September 9, 2019
Administrator's Corner

Fall sports and clubs are in full swing!  On average, students who participate in extracurricular activities have a higher GPA than students who do not participate in extracurricular activities, so we encourage students to get involved in at least one club, sport, or activity throughout the year.  

For athletics, TJ runs grades every Monday, and any student- athlete with more than one F will be ineligible to play in a contest for that week (Monday - Saturday).  To help support student-athletes, TJ has athletic study hall every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3-4pm in room 122.  We encourage any student-athlete to attend!
¡Los deportes de otoño y los clubes están en pleno apogeo! En promedio, los estudiantes que participan en actividades extracurriculares tienen un GPA más alto que los estudiantes que no participan en actividades extracurriculares, por lo que animamos a los estudiantes a participar en al menos un club, deporte o actividad durante todo el año. 

Para el atletismo, TJ califica de grado todos los lunes, y cualquier estudiante-atleta con más de una F no será elegible para jugar en un concurso para esa semana (de lunes a sábado). Para ayudar a apoyar a los estudiantes-atletas, TJ tiene sala de estudio atlético todos los lunes, martes y jueves de 3-4pm en la habitación 122. Animamos a cualquier estudiante-atleta a asistir!

Anne Rice
Athletic Director
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 9/9-9/13
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • PTO meeting in room 111 - 6:00 p.m. 
Wednesday -
  • Office Hours - 2:14-2:55 p.m.

Kudos Korner
  • Thank you Mr. Showers for driving the Softball Team in the activities bus when their scheduled transportation didn't show. You saved the day!
  • A huge thank you to the DTC Rotary and Danny Showers for donating over $1,000 for supplies for our new teachers here at TJ!!!
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.
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
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!
Did you know? The END Violence Project is at TJ one day a week!
The goal of the END Violence Project is to create long lasting and systemic change in our school communities so that ALL children feel safe, welcome, and supported. The END Violence Project is a youth-centered program that addresses interpersonal violence (e.g. domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking) with schools, students, families, and communities. Schools participating in the END Violence Project develop the capacity to better work with students who experience trauma due to interpersonal violence.
The END Violence Project provides the following services for students and families:
  • Therapy groups for students affected by interpersonal violence (domestic violence, teen   dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking)
  • Educational groups for students to address   healthy vs. unhealthy relationships
  • Advocacy for students and families experiencing, or having experienced, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and/or stalking
  • Connection to community resources such as emergency shelter, safety planning, civil and legal advocacy, and victims compensation
  • Access to Healthy Relationships activities for all students through partner agencies
If you have a student who would benefit from these resources, please contact Maggie Kennedy- 720-423-7114.
El objetivo del END Violence Project es crear un cabio sistemático en nuestras comunidades escolera para que TODOS los niños se sientan seguros, bienvenidos, y apoyados. El proyecto END Violence es un programa centrado en la juventud que aborda la violencia interpersonal (violencia domestica, asalto sexual y acecho) con escuelas, estudiantes, familias y comunidades. Las escuelas que participan en el proyecto END   Violence desarrollan la capacidad de trabajar mejor con los estudiantes que experimentan trauma debido a la violencia interpersonal.
  El proyecto END Violence ofrece los siguientes servicios para estudiantes y familias:
  • Grupos de terapia para estudiantes afectados por violencia interpersonal (violencia doméstica, violencia entre parejas adolecentes, agresión sexual y acecho)
  • Grupos educativos para que los estudiantes puedan aprender de las relaciones sanas y no saludables
  • Abogacía para estudiantes y familias que experimentan o han experimentado violencia doméstica, agresión sexual, violencia entre parejas adolecentes y acecho
  • Conexión a recursos comunitarios tales como refugio de emergencia, planificación de seguridad, defensa civil y legal, y compensación a víctimas
  • Acceso a actividades de Relaciones Saludables para todos los estudiantes a través de agencias asociadas.
Si tiene un estudiante que necesita estos recursos, contacte a Maggie Kennedy 720-423-7114.
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.
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!
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 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
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...?

Stress is the way your body responds to challenges and gets you ready to face them with attention, energy and strength!

Stress can get you ready for action and motivate you. BUT, problems can arise when your stress level is greater than your ability to apply healthy coping tools. As we make the transition from summer back to academic demands, here are a few things to watch for, and ways to intervene as needed.
Signs of Stress in Teenagers:
  • Changes in your child's behavior - eating habits, sleeping habits, often appearing nervous or anxious, decline in academic engagement/achievement, crying, refusing to go to school, wanting to be alone more than usual
  • Changes in your child's emotions - increase in being cranky or moody, feeling worthless, struggling to relax or "switch off," feeling that 'nothing is going right,' feeling like they are on an emotional rollercoaster ride, feeling sad/hopeless.
  • Changes in physical appearance - feeling sick (headaches, stomach pain, etc.), feeling tired even when getting enough sleep, losing or gaining significant weight, getting frequent colds, panic attacks or becoming dizzy, breathless, and females may experience changes in their menstruation cycle.
  • Changes in your child's thinking - struggles with sustained focus/attention, losing thread of thoughts/conversations, memory deficits, becoming confused or irrational, having trouble organizing thoughts or problem solving. 
How You Can Help:
  • Listen to them - sometimes they are not looking for advice, but just someone to talk to and sort out their thoughts.
  • Spend time together - plan activities that make your child feel good.
  • Help them change  any negative, absolute, or all-or-nothing thinking to a different perspective. You can do this by modeling it for them, and helping them change their language.
  • Healthy Lifestyle changes:
    • Physical activity -cortisol can leave your child feeling tense. Exercise and movement burns off cortisol and helps the body relax
    • Stay connected-make sure to have your child stay connected with family and friends; plan an activity they will enjoy when they are feeling stressed. Positive relationships are essential for overall wellbeing and strong mental health.
    • Get enough sleep -one of the biggest causes of stress in teenagers is not enough sleep. Your child still needs approximately 9 hours/night.
    • Eat good food -aim for a family diet with plenty of fresh veggies, fruits, lean meat, dairy/calcium foods and whole grains
    • Relax and unwind -take a walk, read a book, do some adult coloring, journaling, take a relaxing shower/bath, listen to music. 
If your child's level of stress is on-going and does not seem to alleviate, we encourage you to reach out to your doctor or school support team to look at additional interventions and resources.
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know": Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources: "Stress in Teenagers"-
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
  • 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!