Key into TJ’s Music

Key into TJ’s Music

Orchestra rehearses for their upcoming performance. photo by Anja Oss TJ’s instrumental music program performs creative works throughout the year. [Read more…]  Read More →


Rhee Returns to TJ as Varsity Head Coach

Rhee Returns to TJ as Varsity Head Coach

Coach Rhee brings much expertise and excitement to the season. photo by Anja Oss Spartans welcome their new head coach with open arms. [Read more…]  Read More →


You Know the Drill

You Know the Drill

photo courtesy of JROTC TJ JROTC excels at Rocky Mountain Regional Meet. [Read more…]  Read More →


Leading the Way

Leading the Way

Suzanne Morris-Sherer and her husband pose while vacationing in Costa Rica. photo courtesy of Suzanne Morris-Sherer TJ’s beloved new principal is already leaving a legacy, with a bright future ahead. [Read more…]  Read More →


JV Achieving Their Goals

JV Achieving Their Goals

Sophomore Cody Shem defends TJ’s territory against Conifer. photo by Sasha Mesropov JV soccer players strive to succeed alongside the Varsity players. [Read more…]  Read More →


Key into TJ’s Music

Key into TJ’s Music

Orchestra rehearses for their upcoming performance. photo by Anja Oss TJ’s instrumental music program performs creative works throughout the year. [Read more…]  Read More →


TJ Robotics Prepares for Competition Season

TJ Robotics Prepares for Competition Season

Freshmen Cole Bellomo and Andrew Carpender work on wiring their robot in the beginning Robotics class. photo by Jordan Prochnow TJ’s Robotics classes gear up for this year’s challenges. [Read more…]  Read More →


Bracket Busters

Bracket Busters

The unpredictable Madness of March NCAA March Madness. Photo courtesy of NCAA.com [Read more…]  Read More →


morris-shererIt is really hard to believe that we are fully in the fall of the year! Our world at TJ has been full of Homecomings, dances, football, soccer, cross country, volleyball, tennis, golf and gymnastic competitions! The level of spirit this year is incredible, thanks to the newly formed Legion of Sparta. This is a new group,  spearheaded by new Activities Director, Ms. Sara Andolsek, which leads the charge of building spirit for athletic and social events this year at TJ. This group gets messages to the student populace as to what color to wear to show spirit at the games and helps to keep the crowds engaged by helping to lead cheers for our teams. It is quite an experience to be a part of the sporting events at TJ this fall!  As October has arrived, there are a number of events that you will not want to miss!

October 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – All school Open House and TJ garden produce sale.
October 7 and 8, 3:30-7:30 p.m. – Parent Teacher conferences
October 19 and 20 – No school for students
October 30– 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Street for our feeder elementary schools and for our neighbors
Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

Spartan Spotlight: Evan Gould


Evan Gould

What’s your favorite…
Food? Mozzarella Sticks, because I really like the cheese.
TV Show? That 70s Show, because I really like the relationships that form between the characters.
Band? One Direction because all their voices sound like angels.
Memory at TJ? Winning the Denver Public League last year on the basketball team. Our chemistry was really strong.
Subject? Math because I think that the world of numbers and how things work out is brilliant.
What activities are you in? Basketball and Journalism.
If you could live in any time period, what would it be? There’s no time like the present.
What are two random facts about you?
1. I’m Jewish.
2. I reached level 143 on Candy Crush.
Where do you want to go to college? Villanova University because it’s in Philadelphia and I love Philadelphia.
What’s your life philosophy? Why watch the game, when you can play the game?

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News Archives

Soaring into a New Season


Coach Sifers works with sophomore gymnast Cecelia Allen. photo by Caroline Cech

New TJ Gymnastics Coach takes the team to new heights for the 2015-2016 season. [Read more…]

Kicking off the Season on the Right Foot


Coach Poole gets the boys fired up during a game. photo by Sasha Mesropov

Boys’ Soccer returns to the field with an impressive win. [Read more…]

Now That We’re Home…

Thomas Jefferson football team gears up for the homecoming game. Photo by Sasha Mesropov

The Thomas Jefferson football team gears up for the homecoming game. photo by Sasha Mesropov

TJ Spartans settle down after a momentous Homecoming week. [Read more…]

Kickin’ it Against East

photo by Sasha Mesropov

Photo by Sasha Mesropov

The soccer boys look to avenge their loss last year in this season’s game against East. [Read more…]

TJ Robotics Prepares for Competition Season

Freshmen Cole Bellomo and Andrew Carpender work on wiring their robot in the beginning Robotics class. photo by Jordan Prochnow

TJ’s Robotics classes gear up for this year’s challenges. [Read more…]

Dare to Excel at the Mock ACT on Thursday, September 24


photo by Patrick McDuffie

TJ’s juniors prepare for the Mock ACT to help prepare for the ACT. [Read more…]

Community Archives

Unified for One, Unified for All


Team members from left to right: Coach Pitrone, Jack Willson, Jonny Sundeen, Shi Vargas, Coach Enzminger, Dane Washington, Conner Sutton, Jazz Moore, Coach Novak (not pictured: David Johnson, Madisyn Higgins, Jaylin Johnson)

TJ’s Unified Basketball team headed back to the State championship on March 20th hoping to be victorious again.

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People Archives

Bringing Bosnia to the Courts


Adrovic and her family pose with Nurkic. photo courtesy of Adna Adrovic

Adna Adrovic recently received the Comeback Player of the Year Award from the Denver Nuggets.

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Sports Archives

Two Girls, One Passion

Photo courtesy of Robert Sandoval

Jaden Sandoval digs Spartan volleyball. photo courtesy of Robert Sandoval

Volleyball shapes one life at a time at Thomas Jefferson. [Read more…]

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Welcome to the Badlands


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Halsey releases her first studio album, showcasing her thoughts and experiences through her song lyrics.

Up and coming artist Ashley Frangipane, known to the world as Halsey, released her debut album Badlands on August 28, 2015. The album has sounds of indie-pop as well as electronic pop, with lyrics written by Halsey herself which allows the listener to experience her journey through the Badlands, a fight within her mind.

Frangipane was born in Washington, New Jersey, and has lived there for much of her life. Her stage name, Halsey, came from a street near where she grew up, as well as being an anagram of her actual name. She began her musical career by posting covers of songs, as well as some of her own, on YouTube. In 2014 Halsey wrote a song entitled “Ghost” and posted it to SoundCloud. Many people enjoyed the song and as it gained popularity, she was noticed by a record label, Astralwerks, and was signed to them immediately. Her first EP, Room 93, was released on October 27, 2014 and it gained her even more attention and popularity. Following her EP, Halsey’s next body of work, her debut album, was announced on June 2, 2015.

The album, entitled Badlands, has 16 tracks on the deluxe version, two of which are on her EP, (“Ghost” and “Hurricane”). The tracklist, in order, is “Castle,” “Hold Me Down,” “New Americana,” “Drive,” “Hurricane,” “Roman Holiday,” “Ghost,” “Colors,” “Colors, Pt. 2,” “Strange Love,” “Coming Down,” “Haunting,” “Gasoline,” “Control,” “Young God,” and a cover of the Johnny Cash song, “I Walk the Line.” Halsey describes Badlands as a concept album. The Badlands are a mental state that she is in and the songs describe her journey through them. The songs are intended to be listened to in the specific order in which they are placed, in order to envision the full experience.

The opening track “Castle” describes Halsey entering the Badlands, implied by the lyrics “I’m headed straight for the castle.” The two songs following, “Hold Me Down” and “New Americana,” explain what happened to her in the Badlands. “Hold Me Down” gives the listener some insight into the condition of which she is in, by saying “it’s the devil that’s trying to hold me down.” After these songs comes the track “Drive.” This song describes her leaving the Badlands, reflecting on some of what has happened. The songs following “Drive” are Halsey’s reflection on her visit, some of them good and some bad. A majority of this mental state that she is in is the bipolar depression that Halsey once went through. The song “Control” describes her in this state when she sings, “I can’t help this awful energy…who is in control?”  Although most of the lyrics are very dark, there are some lyrics that describe a good time that Halsey had in the Badlands. In the sixth track of the album, “Roman Holiday,” she sings the lyrics “but for now let’s get away on a Roman holiday,” describing her escaping the Badlands, as well as running away with her lover to experience something happy while being trapped for so long. The album closes with Halsey’s raw and slowed-down cover of Johnny Cash’s famous song, “I Walk the Line.” These songs create the masterpiece that is Badlands, an exciting and intriguing album for her fans and for new listeners.

Halsey’s fans had been waiting eagerly for the release of the album, and once they were able to listen to it, they were moved by the lyrics and the music. Sophomore Grace Leonard, a fan of Halsey who had anticipated the album for many months, found the album to be inspiring as a whole, as well as finding deeper meanings of lyrics in the songs. She said, “My favorite lyrics off of the album are from Colors and they are, ‘you were red, and you liked me ‘cause I was blue. You touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky, but then you decided purple just wasn’t for you.’” She then said, “It’s about someone changing you and then they decided they don’t like you, and it’s very meaningful to me.” Halsey’s writing causes the listeners to think about a deeper meaning and allows the listener to connect the album to their lives or to something that happened to them. Leonard also said, “Everything about the album is inspiring, and she’s a female artist which is empowering and her album actually means something unlike most of the music today.” Halsey’s lyrics, as well as her position in the music industry, have empowered and inspired many people who have listened to her material, all while releasing only one album.

Halsey’s debut album Badlands is an empowering and moving album, unlike much of the music that is out today. It describes Halsey’s battle with bipolar disorder and how she overcame it, all through original song lyrics. The layout of the album is different from the typical album that is released in today’s time, in the regard that all of the songs on an album don’t translate into an entire story, separating Halsey from her peers in the music industry, and making her an artist to watch. Badlands is a journey that everyone should experience, whether it be to connect to what Halsey went through, or to enjoy the mental state that is the Badlands.