Administrator's Corner

October 30, 2023

Happy Halloween Week, Spartans!

Thanks to those who showed up for Saturday school. We are excited about this opportunity for extra time and support for our students. Remember, this is not punitive!

Believe it or not, we only have 5 weeks of regular classes left before finals week! We do not have school during the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 20-24). After that we only have two weeks before finals! Click here to see the finals schedule.

As the weather gets colder, please be sure to build more time into your morning commute to ensure that you arrive at school on time. Additionally, please remember that we open the doors at 7:55 a.m. and close them at 4:25 p.m..

Today we will host our annual Trunk or Treat Street from 4-6 p.m. Tomorrow feel free to dress up, but remember to keep it school appropriate (no full face coverings and no weapons).

Let's have a fun and safe Halloween!

¡Feliz semana de Halloween, espartanos!

Gracias a los que se presentaron para la escuela del sábado. Estamos entusiasmados con esta oportunidad de tiempo extra y apoyo para nuestros estudiantes. Recuerda, ¡esto no es punitivo!

Lo creas o no, ¡solo nos quedan 5 semanas de clases regulares antes de la semana final! No tenemos escuela durante la semana de Acción de Gracias (20 al 24 de noviembre). Después de eso solo tenemos dos semanas antes de las finales! Haga clic aquí para ver el calendario de finales.

A medida que el clima se hace más frío, por favor asegúrese de incorporar más tiempo en su viaje de la mañana para asegurarse de llegar a la escuela a tiempo. Además, por favor recuerde que abrimos las puertas a las 7:55 a.m. y las cerramos a las 4:25 p.m.

DPS Monthly School Lunch Menu
Click here to access DPS Online Pay

Hoy organizaremos nuestro Trunk or Treat Street anual de 4 a 6 p.m. Mañana siéntase libre de disfrazarse, pero recuerde que debe ser apropiado para la escuela (sin cubrirse la cara y sin armas).

¡Tengamos un Halloween divertido y seguro!

Mike Christoff


Week at a Glance


  • Trunk or Treat Street - 4-6:00 p.m. (details below)


  • Happy Halloween!


  • Webinar: Raising Media Smart Kids: Tips on Managing Family Media Use & Internet Safety - 12:00 p.m. Click here for more information.




  • Saturday school! Click here for the schedule.
Kudos Korner
  • Congrats to our Lady Spartan Softball team for taking second in state!

Congrats to Robin Morrissey and her students! They are working so hard and rocking the new marching band!

  • Congrats to our Unified Bowling team who placed 4th in last week's tournament!

PTO News


Join us on November 7 for our monthly PTO meeting. This meeting will be held in person at

TJHS. No Zoom/livestream option will be available. Please come to learn what the PTO has in

store for December Teacher Appreciation events, learn about our new Online Swag Store and



The PTO still has vacancies in the following positions. Come to our next

meeting or contact us to learn more about these and other opportunities to

give back to TJ:

Member-at-Large representing Classes of 2027 and 2026

Class Committee Co-Chairs for 2027 and 2024

Fund Raising Chair(s)

2024-25 Leadership: Our President and Vice President positions will be vacant as of May. We’re hoping to have “apprentices” in place by January to shadow the current officers for a semester. Now is the time to step up!

Questions? Want to get involved? Join our e-mail list:

TJ Food Bank

Details regarding the November Food Bank distribution will be sent via email.  

The Food Bank is in need of reusable grocery bags for food distribution! If you have any bags to donate, please put them in the box in the office - thank you! 

Thank you to the TJ Community for your continued support of the Food Bank!  If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the TJ Food Bank, you can do so HERE.

Reach out to Megan Perkins (, Becca Mahoney ( or Jillian Krause ( with questions.

College Fair

NACAC is proud to announce that our upcoming National College Fair on Sunday, November 5th will be taking place at the Colorado Convention Center. This is a great opportunity for you and your students to connect face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities. All high school students, transfer students, high school or college counselors, and families are welcome to register for this complimentary event

Date and Times:

Sunday, November 5

1:00pm - 4:00pm MT



Colorado Convention Center  

700 14th St

Denver, CO 80202


View the list of colleges and universities exhibiting at this event.

Register now and meet face-to-face with representatives from colleges and universities.

If you have any questions, please contact

We look forward to seeing you there!

ACC Information Session and Tour for Spanish Speakers - Nov. 8

ACC is holding an Information Session and Tour for Spanish speakers! This is a great opportunity for students and families to get an idea of what being an ACC student means, and a chance to ask questions regarding programs, tuition, and support services.

The next session is November 8 at 4 pm at the Littleton campus (5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120). 

To register for the November 8th session, visit this link. Students who register for the session and tour are eligible for a $500 scholarship!"

Thanksgiving Dinner for 40 TJ Families - We Need Your Help!

SkillsUSA and DECA are excited to help provide Thanksgiving Dinner for 40 families within our TJ community. 

Food collection will conclude by 11/10/23. Collection boxes are located at the front security desk, front office, and in room 105. Please review the available slots HERE and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

TJ Spirit Store

TJ Swag Online Store is active and ready for orders! Get your gear in time for the holidays. All orders are local delivery. Orders placed before December 1 will be delivered by December 17th. 

For other requests or questions please email us at Thank you TJ community for your school spirit! And huge shout out to TJ mom Rachel Geib for creating our store and providing us with awesome merch!

Saturday School to Support Students

We will be starting Saturday school to support students with their Math milestones, English competencies, acquisition of the English language, and credit/unit recovery. Saturday school will begin on October 28th and go through December 9th. (There will not be Saturday school on November 18th or 25th.) Snacks and drinks included as well as Breakfast Snacks. Please fill out this form by Wednesday if you would like your student to attend. Here is the schedule for Saturday.

Weekly Incentive Prizes for students: Tickets to Elitches Garden, Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Sports games, Legos, backpacks, travel bags.

DECA Judges Needed

Hello Spartan Families!

We are looking for volunteers to serve as judges for our annual DECA District 3 Conference. The event will take place on Thursday, November 30th, from 7:30am - 3:30pm at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. We need between 60-75 judges for our event to run smoothly, and for those of you that have judged in the past you know it is a fun day. If this will be your 1st time judging, don't worry because we will feed you and train you the day of the event. It is always a fun day for both the students and our judges so we hope to see you there!

Please use this link to register to volunteer:  Judges Info and Signup Link

More information about our District Conference is on the judges link and I hope to see you all in November!

Speech and Debate Clothing Drive

In accordance with our upcoming novice tournaments, Speech and Debate club will be holding a clothing drive from October 19 to November 17.

We are looking for formal and business clothes to be donated, but all clothing is welcome (and recommended). Collection boxes will be in English classrooms and in the Admin and Front offices.

Remaining items will be donated to other charities for those who need access to them. Thanks for your help!

Student Job Opportunity - Here at TJ!

Need a job with not many hours?

There are two Student Sweeper positions open at TJHS.

This position pays $18.29/HR —-- 2 Hours a day (After School)  Monday through Friday

If Interested, please see the Job Description and Scan the QR Code.

The QR code will get you to the DPS Job Search, enter the keyword ‘sweeper’ and search for jobs. Select the Student Sweeper position for service building and from there, create a profile then apply for the position.

Free Grocery Store Access for You!

We wanted to provide you information on Integrated Family Community Services. IFCS provides access to a free grocery store, allowing people to shop for their basic needs twice a month. The market offers fresh produce, frozen meat, and dairy products which are stocked weekly along with pantry staples such as pasta, beans and rice. All families in Colorado are eligible to shop at the market and no proof of income is required. 

Filling out a simple intake form is all they require. Families can go to the location and fill out the paperwork, or do it online HERE and immediately do their first shop. They are open for shopping in the morning (8:30-11) and again in the afternoon (1-2:30) Monday - Friday (see below). IFCS is located at 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110. 

IFCS also offers many different services that families can be eligible for based on income and where they live. More information on those services can be found HERE. There are also programs they offer throughout the year that provide school supplies, Holiday assistance and more. Families can sign up for the newsletter that will provide information and due dates on upcoming programs HERE. Just by signing up for the program families will be made aware of other opportunities for help that partners of IFCS offers.

Please look into the opportunity for support and let us know if you have questions.

Megan, Becca & Jillian

Food Bank 

¡Accesso gratuito al supermercado, para ti!

Queríamos darle información sobre Servicios Comunitarios Familiares Integrados. IFCS proporciona acceso a una tienda de comestibles gratuita, lo que permite a las personas comprar sus necesidades básicas dos veces al mes. El mercado ofrece productos frescos, carne congelada y productos lácteos que se almacenan semanalmente junto con alimentos básicos de despensa como pasta, frijoles y arroz. Todas las familias en Colorado son elegibles para comprar en el mercado y no se requiere prueba de ingresos. 

Llenar un simple formulario de admisión es todo lo que requieren.  Las familias pueden ir al lugar y completar el papeleo, o hacerlo en línea AQUÍ e inmediatamente hacer su primera compra.  Están abiertos para ir de compras por la mañana (8:30-11) y nuevamente por la tarde (1-2:30) de lunes a viernes (ver más abajo). IFCS está ubicado en 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110. 

IFCS también ofrece muchos servicios diferentes para los que las familias pueden ser elegibles según sus ingresos y el lugar donde viven. Puede encontrar más información sobre esos servicios AQUÍ.  También hay programas que ofrecen durante todo el año que proporcionan útiles escolares, asistencia para las vacaciones y más.  Las familias pueden suscribirse al boletín que proporcionará información y fechas de vencimiento sobre los próximos programas AQUÍ.  Con solo inscribirse en el programa, las familias conocerán otras oportunidades de ayuda que ofrecen los socios del IFCS.

Por favor, busque la oportunidad de apoyo y háganos saber si tiene preguntas.

Yearbook News

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School Based Health Center at TJ

DPS Substance Use Prevention Program Announces Fall Webinar Lineup

he DPS Substance Use Prevention (SUP) Program will continue to host a monthly webinar on the first Wednesday of every month at noon. Webinars will feature experts from the Denver community who will provide attendees with information about relevant issues that youth are facing today.

Upcoming webinars to save the date for:

  • Nov. 1 at noon: Digital Wellness for Youth and Families with Brian Dino, DPS Digital Coach.

Learn more about the webinars listed above and register here.

Save the Date - TJ Movie Night Nov. 17

Sparta-Fill is Here!

For more information, please visit

Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips

Did You Know…?

(en español)

Having an optimistic outlook and attitude can help with resilience in hardship, AND it is linked to long-term health benefits such as decreased rates of depression and heart disease. 

Here are some simple strategies that can encourage your kid to see the “glass half full” side of life!

1) Reframe your own reactions→ If something upsetting happens to you, turn it into a positive (“I had to pay a late fee for the bill I missed. Next time, I will set a reminder alarm in my phone so it won’t happen again.”)

2) Make a “Good Vibes Only” Jar→ Encourage your family to leave positive messages on pieces of paper in a designated jar in your home. When someone is having a bad day, they can reach in an find a pick me up, a joke, a memory, etc. 

3) Give specific praise → When you see your child persevere, point it out and be specific- “Great job working hard on that science project!

4) Share your progress → every task doesn’t merit a high five, but it is helpful  to talk about your goals: “I am trying to read more by checking out books I like and setting aside 30 minutes each night to read.”

5) Teach random acts of kindness → Encourage your kid to assist others in one way or another, without expecting anything in return. Helping other people also increases self-confidence. 

6) Create a happiness list → At the end of each day, have your kid write down 5 things that made them smile (you can be the scribe if that’s a dealbreaker for them 🙂). Save the creation to look back at later! 

Mental Health and Social Emotional “Did You Know”: Compiled by Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP and Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW. Resources: Parents Magazine, August 2019 “How To Raise an Optimist.”

Future Center News

Spartan Seniors and Families,

Click here to learn more about the Denver Scholarship Foundation and the DSF Scholarship

Seniors: In your Future Center: TJFC2024 schoology course, you will find many resources to help you with your college process. A list of Scholarship Highlights is posted weekly in addition to information about College Rep Visits in the TJFC, College Fairs, assignments to help you through your college steps, reminders about your next steps for college and more.

College planning tasks from your Future Center schoology to work on now:

  • Be sure to use your Steps for Complete College Applications doc to guide you. Using MAIA Learning, linking your Common App to MAIA, and completing transcript request form(s) are all REQUIRED! 
  • Create your FSAID for the FAFSA application. Students and parent(s) must have an FSAID to complete the FAFSA. FAFSA will likely open in December. 
  • Some colleges require completion of the CSS Profile for financial aid. Click here for more information

Upcoming Events: For more information, please visit the Future Center schoology course calendar 

Wednesday, November 1st: UCCS Rep Visit, Boettcher Foundation Scholarship Due, CSS Profile Due for many Early Action/Decision Deadlines like DU 

Thursday, November 2nd: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair at East HS

Saturday, November 4th: LaTEENa Conference, Fort Lewis College SkyHawk Saturday 

Emily Webster, M.S..

DSF Lead College Advisor

Alyssa Baker, M.Ed. 

DSF College Advisor

Class News You Can Use

Class of 2024 - Seniors

Senior Sleepout Lost and Found: Are you missing a small blue cooler, a black and green

cooler bag or a fire extinguisher? These items were left at the Senior Sleepout in August and

have never been picked up. See Ms. Charles in the Main Office to reclaim them!

Senior Survey: Has your senior filled out the “Class of 2024 After Prom Partysurvey? It’s

found on Schoology in Class of 2024 Updates. We need input ASAP so we can start making

plans for After Prom. Please ask and have them fill it out by the end of the week. This link also

works, but please, no parent responses!


11/17: Yearbook Photos and Senior Quotes Due. More info is on the Yearbook’s webpage.

1/30/24: deadline to purchase Senior Recognition Ads for the yearbook.

4/20/24: Prom at the Curtis Ballroom in Greenwood Village

5/28/24: Graduation at 1pm at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena

Class of 2025 - Juniors

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported class of 2025 at Bad Daddy’s on the 26th! It was great to see some TJ faces there. If you weren’t able to make it but want to help, please consider donating directly!

Class of 2026 - Sophomores

Please join us on November 14th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 111 for our Class of 2026 Parent meeting. We will update everyone on our fundraising totals from the paint recycling event and our 10/19 restaurant night. We will also brainstorm additional fundraising opportunities as well as a Spring event for the Sophomore class.  

Class of 2027 - Freshmen

Stay tuned for class or 2027 news!

Questions? Want to get involved? Email

Stay Connected, Spartans!