February 8, 2021

Administrator's Corner

Happy Monday TJ!

Huge "thank you" to all our families, students, teachers, and staff that made the first week back in-person successful. We were so happy to see our students again and the students were great. They were adaptable, patient, and worked hard. They also got in a lot of extra steps having to navigate the one-way halls. Thank you, TJ Spartans!

With the shortened holiday week coming up - February 15th-19th - we wanted to clarify the schedule.

  • Monday 
    • President's Day - No School
  • Tuesday  
    • Student Non-contact day 
  • Wednesday  
    • Monday Schedule - remote learning for all students
  • Thursday
    • A-L in person learning 
    • Periods 2,4,6,8
      • 11th Grade Advisement- ICAP (Graduation Requirement)
  • Friday 
    • M-Z in person learning 
    • Periods 1,3,7
      • 12th Grade Advisement- ICAP (Graduation Requirement)
Please reach out with questions regarding the schedule.

¡Feliz lunes TJ!

muchas "gracias" a todas nuestras familias, estudiantes, maestros y personal que hicieron que la primera semana de regreso en persona sea exitosa. Estábamos muy contentos de ver a nuestros estudiantes de nuevo y los estudiantes eran geniales. Eran adaptables, pacientes y trabajaban duro. También se metió un montón de pasos adicionales teniendo que navegar por los pasillos de una sola dirección. ¡Gracias, TJ Spartans!

Con la semana festetina acortada que se avecina - del 15 al 19 de febrero - queríamos aclarar el horario.

  • Lunes
    • Día del Presidente -  No hay escuela 
  • Martes   
    • Estado de contacto sin contacto
  • Miércoles   
    • Deso de lunes a viernes - aprendizaje remoto para todos los estudiantes
  • Jueves
    • A-L aprendizaje en persona 
    • períodos 2,4,6,8
      • Aviso de Grado 11- ICAP (requisito de Graduación)
  • Viernes  
    • M-Z aprendizaje en persona
    • períodos 1,3,7
      • Asesoramiento de 12º grado- ICAP (requisito de graduación)
Comuníquese con preguntas sobre el horario.

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
  • Regular Monday schedule - all remote
  • In-person learning (Cohort A-L)
  • PTO meeting: 7:00 p.m. (details below)
  • Cohort A-L, Day 2
  • "No Place for Hate" Virtual Assembly - 12:00 p.m. (details below)
  • In-person learning (Cohort M-Z)
  • Cohort M-Z, Day 2
  • Last day for seniors to submit videos for Senior Showcase (details below)
Kudos Korner

  • A huge congrats to our seniors participating in National Signing Day, 2021! We are so proud of the following students who are taking their passion and skills to the next level:
    • Avery Shunneson - Princeton: Track & Field
    • Caitlin Beery - University of New Mexico: Swimming
    • Madysen Bradley - Long Island University: Gymnastics
    • Lauren Reid - University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Soccer
  • Thanks to PTO and all of the parents who helped welcome teachers and students back to the building last week! We appreciate your ongoing support of this awesome community!
TJ In-Person Learning Updates
For those of you who will be coming in-person, there has been a change to cohorts. We are now balancing our classes by last names A-L and M-Z. Please see the updated schedule below.
What should students bring?
  • Computer with charger
  • Mask
  • Water bottle
  • Headphones with mic
As a reminder, any student who does not feel well should stay home. Students will need to fill out this form and show staff proof of the health screening on a phone before entering the building:https://live.safeaccess.app/en/locations/pM3hnjQ/attest
Please use the Hall Maps to get a better understanding of directional routes in the halls. We will have additional videos showing students how to navigate the halls posted in Advisement, the Spartan Edition, and in the Newsletter. 
Semester 2 Weekly Class Schedule
Please note: this is NOT a different schedule than the one provided in the first two weeks of January. It is a more "user-friendly" readable version of the same class schedule.
Arrival and Dismissal Information for In-Person Learning
TJ Hallway Maps for In-Person Learning
As we prepare for some students returning next week, please make note of the one-way traffic flow that will need to happen in the building. Thanks! 

(Please click here for a full size map!)

***This is where students will fill out their health screening (Safe Access) before entering the building: https://live.safeaccess.app/en/locations/pM3hnjQ/attest 

School Based Health Centers are OPEN!
Denver Health School Based Clinic Staff is excited to welcome back students returning for in-person learning! Whether you are staying remote or coming back to school, we are here for you. Give us a call at 720-423-7190 to set up an appointment! #werehereforyou #covid19 #denverpublicschools

PTO News
The PTO is looking for a Communications Coordinator. This person would be responsible for the weekly newsletter items as well as meeting notices and other messaging that happens around special events. We have a communications schedule and resources to make this job easy to pick up. There is plenty of material for you to work with! This is a great way to get involved remotely but does require a regular commitment. Once you get in the swing of things, it should be easy to maintain. Please email us at TJHSPTO@gmail.com if you are interested in this position.
The next PTO meeting is this Tuesday, February 9th from 7-8pm. We will discuss plans for the coming months.  We hope to see you there!
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Questions? Email TJHSPTO@gmail.com
No Place for Hate - Virtual Assembly Wednesday
Here is the info for our No Place For Hate virtual assembly scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th at 12:00pm!
1. Click on this link to join. You may enter the virtual lobby up to 30 minutes before the start time: https://www.bigmarker.com/NoHateTour/Thomas-Jefferson-High-School-CO-No-Place-For-Hate-Virtual-Assembly-Tour
2. Hit the blue "Register" button. Enter in your name & SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS.
*Email Ms. Lupo with questions! See you there!

Senior Showcase - February 12th Deadline for Submissions!
Calling all Seniors!

We need your help and participation in creating a fun, memorable event to highlight your talent, humor, and personalities.

This mock pageant will be called Senior Showcase and will be open to seniors only. Our plan is to create a virtual event, with the possibility of going live or partially live if and when restrictions change in Denver.

Specifics will unfold, but the plan is to include an opening musical number, an introduction of contestants, an interview component, a "talent" (real or silly), and a "making of Senior Showcase" mockumentary. The committee, made up of parents and TJ faculty, is open to suggestions.

We have a tentative date to present Senior Showcase on April 7, 2021.

There are many ways to be involved. Please consider the following options:
  • Be a contestant
  • MC the event
  • Create and narrate the mockumentary
  • Provide technical assistance 
To participate, you must have 93% overall attendance and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

If you are interested in any of the above roles, please create a 1-2 minute video explaining to the committee why you are interested in participating in Senior Showcase and how you feel you can contribute to its success. Please submit to dpa@two24media.com no later than February 12. If your file is too large, you may submit it to this dropbox address: https://www.dropbox.com/request/lHBFrVTyPzfCZl71sv9b?oref=e
Please film your video horizontally (16 X 9).

Once the committee has compiled a list of students who are interested in participating we will determine the number of contestants, MC's, etc.

Senior Showcase will involve a commitment of your time and talent, but our hope is that it will be a happy memory of TJ you can take with you as you graduate and move forward to other endeavors. Even if you do not wish to be directly involved in the event, we encourage you to mark your calendars for a virtual or in person viewing.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Lisa Allen at allenlisa85@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Senior Showcase Committee

John Trujillo
Colley Moe
Jen Abram
Deren Abram
Lisa Allen
Elizabeth Lynch
Jason Klimczak
College and Career Readiness
Our goal is that all students graduate college and career ready.  One of the ways we achieve this goal is to support students' career and college exploration through programs that provide opportunities for students to discover how their interests and passions might someday fit into the world of work.  There are many resources to help you learn more about career and college programs in DPS, visit collegeandcareer.dpsk12.org to learn more!  Handouts:  English  Spanish

Matthew Mason (He/Him/His) 
Navigator at Thomas Jefferson High School
DPS Career and College Success

Cell720-466-1617 | Email: matt_mason@dpsk12.org | Website

Incomplete Grades from Semester 1
Incompletes....Did you know that if your incomplete from the first semester was between 40 and 59% you have the opportunity 
now to make up that work and get a passing grade? Please contact your teacher for more information. Also, if you are a student who was enrolled in our "Winterim" semester recovery, you have until January 29th to complete your course. We can do this!!
Yearbook News
FREE Tutoring Available 
TJHS Spirit Store
We will be working on a new collection of items for a winter online sale. Please watch the newsletter and School Deets for information. Reach out to TJHS.STORE@GMAIL.COM with any questions!
TJ Food Drive and Distribution Program
As we enter the New Year, the need for food support in our TJ community continues. The Food Bank has been able to assist many families with food needs over the past several months and we appreciate your continued contributions!
In addition to non-perishable foods, we are requesting donations of disposable masks, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, etc., for students returning to in-person learning. 
Monetary donations are welcomed and will be used to purchase items as needed and supply fresh foods to our families.  Donations can be made here:  https://tjhsstore.square.site/product/food-bank-donation/97
Items can be delivered to "TJ Food Bank" boxes at any of the following locations:
·       7996 E. Jefferson Place, Denver, 80237  
·       7500 E. Dartmouth Avenue #25, Denver, 80231
·       2750 E. Bates Avenue, Denver, 80210  
·       3732 S. Sebring Court, Denver, 80237  
·       6895 Eastmoor Drive, Denver, 80237
·       7925 E. Mexico Avenue, Denver, 80231
·       2805 S. Gilpin Street, Denver, 80210  
·       3614 S. Hudson Street, Denver, 80237
·       3004 S. Milwaukee Circle, Denver, 80210
·       3734 S. Oneida Way, Denver, 80237  
·       3771 S. Rosemary Way, Denver, 80237  
Please reach out to Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com) or Suzy Stone (suzystone2002@yahoo.com) with questions.
Thank you again for supporting our TJ community members in need!
Food and Nutrition Services
The FNS (Food and Nutrition Services) team had a meeting this morning with folks from the Colorado Food Cluster (CFC).  CFC has launched a new initiative to deliver 7-day meal boxes with (7) suppers and (7) snacks to families in Denver.  They are currently working with various charter schools, but they have the capacity to expand to other DPS schools.  
FNS is not "involved" with this effort as we are not the vendor providing the suppers/snacks.  However CFC is working directly with DPS schools to sign up families at no charge.  The meals are available for kids ages 6-18 years old.  Below is the sign up form and is available in English and Spanish. 
Chromebook and Materials Distribution - By Appointment Only
Dear Spartan Families, 

TJHS will continue to offer pick up opportunities for Chromebooks and class materials distribution by appointment only. 

  • To make a request please fill out the form here https://forms.gle/h381kzTdGeEnXTa46
  • We will contact you using the email address provided in the form to arrange a time for pickup.
  • If you are returning damaged technology please make sure the power cord is returned with the unit
  • We are out of Wifi Hotspots and we don't know when additional units will be made available.
GT Corner
Monday, February 22, 11:30-12:30 pm
A Virtual GT Meet and Greet!
With Special Guest Mr. Matt Mason, our very own College and Career Readiness Navigator.
**Watch for a special invite in your DPS Google email and calendar**

In an effort to provide GT students and their families with the resources and supports needed to begin/complete their Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), the TJHS GT Site Team has created a Google Classroom for each GT grade level.  The title and code for each grade level is listed below:
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2024 Cohort - doyqstu
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2023 Cohort - b7vpvfn
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2022 Cohort - orzg7to
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2021 Cohort - by7mjwi
The TJHS GT Site Team, working alongside our District GT Partners, has included resources, websites and documents to help you complete your ALP goals.  Keep in mind that there are affective as well as academic goals.  At this time, students should only focus on the Goals / Advanced Learning Plan section and not worry about the badges right now.  We don't want you to get in there and feel overwhelmed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Tate, our Dean Instruction and GT Point of Contact at adria_tate@dpsk12.org

Our District GT Partner is Brian Beard, brian_beard@dpsk12.org, and you may receive GT newsletters from his office with internship and university opportunities. 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?  
Clothes to Kids 
Clothes to Kids of Denver (CTKD) provides FREE clothing to children and youth who are in need or in  crisis. To shop, students must live in Metro Denver, be age 3 - 21 and be enrolled in school (remote or  in-person) or working toward a GED. 
Our wardrobe includes 5 outfits, 1 coat, 1 pair of shoes, 1 bra (optional) and 5 pairs each of new  underwear and new socks. Students are invited to select clothing in a welcoming, store-like setting or  can order a wardrobe for contactless curbside pick-up. 
We are very excited to have in person shoppers in our store and are taking extra precautions to protect  the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. 
Take a look at our COVID-19 Safety Procedures to learn more. 
For families who would prefer a contactless option, we are continuing to offer wardrobes via Curbside  Service. This option enables parents and caregivers to request a wardrobe for any student in need, and  our staff will shop on their behalf. 
Families wishing to shop in person or request a wardrobe for pick-up should call us at 720-379-4630 or  email us at appointment@clothestokidsdenver.org for an appointment. Up-to-date phone hours are on  the Shop With Us page of our website. 
No Referral Required! No matter how families choose to shop, we have temporarily loosened our  referral requirements and are providing wardrobes to anyone who says the young people in their  households are in need of our services, no questions asked. 
Happy 2021! We are back in action and have returned to normal operating hours: 
Tuesdays - Fridays 9:00 - 4:00 
Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00 
Sundays & Mondays Closed 
Donations Accepted 
Fridays & Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00 
We are now accepting clothing and shoe donations on Fridays and Saturdays only between 9:00 and  3:00. We are in need of the basic wardrobe staples (shorts, pants, tops, shoes, etc.). We still cannot  accept "extras" at this time.

Webinar Series for Parents
News from the Future Center
Spartan Class of 2021 and Parents, 
Please review the Spring Timeline Grid together. The Timeline shows month by month tasks to help you complete the steps for college enrollment. The embedded links will take you to informational videos and other important content. Urgent at this time is completion of FAFSA or CASFA and Institutional Scholarship submission.
The DSF Scholarship is now open for application. You MUST complete your FAFSA or CASFA application to determine eligibility.
As always, you'll find Weekly Scholarship Highlights and many other resources by accessing the TJ Future Center 2021 schoology course. 
Spartan Class of 2022 and Parents, 
Your TJ Future Center schoology course is now available! Please visit the course for resources to support your college search. At this time, you can find Summer College Prep Program info, start your scholarship search, and view Virtual College Tours. More to come!  
Upcoming Deadlines and Events: 
Monday, February 8th:          Delta Sigma Theta Scholarships DUE
Tuesday, February 9th:         CU Denver Free App Day! 
Wednesday, February 10th: Optimist International Essay Scholarship  DUE 
Monday, February 15th:        CU Boulder Scholarship App- Priority Deadline
                                                Latinas First Foundation Scholarship DUE
Monday, March 1st:              ASCENT Application DUE

Emily Webster
College Advisor | Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity
789 Sherman Street, Suite 610  |  Denver, CO 80203

Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
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 2021 - Seniors
Class of '21 - SENIORS!  We're planning activities for next spring and need your help.  Some activities may include After-Prom, Senior BBQ/Breakfast, a  Graduation Parade, Talent Jubilee (aka as Mr. TJ), you name it! With limited fundraising options and time, we are making one last push for donations in hopeful anticipation of these honored traditions, and perhaps new ones.  Whatever lies ahead for this class, we want to make next semester memorable. All money raised will go to support our kids!   
PLEASE consider donating - $21 for '21 yet any amount will do!  You can donate through the PTO Spirit Store here. If you wish to donate cash - your donation will be DOUBLED!!  That's right. To learn how, please email Colley_Moe@comcast.net.
We also need senior parents to lead these activities and help start new traditions.  Are you creative, like to organize, or are good with technology?  We need to improvise and remain flexible with our current situation, yet we can do this if we all pitch in for these AMAZING Seniors.  We will begin meeting regularly starting in January.  Please reach out to one of the class contacts below to find out how you can help and look for an updated newsletter after Thanksgiving with kick-off meeting details.  Go Spartans!

Karla Henke karladhenke@gmail.comJen Abram jenabram18@gmail.com, Lisa Allen allenlisa85@yahoo.comColley Moe colley_moe@comcast.net, Teri Hertzel thetzel@comcast.netJohn Trujillo trujillopotter@icloud.com  

Class of 2022 - Juniors
These events support the Class of 2022's senior year activities including After Prom.  Your involvement in any capacity is important and appreciated.If you have ideas and/or would like to help with the Class of 2022 activities, please contact Julie Rubin at rubin_j@comcast.net or Marlene Talavera at TJSpartans2022@gmail.com
Class of 2023 - Sophomores
Mask up 2023!      
Hey Sophomores - You're back in-person at TJ so time to get your cool Class of 2023 TJ Logo Masks while they last! They are still on sale for $10! All proceeds go to Class of 2023! Two quick steps to order:
1. Please email Catherine Poirier at cpoirier@bodybark.com with the number of masks you would like to order and student's contact name.
2. Payment via Venmo: @Catherine-Poirier-3 $10 per mask - Indicate: 2023 Mask and student's contact name.

Mask pick-up will be arranged after purchase!
Looking forward to a good second semester Spartans! We always need more help and input!! If you have any ideas or comments and would like to get more involved, please contact Catherine Poirier cpoirier@bodybark.com or Christy Jordan christy.jordan@comcast.net
Class of 2024 - Freshmen
Class of 2024 - Welcome!  Part of the Thomas Jefferson mission is to build community, but we can't do that without your help.  Please take a moment to complete a short survey for the Class Parent Sponsors.  The information you provide will help us direct our communication to the people who want to receive it. We look forward to getting to know you and your student(s)! Class of 2024 Parent Survey