September 11, 2017
Administrator's Corner

Homecoming week is here, starting Monday, September 11th! This year's theme is Enchanted Kingdom - students will be dressing in different themes throughout the week:
  • Monday - Monsters Inc (Dress like your favorite cartoon monster)
  • Tuesday -  Jungle Book/Safari Day
  • Wednesday - Cinderella (dress like royalty)
  • Thursday - Incredibles (Dress like a Super Hero or Villain)
    • Extended lunch for PowderPuff Game on turf field
  • Friday - TJ Day! Wear your Spartan Gear!
    • Pep Assembly - 2:15
    • Tailgate Bonfire - 6:30 pm
  • Saturday
    • Football game at All City Field at 11:00 am
    • Homecoming Dance at 8 to 11:00 pm
There are also sporting events all week - click  here to get all the sports schedules throughout the year. Come out to see your favorite teams compete and show your Spartan Pride!  And don't forget to follow Thomas Jefferson Athletics on Facebook!

¡Semana de "Homecoming" esta aquí, empezando el lunes 11 de septiembre!  El tema de este ano es Reino Encantado - los estudiantes se disfrazaran durante la semana en diferentes temas:
lunes -    Monsters Inc. (vístete como tu monstruo animado favorito)
martes - Jungle Book / Safari Day (vístete como en safari)
miércoles - Cenicienta (vístete como realeza)
jueves - Incredibles (vístete como un súper héroe o villano)
                                *almuerzo extendido para el juego de PowderPuff en el campo de futbol
viernes - Día TJ!  Visitete con tu ropa de Spartans!
                *Asamblea de Pep - 2:15
                                *Fogata - 6:30 pm
sábado- Juego de fútbol en el campo All City a las 11:00 am
                                *Baile de "Homecoming" de 8 a 11:00 pm
También habrá eventos deportivos toda la semana - haga clic aqui para los horarios durante el año.  ¡Vaya a ver a sus equipos favoritos competir y demuestre su Orgullo Spartan!  ¡Y no se le olvide de seguir a Thomas Jefferson Athletics en Facebook!

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
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Week at a Glance - Week of 9/11-9/15
  • Spirit Week - Monsters Inc
  • Yearbooks on sale (until 9/29) for $45...see below for details
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Spirit Week - Jungle Book/Safari
  • Partners PTO Meeting - 6:00 p.m. in room 111.
Please note: parents are invited to join us today at 2:00 for the honor roll assembly. Students who had a 3.0 GPA and above during the spring of 2017 will be recognized.
  • Spirit Week - Cinderella
  • Honor Roll Assembly 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
      Assembly- 2:13-2:45  
  • Slices fundraiser for the class of 2019! See below for details.
  • Spirit Week - Incredibles
  • Extended lunch for the powderpuff game: (49 minute classes, 4 minute passing periods, 62 minute lunch)
    • Period 1: 7:30 - 8:19
      Period 2: 8:23 - 9:12
      Period 3: 9:16 - 10:05
      Period 4: 10:09 - 11:08
      Lunch:    11:08 - 12:10  (62 minutes)
      Period 6: 12:10 - 12:59
      Period 7: 1:03 - 1:52
      Period 8: 1:56 - 2:45
  • Spirit Week - TJ Day
  • Pep Assembly 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
      Assembly- 2:13-2:45  
  • Tailgate Bonfire 6:30 p.m.

Kudos Korner
  • The Goodwill job coaching program employed TJ alumni Madisyn Higgins this summer who ended up gaining full time employment at the Denver Zoo (her lifelong dream goal). They also employed Senior Auggie Aguilar who said "it changed my life, I know how to work and know how important that will be in life." Click here to watch the local news clip about the story. Congrats, Madisyn!
Time to Order School Photos!

It's time to order school pictures! Click here to read more about how it works, and click here for the order form. 
Yearbook Discount - Act Soon!

All information about the yearbook can found here

Whether you are looking for the senior picture deadline or how to                 purchase a book, there is one stop for everything! 

The book is currently on sale for $45. To get the lowest price, purchase     before 9-29-17. The book will be $65 at full price, so this is quite a             discount! 

Click here for more information.

PTO News
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. 

Our first meeting is  September 12 at 6 pm in Room 111. Email  with any questions.
Athletic Sticker and Pass Information
·Current fall athletes can get their Athletic Sticker in Jasmine's office if they bring their current student ID
·Students playing winter/spring sports who pay early at the treasurer (Carla Allen) can bring their receipt and ID to Jasmine to get their sticker also
·Students who don't pay a Pay-to-Play (non-athletes) can purchase a year pass (not a sticker) in Carla's office for $60

o   Parents and community members can also purchase a year pass for $60 in Carla's office
Please note: All passes and stickers get you in to DPS League games.  Passes/stickers do not work on out of district games, tournaments, and CHSAA regionals/state tournaments.

Thanks for all of your support of TJ athletics!
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!
Purchase School Supplies at Office Depot or Office Max and Give Back to TJ!

Education is the Foundation for a Brighter Future: Give 5% Back To Your School!
Simply make a purchase of  qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout and your designated school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!

It's a small act that can make a huge difference.

TJ's school code is 70017648
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

About the mental health and social emotional programs offered 
this year 
at  Thomas Jefferson High School?


1.  LifeSkills - Life Skills is a universal prevention program that reduces the risks of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse by targeting social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. Compounded with Life Skills, we will teach Marijuana Education Initiative's Impact Awareness Program (MEI) which engages students in reality based conversations about the common uses of marijuana, health and behavior risks associated with marijuana use and abuse, and informed decision-making about marijuana.  The focus is on substance prevention, however, LifeSkills also covers communication, relationships, coping, problem solving, and decision-making.


2. C.A.T. Project - The C.A.T. Project is a 16-session program for adolescents with anxiety. It is cognitive-behavioral in nature, and provides psychoeducation and requires exposure tasks. This is a manualized treatment program for youth with anxiety disorders and/or social phobia. The program provides education about anxiety, skills for identifying and managing anxiety, and an approach to face one's fears and develop mastery.


3. Sources of Strength - This is a universal mental health wellness prevention project that utilizes the power of peer social networks to increase help seeking behaviors and connections between peers and caring adults with a focus on Hope, Help and Strength.


4.  Challenge Day - The Challenge Day program is 6 ½ hours and takes place in our school's gym. Challenge Day Leaders work to create trust and connection in the morning by helping participants step out of their comfort zones through music and games. Participants begin to recognize stereotypes and labels that exist among them, and are then willing to share and connect as human beings. During the afternoon, participants examine the impact that bullying, oppression and other forms of violence has on their lives and the lives of people around them. They find commonality and a sense of belonging through a deeply memorable exercise known as Cross The Line. This program goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building compassion and igniting a movement of positive change. The experience is inspiring and awakening for students and adults - many say it's "the best day of my life!"


5.  Teen Intervene -Teen Intervene is a counseling model program designed to help young people who are beginning to struggle with alcohol and/or drugs.  This program helps youth identify the reasons they have chosen to use alcohol or other drugs, examine the effects of substance abuse in their lives, and learn to make healthier choices. The goal of the program is to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their substance use.  This program involves 2-4 sessions of individual counseling, starting with a thorough assessment to understand the child's needs and how we can best support the student and family. Each session is about 45-60 minutes, with the last session including parent/family participation.


6.  Random Acts of Kindness - RAK is a non-profit organization that believes in spreading kindness throughout schools, communities and homes.  The idea is that the power of kindness can change the way people see and experience the world. There are thousands of simple actions we can take every day to spread kindness throughout our community; RAK provides resources, instructional content and inspiration to make it happen!


7. Signs of Suicide (SOS) - This program was been developed by the highly regarded non-profit organization that created the Signs of Suicide Program for Middle and High Schools, used by thousands of schools nationwide since 2000.  It has proven successful at increasing help-seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend and is the only school-based suicide prevention program to show a reduction in suicide attempts in a randomized, controlled study (American Journal of Public Health, March 2004). It teachers students to A.C.T.- Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult. SOS is implemented to students, staff and parents.


8.  TJHS Leadership Class - Here at TJ, our leadership class works hard to implement programs that outreach to our feeder schools and community to help foster academic and social-emotional development, as well as qualities of leadership and relationships.

Mental Health and Social Emotional Tip: Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP   
GT News
Hispanic/Latino Club
Hispanic/Latino Student Club will be meeting every Wednesday in room 218 for lunch. Please join us!
Native American Student Alliance Club

  • Meets every Wednesday at lunch in room 17
  • NASA Club is student led
  • NASA Club goal is to spread awareness around Native American heritage and our mission is to bring Indigenous values, awareness, and cultural events to school community and Denver community
  • If you have questions, please contact Chenoa at 720-423-2379 or
Parent Training Opportunity 
Children's Mental Health Youth Action Board - Applications Now Being Accepted!
2017-2018 Application Instructions
The Children's Hospital Pediatric Mental Health Institute (PMHI) is recruiting up to 12 passionate youth (ages 15-17) to participate as members of the Children's Mental Health Youth Action Board (YAB). The board consists of up to 15 youth from across the Denver Metro Area who are interested in improving mental health in Colorado.  
Goals of the Youth Action Board:
  1. Advise Children's Hospital Department of PMHI on projects and materials to improve patient care.
  2. Raise the awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues in the communities we serve by creating a project each year that will support social change.
  3. Develop the leadership and advocacy skills of each board member.
Applicant Qualifications:
  • A young person ages 15-18
  • Interested/ passionate about youth mental health
  • Able to get to and from Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Available on Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm starting October 3, 2017
  • Interested in making change
Time Commitment and Expectations:
The Youth Board will meet every other week starting October 3rd. Meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-6pm at Children's Hospital Colorado in the Gary Pavilion, Aurora, CO. Travel stipends are available to youth who need to travel more than 10 miles to Children's Hospital Colorado's Aurora campus. Each selected youth will have the opportunity to participate in the 8 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Training that may be held on a Saturday in late November.
Examples of past projects:
Each year, we create a project that is intended to create change around mental health. You can see examples of our past projects here:
Application Process:
Complete the attached application AND include ONE picture that says something about you, your passion for children's mental health, your family, or your community then e-mail both the application and picture to by 5pm on September 13th. Do not send links to a Google document, I've had trouble accessing that in the past.
Spirit Store Items
Get Your Gear On!
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.
Check out the new American Apparel soft 100% cotton v-neck t-shirts in dark gray or white with gold TJ on the front and Spartan on the back. Also, get a new gray fleece blanket with gold TJ embroidered in the corner to keep you warm while cheering on the Spartans this winter. 

New XXL and XL sizes in men's Under Armour ankle zip sweatpants and new inventory in the Under Armour 1/4 zip long sleeve pullovers in graphite gray stripe with embroidered TJ. XXL hoodies and T-shirts now available.
Public Input Opportunity
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 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 funds to support senior year activities such as After Prom.  Following are ways to support the class
  • Purchase a Class of '19 t-shirt on the Spartan Store Website or purchase one at the next TJ event.
  • Participate in Neighborhood Eats Programs:
    • Lowry Beer Garden:  Monday September 25th between 5-9pm.  A parent meeting will be held at 6pm, don't miss it!  10% of  the night's proceeds will be donated to the class!
    • Chipotle:  Monday, October 9th between 4-8pm.  50% of participant proceeds will be donated to the class!
  • Make a financial donation on the Spartan Store Website Ask your employer if they will match your donation!
  • Host a parent event!
For more information or to volunteer at class events, contact Anne McCord at

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:  or Lisa at: .
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
TJ Seniors and Families:
Worried about financial aid?  Need help navigating the process?  Need scholarship resources? On 9/21, Ms. Maez will lead a presentation about how to apply for scholarships and financial aid.  The meeting starts at 6pm and will take place in the TJ Auditorium.  If you need language translation services, please RSVP before 9/8/17 to
Save the date!  Need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid?  On 10/5/17, from 4-7pm, experts will be available to help you complete this application.  This workshop takes place during parent/teacher conferences and should take approximately one hour to complete.  More details to follow!

Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
3950 S. Holly Street  |  Denver, CO 80237 
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