February 3, 2020
Administrator's Corner

Happy Monday TJ,
Friday's 9News Cool Schools event was great!  Thank you to all the families, students, and community members for making it such a great success.
Thursday February 13th students in 9 th, 10 th, and 11 th grades will be participating in a District-Wide SAT/PSAT practice exam. It is important that students attend. Only 12th grade students that have an Edgenuity course to complete should attend. School will start at the normal time and students will be finished between 11:00 and 11:30 depending on grade level testing times. Lunch will still be available. 
Lastly, please try to get students to school on time. There has been an increase in the number of students late for first period each morning. Being late to class impacts student learning. Please help us support our students by getting them to school on time or by pushing them out the door to get themselves to school on time.

Happy Monday TJ,

evento 9News Cool Schools del viernes fue genial! Gracias a todas las familias, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad por hacer que sea un gran éxito.

El jueves 13 de febrero los estudiantes de 9o, 10o y 11o grados participarán en un examen de práctica SAT/PSAT en todo el Distrito. Es importante que los estudiantes asistan. Solo los estudiantes de 12o grado que tengan un curso de Edgenuity para completar deben asistir. La escuela comenzará a la hora normal y los estudiantes terminarán entre las 11:00 y las 11:30 dependiendo de los horarios de las pruebas de nivel de grado. El almuerzo seguirá estando disponible.

Por último, por favor trate de llevar a los estudiantes a la escuela a tiempo. Ha habido un aumento en el número de estudiantes tarde para el primer período cada mañana. Llegar tarde a la clase afecta el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Por favor, ayúdenos a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes llevándolos a la escuela a tiempo o empujándolos por la puerta para llegar a la escuela a tiempo.

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 2/3-2/7
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week 
  • Class of 2023 planning meeting and social time: 6:30 p.m. (details below in Class News)


Kudos Korner
Thanks to Channel 7 for highlighting some of our amazing students! Reporters came to TJ to do two stories - one on student journalism and one on mental health. We are very proud of the students who were interviewed! 

Channel 9 joined us last week to recognize us as a 9News Cool School. Click here to watch some of their coverage!
You're Invited!
TJ Talks - Save the Date!
Dear SE Denver Community,
Thomas Jefferson High School would like to extend a special invitation to your school community to join us for a conversation around the Teen Vaping epidemic. We are excited to partner with Denver Public Health to provide this unique opportunity for us all to come together to learn, discuss and problem solve how best to support healthy lifestyles for our youth. Denver Public Health  (DPH) provides training and education specific to youth, parents and trusted adults around the dangers of vaping including the attraction of flavors that are targeted toward youth. During the presentation, we will also discuss resources for youth wanting to quit vaping.
Where: Thomas Jefferson High School - Room 111
When: Tuesday February 18th
Time: 6-7pm
Who: Any parent, community members, trusted adults. Please spread the word!
**Please register at the link below**
For more information please contact Megan Miccio, School Health Professional at megan_miccio@dpsk12.org or 720-423-7008
Seeking Host Families
We are seeking 3 more host families for visiting students from Chiben Gakuen HS in Japan. We have 2 young ladies and 1 male student who are without hosts. The students will be here in the states from March 8th through March 25th. They will live with a TJ family and attend classes with a TJ student for the entirety of their visit. They do not have activities they are mandated to do with their schoolmates from Japan so they will do whatever their host family does during that time. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Jackson.
Talking Tips for Parents
Countdown to the Online Auction
Mark your calendars - TJ's 4th Annual Auction is rapidly approaching!  The auction, sponsored by the PTO opens on March 15th and runs through March 19th.  This is TJ's largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the event directly benefit our staff and students by providing classroom grants and much needed upgrade s for improved working and learning environments.  We need many donations to make the auction a success. Here are some ways you can help...
  • Do you own a business that can donate goods or services?
  • Do you have a subscription to the theater and can donate tickets?
  • Do you have season tickets to any local college or professional sports team?
  • Can you ask for a gift card donation from your favorite restaurant or any other business you frequent?
TJ PTO is a 501(c)3 organization so all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Attached below is a letter you can give to businesses when asking for a donation as well as a template for emails.  If you have any questions please contact Heather Reeder: hmbdvm@yahoo.com

Help Wanted at TJ!
We are in need of two paraprofessionals for our Special Education students. If you are interested, please contact Paula Hammel at paula_hammel@dpsk12.org
PTO News
The next meeting of the PTO will be on  Tuesday, February 11 th  from 6-7pm in room 111.  We'll review the auction status of where we are and what needs to be done in the last few weeks before the online auction begins on March 15 th . All donations are due by March 1 st . We need everyone to push through the finish line to bring as many donations in as possible.
Other important discussion topics include the review of proposed bylaw changes. We are laying a foundation for a strong future for the PTO and believe changes are necessary. Come learn more about new roles for the PTO executive board.  We're spending PTO funds on improvements in the building and are excited to share that news with you.  We can't be Spartan Strong without you!
Questions? Email tjhspto@gmail.com
Counselor's Corner
Thomas Jefferson's School Counseling Department is here to support with academic, career and personal/ social needs for all students. Our mission and vision statements as well as our website is linked here .
Spartan Spirit Store
We now have TJ car magnets for $5!!
Our store inventory has been moved upstairs and therefore we'll be selling at various events throughout the year. We'll be out cheering on the Spartans at fall sporting events and hope you'll come and purchase spirit wear from us.

Please email  tjhs.store@gmail.com  if you would like to purchase something & we would be happy to get the spirit wear for you. We can arrange to have items picked up.  
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:

Price: The earlier you buy your book, the more you save! Please see the discount schedule below. Buy your book now for the most savings!

From February 1st on, the book will be $65 until sold out.

Senior Recognition Ad To purchase an ad, please visit the yearbook website.

All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
News from the Future Center
This week, we're welcoming Colorado School of Mines to the FC on Thursday, February 6th at 10:15 a.m. followed by UCCS at 12:04 p.m. The reps from each school will be meeting with admitted Seniors.  Seniors, please let me know if you plan to attend!
  • Feel free to contact Emily at emily_webster@dpsk12.org
  • For more information about college visits, scholarships, and more, please visit the Future Center!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...
February 11th is Safer Internet Day?
More than half of teens have been bullied online. Talk to your kids about what sites and apps they are using and whom they are interacting with online. It can be intimidating, but have a family conversation about the risks, and how to be smart and safe when interacting online. Tip: Set ground rules for the whole house, and discuss WHY they are important.
1. https://saferinternetday.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/SID-2020-lesson-plans.pdf
While this is written for elementary and middle school students, it can be tailored for high school kids with a little creativity ☺
2. https://www.connectsafely.org/safety-tips-advice/

Safety tips and advice, in English and Spanish.

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
Resources: Better Homes and Gardens, February 2020 Issue; www.saferinternetday.us ; www.connectsafely.org  
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
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 2020 - Seniors
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( megandperkins@gmail.com ) or Lisa LoJacono ( lisalojacono@gmail.com ).  
Class of 2021 - Juniors
If you would like to make a donation to the Class of 2021,  please contact   colley_moe@comcast.net
We're 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 sponsors are Jason Klimczak and Elizabeth Lynch. Parent sponsor is Jen Abram - she can be reached at  jenabram18@gmail.com.

Long sleeve $15 Short Sleeved $10
See Mrs Lynch in Room 11
Class of 2022 - Sophomores
Please check out our evite  and RSVP for Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m.! 
Please forward it to others!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julie Rubin (rubin_j@comcast.net) or Marlene Talavera (TJSpartans2022@gmail.com). 

The class of 2022 has two faculty sponsors,  Jillian Gleason and Maggie Kennedy, but parents are needed to work with the staff to plan fundraising activities. Parent sponsors also plan community building activities for the parents of the class of 2022.  Each  class is expected to raise money needed to host their Prom, After Prom and other activities senior year.  The sooner the fundraiser get started, the more choices there will be for events senior year. The time commitment 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!
If you need more information, contact tjhspto@gmail.com, Julie at rubin_j@comcast.net or Marlene at (TJSpartans2022@gmail.com).
Class of 2023 - Freshmen


Can YOU "LEAP IN" and help take us to the next level? Please come to our Class of 2023 parent planning meeting  and social time - Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Citron Bistro 3535 S. Yosemite St. (Hampden & Yosemite back room reserved for TJ '23).  We will work on our next steps and upcoming events including FRESHMAN FEAST and and April Parent Fundraiser Social. Will you join us?

As always, please contact us if you'd like to be involved in planning, have some ideas or want to jump in to help. Contact Catherine Poirier - cpoirier@bodybark.com or Christy Jordan - christy.jordan@comcast.net. See you February 4th! 

-Team '23