November 9, 2020
Administrator's Corner

Welcome to a new week Spartans,

As of the writing of this we still do not know who our next President will be. Regardless of the outcome, part of our community will likely feel disappointed while others will be elated. With that in mind I would ask all our Spartan families to remember that we are a community, a community that values diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. While it is extraordinarily difficult to support each other during these times please remember Mr. Christoff's message to take care of yourself, your family, your friends, and the community members with whom you are quarantining. We have school-based supports available for those that want or need them during these challenging times. (

Despite the difficulties we face we still must focus on preparing our students for their future, for college and for career. There are only twenty school days before finals! For some of us that is exciting news and for others this may cause panic. There is still time for students to improve their grades and there is still time for students to get lackadaisical. Students, make sure you focus for these next four weeks. We understand how difficult this has been but remember your end goals and stay motivated. Reach out when you need help and support.
Below is the Finals Schedule for December. We are providing this now so families have time to prepare and plan.

All exams will be scheduled for 90 minutes:
Monday 14th: Periods 1,3
Tuesday 15th: Periods 2,4
Wednesday 16th: Period 7
Thursday 17th: Periods 6,8
Friday 18th: Grading/Make-ups

Daily schedule (M-Th)
8-9:30 (first exam)
9:45-11:15 (second exam) (Wednesday this time will be used for grading)
11:15-12:00 (lunch)
12:00-3:00 (make up tests scheduled by appointment with student and teacher)

Please take care of yourselves TJ. We miss you!

Bienvenido a una nueva semana espartanos,

a la fecha de la redacción de este documento, todavía no sabemos quién será nuestro próximo Presidente. Independientemente del resultado, parte de nuestra comunidad probablemente se sentirá decepcionada mientras que otros serán elated. Con esto en mente, pediría a todas nuestras familias espartanas que recordaran que somos una comunidad, una comunidad que valora la diversidad, la tolerancia y la inclusión. Aunque es extraordinariamente difícil apoyarse unos a otros durante estos tiempos, por favor recuerde el mensaje del Sr. Christoff para cuidar de ti mismo, de tu familia, de tus amigos y de los miembros de la comunidad con los que estás discutiendo. Tenemos apoyos escolares disponibles para aquellos que los quieren o los necesitan durante estos tiempos difíciles. (

A pesar de las dificultades que enfrentamos, debemos centrarnos en preparar a nuestros estudiantes para su futuro, para la universidad y para la carrera. ¡hay solo veinte días escolares antes de las finales! Para algunos de nosotros eso es noticia emocionante y para otros esto puede causar pánico. Todavía hay tiempo para que los estudiantes mejoren sus calificaciones y todavía hay tiempo para que los estudiantes se hagan lackadaisal. Estudiantes, asegúrese de que se enfoca para estas próximas cuatro semanas. Entendemos lo difícil que ha sido esto, pero recuerda tus objetivos finales y mantén la motivación. Llegue cuando necesite ayuda y apoyo.
a continuación se muestra el calendario de finales para diciembre. Ahora estamos proporcionando esto para que las familias tengan tiempo para prepararse y planificar.

Todos los exámenes estarán programados para 90 minutos:
Día 14: Período 1,3
Tueso 15: Períodos 2,4
Disco 16: Período 7
Escario 17: Períodos 6,8
Condía 18: Grading/Make-ups

Horario diario (M-Th)
8-9:30 (primer examen)
9:45-11:15 (Segundo examen) (el miércoles esta hora se utilizará para la clasificación)
11:15-12:00 (almuerzo)
12:00-3:00 (hacer las pruebas programadas con cita con el estudiante y el maestro)

Por favor, cuídense TJ. ¡Te echamos de menos!

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
  • SkillsUSA Thanksgiving Food Drive (details below)
  • SkillsUSA Thanksgiving Food Drive 3-5 p.m. (details below)
  • PTO meeting: 6:00 p.m. (zoom link and details below)
  • SkillsUSA Thanksgiving Food Drive 3-5 p.m.  (details below)
  • SkillsUSA Thanksgiving Food Drive 3-5 p.m.  (details below)
  • Office Hours schedule
  • SkillsUSA Thanksgiving Food Drive 3-5 p.m.  (details below)
Kudos Korner
  • Thank you to Samanda Davis, Megan Perkins, Suzy Stone, and Jerry Esparza for all of their involvement with supporting TJ families as we head into the holidays!
Election Support for Students
Thank you to everyone who participated in the online sale. All of you should have received an email with details about picking up your items. Reach out to TJHS.STORE@GMAIL.COM  if you have not heard from anyone.

On Saturday, November 14 from 10am-12pm we will have a sale in the parking lot at TJ. We will be slashing prices on remaining inventory (the old TJ gear) and we will also be selling yard signs, blankets, stickers, magnets, and pop-sockets. Come by to shop! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

We will be working on a new collection of items for a winter/holiday online sale. Please watch the newsletter and School Deets for information.
FREE Tutoring Available!

For now, tutoring is being done remotely, but we will revisit and revise when we have been cleared for in-person instruction.  Please let your students and their families know! As always, tutoring is a free service for our students!

Please reach out to with any questions you might have.

Click on the links below to view the full size flyers!


AP Exams
AP exams for the spring of 2021 have been ordered! At this time, we understand that the AP exam will be the full length exam. However, we are not sure if College Board will offer it in the form of paper/pencil, or online. Also, AP fees will be added to your myschoolbucks account by the end of November. Please go to your Parent Portal and access payments through that site.
Interested in learning more about an apprenticeships? Check out the Registered Apprenticeship Career Fair!
November 8 - 14 is National Apprenticeship Week. 

Denver Metro Workforce Centers are hosting a Registered
Apprenticeship Career Fair on Thursday, November 12
th beginning at 1:30pm. Veterans will have priority access starting at 1:00pm. This event will last until 4pm. Click here to create an account. Instructions are also provided (see attached).
Visit: for a complete listing of apprenticeship events that are happening around the state! Or for a complete listing of hiring events and training opportunities that are happening throughout the State, visit:

TJ Food Drive and Distribution Program
PTO is partnering with SkillsUSA this month to provide Thanksgiving Meals to families.  Thanksgiving Food Drive items can be dropped at the school during the SkillsUSA collections from 3:00-5:00 pm Monday-Friday in the TJ parking lot through November 13! 
Thank you for helping support the SkillsUSA Thanksgiving Food Drive!
Thanksgiving Food Drive - Families in Need
Thanksgiving Food Drive - SkillsUSA
2020 Food Pantry
Cheerleading Fundraiser - Spartan Gear
The cheerleading team is currently running a TJ gear/swag fundraiser online now till November 6th. There are many options that TJ fans can pick from, shirts, jackets, hats, masks, etc. Click here for the infoall items are shipped directly to the buyer's house, and you can customize the gear if you wish!
Chromebook and Materials Distribution - By Appointment Only
Dear Spartan Families, 

TJHS will continue to offer pick up opportunities for Chromebooks and class materials distribution by appointment only. 

  • To make a request please fill out the form here
  • We will contact you using the email address provided in the form to arrange a time for pickup.
  • If you are returning damaged technology please make sure the power cord is returned with the unit
  • We are out of Wifi Hotspots and we don't know when additional units will be made available.
PTO News
This month's PTO meeting is on Tuesday, November 10th from 6-7pm. Here are the Zoom details...
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Passcode: 101454
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We are pleased to have TJ's social worker, Samanda Davis join us to share the important work she does to help TJ families. We'll be discussing the progress of the Food Bank and how to support families through the November and December holidays. Each December Ms. Davis organizes an adopt a family program to provide Christmas gifts to families who need some help making the holiday special. As with all things, that will work differently this year. Also on the agenda is a review of our finances.
We hope you can join us! If you can't make it, but have comments or questions to share, email them ahead of Tuesday's meeting  to
La reunión de la PTO de este mes es el martes 10 de noviembre de 6-7pm. Utilice el enlace Zoom anterior para unirse a la reunión.
Nos complace que la trabajadora social de TJ, Samanda Davis se una a nosotros para compartir el importante trabajo que hace para ayudar a las familias de TJ. Discutiremos el progreso del Banco de Alimentos y cómo apoyar a las familias durante las vacaciones de noviembre y diciembre. Cada diciembre, la Sra. Davis organiza un programa de adopción familiar para proporcionar regalos de Navidad a las familias que necesitan ayuda para hacer las vacaciones especiales. Como con todas las cosas, eso funcionará de manera diferente este año. También está en la agenda una revisión de nuestras finanzas.  ¡Esperamos que pueda unirse a nosotros! Si no puedes hacerlo, pero tienes comentarios o preguntas para compartir, envíalas por correo electrónico a
Grief Support
Express Yourselves!
DECA Judges Needed!

Who wants to be a "Virtual DECA Judge?" Click here to learn more and sign up! We need between 75-100 qualified business experts to help us judge student submissions for the DECA District 3 Conference in November. Email Matt Nicolo with any questions and thank you for supporting our students.

Yearbook News
DPS Custodians and Bus Drivers Needed!
During this time of COVID our schools need more than ever to stay clean and safe for our kiddos and staff!

The reason for this email is to ask a favor - We have a dire need for Custodians and Bus Drivers!

We currently have 70 custodian vacancies.

Custodian Job Description:

The Custodian works under the direction of the Facility Manager and/or Assistant Facility Manager, cleaning the facility and performing grounds work in accordance with DPS guidelines. They may perform minor maintenance activities on facilities and equipment.

· Must be at least 17 years of age
· They must pass a reading test (8th grade reading level), Interview, Criminal Background Check and Fingerprints.
· High school diploma or equivalent required for FT
· All full time shifts are 8 hours a day - based on location, 8 hours between 12:30pm and 11:00pm, usually Monday - Friday
· All part time shirts are 4 hours a day - between 5:00pm-11:00pm
· $14.77/an hour! These positions are eligible for medical, vision benefits as well as sick, personal and vacation time

Bus Driver Job Description:

The Bus Driver is responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of elementary, middle, and high school students, including students with special needs, on regular routes, excursions and athletic trips.

· Must be at least 21 years of age.
· Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Colorado commercial driver's license (CDL) - Class B with P2S endorsements if this license is not currently held.
· $20.34/an hour!
· Benefit eligible with minimum hours
· High school diploma or equivalent required

If interested they can text DPSFIELD to 97211 to speak to a Recruiter
GT Corner
In an effort to provide GT students and their families with the resources and supports needed to begin/complete their Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), the TJHS GT Site Team has created a Google Classroom for each GT grade level.  The title and code for each grade level is listed below:
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2024 Cohort - doyqstu
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2023 Cohort - b7vpvfn
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2022 Cohort - orzg7to
TJHS Gifted and Talented 2021 Cohort - by7mjwi
The TJHS GT Site Team, working alongside our District GT Partners, has included resources, websites and documents to help you complete your ALP goals.  Keep in mind that there are affective as well as academic goals.  At this time, students should only focus on the Goals / Advanced Learning Plan section and not worry about the badges right now.  We don't want you to get in there and feel overwhelmed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Tate, our Dean Instruction and GT Point of Contact at

Our District GT Partner is Brian Beard,, and you may receive GT newsletters from his office with internship and university opportunities. 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.
Resources: Better Homes and Garden, November 2020 issue, 
School Based Health Centers are OPEN! or call us at (303) 602-8958

Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic: 720-423-7190

Consent for Thomas Jefferson School Based Clinic:


Help Wanted at TJ!
We are in need of two paraprofessionals for our Special Education students. If you are interested, please contact Paula Hammel at
News from the Future Center
Hi Spartans and Parents, 
Be sure to log in to your TJ Future Center schoology course a few times a week to review the Updates! 
You'll see Weekly Scholarship Highlights, assignments to keep you on track including FAFSA steps, the calendar of Virtual College Rep Visits, and upcoming deadlines in addition to many other resources!
Virtual Career Panel: Financial Services on November 10th.  
CU Boulder Early Action- Common App Transcript Request due November 11th.
Western Colorado University Preview Day on November 14th. 
Daniels Scholarship Program Application is due November 15th. 
Review the Fall Timeline together to stay on track and be certain to follow the Steps to Complete Apps document to ensure your supporting documents are sent to your schools.

Emily Webster
College Advisor | Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity
789 Sherman Street, Suite 610  |  Denver, CO 80203

Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Remember - TJ gear is available in the Spartan Store. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact
Class of 2021 - Seniors
 If you have ideas or want to help, contact any one of us:

Karla Henke karladhenke@gmail.comJen Abram, Lisa Allen, Colley Moe, Teri Hertzel, John Trujillo  
Class of 2022 - Juniors
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julie Rubin ( or Marlene Talavera ( 

The class of 2022 has two faculty sponsors, Jillian Gleason 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, Julie at or Marlene at (
Class of 2023 - Sophomores
$23 for '23!
23 TJ families have donated to our $23 for '23 Campaign and we've already made $1,140! Thank you everyone who has donated!   If you haven't had a chance, please just click on the PTO Square link below and support the Class of 2023! WHATEVER amount you can give - $23    $230   $50   $100 - any amount is so helpful! (Please scroll down to CLASS OF 2023 and hit the custom button or amount of your choice and follow the online payment instructions from there!)  
We always need more help and input!! If you have any ideas or comments and would like to get more involved, please contact Catherine Poirier or Christy Jordan
Class of 2024 - Freshmen
The class of 2024 is in need of parent sponsors! If you are interested please reach out to PTO at