March 26, 2015
Administrator's Corner


The spring sports season is well underway and I wanted to share with you some of the features of our scheduling website that can help athletes and their families stay informed.

The rSchool schedule site can be found by clicking on the TJ Athletics webpage under the
Team Schedule tab, or clicking here.  With our unpredictable spring weather one important feature of the site is the "Notify Me!" link in the upper right hand corner. This feature allows a parent to select the specific schedule of their student athlete and then submit contact information that will be used to send them an email or text the moment games are canceled and/or rescheduled.

Another great feature of rSchool is the "Subscribe" feature. This feature allows you to quickly and easily download specific team schedules into your outlook or google calendar. Simply select the team schedule from the "View Schedules" section on the right and then select subscribe in upper right hand corner. These features will help keep student athletes and their families informed and up to date on our after school events.

Before I sign off I wanted to remind our students and their families that tutoring is available in the library from 3:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teachers are also available from 2:15 to 2:55 every Wednesday for office hours. Student athletes are encouraged to communicate with their coaches if they need to be excused from practice in order to take advantage of additional academic support.

Thank you and Go Spartans!

Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal / Athletic Director

Spartan Wins 2015 Comeback Athlete of the Year
Congratulations, Adna! 
The Denver Nuggets will honor sophomore Adna Adrovic Wednesday March 25, during pre-game of the Nuggets vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. The
Comeback Athlete of the Year award is given to an athlete to appreciate his or her efforts in recovering from an injury or illness not necessarily related to sports performance.

Adrovic will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship for post-secondary education, and Thomas Jefferson's athletic training department will get $1,000. Read More
Wanna Get Away?
Interested in traveling to Germany and the Alps in 2016? You can save $100 by enrolling before the end of March. Please come to room 217 or click here for more details! You can also e-mail

or call: 720-423-7093

Quick Links

Summer School
Students can now sign up for summer school. It is first come, first served, so don't wait!
STEM Opportunity for Girls
Montana Tech University offers an on-campus summer camp for high school sophomore and junior girls to explore exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers through hands-on experiments, lab-based activities, and interactions with professors and STEM professionals.  More information about the MINES program is attached and also available online .

Colorado Rockies Ticket Opportunity
Special Olympics have partners with the Colorado Rockies to sell tickets and promote schools Unified sports teams.  Tickets are at a discounted price and in all locations for the April 11 th  game against the Cubs.  Anyone can order tickets here. S elect TJHS and use promo code SOCO. If you are ordering for groups of 12 or more, please contact Jason Ragan at or 303-312-2224, and don't forget to mention TJHS.
Costa Rica!
This is a photo of the beautiful Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  But something is missing:  YOU!  You can still join our TJ group on this trip, departing on June 16, but you have to act fast!  Contact Nina Barber for more information about our 9-day service learning trip to Costa Rica.  Interested in travel to a Spanish-speaking country NEXT year?  Contact Nina Barber for information about next year's trip to...(still to be determined). 
Email  for information!

Check out these free Spring Break activities!

Spring Break is March 30 to April 3! We're lucky to have many free, family activities in the Mile High City from exploring dinosaur fossils to learning how candy is made.


Free Everyday Activities 

Whether it's a rainy day at home or a day full of errands, there are plenty of free activities in our Summer Learning Guide to help keep your children learning outside of school. Spring Break is a great time to encourage children to keep their brains working!


Free Tours and Activities

Learn how coins are made at the Denver Mint. 

See deer, raptors and more at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. 

Watch how candy is made at Hammond's Candy Factory. 

Go on a Nature Hunt at Hudson Gardens. 

Unearth fossils at Dinosaur Ridge. 

Learn how lightning is created at The National Center for Atmospheric Research. 

Check out the hands-on observation room at Lookout Mountain Nature Center. 

Enjoy a Free Day at the Denver Art Museum on Saturday, April 4.

See the beautiful natural amphitheater of Red Rocks - be sure to enjoy to hiking trails around this popular concert venue.

Check out the free art exhibits, programs and storytime at the Denver Public Library. 

Let your child's imagination take flight with Wings Over the Rockies' program. Students age 12-17 will learn to build and fly an R/C model airplane. Scholarships available.

Create your own mythic creature in the new exhibition Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 

Watch free educational videos through Khan Academy. 


Free Admission to Zoos, Museums and More

With Spring Break starting next week, it's a great time to make sure your children are registered for the MY Denver Card! Whether you're visiting the zoo, museums or recreation centers, the MY Denver card offers free admission to some places as well as other benefits, giving students great options to fill their time during out-of-school days. Visit their website. 


Comcast Internet Essentials

You may qualify for $9.95 a month Internet service and a low-cost computer with Comcast Internet Essentials. Learn more... 



The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is a part of Denver Public Schools and works to foster a school community that is educated, engaged, and empowered to share the responsibility in creating thriving schools where every child succeeds.

Take the Bucket Challenge on Spring Break! 
Have you dared to accept the Challenge? Have your tested your creativity? Have you donated to TJ's Bucket Challenge?
Before you check out for Spring Break, please donate $5 or more to the TJ Bucket Challenge. F unds go to library improvements and a new study lounge for students. We're working to make TJ look like the great school it is, and to develop stronger community ties.
Won't you please help? Click here to make a donation today!
P.S. Did you know you can win great prizes by sharing your bucket challenge on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Think free lunch, massages and gift certificates. Take the Bucket Challenge on Spring Break and share using #TJBucketChallenge. We promise, it'll be rewarding!
Click here for affordable counseling resources for DPS students and families!
Students Can Get Paid for Good Grades!
Alpine Bank Pays for A's Program Rewards Hard Work
Does your student bring home awesome report cards? Would you like to see them rewarded for it?

For nearly 40 years, Alpine Bank has rewarded students for their hard work in school. Click here to learn more!

A Golden Opportunity
Senior De'Jour Elliott committed to play football for the Colorado School of Mines.
On February 4th, senior wide receiver De'Jour Elliott accepted a scholarship to play football at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. His friends and teammates were in attendance, along with his coaches and family members. Read More
Opportunity for Women in Technology

Microsoft is excited to announce DigiGirlz 2015 is open for registration.

Please join us on
April 15th, 2015 for a full day of great activities including hands on development, career panel, and more.   It is a great opportunity to meet other young ladies interested in technology while connecting with Microsoft employees in their work environment.


Come dream about your future possibilities, share your great ideas and have a lot of fun with a technology leader!

The event is free; registration is now open on a first come, first served basis.


Location: Microsoft Store: Park Meadows Mall

Address: 8505 Park Meadows Center Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

  • Students in grades 7-9 are welcome to register  
  • Online release forms must be signed and submitted prior to attending event
  • Transportation to the event is the participant's responsibility
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • See registration link for additional information
Support Future Challenge Days!

Announcing Challenge Denver's
Benefit Concert 
Daryl Streumer of Genesis

Thursday, April 16
The Soiled Dove in Lowry  
Destination Imagination - Congrats to the TJ/GW team!

The Thomas Jefferson/George Washington DI team competed this weekend in the Scientific challenge and won first place! Not only that, but they also received the Da Vinci Award (see below for description).  The team now moves onto state (April 25th at the Auraria Campus).  If they are one of the top 3 teams high school teams in the state for their challenge (the scientific challenge), they have the opportunity to go to Globals. Wish the following students luck: Spartans Camryn Guenther and Molly Berenbaum, and Patriot Isabelle Levine-Clark! 
DaVinci Award - For Outstanding Creativity : The paths we follow on our journeys were once uncharted and unknown - until someone took a bold step in a new direction and paved a way for us to follow. To solve our Challenges, imagination, creativity, originality, and courage are required. We honor those individuals and teams who most clearly demonstrate that spirit of adventurous risk in their solutions - those who most creatively traveled to reach truly new and unique destinations. The DaVinci Award is named to honor one of humanity's greatest creative thinkers, Leonardo Da Vinci. Awards will include an inscription of Leonardo's personal motto "Sapere Vedere" (To Know How to See ) - fusing classical thought and philosophy with art and science to propose new and creative outlooks of the world. *Please note: solutions need not be successful to demonstrate the attributes of creativity and risk taking. 
Have a Future Spartan in the Family?
Click here for information about Ninth Grade Academy, August 10th-14th.  
Registration forms here: English and Spanish 
TJ Shines Bright in the Lone Star State
Members of the Honor Platoon and Color Guard travel to Texas for Regionals.
As students at Thomas Jefferson High School attended class and studied for tests and quizzes, another group of Spartans in JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) faced a different kind of challenge. On February 4th, 13 members of TJ's Honor Platoon and four Color Guard members traveled to San Antonio, Texas by bus for four days to compete in the 5th Brigade Western Regional Championships. Read More
News from the Future Center

Dear Students and Families,


A few updates: 

  1. 1.       FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Do not pay for this application.  Click here for more FAFSA and financial aid resources. 
  2. 2.       For those of you who have completed the FAFSA and have started to receive financial aid award letters, I have created a spread sheet that you can use to compare financial aid offers among colleges.  Click here to access that information. 
  3. 3.       Time is running out to apply for the Denver Scholarship Foundation's scholarship.  Click here for scholarship details and click here for the application (Click "New Applicants" and then "DSF Student Portal).
  4. 4.       The following four links will connect you to scholarship information:
    1. a.       Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Directory
    2. b.      Where to search scholarships
    3. c.       List of Colorado university and college scholarships
    4. d.      Click here for scholarships with approaching deadlines. 


If you need to complete the FAFSA or have questions about any step in the financial aid process, I am happy to meet with you by appointment.  Please email me to set a time at  Otherwise, please review the links in this email to help ensure that you've completed next steps of the financial aid process. 


Have a great week!

Ms. Maez

Please let Ms. Maez know when...
You're accepted into college (bring in or email acceptance letters/emails).
You complete scholarship applications (see the attached scholarship checklist to help you organize what you need for your scholarships.)
You're awarded a scholarship or ANY time you get money from a college (might come with acceptance letter).
You receive financial aid award letters.
Important College Events:

All events in the Future Center, unless otherwise noted.

4/14/15- 1:00 pm- New York Film Academy

4/16/15- 9:30am-12:30pm National Hispanic College and AVID College Fair, Colorado School of Mines, click here for more information.  
Summer Program for Seniors
3/20/15-  Goodwill Summer Bridge Program for Seniors.  Click here for information and here for the application.  


4/15/15-  Adelina Gomez Scholars Summer Institute.  Click here for information and here

for the application. 


Many colleges offer summer programs at their campuses.  Research the websites of the colleges of your interest.  Many will offer scholarships to cover costs.

Helpful Financial Aid Links
Financial aid presentation
Colorado institutional scholarships- Includes helpful instructions on how to apply to scholarships at ALL Colorado colleges and universities.
Click here for a link to Denver Scholarship Foundation's scholarship directory.