May 12, 2016
Administrator's Corner

We're very excited about our big day on Friday, May 13th! We will have shortened classes in the morning, followed by the all school Talent Show, the Backyard Bash, and the rescheduled Night Out. 

We need lots of support to keep these events running smoothly, so please contact Sara Andolsek at, or click here to help out!


¡Estamos muy emocionados por nuestro gran día el viernes, 13 de mayo! Nosotros hemos acortado las clases por la mañana, seguidamente tendremos el Show de Talento, la Barbacoa en el Patio Trasero, y el reprogramado evento- Noche de Afuera.

Necesitamos mucha ayuda para mantener estos eventos funcionando sin problemas, así que por favor póngase en contacto con Sara Andolsek en, o haga clic aqui para ayudar!


Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
ACT Books Available
We have 15 book sets for sale for $10. The set includes: Course Workbook for the ACT, Early Edge for the ACT, and 1,460 ACT Practice questions. The set is brand new and over a $100 value. Interested students can bring money to Ms. Cummins in room 134. Thanks!
Kudos Korner
  • When word spread that the Denver Botanic Gardens was holding a photo contest, the Spartans were there in a flash. Mr. Forrester and Mr. Showers chaperoned the CareerX trip that gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their photographic talent. There ended up being over 60 entries to the contest, and Anna Fritschen and Jordan Pounds-Crihfield took home two of the three top awards. Way to go, ladies! 
photo by Anna Fritschen
photo by Jordan Pounds-Crihfield
Congratulations to Coach Wendell Smith!
Mayor Michael Hancock congratulates Wendell Smith
My Brothers Keeper (MBK) is a White House initiative in which President Obama has challenged cities, communities, businesses, organizations, educational institutions and individuals to step up and
identify issues that most often keep boys and young men of color from achieving success. This national initiative focuses on creating opportunities to change their paths, so they can reach their full potential. There was a citywide nomination process open to the public to nominate any organization and/or individual who was currently doing this work in Denver ... working and helping boys and young men of color change their paths. Only 25 were selected and honored, hence the first inaugural group ... MBK25. Congratulations! Click here to learn more about MBK.
Parent/Student Portal - Please Sign Up!
If you haven't signed up for the Parent/Student Portal, please do so ASAP!
2. Click the "getting started" tab on the top
3. Fill out the form on the left with your name, e-mail address, phone number, student name, school ID number (lunch number) and student's 8 digit date of birth. Click "submit."
4. Create your username and password. Click "submit."
5. You will receive an e-mail immediately from the DPS Portal Team with a link to activate your account.
Spartan Wins National Technology Award
Leo Busse continues to excel through her first two years at TJ after winning an award for Aspirations in Computing.
On April 23rd, sophomore Leo Busse won the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing for her outstanding aptitude and interest in the subject. Along with her many other achievements during her time at TJ, Busse is on the road to further success and turning heads as she goes. Read more
AP Testing Schedule
Robotics Team Headed to Nationals!
On May 19th, 2016, TJ students
Leo Busse, Jacob Hermelink, Tegan Suzuki, Beck Moore, and  Roger Nakagawa  will be traveling to  Baton Rogue, Louisiana, to  attend the SeaPerch national competition. If you're interested in assisting these students in covering the expenses for this trip, please click here . Thanks to the PTO/TJ Partners and the DTC Rotary Club for making significant contributions already!
Access Opportunity Scholars
Two Spartans were honored as a part of the inaugural class of Access Opportunity.
TJ juniors Amber Mosley and Gregory Gallardo have recently become members of Access Opportunity, an organization that invests in students who have great potential, ensuring they have a smooth transition to college. The Access Opportunity program focuses on helping the individual needs of each student, working with them through high school until their college graduation, assuring them a successful head-start into their future career. Read more
DECA Officer Team 2016-17
I just wanted to introduce all of you to the New DECA Officer Team for the 2016-2017 school year. These students were selected by a panel of their peers, and each went through an interview and grading process that included: GPA, attendance, activity involvement, letters of recommendation, fundraising, and DECA competitions. I believe all of them will represent our school and community with integrity, class, and character. Congratulate them when you see them in the halls and thank you to everyone that has continued to support our program!
President                                            Nick Wilson
Vice President                                    Zoya Robbins
Secretary                                            Valyntine Lonergan
Publicity                                              Brandon Pietrs
Plans and Programs                          Mia Grijalva
Chapter Representative                    Vasi Reiva

Matt Nicolo
Thomas Jefferson HS
Marketing/Business Law Instructor
DECA Advisor
DPD Museum Fund Drive
TJ Spartans are participating in a community service project to help organize and develop the first Denver Police Department Museum. The museum will exhibit the history of the Denver Police department, as well as some of the past and current tools and technologies utilized by officers and law enforcement staff. The museum also wants to include interactive exhibits, especially for young visitors to the museum and older students wanting to explore the workings of law enforcement and the study of criminal science. The museum also hopes to create a bridge between the Denver Police Department and the community, attract Denver visitors and especially engage with the younger citizens of Denver and the Metro area. 

One main focus of the museum is a memorial section that serves as a tribute to officers killed in the line of duty. Starting Monday April 25, student volunteers will be working to raise money to purchase two flags that will be placed at the incident locations of fallen officers. The flags will serve as a landmark and a memorial to those officers throughout the city of Denver. Volunteer students will be collecting "Coins for Cops"  over the next two weeks, 
collecting donations before school and during the lunch hour. 

If you would like to donate to the project, please see volunteers Vasi Reiva (10), Gwen McClennan (10) or Tyler Moffat(10), or you can see Ms. Starbuck in room 125.  Our goal is to raise $300, with $200 going towards the memorial flags and $100 going to the "Coffee & Donuts with the Cops" event on May 13 here at TJ. Student volunteers and staff are invited to participate in that event and meet other volunteers working toward the development of the Denver Police Department Museum, neighborhood police officers and city council supporters. 

After our fist day of collection, we have already raised over $20, so we are on our way! If you have any questions or know of any students that would like to participate and earn community service hours and experience, or if you would like to donate, please see Ms. Starbuck in room 125! Thank you for supporting our men and women in BLUE!
Yearbook Signing P arty
We will have a yearbook signing party on May 13th during the Backyard Bash. Pre-ordered  yearbooks will also be distributed at this time. Students will need their IDs in order to claim their book. If you haven't already purchased a yearbook, and you would like it to arrive before the signing party, you should order online or see Mr. Forrester.  He has a limited amount of books for sale. To purchase a book online, go to the TreeRing website at any time from this point forward. Please click the 'Aristocrat Yearbook' link on the TJ Journal for directions on how to purchase online. It can be found under the 'News and Events' menu. 
Night Out - Rescheduled for Friday, May 13th
Boys' Tennis Update
Any boys interested in playing tennis fall 2016 please attend a short and informative meeting at 2:15 May 18 in the lunchroom.  We will have a hitting session if you want to get on the courts after the meeting.  We will have a varsity 1 and a Varsity 2 next year and coach zinke needs 30 guys that are interested in playing or learning how to play tennis. Please call if you have questions: 720-231-4298
At a Crossroads
Club volleyball is a program for athletes who are looking to take their volleyball skills to the next level.
When high school athletes across the nation finish up their school volleyball seasons in November, another season is right around the corner. Between the end of November and the middle of December, club volleyball teams begin preparing for the upcoming club season, which typically lasts from early December to late April. Club volleyball is a competitive environment that is recommended for players who are serious about the sport and who are looking for a possible future in volleyball, whether it be playing in college or going into the sport professionally. Read more
Challenge Denver's "Be the Change" Annual Dinner Event - May 18

We're excited to share that tickets are now available for our biggest event of the year, and we hope to see you there! This interactive dinner event will bring together our Challenge Denver community - teachers, students, parents, and community members - to  engage in pieces of our innovative Challenge Day  program 
facilitated by the incredible co-founders of the program, Rich & Yvonne Dutra-St. John!

The event will also provide a platform to discuss the increasingly critical need for effective social emotional programing for students in Denver, and highlight Challenge Denver's unique role in addressing that need. We're thrilled to be featuring the stories of students and staff who have been touched by our work, and look forward to a powerful evening with you.
We have 15 schools on our waiting list eager to receive our programs, resources and partnership support.  100% of event proceeds go directly to supporting new school partnerships to ensure all in-need students have access to our life-changing social emotional programs. Thank you in advance for your generous support and advocacy on behalf of our students! We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Individual Ticket:
" Pay It Forward" Table Sponsorship : $1500 and includes:
  • 10 seats at the dinner, 8 seats reserved for your company / network, and 2 seats "sponsored" for students, teachers, or parents at partner schools who may not otherwise be able to attend
  • Logo and direct link on our website: 
  • Sponsor Listing and Logo on Program
  • Recognition as Event Sponsor on pre and post event email communication
  • Sponsorship and name recognition in media releases
  • Logo on Event Signage
  • Verbal Acknowledgement at Event
  • Recognition on Social Media
A huge thank you to our current event sponsors:
Liberty Global, Delta Dental and Colorado Frontgate Properties
Please consider joining them!

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We hope you can make it!

Layne Palmer and the Challenge Denver Team: 
Betsy Leighton, Tracey Brummett, Cynthia Frandsen, Samanda Davis, Roxanne Jensen, David Strong, Jim Dissett, Eugene Ebner, Paulette Walters, Sally Seiffer, Micah Gurard-Levin
Summer Science Scholars Program 
Click here for the SSS application in Word format
Click here for the SSS application in PDF format

All for One Community Golf Tournament - May 21

$95.00 per player (includes green fees, cart, great lunch, prizes) 
4 Person Teams - Modified Scramble - 7:30am Shotgun Start
Lots of Team and Individual Men/Women Prizes! 

Attention All Parents: Get Social!
Have you or someone close to you experienced the FOMO blues?
If your fear of missing out (FOMO) on the opportunities, people and goings on at TJ keeps you up at night (or even if it doesn't), know that there is help for people like you. TJ's web site and social media spaces are loaded with information, resources, announcements, updates, and great photos that will dial you into the incredible school culture that is TJ. There IS hope in even the most extreme FOMO cases. We invite you to review the website regularly, and connect with us on  TwitterFacebook and  Instagram. And know that in your FOMO you are not alone. We don't want to miss the opportunity for you to share your team or event photos, celebrations and milestones, interesting resources and opportunities. So please include @TJSpartans on Twitter and Instagram. Use a hashtag or two such as #SpartanPride #BrownAndGold #GoForTheGold and #TJSpartans to make these social shares searchable and tie them into TJ's social cloud. Warning: social engagement with TJ may lead to bouts of spontaneous pride and uncontrollable laughter. TJ may be held liable for these and other positive side effects including those that lead to closer friendships, indelible memories, greater performance and higher test scores. 
Skilled in Competition
TJ's SkillsUSA team of dedicated students represented TJ with pride this season at the state competition and are on their way to competing at the Nationals Conference.
TJ's SkillsUSA program competed in the state competition and qualified for the nationals competition that will take place in Louisville, Kentucky on the week of June 20th. Through hard work and dedication, the team at has had a very successful season so far this year, winning many small competitions. Several students involved in the program headed to the state competition starting April 6th in Colorado Springs. Read more

Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2016 - Seniors

The countdown is ON -
 school days  until the Class of 2016 will no longer be DPS students.  You may be having a plethora of emotions as we get closer and closer to graduation; happiness, sadness, confusion, anxiety, and excitement just to name a few.  We thought it would be helpful to lay out a few dates that you will want to have on your calendar over the next few weeks. 
If your student had Cap and Gown pictures taken, the order form proofs are available in the main office. 
5/17 - Last Full day of classes for Seniors - Senior Checkout!
5/18 - 8-10 a.m. -  MANDATORY Mini-Graduation Rehearsal in TJ Auditorium
· Seniors must attend t o participate in graduation ceremonies. 
5/18 - FINAL CHECKOUT with Counselors
5/18 - Flippin' Flapjacks Event:  Pa ncake and sausage breakfast will be provided for all seniors after mini-rehearsal and check-out 
5/24 - 8-11AM Graduation Rehearsal
· Auraria Campus Physical Education/Event Center (PE), 1255 10th St, Denver, CO 80204
· Seniors must attend to participate in graduation ceremonies
5/25 - 5-7PM - GRADUATION
·   Auraria Campus Physical Education/Event Center (PE), 1255 10th St, Denver, CO 80204 (more info on when to arrive will be provided at rehearsal)
· Seniors will get their 5 free tickets the day they check out. Additional tickets can be purchased from the treasurer for $5 each. Parking is at the Tivoli, parents do pay for parking. 

Class of 2017 - Juniors
  • 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
  • Monday, May 16th 

    Mon, May 16th - Ester's Neighborhood Pub Class of 2017 Fundraiser - 1950 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80222 will donate 20% of all sales, including carry out, on Monday, May 16th.  If you haven't visited this hot new spot in Virginia Village this is your chance to try it out and benefit the students of TJ HS Class of '17. The pub is located at 1950 South Holly St, just north of Evan's...  Ester's offers quality interpretations of artisanal pizza, classic dishes and daring new ventures in American pub food. As well as offering over 22 craft beers on tap, they serve a diverse wine and cocktail selection. Come out and enjoy the sunshine on the deck, the main dining room or Sully's Back Room or get an order to go from their made-from-scratch menu of delicious pizzas and fresh food. All are welcome! 

Class of 2018 - Sophomores
  • To Donate to the class of 2018 fund for after prom and other events, go online to the TJ Spartan Store , and see the button in the sectioncalled "All Fundraisers."

Class of 2019 - Freshmen
  • Sunday, May 22nd, 5pm - Ready for summer? TJ class of 2019 parents - join us for a summer themed night out fundraiser at the Bulgers' house: 8200 E Princeton Ave, Denver, 80237. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. $20 per person. Buy tickets online at or pay with cash or check on the 22nd. RSVP here!
Aviation Science, Engineering and Aerospace Academy Summer Program
Click here for more information!
Support Spartan Football...Be a Triathlon Volunteer!
Spartan Football is raising funds by participating in the Dillon Triathlon on Sat., Sept 10th as volunteers. For every hour of volunteer time we earn and average of $5-10 for the football program at TJ.  Not everyone in the volunteer group has to be part of the football team or a student at TJHS. We can use as many helping hands as possible. Volunteers must be 16 years or older so parents, friends, siblings and anyone that wants to spend a day in the beauty of Dillon and experience the excitement of a triathlon while helping the participants and sponsors and benefiting TJ HS can volunteer for as little as 4 hours and up to 10 hours.

We need at least 10 volunteers that put their group name as "TJ HS Football" when signing up online for a time slot in order to earn the funds. Please visit this site t o see the possible volunteer positions.  All volunteers will receive an awesome Under Armour long sleeve tech shirt, and community service hours. 

Please let Laura Whalen, or 303-681-7226, know if you are planning to sign up. We have already reserved 7 of the most lucrative volunteer slots so check with Laura before signing up online to see if one of the previously reserved spots if something you would like to do.  We will also be providing transportation for those that need a ride to Dillon. Please let Laura know if you need transportation. 
News from the Future Center

For upcoming events, college visits, financial aid workshops, scholarships, and much more, visit the Future Center wikipage!
Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
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