May 13, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Finals are right around the corner.  Students should be attending class every day and working with their teachers during Office Hours for extra help if needed.  In addition, Finals can be stressful for students. 
Please talk with your student about being prepared for their Finals:
  • Get plenty of rest the night before
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Wear layers (in case you get warm or chilly)
  • Come prepared with test materials (i.e. pencils or whatever your teacher communicates)
  • Stay positive!  A test checks your current knowledge on a subject, but it does NOT indicate what kind of person you are or measure your worth - just study and do your best!
Click here for the finals schedule.

Las finales están a la vuelta de la esquina. Los estudiantes deben asistir a clase todos los días y trabajar con sus maestros durante el horario de oficina para obtener ayuda adicional si es necesario. Además, las finales pueden ser estresantes para los estudiantes. 

por favor hable con su estudiante acerca de estar preparado para sus finales:
  • Descanse mucho la noche anterior a
  • Comer un desayuno saludable
  • Use capas (en caso de que se caliente o se ponga frío)
  • Venga preparado con materiales de prueba (es decir, lápices o cualquier cosa que su maestro comunique)
  • Mantente positivo! Una prueba comprueba su conocimiento actual sobre un tema, pero no indica qué tipo de persona que es o medir su valor-sólo estudiar y hacer todo lo posible!
haga clic aquí­ para la programación final.

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."
-Malcolm X
Week at a Glance - Week of 5/13-5/17
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Art Show: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • PTO Meeting: 6:00 p.m.
  • TJ Open House: 6-7:00 p.m. in room 111
  • Choir Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday -
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55
  • Art Show: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Band Concert: 7:00 p.m.


  • Last Full Day for Seniors!
  • Talent Show: 10:00 a.m., followed by Backyard Bash
Kudos Korner
Thanks to all those who have helped with AP testing. We could not do it without you!
Thank to the following people for proctoring:
  • Jillian Gleason
  • Erin Thompson
  • Jeremy Anderson
  • Maggie Kennedy
  • Beth Kellim
  • Betty VanNorden
  • Cindy Allen
  • Tahj Dillard-Watkins
  • Delores Leslie
  • Maurice Cloud
Thank you facilities for setting up all the rooms.
Thank you to
Julie Thibodeau and
Paula Hammel for your tireless work preparing and coordinating!
Important announcement for seniors!
Due to the low response rate (30%) to the survey sent out about lunch on graduation day, we will not be providing lunch on graduation day.  Please plan accordingly to stay at DU from noon until after graduation as there will be no time to leave between rehearsal and graduation. Thank you.
Staff Appreciation Picnic
The end of the school year is quickly approaching so it's time to come together one last time before summer to say THANK YOU to the wonderful staff at TJHS for all that they do for our kids. TJ's PTO will host a staff appreciation luncheon on  Friday, May 24th  from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in Room 111.

We are getting ready for summer by hosting a picnic themed lunch. The PTO will provide the fried chicken, but we need parents to sign up to contribute classic picnic side dishes, desserts and drinks. Please help us make this end of year celebration a great one by contributing to the lunch in any way you can. If you are not available on the 24th, click here to donate. Any amount helps!

Please be sure to write Teacher Appreciation in the comment section during check out so we know what the donations are for. You can also bring in check or cash donations to the office by May 22nd. 

Dropping Off Your Food Donations On Friday, May 24th, drop off your item in room 111 between 10:00-11:00 am.  If your item does not need to be refrigerated, you can drop it off in the main office kitchen on Thursday before 3pm. We have plenty of serving utensils so no need to bring any of your own.
The staff truly appreciates your support. We know life is crazy this time of year, but we can't do this without your help!  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

With gratitude,
Lost and Found
Spartans: remember to check the lost and found for any items you may be missing.  The Lost and Found, located outside of the pool entrance, will be cleaned out on Wednesday, May 29th . Please check for any missing items before Wednesday, May 29th. Any unclaimed clothing left after the 29th will be donated to  Clothes to Kids of Denver , a local non-profit that serves low-income and in-crisis families by providing free school clothes to student in need.
TJ's Hiring!
TJ will be hiring an Office Support person for the newly designed front area of the building. This job will primarily be a receptionist position. Please click here for more information!
PTO News
The end of the year has a lot of events and we need your help! Join us for the last meeting of the year as we approve classroom grant requests from staff and finish up plans for teacher appreciation and other community events for the last few weeks of school. We can't be the best community we can be without you!
The next meeting is scheduled for  Tuesday, May 14th  from 6-7pm in Room 111.
Summer School Information
Counselors have been meeting with off track students and registering them for Summer School.  If your student has failed courses and might be off track, please have them contact their counselor. The Summer School Program is available for students who have failed courses and is not available for original credit or to get ahead with credits. You can also email your student's counselor with questions or to verify that your student has been registered. Please see the information below for details.
Dates and times:
The Regional Summer School Program will begin June 18, 2019 and run through July 19, 2019. Classes will take place Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Classes will not be in session July 4th or July 5th. Breakfast will be served every morning from 7:30 a.m.-7:50 a.m., and lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m.- 12:30 p.m. If your students are interested in taking advantage of food services, please be sure to arrange transportation accordingly.
Regional Summer School Program Fees:
Each student who participates in the Regional Summer School Program, will have a $25 fee applied to their student account. If the student completes at least one course over the summer, the fee will be removed. If no courses are completed, the fee will remain attached to the student's account.
Courses and credits:
Each student can meet with their counselor to establish which courses need to be recovered. There is a 2-course maximum associated with this program. This means that each student has the opportunity to take up to 2 courses and earn up to ten credits through the Regional Summer School Program. All completed courses will be reflected in Infinite Campus and be applied to student's transcript. Students will only receive credit upon course completion. There will be no partial or half credit given for coursework that is not complete.

Información de la escuela de verano:

Los consejeros están reuniendo con estudiantes y inscribiéndolos en la escuela de verano. Si su estudiante ha reprobado los cursos y no tiene los créditos suficientes, pídale que se comunique con su consejero. El programa de la escuela de verano está disponible para los estudiantes que han reprobado los cursos y no está disponible para crédito original o para salir adelante con los créditos. También puede enviar un correo electrónico al consejero de su estudiante si tiene preguntas o para verificar que su estudiante haya sido registrado.

Las fechas y las horas:
La escuela de verano comenzará el 18 de junio de 2019 hasta el 19 de julio de 2019. Las clases van a estar los lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Las clases no estarán en sesión el 4 de julio o el 5 de julio. El desayuno se servirá cada mañana de 7:30 a.m. a 7:50 a.m. y el almuerzo se servirá de 12:00 p.m. a 12:30 p.m. Si sus estudiantes estan interesados en aprovechar lost servicios de comida, asegurese de oranizar el transporte.

Cuotas de la escuela de verano:
Cada estudiante que participe en la escuela de verano tendrá una cuota de $ 25 aplicada a su cuenta de estudiante. Si el estudiante completa al menos un curso durante el verano, se eliminará la cuota. Si no se completan los cursos, la cuota permanecerá adjunta a la cuenta del estudiante.  

Los cursos y los créditos:
Cada estudiante puede reunirse con su consejero para establecer qué cursos deben recuperarse. Hay un máximo de 2 cursos con este programa. Esto significa que cada estudiante tiene la oportunidad de tomar 2 cursos y obtener diez créditos en la escuela de verano. Todos los cursos completados se reflejarán en Infinite Campus y se aplicarán a la transcripción del estudiante. Los estudiantes solo recibirán crédito cuando complete el curso. No pueden obtener créditos parciales para los cursos que no estén completos.
Call for Volunteers - Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Summer Lifeguarding Opportunity
King Soopers Gift Card Program
King Soopers just made FUNDRAISING for TJ even EASIER!
All you need to do is register your King Soopers loyalty card number or alternate ID (e.g. phone number) to earn money for TJ. After you register for the program,  a percentage of ALL of your King Soopers purchases will go to TJ.
Important: At the point of purchase, you must swipe your loyalty card or type in your alternate ID in order for your purchases to count toward TJ's fundraising.
In order to get benefits from the use of your loyalty card/alt id you MUST:
2. Click on Enroll Now
3. You will then see a page where you can choose your organization
4. Search for Thomas Jefferson High School Partners either by name or UT036 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
That's it! You are now enrolled and can help raise EASY MONEY for TJ's classroom grants, student events and staff appreciation.  Thank you!
Questions? Email
Hosting an Exchange Student
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to host an exchange student?  Now is your chance!
Two girls with EF High School Exchange are hoping to find host families in Denver for the 2019-2020 school year so they can make their dream to live in the United States come true.   Mariel from Norway is half Thai, half Norwegian.  She loves playing soccer, volleyball, running, snowboarding, painting, and drawing.   Lara from Germany loves playing the guitar, dancing, cooking, and playing sports.  Both girls are outgoing, open-minded and fun-loving. If you're interested in hosting now, or maybe in the future, please contact Sarah Kreider with EF High School Exchange: or visit
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:
  • The yearbook is now $65 and can be purchased online or through the school treasurer. The book will be available until sold out, so act fast!
  • Yearbooks will be distributed at the Backyard Bash on May 17.
  • All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
News from the Future Center
  • Seniors - Please be sure to visit the Future Center for deadlines, scholarships, and college visits!
Sophie Vogel
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
3950 S. Holly Street  |  Denver, CO 80237 
O 720.423.7134   F 720.423.7098
Spartan Spirit Store
Our store inventory has been moved during the recent renovations. 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 on Friday afternoon. 

We're hoping to be at some spring sporting events and also new student orientation coming up as well. 

Thanks and thank you for supporting TJ! 

Karla & Carrie 
TJHS Spirit Store Volunteers-
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
All schools work to prevent school violence and schools are very safe places. Children, staff, and parents all have an important role in promoting school safety by following procedures and reporting concerns. It is also important to balance sufficient building security with a healthy, nurturing, school environment. The goal is to reassure students that although there is a possibility of violence occurring in a school, the probability of a school experiencing a high-profile violent act is extremely low.

What to Say to Children
Talk with children and validate their feelings. Let their questions guide what and how much information to provide and emphasize the positive things that children/families/schools can do to stay safe. It is important to be patient as children do not always talk about their feelings readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work or visiting your classroom during passing periods or after school. Some children prefer writing, playing music, or doing an art project as an outlet. Young children may need concrete activities (such as drawing, looking at picture books, or imaginative play) to help them identify and express their feelings.

Be aware of signs the child might be in distress (e.g., changes in behavior, anxiety, sleep problems, acting out, problems at school or with academic work). Also be conscious of media exposure and what you say about the event in front of the student. Also limit television viewing (be aware if the television is on in common areas) as this can exposure students to frightening images which only increase anxiety.

Following are some suggested general key points when talking to children:
  • Schools are safe places. Our school staff works with local police and fire departments, emergency responders, and hospitals to keep you safe.
  • Our school is safe because....
  • We all play a role in the school safety. Be observant and let an adult know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous, or frightened.
  • There is a difference between reporting and tattling, or gossiping. You can provide important information, either directly or anonymously, that may prevent harm by telling a trusted adult what you know or hear.
  • Although there is no absolute guarantee that something bad will never happen, it is important to understand the difference between the possibility of something happening and probability that it will affect you or our school.
  • Senseless violence is hard for everyone to understand. Providing children with opportunities to do things they enjoy, sticking to a normal routine, and being with friends and family can help students feel better and keep them from worrying about the event.
  • Access to guns is one of the leading risk factors for deadly violence. Thus, it is important that children be kept away from guns and other weapons. It is equally important that children be encouraged to tell an adult if they know someone has a gun.
  • Students can be part of a positive solution to school violence by participating in antiviolence programs at school, learning conflict mediation skills, and seeking help from an adult if they or a peer is struggling with anger, depression, or other emotions they cannot control.
Helpful Guidelines to Keep in Mind

Keep explanations developmentally appropriate.
  • Early elementary school students need brief, simple information that is balanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety that remind children about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and emergency drills being practiced so they are prepared if somethings happens.
  • Upper elementary and early middle school students will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools and provide concrete examples.
  • Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence in schools and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines (e.g., not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, reporting threats to the school safety made by students or community members, etc.), communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators, and accessing support for emotional needs.
Parents Open communication between home and school is critical to the safety and well-being of our students and your children. Let us know if you have a concern or question about school policies, your child's safety, or the safety of their friends. Know if your child's friends have access to guns and keep any guns in your house locked up and away from children of all ages. Focus on building resiliency and coping skills to manage disappointments and help your child be comfortable seeking help from an adult they trust.

As a reminder , we have a wonderful, responsive resource we can access if we are worried about the safety of someone or the possibility of acts of violence:

To penetrate this code of silence, Safe2Tell Colorado initially was founded as a 501c3 non-profit organization, incorporated to develop a statewide anonymous reporting tool available 24-hours a day to accept reports whenever a Colorado youth or concerned adult perceived a threat to their safety or the safety of others."
We are encouraging all staff, parents, students and community members to put this resource in their phone. Here are three ways you can access this program:

        1) Use the Mobile App
        - search Safe2Tell CO
        2) Make a report on the Safe2Tell Website
        - /
        3) Phone a tip in using the Safe2Tell phone number
        - 1-877-542-7233

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.  Resources: and
Facilities Management Jobs Available
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
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. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact
Class of 2019 - Seniors
Class of '19 update:  Thank you Class of '19 parents and supporters for a great year!
Class of 2020 - Juniors
As we look ahead to Senior year, we need several parent volunteers to take on the planning and execution of the Senior night camp out before the first day of school for incoming freshman (Aug.19).  This is a great TJ Spartan tradition. We would especially love to have some dads help out with this event.   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( ) or Lisa LoJacono ( ).  
Class of 2021 - Sophomores

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 of 2022 - Freshmen
The class of 2022 needs 2-4 additional parents to join parent Julie Rubin in planning fundraising events. The class of 2022 has two faculty sponsors,  Jason Klimczak 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 or Julie directly at