December 7, 2020
Administrator's Corner

Hello Spartan Families,
We only have 1 week of classes remaining before finals! Make sure you're attending/engaging in every class, attending office hours, and even tutoring (Tutoring Flyer) if you need any extra support. Click here to view the schedule for finals week. 
Don't forget that this week is Spirit Week so get ready to show your Spartan Pride! Click here for the daily theme.

Also, please look for the Remote Learning survey sent out by DPS. Please take a few minutes to share your feedback in order to help the district better support your student and improve the student learning experience. Survey link:
Hola familias espartanas,

¡solo queda 1 semana de clases antes de las finales! Asegúrese de asistir/participar en cada clase, asistir a horas de oficina, e incluso tutoría (Tutoring Flyer) si necesita algún apoyo adicional. Haga clic aquí para ver el calendario de la semana final.

No olvides que esta semana es la Semana del Espíritu, así que prepárate para mostrar tu orgullo espartano. Haga clic aquí­ para ver el tema diario.

también, busque la encuesta de aprendizaje remoto enviada por DPS. Por favor, tómese unos minutos para compartir sus comentarios para ayudar al distrito a apoyar mejor a su estudiante y mejorar la experiencia de aprendizaje del estudiante. Enlace de la encuesta:

Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
  • Spirit Week: Crazy Hair Day
  • No Mingle Jingle Fundraiser for the class of 2022! (details below)
  • Spirit Week: Jersey Day
  • PTO Social: 7:00-8:00 p.m. (details below)
  • No Mingle Jingle Fundraiser for the class of 2022! (details below)
  • Spirit Week: Culture Day
  • Student Panel - 6:00-7:00 p.m. (details below)
  • No Mingle Jingle Fundraiser for the class of 2022! (details below)
  • Spirit Week:  PJ Day
  • No Mingle Jingle Fundraiser for the class of 2022! (details below)
  • Spirit Week: TJ Day
  • Office Hours schedule
  • No Mingle Jingle Fundraiser for the class of 2022! (details below)
Kudos Korner
We continue to be so grateful for everyone who worked so hard to make the holiday food distribution possible. 

Thanks to:
  •  PTO
  • Tom Conroy and facilities
  • All the SkillsUSA students who helped sort
  • Mental Health and Counselors
Day of distribution:
Jerry Esparza
Julie Thibodeau
Lisa Freedberg

Megan Perkins
Suzy Stone
Becca Mahoney
Doug Arritola
Amber Laiminger

And anyone else behind the scenes who we may have missed! Thank you, TJ!
Student Panel - December 9th
Join us on Wednesday, December 9th from 6 to
7pm for a Student Panel Q&A!

Meet students, hear about their TJ experience, and ask questions! This Q&A is intended for prospective students and their families.

Sign up for info here:
Have a question for our student panel? Submit your questions here:

Reach out to with questions!

¡Únase a nosotros el miércoles 9 de diciembre de 6 a 7 pm para una sesión de preguntas y respuestas del panel de estudiantes!

¡Conozca a los estudiantes, escuche de ellos sobre su experiencia en TJ y haga preguntas! Esta sesión de preguntas y respuestas está destinada a futuros estudiantes y sus familias.

Regístrese para obtener información aquí:

¿Tiene alguna pregunta para nuestro panel de estudiantes? Envíe sus preguntas aquí:

¡Comuníquese con si tiene
Family Symposium: Career and College Virtual Sessions - Dec. 9 and 10
The African American Equity Task Force hosted a family symposium in October for families, parents, and students centered on the work of the Black Excellence Resolution and focused on sharing ways for families to navigate DPS to best advocate for their student's needs.  One of the topics discussed at the symposium was Career and College Readiness. 
Due to requests from families for more Career and College information, we have scheduled follow-up sessions focused on key components for Career & College Success:  College and Career Opportunities in High School and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Financial Aid.

join several members of DPS' College and Career Success (CCS) team to have a conversation, ask questions, and learn more about navigating college and career opportunities for your student(s). Any and all are welcome!  Register HERE for the session(s) that works for you!
·       College and Career Opportunities in High School
Join several members of DPS' College and Career Success (CCS) team to have a conversation, ask questions, and learn more about navigating college and career opportunities for your student(s)!  CCS programming is available for every student and it's never too early to start planning.  Topics to be addressed include:  Career exploration and exposure, earning college credits, and taking culturally-relevant college courses - ALL IN HIGH SCHOOL.  
o   Date:  Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
o   12-1pm or 5-6pm
·       Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Financial Aid 
Join several members of DPS' College and Career Success (CCS) Team to have a conversation, ask questions and learn more about HBCUs and financial aid for college.  Did you know that nearly 80% of all Black college graduates come from HBCUs? And, important information about financial aid and paying for college will be shared.  We look forward to connecting with you!  
o   Date:  Thursday, December 10th, 2020
o   Time:  12-1pm or 5-6pm

Need Some Holiday Help? 
If you qualify,PRE-REGISTER HERE

PTO News
Traditionally, the PTO has a social gathering in December instead of a business meeting. Since we won't be meeting in person, you are invited to a virtual social gathering where we can spend some time getting to know each other. Zoom gatherings can be awkward and a bit challenging but let's try to make it work! For anyone interested in connecting with other parents, please join us on Tuesday, December 8th from 7-8pm. Come with a word in mind that describes your family's holiday traditions. We'd love to hear how you traditionally celebrate the holidays knowing that this year will be different. Let's shine a light on the good parts but also take time to embrace what we are missing.

Here are the Zoom details...
Topic: PTO Social
Time: Dec 8, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 896 6404 7716
Passcode: 719847
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We hope to see you there!
If you use Amazon for your holiday shopping, remember to use AmazonSmile. When you select 
Thomas Jefferson High School Partners, a portion of qualifying purchases get donated to TJ PTO - a gift that keeps on giving! This is such an easy way to support your TJ community and spread even more holiday cheer. Purchases you were going to make anyway can make a difference.  Simply shop at or in the Amazon Shopping app with AmazonSmile turned ON.
Interact and Sustainability Clubs Selling Masks
TJ's Interact Club and Sustainability Club have teamed up to sell masks! All of the profits will be donated to help support those who have been affected by the recent wildfires across Colorado. Orders will be open from now to December 18th and will be available for pickup tentatively beginning January 11th. 

Here is the link for the order form: 

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program - Passive Permission
Dear Parent or Guardian,

Educating our students about how to care for themselves and friends is an important task. Students are most likely to talk to their friends when having a problem, and some students entering adolescence experience a rollercoaster of difficult emotions. Depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression is a leading risk factor for suicide, and is treatable. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.  While not every student will experience these feelings, any child may find itself in a position to help someone who does

To proactively address these issues we are offering multiple prevention training programs that align with depression awareness and suicide prevention training. These programs include:
  • Signs of Suicide Program for 6th and 9th grade students. The program was developed by the highly regarded non-profit organization and is used by thousands of schools nationwide since 2000.  It has proven successful at increasing help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend (American Journal of Public Health, March 2004).
  • Safe2Tell Colorado is a Colorado model prevention strategy operating under the Colorado Attorney General's Office, Department of Law. Safe2Tell Colorado is required to be part of school safety planning by the Colorado Department of Education. Programming focuses on educating students on the importance of reporting concerns and how to anonymously report to Safe2Tell Colorado. 
Our goals include:
  • Help students understand that depression is a treatable illness
  • Explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often results from untreated depression
  • Provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
  • Impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a trusted adult about concerns
  • To help students know whom, in the school, they can turn to for help
  • To support healthy emotional development of all students 
If you do NOTwish your child to participate in programming, please click here.

Estimado padre o tutor legal:

Educar a nuestros estudiantes acerca de cómo cuidarse a sí mismos y a sus amigos es una tarea importante. Es más probable que los estudiantes hablen con sus amigos cuando tienen un problema, y algunos alumnos que entran a la adolescencia experimentarán un torbellino de emociones difíciles. La depresión (una de las enfermedades mentales más comunes) parece manifestarse desde una edad mucho más temprana. La depresión es uno de los principales factores de riesgo de suicidio y puede tratarse. Además, las lesiones autoinfligidas se han convertido en un problema creciente entre los jóvenes.  Aunque no todos los estudiantes experimentarán estos sentimientos, cualquier joven puede encontrarse en una posición de ayudar a alguien que los experimente.

Para abordar estos problemas de una manera proactiva, ofrecemos varios programas de prevención que se enfocan en tomar conciencia de la depresión y en la capacitación para prevenir el suicidio. Estos programas incluyen: 
  • Programa sobre señales del suicidio para estudiantes de 6.° y 9.° grado. Este programa fue desarrollado por una reconocida organización sin fines de lucro y se utiliza en miles de escuelas de todo el país desde el año 2000.  Ha demostrado tener éxito al aumentar el número de estudiantes que buscan ayuda porque se preocupan por sí mismos o por un amigo (American Journal of Public Health, marzo de 2004).
  • Safe2Tell Colorado es un modelo de estrategia de prevención de Colorado que funciona bajo la tutela de la Oficina del Fiscal General de Colorado, Departamento de Derecho. Safe2Tell Colorado es parte obligatoria de la planificación de seguridad escolar del Departamento de Educación de Colorado. La programación se enfoca en educar a los estudiantes acerca de la importancia de reportar sus inquietudes y cómo informar de forma anónima a Safe2Tell Colorado. 
Nuestras metas incluyen:

  • Ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a comprender que la depresión es una enfermedad tratable
  • Explicar que el suicidio es una tragedia que se puede prevenir y que suele ser el resultado de una depresión sin tratar
  • Proporcionar capacitación a los estudiantes para que aprendan a identificar una depresión grave y la posibilidad de suicidio, tanto en sí mismos como en sus amigos
  • Recalcar el hecho de que los adolescentes pueden ayudarse a sí mismos o a sus amigos cuando toman el simple paso de hablar sobre sus inquietudes con un adulto de confianza
  • Informar a los estudiantes para que sepan a quién pueden acudir en la escuela para obtener ayuda
  • Apoyar el desarrollo emocional sano de todos los estudiantes.  

Si NO desea que su hijo participe en esta programación, por favor haga clic aquí­
Career and College Success Opportunities

ChickTech Denver Opportunity
Join us for ChickTech's Virtual High School Program this year! - if you haven't already registered, there's still time to register!

It's not like going to class; this year-long program includes virtual, hands-on monthly workshops, and group mentorship opportunities with STEM professionals. We aim to create a fun, positive learning experience to build confidence in your technical abilities, provide positive role models, and help you create meaningful connections with young womxn nationally.
This year our program events and activities will be hosted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't stop our fun! We are committed to continuing our learning and mentorship opportunities even during this challenging time. 

Why should I participate?
  • You'll get to create cool, unique projects, like a website, video game, or robot throughout the year!
  • You'll have chances to be entered to win prizes based on your virtual participation 
  • You'll have the opportunity to continue learning about technology and STEAM careers and connect with mentors at our monthly events.
  • You'll meet awesome professionals from STEAM industries. Have questions about what to do after high school? Bring them!
  • You will get to participate in our year-end conference, get connected to careers, industry professionals and create hands-on STEAM projects. 
  • Show off what you learned at our Tech Show at the end of the year. Invite your family and friends, and meet professionals from all over the country!
  • Most importantly, you will get the chance to experience it all with a group of other young womxn from the Denver area! 
  • Safe and positive online learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic 

What are the details for ChickTech's FREE virtual programming?
  • Once you register you will get an invitation to join ChickTech's google classroom where you can connect with other students and sign up for workshops and group mentorships
  • Our opening Welcome to ChickTech event will be held virtually on October 24th, this is a chance for you to meet the ChickTech team, hear from inspiring womxn in STEAM and learn about upcoming monthly workshops! 
  • ChickTech will be keeping track of your participation- the more you participate each month the higher your chances of winning cool prizes!
Where do I sign up?

Go to and fill out the application form. For Registration Code use N/A . Please select "Denver, Colorado" when asked "What is your local ChickTech chapter?" Your parent/guardian will need to consent through the online registration form. If you have a question, please contact us at or if you have any questions or need assistance with registering.

We're looking forward to meeting you!
The ChickTech Team

Are you wondering what to expect for monthly workshops and group mentorships? Here are a few of the things to expect!

  • Drawing and Designing through Code
  • Cyber Security: Capture the flag
  • Website Programming: Create your own website!
  • Video Game Design with Phaser
  • Introduction to Javascript
  • Sustainable Product Design
  • Shoe Performance and Engineering
  • Why Engineers Need English Class: Technical Writing
  • Building and Programming Drawing Robots
  • Future Plans: not sure what route is best for you to take after high school? Join us to learn more about STEAM options!
  • Design in a Digital World: Design Career Paths
  • How Extracurriculars Lead to Career Success
  • How to Have a Creative Career in Tech!
  • Marketing Yourself Online through LinkedIn: How to create a LinkedIn profile
  • How to Turn Your Passion into a Career
TJ Food Drive and Distribution Program
Thank you to everyone who has been so generous in the last couple of months by donating to the TJ Food Bank--we would love your continued help as we prepare to distribute food to our families for the holidays! Non-perishable food donations can be delivered "TJ Food Bank" boxes at any of the following locations: 

·       7996 E. Jefferson Place, Denver, 80237  
·       7500 E. Dartmouth Avenue #25, Denver, 80231
·       2750 E. Bates Avenue, Denver, 80210  
·       3732 S. Sebring Court, Denver, 80237  
·       6895 Eastmoor Drive, Denver, 80237
·       7925 E. Mexico Avenue, Denver, 80231
·       2805 S. Gilpin Street, Denver, 80210  
·       3614 S. Hudson Street, Denver, 80237
·       3004 S. Milwaukee Circle, Denver, 80210
·       3734 S. Oneida Way, Denver, 80237  
·       3771 S. Rosemary Way, Denver, 80237  
We are currently most in need of Canned Fruit, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Canned Proteins (tuna, chicken), Cereal, Canned Meals (stew, soup, chili), Pasta & Sauce and Rice. And if you'd prefer, please make a monetary donation HERE.
Let's Get Real
Dear Parents and Students of the TJHS Community, 
The Center on Domestic Violence at UC Denver sponsors the END Violence program at Thomas Jefferson. They are launching a youth leadership project tentatively called Let's Get Real. It is a tentative name because the hope is that youth leaders who become involved with the program will change the branding and the name.
It takes all of us to end abuse and mistreatment. Young people know all too well how violence affects them, their friends, their community, and their families. Youth are key to the development of a society where no one would dream of abusing someone they love or care about--whether it's a family member, a friend, or someone they are romantically involved with. 
The goal for Let's Get Real is to support youth leaders who will in turn promote healthy relationships and a culture of consent. These leaders will determine project activities which can involve designing social media campaigns, writing letters to editors, and testifying at the capitol on any legislation affecting youth and the issues related to abuse and violence.
Maria Limon is the bilingual coordinator for the project--a fronteriza (from the borderlands of El Paso) who can Spanglish like a pro. Maria is excited to launch this program even through the obstacles presented by the pandemic. Meetings will take place virtually until we are able to return to meeting in person. 
Please join Maria for a short Zoom meeting to learn how you can get involved on any one of these dates and times:
Tuesday, December 8, 4-5 pm click here
Thursday, December 10, 4-5 pm click here
Monday, December 14, 4-5 pm click here
Wednesday, December 16, 4-5 pm click here
Feel free to call or text with questions or ideas:   970-444-2077
TJHS Spirit Store
Thank you to everyone who participated in the online sale. All of you should have received an email with details about picking up your items. Reach out to TJHS.STORE@GMAIL.COM  if you have not heard from anyone.

We will be working on a new collection of items for a winter/holiday online sale. Please watch the newsletter and School Deets for information.
Yearbook News
We need your help!
The yearbook staff needs your help collecting content. Please fill out these forms if you have any photos or quotes!

Thanks in advance for your submissions!
FREE Tutoring Available!

For now, tutoring is being done remotely, but we will revisit and revise when we have been cleared for in-person instruction.  Please let your students and their families know! As always, tutoring is a free service for our students!

Please reach out to with any questions you might have.

Click on the links below to view the full size flyers!


Need Help Paying Your Energy Bill? Necesita Ayuda Para Pagar El Recibo de Electricidad y Gas?
DPS Meal Distribution
Chromebook and Materials Distribution - By Appointment Only
Dear Spartan Families, 

TJHS will continue to offer pick up opportunities for Chromebooks and class materials distribution by appointment only. 

  • To make a request please fill out the form here
  • We will contact you using the email address provided in the form to arrange a time for pickup.
  • If you are returning damaged technology please make sure the power cord is returned with the unit
  • We are out of Wifi Hotspots and we don't know when additional units will be made available.
DPS Custodians and Bus Drivers Needed!
During this time of COVID our schools need more than ever to stay clean and safe for our kiddos and staff!

The reason for this email is to ask a favor - We have a dire need for Custodians and Bus Drivers!

We currently have 70 custodian vacancies.

Custodian Job Description:

The Custodian works under the direction of the Facility Manager and/or Assistant Facility Manager, cleaning the facility and performing grounds work in accordance with DPS guidelines. They may perform minor maintenance activities on facilities and equipment.

· Must be at least 17 years of age
· They must pass a reading test (8th grade reading level), Interview, Criminal Background Check and Fingerprints.
· High school diploma or equivalent required for FT
· All full time shifts are 8 hours a day - based on location, 8 hours between 12:30pm and 11:00pm, usually Monday - Friday
· All part time shirts are 4 hours a day - between 5:00pm-11:00pm
· $14.77/an hour! These positions are eligible for medical, vision benefits as well as sick, personal and vacation time

Bus Driver Job Description:

The Bus Driver is responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of elementary, middle, and high school students, including students with special needs, on regular routes, excursions and athletic trips.

· Must be at least 21 years of age.
· Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Colorado commercial driver's license (CDL) - Class B with P2S endorsements if this license is not currently held.
· $20.34/an hour!
· Benefit eligible with minimum hours
· High school diploma or equivalent required

If interested they can text DPSFIELD to 97211 to speak to a Recruiter
GT Corner
Hey H/GT Students and Families!
Available Opportunities: Meaningful, Different Options, NOT more work
We want to highlight upcoming enhanced educational experiences available that are organized and offered from the Gifted and Talented Department:
  • Ask-a-Professor Program -- Develop your curiosity and academic passion.  Powerful portfolio potential for college admissions & scholarships.
Real World Challenges from Actual Companies, NonProfits, State Agencies
Basically, you get to help the community solve REAL problems.  You could use these invites as ALTERNATIVES to school work.  Not MORE but different and meaningful work.   Ask us how.  Taking them on would even boost your chances at college admissions and scholarships. 
Upcoming Academic Workshops for Students/Families:
Take a dip in any of these Zoom workshops & discussions run by passionate PROFESSORS and EXPERTS.  No homework, just inspiration.  Help explore and solve REAL problems.  For more detailed info about each of the sessions below, go toSIGN UP HERE. We'll send you details soon once you sign up.  Most will be 2-3 pm on an upcoming weekday.
  • Artificial Intelligence:  Explore the AI world of self-driving cars, cybersecurity, etc.
  • Biochemistry and Food/Nutrition:  Let a curious biochemist share his passion about food and nutrition.
  • Learn about the inner circle of medical technology engineering 
  • Criminal Justice:  (Thurs., Dec. 3, 3-4 pm) Dig into problems experts face in the world of policing (police brutality) and the justice system.
  • English/Sociology:  Look into the mysteries behind the bond and power of family
  • Environmental Science/International Politics: Take a peek at how international politics in South Asia is impacting the climate crisis. 
  • Financial Investment(Wed., Dec. 2, 2-3 pm) Get a crash course in managing and investing your money from a pro. 
  • Graphic Design -- (Fri., Dec. 4, 2-3 pm) Learn about the challenges and inspirations of the graphic design world from the owner of a graphic design firm.
  • Law/Social Justice -- (Thurs., Dec. 3, 2-3 pm) Connect with DU Law students and a professor to create a plan for how legal and policy strategies can fight multiple racial justice crises in a city. 
  • Medicine:  Get a taste of med school.  
    • Session #1:  (Mon., Nov. 30, 2:30-3:30) Join THREE friendly and energetic philosophy professors to talk about the nature of happiness
    • Session #2:  Take a closer look at how we know what we know -- what's real and true -- with the help of deep and down-to-earth philosophy professors
  • Physics/Astrophysics:  Get closer to a black hole and all its mysteries.
    • Psychology/Social Work:  (Thurs., Dec. 10, 2-3 pm) Explore a case study in clinical psychology and get a peek into criminal psychology.
ALP Supports
  • It only takes about 15-20 minutes to go into TJ's GT Google Classroom. Take the survey and set your goals for the year.
  • You can then follow up with a site team member or other contact in the building for next steps with those goals.
  • This brief slide show can walk you through the steps. Feel free to reach out to a site team member at your school or one of us in central for support if needed.
  • ALP Starter Steps 
Gifted and Talented Coordinators/ Central Office
And your school's GT Site Team:
In an effort to provide GT students and their families with the resources and supports needed to begin/complete their Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), the TJHS GT Site Team has created a Google Classroom for each GT grade level.  The title and code for each grade level is listed below:
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2024 Cohort - doyqstu
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2023 Cohort - b7vpvfn
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2022 Cohort - orzg7to
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2021 Cohort - by7mjwi
The TJHS GT Site Team, working alongside our District GT Partners, has included resources, websites and documents to help you complete your ALP goals.  Keep in mind that there are affective as well as academic goals.  At this time, students should only focus on the Goals / Advanced Learning Plan section and not worry about the badges right now.  We don't want you to get in there and feel overwhelmed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Tate, our Dean Instruction and GT Point of Contact at

Our District GT Partner is Brian Beard,, and you may receive GT newsletters from his office with internship and university opportunities. 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

Sometimes we take breaks throughout the day to enjoy watching silly animals, navigate through cool museums, and engage in fun "field trips." And we think you should too! Here are some different options below:

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources:;; 
School Based Health Centers are OPEN! or call us at (303) 602-8958

Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic: 720-423-7190

Consent for Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic:


News from the Future Center
Hi Spartans and Parents, 
Be sure to log in to your TJ Future Center schoology course a few times a week to review the Updates and your Assignments! 
You'll see Weekly Scholarship Highlights, assignments to keep you on track including FAFSA steps,  Essay Writing Tips, the calendar of Virtual College Rep Visits, Virtual Career Panels, and upcoming deadlines in addition to many other resources!
Institutional Scholarship Applications that are OPEN- Start TODAY! 
Check your colleges' websites for more information regarding scholarships and deadlines! 
See the TJ Future Center Schoology Calendar for More Details: 
ASCENT Virtual Info Session - Wednesday, 12/9 
Noche de Familia - MSU Denver - Wednesday, 12/9
Transcript Request Forms DUE - Tuesday, 12/15 
MSU Denver Scholarship Workshop - Wednesday, 12/16 
Check out the Fall Timeline together to stay on track and be certain to follow the Steps to Complete Apps document to ensure your supporting documents are sent to your schools.  If you have an application deadline between 12/16/20 and 01/05/21, be sure to request your supporting documents BY December 15th!

Emily Webster
College Advisor | Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity
789 Sherman Street, Suite 610  |  Denver, CO 80203

Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Remember - TJ gear is available in the Spartan Store. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact
Class of 2021 - Seniors
Class of '21 - SENIORS!  We're planning activities for next spring and need your help.  Some activities may include After-Prom, Senior BBQ/Breakfast, a  Graduation Parade, Talent Jubilee (aka as Mr. TJ), you name it! With limited fundraising options and time, we are making one last push for donations in hopeful anticipation of these honored traditions, and perhaps new ones.  Whatever lies ahead for this class, we want to make next semester memorable. All money raised will go to support our kids!   
PLEASE consider donating - $21 for '21 yet any amount will do!  You can donate through the PTO Spirit Store here. If you wish to donate cash - your donation will be DOUBLED!!  That's right. To learn how, please email
We also need senior parents to lead these activities and help start new traditions.  Are you creative, like to organize, or are good with technology?  We need to improvise and remain flexible with our current situation, yet we can do this if we all pitch in for these AMAZING Seniors.  We will begin meeting regularly starting in January.  Please reach out to one of the class contacts below to find out how you can help and look for an updated newsletter after Thanksgiving with kick-off meeting details.  Go Spartans!

Karla Henke karladhenke@gmail.comJen Abram, Lisa Allen allenlisa85@yahoo.comColley Moe, Teri Hertzel thetzel@comcast.netJohn Trujillo  

Class of 2022 - Juniors

Hello Class of 2022 parents, 

SAVE THE DATE 'cause it's almost here! The biggest non-event of the season, our No Mingle Jingle!  Please check out the invitation attached to learn more about this amazing non-event that's happening the week of December 7th!  Stay at home and in your pajamas, click the link, scroll to the Class of 2022 and make a donation as little or as much as you can share.  Thank you!  

We are planning for an awesome senior year for the class of 2022 with lots of fun activities in addition to After Prom.  Let's make it great by donating to our most exciting non-event of the season - THE NO MINGLE JINGLE!  

Please note:  Each class is expected to raise money needed to host their After Prom, and other activities senior year.  The sooner the fundraiser gets started, the more choices there will be for events senior year. The monetary donation can be as little or as much you can share.  Your involvement in any capacity is important and appreciated. We are successful because of your behind-the-scenes contributions, large and small. It all adds up to a stronger community. An engaged parent body shows our students that we care about them!

Questions?  Contact Lisa Chaiken at OR Lisa Freedberg at  

If you have ideas and/or would like to help with the class of 2022 activities, please contact Julie Rubin at or Marlene Talavera at

Class of 2023 - Sophomores

Thanks to Everyone Who Zoomed In to SOPHOMORE GAME NIGHT!

We appreciate the parents who generously donated the great prizes and big thanks to Scott & Karla Henke for being our BINGO hosts. We appreciate Ms. Moore and Mr. Poole's help in promoting the event as well! We really hope you all had fun!
Congratulations to our Sophomore Game Night Prize Winners!
BINGO Champions:
Game 1 Maria Goergen
  "Stay at Home Package" - Door Dash gift card & Cozy Snowflake Blanket - $35 value
Game 2 Ava Ambs
  "Game Night Package" - "Who's Most Likely To..." game & Milk & Cake gift card - $40 value
Game 3 tie - Hannah Haggstrom & Joseph Avila
  "Shopping Spree from Your Couch" - $50 Amazon gift card & Giant Hershey's Kiss - $60 value
                $50 Amazon gift card & TJ 2023 Mask - $60 value
Random Prize Drawing Winners:
Juliana Willson
"Game Night Package" - Blackjack game & Milk-n-Cake gift card - $20 value 
Joshua Lucero
  "Cold Day Package" - Starbucks cocoa, mug and gift card &fuzzy socks - $25 value
Amor Williams
  "Lunch Fil-A Time" - Chick Fil-A gift card & Yes/No buzzer game - $25 value
Emma Rathgeber
  "Cold Day Package" - Starbucks cocoa, mug, gift card & fuzzy socks - $25 value
Justin Miller
  "Game Night Package" Treat yourself to Five Guys Burgers & Play Mini Charades! - $30 value
HUGE Thanks to the Class of 2023 fundraising efforts as well as the following families for generously providing the prizes: The Henkes, The Poiriers, The Lindstroms, The Jordan/Littles, The LoJoconos, The Willsons, and The Lewis/Hiltons.  Special thanks to TJ Alum Molly Jordan Little & 2023 Class Sponsor TJ's Rebecca Taylor for volunteering to run the Zoom event and prize announcing!If you'd like to donate a prize for a future Sophomore Game Night event, please contact 

Mask up 2023!      
Cool Class of 2023 TJ Masks are still on sale for $10! Two quick steps to order:
  1. Please email Catherine Poirier at with the number of masks you would like to order and student's contact name.
  2. Payment via Venmo:  @Catherine-Poirier-3    $10 per mask - Indicate: 2023 Mask and student's contact name. 
Mask Pick-Up will be arranged after purchase! Enormous thanks to Candace Lewis (Laila Hilton's mom) for the design and producing of our 2023 Masks!
$23 for '23!
Ongoing $23 for '23 Campaign please just click on the PTO Square link below and support the Class of 2023! WHATEVER amount you can give - $23    $230   $50   $100 - any amount is so helpful! (Please scroll down to CLASS OF 2023 and hit the custom button or amount of your choice and follow the online payment instructions from there!)

We always need more help and input!! If you have any ideas or comments and would like to get more involved, please contact Catherine Poirier or Christy Jordan  
Class of 2024 - Freshmen
Class of 2024 - Welcome!  Part of the Thomas Jefferson mission is to build community, but we can't do that without your help.  Please take a moment to complete a short survey for the Class Parent Sponsors.  The information you provide will help us direct our communication to the people who want to receive it. We look forward to getting to know you and your student(s)! Class of 2024 Parent Survey