February 18, 2016
Administrator's Corner

Parents, just a reminder that the designated drop off lanes and upper parking lot have been getting clogged in the mornings.
Please note that when dropping off your student(s) in the upper drop-off area, we cannot have you lingering for long periods and as it backs up the lane. It is a designated lane so we ask that you keep it moving by "hugging and going." Please follow this protocol for the upper parking lot as well. Thank you for your support in getting students to school quickly and on time.

Click here to see the map of the drop-off lanes in question.

Padres, solamente un recordatorio sobre los carriles designados de despedida y el parqueadero.  Estos lugares están siendo congestionados en la mañana.  Por favor noten cuando estén despidiendo a sus estudiantes que no pueden estar en alto por mucho tiempo porque congestionan el carril.  Les pedimos que mantengan el carril fluyendo con un "abrazo y adios".  Por favor siga el protocolo para ambos el carril de despedida y el parqueadero.  Gracias por su apoyo en asistiendo en traer a sus estudiantes a tiempo y con rapidez.
Haga un clic aqui para ver el mapa de los carriles de despedida. 
Andrew Skari 
Assistant Principal | Athletic Director 
Quick Links
Please note: Saturday school will be held February 27 th   from 8-11 a.m.
School Emergency Plan
Please make note of this important information!
Parents/guardians and students, in the event that there is a school emergency and we need to designate a reunification spot for parents and students that is within walking distance
we will meet up at the Hebrew Alliance at 3600 South Ivanhoe, Denver CO, or at Temple Sinai at 3509 South Glencoe, Denver CO. If we need to evacuate off site and it is not a site within walking distance, Denver Public Schools Safety and Security will inform parents where the pickup location for students will be.
Kudos Korner
  • Congratulations to the robotics students who qualified for the State Competition on February 27th: Camy Guenther, Hunter Holmes, Paul Kuenzel, Jacob Hermelink, Chloe Richter, and Tegan Suzuki. Good luck!
RSVP now: All-School Parent Social THIS SATURDAY!
Speech News
Upcoming Competitions
Speech Team will compete in its last two tournaments on Feb. 20th and Feb. 23!  We have started planning for next year and hope to host a summer workshop for incoming freshmen. Feb. 20th is hosted by Eaglecrest High School in Centennial and will run 7:15 am - approximately 7:30 pm, and Feb. 23rd is hosted by Cherry Creek and is for Student Congress only.  Fun fact:  Franz Torres has collected over 12 gavels for being a Congressional presiding officer over the last two years! Way to go!
TJ Rolls Through the Fall Semester
TJ students receive recognition for their outstanding academic achievements.  
Thomas Jefferson High School held an academic achievement assembly on Thursday, January 21st to recognize the 446 Spartans who received a 3.0 GPA or higher in the Fall 2015 semester. The assembly also recognized students who earned Academic Letters and athletes who made First Team All-State. Spartans were able to double the number of students on academic Honor Roll this year, and Assistant Principal Mike Christoff commented, "This year there were over 40% of the students who made honor roll. It's awesome to see our students grow every year and reflect on how far they've come from last year." Read more
Tutoring Opportunities
Get your work done! Tutoring is available!

Math: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays in the Library, 3-4 p.m.
Science: Tuesdays in the Library, 3-4 p.m.

Language Arts: Thursdays in the Library, 3-4 p.m.

Social Studies:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays in the Library, 3-4 p.m.

Tutoring is designed to help ALL STUDENTS! Feel free to come use us for daily homework support, or if you just need a quiet area to complete homework.
FAFSA Fridays!
Financial Assistance Available
For seniors who have not yet completed their FAFSA, Ms. Maez is available to help! She has reserved the following Fridays for drop in FAFSA/financial aid support: 2/19, 3/11, and 3/18, from 8-2:45 p.m.  Students and families can make appointments with her if those dates/times do not work. Click here for more information!  
Beats and Buckets
The TJ drumline wows the crowd at halftime with their impressive rhythm.
As the school year progresses, Thomas Jefferson's extra curricular programs continue to display their hard work for the students enjoyment. During the boys' basketball game on January 4th, against Westminster High School, TJ's drumline did just that, bringing the audience musical enjoyment in an unconventional way: by using buckets. Read more
August Wilson Troupe NYC Trip
Hey TJ Community.  The August Wilson troupe is raising funds for a dream - NYC trip.  We will hit shows on and off Broadway, tour Columbia University in Harlem, the World Trade Center Memorial, and Ellis Island.  We are almost halfway to our goal of funding the trip, and would really appreciate all the help we can get from the TJ family.  March 1 is our deadline for funding. You can support us on Donors Choose and GoFundMe  (August Wilson NYC Trip), or by mailing a check made out to Thomas Jefferson High School to:

Michael Palmieri                                                                  Thanks for your support!
c/o Thomas Jefferson High School                                      
3950 South Holly Street
Denver, CO  80237
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2016 - Seniors
  • Yearbook - Purchase here and personalize a page:  Yearbook Link
  • Feb 24th, room 111 - CAP AND GOWN picture day. Cap and gowns are provided for picture taking. 2-3 poses will be taken and then proofs will be made available to place orders from.
  • Get your class T_shirt! at: mkt.com/tj2016
Class of 2017 - Juniors
  • Thank You to those that supported the Duffeyroll Fundraiser.
  • Keep on the lookout for details regarding the next Neighborhood Eats:  Beau Jo's in March
  • Get class news instantly - follow '17 class on  twitter - @2017tjhs or on FB 
  • Class of 2017 t-shirts - get yours now at  mkt.com/tj2017
  •  ACT test - register at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html - next test in Denver is 4/9
Class of 2018 - Sophomores
  • Parents of 2018 Sophomores look for a "Meet and Greet" fundraiser coming in April. This will be the perfect opportunity to make new friends and stay connected with important class events.
  •  Parents wishing to help with class events, contact Kary Cramer, karycramer@msn.com 
Class of 2019 - Freshmen
  • Stay tuned - fun parent social coming soon!
  • Class Parent Group needs help - contact Debi Kelly, getaholdofdebi@gmail.com 
Sprint to Success
TJ's track team is shaping up with the leadership of a new coach.
In the 2014-2015 season, TJ's track team experienced a huge turnaround when a new head coach was hired. After numerous previous coaches had stepped in as temporary replacements, TJ decided it was time to find someone permanent, and Darius Reed stepped up to the challenge. Read more 
Attention: Seniors and Senior Parents!
Wanna Be on TV?
"Mile High Discussions" is in its season premiere on DPS' own TV network.    
The premise of the show is to feature and elevate strong student voices to another dimension by inviting a panel of 3-4 high school students each show to have w ell-balanced and "deep dive" conversations with popular and randomized topics. Guests enjoy in-depth, intellectual discourse with a twist ... They are not given topics or questions in advance!

Click here to see an episode of Mile High Discussions featuring Spartan Molly Berenbaum 

This activity is open to all students as it is casted through the GT Office.  Any student wishing to appear should contact Mr. Weaver for an audition. 
Hello, Dolly!
Save the Date
Hello, Dolly! will be performed on March 16, 17, 18, 19 2016 at 7 p.m.

-On 3/16 & 3/17 Horace Vandergelder will be played by Sam Trout and Ermengarde played by Annabel Weizenbeck 
-On 3/18 & 3/19 Horace Vandergelder will be played by Beck Moore and Ermengarde played by Maddi Abram

Tickets will go on sale at the end of February from students, online through the TJ Journal, and at the door: Students-$5 Adults-$10
Graduation for All Campaign
Some students don't walk across the graduation stage... and not for the reason you think.

They have the grades.
They have the credits.
They may have even been accepted to college already.

Then they get the order form for the cap, gown and graduation announcements, and that's where it stops.

The basic graduation expenses at one Denver high school start at $46 for just the cap and gown. For many of us $46 is what we spend on coffee for the week. Add in announcements and senior pictures, and the cost is a real burden or even impossible for some families.

The Graduation for All Fund helps those for whom the graduation ceremony is out of reach.

Click here to donate

Thanks to your donations, we can make sure that these kids have the same experience as everyone else in their class. Imagine the pride their families will feel when their senior marches across the stage, gets a diploma and a handshake, and takes the next step in their adult life. 
News from the Future Center
10th Graders:  If you have at least a 3.0 GPA, are enthusiastic and motivated, want to attend a four-year college, and have financial need, you should apply for the Access Opportunity program before March 1 of this year.  (If accepted, you get college counseling, leadership workshops, personalized test prep, and $10,000 for college-related expenses, among other benefits).  If interested, please talk to Ms. Maez in the Future Center or Mrs. Buffington in room 229.  You can also check out Access Opportunity's website at   www.accessopportunity.org.

For upcoming events, college visits, financial aid workshops, scholarships, and much more, visit the Future Center wikipage!
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
rmaez@denverscholarship.org |   www.denverscholarship.org