October 26, 2020
Administrator's Corner

Happy Halloween Spartans!
We will be hosting our 8th annual "Trunk" or Treat Street this year with necessary precautions for everyone's safety. It will be held this Friday, October 30th in the TJHS Student Parking lot area by the softball field. TJHS club representatives will line their cars up with their trunk lids up (6-8 feet apart) starting at the Jewish Center road leading up to TJHS. Guests are asked to drive by each of the club representative's car to receive their treats. Student guests from the elementary schools are asked to be in their Halloween Costume and remain in their car. TJ students and staff will wear a protective mask and gloves. Happy Halloween and we can't wait to see you on the 30th!
Just a reminder that to better support the needs of your students and while maintaining the work/life balance of our staff, we are adopting the following policies:
  • Work day for teaching faculty will be weekdays from 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Meetings will held be scheduled during of normal work hours unless otherwise agreed upon.
  • Please use the email address listed in the staff directory when reaching out: https://tjhs.dpsk12.org/directory/
  •  Email with an understanding of a 24 hour return time expectation.
  • Please free to reach out to us when it is convenient for you via email/Remind with the expectation that we will respond to you within 24 hours. 
¡felices Espartanos de Halloween!

este año vamos a organizar nuestra octava calle anual "Trunk" o Treat Street con las precauciones necesarias para la seguridad de todos. Se llevará a cabo este viernes, 30 de octubre en el área de estacionamiento de estudiantes de TJHS junto al campo de softbol. Los representantes del club de TJHS alinearán sus coches con sus tapas de tronco hacia arriba (6-8 pies de distancia) comenzando en la carretera del Centro Judío que conduce a TJHS. Los huéspedes deben conducir por cada uno de los vehículos del representante del club para recibir sus delicias. Los estudiantes invitados de las escuelas primarias se les pide que estén en su traje de Halloween y permanezcan en su coche. Los estudiantes y el personal de TJ llevarán una máscara protectora y guantes. ¡Feliz Halloween y no podemos esperar a verte el 30!

sólo un recordatorio de que para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de sus estudiantes y mantener el equilibrio entre el trabajo y la vida personal, estamos adoptando las siguientes políticas:
  • El día de trabajo para el profesorado será de lunes a viernes de 7:15 a.m. a 3:15 p.m.
  • las reuniones se realizarán durante las horas normales de trabajo, a menos que se acuerde lo contrario.
  • Utilice la dirección de correo electrónico que aparece en el directorio del personal al llegar a: https://tjhs.dpsk12.org/directory/
  • correo electrónico con una idea de una expectativa de tiempo de devolución de 24 horas.
  • tenga la libertad de comunicarse con nosotros cuando le resulte conveniente por correo electrónico o recuerde con la expectativa de que le responderemos en un plazo de 24 horas.
Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
  • Last day to order BSA shirts! (details below)
  • SAT for Seniors (details below)
  • Virtual Town Hall Meeting - 6-7 p.m. (details below)
  • Italy and Greece Trip 2022 informational meeting - 5:30 p.m. (details below)
  • Virtual Open House for prospective students - 6-7 p.m. (details and sign-up link below)
  • PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors (details below)
  • Office Hours schedule
  • Trunk or Treat - 4 p.m. (details below)
Kudos Korner
  • Thanks to all of the parents who joined us for Parent-Teacher Conferences last week! It was a great turnout and chance for teachers to connect with families. 
  • Kudos to our Center Program teachers and paraprofessionals for returning to in-person learning!
SAT and PSAT Testing This Week
We will be proctoring the SAT on Tuesday, October 27th and the PSAT on Thursday, October 29th at Thomas Jefferson High School. Please refer to the email that you received for what door you are to enter the building from and for reminders of health protocols. Also, we will not have in-person, center programs come in on those days. 
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.
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 Town Hall - Tomorrow!
Click here to register!
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 https://forms.gle/h381kzTdGeEnXTa46
  • 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.
TJ Trunk-or-Treat - Friday!
When: Friday, October 30, 2020 4pm-6pm
Where: TJHS Student Parking lot Area (By the Ball Park)
  • TJHS club representatives will line their cars up with their trunk lids up (6-8 feet apart) starting by the Jewish Center road leading up to TJHS.
  • Guest are asked to drive by each of the club representative's car to receive the treats from the TJHS club representatives. Student Guests from the Elementary Schools are asked to be in Halloween Costume and remain in their car.
  • TJHS Club Representatives are asked to be in a costume and to wear a protective mask and gloves (Provided by TJHS).
Featuring: Special Treats, Decorations.
Event will focus on students from the following schools:
Members of the TJHS Clubs and Organizations are asked to be hosts.


This is a DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Thomas Jefferson High School BSA Club Sponsored event.

TJHS Contact: Ms. DANYELLE CHARLES, Phone: 720-423-7050, or Ms. CARLA ALLEN Phone: 720-423-7060,
THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, 3950 South Holly Street, Denver, Colorado 80237 Email:
PTO News
I'm pleased to report that during the meeting, we voted to elect a Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. Thank you to
Krista Zizzo (Secretary) and Wassila Hamitouche (Asst. Treasurer) for filling those roles! If you want to be a part of the PTO, there are no dues but we do need to know who you are. Please visit the PTO page and click Join Today to let us know how you want to be involved. We can't be Spartan Strong without you!
Questions? Want to get involved? Email: tjhspto@gmail.com
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 

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!
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.

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...?
Sometimes we just need a quick grounding break throughout the day. Please enjoy this short breathing video that you can do anywhere. The intention is to help you pause, recenter yourself, and calm your body. 

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":
Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
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
Hi Spartans and Parents, 
Be sure to log in to your TJ Future Center Schoology course a few times a week! 
You'll see Weekly Scholarship Highlights, assignments to keep you on track, the calendar of Virtual College Rep Visits, and upcoming deadlines! 
The Greenhouse Scholars Application is due November 1st. 
Daniels Scholarship Program Application is due November 15th. 
Check out the Fall Timeline together to stay on track and 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 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