September 16, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Happy Homecoming Week TJ,
This week is packed with fun TJ traditions and events. Make sure to enjoy as many of them as possible. Parents, push your students to participate, students that get involved do better in school. Here are all the events, dates, times, and information they will need:
Monday - Bonfire 7-8 pm (see Sign Up Genius to contribute!)
Wednesday - Powder Puff game during office hours & Homecoming court announced at lunchtime in the front courtyard
Thursday- Extended Lunch
Friday - Pep Assembly 2-3 pm followed by Tailgate out front from 3-4 pm
                Homecoming Football Game 7pm All City Stadium
Saturday - Homecoming Dance 8-11 pm
Hope to see all of our students at these events. Have a fun and spirited week.


Happy Homecoming Week TJ,

Esta semana está llena de divertidas tradiciones y eventos de TJ. Asegúrese de disfrutar de tantos como sea posible. Padres, empujen a sus estudiantes a participar, a los estudiantes que se involucran lo hacen mejor en la escuela. Estos son todos los eventos, fechas, horas e información que necesitarán:

Lunes - Bonfire 7-8 pm (ver Registrarse Genius para contribuir!)
Miércoles - Juego de Powder Puff durante el horario de oficina y homecoming court anunciado a la hora del almuerzo en el patio delantero
Jueves- Almuerzo Extendido
Viernes - Pep Assembly 2-3 pm seguido de Tailgate al frente de 3-4 pm
Homecoming Juego de Fútbol 7pm All City Stadium
Sábado - Baile de Bienvenida 8-11 pm

Esperanza de ver a todos nuestros estudiantes en estos eventos. Que tengas una semana divertida y animada.


Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Dress up themed days
Clone Day - you and a classmate dress as twin aliens
Twinkle Tuesda y - sparkle or shine like the start (neon and sparkly)
Abducted day - dress up like you have been abducted or are planning on participating in the Area 51 invasion
Cowboys and Aliens - dress up as either team cowboy or team alien
TJ Day- Wear your brown and gold TJ gear
Week at a Glance - Week of 9/16-9/20
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Spirit Week: Clone Day
  • Spirit Week: Twinkle Tuesday
Wednesday -
  • Spirit Week: Abducted/Tie Dye Day
  • Office Hours - 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Spirit Week: Out of this World Day/Cowboys vs. Aliens
  • Spirit Week: TJ Day
  • Pep Rally: 2-2:45 p.m. 
  • Tailgate: 2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Homecoming Game: 7:00 p.m. All City Field
  • Homecoming Dance: 8-11:00 p.m.
Kudos Korner
  • Thank you Grant Laman for driving the football team to their game last week in our win over Denver South. You are the MVP Alum!
  • Thanks to Erin Thompson, Jon Poole, and the Leadership students for organizing all of the fun events for Homecoming Week!
Spartan Spirit Store
The Spartan Spirit Store will be selling a nice assortment of spirit wear at the Homecoming game, Friday, September 20 at All City Field. The game begins at 7pm and we need 5 volunteers to help sell. If you can help please email  or . It's a fun time to see fellow Spartan fans and the $ raised helps the school.

Please email 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.  
Tutoring and Library Hours
Tutoring will now take place in the rooms of the teachers. This is convenient as we have direct access to all of the resources we need to help our students.
    • Math will be held in room 125  (Ms. Starbuck's room) on Tuesdays and Thursday
    • English will be held in room 221 (Mrs. Stephenson's room) on Thursdays  
    • Social Studies will be held in room 237 (Mr. Godoy's room)  on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
    • Sciences holds their own tutoring and help daily in their classes.
    • If a student needs help with a non-core subject, please send Victor Godoy an email, have them talk to him, and he will get in contact with someone in that department.
Tutoring will be held in those rooms and days from 3-4pm


This year the Library's scheduled hours are:

7:15 - 3:30 Monday through Thursday
7:15 - 3:00 Fridays

Since tutoring will be held in the individual rooms of the tutors, there will not be any extended time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
New TJ Mobile App!
We hope that by now you've downloaded the  new and improved mobile app! 

Our official launch will happen during the week of September 30
Stay tuned for more details.

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!
PTO News
Thank you to Mr. Christoff and all the parents who joined us at our first meeting on the 10 th . There was a lot of good energy and we look forward to working with all of you this year! If you missed it, you can check out the meeting minutes on the  PTO webpage .
Spirit Week is Here! Be a part of it by helping the students have a great Homecoming week. TJ's Student Leadership has asked families to support the activities in a few ways.
Monday:  The all school bonfire is scheduled for 9/16 from 7-8pm. Junior class parents will be selling food and drinks to raise money for after-prom activities for the Class of 2021.   We need a few parents to help sell at the bonfire.
Friday:  The homecoming football game at All City Field is on 9/20 at 7pm.  We need parents to help set up, clean up and sell spirit wear at the game.
Saturday:  The homecoming dance is on 9/21 from 8-11pm. We are looking for a few parents to chaperone the dance and lots of parents to provide goodies for the kids. Non-perishable donations can be dropped off in Mr. Poole's office on Friday. Perishable items can be dropped off just before the dance.
Thank you for helping to make Homecoming Week great for our students!  Please   sign up here  for how you can help, or  make a donation here  to support the events.
Questions? Looking for ways to get involved? Email  or visit the  PTO page  of the TJ Journal.
Questions or want to learn more? Visit the PTO webpage or email us at
TJ Parent Happy Hour - Save the Date
You are invited! The PTO is sponsoring a TJ Parent Happy Hour on Tuesday, September 24th from 5:00-7:00pm. Please join us for a casual get together in the Golfer's Pub at the Wellshire Golf Course (3333 S. Colorado Blvd 80222). Stop by and say hello!  PTO will provide a some appetizers and a cash bar is available. Look for us on the patio outside the Golfer's Pub located on the west side of the building. Whether you are new to TJ or a returning parent, this is a great opportunity to connect with other TJ parents. We look forward to seeing you there!
TJ Talks
Please RSVP to any of the following TJ staff members:
-        Samanda Davis, Social Worker - (720)423-7072 and
-        Natalie Koncz, School Psychologist - (720)423-7077 and
-        Maggie Kennedy, Counselor - (720)423-7114 and
College Fair
Workshops for Denver Families
TJ Gymnastics Fundraiser
Raise Money for TJ with ZERO Effort!
Check this out: we can raise money with ZERO EFFORT for our school. If you buy anything at American Furniture Warehouse and mention TJ, we get 2-4% donated back to our school! Check out this video and remember to tell your friends, neighbors, students, or even random people in the places you visit to mention TJ when buying anything at AFW!

Pretty cool to see our community partners helping us raise money for our students.
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.
Opportunities for Colorado Young Leaders
I f your students are looking for like-minded teens that want to better the world around them while exploring their passions, we can help! We offer a large variety of service adventures each month as well as host LEM's (Leadership Exploration Meetings) twice a month in various locations around Colorado for students to participate and earn service hours in! 
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
News from the Future Center
College Admissions Representatives Visit
·        Princeton University on Mon., Sept 16th @ 12:04-12:55 (6th period)
MSU Denver Ambassador Visit
·        Tuesday, Sept 17th from 8:00 am-11:00 am
12th graders 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

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:
  • Arapahoe Community College on September 10th from 12:04-12:55 (6th period)
  • Grand Canyon University on September 12th from 10:15-11:19 
12th graders are invited to visit the CSU Fort Collins campus on September 18th! Pick up permission slips in the Future Center.
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...?

September is suicide prevention month
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for those ages 10-34
In 2017, 13.3% of the U.S. population aged 12-17 had at least one major depressive episode

At TJ, we teach our students to understand the risk factors, know the warning signs, and how to reach out to a trusted adult if they are worried about themselves or a friend (Signs of Suicide curriculum is taught every year to our incoming 9th grade students during 9th Grade Academy). Reminders of how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) are provided throughout the year.
As parents, guardians, and community members-- please review the following page for risk factors, warning signs and what to do if you are worried about your child

Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. 
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as well as other TJ gear)  in the Spartan Store. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact
Class of 2020 - Seniors
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( ) or Lisa LoJacono ( ).  
Class of 2021 - Juniors
Please see the sign up genius to contribute to the Bonfire on Monday, 9.16.  All proceeds benefit the class of 2021.

  • Class of 2021 Parent Fundraising Party in October! Details to follow.

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 ; or to find out more. Class sponsors are Jason Klimczak and Elizabeth Lynch. Parent sponsor is Jen Abram - she can be reached at

Long sleeve $15 Short Sleeved $10
See Mrs Lynch in Room 11
Class of 2022 - Sophomores
The class of 2022 needs 2-4 additional parents to join parent Julie Rubin in planning fundraising events. 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 or Julie directly at
Class of 2023 - Freshmen
  • Stay tuned for more information!