February 26, 2015
Principal's Corner

As we get closer to our testing dates in March (3/9-3/13), I want to highlight some important reminders for students and parents:

1. All students are expected to attend school every day during the testing week! It's the law.

2. Teachers will be giving graded assignments during that week.

3. AP classes will take advantage of this opportunity to administer mock exams.

3. For seniors who are under 92% attendance and in jeopardy of not walking at graduation, there will be  
attendance forgiveness during the testing week. Each day attended is worth 5 class periods.

4. When testing, no one may leave once the session starts. The sessions are 90 minutes long. Student should bring reading material for any remaining time.

5. All electronics will be collected. No exceptions, no excuses.  

For Parents and Community Members:
Please remember: weeks like this are critical to our continued improvement as a school. Thanks in advance for your commitment to having your student attend each and every day. These are the things that will take us from Good to Great!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Click here for information about Choice of Studies for the 2015-16 school year.
It's Almost Showtime!
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Gifted and Talented News

The DPS Foundation has granted A-Z Funds for 13 Spartans to participate in a GT Celebration Night.  Please read the program offering below, and if interested in participating, contact Brian Weaver immediately at BRIAN_WEAVER2@dpsk12.org for more details and next steps. Please put the word "Joseph" in the subject line.
High School GT Student Celebrations Night Friday April 24: 
With the backdrop of the Denver Center Theater's performance of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as our main event, gifted High School upperclassmen will enjoy an evening of socialization and celebrations of all their high school achievements - academic, athletic, artistic and otherwise.  Steeped in the wonders of ancient Egypt, students will have a chance to share and discuss their college and career plans, ideas about their upcoming senior year, and to celebrate and bridge into their young adulthoods with like peers and mutual recognition.
Quick Links
Saturday School Update
Saturday school will be held on February 28th 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. Seniors who have attendance rates under 92% need to come in to Saturday school or AP study sessions so that they can make up time. Seniors will get 5 periods back for each full Saturday school or AP study session that they attend.
It's Testing Time!
Testing Dates!
We have important upcoming testing in March. Click here for the schedule: Testing Dates

Click here for PARCC Practice Tests
Attention AP Students!
Fees for AP Courses need to be paid to the treasurer by March 6. Parents should have received a letter from Mike Christoff notifying them of fees and potential fee reductions applicable for their students.
Save the Date - Partners!
The next TJ Partners meeting will be held on March 10th at 6:00 pm in Room 111.  Agenda will be distributed via an email reminder the week before the meeting.
Germany, 2016!
Interested in traveling to Germany in 2016? Please come to room 217 for details! You can also e-mail Jennifer_Sonheim@dpsk12.org

or call: 720-423-7093

Robotics on the Rise!
Spartans qualify for state! 
This Saturday, Feb. 28th, four TJ teams will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Competition at Mountain Range High School in Westminster. Wish them luck!
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.

From Player to Coach
Coach Grant Laman recently celebrated the milestone of earning his 200th win.
When Spartan basketball player Grant Laman graduated from TJ in 1991, he had no idea that he would soon be back at TJ teaching, coaching basketball and winning 200 games as the varsity head coach. Laman received his Journalism degree and continued playing basketball at University of Northern Colorado (UNC). After graduating from UNC, Laman became interested in the idea of coaching basketball and working at TJ. He got his substitute teaching license, and began substitute teaching at TJ in 2000. This turned into a long-term assignment that led him to becoming a full-time teacher and boys' basketball coach at TJ.

Microsoft is excited to announce DigiGirlz 2015  

is open for registration! 

Please join us on April 15th, 2015 for a full day of great activities including hands on development, career panel, and more.   It is a great opportunity to meet other young ladies interested in technology while connecting with Microsoft employees in their work environment.

Come dream about your future possibilities, share your great ideas and have a lot of fun with a technology leader!

The event is free; registration is now open on a first come, first served basis.

Register:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/117360 

Location: Microsoft Store: Park Meadows Mall

Address: 8505 Park Meadows Center Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124       303-824-6772

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

  • Students in grades 7-9 are welcome to register  
  • Online release forms must be signed and submitted prior to attending event
  • Transportation to the event is the participant's responsibility
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • See registration link for additional information

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSparkprogram, gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops. For information on global DigiGirlz events:



Say Yes to the Dress!
Prom is just around the corner!
Want to get a prom dress for just $10.00 on March 7th? Click here for more information!

TJ Honors Outstanding Students
Spartan students show off their academic work.
In a special ceremony on Friday, January 23rd, Thomas Jefferson recognized students for their high academic performance. This year, three distinct honors were given out, and all of those who recieved them were acknowledged in front of a crowd of supportive parents and students. Read More

Upcoming College Fair

 Please Join Us For The Historically Black College and University College Fair!


March 6th, 2015

Period 7 & 8 in the Gymnasium


All 11th and 12th Grade Students & Families Are Invited to Attend


Please Bring a Copy of Your Most Recent Transcript and Resume.

(Sample resume templates are on Ms. Buffington's door).


Recruiters from the following schools will be present:


1.       Bethune-Cookman

2.       Kentucky State

3.       Langston

4.       LeMoyne-Owen College

5.       Lincoln University (MO)

6.       Southwestern Christian College

7.       Tougaloo College

8.       Tuskegee University

9.       Wilberforce University


This Event Is Sponsored by Thomas Jefferson High School AVID and The Thomas Jefferson Black Student Alliance. 

News from the Future Center
Seniors and families! 
Future Center news!  Scroll down to the bottom to see scholarship and summer opportunities. 

The Denver Spring College Fair
What: The Denver Spring College Fair, Co-sponsored with Colorado Council on High School/College Relations
Where: University of Denver, Daniel L. Ritchie Athletic Center: Gates Field House
When: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  Host Contact: Leanna Roaf, Leanna.Roaf@du.edu
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.

3/1/15- FAFSA due at most Colorado universities and colleges.  Colorado institutional scholarships due. 

3/2/15- 10:00am-10:45am- Colorado State University, admitted students only; 10:45-11:30- Juniors only

3/2/15- 12:00pm- Colorado State University at Pueblo

3/4/15-  All day- C.U. Boulder visit for juniors with a 3.3 GPA or higher. 1o spots available.  See Ms. Maez for more details. 

3/6/15- HBCU College Fair at Thomas Jefferson (more details to come). 

3/7/15- 8:00am-3:00pm, HBCU College Fair, East High School,  registration by 2/27= $5 or pay $7 at the door.  Click here to register. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

3/15/15- 1-5pm, Spring College Fair, University of Denver (See details below)

Important Scholarship Information
FormSwift Scholarship for College Students
Due- 4/30/15
Amount-  $1,000
Either Write a One-Page Business Plan, Make a Brief PowerPoint, or Make a Two-Minute Video about one of the following topics for a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship:
         How Student Organizations Could Use FormSwift
         The Benefit of FormSwift to Schools & Colleges
         Registration Documents That Should Be Online
         How Volunteer Groups Could Use FormSwift
         The Environmental Benefits of E-Signature/Paperless Documents
For more info, click here.

Denver Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships accessible to DPS students interested in attending non-profit, Colorado colleges/universities.  Students must meet the following conditions to qualify:
  1. Must be a graduate of DPS and have attended DPS high school all four years
  2. Must have applied to three other scholarships
  3. Demonstrate financial need (DACA students will need to show proof of Free and Reduced Lunch status).
  4. Students who are ineligible for Federal Student Aid must be lawfully present in the United States or apply to be lawfully present in the United States.
This year, two tiers of the DSF scholarship exist:
Bachelor's/Associate's Degree Scholarship:
  1. Meet the above eligibility conditions.
  2. Have a 2.75 GPA at graduation
  3. If you receive this scholarship, you will have four years to complete a bachelor's degree or two years to complete an associate's degree.
Certificate/Trade Scholarship:
  1. Must meet the above eligibility conditions.
  2. Have between a 2.0-2.74 GPA at graduation.
  3. If you receive the scholarship, you will have one year to complete the certificate/trade program.
For students who would like to attend a bachelor's or associate's degree program and have below a 2.75 GPA, if you attend college for one year and finish with a 2.0 GPA or higher, you can become eligible for the DSF scholarship your second year of college.

John Lynch Family Foundation Scholarships
Due- 3/6/15
Amount- $5,000-$15,000
Scholarships for seniors who are student athletes and scholarships specifically for senior student athletes with disabilities or Down Syndrome.  Click here for more information. 
Colorado Educational Services and Development Association (CESDA)
Due- 3/6/15
Amount- $1,000 
1. Applicant must be a first generation student, or member of an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority, and/or show financial need.  2. Applicant must be a resident of the State of Colorado. (Open to non-resident students. Eligible students include Asset, DACA and non-eligible U.S. permanent resident).  3.  Applicant must enroll at a 2 or 4-year Colorado college or university in the fall of 2015 and take a minimum of 6 credit hours.  4. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.80 on a scale of 4.00.   5. Applicant will be selected by, but not limited to, the following criteria: leadership and community service-particularly within minority communities, past academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments, personal attributes special abilities, academic goals, and financial need.  Click here for more information. 
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. Latina Scholarship
Due- 5/15/15
1. Applicant must be a female of Latino Heritage or be able to demonstrate dedication to community service and empowerment of the Latina/o community. 2. Applicant must plan to attend an accredited university in the Fall of 2015 as a freshman or first year student. 3. No hard copy applications will be accepted.  All applicants must use this platform for submission and consideration.  Click here for more information. 

See Ms. Maez in the Future Center for questions.      
Summer Program for Seniors
Apply for the Goodwill Summer Bridge Mentoring Program!  You will be connected with a mentor who can help support you through your first year of college.  Additionally, you will be connected to other students that will be attending your college.  There will be fun events such as Red Rocks Film on the Rocks, Rockies games, rock climbing, etc.   If you are interested, please see the description and application.  There is no GPA or ACT requirement, but you need to apply before 3/20/15. 

Helpful Financial Aid Links:
 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.