January 7, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Happy New Year, Spartans! 

I hope that you're all relaxed, rested, and ready for the spring semester! With the start 
of each new year it is time to reflect on the previous one: What worked? What didn't? How can I be more successful this time around?  Please take a little time and make a plan for this semester that sets you up for success. Remember that attendance is key, and staying on top of your assignments and getting extra help will go a long way. We have a lot of work (and fun, too!) ahead of us this semester, so let's buckle down and make it a strong start! 

¡ Feliz año nuevo, Spartans! 

¡ Espero que estén todos relajados, descansados y listos para el semestre de primavera! Con el inicio de cada nuevo año es el momento de reflexionar sobre el anterior: ¿Qué funcionó? ¿Qué no? ¿Cómo puedo tener más éxito en esta ocasión? Por favor tómese un poco de tiempo y haga un plan para este semestre que le prepara para el éxito. Recuerde que la asistencia es clave, y mantenerse al tanto de sus asignaciones y obtener ayuda adicional será un largo camino. ¡ Tenemos mucho trabajo (y diversión, también!) por delante de nosotros este semestre, así que vamos a cerrar el cinturón y hacer que sea un comienzo fuerte!

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 1/7-1/11
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • All students return
  • PTO Party at the Pioneer - 6-8 p.m. (details below)
Wednesday -
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.

Friday -
Kudos Korner


  • The TJ PTO wants to give a big shout out to the Starbucks located on the corner of Hampden and Locust for celebrating our TJ teachers and staff. Starbucks manager, Keelan Layden, donated the reusable cups that staff received at the Holiday Luncheon and matched the PTO gift card amount giving the staff a $10 gift card. When you bring the reusable cup into any Starbucks location, you receive a discount on your beverage.  Thank you, Starbucks, for being a great community partner!
  • On behalf of all the people involved in the TJ Adopt-A-Family Program, thank you to everyone for the gifts, food, & donations to the families. You helped make a difference in the lives of 23 families and it just proves how the TJ Family and community really cares about one another. I am very proud to say I am a Spartan for life!   -Matt Nicolo
PTO News
Party at the Pioneer! PTO invites you to join us at The Pioneer (2401 S. University Blvd - cross street is Wesley) on Tuesday January 8th from 6 - 8pm to celebrate a semester of great accomplishments and a glimpse of more to come. Hope to see you there!

Please note: This happy hour was rescheduled from December. There will not be a PTO meeting in January.  Our next meeting will be February 12, 2019 at 6 pm in Room 111.
STEM and Leadership Conference for Girls
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:
  • Please check to see if we received your senior quote and photo. There's a poster hanging on the office windows, or you can check the yearbook website to make sure.
  • PriceGet your book at the price of $55 until 1-18-19. The price will eventually increase to $65, so act fast!
All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
YMCA Job Partnership
Give back to your community and make a difference working with youth! 

If you love to have fun, and wish to gain experience with youth for your future career goals such as education, social work, recreation, psychology or human services, then this is the job for you. You will be engage with kids ages 5-11 years, play gym games and do fun art projects! Whether you are looking to gain experience or simply for a job that is different and fun and outside of the norm, then this is the job for you! Position details include: assisting the Site Director in all aspects of the after school program which include: building relationships with the kids and community, taking attendance, leading activities, actively supervising the kids and engaging with youth.  Our hours are flexible and you can work 2-5 days a week after school until 6pm with additional hours available on school breaks. Apply online here  and search for program aide and program leader positions in Denver towards the bottom of the job offerings. Must be 16 to apply. Pay range is: $10.20-$11.05 depending on age.   We look forward to you joining our great team of youth developers!

Locations near TJ: 
Holm Elementary (3185 S. Willow St Denver CO) 2:45-6:00pm
RMSEL-Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (1700 S. Holly St Denver CO) 3:00-6:00pm
Schlessman YMCA (2625 S. Colorado Blvd Denver CO) 2:30pm-6:00
News from the Future Center
College Admissions Representatives Visits week of 1/7:
Fort Hays University on Monday, 1/7 @ 4th period

Thank you!

Sophie Vogel
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
Facilities Management Jobs Available
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJ Spirit Store is stocked and ready to sell!  Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs. The TJHS Spirit Store is open every Friday at lunch time. Great news: the huge SALE has been extended through November! l 2019 retro-Joe Spartan t-shirts are $5, all other short-sleeved t-shirts are $10, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hoodies are $25.  We also now have beanies with pom poms for $20 and beanies without for $15.  We accept cash, credit cards and checks.

The store will be open during events like certain athletic games and other community events such as the ArtFest. Or, make an appointment to shop with Carrie ( TJHS.Store@gmail.com ). The store accepts cash, credit cards and checks. You can view several items  here , but we are not currently accepting online orders .

Please contact Julie Thibodeau in the front office if you need help with the store at times other than Friday at lunch.

If you have any questions please email them to  tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
Approximately 430 of our students here at TJHS are enrolled in Advanced Placemat (AP) classes.
While Students who are enrolled in AP and IB ( International Baccalaureate) classes self-report higher levels of perceived stress when compared to their peers in general education classes, there are also many benefits to taking AP classes. Let's discuss both sides and how best to support these students!
What are the benefits of an AP class?
Students who participate in accelerated courses are more likely to:
   - Receive higher scores on the American College Test and Scholastic Aptitude
   - Attend college
   - For Hispanic and African American students or students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds, enrollment in AP classes, particularly before 11th grade, also relates to higher high school graduation rates.
Also, students who have completed accelerated courses in high school:
   - Often experience higher college grade point averages and save money based on course credits earned for their AP/IB exam performance.
What else should I know if my student is in an AP class?
   - Although AP/IB students may not be the most obvious group of adolescents in need of extra supports, this population has salient and unique risk factors in need of specialized services, such as elevated perceived stress levels. Compared to their peers in general education, multiple studies with different samples have documented that AP/IB high school students report significantly higher levels of stress than their peers in general education at the same schools.
- Higher stress levels for youth in accelerated curricula are associated with less life satisfaction, more frequent school absences, and lower grades.
- Even the most talented and hard-working students in middle school typically need to revise their study habits, time management, and help-seeking strategies to successfully acclimate to the AP/IB course load in high school. By the time some students get the fundamentals of how to be successful in an AP class, like managing their time and studying every night, it can sometimes take until 3rd quarter. By this point in time, they are so far behind and can't pull their grade up.
How can I support my student enrolled in an AP class?
1) Prepare students for the transition from middle to high school - talk about expectations and rigor ahead of time; attend available transition meetings or orientations at the high school; have them familiarize themselves with the school's website
2) Educate students on the signs, symptoms, and consequences of heightened stress - talk to them about what stress can look like. Need help with that, visit one of our previous tips here and here !
3) Teach students coping strategies they can use to effectively deal with academic stress- try these !
4) Help students become more engaged in their schooling experience - encourage them to establish relationships with their teachers, classmates, administrators, coaches, counselors, and other school personnel.
5) Offer supports to students who are struggling academically or emotionally - reach out to school mental health and counseling department if you are worried about your child struggling.
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources:  
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as well 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 2019 - Seniors
Attention Class of '19 Parents:

Join us for an informational meeting on January 15th at 6pm in room 111.  We'll cover important updates and have administration available to answer questions as we prepare for Graduation.  Contact Anne McCord if you have questions (armccord06@comcast.net). 

Cheers!  Class of '19 Parent Committee
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
TJ AVID is selling Do it yourself Senior Shirts! 

Join the new TJ tradition!

Tie Dye, paint and decorate to your Style!

Senior DIY Shirts $15 

Class of 2020 - Juniors
The Class of 2020 will raise money throughout the year for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
  • Host an event and donate the proceeds to the class of 2020!
  • Make a tax deductible financial donation by clicking here.  Be sure to find out if your employer will match our donation!
Please contact Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com) or Lisa LoJacono (lisalojacono@gmail.com to get involved in fundraising and other activities!

Class of 2021 - Sophomores
  • We're also looking for volunteers to host future events for our class parents. If interested, please come to the next PTO meeting, or send an email to thetzel@comcast.net; or colley_moe@comcast.net to find out more.
Class of 2022 - Freshmen
  • If you have any questions or interest in joining a team of parents to help coordinate fundraising efforts and community building, please email tjhspto@gmail.com for more information.