November 6, 2017
Administrator's Corner

We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend! Today we will have our CSC meeting at 4:00 p.m. in room 111 where we will discuss the budget and the Unified Improvement Plan (UIP). Afterwards, at 6:00 pm. in room 111 we will have the SPF presentation - anyone is welcome to attend either session. 

Tomorrow night we will have the CCTM Open House, so feel free to send prospective Spartans our way!  There will also be a senior class meeting with Jostens on Wednesday. 

Thanks, TJ!

¡Esperamos que hayan disfrutado el fin de semana largo! Hoy tendremos nuestra reunión de CSC a las 4:00 p.m. en la sala 111 donde discutiremos el presupuesto y el Plan Unificado de Mejora (UIP). Luego, a las 6:00 p.m. en la habitación 111 tendremos la presentación de SPF; cualquiera puede asistir a cualquiera de las sesiones. 

Mañana por la noche tendremos la Casa Abierta CCTM, ¡así que siéntanse libres de enviar prospectos espartanos a nuestra manera! También habrá una reunión de la clase de 2018 con Jostens el miércoles. 

Gracias, TJ!

Paula Hammel
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
Week at a Glance - Week of 11/6-11/10
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • CSC Meeting: 4:00 p.m. (room 111)
  • SPF Presentation: 6:00 p.m. (room 111)
  • CCTM Open House: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Jostens Senior Class Meeting: 10:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -

Kudos Korner
TJ Robotics Strikes Again!

On Saturday, October 21st, students form the Advanced Robotics competed at the BEST ( Boosting Engineering, Science, Technology) Colorado Regional Competition. Students had six weeks to design, build, test, and improve a robot for the competition as well as prepare a marketing presentation, an engineering notebook, and a display booth. The students finished sixth overall and are advancing to the state competition on December 16th and 17th where they will compete with the top 24 teams from the state. 

Team members include:
Bobby Macias
Michael Crum
Flynn Salbenblatt
John Greenman
Shalom Busse
Caden Cramer
Dom Mattei
Adrian Covi
Grace Langeberg
DJ Vaughn
Geronimo Romero-Campbell
Megan George
Alex Ericson
Ti'Ana Boultinghouse
photos by Haley Rosenberg
A big thank you to all who made the annual Trick-or-Treat Street a success! We had over 200 costumed kids join in on the fun. A special thanks to  Danny Showers for organizing everything, and to junior Claire Luhman for being a volunteer extraordinaire! 
What a year!  Congratulations to the TJ Gymnastics Team for an amazing season - the team had a school record breaking score of 151.8 at their League Meet! And kudos to the girls who competed at Regionals and qualified for the State Gymnastics Meet in several events:  Seniors Chloe Richter, Cecelia Allen and Molly Jordan Little, sophomore Hanna Channell and freshman Holly Fewell. Way to go Lady Spartans - Coaches Molly Sifers and Hadley Hagemann are so proud of the whole team!
Thanks to the voters passing the bond and mill levy last year, we have been able to provide new computers for almost all teachers. We have also added 15 laptops to Ms. Spivey's Credit Recovery classroom. The teachers' previous computers are being repurposed into a couple of mobile carts for student use.
CCT Magnet Open House - November 7
Tuesday, Nov. 7 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. CCT Magnet Only Open House
Interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about TJ's Center for Communication Technology (CCT) magnet program. This unique program offers students the opportunity to explore web design, software engineering, 3D design and animation, radio and television broadcasting, photojournalism, journalism, and robotics.  Families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, meet with teachers and observe students at work on their current projects, including producing a daily television show, making robots for an upcoming competition, and receive more information on the CCT program and application/interview process and deadlines. 
Winter Sports Start This Week!
Winter sports start November 10 th . Students must do the following to receive their "golden ticket" to participate:

1.       Register and pay online here
2.       Bring a current physical to Jasmine Locks in the Athletics Office
         a. Students who already have a current physical on file do not                     need to bring another copy
3.       Students should see Jasmine Locks to pick up the "golden ticket"
If you were unable to attend the informational meeting, please reach out to the coach of your sport for information.  Contact information for coaches is located in the "Athletic Flyer Info 2017-2018" on the  Spartans Athletics page
Boys' Basketball Tryouts
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.

Yearbook News - Senior Ads Deadline

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!

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. 
Get Your Flu Shot!
TJ Talks: Passion Purpose and Lightning Bolts - November 16
Spirit Store Hours
We need volunteers!
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.
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  [email protected]  with any questions.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
Did you know that today's teenagers are spending nearly 9 hours per day consuming electronic media? This includes texting, social media, messaging apps, television, and video games. This phenomenon has resulted in fewer teens engaging in activities outdoors. The rise in the use of electronic media has paralleled the rise in childhood obesity and the number of students experiencing symptoms related to anxiety and depression.
What can we do to combat the negative impacts of electronic media? While escaping from the ever-changing world of technology is practically impossible, putting the phone down and engaging in outdoor activities or spending time in nature has many positive benefits.
Benefits of Outdoor Activities & Nature Engagement
Physical Benefits
* Makes teens healthier by stimulating higher levels of physical activity; refined locomotor and fine motor skills.
* Increased lung function, contributing to muscle, bone, and joint health, and the strengthening of the heart
* Increases flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain.
* Sensory stimulation: kids are more observant and curious of their surroundings.
Mental Health Benefits
* Increase sense of wonder and imagination, observational skills and curiosity, improved awareness and ability to concentrate, increased problem-solving and critical thinking.
* Strengthening social bonds and self-efficacy; fostering emotional well-being and confidence.
* Better able to manage symptoms related to ADHD; specifically increasing self-regulation and attention.
* Sunlight can help produce serotonin, which is linked to children's feelings of well-being, calmness, focused attention, and memory.
How to Promote Outdoor Activities/ Nature Engagement
* Encourage teens to engage in outdoor activities
* Plan weekend adventures, there are many day-hikes within 30/40 minutes of Denver.
* Invest in the outdoors, instead of buying your teen that new video game, consider investing in something that they can use outdoors. 
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!


  • Student Travel Experience: PERU in JUNE 2018, all students welcome! [email protected] for information.
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 [email protected] 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:   [email protected]  or Lisa at:   [email protected] .
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 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
3950 S. Holly Street  |  Denver, CO 80237 
O 720.423.7134   F 720.423.7098
[email protected] |