September 17, 2015
Administrator's Corner  
Here at TJ, the mission of our Athletic Program is to create better students, better athletes and better people. We would like to recognize the athletes from our fall programs that best exemplify what it means to be a student athlete. The following Spartans have qualified for the CHSAA Academic All State 1st Team for the fall season with a
cumulative gpa of 3.6 or higher:
Aminah Nomin-Erdene, Caroline Cech (two sport fall athlete), Brendan Iwashko, Maisie McCord, Margaret Fairfield, Evan Anderson, Micaiah Swaim, Jesse Axelrad, Colton Hook, Alex Tate, Michael Vasilco, Corbett Tate, Donavaughn Baucom, Nicolas Capra, Devin Mauro-Gallegos, Brandon Scott, Ben Dreyer, Erik Stolz, Tyler Weiskopf, Alec DesStefano, Sam Mattei, Spencer Tennant, Gabrielle Harrison, Olivia Palizzi, Genevieve Dxikowicz, Andrew Thibodeau, Julio Munoz-Bruno, Franz-Josiah Torres, Adis Rogonich, Blaise Hokkanen, Jonathon Sundeen, Brandon Pietrs, John Willson, Benjamin Salinger, Henry Allen, Olivia Fullerton, Amber Mosley, Jurnee Breckenridge-Farrell and Jaden Sandoval.
 The following Spartans have qualified for the CHSAA Honorable Mention Academic All State team with a cumulative gpa between 3.3 to 3.59 for the spring season: Natalie Daniels, Justin Vigil, Dane VanderMiller, John Turner, George Hermelink, Evan Wenger, Evan Koehler-Ray, Michelle Brown, Adoneyase Mehari, Annie McAninch, Paula Mortel, Morgan Hinton-More, JaNaya Hudley-Jones and Synthia Roberts.  In order to qualify you must be a junior or senior and on a fall athletic roster. Congratulations to these students, their families and their coaches for this achievement. If you are a student athlete who believes they qualified for this award but aren't listed above please stop by the athletic office or email me at .
Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal / Athletic Director 
Mock ACT: September 24 for Juniors ONLY; no school for any other grades that day!
Save the date!
Please make note that the mock ACT will take place on Sept 24th, from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m..  There will be no other students allowed in the building that day.
Important College Links from Mr. Christoff
Below are some important links from the Colorado Department of Education that will help as you prepare your student and family for post-secondary options.
Click here to calculate your index score, and click here to compare tuition and fees from various institutions.
Mike Christoff 
Principal Resident  
Quick Links
Wanna Get Away?
Interested in traveling to Germany and the Alps in 2016? Please come to room 217 or click here for more details! You can also e-mail

or call: 720-423-7093

Math Tutoring
Need help with math?
Math tutoring is available in the Library Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your math materials and any questions....Great way to stay on top of your class!
Gear Up: Spartan Gear for Sale
Get your Spartan gear ready for all events!

TJ Partners PTO will be at the Homecoming football game at All City Stadium on Friday, September 18
th selling TJ t-shirts, sweatshirts and decals.   Please stop by to get yours.  Partners takes cash, checks and credit cards.   
T-shirts - $15
Sweatshirts - $30
Decals - $1, $2, or $3
Or just stop by to say Hello and get to know some of your fellow TJ Parents. 
Thomas Jefferson High School Food Pantry
Thomas Jefferson High School is proud and excited to inform you that we have a food pantry. The food pantry's purpose is to help students and their families have enough food over the weekends. If you receive reduced or free lunch, you and your family are eligible to receive food from the food pantry.  If you would like to enroll or have any further questions, please contact Samanda Davis at 720-423-7072 or  You can also visit her in the special support office.   This program is confidential and the names of students and families will remain private.
Special Assembly Schedule for Friday, Sept. 18
  1st Period: 7:30 a.m. - 8:16 a.m.
2nd Period: 8:20 a.m. - 9:06 a.m.
3rd Period: 9:10 a.m. -9:56 a.m.
4th Period: 10:00 a.m. - 10:46 a.m.
Lunch:  10:46 a.m. - 11:31 a.m.
6th Period: 11:31 a.m. -12:17 p.m.
7th Period: 12:21 p.m. - 1:06 p.m.
8th Period: 1:10 p.m. - 1:56 p.m.
Pep Assembly - 2:00 p.m.
TJ Spirit Comes Home
Spartans gear up for this year's round of Homecoming festivities.
On September 19, Thomas Jefferson High School will host the annual tradition of the Homecoming Dance. Homecoming is something many students anticipate, as the perfect way to ring in the new school year. Leading up to the dance is spirit week, a special week in which students dress in fun costumes that would otherwise not be allowed. Every day of spirit week has a different theme: Monday is hippie day, Tuesday is Safari Day, Wednesday is Character Day, Thursday is Western Day, and Friday is TJ spirit day, as always. Read More 
Superintendent Parent Forum on Sept. 24
DPS' first Superintendent Parent Forum of the year is on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the National Western Complex. Open to all members of our community, join us to learn about our new Vision of a DPS Classroom and Vision of a DPS Graduate (outlined in Steps to Success, our Academic Strategic Plan).
Please submit parent representatives by Friday, Sept. 4. These semi-monthly forums are great opportunities for families to receive more information from the superintendent about key district initiatives. For more information, visit the  FACE website.
Stepping Stone to Success
An early loss turns into gained confidence for the Lady Spartans.
On Friday September 4, the Lady Spartans' loss to the Valor Christian Eagles, 21-7, showed the fighting spirit of our TJ Softball players. The Eagles were last year's state champs in the 4A class. Before this matchup, no team had scored on them the whole season. This changed when the Lady Spartans not only scored on them, but took the lead in the second inning. In the first two innings the two teams were going back and forth, when TJ took the 6-3 lead. Valor was not expecting TJ to give them a run for their money, after having dominated last season. Read More
Message from TJ's Community Partner -  The Big Brain Club
Donate your bag credits!
You know what we really love? I mean besides science and writing and math and robotics and history and books and music and students and teachers and nerds of all kinds?
We really love companies that give back to their community. It's one of the reasons we're so proud to be a part of the Food For Thought program, and why our relationships with organizations like the Colorado Avalanche and Barnes & Noble mean so much to us. Lots and lots of companies make money, but not very many companies reinvest that money into their communities. The ones that do are really special and are worth supporting.
Well, go ahead and add Whole Foods to the list. Now through April 12, shoppers at five Denver-area Whole Foods stores have an opportunity to donate their ten-cent bag credit (given to each customer who brings a shopping bag from home) to The Big Brain Club! The participating stores are: Cherry Creek, Capitol Hill, Tamarac, Colorado Blvd, and Wash Park.
If you shop at any of these stores, please take a second at checkout to let the cashier know you want your bag credit to support The Big Brain Club. Our programs are low-cost and high-impact, so every little bit helps.
Happy Homecoming!  

Here's the lineup of fun events and activities for the rest of the week!

SPIRIT WEEK (week of Sept. 14-18): 
Thursday - Western Day, Volleyball Game vs. GW at 6:30 (at GW)

Friday - TJ Spirit Day, Pep Rally at 2 p.m., Powder Puff game at 2:45 p.m., Tailgate at 3:45 p.m., Football game at 6:30 p.m. at All City Stadium

Saturday - Homecoming Dance 8-11 p.m. "Night on the Boardwalk." 
Calling all Parents!
Dear Spartan parents,
Looking for an opportunity to take in some high school football, enjoy a beautiful Colorado sunset, and get to know other families at TJ?  
Please join TJ's PTO at the Homecoming football game on Friday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. at All-City Stadium. Wear your Spartan gear or purchase at the game. Help us build TJ's parent community and show some school spirit! Look for a sign "Welcome TJ Parents" to find the parent area. Hope to see you there!

Important News from the Health Center
Dear Parents:
All students who are treated at the School Based Health Center must have a consent form signed in advance. We've provided links below so that you can print and sign the consent form. Signed forms may be dropped off in the main office or brought to the clinic by your student. Thank you for your support in having all students access this wonderful clinic!


Sally Flynn, NP
Thomas Jefferson School Based Health Clinic
Special Parent Presentation - Mental Health Awareness
October 13th, 2015 - 6:00pm
Mental Health Awareness
Suicide and Depression Prevention
Who: Samanda Davis- School Social Worker and Natalie Koncz- School Psychologist   + YOU!

Parent and community member suicide & depression prevention. As a parent and community member, you play a crucial role in our students' safety. Please join us for this training and discussion.
When: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Where: Thomas Jefferson High School, Room 111
Please click here for additional information.
Attention: Parents of Juniors
Parents of Juniors, please consider donating!
It is our goal to provide Challenge Day to every student at least one time during their time at TJ.  In 2015-2016 we hope to present Challenge Day to our new incoming eleventh graders.
We have obtained a grant the covers part of the cost of this program, and are asking for assistance for the rest.  If you are able to assist us, your help will be greatly appreciated, please submit your donation prior to October 1.We are asking for $20 per Junior student. 
Please enclose cash, M.O., check.   Make  check payable to TJHS, and return to  TJ:
Samanda Davis, Social Worker   Questions?  Please contact Samanda Davis, TJ Social Worker,, 720-423-7072
What is Challenge Day?
  • It is a one day (seven hour), action-packed, interactive program held in the gym at TJ; students, teachers, administrators, parents and other adult volunteers participate in a safe environment.
  • Students, teachers, and parents own up to past behavior, apologize to each other, and make a pledge to "change their behavior. 
  • Students and adults participate equally and connect on a very personal level.
    • Through these personal connections, students are engaged and empowered, and are inspired to be successful.
    • Students' personal power and self esteem are elevated.
    • Dangerous peer pressure is transformed into positive peer support.
    • Teasing, violence and all forms of oppression are recognized and eliminated.
    • The aftermath of the school climate is remarkably noticeable. 
Please visit the Challenge Day website for more information. 
Thank you for your support.
Samanda Davis, LCSW MSW
Social Worker
Thomas Jefferson High School
News from the Future Center
The Future Center is now located across from the main office in room 135.  Stop by to visit.
Seniors, stop by the Future Center to talk about your plans for next year.  Ms. Maez would love to understand how she can support you this year.
Visits to Colleges:
Make sure to check out the bulletin board by the counseling office for information about college fairs and college tours. 
Colleges Visiting TJ: 
College visits will begin in September.  Check out Naviance or the bulletin board outside of the Future Center for upcoming visits. 
Fall college visits are open to juniors and seniors ONLY.
Students must sign up for college visits using Naviance.
Instructions to sign up for colleges visiting TJ using Naviance:
1)    Go to: 
2)    Scroll down to "Spartan Links." 
3)    Under Spartan Links click on "Naviance."
4)    To log in, enter your student id # (it will ask for an email address but just use your DPS ID) and password (date of birth mm/dd/yy). 
(Trouble logging in?  Please see Ms. Maez or your Counselor.). 
5)    Once you are logged in and on the home page, click on the "Colleges" tab. 
6)    Click on "View all upcoming college visits." 
7)    Click "Sign Up" for the college visits you wish to attend.  Make sure you meet the admissions requirements for the schools you are signing up to visit with.
Starting scholarship searches now will help create opportunities for later.  Good places to start a scholarship search include Naviance and Denver Scholarship Foundation.  Additionally, seniors have opportunities to apply for comprehensive scholarships. 
Scholarship Links:
Naviance- Log in; go to the "college" tab, and scroll down toward the bottom of the page.  Click on "Scholarship Match." 
Gates Millennium Scholarship - Deadline is 1/13/16-  
Horatio Alger Scholarships- 10/25/15- 
Information Sessions/Programs/Workshops/Test Dates:  (Various Locations)
10/24/15 ACT- Register by 9/18/15.
10/3/15 SAT- Register by 9/3/15. 
If your family qualifies for free and reduced lunch, please see  Ms. Maez for a fee waiver.
Rena Maez 
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity

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