December 4, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Time to buckle down,TJ! There are only two weeks until finals. Make sure you are working hard in class, staying on top of your homework, and preparing for finals.  Click here for the Final Exam Schedule!

Also, make sure you are utilizing Office Hours and Tutoring opportunities as well. 

Tutoring: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in the Library from 3:00 - 4:00
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 2:15 - 2:55
Important upcoming events: 
-Come support TJHS Musicians at the Band Concert December 7th at 7 p.m. 
-TJ ArtFest is Saturday the 9th from 9am to 4 pm.  Come shop from talented and local artists and artisans, get some good food, enjoy some entertainment, and bring the kids for a fun time. 

Have a good week, TJ!

Es hora de abrocharse el cinturón, TJ! Solo quedan dos semanas para la final. Asegúrate de trabajar duro en clase, de estar al tanto de tu tarea y de prepararte para la final. ¡Haga clic aqui­ para ver el Calendario de exámenes finales!  ¡Haga clic aqui para ver el Calendario de exámenes finales!

Además, asegúrese de estar utilizando las horas de oficina y las oportunidades de tutoría también. 

Tutoría: lunes, martes y jueves en la biblioteca de 3:00 a 4:00 
Horario de atención: miércoles de 2:15 a 2:55   

Eventos próximos importantes: 
- Apoyar a TJHS Musicians en el concierto de la banda el 7 de diciembre a las 7 p.m. 
-TJ ArtFest es el sábado 9 de 9 am a 4 pm. Venga de comprar artistas y artesanos talentosos y locales, obtenga algo de buena comida, disfrute de un poco de entretenimiento y traiga a los niños para pasar un rato divertido. 

Que tengas una buena semana, TJ!

Jon Poole
Administrative Intern
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
**Only two more weeks until Final Exams!**
Week at a Glance - Week of 12/4-12/8
  • SkillsUSA Holiday Food Drive - all week! See details in "Class News" section. 

  • CSC Meeting: 4:00 p.m.

  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • TJ Talk on Marijuana Prevention: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -
  • Band Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Kudos Korner
  • A huge thank you to TJ parent Kathryn Lepry, who has put in countless hours to prepare for this week's ArtFest. Be sure to thank her when you see her, and please attend the ArtFest on Saturday to support TJ, volunteer your time, and enjoy the work of the talented vendors! (Click here to help out!).
Important Message from Mr. Christoff - Parent Response Required ASAP
Dear Parent(s),
This school and its teachers use several online tools to engage students and drive their learning. On the webpage is a list of online tools that one or more of your student's teacher(s) would like to utilize as an online learning tool at Thomas Jefferson. Before using any of the tools, we wanted to make you aware of federal laws and regulations that apply to the use of technology to support classrooms, and require parent consent in order to be most effective.

Estimados padres:
Esta escuela y sus maestros utilizan varias herramientas en línea para hacer que los estudiantes participen e impulsar su aprendizaje. En la página web hay una lista de herramientas en línea que uno o más de los maestros de su hijo quisieran utilizar para el aprendizaje en línea en Thomas Jefferson. Antes de usar estas herramientas, quisiéramos darles a conocer las leyes y regulaciones federales que se aplican al uso de la tecnología de apoyo en el salón de clases y debemos obtener el consentimiento de los padres para proceder con un máximo grado de eficacia.
PTO News
PTO needs DOZENS of volunteer helpers for ArtFest ASAP! 

The 29th Annual ArtFest needs several dozen volunteers. Parents, grab your spouses, students and friends to help transform TJ into a holiday market on Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th. We need help setting up, managing the event and cleaning up. Click here to check out all the ways you can support TJ's largest community event! 

  • 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.
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot!
TJ Talk on Marijuana Prevention - December 5th
Student Travel Opportunities
ArtFest 2017 is here! Join us on Saturday for this wonderful annual event! 
Follow this link to sign up for this awesome event!
Please gather up all your gently used books, CDs, DVDs, VHS cassettes, audio cassettes and yes, even, 8-track tapes and donate them to Thomas Jefferson High School. ArtFest & Used Book Sale, the fundraising event for TJ's PTO (the parent-teacher organization for TJ), will be held this Saturday, December 9th, 2017, from 9 am to 4 pm in the gymnasium and cafeteria.

If you have donations, you may drop off at any of these locations (pick up is available for 3 or more boxes - see below):
We welcome your donations right up to the day of the event, December 9th. We will provide a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution! Tell your friends, family and neighbors that we will be happy to accept their contributions as well. SPREAD THE WORD. Last year we raised over $700 from the book sale alone for programs that support TJ students and teachers.

Thank you for your consideration and support of your neighborhood high school!
Leadership Fundraiser

Leadership Students are holding a holiday movie night for students as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There is a bin in the front office for students, parents, and faculty to donate money to the hospital. 
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!
DECA Judges Needed
We are holding our Annual DECA Leadership Conference for District 3 at Johnson & Wales University on Friday, December 8 th  from 7am-3pm and we need your help. We need approximately 80 judges to run our conference and so far we have 36 confirmed judges. We will be providing coffee, continental style breakfast, and an amazing lunch so bring the whole office down  J  It really is a fun experience and we hope to see you there. Feel free to forward this to anyone you feel might like to help us.
Please take a minute and reply to Mr. Nicolo @  with one of the following responses and we really do appreciate all that you do to support Colorado DECA!
-Yes I would like to judge on the 8th of December
-No I can't make it this year
Swim & Dive Team Fundraiser 
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!
Adopt-A-Family Program
Dear TJ Family,

Every year several groups come together to sponsor the Adopt-A-Family Program here at TJ. The Adopt-A-Family Program was created to help financially challenged families during the holidays by supplying gifts and gift cards to help them celebrate with their families. Click here to sign up for specific requests by the families, but we are also always in need of gift cards to Walmart, Target, and King Soopers. If you would like to donate gift cards to the main office feel free to drop them off with a reference to the Adopt-A-Family Program or you could always contact Matt Nicolo ( or Samanda Davis ( with your donation.
Thank you and from our family to yours we wish you a happy holiday season.
Denver Santa Claus Shop: Dec. 9-12
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!

Glove and Sock Drive - Donations Requested!
Coats for Those in Need

Dependable Cleaners Coats
1701 S. Broadway Denver, CO: 303-777-2673
Coats offered at no cost for those in need. 
Anyone in need. Parents do not need to bring children to receive children's coats. Bring bags to put coats in.
Call to learn more!

Coats for Colorado
Those interested in receiving a coat can call 303.777.2673 to schedule an appointment.

Community Christmas Dinner: December 22
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
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. 

The level of closeness and support adolescents have experienced with their parents and siblings influences the quality of their romantic relationships. If communication between parents and children is positive and supportive in early adolescence, youth are more likely to interact positively with romantic partners in late adolescence. How parents model conflict also affects their children's relationships. Experience of serious conflict within marriage can also make a child more likely to perpetrate or be victimized by dating violence, as can physical and sexual abuse in childhood. 

Below is a resource to help adolescents understand their rights in dating relationships: 

Dating Bill of Rights 
I have the right to........ 
Ask for a date. 
Refuse a date. 
Have my own thoughts and feelings and communicate them. 
Have my limits and values respected. 
Be heard. 
Set physical, emotional, and sexual boundaries. 
Have friendships outside of my relationship. 
Say "no." 
Be safe on a date. 
Be treated with respect. 
Disagree with my date. 
Determine who I will date. 
Control my own destiny. 
Get angry. 
Be assertive on a date. 
Leave any dating situation when I don't feel safe or it doesn't feel right for me. 
Have a healthy relationship.
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by TJHS Mental Health Team. Resources:  
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • SkillsUSA is kicking off the holiday food drive for the 13-15 TJ families that have been selected. The food collection boxes are in classrooms. Food will be collected from period 2 classes, and there will be a pizza party award for the class with the most food value. The Drive will run from Dec. 4th - 13th. We already have plenty of of canned corn, green beans, and peas, but the following non perishable items are suggested:
    turkey dressing
    box potatoes scallop
    box mashed potatoes
    soups- chicken or mushroom soup
    dry french onions
    canned Pumpkin
    brown sugar
    canned beets
    canned fruit
    cranberry sauce
    evaporated milk
    pork beans
    pinto beans
    black beans
    B&B Sauce 
    Box breakfast cereal
    oatmeal cereal
    pancake mix
    apple Sauce
    pie filling
    Any dry food or canned items are used. Some people bring in pasta noodles like spaghetti or macaroni cheese. 
    Thank you for your help and participation. 
  • 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!