Big Brain Club Comes to TJ

Big Brain Club Comes to TJ

Dom Testa will be at TJ to discuss his new book and his non-profit foundation. photos courtesy of Dom Testa Denver radio personality Dom Testa will share his wisdom and experience with TJ parents this week. [Read more...]  Read More →


TJ Wins National Championship

TJ Wins National Championship

Photo courtesy of Jerry Esparza. The SkillsUSA department at TJ wins the national gold in 3D. [Read more...]  Read More →


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 →


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 →


Chasing Success

Chasing Success

Spartan sprinter Brooklynn York strives for greatness on and off the track. photo by Savannah Orth York’s dedicated work ethic leads her to state.   [Read more...]  Read More →


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 →


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 →


Bracket Busters

Bracket Busters

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

August, 2014


Dear TJ Spartan students and families,
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Welcome back! TJ had a great year with so many accomplishments! We set the bar very high for our students and they did rise to the challenges. We increased our overall attendance by 1.2%, which was the 2nd highest gain in the district- 2nd only to JFK who surpassed us by one tenth of a percent! We ended the year with an 89.4% daily attendance rate. Tardies were decreased by 65%! We’ve had promising finals scores and AP scores, all increases from previous years. We’ve also had a huge increase in our ACT scores!
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Spartan Spotlight: Javontae Jourdain

What’s your favorite…
Food? Fried Chicken
Color? Red
TV Show? Family Guy
Band? Lincoln Park
Memory at TJ? When everyone went to the state basketball game last year.
Subject? Math
If you could live in any time period, what would it be? The 60s
What are two random facts about you?

  •      I play video games too much
  •      I have 400 hours in 2k14

Where do you want to go to college? CU
What’s your life philosophy? Live life, love people

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Homecoming Extravaganza


Homecoming King and Queen Josh McNair and Jessica Jackson. photo by Erin Thompson

Spartans settle down after a successful 2014 Homecoming.

After all of spirit week’s festivities, TJ students and staff gathered to support the mighty Spartans in the annual homecoming football game Friday night, followed by a lively night at the Great Gatsby themed dance on Saturday.

Despite a hard fight at All City Stadium on Friday night, TJ Football could not pull out the win against the George Washington Patriots. The crowd however, was still full of spirit and stayed cheering throughout the game. The minor loss didn’t stop Spartans from having a blast at the annual homecoming dance the next night. Senior and receiver for the football team, Obed Munoz, said “We played our hardest and at the end of the day TJ still loves us and that’s what matters.”

As students walked into the dance, gold wrist bands were handed out in exchange for tickets, then students of all ages could enter the decked out gymnasium. Students were dressed to impress, some looking as though they just walked out of the 1920s. A small group of seniors even borrowed flapper dresses for the dance specifically, making sure they would look the part for this year’s Gatsby theme. Reilly Torres was one of these seniors who made use of the drama department’s resources. “Dressing up made homecoming all that more unique and fun for us,” reported Torres.

There was not a dull part of the night with Kyler Jackson, world language teacher at TJ, volunteering as DJ for the duration of the dance. As hours of dancing passed by, things slowed down as it was time to announce who had received the most votes from the Homecoming Royalty election that took place during the previous week. While the number was extremely close for both the girls and the guys, Jessica Jackson was crowned as Queen and Joshua McNair was crowned the King. Jackson said “Being homecoming royalty with Josh has made senior year even more memorable.” All of the fall athletes who were nominated were honored to be a part of the TJ homecoming court.

The dance and all of the activities and events leading up to it were successful, and couldn’t have happened without all of the Spartan community’s hard work. Not only was this 2014 Homecoming week a hit, but also a time for memories to be made for students and staff alike.


What’s Brown and Gold and Green All Over?


artwork by Alex Villescas

Administration announced on Monday that TJ has shown the most growth out of all the comprehensive DPS high schools on the School Performance Framework (SPF). [Read more...]

Community Archives

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.


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 Archives

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.


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.


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 Archives

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

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Living & Arts Archives

Green light for the Denver Auto show

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


2014 Denver Auto Show photo courtesy of KDVR Denver

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