April 30, 2015
Administrator's Corner 


Hello TJ Families!


As you might know, for safety reasons all doors at TJ are locked except for the front doors. Also, we practice monthly fire drills and other emergency procedures such as

shelter-in-place, lock outs and lock downs. I want to take some time to reiterate structures around safety (please click here for more information about the standard response protocol).   If we had a "shelter-in-place," it would be because of a weather related condition such as a tornado, and students are instructed to sit down in the internal corridors until the weather center has given safety and security the "all clear."   


In the case of a true emergency at TJ, you may see "lockout" or  "lockdown" signs on the front doors. Lockouts are mainly used if there is someone unsafe in the neighborhood and we need to lock them out. Please understand that if you come to the school at this time, you will not be allowed to enter the building and students are not allowed to leave the building, but classes will proceed as normal.


We have recently been practicing lockdown drills because the district has some new procedures around initiating these drills. So you are aware, we will have another one on the 30th of April. During a lockdown, students are instructed to get down in the class rooms, lights are out, and all internal doors are locked. This will be our 3rd drill for the year, and there are some great discussions with students and staff around what should be done. Know that if there is a lock down, our staging center, and the place for you to collect your student(s) from will be the Jewish Center just north of us, so please, do not come to the school.  


We are proud to have such a cohesive staff and student body to where we can efficiently and effectively practice safety. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to our emergency procedures, please feel free to contact me.  


Thank you,


Paula Hammel 

Assistant Principal 

Phone 720.423.7056

Fax - 720.423.7047

Quick Links

AP Review Sessions
Mr. Smith will be offering review session in preparation for the AP test on the following dates for anyone interested.
This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.


AP World

Evening sessions starting at 6:00 pm

Thursday: 5/7

Monday:   5/11

Wednesday office hours


Test: Thursday 5/14 AM


AP United States History

Evening sessions starting at 6:00 pm

Thursday: 4/30

Wednesday office hours


Test: Friday 5/8 AM


Hope to see everyone there!

Congratulations to Aspiration Award Winners
Well done!
On Sunday, April 26th, CCT teacher Jerry Esparza was present at th e NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology) Awards dinner as CCT students Hamdi Hassan and Monee Southall received their Colorado NCWIT aspiration award. Their parents were also present and were very proud of their children. Way to go, ladies! Please click here to learn more about the NCWIT organization.
Junior class shirts for sale: $10 for short sleeved, $15 for long sleeved. Bring your money and shirt order to Sara Andolsek by Wednesday, May 6th!
College Options Day at TJ - May 2
Dear TJ Family, Friends and Neighbors,

On May 2nd, from 9-12 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School, your TJ Counseling Department and the Denver Scholarship Foundation will be proudly hosting representatives from such colleges as Colorado State University, Colorado College, and Regis University for several informational sessions that will help get your kids ready for college!

Representatives from the colleges as well as your TJ Counseling and Denver Scholarship Foundation staff will be hosting breakout sessions that will include the following topics:

-Admissions Unplugged
-How To Apply to a Highly Selective College!
-FAFSA Information
-Navigating Naviance

Panel discussion with an open forum Q&A for all participating Universities.
More details to come! This is open to any family of a TJ student. We would like to encourage all of our Sophomore and Junior families to attend, but for all of you Freshman families, it's never too early to start planning for college!

Please RSVP to jeremy_anderson@dpsk12.org with your name and how many people will be in your party.
Hope to see you at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd!
~TJ Counseling & Denver Scholarship Foundation

P.S. Please share with other TJ supporters!
Date Change - Upcoming Performances in the Black Box Theater
August Wilson Project Performances
May 6th & 7th @ 7:00
                in TJ's Black Box Theater

You are invited to join the August Wilson Project for two performances of timely, powerful theatre.  Please come see these wonderful actors as they pour their hearts into Wilson's amazing view of the 20th century and beyond.  The performances will include scenes from Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and Radio Golf.

Admission is by donation.  Seating is limited. See or call Palmieri (303-906-3554) for tickets.  See you there.
Final Countdown for the TJ Bucket Challenge: Only One Week Left! 

TJ students created this postcard to evoke a laugh and make a point. TJ's library is dated. Almost carbon-dated. All the way back to 1960.  


The school is in the midst of trying to revitalize some of these key areas for a new generation of students. These efforts will go a long way toward improving the school's curb appeal and boosting neighborhood student retention.

There are just days left to meet our goal--will you please help? Please consider a tax-deductible donation in your name, a friend or family member's name, or your company name.


Click here to help TJ fundraise for library and study lounge improvements.    


Please copy/paste/forward to other TJ supporters. Thank you!
Rolling into the Season
New changes bring hope and energy to the girls' soccer team.
On March 10th the girls' soccer team began their season with a tough loss against the Littleton Lions, but they weren't going to let one loss dampen their season. Read More
Music News
The TJ "Jazz/Rock" Band - Jake Downing, Jack Lindsey, and  
Alejandro Rico, were selected as one of the finalists for the music competition, "Bring Back the Arts." The competition was held this past Sunday, April 26 at the Bluebird Theater.

Congratulations also to Jabril Jeylani for being selected as an alternate for the 2015 Colorado All State Band.
Orientation Night for Incoming Freshmen - May 27

On May 27th from 5:30-7:30 pm we will be hosting an Orientation Night for incoming 9th graders. All students will be tested for correct math placement.  


Many TJ groups will be present to talk about various aspects of TJ life:

-PTO will be there to talk about volunteer opportunities
-current students will be there to talk about sports, electives and clubs
-Admininstration will talk about how to be a Spartan (daily expectations)
-Members of the Center for Communication Technology Magnet (CCTM) will be there to talk about the program


Incoming students will get schedules, get a general overview of their upcoming life as Spartans! There will also be an opportunity to sign up for 9th grade academy.


Hope to see you there! 

Unified Lacrosse

A message from our partner at Cherry Creek High School:  


We are pleased to announce the launch of Unified Lacrosse, a non-profit organization established to promote the game of Lacrosse to people with disabilities.


Unified Lacrosse is the first program of its kind here in Colorado.  Developed by a group of teenagers who attend and play lacrosse at Cherry Creek High School, they believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to play lacrosse.   At Unified Lacrosse, Athletes with disabilities will be paired up with Partner-Athletes.  The partner-athletes will work alongside the athletes, teaching them the basics of lacrosse and encouraging them to exceed their potential in a noncompetitive environment.


Our first event will be the "Kick-Off Camp."  The cost of the Camp is FREE and open to boys and girls with disabilities, ages 7 to 19.  We are thrilled to have Jeremy Dorr, a Legend High School lacrosse coach and former Unified Basketball coach, on board to help us run our Camp.  His experience in working with people with disabilities will be invaluable to our success.  The Camp includes five sessions and will be held at South Suburban Sports Dome in Centennial Colorado.  The dates and times are as follows:


Tuesday, May19th:  4:00pm - 6:00pm

Thursday, May 21st:  4:00pm - 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 26th:  4:00pm - 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 2nd:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Thursday, June 4th:  1:00pm - 3:00pm


Unified Lacrosse is an organization in its infant stages.  In order to guarantee its success, we need all the help we can get from our family, friends and community.  Our number one goal is to find our athletes!  Maybe you know a family with a child who has a disability?  If you do, be our voice.   Maybe you know someone that works with children and teens with disabilities.  Tell them about Unified Lacrosse.


Help us spread the word about Unified Lacrosse!  Get excited!  Imagine the possibilities!  Be a part of making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Colorado through the love of lacrosse.


To Register an Athlete, ages 7 to 19 for the Kick-Off Camp, please visit our website at http://www.unifiedlacrosse.com.  There are three forms required to complete your registration:  A Registration Form, a Liability Waiver and a Physician's Approval Letter.


To Become a Partner-Athlete, you must be age 11 or older and want to make a difference in a child's life.  You will find an application and expectations of our partner-athletes on our website at http://www.unifiedlacrosse.com.


To Learn More about Unified Lacrosse  we encourage you to visit our website at http://unifiedlacrosse.com.


Grow the Game, Unite the Community

Community Golf Tournament
Southmoor Park Golf Tournament to Benefit Schools

Everyone's buzzing about the 2nd Annual "All For One" Community Golf Tournament.  And, why not?  It's a really fun way to support our school and build a closer neighborhood.  The tournament will be held May 30th at JF Kennedy Golf Course with lots of prizes and even an online silent auction.  Because this is a community

event, the goal of the tournament is a donation of $1,000 per school (Samuels, Southmoor, Hamilton, and TJ).


Let's keep the trophy for another year!

On the day of the tournament, each team will be asked to declare which school they want to represent. The traveling President's (Principal's) Trophy will be awarded to the school with the winning team.  The trophy will be displayed by the winning team's school until next year's tournament.  A team representing Thomas Jefferson High School won the trophy last year and there's a rumor that other schools aim to take

it away this year!           



Tournament Date:           Saturday, May 30th

Shotgun Tee-Time:         7:30am

Golf Course:                    JF Kennedy Golf Course 

                                        10500 E. Hampden Ave., Denver  80014

Registration Fee:             $95 per player

                Includes:          Green fee, cart, gift bag, lunch, prizes, and satisfaction  

                                         of supporting schools!


Print Off Sign-up Form here or sign-up by phone:   303-850-9880    

Third Annual TJ Football Golf Classic - June 14th
Join us!

Our 3rd annual TJ Football Golf Classic will be held at Arrowhead Golf Club on June 14th. The Golf Classic is a charitable event held by the class of 2016 and coaching staff. It is a 100% volunteer organization made up of alumni, parents, and community members. All funds raised will provide the senior class with TJ memorabilia and end of season awards.

Click here to see the full flyer, and
Upcoming Community Events

JOB FAIR: Free Community Event! (Resume Writing)

May 16th: 10-2PM @ Montbello Library 
Community Resource Tables welcome!
For more information Contact RON ALLEN: 720-979-5482 


KITE FESTIVAL: Free Community Event!

May 30th: 10-2PM @ Evie Dennis Campus (East Field)

Community Resources, Vendors & Event Sponsorship welcome

Please click here for more information about the Kite Festival


KATHY'S KAMP: Affordable Summer Enrichment Camp

  June 8th -July 25th (7 Weeks) @ Evie Dennis Campus  

Must register online. CCAP is accepted / limited scholarships are available.   

Please click here for more information about Kathy's Kamp


JUNETEENTH Kids Zone: Free Community Event!June 20th 9:30-6PM @ 26th and Welton in the 5 Points. FFRC's Healthy Babies, Strong Families Program will sponsor the kids zone this year at Juneteenth.  We invite Vendors and Community Partners to set up a booth for the kids zone -$150. Please contact La Toya if interested ASAP. Limited space available. 

Have a Future Spartan in the Family?
Click here for information about Ninth Grade Academy, August 10th-14th.  
Registration forms here: English and Spanish 
News from the Future Center

Dear Students and Families,


I can't believe we're nearing the close of the 2014-2015 school year!  I hope it has gone well for you!


Seniors, a few pieces of advice:  please make sure you can afford your college of choice before you put down a deposit.  If you received a financial aid award letter, please see me if you would like to review your financial aid.  Also, check out the resources below in the "Financial Aid Resources" section below for information on how to interpret your financial aid award letters.  Also, make sure to check out the "Red Zone" document that will help you to decide how much student loan money to borrow. 


Juniors, many events and opportunities await you.  I hope you will be able to attend our "How to Apply to College" workshop on May 2nd, from 9-12pm.  Attendees will receive clear information from college and university representatives.   Check out the "Important College Events/Deadlines" section for more details about this event and others.


Financial Aid Resources:

Financial Aid Award Letters:  For those of you who have completed the FAFSA and have started to receive financial aid award letters from colleges, I have created a spread sheet that you can use see how much you will have to pay.  Click here to access that document.  Consumer Financial also has a great website for comparing financial aid packages.  Click here to link to their website. 


Student Loans:  To provide a complete financial aid package, colleges have been including student AND parent loans, some at a very high amounts.  Don't borrow too much money.  Check out the  Red Zone hand out to guestimate your student loan payment upon graduation.  For parents, check out this informative article from US News and World Report about borrowing money for college. 


Scholarships:  Check out the following scholarship resources:

  1. Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Directory
  2. Where to search scholarships 
  3. Click here for scholarships with approaching deadlines. 

Applying for Financial Aid:  FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Do NOT pay for this application.  Click here for more FAFSA and financial aid resources. 


Important College Events/Deadlines:

ASAP- Outstanding juniors interested in applying to the United States Military Academy at West Point should start their application process.  Click here for more information. 

5/1/15- College Decision Day-  Please commit to a college by this date.  Admission awards may expire after this date.

5/2/15- 9am-12pm, Thomas Jefferson- How to Apply to College- Join representatives from Colorado College, Colorado State University, Regis University, and Arapahoe Community College as they explain how to apply to college and for financial aid.  Click here to register with Mr. Anderson ASAP.  

5/5/15- ACC Senior Admitted Day, 3:45-6:30pm at Arapahoe Community College.  Click here to register. 

5/9/15- 3:00-5:00pm, St. John's College, Recruiting & Scholarships Event, click here for more information. 

5/11/15- Exploring College Options- Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford student/family information session.  For more details and to register, click here.

8/26/15- 7:00pm, Colleges That Change Lives information session.  Click here for more information. 


PLEASE let Ms. Maez know when...

You're accepted into college (bring in or email acceptance letters/emails).

You complete scholarship applications (see the attached scholarship checklist to help you organize what you need for your scholarships.)

You're awarded a scholarship or ANY time you get money from a college (might come with acceptance letter).

You receive financial aid award letters.


Summer Programs

Denver Film Society Young Filmmakers Workshop 
The Denver Film Society's Young Filmmakers Workshops are leading filmmaking camps for teens, ages 12-18. In the workshops participants have opportunities to learn the art of filmmaking, refine their work with film industry professionals, collaborate with other young filmmakers, and exhibit their films in public premieres. The application deadline is May 15th.  Please click here to see more information about this opportunity. 


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
Helpful Financial Aid Links
Financial aid presentation
Colorado institutional scholarships- Includes helpful instructions on how to apply to scholarships at ALL Colorado colleges and universities.
Click here for a link to Denver Scholarship Foundation's scholarship directory.