February 5, 2018
Administrator's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We are are approaching our 6-week grading mark on February 16th. Please support your student(s) by sitting with them and looking at any missing assignments in Parent Portal. Encourage your student(s) to make appointments with teachers, attend office hours, and get help in tutoring after school. We also ask that you help students to make every effort to be at school and here on time. Please save the evenings of February 21st and 22nd as we will have parent/teacher conferences from 4pm-7pm.

Thank you, 

Estimados padres / tutores,
Estamos llegando a nuestra calificación de 6 semanas el 16 de febrero.   Por favor apoye a su (s) estudiante (es) siéntese con ellos y mire las tareas que faltan en el Portal para Padres.   Aliente a su (s) estudiante (s) a hacer citas con los maestros, asistir a los horarios de oficina y obtener ayuda para la tutoría después de la escuela.   También le pedimos que ayude a los estudiantes a hacer todos los esfuerzos posibles para estar en la escuela y llegar a tiempo.   Por favor, guarde las tardes del 21 y 22 de febrero ya que tendremos conferencias entre padres y maestros de 4 p.m. a 7 p.m.


Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal 
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 2/5-2/9
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • CSC meeting: 4:00 p.m.

  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -

Kudos Korner
  • Congratulations to the 482 Spartans on the spring Honor Roll list! Click here to read more about the Honor Roll process and celebration.
Robotics Fundraiser
Thomas Jefferson Robotics family, friends, and fans - Thank you so much for taking the time to view our fundraiser page

Y our support will help us offer a higher quality high school robotics experience for our kids. Your donation can be tax deductible and you will be getting a receipt for your gift. We are mostly a self-funded program and every dollar counts! 

We are hopeful to earn a place and compete at Seaperch Nationals in Boston in February as well as FRC Nationals in Houston in April. If you could please spread the word about our fundraiser by sharing it with your friends on Facebook and  Twitter we would greatly appreciate it. Our young men and women have been working hard to properly represent this great school and have a positive impact on the community. Any support is greatly appreciated. Go Spartans!
Final Yearbook Discount

This is the final discounted price for the yearbook! It will be $60 until 2-23-18. After that, the book will be $65 until we are sold out.   To ensure you get a book, buy now!

Anything that you need to know about the yearbook can be found on the yearbook website here!

Free SAT Prep and Free Practice Test 
We will be giving another free SAT practice exam on  February 10, 2018, at 8 a.m. in room 111. See Mrs. Bromley with any questions!

SAT Prep sessions are every Thursday during lunch in  room 134. We will meet every Thursday until Spring Break. Juniors (or even Sophomores who really want to get a head start) are welcome to join. Thanks!
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

TJ will be performing Grease for this year's musical Feb, 15,16, 17, @ 7pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Seniors class of 2018, purchase your tickets for student night, Friday night for only $2! You must present your ID for this deal and it is only available for pre-sale only! Keep you're eyes out for posters, announcements, and other info regarding the show including how your business card can be featured in our program!
2nd Annual TJ Auction
Planning for the 2nd Annual TJ Auction is underway and we NEED YOU! It is time to start reaching out to businesses in the community for end-of-year, tax-deductible donations to TJ's online auction, scheduled for  March 11-15 . Last year we raised $10,000 for our classroom grant program. This year, our goal is to raise $20,000 to have an even greater impact on all our students. 
Do you own a business or provide a valuable service?  Donate an item, goods, or services. We're looking for shopping, dining, entertainment, home/yard/vehicle goods and services, travel and getaways, treats, beauty/spas and health services, professional services and more. Simply go to  https://tjhs.ptapal.com  to enter your donation and follow the instructions!
Do you love to shop, dine and explore the Denver-Metro area?
Collect donations from the places you already frequent. Most businesses are excited to have an opportunity to support public schools and earn new customers. Don't be shy! If they advertise, they want business, and school auctions are a great opportunity to get in front of new people. If they're on Living Social, Travel Zoo or Groupon, they're probably great candidates to donate to TJ.  
Do you enjoy theme parties and social gatherings? 
Gather a couple TJ families to co-host a themed party. Get our your neon 80s wear, old college sweatshirts, or check Pinterest for the craziest new ideas for themed parties. Some we love: tacky party, murder mystery, painting and sipping, yoga n mimosas, mamas and margaritas, 80s prom, dads and drafts, pedal push party... the possibilities are endless, fun, and build the TJ community. We'll consult with you to make it a huge success and market your party on the auction site and all proceeds will go to TJ.  
We NEED YOU and helping is EASY!
1.  Use this form to share with businesses. Email it or share it in person. We're not kidding--it's that simple. It has all the necessary details plus PTO's tax ID number and instructions on how to submit donations. 
2. Collect as many donations as possible while you're out and about. Companies value the opportunity to earn the business of TJ parents and support public education. And the tax write-off is pretty great, too.  
Again, some of the categories of business we need include:
  • stores of all kinds
  • dining
  • entertainment, sports events and recreation (concerts, movie passes, memberships)
  • home & vehicle goods and services (interior design, roofs, painting, fences, landscape design, architecture, auto maintenance or repairs)
  • professional services (taxes, accounting, home organizing, marketing, graphic design, consulting, etc.)
  • travel and getaways 
  • treats of all varieties
  • beauty/spas and health services (hair, nail, body, relaxation, wellness, gyms, yoga, pilates, massage, acupuncture, etc.)
  • student services (tutoring, test prep, college admissions support, voice or music lessons)
  • athletic services (camps, strength and agility training, etc.)
  • parent parties
  • and just about anything else you or your families buy/use!
If you have any questions reach out to Auction Chair Megan Perkins: 
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Feb. 26 - March 4
New Partnership with American Furniture Warehouse
Great Partnership News!  Have furniture needs? Purchases at American Furniture ANYTIME will support TJ High School. Just mention our School ID: TJHS07 (or our school name) at check-out. All details are included below.
New Spirit Store Hours
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store which is online. The store is also set up at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights. Click here for more information!
  • Beginning Friday, January 19, TJ spirit store hours will be on Fridays during lunch only. We have two parents who will be alternating shifts to make the store convenient and accessible to students. The store will continue to be open during special events, and Julie Thibodeau will continue to be available at other times for the offhand, urgent purchase. But we feel this regular weekly schedule will be easy to remember, easier to staff, and hopefully maximize use of the store. 
We take Cash and Credit Cards!
New PopSockets are in for $9 each or buy with a friend and save, 2 for $16.

When the store is open we will be in front of the physical store by the auditorium. For games, we will be in front of the gym in the lobby.

Call or email Laura Whalen if you have questions.
Laura Whalen
cell: 303-681-7226
PTO News
  • Want to help make your students high school experience the best it can be?  
  • Want to support the staff at TJ? 
  • Want to get to know some parents at TJ?                                    
      Come to a PTO meeting!

We meet monthly and have 1-2 events each month that we support. You can help out as your schedule permits.   Email  tjhspto@gmail.com  with any questions.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

Valentine's Day is almost here (Insert either a "yippee!" or "groan" here). And while this day can often be stressful, maybe hurtful or frustrating, a burden, and possibly leaving your wallet a little less full, there is a lot of good that can come from people focusing their energy on love and kindness.
Often people talk about Valentine's Day as something that is celebrated with your partner or "the one"; but let's not forget about the impact caring and thoughtful acts can have on your community and family members (in addition to the benefits you will receive!).
Research indicates that witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the 'love hormone' which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism. 

So, what can I do this year?
  • Here are Random Acts of Kindness you can implement: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas
  • Make or buy Valentine's Day cards with positive, warm messages for: your neighbors, the local retirement home, a nearby hospital, a soup kitchen, your local fire-department or police department, etc.
  • Set up a card-making, cookie decorating, face-painting booth at your school (or feeder school) or neighborhood.
  • Organize a pot-luck dinner with friends, make some extra dishes and take them to a shelter
  • Head out in the community with your family or friends
    • Check out our wonderful Denver Botanic Gardens 
    • Check out what's playing at the DCPA 
    • Go for a winter hike, head to the movies, go for a drive in the mountains
We challenge you to spread the kindness and love this year!
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
Resources:  www.psychologytoday.com .  
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as wells as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store!

  • Supporting our TJ students, classrooms and teacher is as simple as a click of a button. Visit the online store to donate to TJ PTO today: Online Spartan Spirit Store for TJ Gear
Class of 2018 - Seniors
Calling all Senior Parents!
Our time is limited and these last few months will be filled with significant milestones and fun celebrations.  Now is the time to get involved and make Spring semester of Senior year memorable and meaningful for your Class of 2018 student. 

*We have a choreographer for Mr. TJ (thank-you Tyler Cobb) and now we need parents willing to supervise rehearsals and provide lunches/snacks.  All parents, regardless of if you have a son or daughter, are welcome to help.  Please contact  springhericks@gmail.com to get involved with this fun TJ tradition.  

*Fundraising efforts have been successful and now comes the celebration.  Want to get involved with After-Prom?  All parents are welcome and needed with planning, implementing, and supervising this special event.  Please contact  karycramer@msn.com to indicate your interest in helping.  

Together we can make incredible memories for the Class of 2018. 
Class of 2019 - Juniors
Class of 2019 Parent Meeting!
WhenFebruary 13th @ 5:00pm
Where:  TJ Room 111
What:  Join fellow parents from the class of '19 to learn about upcoming events, important testing dates and preparation, and fundraising goals to support Class of '19 Senior year activities.  

Questions?  Contact Anne McCord at  armccord06@comcast.net
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
Class of 2020 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono, the parent representatives for the Class of 2020. Please look for important information to come.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Megan at:   megandperkins@gmail.com  or Lisa at:   lisalojacono@gmail.com .
Class of 2021 - Freshmen
  • New Graduation Requirements! DPS has adopted new, evidence-based graduation requirements that will go into effect this year for the graduating class of 2021. Click here
    to read more!
News from the Future Center
Seniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
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