August 27, 2018
Administrator's Corner

Dear Parents,

We had a great first week back at TJ with all of our students! As a reminder, please leave early so that you do not get stuck in traffic on Holly Street or Happy Canyon. We also ask that all parents and Uber drivers refrain from making a u-turn on Holly as it is illegal, as well as unsafe. 

Looking forward, please prepare to come to our Back to School Night on September 5th from 5-7pm. We will start promptly in the auditorium, and you will then have the opportunity to go through your student's schedule. Below is the schedule for the night!

If you haven't already, download the TJ app as this is a great way to access our calendar of events. 

Queridos padres, 

¡Tuvimos una gran primera semana en TJ con todos nuestros estudiantes! Como recordatorio, salga temprano para no quedarse atrapado en el tráfico en Holly Street o Happy Canyon. También solicitamos que todos los padres y conductores de Uber se abstengan de darle la vuelta a Holly ya que es ilegal, así como inseguro.  

De cara al futuro, prepárese para asistir a nuestra Noche de Regreso a la Escuela el 5 de septiembre de 5 a 7 p. M. Comenzaremos prontamente en el auditorio, y luego tendrá la oportunidad de revisar el horario de su estudiante. Debajo está el horario de la noche!

Si aún no lo has hecho, descarga la aplicación TJ, ya que es una excelente forma de acceder a nuestro calendario de eventos.

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 8/27-8/31
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -

Friday -
Kudos Korner
  • Thanks to everyone in the Spartan community who helped make it a terrific start to the year. We're excited to announce that we have higher enrollment than we've had in a decade! Here's to continued growth, success, and an exciting year ahead!
Back to School Night Schedule - September 5th
5:00-5:15  Announcements in Auditorium (Please come to the auditorium for the announcements)
5:15-5:26  Parents get schedules in Gym (Schedules will be sorted alphabetically on tables. Parents DO NOT need a schedule to get into your class! If they can pull it up on their phone, then they can mingle at this time and then proceed to 1st period at 5:26)
5:26-5:36  Period 1
5:40-5:50  Period 2
5:54-6:04  Period 3
6:08-6:18  Period 4
6:22-6:32  Period 6
6:36-6:46  Period 7
6:50-7:00  Period 8
Parent Group at Samuels Elementary School
Colorado Rockies and TJ's Band - Sept. 8
On  September 8 , the TJ band will be performing the National Anthem at the Colorado Rockies game for band day.  Tickets purchased for the game can benefit the band program, if people use the following link and select Thomas Jefferson High School from the list of school names.  Get your tickets soon, this has the potential to be a sold out game. Hope you'll join us. 
Suicide Prevention Parent Training
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Samanda Davis, TJ Social Worker - or (720)423-7072
Natalie Koncz, TJ School Psychologist - or (720)423-7077
Student Expectations
Continued expectations for this year are:
  1. All students must wear their IDs at all times; no student will be issued either an excused or unexcused pass without an ID. Students have been told that wearing their ID is a way to make sure all teachers get to know all students, and is a safety measure, per our School Resource Officer (SRO) Tim Cueva. Replacement ID's are $5, so please make sure that you keep track of them!
  2. All students are expected to use their planners as a way to be and keep them organized as we continue to create a college going culture at TJ.
  3. Seniors must have a 93% attendance rate in order to attend Senior Prom or the commencement ceremony. We all know that consistent attendance supports academic success.
We will continue with the systems that have been in place and have proven to be effective in maximizing time for instruction and providing the environments that are conducive to the success of our students. We will continue to enforce the following:

- Tardy policy
- Attendance policy
- Dress codes
- Behavior expectations

*These policies are clearly defined in the student handbook that is issued to each student, and also on the TJ website (
PTO News
Thank you to all the parents who came out for the happy hour last Wednesday at the Pioneer. We had a lovely evening filled with both old and new connections. Please stay tuned to the Journal each Monday for more information about PTO happenings.

The PTO would like to extend a warm welcome to all TJ families for the 2018-19 school year and looks forward to getting even more parent support behind this fabulous Spartan community.
  • Want to help make your students high school experience the best it can be?  
  • Want to support the staff at TJ? 
  • Want to get to know some parents at TJ?                                    
      Come to a PTO meeting!

We meet monthly and have 1-2 events each month that we support. You can help out as your schedule permits.   Email  with any questions.
Download the TJ App Today!
We encourage you to download the app from the App Store or Google Play at no cost (scan the QR codes below or simply search for "TJHS"). Our hope is that this will be yet another way to strengthen communication for our community. 

Helpful hint: make sure your push notifications are on, 
so that you can get updated info and event reminders!
TJ Master Calendar 

TJ has a new master calendar! It resides on the main page of the school website,, under the main articles. The "Upcoming Events" section gives you a glimpse of events and activities, but you can see the monthly view if you click on "More Events." 

If you'd like to keep up with dates and upcoming events more easily, be sure to click on "Subscribe to the TJ Calendar Feed" at the top of the calendar. (Please note, if you have previously subscribed to the calendar, you must re-subscribe to the new one, as the old one will no longer be seen). Be sure to stay informed and stay connected!

DPS Monthy School Lunch Menu
Click here to view the district-wide monthly menu!
News from the Kitchen - Students Must Complete Lunch Application!
All students need to fill out a lunch application every year. It's all on line now. No more paper applications!  Visit to apply. It takes about ten minutes to complete and can be done on your cell phone. There is only a 30 day grace period to complete the lunch app on line or the student will be put on a paid status.
New Parent Portal 
We're excited to bring you this new and improved experience on the Parent Portal, and we want to keep you informed about the new features we will be adding to the platform. To create a Parent Portal account, please visit and click Getting Started. If you do not remember your username or password, contact our hotline at 720-423-3163 or email .
¡El Portal para padres nuevo y mejorado ya casi está aquí!   

Estamos entusiasmados de brindarle esta experiencia nueva y mejorada en el Portal para padres, y queremos mantenerlo informado sobre las nuevas funciones que agregaremos a la plataforma. Para crear una cuenta del Portal para padres, visite y haga clic en Comenzar. Si no recuerda su nombre de usuario o contraseña, comuníquese con nuestra línea directa al 720-423-3163 o envíe un correo electrónico a
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJ Spirit Store is stocked and ready to sell!  The store inside TJ will be open every lunch hour August 27-31. Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs. After August 31 , the store will be open during events like the Homecoming football game, some volleyball & basketball games and ArtFest. Or, make an appointment to shop with Carrie ( ). The store accepts cash, credit cards and checks. You can view several items  here , but we are not currently accepting online orders .
Yearbook News
  Get your book at the discounted price of $45 now. The price will increase to $65, so act fast!

Senior Photos & Quotes:   Due date: Friday, October 12, 2018 by the end of the school day. Quotes are optional.

All  information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
Parents: Save the Date
Please join us for a casual get together on the rooftop at The Pioneer! It's a great opportunity to stop in for a minute or the evening to meet new and existing TJ parents. (PTO will provide a few light eats.) 

TJ Parent Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-7:30pm
The Pioneer
2401 South University Boulevard
See you there! 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips

Did You Know?

"Research shows that in 81% of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew it was going to happen but failed to report it. Typically, the information goes unreported because of fear of being a 'snitch' or that the attacker will then target the informant, thereby creating a 'code of silence'.
To penetrate this code of silence, Safe2Tell Colorado initially was founded as a 501c3 non-profit organization, incorporated to develop a statewide anonymous reporting tool available 24-hours a day to accept reports whenever a Colorado youth or concerned adult perceived a threat to their safety or the safety of others."

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind our community about this wonderful resource! We all have a responsibility in keeping our community safe. We are encouraging all staff, parents, students and community members to put this resource in their phone. Here are three ways you can access this program:
        1) Use the Mobile App
        - search Safe2Tell CO
        2) Make a report on the Safe2Tell Website
        3) Phone a tip in using the Safe2Tell phone number
        - 1-877-542-7233
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources:
Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse / Misuse
Hey TJ Families! Click here to t ake a look at this short video about quick and simple ways to help keep your child safe!
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!

  • Supporting our TJ students, classrooms and teacher is as simple as a click of a button. Visit the online store to donate to TJ PTO today: Online Spartan Spirit Store for TJ Gear
Join us for an All-School Fundraiser on Saturday, September 8th! 
What: Season Opener Party
Where: At the Aldridge/Sensenbrenner Home: 3710 East Dartmouth Avenue Denver, CO 80210
When: Saturday, September 8th from 6:00pm to 10:00 pm
Why: Meet other parents, celebrate the start of the school year and raise money for the PTO 

  • $30 per person at the door (unless you purchased tickets through the TJ Auction last spring).  Checks payable to TJHS, with all proceeds going directly to the school and supporting students & teachers.
  • Show your team spirit by coming in your favorite team's attire- TJ, the Broncos or the college of your choice!
  • A variety of stadium food and beverages will be served
Please RSVP to if you are able to join!
Class of 2019 - Seniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
Please contact to get involved in fundraising and other activities!
TJ AVID is selling Do it yourself Senior Shirts! 

Join the new TJ tradition!

Tie Dye, paint and decorate to your Style!

Senior DIY Shirts $15 

Class of 2020 - Juniors
The Class of 2020 will raise money throughout the year for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
  • Host an event and donate the proceeds to the class of 2020!
  • Make a tax deductible financial donation by clicking here.  Be sure to find out if your employer will match our donation!
Please contact Megan Perkins ( or Lisa LoJacono ( to get involved in fundraising and other activities!

Class of 2021 - Sophomores
  • Class of 2021 parent party postponed.  Stay tuned for an update and details in the next newsletter! 
  • New Graduation Requirements! DPS has adopted new, evidence-based graduation requirements that will go into effect this year for the graduating class of 2021. Click here
    to read more!
  • Click here for a video about the new graduation requirements.
Class of 2022 - Freshmen
  • Stay tuned for more information!
News from the Future Center
Seniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year!

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