October 9, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Happy October TJ,

This month marks the start of a new grading period, and we're off to a strong start.  We had a great turnout for Parent-Teacher conferences last week, and had a successful and fun Jamaican Jam event on Friday. 

Please note that students will have no school on October 26th and 27th as it is a teacher workday and a comp day. 

Thanks for a great start to the year, let's keep it up!

Feliz Octubre TJ,
Este mes marca el comienzo de un nuevo período de calificación, y estamos en un buen comienzo.  Tuvimos una gran asistencia para las conferencias de Padres y Maestros la semana pasada, y tuvimos un exitoso y divertido "Jamaican Jam" el viernes. 

Tenga en cuenta que los estudiantes no tendrán escuela los días 26 y 27 de octubre, ya que es un día de trabajo del maestro y un día de compensación.

¡Gracias por un gran comienzo del año, sigamos adelante!
Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
TJ's Tardy/Truancy Policy
Thank you for your su pport in keeping our attendance at its best!  Please click here to view TJ's attendance policy.  Please click here to view Colorado's student attendance policy
Week at a Glance - Week of 10/9-10/13
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • In-State College Fair: 1:00-2:00 p.m. (TJ Gymnasium)
    Juniors and Seniors will be excused from class
  • Chipotle fundraiser for 2019 - 4:00-8:00 p.m. (details below)
  • KS1075 Jam in the Gym
    • Special schedule: 
    • Period 1- 7:30-8:17
      Period 2- 8:21-9:08
      Period 3- 9:12-9:59
      Period 4- 10:03-10:55
      Lunch- 10:55-11:40
      Period 6- 11:40-12:27
      Period 7- 12:31-1:18
      Period 8- 1:22-2:09
      Concert - 2:13-2:45  
  • PTO meeting: 6:00 p.m. in room 108
  • Office Hours/early release
  • Picture retakes
  • TJ All School Open House: 6:00 p.m.
  • Wrestling Fundraiser - Casino Trip: 6:30 p.m. (details below)
Kudos Korner
We did it! 
Way to go, Spartans! Our social media prowess has paid off. We won the KS1075 contest and will host Amine for a concert this week! Special schedule is posted above.
                                                                             From L to R: Stacey Fornstrom, Andrew Villescas, Roger Nakagawa and Mark Smith.
The state golf tournament was held Mon. 10/2 and Tues. 10/3/17 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton.  The course was 7045 yards and par 72.  

The individual winner was Darren Edwards of Thompson Valley with a score of 146 (2-over par).  The team title was won by Montrose with a score of +34. 

Roger Nakagawa had scores of 75-81 = 156 to finish 12th. 
Andy Villescas had scores of 86-93 = 179 to finish T55.  
Way to go, Spartans!
Rockies Love from the TJ Family! 
We texted this picture to TJ alum and Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland before the big Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night! Despite the loss, we are proud of our Rockies and thank them for an exciting season!
Yearbook Cost and Deadlines

The yearbook is still at a discounted price! It is now $50, but will eventually go up to $65, so act now! The $50 discount will last until 11-3-17.

To see if we received your senior portrait, please go to the yearbook webpage or check the poster on the office window.

If you would like to purchase a senior/baby ad, they are due by 11-17-17.  

Anything that you would need to know about the yearbook can be found   here .

PTO News and Assistance Needed
Tuesday, October 10th 6pm Room 108

PTO Corner 
Massive thank you to the parents and helpers who got down n dirty to help with the irrigation dig and installation last month. 

TJ dad and architect Matt Bartels of Bennet Wagner Grody coordinated the project with the help of Bill Aldridge, Greg Hericks, Eric Balay and Rick Jarecke. A few other TJ parents were on hand and helped speed the 8-hour project along. 

Ken DiPaolo, President, and Jill Bersano, Vice President, of Hyrdosystems- KDI, Inc volunteered their time to design and help install a permanent irrigation system for the trees at the north entrance off Ivanhoe.  Denver Brass & Copper generously supplied all the irrigation supplies and materials.

Several in the community stopped by during the project to express their appreciation of this beautification project. The linden and kentucky coffee trees flower and leaf yellow/gold--TJ colors! 

Thanks team! 

Want to help make your students high school experience the best it can be?  Want to support the staff at TJ? Want to get to know some parents at TJ? Come to a PTO meeting!   

We meet monthly and have 1-2 events each month that we support. You can help out as your schedule permits.   Email  tjhspto@gmail.com  with any questions.
TJ Wrestling Fundraiser
TJ Wrestling Fund Raiser (21+)
Bus Trip to Central City (Reserve Casino)
Friday October 13, 2017
Leave the TJ parking lot at 6:30 PM (the trip is scheduled for six hours)
Cost: $20 per person - pay when you get on the bus
You will receive $10 in match play credit as well as a food discount
All money raised will go directly to the TJ Wrestling team to purchase gear for the 2017-18 season
Please RSVP to Michael_Laurita@dpsk12.org
Spirit Store Help Needed!
We need volunteers!
The TJ Spartan Spirit Store is a virtual store which is online. The store is also set up at some school events such as athletic events, concerts, plays and conference nights.
The PTO Spirit Store is looking for volunteers to man the store and sell items during lunch hours (M, T, Th, F from 11:19-12:04 and Wednesdays from 11:00-11:45) at school. We are also looking for volunteers to sell before and after school a few days a week.

All the inventory for the store is now housed in the glass windowed room across from the auditorium in the front lobby. So it is easy to just open the door and sell items right from there. All the inventory is easily accessible.

Call or email Laura Whalen if you are interested.
Laura Whalen
cell: 303-681-7226
Free & Reduced Lunch Application
Click here to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch status!
Get Your Flu Shot!
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?
70% - the number of 18-30 year old WOMEN who do not like their body
43% of MEN are dissatisfied with their body
Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP  
Musical Theatre Fundraiser
I'm raising money for Thomas Jefferson High School Musical Theatre . Please help support the cause! 

Donations will be used to help cover the cost of our amazing fall production. Your funds will provide first class professional musicians, costumes, makeup, sets, and more! You can also help by easily sharing this fundraiser out to your own network of contacts.

Simply click here to go to the fundraiser page where you can learn more details and support the cause! Thanks for all of your help!
Tambyr Reed
Download the new TJHS Mobile App today!
We encourage you to download the app from the App Store or Google Play at no cost (scan the QR codes below or simply search for "TJHS"). We will be finalizing formatting and loading new content in the coming weeks, so please be patient and check the app frequently for new information! Our hope is that this will be yet another way to strengthen communication for our community. 

Helpful hint: make sure your push notifications are on, 
so that you can get  updated info and event reminders!
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 


  •  Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as wells as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store!


Class of 2018 - Seniors
  • Please look for more opportunities this school year for parents to socialize, get connected and contribute to the Class of 2018 fundraising efforts. Please email karycramer@msn.com if you're interested in helping out at any point this year. We need you!
Class of 2019 - Juniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
Class of 2020 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to Megan Perkins and Lisa LoJacono, the parent representatives for the Class of 2020. Please look for important information to come.  If you are interested in getting involved please email Megan at:   megandperkins@gmail.com  or Lisa at:   lisalojacono@gmail.com .
Class of 2021 - Freshmen
  • New Graduation Requirements! DPS has adopted new, evidence-based graduation requirements that will go into effect this year for the graduating class of 2021. Click here
    to read more!
News from the Future Center
Seniors and Families-  Check out the resources below to help you plan your college and financial aid processes: 

Meetings with Ms. MaezSeniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year.  A calendar of her availability is posted on the door.
Upcoming Events at TJ:

10/9/17- 1-2pm- Thomas Jefferson High School- TJ College Fair- Juniors and seniors will be pulled from class for this in-state college fair. 

Rena Maez 
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
rmaez@denverscholarship.org |   www.denverscholarship.org