April 13, 2020
Administrator's Corner

Students and parents, we have heard from many of you regarding access to the building to get things out of your lockers. Unfortunately at this time we cannot allow students or parents to access the building. My hope is that we may be allowed to have a controlled amount of people enter the building towards the end of May, however we will follow the guidance of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and our Superintendent. Once we are allowed to have students and parents back in the building or we know what our plan is to distribute materials that are in the school I will let you know! Thank you so much for your patience!

Estudiantes y padres, hemos escuchado de muchos de ustedes con respecto al acceso al edificio para sacar las cosas de sus casilleros. Desafortunadamente en este momento no podemos permitir que los estudiantes o padres accedan al edificio. Mi esperanza es que se nos permita tener una cantidad controlada de personas que ingresen al edificio hacia finales de mayo, sin embargo seguiremos la guía del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado y nuestro Superintendente. Una vez que se nos permita tener estudiantes y padres de vuelta en el edificio o sabemos cuál es nuestro plan para distribuir los materiales que están en la escuela te lo haré saber! ¡Muchas gracias por su paciencia!

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 4/13-4/17
  • Remote Learning (See schedule below)
  • periods 1, 3, 7
  • Remote Learning for Students
  • periods 2, 4, 6, 8
  • PTO Virtual Meeting (details below): 6:00 p.m.
  • Remote Learning for Students 
  • periods 1, 3, 7
  • Remote Learning for Students
  • periods 2, 4, 6, 8
  • All week's work must be submitted by students
Remote Learning Schedule
April 13th- May 22nd (Finals Schedule is still TBD)
Kudos Korner
  • Wow - what a week it was! Thanks to all of the administrators, faculty and staff, parents and students who came together with flexibility and grace to make the first week of Remote Learning such a success! We are so proud of the Spartan community, and we knew that everybody would step up to the plate to make the absolute best out of a strange and uncertain circumstance. This is why we are TJ STRONG!
  • Special thanks to Megan Perkins, Heather Reeder, and all of the other parents who put in so much time and effort to make the 4th annual online auction such a success! (Details below about the amazing outcome!) Thanks, too, to members of the TJ community who donated items for the auction. Great teamwork!
Thank you for making the 4th Annual Online Auction a success!

TJ's 4th Annual Online Auction was a HUGE success!

A very big thank you to everyone who was involved in the 4th Annual TJ Online Auction! From those who helped  behind the scenes  to those who donated items and of course those who bid on the items, it was a great effort and we reached our goal of $20,000! This money w ill go right back into the classrooms at TJ! 

As a reminder, if you haven't had a chance to pick up your winnings yet, please contact Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com).

AP Exam Updates
  • Exams will be 45 minutes and open note/open book via College Board's site.
  • Go to your AP profile and choose TJ as your school and update where to send scores if you haven't already.
  • Don't have internet or a device: https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74
  • Content in the exam will be everything that students/teachers have covered before spring break.
  • In late April, we'll provide AP students and educators with information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can familiarize themselves with the system.
  • Practice on the AP YouTube sites: https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement 
  • Test dates: May 11-22nd
Resources from the Administration
Thank you for being such an incredible community who we know will continue to support your TJHS student(s) during this difficult, unique time. We would like to provide some helpful resources for managing behavior at home, practicing self-care, and recommended guidelines for transitioning your student(s) to online learning:  https://tinyurl.com/vu3olsl
Resources from the Counselors
The Counseling Department has put together some resources related to contacting them and scheduling appointments during our Remote Learning Plan moving forward. Click here for this information. Please know that this will be continuously updated.
PTO News
In April, the PTO will be approving classroom grants submitted by teachers and staff. Since we won't be meeting in person, we plan to hold a virtual PTO meeting on  Tuesday, April 14 th  from 6-7pm . Please check School Deets for the Zoom meeting details or email  tjhspto@gmail.com .
The PTO will be approving classroom grants submitted by teachers and staff. The main focus of the PTO's fundraising efforts is to support the learning environment at TJ. We've had a lot of grant requests from staff and would like your help determining how to spend the $10,000 allocated for this purpose. Other agenda items include
*                   Online auction results
*                   Senior Recognition
*                   Teacher Appreciation
*                   PTO open positions for 2020-21
We hope you will be part of the conversation! If you can't make it and want to share your ideas or if you want to get involved, email us at  tjhspto@gmail.com 
GT Corner
Hey GT Families!  We are here for you!
In an effort to provide GT students and their families with the resources and supports needed to begin/complete their Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), the TJHS GT Site Team has created a Google Classroom for each GT grade level.  The title and code for each grade level is listed below:
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2023 Cohort - b7vpvfn
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2022 Cohort - orzg7to
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2021 Cohort - by7mjwi
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2020 Cohort - cmruxzl
The TJHS GT Site Team, working alongside our District GT Partners, has included resources, websites and documents to help you complete your ALP goals.  Keep in mind that there are effective as well as academic goals.  At this time, students should only focus on the Goals / Advanced Learning Plan section and not worry about the badges right now.  We don't want you to get in there and feel overwhelmed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Tate, our Dean Instruction and GT Point of Contact at adria_tate@dpsk12.org
Resources from the Library
The web site Brain Pop has opened their web site for free.

It has a fair amount of information and activities.  The web site also has an ELL page, a Spanish page, a French page, and a Jr. Page (K-3).

For easy access, I created a general user id and password for everyone in the TJ community.

Parents can use this link for more info on the web site:   https://go.brainpop.com/family/home

To sign in go to the web site:  www.BrainPop.com

User ID:

 Library1  The password is case sensitive.

Thanks, Mr. Fabian!
Senior Parking Spaces for Next Year
Current Juniors: I f you want to reserve a parking spot for next year, please reach out to Mrs. Allen via email 
Carla_allen@dpsk12.org or Carla_allen@dpsk12.net.
Help Wanted at TJ!
We are in need of two paraprofessionals for our Special Education students. If you are interested, please contact Paula Hammel at paula_hammel@dpsk12.org
Spartan Spirit Store
We now have TJ car magnets for $5!!
Please email  tjhs.store@gmail.com  if you would like to purchase something & we would be happy to get the spirit wear for you. We can arrange to have items picked up.  
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:


From February 1st on, the book will be $65 until sold out.

Senior Recognition Ad To purchase an ad, please visit the yearbook website.

All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
News from the Future Center
Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines:

Women's Energy Network of Colorado (WENCO) Kelly de la Torre Scholarship - Due April 17th
Drs. Joseph and Alice Langely Charitable Trust Scholarship - Due April 24th

Feel free to contact Emily at emily_webster@dpsk12.org

  • For more information about college visits, scholarships, and more, please visit the Future Center!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

TJ- we have your back! Even though we are remote learning the remainder of the semester, social-emotional wellbeing is still an area of great importance for us. Maybe now more than before. 

Here is how we are here to help you:
1. Office Hours- Need to "meet" with someone to check-in? We are available! 
2. Social-Emotional Wellbeing Classroom:
  • Please also check out the ACTIVITY WEBSITE Mrs. Davis and I created-- Google Classroom Code: 36frz7m
If you need immediate support, please review the following crisis resources:
* Safe2Tell: Anonymous hotline:   https://safe2tell.org/ (877)542-7233
* National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ and (800)273-8255 
* Colorado Crisis Services: Mental Health supports (844-493-8255 and www.ColoradoCrisisServices.org  
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 

TJ- te respaldamos! A pesar de que estamos aprendiendo a distancia el resto del semestre, el bienestar social y emocional sigue siendo un área de gran importancia para nosotros. Quizás ahora más que antes .

Así es como estamos aquí para ayudarlo:
1) Horario de atención: ¿necesita "reunirse" con alguien para registrarse? ¡Estamos disponibles !
* A partir de la semana del 6 de abril, puede solicitar "reunirse" con un personal de apoyo. Complete este formulario: https://forms.gle/qtrCivjAyyQhcac46

2) Aula de Bienestar Social-Emocional:
* Consulte también el SITIO WEB DE ACTIVIDADES que la Sra. Davis y yo creamos: código de Google Classroom: 36frz7m

Si necesita asistencia inmediata, revise los siguientes recursos de crisis:
* Safe2Tell: línea directa anónima: https://safe2tell.org/   (877)542-7233
* Línea de vida nacional para la prevención del suicidio: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/   y (800)273-8255
* Colorado Crisis Services: apoyo de salud mental 844-493-8255 y www.ColoradoCrisisServices.org  

Salud mental y emocional emocional "¿Sabía usted?" : Compilado por Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW y Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Remember - TJ gear is available in the Spartan Store. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Class of 2020 - Seniors
Click here for an important message for all seniors!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( megandperkins@gmail.com ) or Lisa LoJacono ( lisalojacono@gmail.com ).  
Class of 2021 - Juniors
Soon to be Vintage - Don't forget to buy an AMAZING class t-shirt if you haven't yet.  See Mrs Lynch room 111.  They're going fast!   
As are our kiddos!  Just think one year from now they we will be dressing up for Prom, celebrating graduation, and gearing up for their next adventure.  Let's send them out in style.  To do this, we need your help!  Do you know that most schools charge $50-$80 a ticket for Prom?  AT TJ, we want everyone to go to Prom for no more than $20.21 a ticket and after Prom is FREE to all seniors! However, we cannot do it without your help.  
Don't need a shirt and wondering how you can support the class?  Ready to make this the best year ever?  Start today and make a donation to the Class of 2021 through the Sprit Store here and feel AMAZING! 
Look for some upcoming parent social events to kick off this journey and last hurrah! Tons of opportunity be part of the experience and we need EVERYONE to make this special.  If you like party planning or just have ideas or want to help with additional fundraising, contact any one of us. We need parents to take the lead on Senior Sleep out, Mr. TJ, Powder Puff Football, Homecoming Rally, and After Prom.  If this sounds like you, please speak up! 
Karla Henke karladhenke@gmail.com Jen Abram jenabram18@gmail.com ; Lisa Allen allenlisa85@yahoo.com; Colley Moe colley_moe@comcast.net;  Teri Hertzel thetzel@comcast.net, John Trujillo trujillopotter@icloud.com  (2021 Class Sponsor)
Class of 2022 - Sophomores
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julie Rubin (rubin_j@comcast.net) or Marlene Talavera (TJSpartans2022@gmail.com). 

The class of 2022 has two faculty sponsors,  Jillian Gleason 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, Julie at rubin_j@comcast.net or Marlene at (TJSpartans2022@gmail.com).
Class of 2023 - Freshmen
As always, please contact us if you'd like to be involved in planning, have some ideas or want to jump in to help! Contact Catherine Poirier -  cpoirier@bodybark.com  or Christy Jordan -  christy.jordan@comcast.net.
Thank you for your patience and support.