October 28, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Hello TJ,
It was great to see so many familiar and new faces during our parent teacher conferences that were recently held. Your support in helping ensure your students are coming to school have helped as we have seen an increase in our daily average attendance - keep it up! A reminder that the 2nd 6-week grading period will be closing soon and that you can access your students grades through the Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal account please go to: https://myportal.dpsk12.org/ to create an account. 
Construction Update:
Our new marquee has been installed, now we are just waiting on the electrical to be wired and then the masonry work will be done at the base of the marquee. We can't wait to use it!
The concession stand is finished and we are now waiting on Denver Fire to give us the go-ahead with a Certification of Occupancy inspection. Once that is done we can use it!
The lights on the football/soccer/lacrosse/track now work! We tested them out for the first time a few days ago and planned to have our Boys "Senior Night" Soccer game against South "under the lights" but the snow came in last Wednesday and put a damper on those plans.

Thanks TJ - have a great week!

Fue genial ver tantas caras conocidas y nuevas durante nuestras conferencias de maestros padres que se llevaron a cabo recientemente. Su apoyo para ayudar a garantizar que sus estudiantes están viniendo a la escuela han ayudado ya que hemos visto un aumento en nuestra asistencia promedio diaria - mantenerlo! Un recordatorio de que el segundo período de calificación de 6 semanas se cerrará pronto y que puede acceder a las calificaciones de sus alumnos a través del Portal para Padres.  Si no tiene una cuenta del Portal para Padres, vaya a:   https://myportal.dpsk12.org/  para crear una cuenta

Actualización de la construcción:
Nuestra nueva carpa ha sido instalada, ahora estamos esperando la electricidad para ser cableado y luego el trabajo de albañilería se hará en la base de la carpa. ¡No podemos esperar a usarlo!

El puesto de concesión está terminado y ahora estamos esperando en Denver Fire para darnos el visto bueno con una Certificación de Inspección de Ocupación. Una vez hecho esto podemos usarlo!

Las luces en el fútbol / fútbol / lacrosse / pista ahora funcionan! Los probamos por primera vez hace unos días y planeamos tener nuestro partido de fútbol "Senior Night" contra south "under the lights", pero la nieve llegó el miércoles pasado y puso un amortiguador en esos planes.

Gracias TJ - ¡que tengas una gran semana!

Mike Christoff
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 10/28-11/1
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Parent Meeting - Class of 2023: 6:30-8:00 p.m. (room 111)
Wednesday -
  • Jostens Junior/Senior Presentation: 10:15-11:00 a.m.
  • Office Hours - 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Trick-or-Treat Street
Kudos Korner
Thanks to our good friends at Yellow Dog Printing (TJ family-owned business), we have a new welcome sign in our lobby! Congratulations to Ethan Greenlee who designed the banner in photography class!
Counseling Corner
Here at T.J., our school counselors work with and encourage students as they develop academically, personally and socially. We are here to support and advocate for all students.  
Jillian Gleason - Students with Last Names A-D
Maggie Kennedy- Students with Last Names E-L
Erin Thompson - Students with Last Names M-Q and students with IEPs
Jeremy Anderson - Students with Last Names R-Z
Rebecca Taylor - 9th Grade Transitions Counselor
So....what are some areas we focus on as school counselors?
  • Assisting students in exploring career areas and navigating their college and career options
  • Delivering classroom lessons to students through the ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) curriculum (ICAP is a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2021)
  • Supporting students' social and emotional well-being
  • Providing additional support in collaboration with Denver Scholarship Foundation during the college application process
  • Working with others - parents, teachers and other school staff - to help students succeed
  • Advising students on scheduling and assessing student abilities to support appropriate course placement
  • Checking credits and reviewing graduation requirements with students
TJHS Counseling Program Mission
As professional school counselors, we provide a data-driven counseling program that decreases barriers to student achievement by advocating for all students and promoting equity and inclusivity. Through collaboration with students, staff members, and families we strive to support the wellness of the whole student in academic, career/college and social-emotional domains. We proactively deliver Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) curriculum, conduct small-group interventions and provide individual student meetings as a means to prepare students for a successful future. 
TJHS School Counseling Program Vision As a result of participating in Thomas Jefferson High School's comprehensive school counseling program, all students graduate career and college ready. Students are empowered with the skills needed to become productive and engaged citizens in our communities.
Rincón de orientación
Aquí en T.J., nuestros orientadores escolares trabajan con los estudiantes y los alientan a medida que se desarrollan a nivel académico, personal y social. Estamos aquí para apoyar y abogar a todos los estudiantes.
Jillian Gleason- estudiantes con apellidos de la A a la D
Maggie Kennedy- estudiantes con apellidos de la E a la L
Erin Thompson - estudiantes con apellidos de la M a la Q y estudiantes con IEPs
Jeremy Anderson - estudiantes con apellidos de la R a la Z
Rebecca Taylor - orientadora de transición para estudiantes de 9.º grado
Por tanto... ¿cuáles son algunas áreas en las que nos enfocamos como orientadores escolares?
  • Ayudamos a los estudiantes a explorar áreas profesionales y considerar las opciones universitarias y profesionales
  • Proveemos a los estudiantes lecciones en el salón de clases mediante el plan de estudios de ICAP (Plan Profesional y Académico Individual), el cual será un requisito de graduación a partir de la generación de 2021
  • Apoyamos el bienestar social y emocional de los estudiantes
  • Proveemos apoyo adicional en colaboración con la Fundación de Becas de Denver durante el proceso de solicitudes de ingreso a las universidades
  • Trabajamos con los demás -padres, maestros y otros profesionales escolares- para contribuir al éxito de los estudiantes
  • Asesoramos a los estudiantes sobre los horarios y evaluamos sus habilidades para apoyar su colocación apropiada en cursos
  • Comprobamos créditos y revisamos los requisitos de graduación con los estudiantes
Misión de nuestro programa de orientación
Como orientadores escolares profesionales, proveemos un programa de orientación basado en datos que disminuye las barreras de los logros estudiantiles al abogar por todos los alumnos y promover la equidad y la inclusión. A través de una colaboración con los estudiantes, los integrantes del personal escolar y las familias, nos esforzamos en proporcionar el bienestar del estudiante como ser integral en el ámbito académico, profesional/universitario y socioemocional. Proveemos de forma proactiva un plan de estudios basado en un Plan Profesional y Académico Individual (ICAP), realizamos intervenciones en grupos pequeños y proveemos reuniones individuales con los estudiantes a fin de prepararlos para un futuro exitoso. 
Visión de nuestro programa de orientación
Como resultado de participar en el programa de orientación escolar integral de la Escuela Preparatoria Thomas Jefferson, todos los estudiantes se gradúan listos para la vida profesional y universitaria. Dotamos a los estudiantes con las destrezas necesarias para convertirse en ciudadanos productivos y participativos en nuestras comunidades.
TJ Laptop Fundraising Opportunity
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
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
Service Hours and Volunteer Opportunity
Are you in need of service hours or just looking for an opportunity to volunteer? A Little Help -- an organization that supports older adults in remaining independent in their homes -- has upcoming Service Saturdays on November 2nd and 9th in Denver.
Volunteers will help mostly with raking leaves for neighbors in the vicinity of TJ on November 9th, you will meet at South High. If you are interested in volunteering on November 2nd, you will be helping homes in the Park Hill and Mayfair neighborhoods.
Individuals, group volunteers, and teams from schools and organizations are welcome and encouraged.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer, go to  https://www.alittlehelp.org/ServiceSaturdays  or call 720-242-9032 or contact  tanya@alittlehelp.org!
Youth Exchange Program Meeting - November 3
Immerse yourself in a language while soaking up the culture!    
At ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever's best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (up to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange and host as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18. 
Please join us at our Info Meeting -  RSVP marie.adolesco@gmail.com, everyone welcome:
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Sam Gary Library, Stapleton
2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238
Start your application at www.Adolesco.org/pre-application and get in touch with local mom Marie Meyer, the Adolesco Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845.  Applications are due on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, with matches announced in early January 2020. Click here for more information!
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
We would like to extend a great big thank you to all the parents that helped make the Staff Appreciation Dinner happen last week. The conference days are so long for staff and teachers and having a homecooked meal helps keep them going. So many parents donated food, money and time. It takes a village to make our high school community strong and we have a great village!
A special shout out to the PTO Hospitality volunteers Brenna Hatami, Margarita Mehan, Robin Pickens, Vicky McPheron, Brett Plue, Carrie Oss, Mel Toner, Erica Ward and Dawna Edwards who set up and cleaned up the event.

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
College Admissions Representatives Visits:
Arapahoe Community College on Monday, October 28 @ 10:15-11:19
MSU Denver RAP Ambassador on Tuesday, October 29th from 8-11
University of Idaho on Tuesday, October 29th @ 12:04-12:55
Washington & Jefferson College on Thursday, October 31st @ 12:04-12:55
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...?
We have another TJ Talks event coming up!
TJ Talks Presents:
Dear SE Denver Community,
Thomas Jefferson High School would like to extend a special invitation to your school community to join us as our guests for a special movie screening of Screenages: The Next Chapter! We are excited to partner with our colleagues at South High School to provide this unique opportunity for us all to come together to learn, discuss and problem solve how best to support healthy digital-age lifestyles for the whole family.
Want a preview?! Click here!

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
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
If you would like to make a donation to the Class of 2021,  please contact   colley_moe@comcast.net
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!