April 27, 2020
Administrator's Corner

Hello TJ,
I want to thank Ms. Rice, Ms. Thompson, and Mr. Poole for helping to create our "Virtual and Physically Distant Prom" this weekend! Thank you to all of the students and staff that provided videos of you dancing all dressed up. There is a video link below if you haven't already had a chance to watch!
A couple quick updates:

Continues to be very high. We currently seeing a 99% engagement rate between our students and teachers in regards to online learning. We are still running Chromebooks and Hotspots out to homes if they are needed. If you are having trouble connecting to your classroom because you need a Chromebook or a Hotspot, please let us know. We will help as many people as we can stay connected - keep up the great work!
Budget for 2021-2022:
If you've been paying attention to the news recently, there have been many rumors floating around regarding the budget for next year. I have been in meetings with Superintendent Cordova this past week and I have been told to not expect any drastic changes to how schools are financed for next year. Fortunately, because TJ has been growing in enrollment the past few years and we have been very responsible in how we spend our money, we are in good financial shape. We have nearly completed our hiring for next year and have added new staff to meet the demands of our growing student body.
Spring Gatherings:
As you know, due to the pandemic all large gatherings that were previously scheduled to take place are cancelled, but we plan to host them virtually. This means that we will have a Virtual Commencement and a Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony on or near their original dates. We are planning to have our Senior Check Out to be May 18th and May 19th where students can come to TJ and drive through the student-drop-off lane and turn in their books, chromebooks, uniforms, etc... and pick up their caps and gowns and whatever else they may have ordered from Jostens. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our yearbook delivery is going to be slightly delayed so they may not be available until May 22nd. We will keep you posted on that and we are hopeful that they will be there for May 18th/19th.
Take care everyone - I hope you are all well,

¡Hola TJ,

quiero agradecer a la Sra. Rice, a la Sra. Thompson y al Sr. Poole por ayudar a crear nuestro "Baile Virtual y Físicamente Distante" este fin de semana! Gracias a todos los estudiantes y el personal que proporcionó videos de usted bailando todo vestidos. Hay un enlace de vídeo a continuación si aún no ha tenido la oportunidad de ver!

Un par de actualizaciones rápidas:

Sigue siendo muy alta. Actualmente vemos una tasa de participación del 99% entre nuestros estudiantes y profesores en lo que respecta al aprendizaje en línea. Todavía estamos ejecutando Chromebooks y Hotspots a los hogares si son necesarios. Si tienes problemas para conectarte a tu aula porque necesitas un Chromebook o un Hotspot, comunícanos. Ayudaremos a tantas personas como podamos mantenernos conectados - mantener el gran trabajo!

Presupuesto para 2021-2022:
Si ha estado prestando atención a las noticias recientemente, ha habido muchos rumores flotando sobre el presupuesto para el próximo año. He estado en reuniones con el Superintendente Cordova la semana pasada y me han dicho que no espere ningún cambio drástico en la forma en que se financian las escuelas para el próximo año. Afortunadamente, debido a que TJ ha estado creciendo en la inscripción en los últimos años y hemos sido muy responsables en cómo gastamos nuestro dinero, estamos en buena forma financiera. Casi hemos completado nuestra contratación para el próximo año y hemos añadido nuevo personal para satisfacer las demandas de nuestro creciente cuerpo estudiantil.

Reuniones de primavera:
Como usted sabe, debido a la pandemia todas las grandes reuniones que estaban programadas previamente para tener lugar se cancelan, pero planeamos alojarlas virtualmente. Esto significa que tendremos un Inicio Virtual y una Ceremonia Virtual de Premios Senior en o cerca de sus fechas originales. Estamos planeando tener nuestro Senior Check Out para ser el 18 de mayo y el 19 de mayo donde los estudiantes pueden venir a TJ y conducir a través de la calle de descenso de estudiantes y entregar sus libros, chromebooks, uniformes, etc... y recoger sus gorras y vestidos y cualquier otra cosa que hayan pedido a Jostens. Desafortunadamente, debido a la pandemia, nuestro parto del anuario se retrasará ligeramente, por lo que es posible que no estén disponibles hasta el 22 de mayo. Te mantendremos informado sobre eso y estamos esperanzados en que estarán allí para el 18/19 de mayo.

Cuídate todos - Espero que estén todos bien,

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 4/27-5/1
  • Remote Learning (See schedule below)
  • periods 1, 3, 7
  • Remote Learning for Students
  • periods 2, 4, 6, 8
  • 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
TJ once again made the list of Best High Schools according to the U.S. News national rankings!  Click here to read more!
Prom News!! 

Click here to see the amazing "Prom Special 2020" video!

Please congratulate the 2020 Prom King and Queen,  Ian Bolack  and  Jazz Wright ! Thanks to all who voted. Special thanks to  Jon Poole, Erin Thompson , and  Anne Rice  who drove around town to crown these two in person, and live-streamed it on Instagram so students could watch the evening unfold!  

TJ "flocked" Principal Christoff last week. Students and staff wrote notes thanking him for his leadership during this craziness. And yes, there were flamingos! Thank you to Mr. Christoff and all of the staff for showing our students and community what it means to be a family at TJ. Thanks to all of the students who wrote notes as well! 

The show must go on!
The daily Spartan Edition is STILL a thing, even with remote learning. The students are hard at work bringing the TJ community content daily from the comfort of their homes. Be sure to tune in daily to see the show. Click here for all archived shows.

Click here to see CBS news recognizing our efforts!
Restaurants of the Week!

Over the past few years many local restaurants have been very supportive of TJ and the community. 

Now it's our turn to give back by supporting them during this time of need. 

Each week we will highlight three restaurants. 

Please try your best to go out and support these businesses. 

Thank you TJ!

AP Exam Updates
Student Communications and Exam Access
Students will need access to their email or College Board account to take the 2020 AP Exams. You can help ensure that your students have access in the following ways:

1.  Remind them to check the email address they used to create their account on myap.collegeboard.org; students should regularly check this email address for the most recent information about their AP Exams.

2.  Students should verify their College Board account at myap.collegeboard.org by clicking on their profile at the top right-hand corner of the page, and going to Account Settings. Students should scroll down to verify their information and confirm that their email address is the one to which they'd like to receive the e-ticket to take their AP Exams. If it's not the correct email, they can update it to an email they check regularly by clicking Update.
Teen Wellness
Senior Spotlights
TJ is showcasing seniors on social media throughout the rest of the semester! If your senior wants to be included please have them do the following:
Email anne_rice@dpsk12.org the following:
-          Name
-          Picture (school appropriate)
-          College/career plan for next year
-          Favorite memory from TJ (max 75 words)
*Responses may be edited/condensed to fit social media post limits.
We look forward to shining a spotlight on your senior!
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is sponsoring a "What Helps Me Campaign." If you would like to participate, here's how:

-Please email Ms. Lupo a video OR picture of you answering the following question: What is helping you and giving you strength during this time?

-Email Ms. Lupo a video OR picture of you answering the following question:  What is helping you and giving you strength during this time?
-If you decide to send a video, make sure that you record it wide/horizontally on your cell phone and that it is NO MORE THAN 10 SECONDS. 
-ProTip: Have someone else take the photo for you so your letters are not backwards.
- NEW DEADLINE: Friday, May 1 by 3pm!
-Email your video or picture to:  emily_lupo@dpsk12.net
Yearbook News

COVID19 Yearbook Update:

The yearbook staff met the challenge of finishing the book right before spring break. It was a true team effort!

The book is currently being printed. We are hopeful that the production will not stop because of closures. 

Distribution?  With the hopes that the book is printed, we are still determining the best solution to get the books to students. There will be a community announcement as soon as we know.
Real World Challenges
DPS is trying to involve as many students as possible in some "Real World Challenge" opportunities available through the district and the state of Colorado. See the links below for more information!

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.
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
National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week begins on Monday, May 4 th .  The week is meant to be a celebration of teachers and staff who share their passion and skills to educate our children.  While our plans have shifted to virtual celebrations, we need your help now more than ever to show the entire TJ staff some love. The PTO is asking for students and parent to share kind works and expressions of gratitude in these ways...
1.       Create Thank You videos
  • We'll piece your clips together into one video to share with the TJ community on social media and in the newsletter.
  • Photos of you holding a sign of gratitude are welcome too - include the entire family!
Instructions for contributing a video...
  • Think of something you like or value about how TJ  teachers and staff treat you, respond to your needs, help you succeed, encourage you, make your day brighter, etc. It can be a general observation - you don't have to call out anyone in particular.
  • Record your video horizontally on your cell phone.
  • Make sure is no more than 10 seconds of content. Add 3 seconds to the beginning and end to help with editing. (Note: if you take it yourself with the camera forward, words and letters will be reversed.)
  • Submit your video clip no later than Friday, May 1 by 5pm.
  • Email your video or photo to:   gwendolynplue@gmail.com
  1. Write Thank You emails
  • Between May 4th-8th, let's flood everyone's inboxes with notes of appreciate for all they do - large and small - that make TJ the great school that it is.
  • Send emails to anyone at TJ who has made a difference in your life or made your experience at TJ a positive one.
The teachers and staff have gone above and beyond to make virtual learning work and adapt to these challenging times. There is no way to say  Thank You enough but please join us in sharing our appreciation for the work they do.
Have questions or want to get involved? Email   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 Google Classroom code for the library is:  tbthine   Come join us!

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!
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.  
News from the Future Center
Seniors, be sure check out the resources and info in our TJ Future Center google classroom.

You can schedule a time to 'meet' with me as needed.  Scholarship Highlights continue to be posted weekly. Contact information for various college representatives is also posted and many are open to scheduling virtual meetings to answer your questions about next steps!

Juniors, stay tuned for your TJ Future Center google classroom!

Upcoming Deadlines:
April 30th- Robert Sullivan Monaco South Optimist Scholarship
May 1st- DSF Scholarship

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.