The next newsletter will go out on January 8, 2018. 
Happy Holidays!
December 18, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Welcome to Finals Week! 

Students, please remember to study for your finals, get plenty of rest, and eat a good breakfast each day in order to do your best and finish the semester on a strong note. 

We hope that you and your families have a restful and safe holiday season. School will resume for students on Monday, January 8.

See you next year! 

Bienvenido a Finals Week! 

Los estudiantes, por favor recuerden estudiar para sus finales, descanse lo suficiente y coman un buen desayuno todos los días para poder dar lo mejor de sí y terminar el semestre con una nota fuerte. Esperamos que usted y sus familias tengan unas vacaciones tranquilas y seguras. La escuela se reanudará para los estudiantes el lunes, 8 de enero. 

¡Te veo el próximo año!

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!  Please click here to view TJ's attendance policy.  Please click here to view Colorado's student attendance policy
The PTO Teacher Appreciation Lunch will take place on Wednesday! 
Please click here to contribute or volunteer your time. Thank you!
Week at a Glance - Week of 12/18-12/22
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Period 2: 7:30 to 9:00 (Final)
  • Period 3:  9:05 to 10:35 (Final)
  • Period 4:  10:40 to 12:10 (Final)
  • Lunch:  12:10 to 12:50
  • *Transportation will pick students up at 12:50 p.m.
  • Test make-up and student/teacher conferences (by appointment):  12:55 - 3:00
  • Period 6:  7:30 to 9:00 (Final)
  • Period 7:   9:05 to 10:35 (Final)
  • Test make-up and student/teacher conferences (by appointment):  10:40 - 12:10
  • Lunch:     12:10 to 12:50
  • *Transportation will pick students up at 12:50 p.m.
  • Test make-up and student/teacher conferences (by appointment):  12:55 to 3:00
  • Period 1:  7:30 to 9:00 (Final)
  • Period 8:   9:05 to 10:35 (Final)
  • Test make-up and student/teacher conferences (by appointment):  10:40 - 12:10
  • Lunch:      12:10 to 12:50
  • PTO Teacher Appreciation Lunch: 12:30-2:00 p.m. in room 11
  • *Transportation will pick students up at 11:00 a.m.
  • Test make-up and student/teacher conferences (by appointment):  12:55 to 3:00
Thursday -
  • Please note: there will be no school and no transportation for students on Thursday, 12/21.
  • Please note: there will be no school and no transportation for students on Friday, 12/22.
Kudos Korner
The following students qualified for the State Conference in February at the Broadmoor, so when you see them tell them congrats.
Roger Nakagawa - Sports & Entertainment
Cody Shem - Sports & Entertainment
Jack Thibodeau - Business Services Management
Lucas Dines - Entrepreneurship
Ossa Sanders-Craig - Food Marketing
John "Viggo" Rivera - Retail Merchandising
Geronimo Romero Campbell - Professional Selling
Julia Moir - Apparel & Accessories
Joey Bulger - State Officer Candidate
Jake Kraus - Restaurant & Food Mgmt.
Koryn Artis - Restaurant & Food Mgmt.
Lauren Pate - Principles of Mktg.
Becca Erdenebulgan - Principles of Marketing
Mariah Hurd-Crews - Principles of Hospitality
Dyazarhae Marshall - Human Resources Management
Way to go, Spartans!
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the TJ Family Food Drive. SkillsUSA students along with many other TJ students brought in enough food for eight families. Your help and support is appreciated!
Congratulations to the following students who are semi-finalists for these scholarships: 

Boettcher Foundation Scholarship Semi-Finalists:
Camy Guenther
Molly Jordan Little 
Leo Busse 
Roger Nakagawa

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation National Semi-Finalist:
Molly Jordan Little 

Best of luck, Spartans!
Staff Appreciation Lunch - Dec. 20th
Dear TJ Families,

It's hard to believe but the holidays will be here before we know it!  It's a very busy time for all of us including our teachers and students with the semester winding down and finals on the horizon.  We want to show our dedicated TJ staff our appreciation with a holiday luncheon and gift and we need your help to do it!
Please  sign up here   to share your favorite holiday dishes with the staff. These events mean so much to our teachers and your generosity at this busy time of year is so appreciated!  
If you are not available on the  20th , there are still ways to help!  You may  click here to donate  or bring in check or cash donations to the office by December 15th . Donated funds will be used to help provide the lunch and teacher gifts.
The staff truly appreciates your support.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Denver Public Health Recommendation: Letters to Families about the Flu
Winter is here and so are winter colds and other illnesses.We do not want children to miss school. Neither do we want our families sending a sick child to school to expose others to possible illness.
Due to the increase in influenza cases in the school district, Denver Public Health has recommended that school leaders send a letter to all DPS families about the flu. Public health officials have shared there is a significant increase in reported cases this year.
I am providing a letter from DPS Nursing & Student Health Services in  English and  Spanish and request that you distribute this letter to your families. This valuable information will help them navigate through flu season.
PTO News
  • 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.
Challenge Day for Juniors - Jan. 17-18
TJ Parents,

We are proud to offer The Challenge Day Program on Wednesday January 17th and Thursday January 18th to the Junior class. 

What is Challenge Day?
Challenge day is 7-hour engaging kick-off event serving as the catalyst for change in a school community and the foundation to year-long programming. Challenge Day engages the entire community - parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders - in a multi-generational approach that builds connection, trust, healthy relationships, and social emotional skills in students and their networks of support to ensure long-term, sustainable impact. It has been premiered on Oprah, Chicken Soup for the Souls and MTV.  For more information, please check out

What this means to you:
  • If you have a junior expect them to miss one full day of school on January 17th OR 18th, unless they opt out of the event
  • You can be an adult volunteer in the room.  It is a 1 full day commitment and I can vouch it will be one of best experiences you have ever had as a volunteer.
  • You can donate money to the event.  To bring the program to TJHS, it sots money.  Instead of charging the students to participate, we open it up to donations.  As a frame of reference, it averages to about $20 per student to participate.  
Please contact Samanda Davis, school social worker, with any questions. or 720-423-7072.  Donations checks can be dropped off to treasure written out to TJHS-Challenge Day.
2nd Annual TJ Auction
Planning for the 2nd Annual TJ Auction is underway and we NEED YOU! It is time to start reaching out to businesses in the community for end-of-year, tax-deductible donations to TJ's online auction, scheduled for  March 11-15. Last year we raised $10,000 for our classroom grant program. This year, our goal is to raise $20,000 to have an even greater impact on all our students. 

Do you own a business or provide a valuable service? 
Donate to the auction, and include the tax deduction on your 2017 taxes! Donate an item, goods, or services. We're looking for shopping, dining, entertainment, home/yard/vehicle goods and services, travel and getaways, treats, beauty/spas and health services, professional services and more. Simply go to to enter your donation and follow the instructions!

Do you love to shop, dine and explore the Denver-Metro area?
Collect donations from the places you already frequent. Most businesses are excited to have an opportunity to support public schools and earn new customers. Don't be shy! If they advertise, they want business, and school auctions are a great opportunity to get in front of new people. If they're on Living Social, Travel Zoo or Groupon, they're probably great candidates to donate to TJ.  

Do you enjoy theme parties and social gatherings? 
Gather a couple TJ families to co-host a themed party. Get our your neon 80s wear, old college sweatshirts, or check Pinterest for the craziest new ideas for themed parties. Some we love: tacky party, murder mystery, painting and sipping, yoga n mimosas, mamas and margaritas, 80s prom, dads and drafts, pedal push party... the possibilities are endless, fun, and build the TJ community. We'll consult with you to make it a huge success and market your party on the auction site and all proceeds will go to TJ.  

We NEED YOU and helping is EASY!
1.   Use this form to share with businesses. Email it or share it in person. We're not kidding--it's that simple. It has all the necessary details plus PTO's tax ID number and instructions on how to submit donations. 
2. Collect as many donations as possible while you're out and about enjoying a festive holiday season (before the end of 2017). Companies value the opportunity to earn the business of TJ parents and support public education. And the tax write-off is pretty great, too.  

Again, some of the categories of business we need include:
  • stores or all kinds
  • dining
  • entertainment, sports events and recreation (concerts, movie passes, memberships)
  • home & vehicle goods and services (interior design, roofs, painting, fences, landscape design, architecture, auto maintenance or repairs)
  • professional services (taxes, accounting, home organizing, marketing, graphic design, consulting, etc.)
  • travel and getaways 
  • treats of all varieties
  • beauty/spas and health services (hair, nail, body, relaxation, wellness, gyms, yoga, pilates, massage, acupuncture, etc.)
  • student services (tutoring, test prep, college admissions support, voice or music lessons)
  • athletic services (camps, strength and agility training, etc.)
  • parent parties
  • and just about anything else you or your families buy/use!
If you have any questions reach out to Auction Chair Megan Perkins: 
Do Your Normal Shopping - Give Back to TJ!
You shop. Amazon gives.
  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at

The key is that you have to start at  and select 
as your charity:  Thomas Jefferson High School Partners.

So far in 2017 we've raised $32.62 (every little bit helps!)

Thanks in advance for your support as you do your holiday shopping!
Hey Spartans - 12/12 at Chipotle is going to be fun! Please help TJ Swim & Dive Team fundraise for new Team Parkas!  We are hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on Tuesday, December 12 - yes that's 12/12 - from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Please mention TJ and 50% of sales during that time will help go to pay for the girls new Parkas!  Join us at Chipotle Tiffany Plaza - 7350 E. Hampden Ave. See you 12/12 at Chipotle after school or for dinner!
Yearbook News 

The yearbook is still at a discounted price! It is now $55, but will eventually go up to $65, so act now! The $55 discount will last until 1-19-18.

To see if we received your senior portrait, please go to the yearbook website or check the poster on the office window.

Anything that you would need to know about the yearbook can be found on the yearbook website   here!

Spirit Store Hours
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store which is online. The store is also set up at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights. Click here for more information!
We will be opening the spirit store:
  • Tuesdays at lunch: 11:15 -12:00 
  • Wednesdays after school - 2:15 - 3:00 
  • Thursday mornings before school 6:45 - 8:30
  • Fridays at lunch: 11:15 - 12:00 
  • At all home Volleyball Games, Basketball games & JV Football Games
We take Cash and Credit Cards!
New PopSockets are in for $9 each or buy with a friend and save, 2 for $16.

When the store is open we will be in front of the physical store by the auditorium. For games, we will be in front of the gym in the lobby.

Call or email Laura Whalen if you have questions.
Laura Whalen
cell: 303-681-7226
Need a Part Time Job?
Saucy Noodle is hiring!

Located in Bonnie Brae off University and Exposition
Hiring hosts and dishwashers 
Host shifts approximately 5-9pm
Dishwasher shifts approximately 3:30-10pm

Please stop by to pick up an application! 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
The holiday season is advertised as a time of joy and giving, filled with food, family, and friends. These advertisements are manufactured in whole by large corporations to pray on the consumer, in part by painting a picture of the perfect holiday. Much less focus has been placed on the negative effects that the holiday season can have on a person. Which is often referred to as holiday stress.  

Causes of Holiday Stress
Ways to Combat Holiday Stress
Strengthen Social Connections: Supportive social relationships can help individuals manage a variety of challenges. The holiday season can be used to reconnect with positive people in our lives. While everyone enjoys gifts, a short phone call or quick lunch date can be just as rewarding.

Set Reasonable Goals:  Wanting your child to have a wonderful holiday is expected, but setting unreasonable expectations to meet this goal can lead to stress and anxiety. Understanding what your family is capable of and keeping expectations within those limits will help reduce unnecessary holiday stress. Remember, some things will not go as planned.

Keep Things in Perspective:  Remember, holiday season is short! Prioritize your schedule so that your most important holiday tasks are not over looked. Consider mishaps or problems that could possibly occur in order to prepare oneself for future pitfalls. Tasks unrelated to the holiday season, that can be put off until later, can be followed up after the holidays are over.  

Get Enough Exercise:  Research shows that regular exercise can help people manage stress and anxiety. This stress can be exacerbated by the reduced amount of sunlight in the winter months, as well as dietary changes that occur due to an increased presence of sugary food.

Say, "No": Stress accumulates during the holiday season primarily through constraint on money and time. Holiday events such as parties, gift exchanges, and family trips can cause further constraint on time and money. Knowing how and when to say "no" can alleviate this form of stress.
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by TJHS Mental Health Team. 
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as wells 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
Class of 2018 - Seniors
  • Please look for more opportunities this school year for parents to socialize, get connected and contribute to the Class of 2018 fundraising efforts. Please email if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Juniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
Class of 2020 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono, the parent representatives for the Class of 2020. Please look for important information to come.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Megan at:  or Lisa at: .
Class of 2021 - Freshmen
  • 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!
News from the Future Center
Meetings with Ms. MaezSeniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  A calendar of her availability is posted on the door.
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 |
Download the new TJHS Mobile 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"). We will be finalizing formatting and loading new content in the coming weeks, so please be patient and check the app frequently for new information! 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!