October 15, 2018
Administrator's Corner

Winter online registration will open October 22 nd .  ports include basketball (boys and girls), swim/dive (girls), and wrestling (boys and girls).  Tryouts start November 12 th
To participate on November 12th, students must:
- Register online (FamilyID)
- Pay online (FamilyID) $60 pay to play ($10 Free/Reduced Lunch)
- Have current sports physical on file
- Pick up Golden Ticket from Athletics Secretary Carla Allen in the Treasurer's Office
For more information please visit http://tjhs.dpsk12.org/athletics-home-2/ 

El registro en línea de invierno abrirá el 22 de octubre. Los deportes incluyen baloncesto (niños y niñas), nadar/bucear (niñas), y la lucha libre (niños y niñas). Las pruebas empiezan el 12 de noviembre. 

Para participar el 12 de noviembre, los estudiantes deben: 
-registrarse en línea (FamilyID) 
-pagar en línea (FamilyID) $60 pagar para jugar ($10 gratis/almuerzo reducido) 
-tener deportes de actualidad física en el archivo 
-recoger billete de oro de atletismo s Secretaria Carla Allen en la oficina del Tesorero

Para más información, visite  http://tjhs.dpsk12.org/athletics-home-2/ 

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 10/15-10/19
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

  • Library closed
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday -
  • Library closed
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Choir Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Friday -
  • No School 
NOTE: There will be no school for students on Monday 10/22 and Tuesday 10/23!
Kudos Korner
We did it!!

We raised over $20,000 for St. Jude Hospital! Thanks to all of the Spartans, Spartan families, and broader community members who helped make this a reality.  Click here for a wonderful local news story on this accomplishment. Way to give back, Spartans! 

You can still donate up until October 22nd - all of the proceeds will go to St. Jude Hospital. Click here to donate! (Please note: the tally on the website indicates online donations only, so the total figure is actually much higher!)
School Performance Framework - Message from Principal Christoff
Hello TJ,
As you may have heard, DPS released the latest School Performance Framework report this past Friday afternoon which is incongruent with the rating the Colorado Department of Education has issued for TJ so I wanted to take a moment to address this. 

This has typically been a day when our hard work throughout the previous year has been validated with a "Green" rating by both DPS and CDE. This year although we were "Green" according to the amount of points that we could earn, we were downgraded to "Yellow" due to us falling short on decreasing our academic gaps - specifically on how our Students of Color, Students that receive Free and Reduced Lunch benefits, and our English Language Learners performed vs our non-Students of Color, Non-Language Learners, Non-Free and Reduced Lunch students on the PSAT 9, PSAT 10, and SAT (all scores are combined into one measure). While our Students of Color, English Language Learners, and students receiving Free and Reduced Lunch benefits performed higher than the DPS average across the board on the PSAT 9, PSAT 10, and SAT, due to the gaps that exist we were downgraded to the "Yellow" rating.
I also want to take a moment to highlight some positive news that we received regarding our school rating (http://www2.cde.state.co.us/schoolview/dish/schooldashboard.asp). You do have to select "Thomas Jefferson High School" in "Denver" to find our information. There you will see that according to the CDE report card we are rated as a "Green" high school and surpass the ratings of many DPS and suburban schools that are near us, as were many other schools in DPS. In regards to preparing ALL students for College and Career we were ranked Blue - which is the highest rating possible in DPS! We also had a record high percentage of students passing the Advanced Placement tests last spring (while growing enrollment across all demographics in our AP classes) and continue to offer over a dozen Concurrent Enrollment classes where the pass rates exceed 90% in those classes.  
We know that we have work to do and we are dedicated to closing the gaps for all of our learners in our school and we are dedicated to doing so this year. If you would like to learn about the School Performance Framework I will be holding an open session today after school from 4-5 in room 111. I encourage you to stop in and ask questions.
Staff Appreciation Dinner
On  Wednesday, October 17, 2018 TJ's  PTO will host the first Staff Appreciation event of the year by providing dinner during Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers will be busy that night meeting with families, so we will serve a hearty dinner of soup and chili from 4:30-6: 30pm to keep them going . There will be no hangry teachers on our watch!  Please make this dinner possible by signing up here . We can't do it without you!  If you would like to help out but are not available on the  17th , you are welcome to make an online donation.  We will use these funds to supplement whatever food is not donated.  Please  click here to make a donation  that goes directly to  TJ's  PTO and will be used for this dinner or future staff appreciation events.

Dropping Off Your Food Donations On Wednesday, October  17th , drop off your item in room 111  between 2:30-3: 00pm .  If your item does not need to be refrigerated or heated, you can drop it off in the main office kitchen on Tuesday after 3pm or on  Wednesday before 3pm . Soups, stews and chili should be delivered ready to serve in a  crockpot  fitted with a liner to help us with clean up. We have plenty of serving utensils so no need to bring any of your own.

The staff truly appreciates your support during this busy evening.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Community Event - 10/17
Oktoberfest Dinner at Lowry Beer Garden  (Pass it on!)

On Wednesday, October 17th, TJ friends and families will gather at Lowry Beer Garden from 
5:30-9:00 at 7577 E. Academy Blvd Denver, CO  80230

   ...to hang out and make dinner EASY for the first night of parent-teacher conferences.  

(Hosted by the volleyball program-Lowry Beer Garden will return 10% of all spending!)

Please mark your calendars for a delightful Oktober evening with the extended Spartan family!

Go Spartans!
PTO News
A primary focus of PTO is to support student learning by providing classroom grants. The bulk of the PTO fundraising is for this purpose.  Do you know of a teacher, classroom, project, effort, or other need that would help us make an even bigger impact on school culture? If you know of specific needs or have ideas, encourage staff to apply for grants in October. The  Grant Application  is found on the PTO webpage.
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:
  • Please check to see if we received your senior quote and photo. There's a poster hanging on the office windows, or you can check the yearbook website to make sure.
  • PriceGet your book at the discounted price of $50 until 11-2-18. The price will eventually increase to $65, so act fast!
  • Baby AdIf you would like to purchase a senior/baby ad, they are due by 11-16-18.  
All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
Counseling News
Seniors! Tuesday October 30th is Colorado Free Application Day!
What is it?
All 32 public schools will be waiving application fees on October 30th. To see a list of all of the Colorado schools participating, please click here .

Start your applications now to apply to public in-state schools but do not submit them until October 30th!  CU, CSU, UNC, Metropolitan State and many more will be participating. All of your application materials should be prepared, double-checked and reviewed prior to October 30th so all you have to do on October 30th is press submit.
See Frequently Asked Questions about the Colorado Free App Day here.
What will TJ be doing on this day?
Counselors will be in room 111 with computers from 7:30-1:30 to assist seniors with submissions. Students can see their counselors with questions or for more details!
FREE Parent Presentations
Transitioning into Life After High School
This is the season when high school seniors and their parents are entrenched in the process of completing college applications. And while this process is undeniably an important gateway to the next phase of life for our young people, it is also important for parents and students alike to realize that this decision is more about taking a step towards an independent life. Whether your student ends up at a 4 year college, community college, takes a gap year, or gets a job, there are a number of life skills that are important to reinforce as they move towards successful independent living.

News from the Future Center
is FSA ID Day for 12th graders! Please bring your Social Security Number and your name EXACTLY as it is on your Social Security Card to the Future Center for support creating your FSA ID, which is required for students to submit a FAFSA!

10.17 Colorado State University - Pueblo college admissions representative visit in the Future Center at 6th period. 12th graders - please sign up in Naviance!

10.25 is the TJ FAFSA Workshop between 10 am and 2 pm! Please remember to make an appointment
and bring all necessary financial documents:  http://svogel.tjspartans.org/post/

Daniels Fund Scholarship application is now open!   https://www.danielsscholarship.org/

Latin American Educational Fund Scholarship is open too!   https://www.laef.org/scholarship 

Thank you!
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
Hear ye, hear ye! As the following month rapidly approaches, TJ Theatre students are working long, diligent hours to perfect this year's musical comedy,  Spamalot , inspired by the 1975 film,  Monty Python and the Holy Grail . This farcical take on the medieval tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table incorporates modern elements and humor along their quest for the Holy Grail. The show will debut on November 8th, 9th, and 10th at 7:00 p.m.. Digital tickets can be purchased online via MySchoolBucks and are currently priced at $5 for students and $10 for non-students. Paper tickets will also be sold in the next few weeks. Due to the mature comedic themes prevalent in this show, children under the age of 10 will not be admitted. From its humorous audience participation to its incredible set-design, this musical truly incorporates all elements to maximize the overall experience as an audience member. 
TJ Fall Open House - Save the Date!
Let your friends and neighbors with students in the 8th grade know about TJ's fall open house in November.  
  • November 8, 2018 - 6 - 8 p.m. 
    All School Open House
     - hear about all of TJ's academic programs and talk to faculty from each department. 
Community Service Opportunity
The UHills Neighborhood Association is a non-profit that represents the UHills Residents (our boundaries are I-25 to CO Blvd., and Hampden north to Yale). Here is our webpage UHNA.com They are in need of 1-2 students to help update and post upcoming events, Board Meeting Minutes, photos from events, etc. to their website once or twice a month. If you are interested, please see Ms. Adair or Mr. Fornstrom.
Part-Time Custodian Wanted
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJ Spirit Store is stocked and ready to sell!  Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs. The TJHS Spirit Store is open every Friday at lunch time. During the month of October we will be having a huge SALE!!!!  All 2019 retro-Joe Spartan t-shirts are $5, all other short-sleeved t-shirts are $10, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hoodies are $25.  We also now have beanies with pom poms for $20 and beanies without for $15.  We accept cash, credit cards and checks.

The store will be open during events like certain athletic games and other community events such as the ArtFest. The store will be open during parent/teacher conferences from 4:30-6:30 as well! Or, make an appointment to shop with Carrie ( TJHS.Store@gmail.com ). The store accepts cash, credit cards and checks. You can view several items  here , but we are not currently accepting online orders .

Please contact Julie Thibodeau in the front office if you need help with the store at times other than Friday at lunch.

If you have any questions please email them to  tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
Sleeping well directly affects your mental and physical health and the quality of your waking life. Fall short and it can take a serious toll on your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight.


1. Keep in sync with your body's natural sleep-wake cycle

  • Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day
  • Avoid sleeping in-even on weekends
  • Be smart about napping

2. Control your exposure to light

  • Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the morning
  • Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime
  • Say no to late-night television
  • When it's time to sleep, make sure the room is dark
3. Exercise during the day
  • For better sleep, time your exercise right

4. Be smart about what you eat and drink

  • Limit caffeine and nicotine
  • Avoid big meals at night
  • Avoid alcohol before bed
  • Cut back on sugary foods and refined carbs

5. Wind down and clear your head

  • Relaxation techniques for better sleep
  • Listen to books on tape
  • Deep Breathe
  • Visualizing a peaceful, restful place

6. Learn ways to get back to sleep

  • Stay out of your head
  • Do a quiet, non-stimulating activity
7. Bedtime Rituals
  • Read a book or magazine by a soft light
  • Take a warm bath
  • Listen to soft music
  • Do some easy stretches
  • Wind down with a favorite hobby (not an electronic device!)
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse / Misuse
Hey TJ Families! Click here to t ake a look at this short video about quick and simple ways to help keep your child safe!
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!

  • Supporting our TJ students, classrooms and teacher is as simple as a click of a button. Visit the online store to donate to TJ PTO today: Online Spartan Spirit Store for TJ Gear
Class of 2019 - Seniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
TJ AVID is selling Do it yourself Senior Shirts! 

Join the new TJ tradition!

Tie Dye, paint and decorate to your Style!

Senior DIY Shirts $15 

Class of 2020 - Juniors
The Class of 2020 will raise money throughout the year for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
  • Host an event and donate the proceeds to the class of 2020!
  • Make a tax deductible financial donation by clicking here.  Be sure to find out if your employer will match our donation!
Please contact Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com) or Lisa LoJacono (lisalojacono@gmail.com to get involved in fundraising and other activities!

Class of 2021 - Sophomores
  • We're also 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 thetzel@comcast.net; or colley_moe@comcast.net to find out more.
Class of 2022 - Freshmen
  • If you have any questions or interest in joining a team of parents to help coordinate fundraising efforts and community building, please email tjhspto@gmail.com for more information.