August 27, 2015
Administrator's Corner  

Welcome back!

TJ had a great year with so many
accomplishments! We again set the bar very high for our students and they continue to rise to the challenges! We increased our overall attendance by 2.2%. We ended the year with a 91.6% daily attendance rate with the SPF expectation of 90% or higher, as meeting the standard. Tardies held steady at 1.1%. We improved in 14 out of 19 areas we tested for AP and we are holding steady with our ACT scores. We saw great growth in our spring finals overall.

Please click  here to read more about successes and expectations for the upcoming school year.

It promises to be another successful year!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Assistant Principal Outlines New Role
Assistant Principal Mike Christoff explains his new role as Principal Resident.
Dear Thomas Jefferson Community,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I am excited to announce that I will be transitioning into a new position at Thomas Jefferson High School. As many of you know, for the past five years I've been your "favorite" assistant principal. For the 2015-2016 school year I will now be your "favorite" Principal Resident!    Read More
Quick Links
Wanna Get Away?
Interested in traveling to Germany and the Alps in 2016? Please come to room 217 or click here for more details! You can also e-mail

or call: 720-423-7093

Attention: Class of 2016
There will be a Class of 2016 meeting on Thursday, Sept 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.  All parents and students are encouraged to come!
A Word from Superintendent Tom Boasberg
Boasberg addresses school leaders and outlines upcoming parent forums for the 2015-16 school year.
This school year, I will be hosting seven Superintendent Parent Forums throughout the school year. The parent forum has been a great way for us to communicate and connect with schools and parents district-wide.
The purpose of the Superintendent Parent Forum is to:
  • Provide an opportunity for open dialogue with the parent community;
  • Share key district initiatives;
  • Provide information that will help parents better understand how to best support their child's success both at school and at home; and
  • Give parents the tools to disseminate information learned at the Forums and share with the school leader and the wider parent/school community including, but not limited to, CSC/School Governance Council, ELA PACs and other parent leadership groups.
We ask that every school designate at least four parent/guardian representatives to consistently participate in the Parent Forums throughout the year. Parent Forum members must commit to attend at least five forums throughout the school year.
Friday Night Lights 
TJ football battles North Friday night for the first spirit theme game of the season.
After a summer of hard work and training, TJ's football team will play its first game of the year against North High School on Friday, August 28th. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. at All City Stadium.  Read more.
Attention all parents!
The first TJ PARTNERS PTO meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 8th from 6-7:30p.m..  Please join us for a TJ Administration Panel and hear what's in store for the 2015-2016 school year. You will have the opportunity to ask the TJ Principals and Assistant Principals any questions you have on your mind.   
TJ Partners will have a list of 2015-2016 activities planned. Come find out how TJ Partners PTO supports our wonderful students and teachers and how you can get involved.  We look forward to seeing many new and returning families.  Refreshments will be served.
Gear Up: Spartan Gear for Sale
Get your Spartan gear ready for all events!
Support your TJ Spartans today by getting your TJ gear from TJ Partners.   We have new styles and colors of TJ gear for you to show your Spartan pride around town.   Get yours today.  T-shirts are $15, Hoodies are $30, TJ Decals are $3.  Get yours today! TJ gear will be available for sale at TJ Partners meetings each month, at various TJ activities around campus, or you can get yours by contacting us at
Homecoming is just around the corner! 

Thursday, September 17th, 7-8:30 p.m. - festivities on TJ Campus
Friday, September 18th, 7-9 p.m. - HOMECOMING Football game vs Harrison at All City Field
Saturday, September 19th, 7-10 p.m. - Dance in the TJ Gymnasium
Other Homecoming activities will be planned, so watch for announcements regarding Spirit Week, Powder Puff Game, Parade, and other fun activities.  Come out and support your TJ Spartans!
Costa Rica Recap
Learning, Service, and Fun!

In June, five TJ students participated in an EF Tours Service Learning Program in Costa Rica.  TJ students learned about the importance of mangrove trees and their importance and environmental impact on the entire world.  We made a positive impact by planting trees.  Hundreds of trees.
We worked together with students from 3 other US schools on a strip of land with the Pacific on one side and a canal on the other.  Tropical, humid, but so beautiful!
When we were done, we played hard!  Ziplining above a cloud forest; visiting a chocolate plantation and eating freshly ground chocolate; sampling at a coffee farm; visiting the beach; meeting students at an elementary school; kayaking; relaxing in hot springs.

It's so sad that you missed all the fun.  But stop crying!  The TJ PURA VIDA TOUR will return to Costa Rica in June 2016.  If you are interested in joining the work and fun, please contact SeƱora Barber 720-423-7016 or as soon as possible, since prices will increase as the travel date approaches.  Fundraising opportunities will be available, and a free payment plan is also available.  
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Educating Our Students
As part of the Health Agenda 2015, one of the department goals for the Office of Social and Emotional Learning (OSEL) is to have the Signs of Suicide curriculum implemented to all of our 6th and 9th grade students in Denver Public Schools. 

Educating our students about how to take care of themselves and their friends is an important task.  Students are most likely to talk to their friends when they are having a problem, and some students entering adolescence will experience a rollercoaster of difficult emotions. Depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression--which is treatable--is a leading risk factor for suicide.  In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.  While every student will not experience these feelings, any child may find themselves in a position to help someone who does.  Read More
Learn to Design and Code with Girl Power
DPS Recruits Female Students for Website Design and Application Development.
Did you know that the average salary for a web designer or app developer is more than $80,000 per year? Now is your chance to learn how you can become one!
Imaginarium is selecting 8 Denver Public School female students to learn website design and application development. If you will be in 8th grade or high school in the 2015 - 2016 school year and you have a curiosity for design and coding, apply today to be a part of the Imaginarium iSquad for students. If you're selected, you'll get training, materials, and a laptop to participate in four design challenge events where you take an idea for an educational website or application and build a model.  Read More
Important News from the Health Center
Dear Parents:
All students who are treated at the School Based Health Center must have a consent form signed in advance. We've provided links below so that you can print and sign the consent form. Signed forms may be dropped off in the main office or brought to the clinic by your student. Thank you for your support in having all students access this wonderful clinic!


Sally Flynn, NP
Thomas Jefferson School Based Health Clinic
Challenge Day Needs Your Support
Parents of Juniors, please consider donating!
It is our goal to provide Challenge Day to every student at least one time during their time at TJ.  In 2015-2016 we hope to present Challenge Day to our new incoming eleventh graders.
We have obtained a grant the covers part of the cost of this program, and are asking for assistance for the rest.  If you are able to assist us, your help will be greatly appreciated, please submit your donation prior to October 1.We are asking for $20 per Junior student. 
Please enclose cash, M.O., check.   Make  check payable to TJHS, and return to  TJ:
Samanda Davis, Social Worker   Questions?  Please contact Samanda Davis, TJ Social Worker,, 720-423-7072
What is Challenge Day?
  • It is a one day (seven hour), action-packed, interactive program held in the gym at TJ; students, teachers, administrators, parents and other adult volunteers participate in a safe environment.
  • Students, teachers, and parents own up to past behavior, apologize to each other, and make a pledge to "change their behavior. 
  • Students and adults participate equally and connect on a very personal level.
    • Through these personal connections, students are engaged and empowered, and are inspired to be successful.
    • Students' personal power and self esteem are elevated.
    • Dangerous peer pressure is transformed into positive peer support.
    • Teasing, violence and all forms of oppression are recognized and eliminated.
    • The aftermath of the school climate is remarkably noticeable. 
Please visit the Challenge Day website for more information. 
Thank you for your support.
Samanda Davis, LCSW MSW
Social Worker
Thomas Jefferson High School
Speech and Debate News
Time to get involved!
This is the third year TJ will have a Speech and Debate team and we are looking for new members.  All students are welcome. The season runs from October - April/May, BUT you do not have to compete in EVERY tournament if you have conflicts!  There are various events to explore from acting to debate to original speech writing and from individual to duet competition!  

We will meet every Monday in room 228 and individually when needed. Our season begin in October with a month long of novice tournaments.  Tournaments are usually on Saturdays, with Congress tournaments meeting after school on occasional Tuesdays.

The first meeting is scheduled for August 31 st  at 3:00 p.m. in room 228- hope to see you there!

Mrs. Raila - coach
Available Resources for Families: Clothing and School Supplies
Need help?

Clothing Resource: 
Clothes To Kids, a non-profit dedicated to getting school clothes to needy kids from pre-school through 12th grade - at no cost to the families.  They have an upbeat store in the south University Hills shopping area at Colorado Blvd and Amherst - next to Chez Artiste and under Tuesday Morning.  Students qualify if they qualify for FRL, if they have a referral letter from a school, social service agency, counseling center or church, and if they have a crisis such as homelessness or displacement.
School Supplies:
Social Worker Samanda Davis has school supplies in her office if a student is in need.  No appointment necessary; however, her days in the building are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
News from the Future Center
The Future Center is now located across from the main office in room 135.  Stop by to visit.
Seniors, stop by the Future Center to talk about your plans for next year.  Ms. Maez would love to understand how she can support you this year.
Visits to Colleges:
Make sure to check out the bulletin board by the counseling office for information about college fairs and college tours. 
Colleges Visiting TJ: 
College visits will begin in September.  Check out Naviance or the bulletin board outside of the Future Center for upcoming visits. 
Fall college visits are open to juniors and seniors ONLY.
Students must sign up for college visits using Naviance.
Instructions to sign up for colleges visiting TJ using Naviance:
1)    Go to:
2)    Scroll down to "Spartan Links." 
3)    Under Spartan Links click on "Naviance."
4)    To log in, enter your student id # (it will ask for an email address but just use your DPS ID) and password (date of birth mm/dd/yy). 
(Trouble logging in?  Please see Ms. Maez or your Counselor.). 
5)    Once you are logged in and on the home page, click on the "Colleges" tab. 
6)    Click on "View all upcoming college visits." 
7)    Click "Sign Up" for the college visits you wish to attend.  Make sure you meet the admissions requirements for the schools you are signing up to visit with.
Starting scholarship searches now will help create opportunities for later.  Good places to start a scholarship search include Naviance and Denver Scholarship Foundation.  Additionally, seniors have opportunities to apply for comprehensive scholarships. 
Scholarship Links:
Naviance- Log in; go to the "college" tab, and scroll down toward the bottom of the page.  Click on "Scholarship Match." 
Gates Millennium Scholarship - Deadline is 1/13/16-
Horatio Alger Scholarships- 10/25/15- 
Information Sessions/Programs/Workshops/Test Dates:  (Various Locations)
10/24/15 ACT- Register by 9/18/15.
10/3/15 SAT- Register by 9/3/15. 
If your family qualifies for free and reduced lunch, please see  Ms. Maez for a fee waiver.

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity

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