cleaning process itself can increase your energy levels
* Spring cleaning can benefit your physical health! Do you ever think about the amount of dust and dirt that build up within the house? Cleaning your living space can help with asthma and allergies.  
* People who have a clean and tidy home are happier. Hello strong mental health! Cleaning your space can provide a sense of accomplishment, pride and satisfaction. And perhaps decrease conflict with family members, roommates, etc. 
* Regularly cleaning and de-cluttering can help increase focus and decision making! By removing obstacles (which are often the physical presence of stuff) from your space, you now can focus on problem solving and decision making. 
 * You can give back to your community. All those un-used items can be donated to charities for people and families in need. Or you can plan a garage sale with your neighbors and use the collected money to do something nice for the neighborhood or community (basketball hoop on the street, plants for some homes, donate to a local foodbank, etc.) 

 Now, put on some tunes and get going!
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP  
Spirit Store Items
Get Your Gear On!
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store which is online. The store is also set up at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.
Check out the new American Apparel soft 100% cotton v-neck t-shirts in dark gray or white with gold TJ on the front and Spartan on the back. Also, get a new gray fleece blanket with gold TJ embroidered in the corner to keep you warm while cheering on the Spartans this winter. 

New XXL and XL sizes in men's Under Armour ankle zip sweatpants and new inventory in the Under Armour 1/4 zip long sleeve pullovers in graphite gray stripe with embroidered TJ. XXL hoodies and T-shirts now available.
Youth LGBTQ Meet-Up Opportunities
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as wells as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store and during 8th period and after school (during Office Hours) on Wednesdays in the lobby. (Pictures of 2018 and 2020 shirts coming soon!)
Class of 2017 - Seniors
Parents of Seniors
Info meeting April 10 at 7pm, TJ cafeteria
Come hear about the final weeks leading up to graduation. (June 2)

There are still many opportunities for you to get involved, by sharing your time or making a donation. Your participation is important and is appreciated.

Please consider filling a spot or two for the return of this year's After Prom - click here to sign up

Go TJ!
The Senior Panoramic picture will be taken on April 10th at 10:30 a.m.
After Prom is Back! 
Hello TJ families, as we prepare to re-establish this Senior Year event your help is needed. TJ has not had an After Prom in 4 years - it is time to bring it back! We are asking senior parents to get involved to create a memorable night for the Class of 2017. Your time and / or generous donations are appreciated!

After Prom is a free, fun, extension of Prom, held at the school from 11pm -2am (April 22, 2017) Students may leave but no re-entry allowed. Food, casino tables, inflatable obstacle course, lounge, music, and exciting giveaways to be announced all night. Student's names will be drawn, they must be present to win.

Parents participating during the event will hardly be noticed (by teens). The night cannot happen without you.

If you would like to financially support After Prom, donate here.
Questions? Email Steph Stoetzer.

Thanks in advance for your support!
SENIOR T-Shirts - Get Yours Now
We still have some of the original Class of 2017 T-Shirts available. Y ou can purchase online and pickup at school OR  see Julie Thibodeau in the office  to buy your shirt.  Profits from these shirts support After-Prom Event for 2017.  So please support our Seniors and a safe, fun Prom 2017.  Purchase online here!
Stay CONNECTED - TeamApp - TJ Class of 2017, Twitter @2017tjhs, facebook TJHS 2017 Spartan Support 

Questions:  TJHS2017@gmail.com
Thanks for helping to make TJ and the Class of 2017 Great!
Class of 2018 - Juniors
  • Class of 2018 Parents:  Mr. TJ is on the horizon.  This male talent/variety show is a TJ tradition for Senior Boys and will be held Friday, April 14th.  Junior parents run the concession sales during the event.  We are in need of parents who want to volunteer to help with concessions and help coordinate the show.  This is a fun way to get involved.  Volunteer commitments vary; anyone interested should email: Sara_andolsek@dpsk12.org.  
  • Fiesta like there's no Mañana! 
    Let's FUNdraise + create wonderful memories for both the Class of 2018's and the Class of 2020's Senior year activities
    (which include Prom, After Prom, Mr. TJ, etc).
    Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 6th at 7pm.
    Hosted by The Leprys and The Freedbergs at Casa de Freedberg.
    $30 per person (collected at the door) which includes appetizers + desserts, margaritas, wine + beer plus a fun evening with a great community. This fiesta is going to be serious fun, so please bring your friends! Adults only, please. 
    All are welcome whether or not you have a student in the TJ Class of 2018 and/or 2020. Please RSVP here by May 1, 2017. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the Class of 2018's senior year activities, please contact Kary Cramer at karycramer@msn.com. Please contact Lisa Lojacono at lisalojacono@gmail.com to contribute to the Class of 2020's senior year activities.
  • Please look for more opportunities this school year for parents to socialize, get connected and contribute to the Class of 2018 fundraising efforts.  Please email   karycramer@msn.com  if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Sophomores
  • We are excited to introduce the Class of '19 retro t-shirt for sale (picture above)!  T-shirts are $15 each and proceeds will help fund Class of '19 Senior Year activities, including After Prom.  Shirts can be purchased directly from Julie Thibodeau, online at the Spartan Store, during Office Hours in the lobby, or at various school events. Parents will be selling the t-shirts in the lobby on February 8th and 15th as well.  THANK YOU for supporting the Class of '19!
  • If you have an idea for fundraising, community building event or volunteer opportunity, please contact Jane Bulger:  janeebulger@gmail.com
Class of 2020 - Freshmen
  • Fiesta like there's no Mañana! Let's FUNdraise + create wonderful memories for both the Class of 2018's and the Class of 2020's Senior year activities 
    (which include Prom, After Prom, Mr. TJ, etc). 
    Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 6th at 7pm.
    Hosted by The Leprys and The Freedbergs at Casa de Freedberg. 
    $30 per person (collected at the door) which includes appetizers + desserts, margaritas, wine + beer plus a fun evening with a great community. This fiesta is going to be serious fun, so please bring your friends! Adults only, please. 
    All are welcome whether or not you have a student in the TJ Class of 2018 and/or 2020.  Please RSVP here  by May 1, 2017.  If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the Class of 2018's senior year activities, please contact Kary Cramer at karycramer@msn.com. Please contact Lisa Lojacono at lisalojacono@gmail.com to contribute to the Class of 2020's senior year activities.
  • Thank-you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono who have agreed to be parent representatives for the Class of 2020. Please look for important information to come.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Megan at:  megandperkins@gmail.com or Lisa at:  lisalojacono@gmail.com.
News from the Future Center
Seniors and families, we are approaching financial aid deadlines.  To receive priority financial aid and institutional scholarships, students must complete FAFSA and institutional scholarship applications before the colleges' deadlines.  Even if you think you have too much income to be considered for need-based aid, some colleges may still require the FAFSA to apply for their scholarships.  Click  here  to see a list of deadlines for Colorado colleges and universities.
For upcoming events, college visits, financial aid workshops, scholarships, and much more, visit the Future Center wikipage !
Rena Maez 
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
rmaez@denverscholarship.org |   www.denverscholarship.org