November 10, 2016
Administrator's Corner

Hello Spartans!

With a fun fall season wrapping up we are looking forward to winter sports! The TJ Fall Sports Survey is now available, and the link can be found on our website. We appreciate all feedback on our work from the fall season!

Winter sports registration is now open and available online. The first day of tryouts begin November 11th so please have your student register, pay, and submit a current physical as soon as possible to our athletics secretary Ms. Escobedo.

Stay up to date on Spartan events by visiting our calendar of events

Go Spartans!

¡Hola Spartans!

¡Con una divertida temporada de otoño terminando estamos anticipando lo mismo con los deportes de invierno! La encuesta, "TJ Fall Sports Survey" ya está disponible, y el enlace se puede encontrar en nuestra pagina. ¡Apreciamos toda la regeneración sobre nuestro trabajo del otoño!

El registro de deportes de invierno está abierto y disponible por la red. El primer día de "tryouts" comienza el 11 de noviembre así que por favor haga que su estudiante se registre, pague, y envíe un físico al día tan pronto como sea posible a nuestra secretaria de atletismo, la Sra. Escobedo.

Manténgase al día sobre los eventos espartanos visitando nuestro calendario de eventos.

¡Vamos Spartans!

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links
Parent/Student Portal 

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.
Kudos Korner
  • Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team - the Lady Spartans are headed to STATE! Their matches are scheduled on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m.  If they win both, they will be playing in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Be sure to go support! Click here for directions and parking information for the Denver Coliseum. Tickets are $10 and parking is $10. Go Spartans!
  • Congratulations to the cheerleaders who are now the 4A/5A coed regionals league champions! Way to represent!

  • Congratulations to the football team on a wonderful season with an overall record of 8-2! For the senior game on Saturday, the team beat North 41-0. Great season, Spartans!
SAT Prep and FREE Practice Test
Study sessions will take place every Thursday  from 3-4 p.m. and will run through March. There will be snacks and gift cards given out. To be able to participate in the study sessions students need to bring proof that they completed a practice exam on Khan Academy (print out or screen shot of score is fine). Please see Corielyn Bromley with any questions!

Please note - we are offering a FREE Practice SAT Saturday, November 12th, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.!
District 4 Community Meeting - November 17
WHAT: Visioning Working Groups (VWGs) Meeting
WHY: Meet others in your working group and brainstorm ideas for SE Denver planning
WHERE: Ross-U Hills Library, 4310 E Amherst Ave, 80222
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 6-7 PM
WHO: Hopefully you!!

Working groups include: Restaurants & Retail; Parks, Trails, & Golf; Arts & Culture; Mobility & Streetscaping; 2017 Pop-Up Event

Please contact the District 4 Office ((720) 337-4444) if you would like to participate in a working group but can't attend the meeting. We will have a VWGs Kick-Off Meeting in January to really get the ball rolling on all of the wonderful ideas to improve SE Denver!
Contributions and Volunteers Requested for TJ's ARTFEST 
Please gather your gently used books, CDs, DVDs, VHS cassettes, audio cassettes--and yes, even, 8-track tapes--and donate them to TJ! TJ's ArtFest & the Used Book Sale will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm in the gym and cafeteria, and funds our classroom grant program. 

Have donations? Drop off at any of these locations (pick up is available for 3 or more boxes - see below):
  • TJHS (drop off in Main Office)
  • Home of Carrie Oss (drop off on porch):
    • 3614 S Hudson Street, Denver, CO 80237 (the address is on a rock in the front and yard is xeriscaped - no grass). 
  • Tom The Book Guy
    • 2110 S Ash St, Unit #1, Denver CO 80222 (please call ahead or email for pick up of 3 or more boxes
      :  Cell: 303-522-5214; Office: 303-756-2665; Email:
Donations are welcome until the day of the event, December 10th. We will provide a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution, so please tell your friends, family and neighbors that we will be happy to accept their contributions as well! SPREAD THE WORD. Last year we raised over $700 from the book sale alone for programs that support TJ students and teachers. 

Volunteers are needed to canvass the weeks leading up to the event, to support set up on the 9th, and to work the day of the event. Please sign up today! Click here to volunteer.


Thank you for your consideration and support of your neighborhood high school!
Artfest Vendor Highlight of the Week
Visit Anne on FaceBook and Instagram!
Reminder to Canvass for the Artfest!
Students!  Please sign up to help us with our 'canvassing efforts' this Sat, 11/12!  We'll meet at TJ at 8:30, enjoy breakfast burritos, then off we'll go, maps & ArtFest postcards in hand, knocking on doors and talking to all the neighbors of TJ about this FUN event! 

In return for your hard work, you'll get an awesome, colorful TJ ArtFest t-shirt to keep - not to mention breakfast and lunch! Just  sign up here!


Bookkeeper Position Job Opening
TJ has a Bookkeeper position that is now open. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please click here to read more about the job description.
Students, Do You Want a Job?
  • We will have a table on  November 3 rd  out in the lobby during lunch for students to fill out applications for Chick-Fil-A . They will be responsible for turning it in to the company in person, however.
  • King Soopers is hiring! Students should go to After applying students can call any store they wish to work at (both students and their parents are invited to apply).  For the students, they would be applying for the courtesy clerks positions starting at $9.00 an hr. For anyone who applies and is over 18 they can apply for any position ( service desk, deli, bakery, grocery, meat, seafood, produce) they start at either $10.00 or $10.50 an hour.
  • TJ kitchen is hiring. We need two student workers to work 1 hour a day during lunch. We pay $10.00 an hour for students. Juniors and seniors only need apply. Positions open until filled.  Go to DPS job board, food service -student worker.
NEW Spirit Store Items
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store  which is online. The store also is setup at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.

NEW Spirit Store Items!

Check out the new American Apparel soft 100% cotton v-neck t-shirts in dark gray or white with gold TJ on the front and Spartan on the back. Also, get a new gray fleece blanket with gold TJ embroidered in the corner to keep you warm while cheering on the Spartans this winter.

New XXL and XL sizes in men's Under Armour ankle zip sweatpants and new inventory in the Under Armour 1/4 zip long sleeve pull overs in graphite grey stripe with embroidered TJ. XXL hoodies and T-shirts now available.

Order online and pickup at school: or contact Laura Whalen to pay by cash or check.
Look for the Spirit Store at all TJ Spartan athletic events this year.
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your support in keeping our attendance at its best!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
What Causes Holiday Stress? 

First, ask yourself this: What about the holidays gets you down? Once you cut through the vague sense of dread about family gatherings and identify specific problems, you can deal with them directly. For many people, holiday stress is triggered by:
  • Unhappy memories. Going home for the holidays naturally makes people remember old times, but for you the memories may be more bitter than sweet.
  • Toxic relatives. Holidays can put you in the same room with relatives you avoid the rest of the year.
  • What's changed. The holidays can highlight everything that's changed in your lives -- a divorce, a death in the family, a son who's making his first trip back home after starting college. Any of these can really unsettle a gathering and add holiday stress.
  • What's stayed the same. For others, it's the monotonous sameness of family holiday gatherings that depresses them -- the same faces, the same jokes, the same food on the same china plates.
  • Lowered defenses. During the holiday season, you're more likely to be stressed out by obligations and errands. It's cold and flu season and your immune system is under assault. It's getting dark earlier each day. You're eating worse, sleeping less, and drinking more. By the time the family gathering rolls around, you're worn out, tense, and fragile. The holiday stress makes it harder to cope with your family than it might be at other times of the year.
Controlling Holiday Stress
  • Ask yourself "Why am I doing these things?"  Experts say that the holidays can make people feel out of control. We feel at the mercy of our relatives or steamrolled by the sheer force of family tradition. But you have a say. The key is to take some control over the holidays, instead of letting them control you.  For instance, you may find the family obligations of the holidays overwhelming. You have to make the rum balls according to your grandmother's recipe, even though you personally find them inedible. You don't exactly want to do any of these things. You just have to.   "Ask yourself, 'Why am I doing things that make me miserable and draw up a list of reasons why you engage in these holiday traditions, and then a list of reasons why you shouldn't. Just making a simple pro and con list will remind you that you do have a choice.
  • Don't do the same old thing. If the usual family gathering is causing holiday stress, try something else. If you're too overwhelmed to host, discuss other possibilities with family members. Maybe a sibling could have the dinner this year.
  • Don't expect miracles. If your holiday anxiety stems from a deeper history of family conflict, don't expect that you'll be able to resolve any big underlying issues now. Sure, it's supposed to be a season of forgiveness and good will. But in the midst of a hectic holiday season, you can't pin your hopes on leading family members to big emotional breakthroughs. You may be better off focusing on your own state of mind and confronting difficult issues during a less volatile time of year.
  • Don't overdo it. To reduce holiday stress, you have to pace yourself. Long before the family gatherings actually happen, decide on some limits and stick to them. Stay one or two nights at your parents' house instead of three or four. Plan to drop by the holiday party for a couple of hours instead of staying all night.
  • Don't worry about how things should be. "There's a lot of cultural pressure during the holidays," says Duckworth. "We tend to compare ourselves with these idealized notions of perfect families and perfect holidays." But in fact, most people have less than perfect holiday gatherings -- they have family tension, melancholy, and dry turkey too. If you have negative feelings, don't try to deny them. Remember that there's nothing wrong or shameful or unusual about feeling down during the holidays.
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP
References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( ); National Association of School Psychologists (
Love Your Library!
Please note upcoming library closures: 
the library will be closed on:  Wednesday, (11/9);  Thursday (11/10);  Friday (11/11); and next  week  Monday (11/14);  and the morning of Tuesday (11/15). 

Please plan accordingly to get your work done elsewhere during these times. Thanks, Spartans!
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
Class of 2017 - Seniors
***Please note the updated flyer for Slices - November 15th is the correct date!***
Parents AND Students:  be on the look out for ways to get involved with the   Class of 2017 Booth  at this year's  ArtFest  as we continue to have fun raising funds for Senior Year activities.  ArtFest is Dec 10, 2016 at TJ.  More to follow.

SENIOR T-Shirts - Get Yours Now
We still have some of the original Class of 2017 T-Shirts available. Y ou can purchase online and pickup at school OR  see Julie Thibideau in the office  to buy your shirt.  Profits from these shirts support After-Prom Event for 2017.  So please support our Seniors and a safe, fun Prom 2017.

Stay CONNECTED - TeamApp - TJ Class of 2017, Twitter @2017tjhs, facebook TJHS 2017 Spartan Support 

Thanks for helping to make TJ and the Class of 2017 Great!
Class of 2018 - Juniors
  • Please look for more opportunities this school year for parents to socialize, get connected and contribute to the Class of 2018 fundraising efforts. Please email if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Sophomores
  • If you have an idea for fundraising, community building event or volunteer opportunity, please contact Jane Bulger:
Class of 2020 - Freshmen
  • Thank-you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono who have agreed to be parent representatives for the Class of 2020. Please look for important information to come.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Megan at: or Lisa at:
Student and Adult Volunteers Needed!
GT News
Community Conversation Theme
Joy in Learning
Office Hours
Office Hours after school on Nov. 16, 30th and Dec. 7th in 146A
Lunch Bunch and Educator Lunch PDU
Nov. 16 Students or Educators (TBD)
Nov. 30 Students - Room 134
Dec. 7 Students - Room 134
Chess is for Everyone
Thursday Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1 after school in 117
Next meet is against Lakewood, at Lakewood - exact details TBD
Student Panel/Mile High Discussions
Monday Nov. 28 after school at DPStv - details TBD
Monday Dec. 5 after school at DPStv - details TBD
Student and Family Advisement
·      All day Wednesday Nov. 16, 30th and Dec. 7th - by appointment/referral with Specialist in 146A
·      Wednesday after school, Future Center for college essay writing

News from the Future Center
College Applications- Deadline 11/28/16
· Naviance has all documents you need to apply to college.
· Before transcripts can be sent, you must complete a college      checklist with Ms. Maez.
· The first 50 students to complete the check list will receive a Chipotle coupon.

College/Scholarship Essay Help- Wednesdays during Office Hours
· Before Wednesday during office hours, email or bring a copy of your essay to the Future Center.
· Include the prompt and who the essay is for.
· First come, first served!
· For seniors applying to college only.

College Visits:
· Sign up in Naviance and put it on your calendar!
· You're responsible for any missed work in your classes.
· Schools with a star next to the name and in bold are application workshops. Be prepared to submit your application with support from the college representative.

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 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
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