January 14, 2016
Administrator's Corner
SAT/ACT Update: As you are likely aware, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has recommended the College Board's SAT as the college entrance exam to replace the ACT exam for high school juniors and the PSAT for high school sophomores. Given the timing of this decision, CDE has  approved a transition plan to have our juniors take the ACT this year, instead of the new SAT, and for sophomores to take the PSAT 10 this year as well in preparation for Colorado's transition to the SAT in spring 2017. Please click here for the official press release from the district.
Our first Saturday school will be on January 23rd in the library from 8am-11am. Students who start out the year missing or being late to more than 8 periods (or one day of school) as of 1/20, run the chance of being on the Saturday school list. Please be to school on time. 
Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal  
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Please note: Saturday School will take place 
January 23rd from 8-11 in the library!
Mark Your Calendar: Special Schedule for January 20, 21, 22
Please note that the 20 th , 21 st , and 22 nd will all be Wednesday schedules!

Wednesday the 20th is a normal Wednesday schedule, Thursday the 21 st we have the Honor Roll Academic Awards Assembly, and Friday the 22 nd is the Winter Pep Assembly.

The Wednesday schedule is below:
1- 7:30-8:17
2- 8:21-9:08
3- 9:12-9:59
4- 10:03-11:00
Lunch 11:00-11:45
6- 11:45-12:32
7- 12:36-1:23
8- 1:27-2:14
Office Hours (and Th/Fri assemblies): 2:14-2:45 
Spirit Week - Week of January 18th
Monday - No School (MLK day) 
Tuesday - Tropical Tuesday
Wednesday - Generations Wednesday (dress a decade/era)
Thursday - Colorado Thursday
Friday - TJ Friday
Kudos Korner
Congratulations to the following students for their involvement in the DPS Citywide Orchestra:
Zoe Bogle
Scott Brandon
Cassidy Cobb
Jake Downing
Kaelynda Estala
Rogelio Flores
Rachel Golledge
Brandon Griffith 
Jabril Jeylani
Colin Obland
Sam Trout
Annabel Weizenbeck
Challenge Day Program Featured on Colorado Public Radio
Challenge Day is almost here! Remember, our Challenge day dates (for Juniors) are  January 19th and 20th.
We are asking for a $20 participation fee for each student; however, NO Junior student will be denied participation in the day.  We made it easy to financially support the program, please click here for payment and description of the program. 

Challenge day is a one full day workshop that addresses issues such as self-esteem, bullying, oppression, violence,  etc.  The program is built to tear down barriers and stereotypes while uniting the student to make changes within themselves and better yet, in the world.  The day is life changing and healing and you actually witness the transformation that happens in these young peoples lives. the event will take place in the gym. Juniors with last names A-L will attend January 19th and M-Z  will attend January 20th.  Students will check in in the cafeteria and lunch will be provided by the cafeteria. If you want more information you can check out challengeday.org.
If you have questions or are interested in volunteering for the day, please contact Samanda Davis. It is a one full day commitment on either January 19th or 20th
Samanda Davis, LCSW MSW
Social Worker
Thomas Jefferson High School
Challenge Day Opt Out Form
We encourage all selected students to participate in Challenge Day. However, if you wish for your  child to not participate, you certainly have the right to opt out. If you DO NOT want your child to  participate, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Samanda Davis at 720-423-7072 or email at  Samanda_Davis@DPSK12.org

Samanda Davis, LCSW MSW
Social Worker
Thomas Jefferson High School
Accessible Arts
Arts institutes across Denver grant discounts and offers to students, making the arts easier to experience.
The idea of spending money anywhere as a student may seem daunting, especially when trying to experience the arts. The arts have a reputation of being expensive, which can drive the thought away from students with low budgets. However, many arts institutes around Denver provide student discounts and offers which make the arts more accessible to youth. Read more 
Calling all TJ Parents!
Join us for a night of games, food, and fun! January 23rd from 7-10:30 p.m.
$20 per person  (you can register & pay at the TJ 2017 webstore or pay at the door)  All funds will be used for the Class of 2017 events. Feel free to extend this invitation to others.  Support Thomas Jefferson High School!  Click here to RSVP.
Jim 'N Nicks Theater Fundraiser
Support Thomas Jefferson Theater and let Jim 'N Nick's take care of the cooking!
For $40, you can pre-order a Jim 'N Nick's Family Meal to be picked up on  Tuesday Jan. 26th at Thomas Jefferson HS. Each meal consists of one pound smoked pork or chicken, two pints scratch-made trimmings, a dozen fresh baked cheese biscuits or 6 buns, and barbecue sauce (feeds 3-4). Click here
for more information! 
Tennis, Anyone?
Any Ladies interested in playing on the TJ tennis team are invited to a important meeting January 27, at 2:45 in the community room;  even if you want to learn how to play tennis you are invited.

The season starts Feb 27 and runs till May 1. Tennis is a lifetime sport  - give it a try! Hope to see you there!

Coach Jeff Zinke  jzinke957@comcast.net or jzinke@dpsk12.org or 720-231-4298

News from Native American Student Support (NASS)
The Indian Education Program is changing its name to "Native American Student Support" (NASS) after a survey was answered by students and their families across the district. This will be in effect at the beginning of next school year, but I will currently start addressing our program by NASS.

Our January student NASS meetings will be on Wednesday, January 13 th and 27 th in room 108. We will be discussing upcoming trips to CSU and Denver March Powwow, semester goals, and volunteer opportunities for your resumes and college applications. As always, I am available Wednesdays to review gra des, goals, and check in. Happy 2016!

Calling all Class of 2016 Parents
2016 is upon us and it's time to get serious about planning for the Class of 2016 After Prom Festivities. 
We are doing our best to bring After Prom Back at TJ. The past few years there has not been an After Prom at TJ and we need your help in making it happen for our fabulous TJ Spartans this year.  After Prom is a parent driven event that gives Seniors a safe place to hang out and have fun "After Prom."   Whether they attend Prom or not, "After Prom" is for all Seniors to enjoy and come together for one last hooray...
If you are interested in getting involved with After Prom, please sign up below. We will need help in many different areas, so whatever you like to do, there is a place for you!  Event Planning, Fundraising, Decorating, Organizing Volunteers, Cooking, Purchasing Food, Sponsors, Chaperoning, Setup, Cleanup etc, there is something for everyone to do when it comes to After Prom.
The After Prom Committee will be contacting interested Volunteers with more information regarding getting involved in the next few weeks.  
If you are interested in getting involved in After Prom, please sign up here!
Student Immersion Travel Opportunity with Meet the Middle East Youth Ambassador Program
Meet the Middle East (MTME) is a Denver-based organization bringing together East and West, and a new Community Partner at TJ.
MTME offers a Youth Ambassador Program for high school students, a five-month educational experience where students are taught identity, conflict resolution and negotiation, listening and dialogue, the regional religions of the Middle East and finally, the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict as a case study. 
At the end of this five-month program, MTME staff guides students on a 10-day immersion trip to Palestine and Israel. Over the course of the trip, students apply the knowledge they've acquired among the local population through service projects. 
Students stay in a centuries-old monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem, sip tea in the shade of a Bedouin tent in the desert, dine on fish from the Sea of Galilee and float in the Dead Sea just outside Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. They meet with Palestinians and Israelis who represent a range of perspectives, and visit museums as well as religious and archeological sites. They also visit settlements and refugee camps. Past students have described the trip as one that "stays with you forever."
Application deadline for the program is  January 22 . For further information, please email iman@meetthemiddleeat.org  or visit  www.meetthemiddleeast.org
Light Rail Builds Connections
The expansion of Denver's light rail system, set to open in waves throughout 2016, will connect Denver and beyond.
Since its humble opening in 1994, Denver's light rail system has serviced hundreds of thousands of Denver citizens. In the past the light rail has primarily serviced people that live within the inner region of Denver, but starting in 2016 the rail system will become accessible to several more regions of the Denver Metro area. RTD's FasTracks program is opening four new lines running to Denver International Airport (DIA), Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and Aurora. Read more
Attention all ladies: 
Please click here for the calendar of LadiesOfValuE meetings for the spring semester!

RTD Fare Increase - Effective January 2016
As an approved agency participating in the RTD Pass and Reduced Fare program, a fare increase has been approved by the Board of RTD to take effect January 2016.  As a result of this fare increase the DPS bus pass program cost will increase.  The logistics of the program will remain the same. 
The following increases will take effect January 2016:

The 10-Ride ticket books were $10.00 and will increase to $10.15.  
·District Issued Eligibility passes were $39.50. New passes will increase to $49.00

If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact Sherri Jones at 720-423-4603. 
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, it's time to work on financial aid!  Here are a few updates for you:
  1. If you have applied to or won any scholarships, come to the Future Center to be entered into a monthly $50 raffle! 
  2. Secondly, if you would like support completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, mark your calendar for February 8th.  From 3-6pm, I will have expert staff available at TJ to help students and their families complete the FAFSA. 
  3. Please check the websites of the schools that you are applying to for financial aid deadlines.  In order to get the best financial aid possible, you need to turn your financial aid in before the deadlines.
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