March 12, 2015
Administrator's Corner

We have begun our CMAS testing this week and are excited to report that despite some minor glitches at the start, our kids and teachers persevered and showed true grit in getting the job done! We have been very proud of how diligent our Spartans have been throughout the week and look forward to a strong finish.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to remind you and your student to please be sure that you have completed your choice of studies for the 2015-2016 school year. The window for students to select classes ends on March 13th at 4 p.m.. You can either follow the links on this newsletter or go to to find out how to register.

I want to say thank you to the TJ community for your continued support, and I look forward to a great spring!

Have a good day,

Mike Christoff
Assistant Principal
Click here for information about Choice of Studies for the 2015-16 school year. Please note: this will end March 13th! Please see Mr. Christoff or the counselors with any questions.

Please note: students' class requests will be finalized by Friday March 28
th so we can start building the master schedule for next school year.

The Bucket Challenge is Here!
Time to rally for TJ! We're raising money to improve the vital areas where students learn and build community--the library and common areas--plus a new study lounge.
You've heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, this is the TJ Bucket Challenge.
Step 1: Accept the Challenge
Step 2: Make a Donation

Step 3: Spread the Word
Gather your friends, family, neighbors or alumni because...
We Challenge You To
Make A Splash!
Or don't. Seriously, we're not asking anyone to dump buckets of icy water overhead in Colorado at this time of year. That would be crazy. But we are asking you to get crazy creative with whatever you can easily, safely  pour from a paint bucket, capture on video, and share via social media and email.  Get your friends and family involved-spread the word!
In addition to a 5-gallon bucket, you will need something (inexpensive!) and pour-able:
  • Gold confetti, or
  • Yellow pudding, or
  • Gold and brown balloons, or
  • (Insert creative idea here ______)

  • Someone to video
  • Someone to post using hashtag #TJBucketChallenge
  • A good friend to help you clean up... 100%
Be thoughtful, use good judgment, and have fun while helping TJ to raise funds for a great cause and a great school!
Then   go directly to our Indiegogo page  and make your tax-deductible donation of $5 or $5000--your donation of any amount will move us closer to our goal of $15,000.
Whether you skip the paint bucket and head directly to the donation bucket is up to you. Whatever action you take, please share the fundraising link by email and in your social media spaces. It certainly does take a village!
Way to go TJ!
Quick Links

Saturday School and Summer School 
Saturday school will be held on March 14th from 8am to noon in the TJ library. All students need to check the lists out in the hall to see if they are on the list.

Students can now sign up for summer school. It is first come, first served, so don't wait!
Teacher Appreciation
It's that time again - time to let our fabulous TJ Staff know how much we appreciate them.  Partners is hosting a Coffee Cart on Thursday, March 19 th.
Please help us make this a great morning by signing up to help bring breakfast goodies!
Sign up here!
Wanna Get Away?
Interested in traveling to Germany and the Alps in 2016? Please come to room 217 for details! You can also e-mail

or call: 720-423-7093

STEM Opportunity for Girls
Montana Tech University offers an on-campus summer camp for high school sophomore and junior girls to explore exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers through hands-on experiments, lab-based activities, and interactions with professors and STEM professionals.  More information about the MINES program is attached and also available online .

Good Luck to the Unified
Basketball Team!
Spartan Unified Basketball will be competing in the State tournament March 20 th -22 nd at Gold Crown Fieldhouse.  Times and Brackets to follow!!!
Click here for this weekend's Arsenic tickets!
Arsenic Arrives
TJ Theatre members gear up for this year's play, Arsenic and Old Lace.
After five months of hard work, the students of TJ Theatre will see their long rehearsals and utmost endeavors pay off with the premiere of this year's play,
Arsenic and Old Lace. They began work at the beginning of November, and are approaching the last stretch of the season. The show will open on March 11 and run until the 14th, and the actors and technical crew members are anxiously preparing for what may be one of TJ's most unforgettable productions. Read More

Support Future Challenge Days!

Announcing Challenge Denver's
Benefit Concert 
Daryl Streumer of Genesis

Thursday, April 16
The Soiled Dove in Lowry  
Citizenship Workshop for Families

The Emily Griffith Campus is hosting a citizenship workshop on March 21.  The event is open to all DPS parents who are eligible for U.S. citizenship. Immigration attorneys will provide legal consultations and assist individuals in applying for citizenship.  

The registration cost for the event is only $50 and, in addition to legal advice, includes assistance in applying for the application fee waiver which can save applicants $680.


Citizenship Workshop

Date: March 21
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Emily Griffith Campus 4th Floor,1860 Lincoln St. Denver 80203

Who: DPS parents who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Click here to find out  


Space is limited.  Registration is required.


For more resources, including free legal advice on immigration issues, visit:

Free Denver Resources for Students and Parents
Below is a link to a calendar of free activities that RAP (Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention) puts out every month.  If you find it to be useful resource, RAP does have a text messaging component where families can sign up and receive reminders of upcoming free events that happen in Denver. Click here for the Denver RAP calendar
Finding Futures in the Future Center
The Future Center has a friendly face to help students look toward their future.
Inside the Future Center at TJ students can find help choosing the college that is right for them, exploring possible majors and minors, preparing for the work force, and anything else they may want to do in the future. Rena Maez is the new face helping students at TJ find their way.
News from the Future Center

Dear Students and Families,


I have met with many students and families to complete their FAFSAs.  Remember, FAFSA stands for  Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  You should not pay for this application.  If you need to complete the FAFSA or have questions about any step in the financial aid process, I am happy to meet with you by appointment.  Please email me to set a time at  Otherwise, please review the links below to help ensure that you've completed next steps of the financial aid process. 


Happy filing!

Ms. Maez


Completing the FAFSA:

As many families are still working on completing the FAFSA, I have included helpful documents to support you:

What you will need to complete the FAFSAThis document will help you collect the information you will need to complete the FAFSA. 

Completing the FAFSA-  This document will link you to helpful videos and resources on how to complete the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  

 FAFSA Cheat Sheet- Help in answering questions on the FAFSA


After the FAFSA:

 Your Confirmation Page-  When you submit your FAFSA, this describes the information you immediately receive. 

 Next Steps-What to do after you complete the FAFSA. 

  List of Colorado university and college scholarships - Most were due by March 1st, but there are still some colleges with later deadlines.  

Please let Ms. Maez know when...
You're accepted into college (bring in or email acceptance letters/emails).
You complete scholarship applications (see the attached scholarship checklist to help you organize what you need for your scholarships.)
You're awarded a scholarship or ANY time you get money from a college (might come with acceptance letter).
You receive financial aid award letters.
Important College Events:

All events in the Future Center, unless otherwise noted.

3/15/15- 1-5pm, Spring College Fair, University of Denver, click  here for more information and to register. 

3/18/15- 1pm- Colorado State University- Pueblo

3/19/15- 10:30am- Metropolitan State University of Denver

4/16/15- 9:30am-12:30pm National Hispanic College and AVID College Fair, Colorado School of Mines, click  here for more information
Important Scholarship Information

Below are links to places where students can search scholarships and to specific scholarships. 


Where to search scholarships-  Check out the first three options to find reputable places to search scholarships.  These are great places to start if you have not yet begun to look for scholarships. 


Scholarships for Seniors:

Click on the scholarship links for more information about each.

3/20/15- Alpha Kappa Alpha.  For African American female students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. 

4/1/15- Denver Scholarship Foundation. Click here for scholarship details and click  here for the application (Click "New Applicants" and then "DSF Student Portal).

4/1/15- Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority Scholarship Fund.  Female students with a 3.0 GPA or higher

4/22/15- Student-View Scholarship.  Easy minimum GPA or ACT.

4/15/15- Alexander Foundation Scholarship.  For LGBT students planning to attend an accredited, Colorado institution.

Summer Program for Seniors
3/20/15-  Goodwill Summer Bridge Program for Seniors.  Click here for information and here for the application.  


4/15/15-  Adelina Gomez Scholars Summer Institute.  Click here for information and here

for the application. 


Many colleges offer summer programs at their campuses.  Research the websites of the colleges of your interest.  Many will offer scholarships to cover costs.

Helpful Financial Aid Links
Financial aid presentation
Colorado institutional scholarships- Includes helpful instructions on how to apply to scholarships at ALL Colorado colleges and universities.
Click here for a link to Denver Scholarship Foundation's scholarship directory.