February 4, 2016
Administrator's Corner
Parents, we need you to help remind your students about several things:
  • Students need to come to school on time every day. We know it's winter - leave early and plan accordingly. Please see the revised attendance policy of to the right of the Admin Corner  (under the Saturday school notification)!
  • Students need to wear IDs at all time: this is for the safety of all Spartans
  • Students, if you're already struggling in classes, you need to be attending tutoring. Yellow signs posted around the building outline the available help (see description below under the "Tutoring Opportunities" heading for more details)
  • Nobody should be failing a class if they're going in for extra help. This is the self-advocacy piece - it is up to each student to take the steps necessary to increase his/her grades.
On a positive note, I am so proud of all of the students who made the honor roll and I really want to note the 52 kids who made "Platinum" (4.5+) This is almost double what we had last semester! I'm thrilled with your dedication and hard work. This directly relates to your future successes. Keep it up, Spartans!

Mike Christoff 
Principal Resident 
Quick Links
Saturday school will be on Feb 13 th from 8am-11am for students who are habitually truant or tardy, or have any unknown absences.  
Kudos Korner
  • 150 students took the AP Mock Exam for AP Language on Wednesday. Thanks to all of the kids for their hard work and for all of the teachers that were able to accommodate the disruption.
Financial Aid Application Assistance Available
Seniors!  Financial aid season has begun.  The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Get help at TJ from the Denver Scholarship Foundation.  We will host a FAFSA workshop on February 8 th , from 3-6pm.  You should plan approximately one hour to complete the FAFSA.   The goal of this workshop is to complete the FAFSA. Click here to access a flyer with important details.  To RSVP, please contact Rena Maez at rmaez@denverscholarship.org or call 720-423-7134. 
Attention: Parents of AP Students
Congratulations! Your Thomas Jefferson student has enrolled in an Advanced Placement course. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designed to mimic a college course of the same topic, in a high school setting. Students who successfully complete an AP course and earn a passing grade (a 3, 4 or 5) on the AP test in May, 2016 can earn college credit for this course at the college they choose to attend. We are very excited that your student has chosen to participate in a rigorous course that will do an excellent job of not only preparing them for college but may also reduce the cost of college. Please click here to read more about costs and deductions for AP course work of your student.  
Partners PTO News
The next TJ Partners PTO meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, February 9th in Room 111. Please join us. A few items on the agenda will be as follows:  
  • Upcoming BBQ and Bourbon fundraiser.
  • Planning for teacher appreciation events for remainder of 2016
  • Timeline for teacher grant requests
Tutoring Opportunities
Get your work done! Tutoring is available!

Math: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays in the Library, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Science: Tuesdays in the Library, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Language Arts: Thursdays in the Library, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Social Studies: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays in the Library, 3:00-4:00 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.
Duffeyroll Order Pickup - Sweets for your Sweet
Pick up for your Duffeyroll orders will be on Friday, Feb 12, 2016, from 2-4pm in the
TJ Main Lobby. Thanks for your support! If you have any questions, email TJHS2017@gmail.com
A Champion Visit
Famed Bronco DeMarcus Ware gives TJ a wonderful surprise.
One of the most significant influences upon high school athletes can often be found in professional athletes; these experts can offer an example to live up to, and advice to hardworking student athletes. As Thomas Jefferson football players looked forward to Winter Break, they received a special surprise, offering them inspiration and thoughts to carry them through their off-season, through the visit of famed Broncos player DeMarcus Ware. On Tuesday, December 8 th, in addition to providing a stellar pep-talk and kind words to TJ's players, Ware also presented an abundance of new equipment to TJ's football team, leaving many players already eager to begin the new season. Read more
BBQ, Beer 'n Bourbon 2016
The Yearbook is back, with Free Personalized Pages!
With the new school year came the passing of the Aristocrat torch to Mr. Forrester  and the photojournalism classes. We're doing things a little differently this year, and  want all of you to know about it! We have switched production companies and are  now working with TreeRing, and they have some great ideas we are excited about. 
One of the biggest changes is that you can now personalize your copy of the Aristocrat by creating two free pages! All  you have to do is make a free account on the website and follow the links we've  provided, and you're on your way to owning a completely unique version of our 
yearbook! This lines up perfectly with purchasing your book online through  TreeRing for only $45.00.

Click here to add your personalized pages, and buy your book!
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2016 - Seniors
  • TONIGHT - Feb 4th, 7:00pm - After Prom/senior events planning meeting at the home of Susan Sundeen. Please email Susan at ssundeen@comcast.net to RSVP and get address information.  If interested in getting involved but unable to attend, please sign up here
  • Feb 24th, room 111 - CAP AND GOWN picture day. Order forms coming soon. Cap and gowns are provided for picture taking.
  • TJ FAFSA Workshop, 2/8/16, 3-6 p.m. Denver Scholarship Foundation is hosting a FAFSA workshop to help all TJ seniors and alumni complete their 2016 FAFSA.  FAFSA experts will be available to help families at this workshop.  Plan to attend!  Note- if you do not have 2015 tax information, you can bring 2014 to begin the application. Please RSVP at  rmaez@denverscholarship.org or at 720-423-7134
  • Mr. TJ, the long standing tradition at TJ, is gearing up for the thrilling competition. Students interested in participating should contact Sara Andolsek.  Students must have a 3.0 to participate and practices will begin in early February
  • Get your class t-shirt here! 
Class of 2017 - Juniors
Class of 2018 - Sophomores
Class of 2019 - Freshmen
Clothing Donations Needed for WES Program
While the WES (Work Experience & Study) program is continuing to evolve to help prepare the students in transitioning out of high school, DPS is incorporating a more realistic
introduction to how students can gain active employment.  The ACEConnect program sets up job shadows for groups of students, and part of this new process provides an interview section encouraging the students to dress for an interview.  We would like to have a selection of clothes for the students who don't have appropriate attire to choose from.  If you are able to donate to our cause, we are in need of  skirts, blouses, blazers, leggings and accessories for the young ladies.  For the young men, khakis, or dress pants and button down shirts, sweaters and belts.  Please contact Kerry Black at Kerry_Black@dpsk12.org, phone 720-423-7129 or bring them to Room 16.

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
Seniors!  Financial aid season has begun.  The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Get help at TJ from the Denver Scholarship Foundation.  We will host a FAFSA workshop on February 8 th, from 3-6pm.  You should plan approximately one hour to complete the FAFSA. The goal of this workshop is to complete the FAFSA.  Click here to access a flyer with important details.  To RSVP, please contact Rena Maez at rmaez@denverscholarship.org or 720-423-7134. 
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