October 7, 2019
Administrator's Corner

TJ Families,
In order to better support our students' goals pertaining to college and career TJHS has decided to implement a school-wide PSAT/ SAT practice exam date on October 17th. This will include all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. 12th graders will not have school that day

The information we gain from participating in the school-wide practice test will be used by our teachers to better tailor instruction for our students with the goal of improving PSAT/ SAT scores and college and career readiness. We believe this is incredibly important to the success of your student and appreciate your support. For more details contact Assistant Principal Jon Poole.

TJ Families,

Con el fin de apoyar mejor las metas de nuestros estudiantes relacionadas con la universidad y la carrera TJHS ha decidido implementar una fecha de examen de práctica PSAT/ SAT en toda la escuela el 17 de octubre. Esto incluirá a todos los estudiantes de 9o, 10o y 11o grado.  Los estudiantes de 12o grado no tendrán escuela ese día. 

La información que obtenemos al participar en la prueba de práctica en toda la escuela será utilizada por nuestros maestros para adaptar mejor la instrucción para nuestros estudiantes con el objetivo de mejorar los puntajes de PSAT / SAT y la preparación para la universidad y la carrera. Creemos que esto es increíblemente importante para el éxito de su estudiante y apreciamos su apoyo. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con el subdirector Jon Poole.

Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 10/7-10/11
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Junior/Senior College Fair: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Chipotle Volleyball Fundraiser: 4-8:00 p.m. (details below)
  • PTO meeting: 6-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday -
  • Office Hours - 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Chipotle Gymnastics Fundraiser: 4-8:00 p.m. (details below)


Kudos Korner

  • The Denver Public Schools (DPS) Foundation was recently awarded a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address persistent challenges facing the school district's most vulnerable students. Participating schools are CEC, Bruce Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, DC 21 (formerly Denver Center for 21st Century Learning), Emily Griffith High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, West Early College and North High School, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy and South High School. Click here to read more!
  • A huge thanks to all of the English teachers who spent time in their classes last week to help get students and their parents connected to SchoolDeets!

  • The CCTM department had approximately 75 families of prospective 8th graders attend their open house last week! Special thanks to the many CCT students who served as tour guides and ambassadors for the program. The families were impressed throughout the evening, and we were proud of you! 

  • Five of our DECA members will be serving on the Student Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Location. Please congratulate the following students when you see them, this is a big deal! -- Jonathan Coviello, Grace Coviello, Daynon Downey, Alice Larm, and Panagiota Reiva. Way to go, Spartans!
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!
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
The PTO's next meeting will be on  Tuesday, October 8 th  at 6pm in room 111.  We've got money on our mind and need to make some decisions. We'll be talking about a budget and allocating funds for class activities. This will be an important discussion so try to be there. We need as many voices as possible to participate. While we try very hard to keep the meetings to one hour, this meeting may run a bit longer. Plan for the meeting to end between 7- 7:30. We'll provide some snacks while we discuss business matters, so nobody gets hangry.

Questions? Looking for ways to get involved? Email 
TJHSPTO@gmail.com  or visit the  PTO page  of the TJ Journal.
Staff Appreciation Dinner
On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, TJ's PTO will host the first Staff Appreciation event of the year by providing dinner during Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers will be busy that night meeting with families, so we will serve a hearty dinner of soup and chili from 4:00-6:00pm to keep them going. There will be no hungry teachers on our watch!  Please make this dinner possible by signing up here. We can't do it without you! 
If you would like to help out but are not available on the 16th, you are welcome to make an online donation.  We will use these funds to supplement whatever food is not donated.  Please click here to make a donation that goes directly to TJ's PTO and will be used for this dinner or future staff appreciation events.
Dropping Off Your Food Donations: On Wednesday, October 16th, drop off your item in room 111 between 2:30-3:30pm.  If your item is nonperishable, you can drop it off in the main office kitchen on Tuesday after 3pm or on Wednesday before 2:30pm. Soups and chili should be delivered ready to serve in a crockpot fitted with a liner to help us with clean up. We have plenty of serving utensils so no need to bring any of your own. The staff truly appreciates your support during this busy evening.  
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Chipotle Volleyball Fundraiser - October 7
Please note: these are two separate flyers for separate fundraisers. This is your chance to justify having 
Chipotle twice in one week!!
Chipotle Gymnastics Fundraiser - October 9
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 Photos & Quotes: Due date: Friday, October 11, 2019 by the end of the school day. *Quotes are optional.

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.
FREE Workshop
Town Hall Meeting 
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:
Johnson and Wales on Thursday, October 10 th  @ 10:15-11:19 (4 th  period)
12 th graders sign up in Naviance

12th graders - please sign up in Naviance

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 Federal Tax Return (1040 or 1040A or 1040EZ) (student & parents, if applicable/filed)  
        NOTE: If 2018 tax returns have not been completed, please bring 2017 tax return
 2018 W-2 and Other Income Statements- required for student & parents (if applicable)
 2018 untaxed income records (if applicable)
o        Social Security benefits statement
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...?

Trying to engage in meaningful conversations with your teenager does not have to be a painful experience! We know that it can sometimes be difficult to know how to approach your teen (or for them to approach you!), so here are some helpful hints:
1. Ask before offering advice
  • Offering unsolicited advice may shut the conversation down
  • When the conversation starts, simply ask, "Do you want my advice, or do you just want me to listen?"
2. Meet them where they are
  • We all have different approaches in life. You know your kid well- if they like to write, journal, draw, maybe have them start the conversation that way.
  • Sometimes it may be difficult to have a face-to-face conversation where you are sitting alone together. Instead, try going for a walk, or taking a car ride together to facilitate the conversation.
3. Don't take offense when your kid signals they need a break from you
  • We all need a break sometimes
  • If they pointedly grab their headphones or dial in to their laptop, try not to take it personally
  • Try to remain calm, which communicates to them you recognize they need their space
4. Give them opportunities to rise to the occasion
  • Let them run an errand for you by themselves; when appropriate, maybe let them fly to visit a family member or friend by themselves
  • And try not to help too much. If you take a step back, they will see that there is more to keep track of than they initially thought, and recognize that you trust them to do this alone.
5. Establish reasonable rules that acknowledge each other's priorities
  • Have a discussion about what is important to each of you when interacting
  • Discuss how it feels when rules are dismissed, it will create empathy for both of you
  • Make an agreement to respect the rules you've established together
6. Go for open-ended questions
  • Avoid questions that can be answered with a simple "no/yes"
  • "So how do you feel about ..."
  • "On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best day ever, how was your day? What made it that number?"
7. When all else fails, buckle up
  • Don't underestimate the potential power of a peaceful moment in the car
  • Sitting side by side may feel more comfortable than facing each other and making direct eye contact the whole time
  • If the conversation is struggling, there is music you can put on to break the silence until you or them are ready to talk.

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP,  Resources: Family Circle Magazine, August 2018 Issue
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

If you are unable to attend and 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). Our first event will be a planning evening on Thursday, October 10th at 6:00 pm. Email us for the address.

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
Class of 2023 - Well do they need ME?? 
PARENTS! YES! We DO need you!! Who would like to join our fun TEAM of 2023 parents to help plan some great fundraising and get-to-know one another events to benefit our kids' Class of 2023!!??

Jump in! Email or call Christy Jordan Christy.jordan@comcast.net or 303-210-2676 or Catherine Poirier cpoirier@bodybark.com or 303-875-7073. We'll put together a list of 2023 parents who are willing to help in ANY way and get this ball rolling!

Together we will raise money and build community over the next few years to help support all the fun upcoming traditions and activities for our faster-than-you-can-imagine Seniors in 2023!! From Senior Sleep Out, Senior Homecoming support, Prom, After Prom and more we have a ton to do and need an army of parents to each take a small piece! We look forward to hearing from many of you! 

We've got IDEAS yes we do, we've got ideas how 'bout YOU?!??? 

Class of 2023 - they're counting on you and me!