December 3, 2018
Administrator's Corner

Happy December TJ Families,
Only ten class days left in the semester. Let's make sure we are supporting students to do their best in the final stretch. Speaking of "final," Finals are December 17th-20th with makeups on the 21st by appointment. If your student does not have any makeup exams, their last day is Wednesday the 20th

And don't miss out on TJ Artfest on December 8th from 9am-4pm. See below for details. There are multiple teachers exhibiting their artwork, so come support.
Feliz diciembre TJ familias, 

sólo diez días de clase a la izquierda en el semestre. Vamos a asegurarnos de que estamos apoyando a los estudiantes a hacer todo lo posible en el estiramiento final. Hablando de "final," finales son diciembre 17-20 con maquillajes en el 21 por cita. Si su estudiante no tiene ningún examen de maquillaje, su último día es el miércoles 20. 

y no se pierda de TJ Artfest el 8 de diciembre de 9am-4pm. Ver más abajo para más detalles. Hay varios maestros exhibiendo su obra de arte, así que vienen apoyo.

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 12/3-12/7
  • 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 -

  • ArtFest: 8:00 a.m.
Kudos Korner
  • Our students did very well in their placement in the Citywide Orchestra and the Citywide Concert Band this year, which are groups for which students must audition, and are selected from among students across DPS.  Additionally, we have a few students participating in the Citywide Marching Band, which will be marching in the Parade of Lights.
    The following students were selected for one of the Citywide Orchestras. The placement in the three orchestras is based on audition quality, as opposed to age, which is a change from previous years. The chamber orchestra is a small, select group of 33 students, and 8 of those students are our own TJ students.
    Intermediate Orchestra - Isabella Pitt (violin I), Isabella Sequera (violin I), Kaleb Mayeux (violin I), Isaac Mitchell (viola), Loren Sims (viola) & Ziyale Norris (cello), Audrey Cain (bass)
    Chamber Orchestra - Maya Lee (violin I-3rd chair), Cladesia Kabing (violin I-4th chair), Aidan Schlue (violin I-5th chair), Sami Baker (violin I-6th chair), Sidney Teska (violin 2-5th chair), Sarah Mitchell (viola-1st chair), Filiz Baltaci (viola-3rd chair), Jessica Nesbit (cello-7th chair)
    The following students were selected for the Citywide concert band:
    Advanced Band - Aidan Schlue (bassoon), Kaleb Mayeux (alto sax), Jack Murphy (alto sax), Owen Monroe (tenor sax), Seraphina Shields (baritone sax), Diego Martinez (percussion), Nathan Hougard (percussion), Julia Moir (percussion)
    BTW -Aidan and Kaleb were selected for both the Citywide Band and the Citywide Orchestra. Aidan Schlue has only been playing the bassoon for about 5 months, and Kaleb has only been playing the violin for about 3 months.
    The following students are marching with the Citywide Marching BandJulia Moir, Sawyer Stein & Owen Monr

(Week of Dec. 17th)
TJ Family Support
TJ Community,
As you well know, we had five students involved in a car accident on Friday, November 16th. 

Two of the students were released from the hospital on that Friday, November 16th. Three students were admitted and thankfully two were released last week and are home recovering but have many more medical appointments and treatments ahead of them to ensure they're well.
One student still remains hospitalized and will require additional medical attention. Any help you can provide for the ongoing medical costs or for everyday items like groceries would tremendously help out our families would be appreciated.  The families are appreciative and humbled by the support and love outpouring from the community and want everyone to know how grateful they feel during this difficult time. 
I know many have asked what they can do.......
We are providing a link for donations if you wish to provide support these families with their ongoing medical and day to day expenses while they care for their students. PTO has set up a link for funds which will be managed by PTO and specific school personnel. 

Please click on the link below and scroll to the bottom if you wish to donate:
With Gratitude,
Samanda Davis, LCSW MSW
TJHS School Social Worker

Holiday Resources for Families
Please visit the links below for information about where & when to apply for holiday meal baskets & gifts. These links are hosted by Mile High United Way 2-1-1, and will keep being updated as new resources are added, and registrations close.

Countdown to ArtFest 2018 

to help with set up, clean up, and a number of other tasks that 
make the event possible. Psst! No creativity required! ;)

Save the Date - Girls' Swim and Dive Fundraiser 12/11/18
PTO News
Party at the Pioneer! PTO invites you to join us at The Pioneer (2401 S. University Blvd - cross street is Wesley) on Tuesday December 11th from 5:30-7:30pm to celebrate a semester of great accomplishments and a glimpse of more to come. Hope to see you there! 

Please note: there will not be a PTO meeting in December.  Our next meeting will be January 8, 2019 at 6 pm in Room 111.
Counseling Corner
Here at T.J., our school counselors work with and encourage students as they develop academically, personally and socially.  We are here to support and advocate for all students.   
Here are our counselor caseloads:

Jillian Gleason - Students with Last Names A-D
Maggie Kennedy-  Students with Last Names E-L
Erin Thompson - Students with Last Names M-Q and students with IEPs
Jeremy Anderson - Students with Last Names R-Z

Here's what happened in the T.J. School Counseling World in the month of November:
  • ICAP classroom guidance lessons for 9th graders
  • Black Male Initiative -  25 students attended a DPS workshop to engage with male leaders and set future goals
  • Support with sending transcripts and materials for seniors for college applications
  • Ongoing individual student meetings to support academic and social-emotional concerns
What we have planned for December:
  • ICAP classroom guidance lessons for 10th graders
  • Schedule changes will be made for next semester on a case-by-case basis depending on availability of courses and each student's course plan/ credit standing during the week of December 10th-14th (students can see their counselors this week)
  • Ongoing support for seniors with post-grad planning and sending transcripts/ application materials
  • Ongoing individual student meetings for credit checks, academic and personal concerns 
YMCA Job Partnership
Give back to your community and make a difference working with youth! 

If you love to have fun, and wish to gain experience with youth for your future career goals such as education, social work, recreation, psychology or human services, then this is the job for you. You will be engage with kids ages 5-11 years, play gym games and do fun art projects! Whether you are looking to gain experience or simply for a job that is different and fun and outside of the norm, then this is the job for you! Position details include: assisting the Site Director in all aspects of the after school program which include: building relationships with the kids and community, taking attendance, leading activities, actively supervising the kids and engaging with youth.  Our hours are flexible and you can work 2-5 days a week after school until 6pm with additional hours available on school breaks. Apply online here  and search for program aide and program leader positions in Denver towards the bottom of the job offerings. Must be 16 to apply. Pay range is: $10.20-$11.05 depending on age.   We look forward to you joining our great team of youth developers!

Locations near TJ: 
Holm Elementary (3185 S. Willow St Denver CO) 2:45-6:00pm
RMSEL-Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (1700 S. Holly St Denver CO) 3:00-6:00pm
Schlessman YMCA (2625 S. Colorado Blvd Denver CO) 2:30pm-6:00
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:
  • Please check to see if we received your senior quote and photo. There's a poster hanging on the office windows, or you can check the yearbook website to make sure.
  • PriceGet your book at the price of $55 until 1-18-19. The price will eventually increase to $65, so act fast!
All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
News from the Future Center
College Admissions Representatives Visits:
Tuesday, December 4th @ 4th period - Western State Colorado University
Thursday, December 6th @ 4th period - Community College of Denver
12th graders can sign up in Naviance

Thank you!

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
Facilities Management Jobs Available
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJ Spirit Store is stocked and ready to sell!  Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs. The TJHS Spirit Store is open every Friday at lunch time. Great news: the huge SALE has been extended through November! l 2019 retro-Joe Spartan t-shirts are $5, all other short-sleeved t-shirts are $10, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hoodies are $25.  We also now have beanies with pom poms for $20 and beanies without for $15.  We accept cash, credit cards and checks.

The store will be open during events like certain athletic games and other community events such as the 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 .

Please contact Julie Thibodeau in the front office if you need help with the store at times other than Friday at lunch.

If you have any questions please email them to
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
Soft skills  are desirable qualities for employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge. Softs are a combination of:

- interpersonal  people skills                                     
- social skills and teamwork
- effective communication skills                           
- organizational skills
- adaptability                                                                     
- punctuality
- character traits                                                             
- attitudes                          
- emotional intelligence quotient (EQ)
Recent Research Suggests ... These skills are in need!
  • Of more than 500 Colorado recruiters and hiring managers surveyed this year (through LinkedIn), 41% of recruiters and 46% of hiring managers reported that it is "hard to find job candidates with the right soft skills."
  • Across the United States, 59% of hiring managers said soft skills were difficult to find, and that the lack of soft skills is limiting their company's productivity.
Why Are Soft Skills Important?
  • Companies are hiring on hard skills (acquired knowledge/academic skills) but firing on soft skills. "It's what makes or breaks someone being successful on the job."
  • Company's recognize this is a pervasive problem and are looking for applicants and employees who can not only respond to the content, but who show common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude, among other traits.
  • We need a healthy balance of hard and soft skills to be successful and effective in our careers, and as strong members of our community.
How do I increase my teen's soft skills?
1)     Discuss "hard skills" versus "soft skills," as they may not know what these are- the more they know, the more they can be aware of how they interact with others, areas of strength they can highlight in interviews, and areas of which they can improve.

2)     Model out loud problem solving (talk through your thought process when you come across a problem).

3)     Highlight the importance of being on time. You can help them by teaching them time-management skills (try backwards planning, estimate how long things take, then have them actual time it!).

4)     Help them learn to work with different people and work as part of a team- encourage them to be involved in groups that facilitate this, such as playing music in a group, sports, community service projects, and for them to step outside their comfort zone!

5)     Instill resilience! We all know many aspects of life can be quite difficult; help them understand that no one is perfect, people make mistakes, but it is how we respond to and learn from our mistakes that make us strong and resilient. Positive attitude/outlook can help (ie: what can I learn from this experience?)

6)     Encourage them to explain their thought process, ideas, feelings and concerns, and to be strong listeners as well. This will help their articulation skills and may help decrease frustrations that can arise when working as a team.
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources: "In Demand Job Skills," Denver Post, September 18th, 2016.
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
Class of 2019 - Seniors
Attention Class of '19 Parents:

Join us for an informational meeting on January 15th at 6pm in room 111.  We'll cover important updates and have administration available to answer questions as we prepare for Graduation.  Contact Anne McCord if you have questions ( 

Cheers!  Class of '19 Parent Committee
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
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
  • We're also 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 of 2022 - Freshmen
  • If you have any questions or interest in joining a team of parents to help coordinate fundraising efforts and community building, please email for more information.