October 19, 2020
Administrator's Corner

We will be postponing our in-person learning cohorts until 11/09 except for those students that selected to be in-person and are in a Center Based Special Education program. Students that opted for in-person learning and are in one of our Center Based Special Education programs may come to TJ starting on 10/21/20. Again, we will be reaching to those specific families.

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place tomorrow and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. each day. If you still need to schedule an appointment with a particular teacher, please click here for the appropriate links.

Thanks for being flexible as things change!  

Posponemos nuestras cohortes de aprendizaje en persona hasta 11/09, excepto para aquellos estudiantes que han seleccionado estar en persona y que están en un programa de Educación Especial basado en el Centro. Los estudiantes que optaron por el aprendizaje en persona y están en uno de nuestros programas de Educación Especial basados en el Centro pueden venir a TJ a partir del 10/21/20. De nuevo, estaremos llegando a esas familias específicas.

Las Conferencias virtuales de padres y Maestros tendrán lugar mañana y miércoles a partir de las 4-7 p.m. cada día. Si aún necesita concertar una cita con un profesor en particular, haga clic aquí para ver los enlaces apropiados.

¡Gracias por ser flexible a medida que cambian las cosas!

Paula Hammel
Principal Resident
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
  • Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences: 4-7 p.m. (details and sign-up link below)
  • Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences: 4-7 p.m. (details and sign-up link below)
  • Food Distribution - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (details below) 
  • Office Hours schedule
  • Deadline for Conflict Resolution Art Contest (details below)
  • Drive-in movie for our DECA members: 7:00 p.m.
Kudos Korner
Speech and Debate had their first virtual competition last week for their novice competitors. The following students competed in three rounds of debate with the awards:
Emma Krause & Alexandra Baca (Public Forum Team) Excellent Award
Lauren Hall & Jessica Nesbit (Public Forum Team) Superior Award
Adam McPherson (Lincoln-Douglas Debate) Superior Award
Peter Bodin (Lincoln-Douglas Debate) Excellent Award

We congratulate them on a great first tournament!
Parent Teacher Conferences - tomorrow and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.!
We will be hosting the first-ever virtual Parent Teacher conferences this week! If you still need to sign up for an appointment with a particular teacher, please click here. These appointments will be held via Google Meets (a specific join code will be generated when you sign up for an appointment) and will last no more than 10 minutes. Thanks for being involved in your student's TJ experience! We hope you can join us.  
Virtual Tardy Policy for Remote Learning
To excuse a student's absence or tardy please call the TJHS automated attendance line at 720-423-7040 or email Rebecca_moore@dpsk12.net

Tardies are required to be excused within 24 hours of occurrence.

Absences are required to be excused within 48 hours of occurrence.
Fundamental Fridays

You're invited to join Fundamental Fridays- a collaboration between Career & College Success and the TJ Future Center- with the intentions of elevating skills of students through a series of workshops aimed at providing new information and connections.

Our 1st Fundamental Friday will be on October 23rd at 1:00 PM. We will be going over Calendering
& Time Management with the hopes of providing you tips and tricks toward better organizational skills.

Students who attend this event will get the chance to win a Starbucks Gift Card! Please fill out the Google Form to register for the event.
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 Victor_Godoy@dpsk12.org with any questions you might have.

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


TJ Food Drive and Distribution Program
October Food Distribution Date: THURSDAY OCTOBER 22 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at TJ!
Non-perishable food items are being collected continually for the Thomas Jefferson High Food Bank Donations can dropped in the "TJ Food Bank" box at any of the following locations: 
·       7996 E. Jefferson Place, Denver, 80237  
·       7500 E. Dartmouth Avenue #25, Denver, 80231
·       2750 E. Bates Avenue, Denver, 80210  
·       3732 S. Sebring Court, Denver, 80237  
·       6895 Eastmoor Drive, Denver, 80237
·       7925 E. Mexico Avenue, Denver, 80231
·       2805 S. Gilpin Street, Denver, 80210  
·       3614 S. Hudson Street, Denver, 80237
·       3004 S. Milwaukee Circle, Denver, 80210
·       3734 S. Oneida Way, Denver, 80237  
·       3771 S. Rosemary Way, Denver, 80237  
In addition to non-perishable food items, monetary donations to the TJ Food Bank are now being accepted.  These funds will be used to replenish food items that are running low.  Donations can be made HERE.
If you are interested in helping with the Food Bank please reach out to Megan Perkins (megandperkins@gmail.com) or Suzy Stone (suzystone2002@yahoo.com).
Thank you for your support!
PTO News
The October PTO meeting was held on Tuesday, October 13th by Zoom. We were pleased to have staff members
Brittany Nicolo and Natalie Koncz join us to discuss staff wellness. If you were unable to make it, the video recording is available on the PTO website.
Questions? Email: tjhspto@gmail.com
Black Lives Matter at TJ!
TJ Spartans! Interact club and BSA (Black Student Alliance) are working together to produce shirts that involve the TJ community with the Black LivesMatter movement.

Purchasing these shirts not only donates money to social justice organizations such as Grassroots Law Project, but also casts your support to the Black community at TJ.

T-Shirt sizes range from S-XL and are a 50/50 blend. Each shirt costs 20 dollars, but if you order more than one, all shirts are $15 each; payments will be made through Venmo.

The order form below will be open through October 26th
and the expected pick-up date will be before Thanksgiving break in the TJ parking lot. Thanks for the support, Spartans!
Chromebook and Materials Distribution - By Appointment Only
Dear Spartan Families, 

TJHS will offer additional drive through pick up opportunities for Chromebooks and class materials distribution by appointment only.  To schedule a two-hour pick-up window please fill out our request form here: https://forms.gle/h381kzTdGeEnXTa46 
If there are inclement weather conditions please call 720-423-7003 upon arriving at the pickup location. If you miss your pickup appointment your items will be returned to stock and you will need to resubmit your request for a future pick-up date
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.

In order to comply with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Denver Public School Nursing Services, we ask that families remain in their cars at all times in order to practice social distancing and allow TJ staff to deliver the items to your car. (See map below) We will place it in the trunk, backseat or hand it through a window. If you are on foot or bike please wear a mask and maintain 6-feet of distance from other people. TJ staff will be wearing masks for everyone's protection. If you have any questions please email Andrew_skari@dpsk12.org.

Estimadas familias espartanas,
TJHS ofrecerá oportunidades adicionales de recolección de Chromebooks y distribución de materiales de clase el martes solo con cita previa.
* Para programar un período de recogida de dos horas, complete nuestro formulario de solicitud aquí: https://forms.gle/h381kzTdGeEnXTa46
* Si hay condiciones climáticas adversas, llame al 720-423-7003 al llegar al lugar de recogida.
* Si pierde su cita de recogida, sus artículos se devolverán al stock y deberá volver a enviar su solicitud para una fecha de recogida futura
* Si está devolviendo tecnología dañada, asegúrese de que el cable de alimentación se devuelva con la unidad.
* Nos hemos quedado sin puntos de acceso Wifi y no sabemos cuándo estarán disponibles unidades adicionales.

Para cumplir con el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado y los Servicios de Enfermería de las Escuelas Públicas de Denver, pedimos que las familias permanezcan en sus automóviles en todo momento para practicar el distanciamiento social y permitir que el personal de TJ entregue los artículos en su automóvil. (Ver mapa abajo) Lo colocaremos en el maletero, en el asiento trasero o lo pasaremos por una ventana. Si va a pie o en bicicleta, use una máscara y mantenga una distancia de 6 pies de otras personas. El personal de TJ usará máscaras para la protección de todos. Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a Andrew_skari@dpsk12.org.

عائلات سبارتان الأعزاء ،
ستوفر TJHS رحلة إضافية من خلال فرص الالتقاط لأجهزة Chromebook وتوزيع المواد الصفية يوم الثلاثاء1:00 مساءً عن طريق تحديد موعد فقط.
* لجدولة نافذة استلام مدتها ساعتان ، يرجى ملء نموذج الطلب هنا: https://forms.gle/h381kzTdGeEnXTa46
* إذا كانت هناك ظروف جوية قاسية ، يرجى الاتصال على 720-423-7003 عند الوصول إلى موقع الالتقاء.
* إذا فاتك موعد الاستلام ، فسيتم إرجاع العناصر الخاصة بك إلى المخزون وستحتاج إلى إعادة تقديم طلبك للحصول على تاريخ استلام في المستقبل
* في حالة إعادة التكنولوجيا التالفة ، يرجى التأكد من إرجاع سلك الطاقة مع الوحدة
* لقد نفدنا من نقاط اتصال Wifi ولا نعرف متى سيتم توفير وحدات إضافية.

من أجل الامتثال لإدارة كولورادو للصحة العامة والبيئة وخدمات التمريض في مدرسة دنفر العامة ، نطلب من العائلات البقاء في سياراتهم في جميع الأوقات من أجل ممارسة التباعد الاجتماعي والسماح لموظفي TJ بتسليم العناصر إلى سيارتك. (انظر الخريطة أدناه) سنضعها في صندوق السيارة أو المقعد الخلفي أو نسلمها عبر النافذة. إذا كنت على الأقدام أو على الدراجة ، يرجى ارتداء قناع والحفاظ على مسافة 6 أقدام من الأشخاص الآخرين. سيرتدي موظفو TJ أقنعة لحماية الجميع. إذا كان لديك أي أسئلة ، يرجى إرسال بريد إلكتروني إلى Andrew_skari@dpsk12.org.
TJ Town Hall Registration - Save the Date
Click here to register!
Conflict Resolution Month

Hey TJ! Did you know that Colorado is the only state to dedicate an entire month to conflict resolution? 

In honor of this and to celebrate, TJ is having a Conflict Resolution Art Contest! Draw, paint, decorate: What does conflict resolution mean to you? What does it look like? Use your art to explain and express! 

Submit your final artwork to Ms. Lupo through email (emily_lupo@dpsk12.org) by Friday, October 23

The top 3 winners will receive an awesome prize and be featured in the TJ Journal!
Italy and Greece in 2020 - Informational Webinar! - October 28th - 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Open House - October 28th

Join us on Wednesday, October 28th from 6 to 7pm for a Virtual Open House! 
Meet teachers & staff, learn about the school, and hear from our student panel! This open house is intended for prospective students and their families
Pre-Registration Required here: https://forms.gle/FXu6UENewQJERAyQ9 
Have a question for our student panel? Submit your questions beforehand here: https://forms.gle/uP8sTxc4YLyvA8aV7 
¡Únase a nosotros el miércoles 28 de octubre de 6 a 7 pm para una jornada de puertas abiertas virtual!
¡Conozca a los maestros y al personal, aprenda sobre la escuela y escuche a nuestro panel de estudiantes! Esta jornada de puertas abiertas está destinada a futuros estudiantes y sus familias.

Se requiere preinscripción aquí: https://forms.gle/FXu6UENewQJERAyQ9
¿Tiene alguna pregunta para nuestro panel de estudiantes? Envíe sus preguntas antemano aquí: https://forms.gle/uP8sTxc4YLyvA8aV7 

Resources for Families
A collaboration between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Forward Together helps parents and teens become more connected.

Helpful Schoology Tips and Resources for Students


We know that some of you would like more information about how to access Schoology. Please click on this helpful link to learn more!

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
Spartan Spirit Store
All orders placed through the online store last week will be shipped to Carrie Oss's home (only a couple blocks from TJ) and we will arrange dates and times for order pick ups sometime around October 23rd. 

We hope you had fun shopping for TJHS spirit wear! GO SPARTANS!! 
Career Opportunity for Students: The Youth Apprentice Program
Are you interested in earning money now and starting your career into a modern, in-demand career? The DPS Youth Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for current 10th-12th grade students to begin to gain hands-on experience as an employee of a company, earn $40,000 in the course of 3-years, and more. Learn more about the program here.

Students and parents can also check out the CareerWise Hiring Hub to learn more about current apprenticeship openings and start the process. Attached to this email is also a  'How To Apply' Guide that will help students create an account, search for companies, and more.  

Questions? Please reach out to Mr. Mason at matt_mason@dpsk12.org or fill out the following link to get further support.
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 adria_tate@dpsk12.org

Our District GT Partner is Brian Beard, brian_beard@dpsk12.org, and you may receive GT newsletters from his office with internship and university opportunities. 
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
Parental involvement in a child's education has been related to multiple positive effects in children's school achievement. "Children whose parents are involved in their education..."

* Earn HIGHER grades
* Have BETTER attendance
* COMPLETE more homework
* Are MORE MOTIVATED students
* Are MORE LIKELY to attend college
AND, here are some behavioral benefits, too:
* HIGHER self-esteem
* Higher probability of AVOIDING high-risk behaviors in adolescents
So, What Can I Actually Do?
1) Talk to your student about the school day. You can reference last week's Mental Health Tip, "Increasing Happiness in Kids" for a set of good discussion questions.
2) Get to know their friends, and their friends' parents. You are doing this because you care about who they are with and what they do. Similarly...

3) Get to know your child's teachers! You can better help them navigate each class/teacher if you are familiar with the teaching style, classroom set-up, expectations, foreseeable challenges/conflicts that may come up, etc.
4) Come to school events, such as: Back to School Night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, sporting events, the school art shows, plays, weekend tournaments/competitions, musical/choir performances; become a member of the PTO; help with volunteer opportunities/events at the school; your presence around school and effort to be a member of the community can have a positive impact on your child. 

5) High school is hard, and there is a lot to manage. Help them time-manage and set up routines for completing assignments at home. When possible, be available to help them if they have any questions. Even if you cannot help with the content of the assignment, sit at the kitchen table with them while they do their work. You can spend this time catching up on some of your responsibilities too! Help model what initiating and completing a task looks like.

6) Continue to ask them about any future or upcoming events they are looking forward to.

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.  Resources: www.nasponline.org
School Based Health Centers are OPEN!

SBHC@dhha.org 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 paula_hammel@dpsk12.org
News from the Future Center
Spartan Seniors and Supporting Adults, 
Please be sure to log in to your TJ Future Center Schoology Course several times a week. Check out the Weekly Scholarship Highlights and the Scholarships folder too! 
Reminder: FAFSA and CASFA are open for application submission. 
Learn more about the opportunities below in the TJ Future Center Schoology Calendar!
October 23rd- Western Colorado University Preview Day

October 23rd:
Fundamental Fridays: Time Management Workshop
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 tjhs.store@gmail.com.
Class of 2021 - Seniors
 If you have ideas or want to help, contact any one of us:

Karla Henke karladhenke@gmail.comJen Abram jenabram18@gmail.com, Lisa Allen allenlisa85@yahoo.com, Colley Moe colley_moe@comcast.net, Teri Hertzel thetzel@comcast.net, John Trujillo trujillopotter@icloud.com  
Class of 2022 - Juniors
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julie Rubin (rubin_j@comcast.net) or Marlene Talavera (TJSpartans2022@gmail.com). 

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 tjhspto@gmail.com, Julie at rubin_j@comcast.net or Marlene at (TJSpartans2022@gmail.com).
Class of 2023 - Sophomores
$23 for '23!
Way to go! We have raised more than $1,000 in the past two weeks with this $23 for '23 Campaign! Thank you everyone who has donated! If you haven't had a chance, please click on the PTO Square link 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!)
Click-n-Shop is Back! Body Bark - another easy fundraiser for 2023! This month Body Bark clothing is donating a portion of the proceeds we order back to Class of 2023! Go to BodyBark.com and use discount code TJ2023 during the month of October! You will receive 10% off your order and The Class of 2023 will receive 15% of our total orders.

Body Bark offers premium basics which make for perfect layering essentials or stand-alone tees. Experience the luxury of these soft tees. Available for men and women.
Click-n-Shop here: Bodybark.com questions to: cpoirier@bodybark.com

Keep on the lookout for our cool new class of 2023 Fundraiser - it's something that everyone needs and wants! More details coming next week!

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 cpoirier@bodybark.com 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 TJHSPTO@gmail.com