February 15, 2021

Administrator's Corner

Happy Monday, TJ!

Just a reminder that this week's schedule is a bit different. There will be no school for students today or tomorrow. On Wednesday all students will remain remote, following a typical Monday schedule. Thursday will be the only in-person learning day for the A-L cohort, and Friday will be the only in-person learning day for the M-Z cohort. We hope that your students are able to rest up and take a break from screen time today and tomorrow! 

Don't forget - today is the final day for students to submit their portraits for this year's yearbook (details below), so please have them do that if they haven't already.

Thanks, Spartans! 

¡Feliz lunes, TJ!

sólo un recordatorio de que la programación de esta semana es un poco diferente. No habrá escuela para estudiantes hoy o mañana. El miércoles todos los estudiantes permanecerán alejados, siguiendo un horario típico del lunes. El jueves será el único día de aprendizaje en persona para la cohorte A-L, y el viernes será el único día de aprendizaje en persona para la cohorte M-Z. ¡Esperamos que sus estudiantes puedan descansar y tomarse un descanso de la hora de la pantalla hoy y mañana!

No lo olvides - hoy es el último día para que los estudiantes envíen sus retratos para el anuario de este año (detalles a continuación), así que por favor haz que lo hagan si aún no lo han hecho.

¡Gracias, espartanos!

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
  • No school for students - Presidents' Day
  • Yearbook portraits due!
  • No school for students 
  • "Monday" schedule - all remote
  • Class of 2021 meeting: 12:00 p.m. (details below)
  • In-person learning (Cohort A-L)
  • In-person learning (Cohort M-Z)

Kudos Korner
  • Most Improved Student Awards (February Winners)
    These students have significantly improved over the past few months in the following areas: Attendance, Behavior, Grades, and Self-Advocacy. Congratulate them! 

    Alejandro Lopez (9th) - Alejandro had made vast improvements in attendance and grades so far this semester as compared to the fall. Way to go, Alejandro! 
    Armon Baker (10th) - Armon worked really hard to pull up his grade at the end of semester 1. He has started out this school year much stronger and participates in US History on a daily basis. Nice work, Armon! 
    Josiah Gordan (10th) - This semester, Josiah has been advocating for himself consistently and has made it clear he wants to get straight As. He is very conscientious, always checking his grades, and will redo an assignment if he only gets one wrong. He has been more active in class as well. Overall, he is displaying all of the SPARTAN values

    Joshua Zapata-Correa (11th) - Josh worked really had at the end of semester 1 to improve his Psychology grade, particularly in terms of using feedback from his teacher to revise his final project. He has started out semester 2 strong and currently has an A+!! 

  • Thanks to Dana Starbuck and the NHS students who participated in a Valentine's Day event to reach out and send Valentine Greetings to senior citizens in care facilities and at home. Working with the 'Cupid Crew,' they made and sent e-Cards to elder friends in the community. 
  • From PTO
    Thank you to the staff for being so awesome through all the uncertainty and challenges of the school year!
  • From the staff
    Thank you to PTO for putting together a grab-n-go breakfast and for all of the incredible signs of support for the staff last week! We appreciate Eileen Robinson and Suzy Stone for organizing/publicizing, as well as all of the parents who made this possible!

Yearbook Portrait Deadline - Today!
Semester 2 Weekly Class Schedule
Please note: this is NOT a different schedule than the one provided in the first two weeks of January. It is a more "user-friendly" readable version of the same class schedule.
Safe Access Code for In-Person 
***This is where students will fill out their health screening (Safe Access) before entering the building: https://live.safeaccess.app/en/locations/pM3hnjQ/attest 

School Based Health Centers are OPEN!
Denver Health School Based Clinic Staff is excited to welcome back students returning for in-person learning! Whether you are staying remote or coming back to school, we are here for you. Give us a call at 720-423-7190 to set up an appointment! #werehereforyou #covid19 #denverpublicschools

PTO News
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the PTO meeting last week. There was lots of information on a variety of topics. For the details, please visit the PTO webpage for the meeting minutes, financial report and the meeting recording.
Do you have an eye for design? The PTO is looking for parents who are interested in brainstorming ideas for the front entrance to the school. Freshening up the front area will make TJ more attractive and usable for both students and visitors. Two years ago, the PTO starting working on ideas to create a more appealing entryway to the school. The bond project construction on the lobby renovation extended an extra year and then the pandemic bumped our plans out again. It is time to get back to it and we need your help to make it happen. Some ideas include using more hardscape, new banners, art, sculptures, new concrete benches or other seating.
This is a temporary work group to come up with a vision to share with the school administrators.  If you are itching to put your creative energy to work for TJ, we'd love to have you be part of this group!  If you are interested, contact Eileen Robinson at tjhspto@gmail.com.
Youthcharge Fundraiser
The donation link:
- Email address to contact for more info:
To learn more about the YouthCharge program, please visit: https://youthroots.org/youthcharge/
Donations sent through GoFundMe Charity will be sent to YouthRoots, who will then distribute 100% of the funds to the board's chosen winning nonprofits at the end of the program in February 2021
The College Place: HBCU Virtual College Tour Series

In celebration of Black History Month, The College Place is hosting an HBCU Virtual College Tour Series! Throughout the month of February, we will feature virtual tours of over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 MST.

All tour sessions will take place at https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/96027749366
5th Annual Thomas Jefferson High School Auction
The Auction is an opportunity to support TJ and will run April 11th  -  April 15th.  We acknowledge the impact that COVID has had on businesses, families, schools and students in the past year, and feel that now more than ever, we lean on each other for the support we all need to thrive during this time. We are working to gather donations and we strongly encourage our TJ families to support those businesses that support our school each year. Proceeds from this year's Auction will be dedicated to helping those in our TJ community, funding our Classroom Grant program and building improvements.

Any and all donations are appreciated...
  • Do you own a business that can donate goods or services?
  • Request a donation from the places you already know, love and frequent....they rarely say no to a donation for a public school! 
  • Reach out to businesses and request donations such as restaurant certificates, merchandise, vacation and travel opportunities, spa packages, professional services, and tickets to entertainment, cultural and sporting events. 
The TJHS 2021 Auction Letter provides additional information on the Auction and has the TJ Tax ID #, as donations to TJ are tax-deductible.  This can be given to businesses when requesting a donation. Donation information can be submitted directly into the Auction system here: https://tjhs.ptapal.com.      

If you have any questions or would like to be on the Auction Committee, please reach out to Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com) or Becca Mahoney (beccaandjoemahoney@gmail.com)

College and Career Success Series: Medical School
College and Career Readiness
Our goal is that all students graduate college and career ready.  One of the ways we achieve this goal is to support students' career and college exploration through programs that provide opportunities for students to discover how their interests and passions might someday fit into the world of work.  There are many resources to help you learn more about career and college programs in DPS, visit collegeandcareer.dpsk12.org to learn more!  Handouts:  English  Spanish

Matthew Mason (He/Him/His) 
Navigator at Thomas Jefferson High School
DPS Career and College Success

Cell720-466-1617 | Email: matt_mason@dpsk12.org | Website

Incomplete Grades from Semester 1
Incompletes....Did you know that if your incomplete from the first semester was between 40 and 59% you have the opportunity 
now to make up that work and get a passing grade? Please contact your teacher for more information. Also, if you are a student who was enrolled in our "Winterim" semester recovery, you have until January 29th to complete your course. We can do this!!
FREE Tutoring Available 
TJHS Spirit Store
We will be working on a new collection of items for a winter online sale. Please watch the newsletter and School Deets for information. Reach out to TJHS.STORE@GMAIL.COM with any questions!
TJ Food Drive and Distribution Program
Thank you for your continued support of the TJ The Food Bank .  We continue to provide families with food needs and we appreciate your continued contributions!

Monetary donations are welcomed and will be used to purchase items as needed and supply fresh foods to our families.  Donations can be made here:  https://tjhsstore.square.site/product/food-bank-donation/97 
Items can be delivered to "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  
Please reach out to Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com) or Suzy Stone (suzystone2002@yahoo.com) with questions.
Food and Nutrition Services
The FNS (Food and Nutrition Services) team had a meeting this morning with folks from the Colorado Food Cluster (CFC).  CFC has launched a new initiative to deliver 7-day meal boxes with (7) suppers and (7) snacks to families in Denver.  They are currently working with various charter schools, but they have the capacity to expand to other DPS schools.  
FNS is not "involved" with this effort as we are not the vendor providing the suppers/snacks.  However CFC is working directly with DPS schools to sign up families at no charge.  The meals are available for kids ages 6-18 years old.  Below is the sign up form and is available in English and Spanish. 
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 https://forms.gle/h381kzTdGeEnXTa46
  • 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.
GT Corner
Monday, February 22, 11:30-12:30 pm
A Virtual GT Meet and Greet!
With Special Guest Mr. Matt Mason, our very own College and Career Readiness Navigator.
Topics include:  internships, academic supports, passion projects, leadership development, and service learning!
**A special invitation has been sent to all GT students via your DPS Google Calendar! **

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 adria_tate@dpsk12.org

Our District GT Partner is Brian Beard, brian_beard@dpsk12.org, and you may receive GT newsletters from his office with internship and university opportunities. 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?  
New research has found that boosting your memory and staying sharp don't require cutting-edge technology or supplements. The real solution-- stick to the basics!
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources:Readers Digest September 2020, www.rd.com 
News from the Future Center
Spartan Class of 2021 and Parents, 
Please review the Spring Timeline Grid together. The Timeline shows month by month tasks to help you complete the steps for college enrollment. The embedded links will take you to informational videos and other important content. Urgent at this time is completion of FAFSA or CASFA and Institutional Scholarship submission.
The DSF Scholarship is now open for application. You MUST complete your FAFSA or CASFA application to determine eligibility. You can earn up to $2,800 per year for college!
You'll find Weekly Scholarship Highlights and many other resources by accessing the TJ Future Center 2021 schoology course. 
Spartan Class of 2022 and Parents, 
Your TJ Future Center schoology course is now available! Please visit the course for resources to support your college search. At this time, you can find Summer College Prep Program info, start your scholarship search, and view Virtual College Tours. More to come!  
Upcoming Deadlines and Events: See your Future Center course for more info. 

Monday, February 15th:
Latinas First Foundation Scholarship DUE
CU Boulder Scholarship Application DUE

Tuesday, February 16th:    
College App and DSF Scholarship App Support Sessions
HBCU Virtual Tour Series 

Wednesday, February 17th: 
Virtual Senior Class Meeting at Noon

Thursday, February 18th: 
HBCU Virtual Tour Series

Monday, March 1st:             

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 tjhs.store@gmail.com.
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 Colley_Moe@comcast.net.
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 jenabram18@gmail.com, Lisa Allen allenlisa85@yahoo.comColley Moe colley_moe@comcast.net, Teri Hertzel thetzel@comcast.netJohn Trujillo trujillopotter@icloud.com  

Class of 2022 - Juniors

JOIN IN THE FUN FOR A ZOOM WINE TASTING AND WINE PULL EVENT (wine gets delivered to you, it's not virtual!)

Thursday, March 25, 2021 

2 sessions - max of 25 people each session

$60 includes tasting wines and a bottle of wine drawn during the event.

The tasting wines will be delivered prior to the event and the bottle of wine will be delivered within a few days after the event.

Details and rsvp to follow in an email

Your virtual party hosts:
The Beach, Chaiken, and Freedberg Families

Each class raises money needed to host Prom, After Prom and any other senior year activities. We have 1 year to go! WOW!!! Every dollar raised at this event will be matched by a corporate sponsor.

If you are not able to join in this fun, please consider donating to the class of 2022 at

Class of 2023 - Sophomores
Mask up 2023!      
Hey Sophomores - You're back in-person at TJ so time to get your cool Class of 2023 TJ Logo Masks while they last! They are still on sale for $10! All proceeds go to Class of 2023! Two quick steps to order:
1. Please email Catherine Poirier at cpoirier@bodybark.com 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!
Looking forward to a good second semester Spartans! 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 cpoirier@bodybark.com or Christy Jordan christy.jordan@comcast.net
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