February 25, 2019
Administrator's Corner

As you know, it is very important that your student be at school every day in order for them to be successful. All of our students are expected to have an average attendance rate of 93% or above. Students may raise their attendance rate by attending after school tutoring, accessing support in the future center for help navigating the college application process or performing community service here at TJ or with an outside organization. They can also access academic support from their teachers before school, during lunch, after school or during an off period. Please take a moment to login to your parent portal to check your student's attendance percentage. If it's below 93%, and not due to major illness or injury, please encourage them to come speak with me to discuss a plan for improvement. Thank you for your support!

Como usted sabe, es muy importante que su estudiante esté en la escuela todos los días para que ellos tengan éxito. Se espera que todos nuestros estudiantes tengan una tasa de asistencia promedio de 93% o más. Los estudiantes pueden elevar su tasa de asistencia asistiendo a la tutoría después de la escuela, accediendo al apoyo en el futuro centro para ayudar a navegar el proceso de solicitud de la Universidad o realizar servicio comunitario aquí en TJ o con una organización externa. También pueden acceder al apoyo académico de sus maestros antes de la escuela, durante el almuerzo, después de la escuela o durante un período de apagado. Por favor, tómese un momento para iniciar sesión en su portal para padres para verificar el porcentaje de asistencia de su estudiante. Si está por debajo del 93%, y no debido a una enfermedad o lesión grave, por favor anímelos a que vengan a hablar conmigo para discutir un plan de mejora. ¡ Gracias por su apoyo!

Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 2/25-3/1
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

Wednesday -
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Band Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • AP Payments Due!
Kudos Korner
  • Shout out to all of the students, faculty and staff who jumped right back in to working hard once we were back on a normal schedule following an unsettled time during the strike. Spartan Strong!
Honor Roll and AP Updates
  • The Honor Roll Celebration has been moved to March 13th during office hours.
  • AP Payments need to be made by March 1st. We have extended payments because of the strike.
Japanese Exchange Student Program - Host Families Needed!
Due to the success of our Japanese exchange student program last year, we will be hosting 14 Japanese exchange students and their teacher at TJ again this year. The plan is to have them live with and attend classes with our students in order to receive a true authentic American experience. The students will be with us from March 8th-March 25th. We are looking for 11 more families who may be able to host. If you are only able to host through the 23rd or 24th, that is ok, we will make arrangements for the group to complete their experience. Please contact Mr. Jackson  kyler_jackson@dpsk12.org  if your family is interested in taking part in this experience and helping us out. 
Countdown to the Online Auction

TJ's 3rd Annual Online Auction opens on March 10th and donations of all shapes and sizes are needed. Can you help?

Ask wherever you shop if they can support TJ by donating to the auction. Businesses are often happy to support their local school! Spa services, restaurant gift cards, tickets to cultural events are all popular and raise money to support the students and staff at TJ.
Some businesses ask for a letter describing the auction with the PTO's tax ID number. Please click here for the Auction Donation Letter that you can print and distribute to donors that need it.
Donations can be entered directly into the auction management website here ( https://tjhs.ptapal.com/).  TJ PTO is a 501(c)3 organization so all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Questions? Please contact Auction Chair, Megan Perkins at  megandperkins@gmail.com.
PTO News
For this school year, PTO has budgeted $10,000 to distribute as Classroom Grants! TJ staff can request funds to help their students in whatever class or activity they lead. When you donate to the PTO, you are helping to enrich the TJHS experience for both staff and students. For the 2017-2018 school year, PTO awarded $6,784 in grants to the following staff...
Requested by                  Amount/ Purpose
1 Michael Palmieri            $750: Upgrade Black Box theatre
2 Leonard Fox                  $500: Expand permanent collection of hallway art
3 Tambyr Reed                 $784: Monticello and Advanced Choir - Music in the Parks registrations and fees
4 Samanda Davis             $600: Help for families/students in crisis
5 Brian Weaver                 $1,500: GT - Latin & Junior Classical League competition
6 Brett Butera                   $750: Cover bus fees for 2 field trips to RMNP
7 Elizabeth Lynch             $400: AVID
8 Major Campell               $1,000: JROTC
9 Victor Godoy                  $500: Human Geo/World History student auction
Please consider ways you can help. We need time from volunteers as well as donations. Interested in getting involved? Email:  tjhspto@gmail.com
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.
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 Representative Visits:
University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Tuesday, February 26th from 10:15-11:19 (4th period)
Western Colorado University on Wednesday, February 27th from 10:03-11 (4th period)
University of Missouri, Colombia on Thursday, February 28th from 10:15-11:19 (4th period)
DePauw University on Thursday, February 28th from 12:04-12:55 (6th period)

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
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJHS Spirit Store needs your business! Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, joggers, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs.

We're open every Friday at lunch. We STILL have great sale prices! 

Short sleeve t-shirts :$10
Long sleeved t-shirts: $20
TJ Hoodies: $25
Beanies with pom poms: $20
TJ joggers: $35
We accept cash, credit cards and checks. Come see us! 
We're also hoping to show up at some spring sporting events!

If you have any questions please email them to  tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
March 1st - 2nd is National Day of Unplugging!
Let's challenge ourselves and hold each other accountable! From sundown on March 1st to sundown March 2nd is  National Day of Unplugging . This day is designed to help people of all ages to embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest and re-connect with others, yourself, your hobbies without the constant electronic distraction.
The goal  of this important 24 hours is to open our eyes to how tech is so immersed in our lives. For some of us, our device is like a third hand.  Starting with just this one day, we encourage you to step back get a new perspective on your tech time, by not having tech time. 
Why? To increase social connections, to re-connect with friends and family, to give your eyes a break, to prove you can do it (hey, I don't need my phone!), to check-yourself and re-set your intentions, to re-discover 'the good old days' when we didn't have these everywhere we went, to give yourself better sleep- the list can go on and on. We know it is not convenient, but that is why it is an important challenge.
How? Take the pledge ! Encourage your family and friends to do it as well. It will be easier to hold each other accountable if you are all in it together.
What Else?  Get your community involved ! Check out how to get NDU (National Day of Unplugging) to support your community! Need ideas for the kids? Check these resources out!
Download your own "Unplug" posters here .
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources: http://nationaldayofunplugging.com/
Facilities Management Jobs Available
Denver Mayor's Youth Commission is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 term!
The Mayor's Youth Commission provides youth the opportunity to develop leadership skills and advise the Mayor and the director of the Office of Children's Affairs on issues impacting youth living in the City and County of Denver. Youth commissioners work together with adult commissioners to make recommendations in the areas of:
  • Developing procedures and processes
  • Accessing and participating in citywide programs
  • Ensuring equal rights and opportunities through legislation or administrative action
  • Establishing goals and action plans
Applications for the 2019 - 2020 school year are open Jan. 1 - Mar. 8, 2019!
Selected commissioners can serve up to a three-year term limit.
Meetings are scheduled during the evening, the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, during the school year.
Youth Apply Here: Must be a Denver resident or attending Denver Public Schools (high school) in 2019 - 2020.
Adults Apply Here: Must be employed with a youth-serving organization or the City and County of Denver.
How can YOU be the change? Click here for more information. 
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. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Class of 2019 - Seniors
Class of '19 update

Hard to believe we are rounding the corner to graduation! Don't forget these important dates:
  • April 19:                Mr. TJ
  • April 20:                Pick up Jostens orders (everything but cap and gown).
  • April 26:                Prom at Denver Athletic Club 8 pm to 11 pm.
    • After prom at TJ 11 pm to 2 am.
  • May 7:                  Senior awards by invitation
  • May 17:                Senior check out.
  • May 20:                Mini graduation rehearsal at TJ. Pick up cap and gown.
  • May 29:                Graduation rehearsal at Magness Arena 12 noon. Graduation at 2 pm.
Local University Application Deadlines:
  • Colorado State University: May 1st
  • Colorado School of Mines: March 1st
  • University of Northern Colorado: August 1st
  • Metro State University: July 1st
  • MR TJ, April 19th: If you are creative and are interested in helping our Senior Boys' pageant, please email armccord06@comcast.net and we'll connect you with the right person to get this event moving. You will have support from other volunteers as needed.
  • After Prom, April 26th: A sign up genius will be sent out in the next week asking for volunteers to set up and attend After Prom held from 11pm-2am on the 26th of April. Stay tuned!
  • Seniors must have a 93% attendance rate to attend Senior Prom and to walk at Graduation. If you're student is not compliant, have them connect with Mr. Skari for assistance.
  • Students must have a 93% attendance rate and a 3.0 GPA to participate in the Mr. TJ Event.
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
  • Host an event
  • Make a tax deductible financial donation - Find out if your employer will match your donation!
  • Participate in Neighborhood Eats events
  • Buy a Class of '19 T-shirt via tjhs.store@gmail.com
  • For more information contact Anne McCord - armccord06@comcast.net
Class of 2020 - Juniors
Thanks to all of the amazing 2020 parents who donated food, money and time for our TJ/East Double Header Tailgate.  We were able to raise $500 for the Class of 2020, and the leftover drinks and treats will be sold by Class of 2020 students for further fundraising.

As we look ahead to Senior year, we need several parent volunteers to take on the planning and execution of the Senior night camp out before the first day of school for incoming freshman (Aug.19).  This is a great TJ Spartan tradition. We would especially love to have some dads help out with this event.   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( megandperkins@gmail.com ) or Lisa LoJacono ( lisalojacono@gmail.com ).  
Class of 2021 - Sophomores
FUNdraising Party to Support TJ Class of 2021
If you attended in 2017, you know how much fun this is.
If you didn't, here's your chance!

Signup to play Left, Center, Right, an easy to learn dice game of chance (you don't have to know how to play before you arrive).

Cost: $30 per person (collected at the door), includes food, beer, wine; money to play 3 rounds of the game; a chance to win up to $180; satisfaction of helping to create great memories for the Class of 2021; and most of all, a super fun time with a great community.

Where:  Roberts Home, 7867 East Severn Pl., Denver
When:   March 9, 2019 at 6 pm
Who:  Adults only. Do not need to have a student in the TJ Class of 2021.

Maximum number of participants is 60 so sign up soon via the SignUp Genius link!

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the Class of 2021, please contact colley_moe@comcast.net
  • 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 thetzel@comcast.net; or colley_moe@comcast.net 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 tjhspto@gmail.com for more information.