October 21, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Happy Monday, Spartans! 

It is no surprise that our students did a terrific job on the practice PSAT and SAT tests last week! We appreciate their effort and time for this important practice session. A big thank you to Paula Hammel and Julie Thibodeau for organizing the testing. We would also like to thank the faculty and staff members who helped proctor the tests, hand out snacks, provide calculators, and more! 

We hope that our students come back on Wednesday well-rested and ready to tackle the rest of the semester!

¡Feliz lunes, espartanos! 

No es de extrañar que nuestros estudiantes hicieron un excelente trabajo en las pruebas de práctica PSAT y SAT la semana pasada! Agradecemos su esfuerzo y tiempo para esta importante sesión de práctica. Muchas gracias a Paula Hammel y Julie Thibodeau por organizar las pruebas. También nos gustaría dar las gracias a la facultad y los miembros del personal que ayudaron a proctor las pruebas, repartir bocadillos, proporcionar calculadoras, y mucho más!

¡Esperamos que nuestros estudiantes vuelvan el miércoles bien descansados y listos para abordar el resto del semestre!

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 10/21-10/25
  • No school for students
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Indian Education Night - 5:30-8:00 p.m. (details below)
  • No school for students 

Wednesday -
  • Office Hours - 2:14-2:55 p.m.

  • Movie Night (Auditorium) - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Kudos Korner
  • A big thanks to all of the parents who came to Parent-Teacher Conferences last week! We appreciate your communication and support of the Spartan community.
  • Thank you to all of the teachers who proctored the practice PSAT/SAT tests last week!
New TJ Mobile App!
We hope that by now you've connected and are receiving messages!

Stay connected, TJ...this is gonna be great!

The goal is to increase communication with parents and streamline information that families receive. If you did not download the app at registration, please see below and do so as soon as possible to prepare for the launch!
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
Consider This...Indian Education
Town Hall Meeting
Understanding and Intervening with School Refusal
When: October 29th, 2019
Cost: Complimentary (limited space)
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP: 303.861.1916

Seminar Focus
As students transition into the new school year, many experience feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, social isolation, and rejection. The intensity of these feelings can be both overwhelming and debilitating and as result lead to school refusal and social isolation. Parents and educators understanding the etiology of school refusal is important and necessary to accurately intervene and re-engage students in their academic environment.

This training session will help parents and educators learn & understand:
  • Common factors and causes related to school refusal and what to do about it
  • The "not so obvious" considerations relative to learning differences, undiagnosed, or mis-treated learning disorders and lack of academic engagement or school attendance
  • The impact of significant to profound Executive Functioning deficits and the role this plays in escalating behavior problems, self-esteem and declining academic performance in middle and high school
  • How social differences impact inclusion and belonging in peer relationships differently in elementary, middle and high school
  • The impact of social isolation, depression and anxiety and the influence this has on identity formation
  • When school refusal is problematic and how to determine what type of intervention is necessary
  • Parent leadership principle's designed to manage high stress and conflict in the home environment as a result of school related conflict
  • Parental leadership and the impact this has on improved functioning, self-esteem, school participation, and family level healing.
Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center is pleased to present a series of 3 complimentary workshops as part of an ongoing training series for parents, educators and mental health professionals. Workshop located at: 600 South Cherry Street, Suite 325, Glendale, CO 80246. For additional details or to RSVP, please email Heather Charlet or Jordan Leffel. You may also reserve your seat using the ticket link(s) included with this invitation, or by calling us directly at 303.861.1916. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required.
Attention JUNIOR parents: 
As you may know your child has been invited to participate in a program called Challenge Day, which is a  one full day event for the Junior class over the course of November 5 th  and 6th
Students with last names starting with A-J will attend the event on November 5th and those with their last name starting with K-Z will attend on November 6th.  The event will be held in the gym.
If you wish for your child to Opt-Out of the event please complete the form and return to Samanda Davis by Thursday October 31st, 2019.  Click here for the Opt out form.

Challenge Day is a transformational day of fun, leadership and power that can change the way people view one another forever. The goal of Challenge Day is to help stop the teasing, violence and alienation that is so deeply a part of the school experience for millions of young people every day. Through a variety of games, trust-building activities and presentations, they will be given a unique opportunity to see themselves and the people around them through a new set of eyes. 
Since 1987, the nationwide Challenge Day programs have helped to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of teenagers just like you. Challenge Day has not only received numerous awards, but has also been featured in the best-selling book, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Teen Files: Surviving High School, Oprah and MTV.
For more information check out Challenge Day's website at  www.challengeday.org
We have a few volunteer slots available so if you wish to volunteer please contact Samanda Davis at 720-423-7072 or at  Samanda_Davis@dpsk12.org
Youth Mental Health Educational Event
Join our inspiring presentation and resource fair for parents, teachers, and school employees!
Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. 
STEM School Highlands Ranch
FREE Registration at www.healingouryouth.org

Healing Our Youth: Get Educated! is a mental health educational program that educates schools (teachers, administrative staff, school employees), parents, and community members who work with youth about mental disorders. Each event includes a 2 hour panelist presentation ( click here for more details ) and a resource fair. The presentation is from 6:30pm-8:30pm and the resource fair is from 5:30-6:30pm and 8:30pm-9:00pm. For teachers and other professionals, 2 contact hours are awarded for continuing education. The exhibitors at the resource fair include: local mental health hospitals/clinics/networks, suicide awareness programs, nutritionists, private practice counselors and therapists, nonprofits that provide a variety of therapies for mental health issues, eating disorder clinics, local mental health support groups, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Crisis Intervention Team officers from local sheriff and police departments, and many more valuable community resources and support.
Our goal is to educate the adults who are most involved in the lives of our youth so these adults have the knowledge and tools to identify mental health concerns in youth early, which will then hopefully lead to earlier treatment of mental disorders to improve outcomes for our youth with mental health issues.
Spartan Spirit Store
Our store inventory has been moved upstairs and therefore we'll be selling at various events throughout the year. We'll be out cheering on the Spartans at fall sporting events and hope you'll come and purchase spirit wear from us.

Please email  tjhs.store@gmail.com  if you would like to purchase something & we would be happy to get the spirit wear for you. We can arrange to have items picked up.  
PTO News
Questions? Looking for ways to get involved? Email  TJHSPTO@gmail.com  or visit the  PTO page  of the TJ Journal.
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:

Price: The earlier you buy your book, the more you save! Please see the discount schedule below. Buy your book now for the most savings!

Purchase before:
9-27-19 = $50
11-1-19 = $55
1-31-20 = $60

From February 1st on, the book will be $65 until sold out.

Senior Recognition Ad To purchase an ad, please visit the yearbook website.

All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
King Soopers Fundraiser
King Soopers just made FUNDRAISING for TJ even EASIER!
All you need to do is register your King Soopers loyalty card number or alternate ID (e.g. phone number) to earn money for TJ. After you register for the program,  a percentage of ALL of your King Soopers purchases will go to TJ.
Important: At the point of purchase, you must swipe your loyalty card or type in your alternate ID in order for your purchases to count toward TJ's fundraising.
In order to get benefits from the use of your loyalty card/alt id you MUST:
2. Click on Enroll Now
3. You will then see a page where you can choose your organization
4. Search for Thomas Jefferson High School Partners either by name or UT036 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
That's it! You are now enrolled and can help raise EASY MONEY for TJ's classroom grants, student events and staff appreciation.  Thank you!
Questions? Email TJHSPTO@gmail.com
News from the Future Center
UNC Field Trip on  Thursday, October 24 th

TJ's FAFSA Workshop is October 25th from 10:00am-2:00pm!
FAFSA eligible 12th graders need to make a 1-hour appointment at  https://tinyurl.com/y4pmocom

Bring all of the information below:
☐ 2018 W-2 and Other Income Statements- required for student & parents (if applicable)
☐ 2018 untaxed income records (if applicable)
o       Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
o       Veterans benefits records
o       Disability benefits records
☐ Additional records (if applicable)
o       Values of businesses or investment farms (other than primary home)
o       Net Values of investment properties (other than primary home)
o       Net Values of stocks, bonds, or other investments
  12th graders:
Please sign up for College Admission Representative Visits in Naviance:
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
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

That TJ is bringing Challenge Day to the Junior class on November 5 th and 6 th ?
Great! But... What Is Challenge Day?
Challenge Day is a powerful, high energy days in which you will be guided through a series of social and emotional learning activities alongside students and school staff. Challenge Days have been happening around the world for 30 years and ignite a shift towards greater school connectedness, empathy and inclusivity. The primary goals of Challenge Day are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to transform dangerous peer pressure into positive peer support, and to eliminate the acceptance of bullying, violence, and oppression in all forms.
The day addresses "isms," harassment, bullying, and conflict management while identifying students that are in need of additional support for behavioral health challenges, substance abuse, and other social emotional issues. Most importantly, Challenge Day gives student's tools to bring self-awareness, compassion, and meaningful change into their lives, schools, and communities.
The day is enriching and meaningful to all who attend, and can be deeply emotional at times.  Because of its powerful impact, the day serves as a catalyst for ongoing follow-up social emotional programs that continue to foster both individual growth and a strong sense of community.
Want to know more? https://www.challengeday.org/
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resource: https://www.challengeday.org/
Transition to Higher Education Course - Apply Now!
Please see information attached and information below about the 2020 spring semester of the  Transition to Higher Education Course.   The application is live now!
Help 11th grade and 12th grade students with IEP and 504 Plans get connected to learn the essentials for making a seamless and successful transition from high school to higher education!  The Transition to Higher Education course is a free spring semester course for DPS and Cherry Creek School District taught on Auraria Campus by campus faculty and staff on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 from January 22nd-April 22nd.  See prerequisites and help students apply at the application linked HERE
Your student is perfect for this class if they:
-are in 11th grade, 12th grade with an IEP or 504 plan,
-have the ability, skills, and motivation to access college level coursework upon high school completion
-have a postsecondary goal to attend a 2yr, 4yr, or vocational school after high school and 
-meet requirements as outlined in the application
Only 15 spaces are available for DPS students, so support eligible students with applying now to be considered for acceptance into the class. We are looking forward to seeing applicants from your school! The application window closes November 21st.  

Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
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 2020 - Seniors
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( megandperkins@gmail.com ) or Lisa LoJacono ( lisalojacono@gmail.com ).  
Class of 2021 - Juniors
Fundraising Party for the Class of 2021 (Adults Only)
When:  October 26th at 6pm
Where: Vanderiet's Home 
1851 S. Spruce Street  Denver, CO  80231
Cost: $20/person....Includes Mexican Buffet, Beer/wine
RSVP:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4ea8ae29a02-fundraising   **Please sign up on this link to RSVP**

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the Class of 2021,  please contact   colley_moe@comcast.net.
Save the Date:  Movie Night--October 25th....Beetlejuice (Fundraiser for Class of 2021)

We're 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 sponsors are Jason Klimczak and Elizabeth Lynch. Parent sponsor is Jen Abram - she can be reached at  jenabram18@gmail.com.

Long sleeve $15 Short Sleeved $10
See Mrs Lynch in Room 11
Class of 2022 - Sophomores
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 - Freshmen
Hey Freshmen Parents! We need 23 for 2023!

Please join our TEAM 23 - we are very close to getting 23 parents (at least!) involved to help fundraise and plan for Class of 2023 activities!

Join us  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29th from 6:30-8 p.m. in TJ's Room 111 to launch our Parent TEAM 23!  We will brainstorm and come up with FUN ideas for our class of 2023 students! 

Let us know if you will come! For more information, send a great idea or if you want to be part of TEAM 23 please contact Christy Jordan:   christy.jordan@comcast.net 
OR Catherine Poirier:  cpoirier@bodybark.com

Can you paint?  Build? Organize? Decorate? Volunteer your time to  staff an event? Ask for a donation?  Host a parent party at your house? Help plan an event? Keep track of a budget? Have a matching corporate donation from your company? Set up a table? Help arrange a meeting?  Work a volunteer shift? Just have great ideas? We need you! 
Class of 2023 - they need  you & me!