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Spartans Relax for Summer

Spartans Relax for Summer

As we come to the end of the 2013-2014 school year, TJ Spartans look back on the highlights and wish everyone a happy and safe summer break. Thomas Jefferson looking greener than ever with summer approaching. photo by Savannah Orth [Read more...]  Read More →

News

It Is Not a ‘Goodbye,’ just a ‘See You Later’

It Is Not a ‘Goodbye,’ just a ‘See You Later’

TJ bids farewell to a number of beloved staff members. Nurse Betty Richmeier and Treasurer Derek Steffes, two of the Spartan staff members who are moving on. photo by Jay Wilson [Read more...]  Read More →

Community

TJ Teacher Takes Students Abroad

TJ Teacher Takes Students Abroad

English teacher Jennifer Sonheim plans another trip across the ocean. Jenn Sonheim, is taking students on a trip to the UK in the coming year.  photo by Savannah Orth [Read more...]  Read More →

People

A Beloved Spartan Says Goodbye

A Beloved Spartan Says Goodbye

Cindy Allen has been a part of the Spartan family for eight years, but at the end of the year of she will be pursuing her dreams and saying farewell to TJ. Cindy Allen bids farewell to her TJ family, and heads back to college for a new adventure. photo by Savannah Orth [Read... [Read more...]

Sports

A Baseball Bond

A Baseball Bond

As the 2014 baseball season ended for the Thomas Jefferson varsity baseball team, the boys still had pride and tremendous hopes for the future. Senior Sam Reed hugs his mother, Jan Reed, before their last home game. photo by Jay Wilson [Read more...]  Read More →

Living/Arts

Wayward Souls: a Masterpiece in Gaming

Wayward Souls: a Masterpiece in Gaming

After the 2011 Action RPG masterpiece, Mage Gauntlet, I’ve been hungering for more from Rocketcat Games. Wayward Souls is a skill-based game, very different from the many pay-to-win games on iOS. [Read more...]  Read More →

Robotics

Spartan Robotics Dominates Districts

Spartan Robotics Dominates Districts

The TJ Robotics teams enjoy a new level of success at the First Tech Challenge regional competition, sending three teams to the state finals. The exciting final elimination rounds found two TJ alliance teams pitted against each other. photo by Matt Spampinato [Read more...]  Read More →

Editorial

Bracket Busters

Bracket Busters

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

Faces

A Brand New Script

A Brand New Script

Michael Palmieri departs as director of TJ Theater in order to start a new life path. Michael Palmieri thinks back fondly on his theater career at TJ. photo by Ayla Ensz [Read more...]  Read More →

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May 2014

morris-shererDear Spartan parents and students:

We have a lot of gains to celebrate as we wrap up the year!

-Our overall attendance is 89.4%, which is a 1.2% increase from last year
-Our tardies are down 1.9% from last year
-Our student suspensions are down 143 from last year

It is evident that our students are really living the Spartan values that we’ve emphasized all year long. We are looking forward to even more gains and celebrations in the coming years as we continue to improve this community of learners and leaders.

Stay tuned for information regarding the 9th Grade Academy, which will be held Aug. 11-15, as well as the Freshman BBQ and other fun kickoff events in the fall.

Thanks for your commitment to making TJ great! Have a fun and safe summer, Spartans.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Principal

 

Spartan Spotlight: Helena Lawrence

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Helena Lawrence

What’s your favorite…
Food? Pizza
Color? Blue
TV Show? One Tree Hill
Band? Linkin Park. There’s not really a specific reason; I just like their music.
Memory at TJ? Freshman Homecoming. It was really fun.
Subject? Math
If you could live in any time period, what would it be? The Roaring Twenties, because it seems like a fun time to live in.
What are two random facts about you?

  •      I play piano.
  •      I play soccer.

Where do you want to go to college? I haven’t really thought about that yet.
What’s your life philosophy? Treat others how you want to be treated.

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Spartan Spotlight: Evan Gould

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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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Spartan Spotlight: Alen Pervanic

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What’s your favorite…
Restaurant? Qdoba. It never gets old and it’s delicious.
TV Show? Arrested Development because it’s hilarious.
Band? Childish Gambino
Memory at TJ? There are a lot. Probably Senior Sleepout.
Subject? Web Design Pathways
What activities are you in? I’m a car enthusiast.
If you could live in any time period, what would it be? This time period because I can’t imagine living without technology.
What are two random facts about you?
1. I love cars.
2. Soccer is my favorite sport to watch.
Where do you want to go to college? CSU
What’s your life philosophy? Success is the best revenge.

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Spartan Spotlight: Ben Salinger

salingerspotlightWhat’s your favorite…
Food? Pizza, because I like pepperoni. It’s amazing.
Color? Blue. I like the way it looks on me.
Band? My favorite band is Coldplay– I just like a lot of their songs.
Memory at TJ? When I made Varsity Tennis.
Subject? Science, because Mr. Thomas is the best teacher in the world!
If you could live in any time period, what would it be? The 1980s. Between the 1980s and now there was the best technological jump ever, so it’d be cool to see how things progressed over time.
What are two random facts about you?
1. I play six different sports
2. I like cupcakes. Cupcakes are the best thing on the face of this planet. Except pizza!
Where do you want to go to college? Wisconsin. I was born a Wisconsin fan.
What’s your life philosophy? Don’t waste your life. Do what you want to do.

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News

Backyard Fun in the Sun

On June 5th, after the last final at 11:10, TJ will be starting summer off with a splash.

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TJ Faculty gets a grip! photo by Jeff Coleman

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An Exemplary Meeting with Senator Al White.

Joshua Neuhart sits down with Senator Al White to talk business and foreign trade.

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Senior Joshua Neuhart shaking hands with Colorado Senator Al White. Photo courtesy of Josh Neuhart

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Community

Community Scrambles to Support Schools

On Saturday, May 17th, four students from the TJ golf teams competed together at Wellshire Golf Course to raise money for schools in the neighborhood.

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Morgan VandeRiet prepares to putt on a challenging green, while Alex Villescas plans his next shot.  photo by Laine Stewart

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People

Mark Fabian: Spartan Parent, Para and Patron

Mark Fabian was a stay-at-home dad for 20 years and has now worked in DPS since 2008. He is currently dedicating himself to helping TJ students with special needs by working as a para-professional in the Special Education department in the Mild to Moderate Program.

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Mark Fabian works one-on-one with students to help them achieve their greatest potential.  photo by Savannah Orth

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Teacher by Day, Journalist by Night

When he’s not supervising students in the pass room, Thomas Jefferson Teacher Phillip Emma writes articles about concerts and music festivals.
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Spartan Educator Phillip Emma has an alter ego as a pop music festival journalist. photo: Jay Wilson

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Faces

Before and After the 90 Minutes

CCTM Pro Tech and soccer coach Sara Andolsek reflects on her years at TJ, while looking ahead to the future.

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Despite years of success, Sara Andolsek decides to bring her coaching career to a close. photo by Ayla Ensz

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Time to Learn a Little About “Jack…son”

After eight years TJ, talented teacher Kyler Jackson has become a favorite of many students.

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TJ teacher Kyler Jackson makes an impact on the TJ community, in and out of the classroom. photo by Schyler Bruce

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Sports

Freshman Scores Big On Varsity

Not only did Lindsey Stoetzer make varsity soccer as a freshman for the 2014 girls’ soccer season, but she is also the leading scorer for the Spartans.

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Freshman LIndsey Stoetzer playing soccer at TJ. photo courtesy of Lindsey Stoetzer

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Living & Arts

Green light for the Denver Auto show

Fordunately, the 2014 Denver Auto Show had a great turn out for many prestigious car brands.

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2014 Denver Auto Show photo courtesy of KDVR Denver

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Robotics

It’s a Block Party!

First Tech Robotics reveals its new game, Block Party, at the annual kickoff at the CU Engineering School.

Louis Ship (left) and teammate Brennen Scott work on an engineering challenge at CU Boulder. photo by Matt Spampinato

Louis Ship (left) and teammate Brennen Scott work on an engineering challenge at CU Boulder. photo by Matt Spampinato

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