August 26, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Beginning of the year drills:
Our initial lockdown, lockout, shelter in place and fire drills will be taking place starting next week. Please note that these are only drills, but will be initiated by the district. We will send communication home after the drill.

Construction updates:
The contractor is working on the final punch list items and will continue in the Lobby and Library through September 6th. The concession stand will be completed September 6th as well.

Community shout outs:
We would like to give a huge shout out to Supportek, Inc. for donating 5 industrial portable air conditioning units to help with heat mitigation, and Hercules Industries for donating and supporting with venting the units. We are so grateful!!

Taladros de principios de año:
Nuestro bloqueo inicial, bloqueo, refugio en su lugar y simulacros de incendio se llevará a cabo a partir de la próxima semana. Tenga en cuenta que estos son sólo simulacros, pero serán iniciados por el distrito. Enviaremos comunicación a casa después del simulacro.

Actualizaciones de construcción:
El contratista está trabajando en los elementos de la lista final de golpes y continuará en el lobby y la biblioteca hasta el 6 de septiembre. El stand de concesión también estará terminado el 6 de septiembre.

Gritos de la comunidad:
Nos gustaría dar un gran grito a Supportek, Inc. por donar 5 unidades de aire acondicionado portátil industrial para ayudar con la mitigación del calor, y Hercules Industries para donar y apoyar con la ventilación de las unidades. Estamos muy agradecidos!!

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
" Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today ."
-Malcolm X
Week at a Glance - Week of 8/26-8/30
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Gymnastics Parent Meeting (room 111) - 6-7:00 p.m.
  • Class of 2021 Chipotle Fundraiser - 4:00-8:00 p.m. (details below)
Wednesday -
  • Office Hours - 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Soccer Meeting (room 111) - 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  • Football Meeting (room 111) - 3-5:00 p.m.
Kudos Korner
A big shout out to the entire Spartan community for a great first week of school! We appreciate everyone's support and patience as we deal with the heat and the construction. 
PTO News
Welcome back to school from your PTO! The PTO's mission is twofold: (1) to help build the TJ community and (2) to raise money that supports the TJ learning environment. The staff and teachers work so hard for the benefit of our kids but they can't do it alone! They need parent support. Our kids need parent support. There are so many ways big and small to give your time, talent and treasure to help make TJ the best it can be. Our goal is to have more people doing less. If everyone takes on a small piece, we can accomplish a lot. To get started, we do have some important positions that we are eager to fill. We are looking for parents to serve in the following roles:
  • Secretary (1-2)
  • Hospitality Committee members (3)
  • ArtFest Chair (1-2)
There are lots of other ways to jump in which we will talk about at our first meeting. PTO meetings are the second Tuesday of the month from 6-7pm at TJHS in room 111. (Mark your calendars!)  The first meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 10th.  PTO meetings are a great source of information so please make every effort come. Everyone is welcome!
Questions or want to learn more? Visit the PTO webpage or email us at
Raise Money for TJ with ZERO Effort!
Check this out: we can raise money with ZERO EFFORT for our school. If you buy anything at American Furniture Warehouse and mention TJ, we get 2-4% donated back to our school! Check out this video and remember to tell your friends, neighbors, students, or even random people in the places you visit to mention TJ when buying anything at AFW!

Pretty cool to see our community partners helping us raise money for our students.
New TJ Mobile App!
We are proud to announce that TJ will be using a new and improved mobile app this year! The goal is to increase communication with parents and streamline information that families receive. If you did not download the app at registration, please see below and do so as soon as possible to prepare for the launch!
Art: An Empathy Movement
The Empathy Museum's "A Mile in My Shoes"
August 8 - September 27
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tail Tracks Plaza (on 16th between Wewatta & Wynkoop)

What's it like to step into someone else's shoes and view the world from their perspective? Find out as the Empathy Museum brings this idea to life with " A Mile in My Shoes," a traveling, one-of-a-kind, FREE participatory exhibition that allows participants to literally walk in someone else's shoes while listening to a story about that person's life.

From a Syrian refugee sex worker, to a war veteran and neurosurgeon, the stories housed in this shoebox invite participants on a profound journey of empathy that explores our shared humanity and creates deep, lasting mental impressions that last well after the physical mile is traversed.

The exhibit visits Denver as part of the Biennial of the Americas 2019 Festival Empathy In Action and will provide a unique opportunity for the community to think about and experience empathy in lead up to the Festival.
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:

Price: The earlier you buy your book, the more you save! Please see the discount schedule below. Buy your book now for the most savings!

Purchase before:
9-27-19 = $50
11-1-19 = $55
1-31-20 = $60

From February 1st on, the book will be $65 until sold out.

Senior Photos & Quotes: Due date: Friday, October 11, 2019 by the end of the school day. *Quotes are optional.

Senior Recognition Ad To purchase an ad, please visit the yearbook website.

All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
Class of 2021 Fundraiser
CLASS of 2021 Fundraiser at Chipotle 
August 27th from 4-8
Come Support and grab a burrito or 2!
Opportunities for Colorado Young Leaders
I f your students are looking for like-minded teens that want to better the world around them while exploring their passions, we can help! We offer a large variety of service adventures each month as well as host LEM's (Leadership Exploration Meetings) twice a month in various locations around Colorado for students to participate and earn service hours in! 
Here are some of the upcoming events that they have to look forward to with CYL...
Free Citizen Workshops
The Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Denver Human Services & the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) are proud to host a FREE Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, August 31st, 9:00 am - noon. (Volunteer training at 8:00 am.) 
This workshop will help individuals apply for Citizenship, DACA and Green Card Renewals, and determine qualification for a full/partial fee waiver, and will have trusted attorneys to review applications. Applicants with a complete application package will receive copies with an envelope ready to mail. 
To register for help with the application, click here.  Interpreters are available upon request at registration. 
Volunteers are needed! To volunteer to help someone on their path to Citizenship or learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here.

For more information, contact
King Soopers Fundraiser
King Soopers just made FUNDRAISING for TJ even EASIER!
All you need to do is 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
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 upstairs and therefore we'll be selling at various events throughout the year.  We'll be out cheering on the Spartans at fall sporting events and hope you'll come and purchase spirit wear from us. 

Please email 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.  
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
Limiting kids' recreational screen time to less than two hours a day, along with sufficient sleep and physical activity, is associated with improved cognition (this includes memory, attention, processing speed and language - which are all critical for academic and regular daily functioning!)

69% of parents and 78% of teens check their devices AT LEAST hourly

72% of teens feel the need to immediately respond to texts, social networking messages and other notifications.

● The majority of parents (66%) feel their teens spend too much time on their mobile devices

●36% of parents feel they argue with their child on a daily basis about device use

●54% of children felt that their parents checked their devices too often

* 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices *

So, as a parents or guardian, what can I do?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some suggestions:

-       Make your own family media user plan
-       Treat media as you would any other environment in your child's life
-       Set limits and encourage non-electronic recreational time
-       Screen time shouldn't always be alone time
-       Model good behaviors for your kids
-       Know and model the value of face-to-face communication
-       Limit digital media for your younger family members
-       Create tech-free zones and times in the home
-       Don't use technology as an emotional support
-       Find apps for kids that support homework, mental health, relaxation, etc.
-       It is okay for your teen to be onlineà help them navigate the online world appropriately
-       Discuss and model online privacy and norms

Check out additional information about this here!

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
Class of 2020 - Seniors
Hey Seniors!!!
There will be a MANDATORY SENIOR MEETING on Wednesday September 4th in the Auditorium form 2:20-3:00 (during office hours). Counselors and Future Center will be discussing important information about the college application process including how to request transcripts, letter of recommendations, and much more. Please make sure to be there! Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( ) or Lisa LoJacono ( ).  
Class of 2021 - Juniors
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 ; or to find out more. Class sponsors are Jason Klimczak and Elizabeth Lynch.

Long sleeve $15 Short Sleeved $10
See Mrs Lynch in Room 11
Class of 2022 - Sophomores
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,  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 or Julie directly at
Class of 2023 - Freshmen
  • Stay tuned for more information!