November 13, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we move through this week into our week long break next week, here are some simple things to be sure that you have done as we wind down the semester:

Attendance  ---We are looking for all students to have a 93% attendance rate to attend school activities. Please see Mr. Skari for more details.

Sports --- Winter sports have started. Sports registration closes November 17 th

College Readiness
--This week, students should be completing their college applications as the deadline is December 1st. Also, if you are planning on taking college classes on a college campus, or have a TJ concurrent enrollment course for next semester, please have your paperwork in to your teacher or Ms. Stone by the 15th of December. 

Please keep up with all course work until the end! Finish this semester strong, Spartans!

Queridos padres y guardianes,
A medida que avancemos esta semana antes de nuestro descanso de una semana la próxima semana, aquí hay algunas cosas simples para asegurarse de haber hecho antes que se termine el semestre:
Asistencia --- Estamos buscando que todos los estudiantes asistan a la escuela 93% para poder asistir a las actividades escolares. Por favor, mire al Sr. Skari para más detalles.
Deportes --- Los deportes de invierno han comenzado. Las inscripciones para deportes cierran el 17 de noviembre.
Preparación Universitaria--- Esta semana, los estudiantes deben completar sus solicitudes para la universidad ya que la fecha final es el 1 de diciembre. Además, si planea tomar clases universitarias en un campo universitario, o tiene un curso de inscripción concurrente para el próximo semestre, por favor entregue su documentación a la Sra. Stone antes del 15 de diciembre.
¡Manténgase al día con todo el trabajo del curso hasta el final! ¡Termina este semestre fuerte, Spartans!
Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!  Please click here to view TJ's attendance policy.  Please click here to view Colorado's student attendance policy
Only one more week until Thanksgiving Break!
Week at a Glance - Week of 11/13-11/17
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • PTO meeting at 6pm in Room 111. 
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -
  • Passion, Purpose and Lightning Bolts (see below for details): 6:00 p.m. in the Library

**Remember: there will be NO SCHOOL next week! (11/20-11/24)**
Kudos Korner
Congrats to the volleyball team! They finished with an overall record of 17-7. They had a great season and strong showing at regionals. Way to make us proud, ladies! 
The TJ faculty and staff held the first annual Chili Cookoff on November 9th. There were 17 crockpot contenders, who came prepared with their gourmet A game and plenty of smacktalk!   And the winners are....3rd place: Lily Nichols (who won a box of Reeces Pieces), 2nd place: Major Campbell (who won a TJ hoody), and 1st place: Chief Gaines (who won the trophy and a $100 giftcard to a steakhouse)! Way to go, faculty and staff. It was a ton of fun!
Yearbook News - Senior Ads due THIS FRIDAY!

The yearbook is still at a discounted price! It is now $55, but will eventually go up to $65, so act now! The $55 discount will last until 1-19-18.

To see if we received your senior portrait, please go to the yearbook website or check the poster on the office window.

If you would like to purchase a senior/baby ad, they are due by 11-17-17.  

Anything that you would need to know about the yearbook can be found on the yearbook website   here!

Lost and Found
The Lost and Found, located outside of the pool entrance, will be cleaned out during Thanksgiving break.  Please check for any missing items by Friday, November 17 th . Any u nclaimed clothing left after the 17 th  will be donated to Clothes to Kids of Denver, a local non-profit that serves low-income and in-crisis families by providing school clothes to student in need.
Save the ArtFest Date - December 9th
Counseling News
Are you interested in taking class on a college campus next semester?
DPS pays the tuition-students can earn high school and college credit.  See Mr. Anderson or Ms. Stone for details and paperwork. Must be completed and returned before Thanksgiving break.
Last Chance for Peru Travel!

Student Travel Experience: PERU in JUNE 2018, all students welcome! 

Contact for information. Deadline for enrollment: November 17th!

TJ Talks: Passion Purpose and Lightning Bolts - November 16
Great American Smokeout - November 16th
Produced by: K Serrano, BSN, RN
Immigration Forum: November 30
The TJ Hispanic/Latino Club is hosting a "Know Your Rights" Immigration Forum on November 30 th  in room 111 @ 6:00 pm.; Immigration Lawyer Arturo Jimenez will be presenting to parents, students and community.
Free Dental Day is Saturday, December 2
There is an awesome opportunity for FREE dental care for residents in the area that do not have proper access to the care required! Here are the links to the website and the FB event page:
Free Dental Day is Saturday, December 2, 8am-2pm at Hampden Dental (7090 E Hampden Ave).
Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity and a very generous business in southeast Denver!
DECA Judges Needed
We are holding our Annual DECA Leadership Conference for District 3 at Johnson & Wales University on Friday, December 8 th  from 7am-3pm and we need your help. We need approximately 80 judges to run our conference and so far we have 36 confirmed judges. We will be providing coffee, continental style breakfast, and an amazing lunch so bring the whole office down  J  It really is a fun experience and we hope to see you there. Feel free to forward this to anyone you feel might like to help us.
Please take a minute and reply to Mr. Nicolo @  with one of the following responses and we really do appreciate all that you do to support Colorado DECA!
-Yes I would like to judge on the 8th of December
-No I can't make it this year
Coats for Those in Need

Dependable Cleaners Coats
1701 S. Broadway Denver, CO: 303-777-2673
Coats offered at no cost for those in need. 
Anyone in need. Parents do not need to bring children to receive children's coats. Bring bags to put coats in.
Call to learn more!

Coats for Colorado
Those interested in receiving a coat can call 303.777.2673 to schedule an appointment.

Donation Requested
T.J. Community,
The upstairs teachers' lounge is in desperate need of a new refrigerator.  Our current refrigerator is on its last legs.  If you have an old or refurbished refrigerator in good working order could you donate it to TJ?  Thank you.
Transitioning to Higher Education - Applications Due November 20
Please note: Deadline to apply is November 20! Click here to apply.
Saturday School Schedule
Please note: Saturday school will take place on November 11th and November 18th. 
Spirit Store Hours
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store which is online. The store is also set up at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights. Click here for more information!
We will be opening the spirit store:
  • Tuesdays at lunch: 11:15 -12:00 
  • Wednesdays after school - 2:15 - 3:00 
  • Thursday mornings before school 6:45 - 8:30
  • Fridays at lunch: 11:15 - 12:00 
  • At all home Volleyball Games, Basketball games & JV Football Games
We take Cash and Credit Cards!
New PopSockets are in for $9 each or buy with a friend and save, 2 for $16.

When the store is open we will be in front of the physical store by the auditorium. For games, we will be in front of the gym in the lobby.

Call or email Laura Whalen if you have questions.
Laura Whalen
cell: 303-681-7226
PTO News
  • Want to help make your students high school experience the best it can be?  
  • Want to support the staff at TJ? 
  • Want to get to know some parents at TJ?                                                                                 
      Come to a PTO meeting!

We meet monthly and have 1-2 events each month that we support. You can help out as your schedule permits.   Email  with any questions.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
A 2013 survey by the American Psychological Association found that stress is extremely common among teenagers. Teenagers who responded to the survey report they're experiencing what they think are unhealthy levels of stress, especially during the school year.

In fact, school is the top source of stress for teens. Getting into a good college or deciding what to do after high school is the second-biggest source of tension. The survey found teens experience both emotional and physical symptoms of stress.
Here are some tools for teens to manage stress:
1.   Move your body. 
Physical activity is one of the most effective stress busters. Find activities you enjoy and build them into your routine such as yoga, hiking, biking, skateboarding or walking. The best types of physical activities are those that have a social component. Whether they are into team sports, or prefer kayaking or rollerblading with a friend or two, they're more likely to have fun.
2.   Get enough shut-eye. 
Between homework, activities and hanging with friends, it can be hard to get enough sleep, especially during the school week. Ideally, adolescents should get nine hours a night. Most teens, though, are getting less. According to APA's Stress in America Survey, teens say they sleep an average of just 7.4 hours on a school night. That's unfortunate, since sleep is key for both physical and emotional well-being. To maximize your chance of sleeping soundly, cut back on watching TV or engaging in a lot of screen time in the late evening hours. Don't drink caffeine late in the day and try not to do stimulating activities too close to bedtime.
3.   Strike a balance.
School is important, but it's not everything. When you plan your week, schedule time to get schoolwork done, but also schedule time to have fun. When it's time to enjoy yourself, try not to worry about school or homework. Focus on having fun.
4.   Enjoy yourself. 
Besides physical activities, find other hobbies or activities that bring you joy. That might be listening to music, going to the movies or drawing. Make a point to keep doing these things even when you're stressed and busy.
5.   Talk through it. 
It's so much easier to manage stress when you let others lend a hand. Talk to a parent, teacher or other trusted adult. They may be able to help you find new ways to manage stress. Or they may help put you in touch with a psychologist who is trained in helping people make healthy choices and manage stress.

Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP
Download the new TJHS Mobile App today!
We encourage you to download the app from the App Store or Google Play at no cost (scan the QR codes below or simply search for "TJHS"). We will be finalizing formatting and loading new content in the coming weeks, so please be patient and check the app frequently for new information! Our hope is that this will be yet another way to strengthen communication for our community. 

Helpful hint: make sure your push notifications are on, 
so that you can get  updated info and event reminders!
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 


  •  Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as wells as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store!


Class of 2018 - Seniors
  • 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 - Juniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
Class of 2020 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono, the 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: .
Class of 2021 - Freshmen
  • New Graduation Requirements! DPS has adopted new, evidence-based graduation requirements that will go into effect this year for the graduating class of 2021. Click here
    to read more!
News from the Future Center
If you are striving to apply to a Common Application university/college before Thanksgiving, keep in mind the following:

11/17/17- Last Friday before Thanksgiving
*Remember to check your Naviance account for college visits! 

Seniors and Families-  Check out the resources below to help you plan your college and financial aid processes: 

Meetings with Ms. MaezSeniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  A calendar of her availability is posted on the door.
Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
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