This will be the last official newsletter of the year. 
The first newsletter of the 20-21 year will be sent out on August 17. 
We will keep you updated on any summer news through Constant Contact and SchoolDeets.
Have a safe and relaxing summer, Spartans!
June 1, 2020
Administrator's Corner


We are so grateful for the TJ family coming together to end the year on a strong note despite the many challenges we faced. Thank you to the whole community for working hard to make things as normal as possible. 

Due to the strange ending of the year and so many unknowns about the fall, we have decided to not require summer homework for students at this time. However, we will keep you posted if there are extra resources that we make available for our students over the summer. 

We have rescheduled the Yearbook Distribution for Wednesday, June 3! Please see the details and map below.

We will keep families informed over the summer as decisions are made and we know more about how the fall might look for all of us. Please know that these district and school decisions might have to be made as late as July or even early August, so please be patient. Trust that as soon as we know something, you will know something. 

Thanks again for yet another successful year, Spartans! 

Please stay healthy and have a relaxing summer.


Estamos muy agradecidos por la familia TJ que se reúne para terminar el año con una nota fuerte a pesar de los muchos desafíos que enfrentamos. Gracias a toda la comunidad por trabajar duro para hacer las cosas tan normal como sea posible.

Debido al extraño final del año y tantas incógnitas sobre el otoño, hemos decidido no requerir la tarea de verano para los estudiantes en este momento. Sin embargo, lo mantendremos informado si hay recursos adicionales que ponemos a disposición de nuestros estudiantes durante el verano.

¡Hemos reprogramado la distribución del anuario para el miércoles 3 de junio! Por favor, vea los detalles y el mapa a continuación.

Mantendremos a las familias informadas durante el verano a medida que se tomen decisiones y sepamos más sobre cómo podría ser la caída para todos nosotros. Por favor, sepa que estas decisiones del distrito y la escuela podrían tener que tomarse tan tarde como julio o incluso a principios de agosto, así que por favor sea paciente. Confía en que tan pronto como sepamos algo, sabrás algo.

Gracias de nuevo por otro año exitoso, ¡Espartanos!

Por favor, manténgase saludable y tenga un verano relajante.

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
Kudos Korner
  • Kudos to  Mike Christoff  and the entire Admin team for their leadership during these tough times! We all appreciate the organization and communication provided to faculty, staff, and families as we wrapped up the year.
  • A special thanks to  Grant Laman, Jon Poole, and everyone who contributed to the 2020 Virtual Graduation video. It was a terrific way to honor our graduating seniors from a distance! Additionally, due to some video submissions that 
    were blocked by the DPS Spam filter, we made an addition to the video to capture the extra submissions not included originally. This video is not a "timed" event. It is up on YouTube right now. Click here to watch!
photo by  Filipe Zavala
  • Thanks to all of those who participated in the Class of 2020 car parade on Saturday! It was a fun way to give our seniors a big, memorable graduation send-off as they made one final, unforgettable brown and gold tailgate parade through the TJ neighborhood.
Yearbook Distribution Wednesday, June 3!
Great News! The yearbooks are here!! See info about distribution below!

When: Wednesday, June 3 from 8 am to 3 pm
Where: Thomas Jefferson High School
How: Drive-through pickup. See map.

Have you purchased a book? Look for an email receipt from Jostens or MySchoolBucks. As a last resort, you can email Mr. Forrester and he will check for you.

Did you forget to purchase a yearbook?
You're in luck! We ordered about 65 extra Yearbooks this year to sell. You can purchase them the following ways:

Purchase a book online: While supplies last, you can purchase a book for $65. Go to: MySchoolBucks > School Store > Yearbook. 

Cash Purchases: Bring $65 cash to TJ. There will be limited cash purchases on the day of distribution until sold out. Please try to bring exact change if possible to make things easier on everyone.

Digital signing from Jostens: Unable to attend? We will save your book for you until next school year and you can pick it up then. No action is required on your part.

PTO News
We're excited to share that the King Soopers Community Reward Program is getting great results.  From January through March, 82 families participated which generated a donation of $1,600 to the PTO. Thank you to all who participated! We'd love to have even more families join the program. This is FREE money that supports TJ students and the school community. All you have to do is pick TJ as your rewards partner and then shop at King Soopers as you normally would.  TJ receives a percentage of all purchases!

It is easy to sign up. To get the benefits, you must register for the rewards program here...
  1. Go to and sign in to your digital account or create a new one. Make sure your loyalty card number or alternate ID is associated with your digital account.
  2. Click on Enroll Now
  3. Search for Thomas Jefferson High School Partners or use code UT036
  4. Click Enroll
That's it! You are now ready to earn FREE money for the TJ community.  At the point of purchase, you must swipe your loyalty card or type in your alternate ID for your purchases to apply to TJ. 
It takes approximately 10 days for the King Soopers Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt. TJ receives payments from King Soopers quarterly. The percentage TJ receives varies by quarter.
You can view the total you earned during the last quarter by signing into your King Soopers account and selecting My Account. There is a tab for the Community Rewards Program. You can verify that TJ is listed as your Community Rewards beneficiary and see the amount you've contributed.
Thank you for your support!
Questions? Email
Safe 2 Tell 

Denver Health Update
Counseling Corner
We know that  the anticipation of summer looks a little different this year with CO-VID19.  Keep in mind that there are many free resources to keep your student engaged and busy during the summer months.
Click  here  for summer resources. We will be updating this document as we hear of more!
We miss you, Spartans! Have a restful and wonderful summer!

Sabemos que la anticipación del verano se ve un poco diferente este año con COVID-19. Tengan en cuenta que hay muchos recursos gratuitos para mantener a su estudiante comprometido y ocupado durante los meses de verano.
Haga clic  aquí para ver los recursos. Estaremos actualizando el documento cuando sepamos de más recursos.
Los extrañamos, Spartans! Tengan un verano tranquilo y maravilloso!

Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...
Summer vacation is here! While we are away from the building, we want to make sure you have supports available to access as needed.  
Crisis Resources:
* Safe2Tell: Anonymous hotline:   (877)542-7233
* National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: and (800)273-8255
* Colorado Crisis Services: Mental Health supports (844-493-8255 and
* DPS FACE helpline: (720-423-3054) and
For information regarding updates from TJHS, please visit .
If you believe you are having a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
FREE Summer Opportunity from the Denver Public Library
Senior Parking Spaces for Next Year
Current Juniors: I f you want to reserve a parking spot for next year, please reach out to Mrs. Allen via email or
Help Wanted at TJ!
We are in need of two paraprofessionals for our Special Education students. If you are interested, please contact Paula Hammel at
Spartan Spirit Store
We now have TJ car magnets for $5!!
Please email  if you would like to purchase something & we would be happy to get the spirit wear for you. We can arrange to have items picked up.  
News from the Future Center
Class of 2020- Congratulations on all of your accomplishments thus far!

Be sure to check your emails regularly as this is how your college will be communicating with you.

I'm available throughout the summer so do reach out as questions come up. If you have not yet received a financial aid award from you college, let's get that figured out ASAP. Please email me to schedule an appointment.

Class of 2021- Please be sure to complete the Junior Survey (DSF) in Naviance. You only need to complete the one named exactly Junior Survey (DSF)

Check your dpsk12 email for an invite to our TJ Future Center Class of 2021 google classroom. If you do not have an invite, please email me for the code. 

Stay tuned throughout the summer for further information regarding college access including scholarship resources, choosing colleges, preparing your essays etc. 

Feel free to get in touch with questions! I look forward to working with you all.

Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
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
Class of 2020 - Seniors

Congratulations on your achievements, Class of 2020!

Be sure to tune in to the additional graduation video that was made with the submissions that were initially blocked:
Class of 2021 - Juniors
Soon to be Vintage - Don't forget to buy an AMAZING class t-shirt if you haven't yet.  See Mrs Lynch room 111.  They're going fast!   
As are our kiddos!  Just think one year from now they we will be dressing up for Prom, celebrating graduation, and gearing up for their next adventure.  Let's send them out in style.  To do this, we need your help!  Do you know that most schools charge $50-$80 a ticket for Prom?  AT TJ, we want everyone to go to Prom for no more than $20.21 a ticket and after Prom is FREE to all seniors! However, we cannot do it without your help.  
Don't need a shirt and wondering how you can support the class?  Ready to make this the best year ever?  Start today and make a donation to the Class of 2021 through the Sprit Store here and feel AMAZING! 
Look for some upcoming parent social events to kick off this journey and last hurrah! Tons of opportunity be part of the experience and we need EVERYONE to make this special.  If you like party planning or just have ideas or want to help with additional fundraising, contact any one of us. We need parents to take the lead on Senior Sleep out, Mr. TJ, Powder Puff Football, Homecoming Rally, and After Prom.  If this sounds like you, please speak up! 
Karla Henke  karladhenke@gmail.comJen Abram,  Lisa Allen,  Colley Moe,  Teri Hertzel , John Trujillo   
Class of 2022 - Sophomores
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julie Rubin ( or Marlene Talavera ( 

The class of 2022 has two faculty sponsors,  Jillian Gleason and Maggie Kennedy, but parents are needed to work with the staff to plan fundraising activities. Parent sponsors also plan community building activities for the parents of the class of 2022.  Each  class is expected to raise money needed to host their Prom, After Prom and other activities senior year.  The sooner the fundraiser get started, the more choices there will be for events senior year. The time commitment can be as little or as much you can share.   Your involvement in any capacity is important and appreciated. We are successful because of your behind-the-scenes contributions, large and small. It all adds up to a stronger community. An engaged parent body shows our students that we care about them!
If you need more information, contact, Julie at or Marlene at (
Class of 2023 - Freshmen
Class of 2023 parents would like to thank our creative and enthusiastic sponsor Rebecca Taylor for helping us navigate fundraising and events for the Freshmen class this year! We are off to a great start for our class fundraising!!

While a few of our 2023 spring fundraisers and events were impacted by the Covid-19 closures, we all look forward to school activities resuming when deemed appropriate!

Thank you also to the MANY Class of 2023 parents who worked so hard this year! We encourage others to join in when things get rolling as we have some fun tentative plans and always need extra hands!!   If you have any ideas or comments and would like to get more involved, please contact Catherine Poirier  or Christy Jordan!

Lastly, our heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to all of the TJ seniors from the parents and students of 2023!   Have a safe summer everyone!