October 22, 2018
Administrator's Corner

It was wonderful seeing so many families attend parent-teacher conferences. We truly appreciate all the parent support for our students and teachers. Thank you, TJ families.
Virtually all TJ students will be reviewing their previous PSAT and SAT scores as well as taking a practice PSAT or SAT this week in their Math and English classes. Please ask your student about it. These tests are very important in not only getting into college and career pathways, there is also a lot we can do to help them achieve their goals by using these tests as a measure for their strengths and areas for improvement. These tests inform our faculty on how to best support your student in the classroom to these ends. Any and all reinforcement at home is incredibly valued.

Additionally, we will start with SAT practice on October 30 in room 134 at lunch. It will be every other week.

Oct 30  - math
Nov 13 - reading/writing
Nov 27 - math
Dec 11 - reading/writing 

There are also practice tests available in the main office for students who would like additional practice or prep.

Fue maravilloso ver a tantas familias asistir a conferencias de padres y maestros. Realmente apreciamos todo el apoyo de los padres para nuestros estudiantes y maestros. Gracias, TJ familias.

Virtualmente todos los estudiantes de TJ estarán revisando su examen previo y sus puntuaciones SAT, así como tomar un examen de práctica o se sentó esta semana en sus clases de matemáticas e inglés. Por favor, pregúntele a su estudiante. Estas pruebas son muy importantes en no sólo entrar en la Universidad y las vías de carrera, también hay mucho que podemos hacer para ayudarles a alcanzar sus objetivos mediante el uso de estas pruebas como una medida para sus fortalezas y áreas de mejora. Estas pruebas informan a nuestra facultad sobre cómo apoyar mejor a su estudiante en el aula a estos fines. Todo el refuerzo en casa es increíblemente valorado.

Además, comenzaremos con la práctica del SAT el 30 de octubre en la habitación 134 en el almuerzo. Será cada dos semanas. 

Oct 30 - Math 
Nov 13 - lectura/escritura 
Nov 27 - Math 
Dec 11 - lectura/escritura 

también hay pruebas de práctica disponibles en la oficina principal para los estudiantes que les gustaría práctica adicional o PrEP. 


Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
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Week at a Glance - Week of 10/22-10/26
  • No School 
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
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  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -
  • FAFSA Workshop: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Friday -
Kudos Korner
  • Kudos to Will Forrester and Mike Christoff for the new artwork in the administrative hallway!
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.

GSA T-shirts for sale
Email  Elizabeth_Lynch2@dpsk12.org  to order
News from the Future Center
FAFSA Workshop on October 25th from 10-2!
What You Need to Complete the FAFSA
Bring ALL of the information requested for both the parent(s) and the student to the FAFSA Workshop! Ask if you have questions.
  • Social Security Numbers and Social Security Card (if applicable):
  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to receive federal aid.
        Student's alien registration or permanent resident card (if applicable)
        Birthdates: Month/Day/Year (parent AND student)
        2017 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year (parent AND student, if applicable)
        Student's 2017 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
        Parents' 2017 Federal Income Tax Return
        2017 untaxed income records (if applicable)
  • Social Security benefits statement
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Veterans benefits records
  • Disability benefits records
        Date and Year Parents were married and/or divorced
        Savings and checking account dollar amount (parent AND student, if applicable)
Business and investment mortgage (not the home in which you and your family live) information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
        Your FSA-ID or FAFSA PIN numbers (parent AND student, if previously applied for).
  • You can save a lot of time by creating your FSA-ID before the FAFSA workshop. To create an FSA-ID, go to https://fsaid.ed.gov Be sure to write the username and password down and bring them with you.
If you have questions about the documents listed above, contact the DSF College Advisor at your school, your high school counselor, your college's financial aid office, or DSF at 303-640-6564. For more information about FAFSA, go to https://fafsa.gov.
12th graders are invited to join DSF for a field trip to University of Northern Colorado on Thursday, November 1st. Please come to the Future Center to pick up the two sided permission slip. Permission slips need to be submitted by Friday, October 26th. Students can email Sophiesvogel@denverscholarship.org  to reserve their seat.
College Admissions Representatives Visiting on Friday, October 26th:
Savannah College of Art and Design - 4th period
Northern Arizona University - 6th period
12th graders - please sign up for College Admissions Representatives visits in Naviance!

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.
TJHS Is looking for a couple hard working students...
Minimum Requirements:
  • Minimum of 14 years of age and able to provide an "Age Certificate" from the school if under 18 years old
  • Must be a DPS student with proof of current enrollment
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation from the principal (or designee) at time of interview
  • Please include schools of preferred assignment on the application under the work history section
How to apply:
  • Click here
  • Click on the "APPLY FOR THIS JOB" tab
  • Enter required information
  • If you need assistance please email: katherine_goodsell@dpsk12.org
  • Once your application is completed please email the FM and let them know
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. 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?
That by employing basic time management skills and organization systems, you'll be better prepared to prioritize your work and visualize the bigger picture ahead of you.

  • Bring work with you to different activities if you have down time
  • Reduce electronic time
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources: www.collegevine.com 
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.