January 18, 2021
Administrator's Corner

Hello Spartan Families,
Here is some important information we would like to share as we prepare to have students return to in person learning. Teachers will have an in-service day on Monday, February 1st but students will still have asynchronous classes to attend that day. On February 2nd, in-person will begin for students. Students will be expected to bring a water bottle, headphones with a mic, their computer along with the charger. Students will be attending on a AA/BB schedule. Students with last names in A-K will be in the AA group and attend in person on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students with last names in L-Z will be in the BB group and attend in person on Thursday and Friday. There are approximately 300 students in each group. When not attending in person, all students will be expected to attend class remotely.
Students are expected to follow all DPS health and safety protocols while in the building. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Wearing a mask the entire time you are in the building
  • Entering and exiting at the front door and following hallway "one-way" signage
  • Going directly to your class room 
  • No mingling in the hallway or on school grounds
  • Maintain at least a 3ft distance when possible
  • No food or drink allowed
  • Leave the premises immediately upon dismal at the end of the day.
Click here to access the video recording of the most recent PTO meeting where we held a Q/A about in-person learning.
We will also be holding a TJ Parent meeting on Zoom on January 27th at 6:00 pm to share more information about in-person learning and answer questions. Please join us using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87607113622?pwd=U0Rjek1RYXJkdG9FN0ZYdzdOeXFyUT0
This is where students will fill out their health screening (Safe Access) before entering the building: https://live.safeaccess.app/en/locations/pM3hnjQ/attest 
Thank you for your support as we move into this next phase of our school year!
Hola familias espartanas,
aquí está una información importante que nos gustaría compartir mientras nos preparamos para que los estudiantes vuelvan a aprender en persona. Los maestros tendrán un día de servicio el lunes 1 de febrero, pero los estudiantes tendrán clases asíncronas para asistir ese día.
El 2 de febrero, en persona comenzará para los estudiantes. Se espera que los estudiantes traigan una botella de agua, auriculares con micrófono, su computadora junto con el cargador. Los estudiantes asistirán en un horario de AA/BB. Los estudiantes con apellidos en A-K estarán en el grupo AA y asistirán en persona el martes y miércoles. Los estudiantes con apellidos en L-Z estarán en el grupo BB y asistirán en persona el jueves y viernes. Hay aproximadamente 300 estudiantes en cada grupo. Cuando no asistan en persona, se espera que todos los estudiantes asistan a la clase a distancia.
se espera que los estudiantes sigan todos los protocolos de salud y seguridad de DPS mientras están en el edificio. Esto incluye pero no se limita a:
  • Usando una máscara todo el tiempo que estás en el edificio
  •  entrando y saliendo por la puerta principal y siguiendo la señalización "unidireccional" del pasillo
  • yendo directamente a la sala de clase
  • no hay mezcla en el pasillo o en el recinto escolar
  • mantenga al menos una distancia de 3 pies cuando sea posible
  • no se permite comer ni beber
  • salga de las instalaciones inmediatamente después de que se haya desalentador al final del día.
Haga clic aquí para acceder a la grabación de vídeo de la reunión de la PTO más reciente en la que celebramos un Q/A sobre el aprendizaje en persona.
También celebraremos una reunión de TJ para padres en Zoom el 27 de enero a las 6:00 pm para compartir más información sobre el aprendizaje en persona y responder preguntas. Por favor, únase a nosotros usando este enlace: 
Aquí es donde los estudiantes llenarán su examen de salud (Acceso Seguro) antes de entrar en el edificio: https://live.safeaccess.app/en/locations/pM3hnjQ/attest 
Gracias por su apoyo a medida que avanzamos en esta próxima fase de nuestro año escolar!
Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
  • No School for Students - Dr. MLK Jr. Day
  • TJ Gear on sale at Onsite Consulting, located at 6446 E. Hampden Ave.: 5:00pm-6:00pm


Kudos Korner
  • Kudos to Paula Hammel for completing her time as acting Principal! Welcome back to Mike Christoff!
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.
Connections Count - SENIORS! January 25th
The virtual Connections Count day is an experiential program that guides students.  It is designed to create connection, inclusivity, and break down barriers.  

Some of the tools students will experience are:  Practicing mindfulness, taking action, active listening, the power of vulnerability, learning to responsibly manage emotions, developing self-confidence offering compliments and sharing gratitude, speaking out and using their voice.  

The Virtual challenge day is designed to provide a supportive environment for students to come together, remember they are not alone, and leave feeling empowered, remembering their strength and resilience.  

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
Need Spirit wear for the New Year?

We have two opportunities coming up in January if you're looking for some spirit wear. We have hoodies, short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve dry fit shirts, blankets, magnets & stickers. 

Wednesday, January 20 & 27th we will be selling spirit wear at Onsite Consulting, located at 6446 E. Hampden Ave. from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Hope to see you. 
Karla & Carrie
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!
PTO News
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the PTO meeting last week. It was great to hear directly from our TJ administrators, Paula Hammel and Jon Poole. The meeting minutes, financial reports and meeting recording can be found on the PTO webpage.
For the fourth quarter of 2020, the PTO received $1,900 from the King Soopers Community Rewards program. This is the biggest reward we ever! Over 100 families participated from October through December. With fundraising challenges this year, we are so grateful for so much participation. A portion of these funds go towards each class fund and the rest goes to the general fund for supporting the TJ students, teachers and families. Thank you so much for all your generosity so far this school year. You are showing up for each other in big and small ways and it makes a such a difference. Wishing you a new year filled with hope of brighter days ahead.
Questions? Email TJHSPTO@gmail.com.
TJ Food Drive and Distribution Program
Our next Food Bank distribution day is scheduled for January 28, 2020 from 12:30-2:00 pm!
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, in January we are requesting donations of disposable masks, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, etc., in anticipation that students will return to in-person learning by February. 
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. 
STEM Programming Opportunities - Register Now!
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.
DPS Custodians and Bus Drivers Needed!
During this time of COVID our schools need more than ever to stay clean and safe for our kiddos and staff!

The reason for this email is to ask a favor - We have a dire need for Custodians and Bus Drivers!

We currently have 70 custodian vacancies.

Custodian Job Description:

The Custodian works under the direction of the Facility Manager and/or Assistant Facility Manager, cleaning the facility and performing grounds work in accordance with DPS guidelines. They may perform minor maintenance activities on facilities and equipment.

· Must be at least 17 years of age
· They must pass a reading test (8th grade reading level), Interview, Criminal Background Check and Fingerprints.
· High school diploma or equivalent required for FT
· All full time shifts are 8 hours a day - based on location, 8 hours between 12:30pm and 11:00pm, usually Monday - Friday
· All part time shirts are 4 hours a day - between 5:00pm-11:00pm
· $14.77/an hour! These positions are eligible for medical, vision benefits as well as sick, personal and vacation time

Bus Driver Job Description:

The Bus Driver is responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of elementary, middle, and high school students, including students with special needs, on regular routes, excursions and athletic trips.

· Must be at least 21 years of age.
· Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Colorado commercial driver's license (CDL) - Class B with P2S endorsements if this license is not currently held.
· $20.34/an hour!
· Benefit eligible with minimum hours
· High school diploma or equivalent required

If interested they can text DPSFIELD to 97211 to speak to a Recruiter
GT Corner
Attention TJ Parents,
Usually by the time a student gets to high school, they have been screened and/or identified, if appropriate, for Gifted and Talented services. However, every now and then a student may slip through the cracks, or was in another district and was not screened, or it did not follow them to DPS. 

That's why we need your help! You know your kids better than anyone. If you think your child demonstrates heightened or exceptional abilities in any of the following areas, please reach out to the Dean of Instruction and GT Site Team Coordinator, Adria Tate (Adria_Tate@dpsk12.org)

1. General or Specific Intellectual Ability -- Intellectual ability is exceptional capability or potential recognized through cognitive processes (e.g., memory, reasoning, rate of learning, spatial reasoning, ability to find and solve problems, ability to manipulate abstract ideas and make connections).

2. Specific Academic Aptitude -- Specific academic aptitude is exceptional capability or potential in an academic content area(s) (e.g., a strong knowledge base or the ability to ask insightful, pertinent questions within the discipline). All academic areas should be considered.
3. Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical, Dance or Psychomotor Abilities (Talent Aptitudes) -- Visual arts, performing arts, musical, dance or psychomotor abilities are exceptional capabilities or potential in talent areas (e.g., art, drama, music, dance, body awareness, coordination, and physical skills).


4. Creative or Productive Thinking -- Creative or productive thinking is exceptional capability or potential in mental processes (e.g., critical thinking, creative problem solving, humor, independent/original thinking, and/or products).



5. Leadership Abilities -- Leadership is the exceptional capability or potential to influence and empower people (e.g., social perceptiveness, visionary ability, communication skills, problem solving, inter- and intra-personal skills, and a sense of responsibility).



Our entire GT Site Team looks forward to hearing from you!

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...?
January 24th, 2021 is NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY!
We challenge you to:
Find a reason to give someone a sincere compliment. It can be as simple as an appreciative "thanks for being a good neighbor." 
Research shows that both the giver and receiver get an emotional boost. In fact, one study showed that getting a compliment has the same positive effect as receiving a cash reward! 

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources:https://www.bhg.com
Webinar Series for Parents
School Based Health Centers are OPEN!

SBHC@dhha.org or call us at (303) 602-8958

Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic: 720-423-7190

Consent for Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic:


News from the Future Center
Hi Spartan Seniors and Parents, 
Spartan Class of 2021 and Parents, 
Please be sure to complete your FAFSA or CASFA application for student aid money by January 29th. Some colleges also require the CSS Profile to be completed and this is often due on February 1st. 
Be sure to log in to your TJ Future Center schoology course a few times a week to review the Updates and your Assignments! 
You'll see Weekly Scholarship Highlightsassignments to keep you on track including FAFSA steps,  Essay Writing Tips, the calendar of Virtual College Rep Visits, Virtual Career Panels, and upcoming deadlines in addition to many other resources! 
When you are accepted to colleges, it is important to follow the instructions they provide to access your college portals and email addresses as soon as possible! This will help ensure that you do not miss any requests for required information and can review your financial aid awards. 
Use the Schedule an Appointment button in the TJ Future Center Schoology to set up a time for us to meet!

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

Our next event will be held in February!

Details to follow in January.  

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 - hope you'll be back in-person soon!  Cool Class of 2023 TJ Masks 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! Enormous thanks to Candace Lewis (Laila Hilton's mom) for the design and producing of our 2023 Masks!
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