April 15, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Thank you to Bona for redoing our gym floor, and thank you to the TJ community for making it possible! 
Attendance is very important for success in high school.  As we enter the final part of the year students should continue attending every class every day.  The school expectation for all students is 93% or above for daily attendance, which includes excused absences.  
Reminder that seniors must have a 93% attendance to walk at graduation or purchase prom tickets.  Students may raise their attendance rate in multiple ways, including:
  • Attend after school tutoring in the library (student must sign in and be productive)
  • Access additional academic support before school, during lunch, or after school (student will ask teacher to email Mr. Skari to confirm)
  • Spend time in the Future Center working on college applications and/or scholarships (student must sign in and be productive)
  • Student can perform community service at TJ or an outside organization (student must provide documentation to verify)
Please contact Mr. Skari with questions.

¡Gracias a Bona por rehacer nuestro piso del gimnasio, y gracias a la comunidad de TJ para hacer posible!

la asistencia es muy importante para el éxito en la escuela secundaria. A medida que entramos en la parte final del año los estudiantes deben seguir asistiendo a cada clase todos los días. La expectativa de la escuela para todos los estudiantes es 93% o superior para la asistencia diaria, que incluye ausencias justificadas.

Recuerde que las personas mayores deben tener un 93% de asistencia para caminar en la graduación o comprar entradas para el baile. Los estudiantes pueden elevar su tasa de asistencia de múltiples maneras, incluyendo: 
  • asisten después de la escuela tutoría en la biblioteca (el estudiante debe iniciar sesión y ser productivo) 
  • acceder a apoyo académico adicional antes de la escuela, durante el almuerzo o después de la escuela (el estudiante le preguntará Profesor para enviar un correo electrónico al Sr. Skari para confirmar)
  • Pase tiempo en el Future Center trabajando en aplicaciones universitarias y/o becas (el estudiante debe iniciar sesión y ser productivo) 
  • el estudiante puede realizar un servicio comunitario en TJ o una organización externa (el estudiante debe proporcionar documentación para verificar) 
por favor Contactar al Sr. Skari con preguntas.

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." 
- Nelson Mandela

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." 
- Benjamin Franklin

Week at a Glance - Week of 4/15-4/19
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

Wednesday -
  • 8th grade Open House (rescheduled from last week due to weather): 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • 8th grade Open House (rescheduled from last week due to weather): 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Senior Panoramic Picture: 10:45 a.m.
Kudos Korner
  • Huge thanks to  Julie Thibodeau for all of her work getting testing ready for this week. We also appreciate  Paula Hammel and  Suzanne Meyer  (and any others!) who helped prepare, count, pack up and double check tests. Thanks to all of those who proctored and helped make the testing week go smoothly!
9th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening

Tuesday, April 30th thru Monday, May 6th

9th grade students will be pulled from one of their non-core classes on one of these days to complete vision and hearing screenings.
Consent forms will be mailed home 2 weeks in advance- around mid-April. Please complete this form ONLY if you wish your student(s) to be opted OUT of the screening process.
For questions contact school nurse
Kristine Serrano, RN
(720) 423-7061

Classroom Grant Requests
PTO's mission is to enhance and support the educational experience at TJHS. With that goal in mind, PTO has budgeted $10,000 to distribute as Classroom Grants! Do you know a teacher or staff member who may have a need for grant money? It's time for any staff member to submit a request for a PTO Grant to help their students in whatever class or activity they lead. Last year, grants were used towards classroom supplies, travel to national competitions, local field trips and to enhance the art, theater and music programs.
Submit grant requests using this  Grant Request Form.  All requests are due by the end of the day on  Monday, April 29th.
Questions? Please contact TJ PTO Chairs at  tjhspto@gmail.com.
TJ's Hiring!
TJ will be hiring an Office Support person for the newly designed front area of the building. This job will primarily be a receptionist position. Please click here for more information!
Hosting an Exchange Student
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to host an exchange student?  Now is your chance!
Two girls with EF High School Exchange are hoping to find host families in Denver for the 2019-2020 school year so they can make their dream to live in the United States come true.   Mariel from Norway is half Thai, half Norwegian.  She loves playing soccer, volleyball, running, snowboarding, painting, and drawing.   Lara from Germany loves playing the guitar, dancing, cooking, and playing sports.  Both girls are outgoing, open-minded and fun-loving. If you're interested in hosting now, or maybe in the future, please contact Sarah Kreider with EF High School Exchange: saramon3@gmail.com or visit www.efexchangeyear.org
Youth Roots - Deadline April 15
PTO News
The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Help show our teachers some love! The PTO is organizing a treat each day for staff and need a parent from each class to help coordinate. The schedule for the week is as follows...

Monday, May 6: Class of 2019 sponsored treat
Tuesday, May 7: Class of 2020 sponsored treat
Wednesday, May 8: Class of 2021 sponsored treat
Thursday, May 9: Class of 2022 sponsored treat
Friday, May 10: PTO sponsored treat
You can choose what you want to do to show your appreciation. The staff LOVE free food.  Rally the parents in your child's class to make it happen! If you are interested in helping or have questions, you can email Eileen Robinson at  emrobinson@live.com.
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
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
Our store inventory has been moved during the recent renovations. 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 on Friday afternoon. 

We're hoping to be at some spring sporting events and also new student orientation coming up as well. 

Thanks and thank you for supporting TJ! 

Karla & Carrie 
TJHS Spirit Store Volunteers-
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
101 Self-Care Suggestions for When It All Feels Like Too Much - Round Six!
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 76-90:
76. Listen to sad songs or watch sad movies if you need a good cry.
77. Dance around wildly to your favorite, most cheesy songs from your high school years.
78. Put your hands in dirt. If you have a garden, go garden. If you have some indoor plants, tend to them. If you don't have plants or a garden, go outside. Go to a local nursery- touch and smell all the gorgeous plants.
79. If you want to stay in bed all day watching Netflix, do it. Indulge.
80. Watch or listen to some comedy shows or goofy podcasts.
81. Look for and Google up examples of people who have gone through and made it through what you're currently facing. Seek out models of inspiration.
82. Get expert help with whatever you need. Whether that's through therapy, psychiatry, a lawyer, clergy, let those trained to support you do it.
83. Educate yourself about what you're going through. Learn about what you're facing, what you can expect to feel, and how you can support yourself in this place.
84. Establish a routine and stick to it. Routines can bring so much comfort and grounding in times of life that feel chaotic or out of control.
85. Do some hardcore nesting and make your home or bedroom a cozy, beautiful and comforting as possible.
86. Get up early and watch a sunrise.
87. Go outside and set up a chair and watch the sunset.
88. Make your own list of self-soothing activities that engage all five of your senses.
89. Develop a supportive morning ritual for yourself.
90. Develop a relaxing evening ritual for yourself.
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
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. 

  • 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 19:                Senior Class Panoramic Picture @ TJ
  • 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
Parents,  College 101 will be held from 10am-12pm Saturday April 13th at TJ. Parents and students will rotate through two 45 minute sessions. One session will be financial aid, and the other session will be admissions case studies. Counselors will then do a brief overview of Naviance and resources here at TJ at the end of the day.  Hope to see you there!

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.