January 15, 2018
Administrator's Corner

We have some exciting news! 

Families now have the option to make student payments online, thanks to a DPS partnership with MySchoolBucks. And, with a Parent Portal account, paying for meals and student fees - like lab or athletic costs - has never been easier!
We want to be sure the tool is easy for you to use. That's why there's payonline.dpsk12.org, a site that provides detailed instructions on how to sign in to MySchoolBucks through your Parent Portal account or access MySchoolBucks.com directly. On payonline.dpsk12.org, you'll also find a MySchoolBucks user guide that can be translated into multiple languages and contact information if you need support.

¡Tenemos algunas noticias emocionantes! 

Las familias ahora tienen la opción de hacer pagos de estudiantes en línea, gracias a una asociación de DPS con MySchoolBucks. Y, con una cuenta del Portal para padres, ¡pagar las comidas y las cuotas de los estudiantes, como los costos de laboratorio o deportes, nunca ha sido tan fácil!  

Queremos asegurarnos de que la herramienta sea fácil de usar. Es por eso que hay payonline.dpsk12.org, un sitio que proporciona instrucciones detalladas sobre cómo iniciar sesión en MySchoolBucks a través de su cuenta Parent Portal o acceder a MySchoolBucks.com directamente. En payonline.dpsk12.org, también encontrará una guía del usuario de MySchoolBucks que se puede traducir a varios idiomas e información de contacto si necesita ayuda.

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 1/15-1/19
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

  • Challenge Day for juniors (details below)
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -
  • Challenge Day for juniors (details below)
  • Spartan Splash Beach Bash: 7-9:30 p.m. (details below)
Kudos Korner
  • A big thank you to those who came together to help the upcoming Spartan Splash Beach Bash become a reality! This all-school fundraiser event/pool party is hosted by TJ Girls Swim & Dive Team. HUGE Thank you to our Title Sponsor: The Law Firm of Montgomery Little & Soran P.C. And thank you to some of our early Relay & Prize Sponsors: Critical Path I.P. Law, 24 Hour Fitness, ACE Hardware and Target! We are also excited to announce an additional sponsorship by Jumpstreet, which is owned by a former Spartan!
Spartan Splash Beach Bash on Friday!
Students -  SPARTAN SPLASH - BEACH BASH is coming up - it's THIS Friday, January 19th!  7 p.m. -  9:30 p.m. in TJ's Pool! 
Grab your swimsuit & towel and come to the All-School TJ Pool Party!  Tickets are $3 per student and on sale all week during lunch hours - look for the TJ Girls Swim & Dive Team. 
Check the Big Splash Contest and Relay Sign-up Poster Boards to see if there's still room to sign up and enter your relay team - each member only swims a length of the pool!  The FIVE FASTEST teams go up against the TJ Teachers in the FINALS!  Can you beat the teachers? Great prizes for the winners!

Get there early! First 200 kids in the door that night receive a SPARTAN SPLASH HAWAIIAN LEI! We will have music, concessions & ice cream for sale, beach ball volleyball - you know - a BEACH BASH! There will also be a limbo contest - don't miss out!
What to bring:
Remember Ticket, Towel, Swim Suit & $ for Concessions
The locker rooms will be available.

Tentative Schedule:
7:00 p.m. DOORS OPEN - Event Begins
7:15 p.m. Student Freestyle Relays Begin
7:35 p.m. BIG SPLASH CONTEST - Diving Board
7:45 p.m. POOL PARTY - Open Swim, Beach Volleyball, etc.
9:30 p.m. Event Ends
See you Friday, January 19th for SPARTAN SPLASH BEACH BASH!!! It'll be a Blast! 
Challenge Day for Juniors - Jan. 17-18
TJ Parents,

We are proud to offer The Challenge Day Program on Wednesday January 17th and Thursday January 18th to the Junior class. 

What is Challenge Day?
Challenge day is 7-hour engaging kick-off event serving as the catalyst for change in a school community and the foundation to year-long programming. Challenge Day engages the entire community - parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders - in a multi-generational approach that builds connection, trust, healthy relationships, and social emotional skills in students and their networks of support to ensure long-term, sustainable impact. It has been premiered on Oprah, Chicken Soup for the Souls and MTV.  For more information, please check out Challengeday.org

What this means to you:
  • If you have a junior expect them to miss one full day of school on January 17th OR 18th, unless they opt out of the event
  • You can be an adult volunteer in the room.  It is a 1 full day commitment and I can vouch it will be one of best experiences you have ever had as a volunteer.
  • You can donate money to the event.  To bring the program to TJHS, it sots money.  Instead of charging the students to participate, we open it up to donations.  As a frame of reference, it averages to about $20 per student to participate.  
Please contact Samanda Davis, school social worker, with any questions.  Samanda_Davis@DPSK12.org or 720-423-7072.  Donations checks can be dropped off to treasure written out to TJHS-Challenge Day.
FYI for Parents - New Vaping Method Causes Concern 

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
FREE Practice SAT Exam
We will be offering a FREE Practice SAT exam for any interested juniors on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 8 a.m. in room 111. Students can email  Corielyn_bromley@dpsk12.org  to register or can sign-up on the sheet on her door (room 134). There are 30 spots available. First come first served!
Honor Roll Assembly Jan. 25th
Thursday the 25th we will have the honor roll assembly from 2:15-2:45pm to honor our Academic Lettermen, our students with GPA's over a 3.0, and students who passed the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) assessment.
Community Open House Meeting Wednesday, January 24
Chipotle Fundraiser for Native American Student Alliance
Denver Public Health Recommendation: Letters to Families about the Flu
Winter is here and so are winter colds and other illnesses.We do not want children to miss school. Neither do we want our families sending a sick child to school to expose others to possible illness.
Due to the increase in influenza cases in the school district, Denver Public Health has recommended that school leaders send a letter to all DPS families about the flu. Public health officials have shared there is a significant increase in reported cases this year.
I am providing a letter from DPS Nursing & Student Health Services in  English and  Spanish and request that you distribute this letter to your families. This valuable information will help them navigate through flu season.
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.
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: 
Yearbook News 

The yearbook is still at a discounted price! It is now $55, but will eventually go up to $65, so act now! The $55 discount will last until 1-19-18.

To see if we received your senior portrait, please go to the yearbook website or check the poster on the office window.

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

Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

Thomas Jefferson High School hosts the Challenge Day program each year for the junior class. There are many reasons why we choose to do this social emotional learning program here at TJ, some of which are listed below:

Did You Know That Challenge Day Creates...

Empathy & Understanding
* Increased compassion and understanding, having a demonstrated ability to reduce teasing, bullying, and emotional distress

Social & Self-Awareness
* Improved understanding of other peoples' experiences, how actions affect others, self-management, and healthy self-expression

Connection & Belongingness
* Kinder, more caring student-student and teacher-student relationships, empowering community members and a reduction of isolation and alienation

Get ready JUNIORS, be prepared to embrace all the good that is about to happen!
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.
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
  • Please look for more opportunities this school year for parents to socialize, get connected and contribute to the Class of 2018 fundraising efforts. Please email karycramer@msn.com if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Juniors
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
Meetings with Ms. MaezSeniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  A calendar of her availability is posted on the door.
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