March 12, 2018
Administrator's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we step into testing season, please note areas where we need your support. For AP testing, please have your payments paid through the online system by March 16th so that we can order tests on time. You can pay student fees through the Parent Portal or here

Also, for the SAT (April 10th), PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 (April 11th), please click here for approved calculators.  Students will need to have one of the approved calculators, or they will not be able to use it on the test. Please get with your student and check this.

Lastly, if you have a TJ Senior, please support them in their grade tracking as spring break is a great time to work on Edgenuity and other assignments to get caught up. 

Thank you for your support.

Queridos padres y guardianes, 

A medida que entramos en la temporada de pruebas, tenga en cuenta las áreas en las que necesitamos su apoyo. Para las pruebas AP, haga que los pagos se paguen a través del sistema en línea antes del 16 de marzo para que podamos ordenar los exámenes a tiempo. Puede pagar los aranceles de los estudiantes a través del Portal para padres o aqui.

Además, para el examen SAT (10 de abril), PSAT 9 y PSAT 10 (11 de abril), haga clic aqui­ para ver las calculadoras aprobadas. Los estudiantes necesitarán tener una de las calculadoras aprobadas, o no podrán usarla en la prueba. Por favor, consiga con su estudiante y verifique esto. 

Por último, si tienes un TJ Senior, ayúdalos en su seguimiento de calificaciones, ya que las vacaciones de primavera son un buen momento para trabajar en Edgenuity y otras tareas para quedarte atrapado. 

 Gracias por tu apoyo.

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 3/12-3/16
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • TJ's Online Auction is Live - see below for details!
  • PTO meeting - 6:00 p.m.
  • TJ's Online Auction is Live - see below for details!
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • TJ's Online Auction is Live - see below for details!
Thursday -
  • Choir concert: 7:00 p.m.
  • Last day for TJ's Online Auction!

Kudos Korner
Thomas Jefferson Drill and HP teams competed in the Fountain Ft Carson Annual Drill Meet on March 3rd against a field of 17 teams.  The teams had a very good showing and walked away with a lot of hardware......

  • TJ's HP1 team finished the day 1st in Color Guard, 1st in Exhibition, 1st in Regulation and 3rd in Inspection.  They finished up 1st Overall for the meet in the Unarmed Category.
  • TJ HP2 took 3rd in regulation and finished 4th overall in the Unarmed category
  • TJ Drill team took 3rd in exhibition and 3rd in inspection.
  • TJ also received the Wilkerson Trophy for the program that accumulated the most points overall for the Meet.
Way to go, Spartans!
Payment Reminder
Students and parents: don't forget - AP payments are due on March 16th! Go to Parent Portal and click on "Student Payments via My Schoolbucks" tab to complete this.
TJ's 2018 Online Auction is here...It's Time to Bid and Win Big!
TJ's 2nd Annual Online Auction is underway and runs through March 15!

The online auction went live on March 11th and bidding on items will start to close at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 15th!  There are a lot of really great items this year, so be sure to check it out.  You are sure to find something that you want, and you can help out TJ by getting them here
Make a difference for TJ!
When everyone bids, TJ wins. The auction is a great way to have the money you spend on everyday items go to TJ.  100% of the proceeds go directly to the school and will benefit our classroom grant program. 
We need YOU to help to make TJ's Auction a's how you can help:
· Bid on items you already buy every day and have 100% of that money got to TJ!
· Bid on fun items including gift cards, travel   packages, athletic tickets, cool experiences &     great gifts!
·  Be sure to check out the "Prom Corner" for Prom items such as Tuxedo rentals and corsages!
·  Send the auction link to family, friends, co- workers, and neighbors and encourage them to bid!
·  Remind other TJ families to get in on the auction     action!

Item pickup will be held from 2:30 - 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 20th in the TJ lobby.  Arrangements will be made with the winners for large item pickup. 
Everything you need to know about how the auction works and how to get in on the bidding can be found here in the   Auction FAQs
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate contact Megan Perkins at  or 303.870.0579.
Yearbook News
The yearbook is now $65 and can be purchased online. The book will be available until sold out, so act fast!  Anything that you need to know about the yearbook can be found on the yearbook website here !
Spartan Spirit Store
The  TJ Spartan Spirit Store  is now in two places for your convenience-online and in the main hallway at TJ between the gym and auditorium. The store is also set up at select school events including athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.  Click here  for more information!
  • On-campus Spirit Store hours are on Fridays during lunch only. A couple of our wonderful parents alternate shifts to make the store convenient and accessible to students. It's also open during various special events. Julie Thibodeau will continue to be available at other times for the occasional urgent or spontaneous purchase.
  • We take cash and credit cards!
  • Order Spartan wear online. Great gifts for every class, parents and grads, too. 
  • Purchases from the Spirit Store directly benefit PTO's activities to build community, improve school spirit, and have a positive impact on every student at TJ! 
Questions?  Contact Erin Markham for more information: or  303-809-5449.
Counseling News
Community Service Opportunity
The Hampden Branch Library is in need of volunteer homework helpers during their Plaza program on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30. For any  students seeking more community service hours close to home, please contact Virginia Vassar Aggrey: (720) 865-2362 or 
ADOLESCO Youth Exchange: Application due date March 15, 2018 
Our flexible and affordable non-profit program of short term peer-to-peer exchanges to learn French in France, German in Germany, and Spanish in Spain, is now open to qualifying students in the USA. 

Unique!   Our two-way exchange program is unique: each child lives with their exchange partner's family AND takes a turn to host (the kids are together in each country, sharing their language, culture and family life with their exchange partner).    

Who? Adolesco matches US children and teens (ages 9 to 18) with age-mate exchange partners in France, Germany, and Spain for peer-to-peer language immersion and cultural exchanges. 

Flexible! Exactly WHEN and for HOW LONG each child travels are up to the two families to decide, together - there are no set arrival and departure dates. 

Affordable! A non-refundable $100 application fee, plus our program cost of $1,800, is a fraction of the costs of other exchange programs. Each family must also cover their own travel costs, purchase Travelers' Insurance ($150 or less), and cover expenses associated with hosting. 

How? The Adolesco Team will pool all qualified applicants and match candidates twice a year, typically matches are announced in early December and in early May. You and the other family will decide the exact timing and length of the exchange together, and you will have more than a year (including two summers and the year in-between) to travel and host. 

School? Please note that there is no need for Adolesco to register with your School District as an "Approved Exchange Agency" as most of our exchanges happen over the summer, and any US school attendance will be short term and at the discretion of the school principal. Regardless, our candidates might still be able to attend school in France, Germany, or Spain. 

Apply Today! Start the application process by submitting the free Pre-Application ( We will send you the Full Application, consisting of multiple forms, requests for references, and an interview, upon receipt. 

 Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845/  Find upcoming Info meetings at Info sign-up at
Testing Time!
Spartans working hard on the mock SAT test.
Are you ready?
Spartans, make sure you're taking advantage of Bromley's SAT study sessions on Thursdays at lunch in room 134 and preparing on your own as well. Let's rock this test!!
Part Time Custodian Wanted
To apply, please visit our website

Select " Work in DPS " and go to School support Operations and select " Apply Now. " Select " External Candidates. " Enter " Custodian " in Keyword box. Click the " Apply for the Job " button and enter your information. 
24th Annual Safe City Youth Summit
PTO News
  • Want to help make your students high school experience the best it can be?  
  • Want to support the staff at TJ? 
  • Want to get to know some parents at TJ?                                    
      Come to a PTO meeting!

We meet monthly and have 1-2 events each month that we support. You can help out as your schedule permits.   Email  with any questions.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
There are countless activities and events going on here in Denver and some of them are free of charge! If you are in need of things to do for this upcoming Spring Break, here are a few free options for you and your family:

WHEN: Mar. 24, 2018
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Starring Opera Colorado's Young Artists, Family Day at the Opera offers families the opportunity to see both of the company's touring productions - "Cinderella" and "The Elixir of Love" - sung in English. Arrive early to explore the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and enjoy kid-friendly activities and refreshments. Free tickets available online Mar. 1, 2018.

WHEN: Oct. 18, 2017-Oct. 17, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park!

WHEN: Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25, 2018 
Enjoy nine beautiful galleries of Clyfford Still's art, historic photos and letters from the Clyfford Still Archives, an interactive timeline, dozens of videos and books and a pair of tranquil outdoor terraces. The Clyfford Still Museum is also free every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m

Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint can produce more than 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little "D" for Denver. Free guided tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.

Denver Arts & Venues   invites art and architecture lovers to participate in free Public Art Tours - on foot, bike and scooter. These free guided tours focus on small segments of the City's Public Art Collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the  Ellie Caulkins Opera House   and  Colorado Convention Center  to view works and hear the intimate details of their creation and installation.


Tour the magnificent, gold-domed Colorado Capitol Building. Stand at exactly a mile high on the steps, see Allen True's beautiful murals, listen in on the Colorado General Assembly, and check out the gorgeous Rose Onyx wainscoting. Free tours are available on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Ever wonder about the stories of the places you pass? On Denver Story Trek you'll explore the stories behind Denver's historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour of the city. It's simple to use and free!

Housed in  Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium  (home of the  Denver Broncos ), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame honors the legacies of The Mile High City's greatest sports heroes, and features the Gallery of Legends, a "Great Moments in Colorado Sports" exhibit and a section celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado Sports.

The Money Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the Federal Reserve Bank. Walk-ins are welcome and groups can make advance reservations. Photo ID required for visitors 18 and older. On your way out, don't forget to get your bag of shredded money. 

See and experience downtown Denver the green way, on foot! Denver Free Walking Tours offers daily walking tours that start in  Civic Center Park , wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver's distinctive landmarks, and end in front of  Coors Field . The daily tour showcases the history, architecture, landmarks and businesses of The Mile High City. 
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
Aquetza: Youth Education, Leadership, and Community Empowerment Program 2018
The application process for  the  Aquetza: Youth Education, Leadership, and Community Empowerment Program 2018  has been opened . Go to: 
Aquetza is a weeklong, free, summer residential program at CU that engages high school youth in academic content and cultural knowledge sessions designed to blur the boundaries between school and community. The Program serves Mexican and Mexican-American high school youth (and Latinx students in general). You can find out more info by clicking the link above.
On the last day of Aquetza, youth are expected to present on topics that synthesize their lived experiences with content covered in Aquetza. I'm truly humbled and honored to share a short presentation from Aquetza's very own Ariana LeDoux.   She provides one of the best presentations I've seen on gender fluidity and intersectional identities. She is one example of the brilliant youth that participate in Aquetza.
Should you have any questions about Aquetza, please feel free click the link above or reach out to Co-Directors Magnolia Landa-Posas and Jason Romero.
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 2018 - Seniors
Calling all Senior Parents!
Our time is limited and these last few months will be filled with significant milestones and fun celebrations.  Now is the time to get involved and make Spring semester of Senior year memorable and meaningful for your Class of 2018 student. 

*We have a choreographer for Mr. TJ (thank-you Tyler Cobb) and now we need parents willing to supervise rehearsals and provide lunches/snacks.  All parents, regardless of if you have a son or daughter, are welcome to help.  Please contact to get involved with this fun TJ tradition.  

*Fundraising efforts have been successful and now comes the celebration.  Want to get involved with After-Prom?  All parents are welcome and needed with planning, implementing, and supervising this special event.  Please contact to indicate your interest in helping.  

Together we can make incredible memories for the Class of 2018. 
Class of 2019 - Juniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
Class of 2020 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono, the 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:  or Lisa at: .
Class of 2021 - Freshmen
  • New Graduation Requirements! DPS has adopted new, evidence-based graduation requirements that will go into effect this year for the graduating class of 2021. Click here
    to read more!
  • Click here for a video about the new graduation requirements.
News from the Future Center
Seniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
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