April 22, 2019
Administrator's Corner

The TJHS Admin team would like to thank our students, families, and community for all the support last week. It was a great reminder of how our TJ family supports each other.
A big thank you to our students, staff, and families for all the effort, energy, and support they put in during the SAT, PSAT, and CMAS testing over the last two weeks. We feel confident that it will pay off.

Speaking of testing, finals are only 5 weeks away, less than 4 weeks if you are a Senior.  It's a great time to check those grades and gear up to finish strong.  Make sure to utilize Office Hours. Our Source of Strength group will have a surprise for those students who take advantage of Office Hours May 1st.

Seniors, don't forget Prom on the 26th.

Have a great week!

El equipo de administración de TJHS desea agradecer a nuestros estudiantes, familias y comunidad por todo el apoyo de la semana pasada. Fue un gran recordatorio de cómo nuestra familia TJ se apoya mutuamente. 

un gran agradecimiento a nuestros estudiantes, el personal y las familias por todo el esfuerzo, la energía y el apoyo que ponen durante las pruebas de SAT, PSAT y CMAS en las últimas dos semanas. Nos sentimos seguros de que va a pagar.

Hablando de pruebas, las finales están a sólo 5 semanas de distancia, menos de 4 semanas si usted es un Senior. Es un buen momento para comprobar los grados y el engranaje para terminar fuerte. Asegúrese de utilizar el horario de oficina. Nuestro grupo fuente de fuerza tendrá una sorpresa para aquellos estudiantes que aprovechan el horario de oficina el 1 de mayo. 

personas mayores, no olvide el baile del 26. 

tener una gran semana!

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
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 4/22-4/26
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

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Kudos Korner
TJ Family,

Last year we (SkillsUSA @ TJ) were selected as a National Model of Excellence Chapter. An elite group of 24 Chapters from over 19,000 Chapters nationally. It was an honor and privilege to attend the National Conference and be recognized.  Jerry Esparza was shocked when he received the email from National headquarters that we were selected again this year to be one of the 24 Chapters. He wants to thank CCTM teachers, admin, and faculty for the support they give to this student organization. TJ Rocks!

Once again, TJ students came out on top at the SkillsUSA Colorado Conference and Competition. They represented TJ with pride and reflected our Spartan values. Along with the medals that were received, we also had two TJ students elected as State Officers again this year. Congratulations to Ben Abram and Isaac WhistlerJerry Esparza was also privileged and honored to be the recipient of SkillsUSA Colorado Advisor of the Year.
The ACE (Alternative Career Ed) class had their biggest conference competition of the year last Friday.  They competed against over 500 other students in 15 categories. 
Jonathan Wood and
Lance Whyte did a presentation on the Spartan Garden and won second place overall for School Based Business. 
Gerron Harris won a Gold for his presentation.  Lance Whyte was our overall big winner - he placed and received 2 medals for his categories.
Received Gold or Silver Certificates in Entrepreneurship, Job Application, Resume:
Noah Ford
Leah Hornak
Humberto Vazquez
Devontae Whyte
Maura Goldman
 Way to go, Spartans!
From teacher Amber Wilson: In some good news, I wanted to share last week's CoJCL Convention results for our kids in Latin Club.  The kids worked hard all year preparing for the Convention and some of them also traveled to Italy and Greece for first hand research and experiences.  Remember, that of the schools competing at this convention, TJ is the only DPS School and one of only two or three traditional high schools.  Most of the schools competing are either charter schools focused on classical themes or private religious schools.  I am beyond proud of our kids and how well they represented TJ.

The following students participated in the convention: Freshman - Peter Bodin; Sophomores - Braedy Guenther, Khadija Djebli, Owen Kennedy; Juniors - Alex Acosta, Louie Aldridge, Kassidy Pressley, Faith Toner; Senior - Claire Luhman

Academic Awards:
Awards are given for each level (1-4), but there is also an Overall Competition where students are scored across the levels against each other. The Overall Competition is much more difficult in which to place.

1st Place Awards
Alex Acosta - Latin Literature Level 1
Braedy Guenther - Mythology Level 3
Braedy Guenther - Mythology Overall

2nd Place Awards
Kassidy Pressley - Greek History Level 1

3rd Place Awards
Peter Bodin - Derivatives Level 1
Braedy Guenther - Decathlon Level 3
Claire Luhman - Mottoes & Proverbs Level 1

4th Place Awards
Alex Acosta - Ancient Geography Level 1 
Braedy Guenther - Decathlon Overall
Faith Toner - Mottoes & Proverbs Level 1

Arts & Handicrafts

1st Place Awards
Claire Luhman - Pottery
Faith Toner - Computer Enhanced Photography

Fun track and field games.

5th Place
Braedy Guenther - Deucalion's Throw

Individual School Spirit Award
Each school chooses one student to receive their School Spirit Award.  We based this award on number of competitions entered as well as overall contributions to our club this year.

TJ School Spirit Award Winner
Claire Luhman

Please take a moment to congratulate our kids! 
Resources for Parents

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.
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
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!
Challenge Day "We're Not Alone" Campaign - April 10th-May 10th
Give!   Click here  to donate $35 to the Challenge Denver 'We're Not Alone' Campaign. Your generosity sponsors one student's experience! 

*Psst...we totally get it if you don't have $35 to give on your own (demanding school schedules, helping support your family, etc.). If you are passionate about this cause, though, please share with parents, neighbors, relatives, and friends!

Eat!  I nvite your friends and family to join you at Chipotle (Evans St.) on Monday, May 6th between 4-8pm, 33% of money raised will support Challenge Denver's work in schools! More info. below!

Share!  Follow us on social media + spread the word!
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
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 Seven!
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 the FINAL tips 91-101:
91. Join a support group for people who are going through what you are going through. Check out the listings at local hospitals, libraries, churches, and universities to see what is out there.
92. Volunteer at a local shelter, hospital, or nursing home. Practice being of service to others who may also be going through a tough time.
93. Accompany a friend or family member to something. Even if it's just keeping them company while they run errands, sometimes this kind of contact can feel like good self-care.
94. Take your dog for a walk. Or borrow a friend's dog and take them for a walk.
95. Challenge your negative thinking! Play the devil's advocate and take another perspective.
96. Practice grounding and relaxation techniques.
97. Do something spontaneous. Walk or drive a different way to work. Order something new off the menu. Try a new playlist or song genre on a music streaming app.
98. Work with your doctor, naturopath or nutritionist to develop a physical exercise plan and food plan that will be supportive to whatever you're facing right now.
99. Pray. Meditate. Write a letter to God/The Universe/Source/Your Higher Self, whatever you believe in.
100. As much as you can, please try and trust the process.
101. Finally, please remember, what you're going through right now is temporary. It may not feel like that from inside the tough time you're in, but this too shall pass and you will feel different again someday. If you can't have faith in that, let me hold the hope for you.

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


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 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.