January 30, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Good morning Spartans, 

It's that time of year again - when the budget for next year is solidified. The good news is that thanks the support of the Denver voters we are receiving new funds (Mill Levy and Bond 2016). There are parameters around how we can spend this money and the Collaborative School Committee will be meeting this afternoon to discuss the budget for 2017-2018 and finalize. 

Stay tuned for an update!

Buenos días Spartans!

Es ese tiempo del año otra vez - cuando el presupuesto para el próximo año se solidifica. La buena noticia es que gracias al apoyo de los votantes de Denver estamos recibiendo nuevos fondos (Mill Levy y Bond 2016). Hay parámetros en cómo podemos gastar este dinero y el Comité de Escuela Colaborativa se reunirá esta tarde para discutir el presupuesto para el proximo año escolar 2017-2018 y finalizar.

¡Manténgase atento!

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!
Save the Date -Testing
9 th  graders will be doing CMAS testing on March 23 rd-24th . Please make spring break plans accordingly so that students are here to test.
Kudos Korner
  • I want to give a huge shout out to all staff members, parents, and community members who volunteered to help with Challenge Day!. We had 56 adult volunteers which allowed 187 students experience the day. A very appreciative thank you to Melanie Maez, the Lunchroom Manager and Tom and Chris in FM for their incredible help setting up the day. Thank you to the counselors, Natalie Koncz, and administration for their part in checking the students in and keeping them contained, which is no easy task. Almost everyone in this building had a part of making this day amazing for the students and I can vouch that the kids were blown away.
-Samanda Davis
Week at a Glance - Week of 1/30-2/3
  • CSC - 4:00 p.m.
  • Electronics Recycling Drive (all week) 
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Deadline for DPS School Choice (families  can either complete the form online, or come to TJ and turn in their paper form to our registrar Betty VanNorden - see below for details )
  • Office Hours/early release
  • TJ, Merrill and Hamilton band and orchestra concert - 7 p.m. in the auditorium
  • District Blue/Green Day - NO STUDENTS
School Choice Deadline - Tuesday, Jan. 31st
The Denver Public Schools enrollment season is in full swing, with applications coming in at a fast pace!

Families who are looking for a new school for 2017-18, make sure to list your preferences on the SchoolChoice form by 4 p.m. on Jan. 31. The best way to fill out the form is online, but paper forms are also available in every DPS school. Whichever way families choose to apply, all forms submitted by the deadline will receive the same consideration.

Visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org for access to information on SchoolChoice, the paper forms and submission information. Families can also call 720-423-3493 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

El período de inscripciones de DPS está en plena marcha ¡y estamos recibiendo los formularios a un paso acelerado!

Si busca una nueva escuela para el año escolar 2017-18, asegúrese de indicar sus preferencias en el formulario EscojoMiEscuela antes de las 4 p. m. del 31 de enero. La mejor forma de llenar el formulario es en línea, pero también se puede presentar un formulario impreso. Independientemente de la manera en que decida llenarlo, no se preocupe: todos los formularios que se reciban antes del plazo límite contarán con el mismo grado de consideración.

Haga clic aquí para acceder a EscojoMiEscuela en línea, imprimir los formularios y obtener información de cómo presentarlos. También puede llamar al 720-423-3493 a 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., de lunes a viernes.
Senior Work Day Opportunity - Credit Recovery
Any SENIORS who are taking Credit Recovery courses on Edgenuity are strongly encouraged to come work in room 32 on Friday, 3 February 2017.  That day is a no-student contact day, and seniors working on their classes (especially if they have more than one class to complete by 12 May) need to come in from 8-2-ish.
Notes from the Band Room
The TJ bands and orchestra are hosting students from Merrill Middle School and Hamilton Middle School on Thursday, Feb 2, 2017.  The TJ students will serve as section leaders and mentors for the day.  After 5+ hours of rehearsals, students from all three schools will join together in presenting a concert.  The performance will begin at 7pm, on Thursday, February 2, in the auditorium.  We would love to see our TJ community join us.

Congratulations to Jake Downing and Avi Love for being selected to the Citywide Concert Band.  The group will perform February 25, 2017 at the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy.

Additionally, congratulations are due to Avi Love for being selected for the Gold Band of the Fort Lewis College Honor Bands.  He will be rehearsing and performing with the band on Feb. 4.
Breaking News...
Students from TJ Leadership and The TJ Forest Project (Current and former APES students) have partnered to conduct an electronics recycling drive.  English teachers have agreed to collect donated used, retired, even broken electronics  (iPhones, iPads, Droids, computers, etc.) this week ; Monday January 30th thru Thursday February 2nd.  The purpose of this drive is to raise money for the TJ Forest Club's transportation to Rocky Mountain National Park research excursions and to spread awareness about the ecological and environmental benefits of recycling the precious metals in these devices that allow our high-tech information society to function.
Only 2 Weeks Remain for Yearbook Ads!
Don't put it off - recognitions ads are due soon!
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. In addition, revenues from recognition ads help our school to create a better yearbook. Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school.

Please take into account our school's ad content guidelines on the bottom of this form during the creation of your ad online.  Because these recognition ads can take some time to design and create, we wanted to give families plenty of notice.

All ad orders must be placed online by 2/16/2017.

Crushes are Back
The crush fundraiser will begin Jan. 30th and end on Feb 13. Crushes will be distributed at the end of the day Feb. 14th. They are $2.

We are gladly accepting donations of 12 pks of Crush-all flavors,  to support sending the choirs to competition this May. All proceeds go to the choir department.

Questions? Contact Ms. Reed!
You're Invited to a Great Day of Leadership and Community Service
On Saturday, February 4, CYL is hosting its first ever Youth Advisory Board Conference. We're calling it Base Camp: Empowerment . High schoolers just like YOU within CYL have created, planned and executed everything needed to host you and your friends as an introduction to CYL and to serving others.  

Who: you and all your friends
What: a full day learning, leading & serving with other high schoolers from Colorado!
Where: East High School in Denver
When: Saturday, February 4 9am-4:30pm
Why: to empower all high school students to lead and serve

The details.
Learn about different nonprofit organizations in Denver. Sign up for a breakout session topic that interests you: Native American rights, food justice, social justice & art and environmental conservation. Pick your fave! Meet other high school students who care about issues like homelessness, hunger, art and the environment. An afternoon serving in City Park with The Greenway Foundation. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in this FREE event.

Make awesome friends! Click here to register!
PTO - Save the Date
The next PTO meeting has been moved to Monday, February 13 at 6 pm in room 111. Please join us to find one way you can plug in to the many needs we have! We will be discussing TJ's first online auction to be held this spring, Mr. TJ, a screening of the documentary Screenagers and committee updates. Hope to see you there! Questions?  Email us at  TJHSPTO@gmail.com
SkillsUSA Conference and Competition
SkillsUSA will be starting in house competition in February to qualify for State. Students will be competing in photography, web design, video, 3d animation, and computer programming. A leadership component will also be added this year. There are approximately 100 SkillsUSA participates, and between 20 -25 students will have the opportunity to attend the Colorado SkillsUSA Conference and Competition in Colorado Springs in April.  Most of the competition events will take place from Feb 1st through the 10th. 
Cheerleading Mini Camp and Fundraiser
Who: Girls and boys kindergarten through 6th grade
What: Learn and practice basic cheer skills, basic stunting, cheers, and a routine! 
(All based on age)
When: February 13th and 14th from 5:00-7:00
Where: Thomas Jefferson High School- Dance room
Why: To raise money for the Thomas Jefferson Cheerleading team
Cost: $35 early bird (before February 6th) $40 after

Screenagers Documentary Comes to TJ (You're Invited!)

Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
TJ Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Run time 68 minutes
Directed by Delany Ruston, M.D.
Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on teens/kids and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, people comment that they feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance in their families around screen time.

We've all been there--arguing with our families about putting phones away during dinner or socializing on Snapchat when homework isn't finished. Or maybe you've had discussions about the appropriateness of social media posts or photo sharing. What rules are fair? Online bullying, sexting, or simply the belief that "if it's on the internet it must be true"... these are just a few of the trials our teens face in the digital world that didn't exist much more than a decade ago.

Screenagers probes into the effects of too much screen time and how families can approach some of these digital challenges. This hour-long documentary covers the messy struggles we face over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors,psychologists and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can be empowered to best navigate the digital world. Screenagers is appropriate for adults and kids 10 and older. However, many parents with kids younger than 10 have reported they were happy they did. However, it's not recommended for age 7 or younger.

Watch the trailer and read the movie review. Invite your friends, family and neighbors. Free and open to the public.

Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Reserve your seats!

P.S. The film is not being made available through theaters, Netflix or YouTube. The producers' intent is to make it available exclusively through community forums such as schools in order to spark conversation. Hope to see you there!
GT News
Dear GT, HGT and 2e Parents and Guardians of Thomas Jefferson High School,

Through a series of rigorous proposals, submissions, formal and informal reviews and interdepartmental approvals, our GT department, school and university collaboration has once more proved progressive and fruitful. 
We are proud to provide the following opportunity to your child:
Your child is invited to participate in a research study on characteristics and academic behaviors of gifted and talented high school students. If your child elects to participate, your child will complete a 28-question survey that asks how they feel about various elements of learning and problem-solving. Your student's participation is completely voluntary, and the survey shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes to complete. Students will be compensated for their time with a $5 gift card. A small portion of participants (less than 6%) will be contacted again for a follow-up interview, with additional compensation offered.
If your teenager is interested in helping, and you agree to allow the participation, please complete the attached Parental Permission form below, and give your gifted child the Student Approval Form and Survey, also attached below. Please return all three documents by email to  chays23@du.edu or by mail to 546 Atwood St, Unit 11, Longmont, CO 80501.
Brian Weaver
Click here for more information.
Mr. TJ Parent Volunteers
Mr. TJ is a senior tradition at Thomas Jefferson run by the senior parents.  It's a beauty pageant for the senior class boys.  The event will take place April 14.  This is a great opportunity to raise money for Prom but we are in need of parents to help run and organize the event.  Practices take place during school and sometimes after.  Please contact Sara Andolsek if you are interested or with questions.  Sara_andolsek@dpsk12.org
AP Money
We will start collecting money for students who are taking AP tests this month. Every test is $93. Please know that if your student cannot make the test date, it will be $45 more to change the test date per College Board.
TJ Gear Wanted!
Leadership is doing a sports/TJ memorabilia project.  TJ families, alumni, or community members do you have any TJ gear that you no longer want?  Please bring them into the main office labelled Leadership. 
TJ's 2017 Inaugural Online Auction
We're excited to announce TJ's Inaugural Online Auction to be held April 16-20, 2017. Proceeds from this effort directly benefit our staff and students by helping to pay for valuable programs such as classroom grants and much-needed upgrades for improved working and learning environments. We want this to become TJ's biggest fundraiser on an annual basis.

We need your help to make this fundraiser a success! Here's what you can do:

1. Reach out to businesses and request donations such as restaurant certificates, merchandise, vacation and travel opportunities, spa packages, professional services, and tickets to entertainment, cultural and sporting events. Donation information can be submitted directly at https://tjhs.ptapal.com. Ask at the places you already know, love and frequent...they rarely say no to a donation for a public school! Let them know we give lots of recognition to businesses that support us. Plus, donations to TJ are tax-deductible! The TJHS 2017 Auction Letter provides additional information on the Auction and has the TJ Tax ID #. This can be printed out and given to businesses when requesting a donation.

2.  When the auction goes live on April 16th, share the link with friends, families, neighbors, co-workers--anyone in the SE Denver community and beyond--who would enjoy supporting our neighborhood high school and walking away with some pretty awesome stuff as a result. When you bid and win, so does TJ! 

We need an army of families contributing each in their way to make this successful. It's an online process and we've streamlined to the extent possible. Will you please help?

Please email Megan Perkins for more information at megandperkins@gmail.com and see the attachment for more information.
Buy Groceries and Benefit TJ!
Buy King Sooper Cards that you can load and use and then a percentage (5%) goes to TJ PTO.
We can make ALOT of money from these when people just do their normal grocery shopping or gasoline purchase. 

Right now we only have 7 people using the cards but we made $2500.00 + ......i magine if at least 1/3 of the school used these cards!

lf 150 families at our school committed to spending $250 with their card each month, our school would earn $22,500 in one year! Anyway...details below and here is one image you can use.

  • Did you know you can earn 5% of every dollar loaded to your re-loadable gift card at King Soopers? 
  • Use your reloadable King Soopers gift card to purchase groceries, gas, and prescriptions!
  • You can get a card from the online store - mkt.com/TJSPartanStore 
...or by sending an email to Kevin Whalen, kevinjwhalen@yahoo.com, or stopping in to see Julie Thibodeau in the main office.

Cards are $5 and can be re-loaded anytime you are in King Soopers and can be used for any purchases including gas!

Thanks in advance for your support with this awesome fundraiser!
Cold Weather Care Guide and Sheltering Options for Families
As cold weather approaches, many families need extra assistance and sheltering options. Please click here to see the comprehensive guide. 
Communications Protocol for District Weather Closures and Delays
As we prepare for winter weather conditions, the Communications and Transportation Services teams want to ensure we're aligned with how we're sharing news about districtwide closures, dismissals and delays:
  • When districtwide school closures or early dismissals occur, information will be provided by Communications to students, families and educators.Additionally, messaging will be shared through area radio, television and print media, as well as through district websites and social media tools. We also encourage you to share this information on your school websites and social media tools.
  • Communications will use Infinite Campus to send out districtwide school closure or early dismissals messages.
  • Please note that the Transportation Services team will share information with students, families and educators about any delayed openings using its notification system called Bus Bulletin.
NEW Spirit Store Items
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store  which is online. The store also is setup at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.

NEW Spirit Store Items!

Check out the new American Apparel soft 100% cotton v-neck t-shirts in dark gray or white with gold TJ on the front and Spartan on the back. Also, get a new gray fleece blanket with gold TJ embroidered in the corner to keep you warm while cheering on the Spartans this winter.

New XXL and XL sizes in men's Under Armour ankle zip sweatpants and new inventory in the Under Armour 1/4 zip long sleeve pull overs in graphite grey stripe with embroidered TJ. XXL hoodies and T-shirts now available.

Order online and pickup at school: mkt.com/TJSpartanStore or contact Laura Whalen to pay by cash or check.
Look for the Spirit Store at all TJ Spartan athletic events this year.
Club - Le cercle francais
Ms. Janczak has a student teacher this semester who would like to facilitate a French Club meeting Thursday after school and also during lunch on Tuesdays.

All students (NO French needed!!!) are welcome to come to French club or "Le cercle francais" on Tuesdays at lunch OR Thursdays after school in room 9.  We will play games, watch movies, organize bake sales to support  Muanjadi Organization (muanjadi.org) which is an organization that supports girls going to school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Again, you do not have to speak French to come!!!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Challenge Day promotes a sense of community within the school. It unites people and demonstrates we are more alike than we are different. Community starts within the home. Here are a few tips on how to build a community in your neighborhood. This can also translate to how to help your child build a better sense of community in the school environment. 

Building strong communities is critical, hard work. I feel it's one of the most courageous, important things each of us can do every day. 

We can speed up the realization of good community building ideas if we live our lives consistent with community priorities. The good news: practically every activity and every moment grants us the opportunity to practice community-minded behavior. 

Here are 10 ways you can start the courageous work of building community today. 

1. Take interest in other people's passions as much as you want them to be interested in yours. We all have ideas for how life should be. The thing is that, unless we are unsurpassed geniuses, we only see a small part of the picture. Asking others what they see can only enhance understanding. 
2. Become a mentor to others less involved in their community. In every community there is a small, overworked group of leaders who try to figure out everything for everyone. They go to all the meetings and take on huge loads of work while others are silent-until it is time for them to complain. This will not do. If you are such a leader, mentor someone with less experience. If you are not, approach someone and ask them to mentor you. 
3. Support a cause with no direct personal benefit. We are involved with things we care about the most. That's natural. My experience tells me, however, that the most interesting and possibly most important discoveries happen in the spaces between interests and disciplines and ideologies. Step outside your natural zone-it's necessary for uncovering new solutions. 
4. Invite "them" to your meeting. It is convenient to show our importance by pitting "us" against "them." But "they" may have insights that will help us better understand the problem and appreciate the marvelous tensions that form a healthy community. 
5. Reject the tendency to blame. Everyone plays a role in the problem and everyone must participate in the solution. Practice compassion towards those who, like ourselves, unwittingly contribute to the problem they wish to solve. 
6. Confront internal contradictions. Claiming that the problem is someone else's doing conveniently absolves us from doing our part. If I drive my car to a transportation meeting and complain about traffic jams, it's necessary that I acknowledge my contribution to that traffic. At the very least, acknowledge the irony of the situation. 
7. Practice industrial-strength listening. Do not react until you've received. 
8. Render unto community... Shrink your home to what is necessary and conduct the rest of your life in the community. For example, resist a "theater" room and visit your local theater instead. Anytime you bump into others you make your community a bit stronger.  
9. Clarify your image of the future. I find that most decisions we make are shaped by impulses so deeply ingrained we fail to be aware of them. Unexamined impulse is prejudice. Examined impulse, once confirmed, is guidance that leads to something better. Examine your embedded assumptions, embrace the relevant ones, and discard the rest. What remains is a clear intuition, an image of a possible future. Then engage with others to make it a reality. 
10. Resist the temptation to choose between the ideal and the reality. Hold them both in your awareness. Learn to enjoy the creativity and humor this tension offers. It can be quite funny.  
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP
Information gathered from YES! Magazine
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2017 - Seniors

SENIOR T-Shirts - Get Yours Now
We still have some of the original Class of 2017 T-Shirts available. Y ou can purchase online and pickup at school OR  see Julie Thibodeau in the office  to buy your shirt.  Profits from these shirts support After-Prom Event for 2017.  So please support our Seniors and a safe, fun Prom 2017.

Stay CONNECTED - TeamApp - TJ Class of 2017, Twitter @2017tjhs, facebook TJHS 2017 Spartan Support 

Questions:  TJHS2017@gmail.com
Thanks for helping to make TJ and the Class of 2017 Great!
Class of 2018 - Juniors
  • 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 - Sophomores
  • If you have an idea for fundraising, community building event or volunteer opportunity, please contact Jane Bulger:  janeebulger@gmail.com
Class of 2020 - Freshmen
  • Thank-you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono who have agreed to be 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.
News from the Future Center
Seniors, there is still time to do FAFSA! You may need to complete FAFSA to be able to apply to scholarships at colleges and universities even if you don't think you will qualify for need based aid. Contact Ms. Maez to set an appointment: rmaez@denverscholarship.org or 720-423-7234.

The class of 2017's scholarship goal is $7 million. At this point, seniors have raised $1,279,941, which means we have a lot of work to do. If a senior has received scholarships at any college or university, please email or bring Ms. Maez a copy of your acceptance letter. FYI- Last year's class raised over $5 million which is the highest amount raised by TJ seniors in over four years.
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