September 2, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Last week we were able to successfully complete our required safety drills to begin the school year. The safety of our students is our top priority and practicing our emergency response plans are key to helping maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn. Please talk to your student and reinforce the importance of taking these drills seriously.
We hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend with family and friends. We would like to invite you to Back to School Night this Wednesday night 9/4 starting at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium. (see below to view the schedule for the evening) This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teachers and get a better understanding of what they will be learning this year. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night!

Construction updates: 
Lobby/Library: Punch list has been created and the construction company is working on going through them with a goal of completion in early September.

Concession Stand: In the finishing phase and should be available in early September. Specific date to be determined.

L a semana pasada pudimos completar con éxito nuestros ejercicios de seguridad requeridos para comenzar el año escolar. La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra máxima prioridad y la práctica de nuestros planes de respuesta a emergencias es clave para ayudar a mantener un ambiente seguro para que nuestros hijos estudien y aprendan. Por favor, hable con su estudiante y refuerce la importancia de tomar estos ejercicios en serio.

Esperamos que todos hayan disfrutado de su fin de semana del Día del Trabajo con familiares y amigos. Nos gustaría invitarlo a la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela este miércoles 9/4 a partir de las 5:00 p.m. en el auditorio. (ver más abajo para ver el horario de la noche) Esta es una gran oportunidad para conocer a los maestros de su hijo y obtener una mejor comprensión de lo que aprenderán este año. Gracias y esperamos verte el miércoles por la noche!

Actualizaciones de construcción: 
Lobby/Library: Punch list ha sido creado y la empresa de construcción está trabajando en pasar a través de ellos con el objetivo de completar a principios de septiembre.

Stand de concesión: En la fase de acabado y debe estar disponible a principios de septiembre. Fecha específica por determinar.

Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal
Quick Links
" Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today ."
-Malcolm X
Be sure to join us for Back to School Night on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.!
Week at a Glance - Week of 9/2-9/6
  • Labor Day - No School
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week

Wednesday -
  • Office Hours - 2:14-2:55 p.m.
  • Mandatory Senior Meeting - 2:20 p.m.
  • Back to School Night - 5-7:00 p.m. (details below)

Back to School Night - 9/4
Kudos Korner
  • We had a special visit last week from Superintendent Susanna Cordova, who got to see all of the cool things TJ is doing. She acknowledged TJ's counseling department's commitment to all students citing their "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" meetings for our seniors. Way to go, counseling!
Looking for a Host Family for a TJ Student
Hello TJ families!  A TJ student from Taiwan is needing a host family.  She is athletic, a musician, and an excellent student.  She would love to go camping, go to museums and experience all the U.S.A. has to offer with a host family.   If you're interested please contact Sarah Kreider, exchange coordinator with EF High School  Exchange Year at

You can find out more about the program at
PTO News
We hope you are settling into your back to school routines. It is an adjustment for all of us! Mark your calendars...the first meeting of the year is  Tuesday, September 10th from 6-7pm at TJHS in room 111.  PTO meetings are a great source of information so please make every effort come. Everyone is welcome!
During the September meeting we will review TJ's Year at a Glance to see what to expect for the coming year. Other topics include the roles that need filling. If everyone pitches in and does a little bit, we can accomplish a lot! The sooner we get these roles filled, the sooner we can make a difference. We are looking for parents to serve in the following roles:
  • Hospitality Committee members (2)
  • ArtFest Chair (1-2)
  • Class of 2023 Sponsors (2)
We will also discuss the PTO's fundraising philosophy and how to make the most of our opportunities. We want to work smarter to keep the funds coming that support the valuable work from our classroom teachers. You are an essential part of the Spartan Strong community!
PTO meetings are the second Tuesday of the month from 6-7pm at TJHS in room 111. Mark your calendars!

Questions or want to learn more? Visit the PTO webpage or email us at
Storytelling and Your High School Path: Standing Out in College Admissions
There is a FREE event on Thursday, September 5th at 6:00 pm at the Southglenn Library on Storytelling and creating your student profile. Thus event focuses on getting a head start on what colleges and universities are looking for in the application process. Click here for more information!
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.
New TJ Mobile App!
We are proud to announce that TJ will be using a new and improved mobile app this year! 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!
Colorado Youth Congress
Art: An Empathy Movement
The Empathy Museum's "A Mile in My Shoes"
August 8 - September 27
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tail Tracks Plaza (on 16th between Wewatta & Wynkoop)

What's it like to step into someone else's shoes and view the world from their perspective? Find out as the Empathy Museum brings this idea to life with " A Mile in My Shoes," a traveling, one-of-a-kind, FREE participatory exhibition that allows participants to literally walk in someone else's shoes while listening to a story about that person's life.

From a Syrian refugee sex worker, to a war veteran and neurosurgeon, the stories housed in this shoebox invite participants on a profound journey of empathy that explores our shared humanity and creates deep, lasting mental impressions that last well after the physical mile is traversed.

The exhibit visits Denver as part of the Biennial of the Americas 2019 Festival Empathy In Action and will provide a unique opportunity for the community to think about and experience empathy in lead up to the Festival.
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! 
Here are some of the upcoming events that they have to look forward to with CYL...
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
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 the following College Admission Representative Visits in Naviance:
University of Colorado Boulder on September 6th at 10:15-11:19 (4th period)
Colorado Mesa University on September 6th at 12:04-12:55 (6th period)
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
Spartan Spirit Store
Our store inventory has been moved upstairs and therefore we'll be selling at various events throughout the year.  We'll be out cheering on the Spartans at fall sporting events and hope you'll come and purchase spirit wear from us. 

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.  
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know...?

We Have 10 Powerful Things to Say to Your Kid That Can be Conversation Game Changers!

In a world consumed busy with schedules of work, school, social activities, family and technology, we need to remember the importance of dialogue and face-to-face discussions with our kids and young adults. Helping them develop conversational skills, self-awareness and articulation skills are important aspects of development and success. Here are some things to say and ask that can help your conversations with your kid!
1)    "I love watching you play (or perform!)"- Sports and performances are a big part of high school, and have a big impact on our students. Make sure your conversations about them are empowering and supportive. You can use this statement for any kind of performance in which your child is involved.
2)    "What happened at school today?" - When we begin our conversations with our young adults, we can ask open-ended questions to help facilitate the discussion. We all know what happens you say ask, "how was school today?"... we usually get a one word answer. Try this new question instead! Or, here are some other options:
-        Tell me about your day
-        What did you learn today?
-        What did you struggle with today?
-        What fun did you have today?
-        What did you learn that would be useful for me to learn, too?
3)    "Tell me more." - If you ask open-ended questions, listen fully, and refrain from adding your opinions unless they ask (we know this is hard!). You will learn a lot about their interests, experiences at school and their overall view of the world.
4)    "I love how hard you work." - Success is correlated to effort, practice and perseverance. Though we may think this, it is not always correlated with being smart or talented. If your child is having a difficult time with school, remind them that they are resilient and can learn if their effort is strong. Some things to say (don't give them the answer; letting them figure it out on their own builds confidence and resiliency):
-        How might you do that differently?
-       Where do you think you could find that information ?
5)    "School is your job." - Remind them that school is their job, put in the effort and do it well. This is a more powerful approach than thinking they will love every class, teacher or experience, and reminds them that life is not fair, and as soon as we stop thinking it should be, we have an advantage over the circumstance and can adjust and approach as needed.
6)    "I like you ." - Chances are your kid(s) know you love them, if you tell them that. It is also important to let them know you like them as a person and enjoy spending time with them. If they know you like them, they are more likely to have stronger confidence, and we know how important self-esteem is for the "success" puzzle.
7)    "What makes you a good student?" - Let's help them increase their self-awareness! This is important for a few reasons; learning and being remarkable. If we do not reflect on our abilities, we miss out on learning from mistakes and being our best.
8)    "Be your best self ." - Early on, your child may not fully understands what this means, but as they get older, they will settle on what it means, specifically for them.
9)    "Notice who might need a friend today." - Being on the outside is a lonely place. Not being included can lead to a sense of not belonging, which can be devastating. This is something we can all easily change. If we notice someone is missing out on a conversation or activity, simply inviting them to join makes all the difference. Most kids know how to be thoughtful to others; but as adolescence can be a tough time, they may just need some reminding.
10)  "Be kind to someone today." - Kindness and compassion are something the world needs, all the time. Let's teach our kids these valuable characteristics and let them be role-models and leaders within their school.
*Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP.  Resources:  "10 Powerful Things to Say to Your Kid This School Year," Author: Axtell, Paul. Retrieved from Colorado Parent, August 2018 edition.
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
Hey Seniors!!!
There will be a MANDATORY SENIOR MEETING on Wednesday September 4th in the Auditorium form 2:20-3:00 (during office hours). Counselors and Future Center will be discussing important information about the college application process including how to request transcripts, letter of recommendations, and much more. Please make sure to be there! Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan Perkins ( ) or Lisa LoJacono ( ).  
Class of 2021 - Juniors
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.

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!