March 9, 2020
Administrator's Corner

As you may know, the Colorado Education Association (CEA) is promoting an "Educator Day of Action" on Thursday, March 19, to rally educators at the Colorado State Capitol on the important issue of the inadequate funding that school districts receive from our state government. There will be no school for students on Thursday, March 19. Click here for more information.
It is the time of year when many people get colds and the flu. Be sure to wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough, and please stay home if you are actively sick. Additionally, there is anxiety and fear around the recent news of the coronavirus. Please click here for a message from the district about information and precautions. Additional background information, guidance on staff and student travel, and answers to questions you may have about Coronavirus can be found 
here . That website will be continually updated as we get new information and additional guidance from health officials.
Thanks, and stay healthy, TJ!

Los espartanos,

Como usted sabe, la Asociación de Educación de Colorado (CEA) está promoviendo un "Día de Acción del Educador" el jueves 19 de marzo, para reunir a los educadores en el Capitolio del Estado de Colorado sobre el importante tema de los fondos inadecuados que los distritos escolares reciben de nuestro gobierno estatal. No habrá escuela para estudiantes el jueves 19 de marzo. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información.

Es la época del año en que muchas personas contraen resfriados y gripe. Asegúrese de lavarse las manos con frecuencia, cubrirse la boca cuando tose y, por favor, quédese en casa si está enfermo activamente. Además, hay ansiedad y miedo en torno a las recientes noticias del coronavirus. Por favor, haga clic aquí­  para un mensaje del distrito sobre información y precauciones. Puede encontrar información adicional sobre el personal y los viajes de los estudiantes, y respuestas a las preguntas que pueda tener sobre Coronavirus aquí.  Ese sitio web se actualizará continuamente a medida que obtengamos nueva información y orientación adicional de los funcionarios de salud.

Gracias, y mantente saludable, TJ!

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 3/9-3/14
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week 
  • PTO meeting: 6:00 p.m.
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:45 p.m.

  • TJ Culture Fest: 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
Kudos Korner
  • Speech and Debate hosted over 200 students from across the state for our State Qualifying tournament last weekend. Our own competitors did amazingly, and we had several kids qualify to go to State at the end of March (Eleanor Benson, Meghan Maloof, Peter Bodin, Jesse Johnson, and Deqa Muse as an alternate)! Our other Public Forum debate team of Isaac Whistler and Elena Adams also did well winning two of their four rounds. Way to go, Spartans!
  • NCWIT - Aspirations in Computing Award: On Saturday February 29, Ava Ward was honored as a 2020 Colorado Aspirations in Computing award winner from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. The award honors 9th-12th grade women for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Ti'anna Boultinghouse received honorable recognition for 2020. Excellent job, ladies!
TJ Culture Fest - March 13
graphic by Ava Ward

The TJ Culture Fest will be happening on Friday, March 13th from 2pm-5pm in the TJ Cafeteria and everyone (parents, students, and staff) are welcome!
It is almost time for TJ's 4th Annual Online often and win big!
TJ's 4th Annual Online Auction will run March 15-19!

Mark your calendars now because bidding will start promptly at  8:00 am  on Sunday, March 15 th and item categories will begin closing at  7:00 pm  on  Thursday, March 1 9 th.  The online catalog will be available to preview beginning Thursday March 12th .

Make a difference for TJ!
When everyone bids, TJ wins! The auction is a great way to have the money you would normally spend anyway go to TJ.  100% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit our classroom grant program. 

This is TJ's ONLY fundraiser this year and we need YOU to help to make it a's how you can help:

  • Bid on items you already buy every day 
  • Bid on fun items including gift cards, travel packages, athletic tickets, cool experiences, great gifts
  • Send the auction link to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors and encourage them to bid, too
  • Remind other TJ families to get in on the auction action
Everything you need to know about how the auction works 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.

Get those calendars out and get ready to start bidding! 
Denver Plan Community Conversation with the Superintendent - March 17
Families are encouraged to attend the Denver Plan Community Conversation from 5:30p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at New Hope Baptist Church located at 3701 Colorado Blvd in Denver, CO 80205. Families can engage in conversation with Susana Cordova and Board Members. Refreshments, child care and interpretation will be provided. For more information, visit the   event page here.
GT Corner
TJ will be hosting a grade level ALPS meeting for all GT students every Wednesday afternoon in March (4, 11, 18, 25), from 2:15-2:55 pm in Room 111. In that meeting, GT students will be taken through the process of completing their ALPS. 

The following grade levels will meet on the following date: Seniors - March 4; Juniors - March 11; Sophomores - March 18 and Freshmen - March 25.

TJ will also be hosting a GT Parent Information Night on Wednesday, March 18, from 6-8 pm, in Room 111. In this meeting, we will be sharing TJ's vision for the GT program, goals for the program, and ways we hope to evolve in order to better meet the needs of our GT students.

If parents have any questions, they can reach out to Adria Tate, Dean of Instruction, at or 720-423-7018.
PTO News
Parents please join us at the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, March 10th from 6-7pm as we hear from the guidance counseling
staff about all the standardized testing in the spring. Now that DPS has made SAT scores a graduation requirement, there is even more practice testing and preparation. Come learn what the various standardized tests are (CMAS, PSAT, SAT, AP, and more!), what they are used for and what it means for your child's graduation requirements. Staff will answer general questions about testing. Parents who have student specific questions can make an appointment with their student's assigned counselor.
There will be a brief PTO business meeting immediately following the testing discussion from 7-7:30pm. We will get an update on the auction, review our finances and pass the bylaw changes discussed at the February meeting.
We hope you can be there!
Questions? Email
Los padres por favor únanse a nosotros en la próxima reunión de la PTO el martes 10 de marzo de 6-7pm, ya que escuchamos al personal de orientación sobre todas las pruebas estandarizadas en la primavera. Ahora que DPS ha hecho de los puntajes del SAT un requisito de graduación, hay aún más pruebas de práctica y preparación.  Ven a aprender cuáles son las diversas pruebas estandarizadas (CMAS, PSAT, SAT, AP y más!), para qué se utilizan y qué significa para los requisitos de graduación de su hijo. El personal responderá preguntas generales sobre las pruebas. Los padres que tienen preguntas específicas para estudiantes pueden hacer una cita con el consejero asignado de su estudiante.
Habrá una breve reunión de negocios de la PTO inmediatamente después de la discusión de pruebas de 7-7:30pm. Obtendremos una actualización de la subasta, revisaremos nuestras finanzas y aprobaremos los cambios de estatuto discutidos en la reunión de febrero.
¡Esperamos que puedas estar ahí!
¿Preguntas? Correo electrónico
Counseling Corner
Medical Career Collaborative: Application Due March 13th

The program model is a two year commitment that includes:

· medical field trips/workshops/trainings
· an internship at either Children's Hospital Colorado or Denver Health
· participation in weekly seminar sessions
· mentoring
· volunteer opportunities
· and college and career coaching

For students interested in Construction careers or summer job opportunities:
RSVP here.

For Black/African American Students and Latinx Students who are interested in a 3 day summer program at University of Denver: Pioneer Prep Program application is now available!
Students can see their counselor if they have questions!
Supportive Transition Education Program
Dates:   Saturday, March 14 th , 2020
Time:  1:00 pm, following MSU Denver Open House
Where: Plaza 132
Please register by March 7 th , 2020 at 5:00pm
Contact:   Sheriff Rasheed, or
Parking:   Tivoli Auraria Parking Structure-Auraria Parkway & 9 th
    Street (across from the Pepsi Center)
Click here for more information.
Spring Break Camp Opportunity for Younger Siblings of Spartans (ages 6-12)
Poster Contest
The Denver District Attorney's Office is calling Denver's student artists in grades K-12 to submit a poster for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Artists can choose one of two themes:
  • Consent is...
  • A healthy friendship or relationship looks like...

Posters are due WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST. 
All artists are invited to a reception with Denver's District Attorney, Beth McCann, on April 22nd at 4pm.
Selected posters will be on display in the atrium of the Webb Municipal Building from  April 13 - 24, 2020.
Youth Roots Opportunity
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!!
Our store inventory has been moved upstairs and therefore we'll be selling at various events throughout the year. We'll be out cheering on the Spartans at fall sporting events and hope you'll come and purchase spirit wear from us.

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.  
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:


From February 1st on, the book will be $65 until sold out.

Senior Recognition Ad To purchase an ad, please visit the yearbook website.

All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
News from the Future Center
Next Thursday, March 12th the Rotary Scholarship is DUE IN THE FUTURE CENTER BEFORE NOON! If you complete your application early, turn it in early!

Rep Visits:
March 11th during 6th- Arapahoe Community College
March 12th during 6th- Metro State University Denver

Other upcoming deadlines:
Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship - Due April 1st
Monaco South Optimist Club Robert Sullivan Scholarship - Due April 10th
Drs. Joseph and Alice Langely Charitable Trust Scholarship - Due April 24th

Questions? Come check in with me!
  • Feel free to contact Emily at
  • For more information about college visits, scholarships, and more, please visit the Future Center!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...

An important part of keeping fit and healthy is to take care of your own mental health. We know you know this! Here is just a quick reminder that there are plenty of things you can do to help make sure you keep yourself mentally healthy .
10 top tips for good mental health :
Get plenty of sleep
Eat well
Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs
Get plenty of sunlight
Manage stress
Activity and exercise
Do something you enjoy
Connect with others and be sociable
Do things for others
Ask for help
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 
  • Remember - TJ gear is available in the Spartan Store. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact
Class of 2020 - Seniors
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( ) or Lisa LoJacono ( ).  
Class of 2021 - Juniors
Don't forget to buy an AMAZING class t-shirt if you haven't yet. They're going fast!

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If you would like to make a donation to the Class of 2021,  please contact
We're 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; or to find out more. Class sponsors are Jason Klimczak and Elizabeth Lynch. Parent sponsor is Jen Abram - she can be reached at

Long sleeve $15 Short Sleeved $10
See Mrs Lynch in Room 11
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

Hey Team '23! We have some fun community-building events coming up so please mark your calendars! We welcome any help and hope to see you!

*Freshmen Feast - Saturday, March 21st 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at TJ - See Flyers above for details and Sign-up Genius Link to RSVP and say what you're bringing!

*2023 Left Right Center Parent Fundraiser Party - Friday, April 17th 7-10 p.m. at the McLain's Home - REGISTRATION starts at end of March - stay tuned!

Next 2023 Parent Planning Meeting and social time  - Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Citron Bistro 2525 S. Yosemite St. (Hampden & Yosemite back room reserved for TJ '23.) As always, please contact us if you'd like to be involved in planning, have some ideas or want to jump in to help!  Contact Catherine Poirier - or Christy Jordan -

We look forward to seeing you Freshmen Parents at TJ for Freshmen Feast, Saturday March 21st and at our next meeting Thursday, April 9th!

-Team '23