September 17, 2018
Administrator's Corner

It's Homecoming Week! Please encourage your students to participate in the week's events, students that are involved do better in school.

See below for Spirit Week Themed Days! Here are the other events we have planned: 

Powder Puff game: 6pm Wednesday night
Bonfire: Wednesday 7pm
Pep Assembly: 2 pm
Game: 4pm Friday at ACF
Dance: Saturday 8-11pm Royal Gala

A reminder, all the proceeds from Homecoming will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but we could still use your help. Click here to donate. Just to reiterate this is also a competition between the classes. The winning class gets $500 donated to their Prom fundraising. So please support your student and St. Jude.

Thank you to all those who have donated, and thanks to those who will.
Let's have a fun AND safe Homecoming week. GO TJ!

¡Es la Semana de Regreso!  Anime a sus alumnos a participar en los eventos de la semana, los alumnos que participan se desempeñan mejor en la escuela.  

¡Vea a continuación los días temáticos de Spirit Week! Aquí están los otros eventos que hemos planeado: 

Juego de Powder Puff a las 6 p.m. el miércoles por la noche 
Hoguera miércoles 7 p.m. 
Pep Assembly 2 pm 
Juego a las 4pm del viernes en ACF 
Baile Sábado 8-11pm Royal Gala

Como recordatorio, todas las ganancias de Homecoming se donarán al St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, pero aún podríamos utilizar su ayuda. Haga clic aquí­ para donar. Solo para reiterar, esto también es una competencia entre las clases. La clase ganadora recibe $ 500 donados a su recaudación de fondos de Prom. Así que por favor apoye a su estudiante y a St. Jude. 

Gracias a todos aquellos que han donado, y gracias a aquellos que lo harán. Tengamos una semana de Bienvenida divertida y segura. ¡VAYA TJ!

Jon Poole
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
Graphic by AJ Domagala
Week at a Glance - Week of 9/17-9/22
  • All week - St. Jude Donation Drive (click here to donate!)
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Spirit Week: Silent Movie (Black and White day)
  • Spirit Week: Inside out Day (think the movie- emotions) 
  • Spirit Week: Hollywood Star day (Royalty announced)
  • Honor Roll Assembly: 2:15-2:55 p.m. (details below)
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Powder Puff game 6pm
  • Bonfire will follow the Powder Puff game
Thursday -
  • Spirit Week: Back to the Future Day (decades day)
Friday -
  • Spirit Week: TJ Day
  • Pep Assembly 2pm
  • Football game at All-City Field 4pm vs. Northfield 
  • Homecoming Dance 8-11pm Royal Gala
Kudos Korner
  • A huge thank you to all our new staff members. We are lucky to have found so many fun, professional, and capable individuals to add to our great community.  We couldn't be happier with these additions!
    Jake Fortnum
    Jillian Gleason
    Maggie Kennedy
    Mackenzie Marquart
    Mike Logan
    Katie Fitzgerald
    Andre Moss
    Jessica Popper
    Laura Prow
    Kate Shipley
    Rachel Teeter
    Angie Jacobson
Texting Families and Students During Crises
Families and high school students will now receive emergency texts from the district. The communications team will also send emergency robo-calls and robo-emails. Messages will be sent during crises such as lockdowns, evacuations and weather delays/closures. We are excited about this change because sending text messages will inform families and students of crises in a much shorter time frame than what it takes for a robo-call or robo-email to be delivered.
Families of high school students, please fill out this Google form in order to sign up your student to receive emergency texts.
Parents and guardians, you have been automatically opted-in to receive emergency texts based on cell phone numbers provided during registration. Please check to make sure your information is up-to-date in Parent Portal. Messages will be sent in English and Spanish.

Learn more about lockdowns and lockouts  here .
Honor Roll Celebration
Honor roll celebration for last spring's GPAs will be held on Wednesday, 9/19 at 2:15pm during office hours. Prizes will be given to one student in each category (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Academic Letterman). 
Every Penny Helps!
TJ is partnering with St. Jude to end childhood cancer.  The Challenge: If TJ raises $20,000 for St. Jude we will get a new gym floor.  This is a great cause and will also benefit the school.  The kids are already excited about it and it's a meaningful way to involve our TJ community as well. 
Why is the prize a new gym floor, you ask?  St. Jude determined the prize.  Our gym floor still has a few years of life left, but if we're able to get it replaced this year it will save us money in the future so we can allocate the money that we would've had to spend on the gym floor to other things at TJ.  PLUS this is such a great cause that we don't really see a downside to participating.  Help kids with cancer and help TJ!
We'll be rolling this out on social media, the TJ website, newsletter, and on Spartan Edition.
The end goal is to have $20,000 raised by October 22... a big ask but I think we're up for the challenge!
If you want to participate, send the link out to your friends and family to donate.  Every penny helps!
Ladies of Value
Hello Parents,

If you have not already heard, we would like to introduce you to an organization called Ladies Of Value (LOVE) that will be meeting weekly at Thomas Jefferson High.

The mission is to illuminate the value that is hidden within our young ladies through authentic life skills, one on one mentoring and programs designed to prepare young women for the real world. The objective is to have well rounded women in education, finances, appearances and life experiences, in addition to having a genuine love for self. Self-value, the power of words, perception, and dating are just some of the topics we will be covering.    
Our meetings are held in room 129 during the lunch hour on Wednesdays.
Our purpose is to help your young ladies grow into women that will become contributors not only to the TJ community but to society as a whole.
Topics: What is love - What is Self-love, Self-Image - Perception, Self-Image - Self presentation, presenting self accurately/dress , Value/Worth, Phenomenal Woman, Social Life - Relationships, friendship/family - Social Media, Words/Social Media, Appearance, Environment/Atmosphere,   Dating - Group dating, public (2parts), Sex/Body, Finances, Etiquette, Home Economics, Cooking, Health and Wellness
Your support and help is welcomed and needed. Please encourage your daughters to attend our meetings regularly. If you happen to be free during our meeting times, please feel free to drop in on a meeting. Also, word of mouth goes really far. If you know of any other DPS schools grades 6-12 that you feel may benefit from our program please be sure to mention LOVE as well as providing school names and if possible, contact information. If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you in advance for all of your support.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Anette Bowser
Yearbook News
Price: Get your book at the discounted price of $45 until 9-28-18. The price will eventually increase to $65, so act fast!

Senior Photos & Quotes: Due date: Friday, October 12, 2018 by the end of the school day. Quotes are optional.

All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
Spring Break Trip Meeting - September 19th
Family and Community Engagement - September 22
Energy Day - Free Festival: September 22
The second annual Energy Day Colorado Festival, which will take place on   Saturday, September 22, 2018, at East High School in Denver, Colorado .  This  FREE,  family festival designed to promote and encourage excitement and interest in energy, environment, sustainability, science, robotics, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) will include:
*    More than 50 interactive exhibits and demonstrations geared toward K-12 students and their families showcasing the exciting careers in STEM 
*    Booths & Exhibits demonstrating advances in technology, robotics, alternative ways to power vehicles, Oil and Gas technology, as well as clean-tech and renewable energy sources
*    Opportunities to interact with experts in multiple and diverse industries
*    Music, Food & Games & FIRST Robotics regional competition 
*    Cash awards for winners of STEM competitions held throughout the school year (CEA & CEEF have awarded over $100,000 toward winners)
FREE Travel Fair
Picture Retakes October 1
Retake pictures will occur on October 1 from MJ Thomas Photography. Please click here for the order form!
Part-Time Custodian Wanted
PTO News
TJ families -

Spirit Week and Homecoming are almost here and TJ needs some help to make it a great week for our students. Please  sign up here for how you can help, or  donate here to support financially (scroll down for the donations button).

Thank you!
GT News
New Parent Portal 
We're excited to bring you this new and improved experience on the Parent Portal, and we want to keep you informed about the new features we will be adding to the platform. To create a Parent Portal account, please visit and click Getting Started. If you do not remember your username or password, contact our hotline at 720-423-3163 or email .
¡El Portal para padres nuevo y mejorado ya casi está aquí!   

Estamos entusiasmados de brindarle esta experiencia nueva y mejorada en el Portal para padres, y queremos mantenerlo informado sobre las nuevas funciones que agregaremos a la plataforma. Para crear una cuenta del Portal para padres, visite y haga clic en Comenzar. Si no recuerda su nombre de usuario o contraseña, comuníquese con nuestra línea directa al 720-423-3163 o envíe un correo electrónico a
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJ Spirit Store is stocked and ready to sell!  The store inside TJ will be open every lunch hour August 27-31. Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs. After August 31 , the store will be open during events like the Homecoming football game, some volleyball & basketball games and ArtFest. Or, make an appointment to shop with Carrie ( ). The store accepts cash, credit cards and checks. You can view several items  here , but we are not currently accepting online orders .
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?

Healthy Relationships #1 High school can be filled with a variety of different relationships. Sometimes it is hard to know if a relationship is healthy or unhealthy.
Three main ingredients for a healthy relationship:
  • Trust
  • Mutual Respect
  • Honest Communication
Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship:
  • Both people feel respected, supported, and valued
  • Both people make decisions together
  • Both people have friends and interests outside of the relationship
  • The couple settles disagreements with open and honest communication
  • There are more good times than bad
Some numbers...
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner (1)
  • One of out 10 Colorado high school students surveyed have experienced dating violence (2)
  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI. (3)
  • Violent relationships in adolescence put victims at higher risk for: substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and future domestic violence (4)
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse
  • Research and data collected suggests that when surveyed, in the last 12 months 10% of teens were physically abused in an intimate relationship. And 20-30% were psychologically, verbally emotionally abused within the last 12 months. (5)
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students-United States, 2003," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol. 55, No. 19. (  )
2. Healthy Kids CO Survey, 2015
3. Decker M, Silverman J, Raj A. 2005. Dating Violence and Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adolescent Females. Pediatrics. 116: 272-276.
4. Jay G. Silverman, PhD; Anita Raj, PhD; Lorelei A. Mucci, MPH; Jeanne E. Hathaway, MD, MPH, "Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality" JAMA. 2001;286(5):572-579. doi:10.1001/jama.286.5.572
5. National Organization of School Psychologists- School Psychology Forum:
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources: Information compiled from Gillian Grant, Denver Health Educator;

A Bonus "Did You Know...?"
DPS is Joining the Be the Influence Parent Initiative
This is a great way to increase your parental involvement!
DPS is joining a growing parent initiative called " Be the Influence " in an effort to reduce our students' use of alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and other drugs. Be the Influence is a parenting program developed to reduce teen alcohol, marijuana and other drug use by empowering parents with information and the tools to support their children in making healthy and safe choices. The DPS Substance Use Prevention Program is collaborating with the  Denver Partnership for Youth Success  and  Smart Colorado  to bring Be the Influence to DPS. If you have questions, contact Michel Holien at
Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse / Misuse
Hey TJ Families! Click here to t ake a look at this short video about quick and simple ways to help keep your child safe!
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!

  • Supporting our TJ students, classrooms and teacher is as simple as a click of a button. Visit the online store to donate to TJ PTO today: Online Spartan Spirit Store for TJ Gear
Class of 2019 - Seniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
TJ AVID is selling Do it yourself Senior Shirts! 

Join the new TJ tradition!

Tie Dye, paint and decorate to your Style!

Senior DIY Shirts $15 

Class of 2020 - Juniors
The Class of 2020 will raise money throughout the year for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
  • Host an event and donate the proceeds to the class of 2020!
  • Make a tax deductible financial donation by clicking here.  Be sure to find out if your employer will match our donation!
Please contact Megan Perkins ( or Lisa LoJacono ( to get involved in fundraising and other activities!

Class of 2021 - Sophomores
  • Thank you to all the 2021 parents who joined us Saturday for the Fall Meet and Greet! Hope to see everyone at the Homecoming Football or Soccer game this Friday.
  • We're also 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 of 2022 - Freshmen
  • If you have any questions or interest in joining a team of parents to help coordinate fundraising efforts and community building, please email for more information.
News from the Future Center
1.  12th graders are invited to sign up in Naviance for the following College Visits at the Future Center:
  • University of Colorado, Denver on Thursday, September 20th at 10:15
  • New York University on Friday, September 21st at 10:15

2. TJ's FAFSA Workshop is October 25th from 10-2 in room 122!

All eligible 12th graders will sign up for a 1-hour appointment (between 10-2). Please bring your parent and 2017 federal income tax information plus other important documents! See list of documents at

3. 12th graders - come to CSU Fort Collins on September 26th with Denver Scholarship Foundation. Please sign up in the Future Center! Only 13 spots total!

4. When any TJ student (grades 9-12) completes a scholarship application, they need inform Sophie at the Future Center. They can email me at their scholarship application confirmation or they can complete a scholarship raffle entry ticket to win a gift card!


Seniors are encouraged to stop by the Future Center 
to set up a time to discuss their plans for next year!

Sophie Vogel
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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