March 24, 2016
Administrator's Corner

Congratulations - we made it to Spring Break! We wish all students, faculty, and staff a restful vacation. Please note that our first day back at school will be Monday, April 4. Be ready to come back strong for a busy spring and rest of the year, including testing, Prom, AP exams, and much more!

Seniors in APEX need to work over the break (see Spivey for specifics), and there are 2 more full days that they can be here to work: April 11 and 19th. 

Thanks for your support in recognizing the importance of all standardized tests as they will be used as a gauge for the school performance framework (SPF), so students should come ready to do their best. 

Felicidades - ¡llegamos a las vacaciones de primavera! Le deseamos a todos los estudiantes, profesores, y personal unas vacaciones relajantes. Tenga en cuenta que nuestro primer día de regreso a la escuela será el lunes, 4 de abril. ¡Esté listo para regresar fuerte para una primavera y fin del ano ocupado, incluyendo exámenes, "Prom" (baile), exámenes de AP, y mucho más !
"Seniors" (grado 12) en APEX necesitan trabajar durante las vacaciones (ver a Spivey para más detalles), y hay 2 más días completos que pueden estar aquí para trabajar: 11 y 19 de abril. 
Gracias por su apoyo en reconociendo la importancia de todos los exámenes estandarizados, ya que se pueden utilizar como un indicador para el marco de rendimiento escolar (SPF), por lo tanto los estudiantes deben venir preparados para hacer su mejor.
Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Quick Links
Seniors taking APEX are invited to come to school on April 11th and April 19th to get some APEX work done without any other distractions!
Kudos Korner
  • Kudos to the cast and crew (and their families), musicians, and director of 
    Hello, Dolly! They put in countless hours and delivered an impressive show for the TJ community. Way to go, TJ Theatre!
Principal Selection Process - Update and Forms
Don't forget - the final Community Meeting is tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
If you were unable to make either of the in-person engagement sessions this week, the following links will provide a good way for you to participate and give your input.
Use this form to list the skills and characteristics that will be the most important for the next principal.
Utilice este formulario para apuntar las habilidades y características que serán las más importantes para el próximo director.
Click on the links below to learn more about the hiring timeline and nomination forms for the Advisory Committee:
Counseling Corner
9 th Grade Expo, Friday March 25 th, Auraria Campus.
Students have completed entering their choices for next year. If your student missed that window, please have him/her contact their counselor as soon as possible.
The next step will be to create a master schedule. No times or teachers have been scheduled yet.  Students will have their 2016-2017 schedules in late May.
Scheduling for summer school will begin in April, after spring break.
Hard-Wired to Succeed
TJ's robotics team, Sparta Robotica, will compete in a regional robotics competition before Spring Break.
From March 24th until March 26th, TJ's robotics team, Sparta Robotica , will compete in a regional competition held at the University of Denver. The team, comprised mostly of students from pathways robotics classes along with a handful of other individuals in the robotics program, has been hard at work since the beginning of semester building, programming, and prototyping the robot. Read more
Night Out - March 25th

Kicking into Gear with Girls' Soccer
With a new coaching staff and a larger group of girls, TJ's Girls' Soccer is ready to take on the new season.
As TJ rolls into the spring season, many students are starting to look forward to spring break. However, for girls' soccer, the hard work is just beginning. With two unfortunate losses against Littleton and Hinkley High Schools, and many more challenging teams to face, the Lady Spartans are ready to jump into the season with their best foot forward.
Seatbelt Challenge
The Leadership class will be having a seatbelt challenge a few days after spring break. We want it to be a surprise to the students, just to see who is wearing their seat belts & who isn't. We would like to award the students with gift cards & hopefully gas cards. We are kindly asking for donations that can be brought to Erin Thompson. We are doing this challenge to help students be more aware of the dangers of not wearing your seatbelt and how much can be prevented by wearing it. Any money or gift cards donates helps this challenge!
The August Wilson Class is Going to New York!
The August Wilson Class has met their goal of raising the funds needed for the New York City trip.  Heartfelt thanks to the DPS Foundation, Donors Choose, parents, guardians, family, friends, and the TJ community for your generosity!  You have made our dream trip possible.  From March 31-April 3rd we will be:

> Attending the musical
The Color Purple on Broadway 
> Attending the off-Broadway hit
Sistas, including a post-show talk with the author and cast 
> Touring Ellis island, The Statue of Liberty, and the 9/11 Memorial at ground zero 
> Hitting the top of the Empire State Building, the new World Trade Center, and Top of the Rock 
> Visiting Little Italy (of course), Chinatown, and Central Park 
> Taking in the Big Apple all day and night for four days

Thank you donors and supporters!

Palmieri & The August Wilson Troupe
APEX Update
If a senior is making up credits on Apex, they need to be done by 13 May 2016 so everything can be graded in time for senior checkout on 17-18 May.  If they are not finished by checkout, they have until the 19 th to do so;  the final list of student who will be able to participate in the ceremony needs to be with the principal by end of day on Friday the 20 th.
As of 25 March, there will be 32 school days remaining for the seniors.  Ideally, a senior should have completed 81% of all of their apex coursework by then. We will have "senior days on apex" for students who are not done;  those are on 11 April and 19 April.
The district is moving to another vendor next year, and our contract with Apex will expire on 30 June 2016.  Students will lose all progress in their current class if their class is not completely finished.
The only way for them to get more time is to attend summer school.  The Program Manager for the district will send the information to counselors in April, and students must go through their counselors to enroll in summer school.
The Cultural Side of Denver
Upcoming events around the city this Spring are sure to grab the attention of many.
Often, students find themselves with much time and little to do on the weekends. Denver is always booming with different cultural events, from arts to festivals to sports. From long-awaited movies and awe-inspiring performances to attractions and exciting sporting events, students should know that there is plenty to do in the Mile High City. Read more 
DECA Breakfast
What: DECA End of Year Breakfast
Where: Mt. Vernon Country Club
When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016  8-10am
Why: Celebrate the year and welcome new members for 2016-2017 School year
It's time again for the Annual DECA Breakfast. $20.00 per person, Buffet Style, and a whole lotta fun! See Coach Matt or Danny Showers for more details. RSVP's due by April 15th!
Upcoming Testing Schedule
Read below for upcoming testing dates.
3/24/16 Mock AP Stats and AP Calc 7:30-12:00 (library and room 111)
4/5/16 Mock Environmental 7:30-12:00
4/6/16-4/15/16 PARCC 9th grade (schedule below)
4/19/16 PSAT 10 (10th graders) and ACT (11th graders) No 9th or 12th graders 
4/25/16 CMAS 11th grade....still developing schedule
5/2/16-5/13/16 AP Exams (schedule attached...still working on rooms and proctors)
End of May...district finals
PARCC Testing is on the Horizon
Please note: participation rates for 2016 testing may impact SPF scores. All students are expected to attend school during these testing periods.
The PARCC online testing will begin at TJ in April.  Our 9th graders will take the PARCC ELA/Math test. The purpose of the state test is to formally assess how students can perform in regards to grade level Common Core Standards. This is also an accountability measure to ensure that schools are adequately preparing students. We will receive the results in much more timely fashion this year. This will allow us to adjust school-wide instructional strategies at the beginning of the year. I am glad to say this is a much better set up than last year.
9th graders will begin testing on April 6th.  We will work on an adjusted schedule so students will still attend all classes during our a djusted schedule.   See the modified schedule below.  All students are expected to attend school during this testing period
Please contact Julie Thibodeau at 720-423-7149 or  with any questions.

PSAT 10 and ACT - free for all students! 
Thomas Jefferson is excited to announce that we will be administering the PSAT 10 along with the ACT this year on April 19th starting at 7:30 am.  Sophomores will take the PSAT 10 and Juniors will take the ACT.  Due to testing, there will be no school for 9th and 12th graders that day. Be sure your students are well rested and come prepared.  Students should bring with them: pencils, approved calculators(TI84 or similar is acceptable) and their school id's.  Please contact Julie Thibodeau at 720-423-7149 or with any questions.

Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2016 - Seniors
  • Graduation Information: The Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Auraria Campus (Event Center, 1255 10th St., Denver, CO 80204) from 5-7 p.m. On May 25th. Each student will get 5 free tickets and additional tickets will be for sale for $5/each. P arking is at the Tivoli, parents do pay for parking, staff is free. 
  • Mr. TJ, Fri. 4/15 -  . Nine  of the esteemed class of 2016 young men will be joined by their escorts and emcees to compete for the title of Mr TJ by showcasing their style, grace and talents.   It's going to be "Raining Men" and you won't want to miss it.
  • Prom, 4/23, 8-11pm at the Curtis Room in Landmark (DTC). I t's sure to be a grand time! We will be looking for parent volunteers to help with various aspects of prom in the coming weeks, stay tuned to the newsletter for updates. Class of 2016 are providing corsages ($15) and boutineers ($10) for Prom.
  • Get your class T_shirt! at:
Class of 2017 - Juniors
  • April 6 @ 2:15 Mr Sheehan's room - Info meeting regarding Prom - your ideas & involvement are needed !  
  • How to stay in the loop and share your ideas for the Class of 2017:
  • Class of 2017 t-shirts - at online store for Class of 2017
  •  Follow 2017 Class on Twitter - @2017TJHS
Class of 2018 - Sophomores
  • It's time to RSVP for the April 8th, 7-9 PM Class of 2018 Parent Social at the home of Jim and Kary Cramer, 3103 S Milwaukee St. Break out of the smaller circles you know at TJ and meet the rest of the 2018 families while raising money for a memorable prom and after prom!  Click here for the Evite or contact Kary Cramer,  for more information.
Class of 2019 - Freshmen
2016 Pipeline Conference
Cabinet in the Community with Mayor Hancock
April 2: Join Councilwoman Black, Mayor Hancock, his Cabinet and department heads, and TJ Principal Suzanne Morris Sherer for a quarterly neighborhood Cabinet meeting. Hear first-hand what's happening in our community and around the city. Following the meeting, attendees can engage one-on-one with the Mayor and his leadership team. April 2, 9-11 am at Thomas Jefferson HS.
Health Screening
Each year DPS conducts health screenings for students in specific grades. At the high school level all 9th graders are screened as well as testable students in special education. The screening consists of vision and hearing screenings as well as height/weight (BMI) measurements. At Thomas Jefferson High School the screenings will take place onApril 22 & 25; Recheck dates are April 26 & 27. If you would NOT like your student screened you must notify the school nurse prior to April 15, 2016 via e-mail to

Cada año DPS lleva a cabo exámenes de salud para los estudiantes en grados específicos. En el nivel de secundaria todos los estudiantes de 9º grado son examinados, así tambien como estudiantes en educación especial que puedan ser examinados. Los exámenes consisten en exámenes de la vista y la audición, mediciones de altura/peso (IMC). En la escuela, Thomas Jefferson los exámenes tomaran lugar los días 22 y 25 de abril; revisiones son el 26 y el 27 de abril. Si NO le gustaría que su estudiante sea examinado debe notificar a la enfermera de la escuela antes del 15 de abril del 2016 a través de un correo electrónico a
News from the Future Center

For upcoming events, college visits, financial aid workshops, scholarships, and much more, visit the Future Center wikipage!
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