January 7, 2016
Administrator's Corner

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a very restful break and were able to recharge themselves for a great 2nd semester! I am extremely excited to begin my two week period as your principal at TJ. You can expect to see me throughout the building and in the classrooms as well as supporting our TJ family at our many after school events. Thank you again for your continued support of TJ and Happy New Year.

Mike Christoff
Principal Resident
Quick Links
Kudos Korner
Special thanks to...
  •  Kudos to the TJ Spartan Football team for adding their muscle and enthusiasm to the setup and cleanup of the ArtFest and for assisting the vendors with transporting their many heavy items to and from the gym. The PTO truly appreciates are the help and student spirit they brought to this huge fundraising event.
  • It was another successful year for the Adopt-a-Family program.  We assisted 88 people with gifts and food through the holiday season. Thank you so much for your contributions, efforts, and support.  Another amazing year and we should feel proud!!!

  •  See below for a detailed thank you from the ArtFest organizers!
TJ Named Top Performing DPS High School
Go Spartans!
TJ was one of only 4 traditional high schools in DPS to be named Top Performing/High Growth for 2014/2015. This is TJ's second consecutive rating as a "top performing" high school in DPS, and it marks the 4th time in the past 6 years that TJ has been recognized with this distinction.

Congratulations to all of the faculty, staff, and students who have worked so hard to earn this recognition!

Click here to view the report of other Top Performing/High Growth Schools.
CLEP Testing
Thomas Jefferson is excited to announce that we have become a certified CLEP testing center and have already qualified 13 students for college credits.  The College Level Examination Program also known as CLEP, offers students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 CLEP examinations.  CLEP exams allow students who have comprehensive knowledge on a subject to show their understanding at a college level.  TJ administered the first World Language (Spanish and French) CLEP test on Wednesday, December 9 th .  All thirteen students who participated earned a recommended amount of either 6 or 9 credits to any public institution in the state of Colorado. This figure or amount is the recommended amount of credits per the American Council of Education (ACE),   however, each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy.  We are so proud of the following students: Arely Cruz, Ricardo Felipe, Cristina Garcia onofre, Jenny Jacal, Saly Kacou, Lionel Mbou, Erika Nieves, Rolando Patino-Perez, Alexa Renteria, Alejandro Rico, Ruby Rodriguez, Diana Ruiz and Daniela Valenzuela.
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. 
A Smashing Fundraiser for the Class of 2017

Challenge Day Program Featured on Colorado Public Radio
Please click here to hear the CPR podcast describing Challenge Day.

We are excited to announce 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. 
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
FAFSA Workshop on Monday, 2/8/16
Would you like help completing the FAFSA?  Attend TJ's FAFSA Workshop on Monday, 2/8/16, anytime from 3-6pm.  You will need approximately one hour to complete the FAFSA, depending on your finances and the documentation you bring to the workshop.  Click  here  for more details.  
News from the Future Center
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