Welcome Back, Spartans!
August 24, 2020
Administrator's Corner

Welcome back, Spartans! 

We miss you! 

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
Kudos Korner
  • Thanks to all of the teachers and admin who worked incredibly hard over the past two weeks to:
    • call home to connect with students and families 
    • learn a completely new platform and lots of new techy tools that will help remote learning go more smoothly
    • work on Culturally Responsive Education and the Equity Team
  • Thanks to the counselors and Mental Health team for all of their work in organizing our our Advisement classes
  • Thanks to the Student Excellence Team (SET) led by Mr. Skari and Ms. Lupo, as well as Ms. Taylor, Mrs. Thibodeau, Mr. Santambrogio, and Mrs. Freedberg for handing out materials and chromebooks to kids this week (more than 150 Chromebooks were passed out!) 
  • Thanks to Samanda Davis for organizing a food bank/drive on Thursday! There will be another one on Tuesday.
New Bell Schedule
TJ's New Advisement Program
In the 2020/2021 school year, all Spartans will be enrolled in an Advisement class. In this class, students will have a great opportunity to engage in social/emotional supports and discover more about your future through career/college planning activities. The Advisement class is on student schedules in the 'Alt' period, and our Mental Health and Counseling teams will provide live support and important content and resources for students. There will be credit for completion of this class. When you look at the bell schedule, you see SEL/ICAP in the mornings from 7:30-7:55. That is Advisement time. Each grade will log in once a week for live support and to complete the assignment that week. The other days of the week are for completing any additional assignments for that week's lesson, practicing and exploring the resources from the lesson, etc.
  • Mondays will be 9th graders
  • Tuesday 10th graders 
  • Wednesday 11th graders
  • Thursday 12th graders
Please remember, this is where your ICAP lessons (Individual Career and Academic Plan) will be conducted. ICAP is a graduation requirement so it is important that you participate in Advisement. Students, check out the Advisement Schoology Course for more information and instructions each week. Go to your 'Class of' folder for more information and instructions. We can't wait to engage with you!
Helpful Schoology Tips and Resources for Students
The district has put together a document that will allow students to access FAQs, videos, and resources to help them navigate the Schoology platform. Click here to access that document!
PTO News
PTO would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning families! In these chaotic times, PTO will be searching for new ways to connect our TJ community and continue the work we do. Everything the PTO does is ultimately in support of our remarkable students.  The student body is growing, the staff is growing and the PTO is growing. YOU make all the difference! To be part of this engaged group of parents, visit the PTO webpage and click the JOIN Today! link at the top.
We are still looking to fill some leadership positions. We need parents to serve in the following ways...
  • President - Eileen Robinson
  • Vice President - open (ideally this person will take on the role of President the following year)
  • Treasurer - Teri Hetzel
  • Secretary - open
The PTO is a dedicated group of parents who do so much to support the TJ community but we need leadership to stay on course.  Please consider how you can use your skills to help TJ staff and students be the best they can be. We can't be Spartan Strong without YOU!
Questions? Want to get involved?  Email TJHSPTO@gmail.com
King Soopers/TJ Fundraiser
We're excited to share that the King Soopers Community Reward Program is getting great results.  From January through March, 82 families participated which generated a donation of $1,600 to the PTO. Thank you to all who participated! We'd love to have even more families join the program. This is FREE money that supports TJ students and the school community. All you have to do is pick TJ as your rewards partner and then shop at King Soopers as you normally would. TJ receives a percentage of all purchases!

It is easy to sign up. To get the benefits, you must register for the rewards program here...
  1. Go to https://www.kingsoopers.com/topic/king-soopers-community-rewards and sign in to your digital account or create a new one. Make sure your loyalty card number or alternate ID is associated with your digital account.
  2. Click on Enroll Now
  3. Search for Thomas Jefferson High School Partners or use code UT036
  4. Click Enroll
That's it! You are now ready to earn FREE money for the TJ community. At the point of purchase, you must swipe your loyalty card or type in your alternate ID for your purchases to apply to TJ. 
It takes approximately 10 days for the King Soopers Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt. TJ receives payments from King Soopers quarterly. The percentage TJ receives varies by quarter.
You can view the total you earned during the last quarter by signing into your King Soopers account and selecting My Account. There is a tab for the Community Rewards Program. You can verify that TJ is listed as your Community Rewards beneficiary and see the amount you've contributed.
Thank you for your support!
Questions? Email tjhspto@gmail.com.
Resources for Families
  • All Colorado students who qualified for free/reduced lunch for the 19-20 school year are eligible to receive a one-time $279 food stipend. Families will be required to provide their students' State ID number on the application. This can be found in Infinite Campus under the "Summary" tab, under the student's date of birth. Please email me if there are other DPS students in the family needing their State ID number. More info on this program
Safe 2 Tell 

Colorado High School Mountain Bike League - For Boys and Girls!
Colorado High School MTB League information can be found at coloradomtb.org. There is no in-person competition this Fall, but weekly events to be completed by the teams for awards. The events start next week 8/24 and run through 10/17. Participation is not required in all events or all days of the week.

Please contact coach Bart Randle bartmancl@msn.com or Kenlynn White at kenlynn329@gmail.com for more information.
Student Excellence Team
Hello TJ Spartans!

We hope that you & your families are staying safe & healthy and that you are having a nice summer!

As you know, we will be in remote learning until at least October. Therefore, we want to make sure that you are set up for success this fall and that you also have a clear understanding of the Student Expectations for Remote Learning. They are:
  • Uphold all Spartan Values at all times
  • Maintain strong Digital Citizenship
  • Be a full participant in your online learning opportunities 
  • Participate in restorative conversations, as needed 
  • Be school appropriate and respectful when engaging in interactive groups, breakout sessions, and chats when assigned by the teacher
  • Follow all regular TJ classroom expectations and school rules. See the Conduct/Discipline section in the Student Handbook (available on our website)
  • Advocate for your success in every class 
Digital Citizenship will be of utmost importance during remote learning. Digital Citizenship is defined as, "the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level." We must act responsibly when using Chromebooks, other digital tools, and when interacting with others online. No cyberbullying or other inappropriate online conduct will be tolerated.

Now that you know the student expectations for remote learning, think about one goal you have for yourself this fall and the steps you need to take to achieve it. Let's have a great semester!

Thank you!

The Student Excellence Team
Andrew Skari, Assistant Principal
Emily Lupo, Dean of Culture
Bridget Couch, Restorative Practices Coordinator
Tahj Dillard-Watkins, Restorative Practices Coordinator
Stay Connected with School Deets!
We will send out important information through our TJ mobile app, so please download the app if you're not already connected!
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 2024 Cohort - COMING SOON!
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2023 Cohort - b7vpvfn
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2022 Cohort - orzg7to
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2021 Cohort - by7mjwi
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 affective 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

Our District GT Partner is Brian Beard, brian_beard@dpsk12.org, and you may receive GT newsletters from his office with internship and university opportunities. 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

We have a wonderful Denver Health Clinic in our school! AND you can still access services in-building during remote learning. 

A few quick resources:
To sign up for the clinic, parents fill out e-consent for specific school in English and Spanish: https://www.denverhealth.org/services/school-based-health-centers/e-consent 

To make an appointment, parents/students can e-mail SBHC@dhha.org or call 303-602-8958. The TJ school clinic direct number is 720-423-7190.

Here is a quick video to advocate for school health clinics made by teen advocate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxaoq-zeu-o&feature=youtu.be

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.  Resources: https://www.denverhealth.org/ 


¡Tenemos una maravillosa Clínica de Salud de Denver en nuestra escuela! Y aún puede acceder a los servicios internos durante el aprendizaje remoto.

Algunos recursos rápidos:

Para inscribirse en la clínica, los padres deben completar el consentimiento electrónico para una escuela específica en inglés y español:

Para hacer una cita, los padres / estudiantes pueden enviar un correo electrónico a SBHC@dhha.org  o llamar al 303-602-8958. El número directo de la clínica escolar de TJ es 720-423-7190

Aquí hay un video rápido para abogar por las clínicas de salud escolar realizado por un defensor de adolescentes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxaoq-zeu-o&feature=youtu.be 

Salud mental y socioemocional "¿Sabías?": Compilado por Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW y Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Recursos: https://www.denverhealth.org/ 
School Based Health Centers are OPEN!

SBHC@dhha.org or call us at (303) 602-8958

Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic: 720-423-7190

Consent for Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic:


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!!
We're working on details to get an online store running during this period of remote learning. Stay tuned!
News from the Future Center
Dear Class of 2021, 

I look forward to supporting you as you establish and achieve your plans for life after high school! 

You should be enrolled in our TJ Future Center Schoology Course. If not, please let me know as soon as possible.
You'll find a link in the Welcome message to set up an appointment with me so we can talk about your ideas and goals.  There's also information about choosing a program that's right for you, financial aid and scholarships, as well as virtual tours and other tools. 

Some things you can be working on now: 
  • Research post secondary programs (technical colleges, community colleges, universities) that may interest you. Consider using google sheets to keep track of your research! 
  • Research scholarship opportunities. Consider using google sheets to keep track of your research! 
  • Start on or update your Personal Statement. You can use the Common App Essay Prompts linked in Schoology to help you get going.
  • If you are not sure what you'd like to pursue after high school, let me know. We can come up with some ideas together. 

Feel free to reach out with questions to emily_webster@dpsk12.net

Here's to a great year, Spartans! 

Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
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 2021 - Seniors
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!   
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! 
If you have ideas or want to help, contact any one of us:

Karla Henke karladhenke@gmail.comJen 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  
Class of 2022 - Juniors
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 - Sophomores
We all look forward to school activities resuming when deemed appropriate!

Thank you also to the MANY Class of 2023 parents who worked so hard this year! We encourage others to join in when things get rolling as we have some fun tentative plans and always need extra hands!!   If you have any ideas or comments and would like to get more involved, please contact Catherine Poirier cpoirier@bodybark.com or Christy Jordan christy.jordan@comcast.net!

Class of 2024 - Freshmen
Stay tuned for information regarding the class of 2024!