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Hit a Home Run for Kindness

Hit a Home Run for Kindness

Spartans team up with Colorado Rockies to do 90 random acts of kindness. Michael Cuddyer, first baseman and outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, speaks at the TJ assembly. photo by Julian Black Crow [Read more...]  Read More →

News

10 Helpful Tips for the ACT

10 Helpful Tips for the ACT

The ACT is a very serious test with a big impact on students’ futures. Because of this Kirk Hammond, Suzanne Meyer, Gabrielle Gerlits, Rachel Stutzman, and Jenn Sonheim set aside time every Thursday after school for ACT prep. ACTs dream team; Rachel Stutzman, Gabrielle Gerlits,... [Read more...]

Community

The TJ Community Remembers Spartan Xavier Nolasco-Ramirez

The TJ Community Remembers Spartan Xavier Nolasco-Ramirez

After returning from Spring Break, the TJ community had to face the news that sophomore Xavier Nolasco-Ramirez had passed away. Xavier Nolasco-Ramirez [Read more...]  Read More →

People

Ana the Amazing

Ana the Amazing

Tennis star and Super spartan gets ready to go off to college. Senior Ana Beiser with her all important tennis racket. photo by Jay Wilson [Read more...]  Read More →

Sports

Spring Sports in Full Swing

Spring Sports in Full Swing

Spartans look forward to yet another season of spring sports Golf Coach Mark Smith and two varsity golfers (Laine Stewart and Savannah Orth) set out to win a tournament. photo courtesy of the TJ Aristocrat. [Read more...]  Read More →

Living/Arts

Green light for the Denver Auto show

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 [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

The Beat Goes On

The Beat Goes On

Spartan Michael Hagan knows the importance of listening to his heart. Sophomore Spartan Michael Hagan has overcome remarkable odds to be where he is today. photo by Sasha Mesropov [Read more...]  Read More →

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April 2014

morris-shererDear Spartan parents and students:

We are very saddened to learn that one of our students, Xavier Nolasco-Ramirez, passed away over the weekend. Xavier was a 10th grader at our school this year. We have been in touch with his family to offer support and condolences and to let them know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

Because some of our students may be deeply saddened by this news, I wanted to let you know that we have a grief counseling team available to assist students in coping with their feelings and concerns.

You may wish to discuss further with your son or daughter about death and grief. The following signs may indicate that your son or daughter is having difficulty, but with time they should decrease. Signs of stress:

• Most importantly, marked changes in usual ways of behaving, including decline in school productivity or mood changes
• Changes in sleeping or eating problems
• Disorganization
• Withdrawing behaviors
• Easily distracted
• Physical symptoms
• Acting out behavior, including aggression
• Passivity or listlessness• Tearfulness
Our school’s Psychologist, Natalie Koncz, Social Worker, Samanda Davis, and School Nurse, Betty Richmeier are also available for support and may be contacted at 720-423-7000. Please do not hesitate to contact us if needed.

Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Principal

 

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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Spartan Spotlight: Dylan Holt

holtWhat’s your favorite…
Food?
  I really like cornbread.
TV Show? Boondocks.
Band?  The All-American Rejects
Memory at TJ?  Homecoming, because it was really fun. There was a lot of dancing- sometimes too much dancing – and seeing Mr. Jackson DJing was cool.
Subject?  Intro to Lit with Mrs. Gerlits
What activities are you in?  Right now, just basketball, but I’m also in football and track.
If you could live in any time period, what would it be?  The 80s, because I like their big afros and their music.
What are two random facts about you?
1.   I like cheese.
2.  I don’t like cake.
Where do you want to go to college? Tennessee. I love their colors, and most of my family is from Tennessee.
What’s your life philosophy?  Perform under pressure.

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Spartan Spotlight: Troy Fangmeier

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What’s your favorite…
Food? Spaghetti, because it’s what my mom always makes.
TV Show? The Big Bang Theory because Sheldon is really funny.
Band? Maroon 5 because it’s a combination of newer music and old styles of music.
Memory at TJ? C-Team basketball freshman year, because I feel like we had great chemistry as a team.
Subject? Literature, because it uses the logic you need from things like math and the creative side as well.
What activities are you in? I played basketball through junior year and I’m in SkillsUSA.
If you could live in any time period, what would it be? Probably the future because it would be interesting to see the new technology.
What are two random facts about you?
1. My favorite color is blue
2. I like to read
Where do you want to go to college? DU
What’s your life philosophy? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

 

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Spartan Spotlight: Henry Cooper

henryspotlightWhat’s your favorite…
Food? Probably Southern food, because I’m Creole. I have Southern origins.
TV Show? Workaholics, because it’s funny.
Band? GBE 300
Memory at TJ? Freshman year homecoming night.
Subject? Language Arts, because it’s the easiest class for me.
What activities are you in? I play basketball.
If you could live in any time period, what would it be? I’d say the modern era – now – because it’s not bad.
What are two random facts about you?
1. I love basketball
2. I have lots of shoes
Where do you want to go to college? I want to go somewhere in California, like USC.
What’s your life philosophy? I’d say it’s to accomplish all of my goals and be successful.

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News

Out With the Old, In With the New

TJ classes continue to grow and change in the upcoming school year.

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Jon Poole and the Social Studies Department will offer three new classes next year. photo by Savannah Orth 

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TCAP’s Are Done: Time For Fun

As we wrap up the week of TCAP testing Thomas Jefferson’s faculty decides to reward the school with a carnival filled with games, dodge ball, beverages and snacks.

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Members of the teachers dodgeball team from left to right, Kyler Jackson, Robert Selb, and Matt Santambrogio.

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Community

Frozen Masterpiece

Incredible Ice Castle opens in Breckenridge.

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Beautiful ice formations in Breckinridge, Colorado. photo: Sarah Andolsek

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The Capitol Almost Finished

It has been many years since the public has been able to go and view the capitol for the state of Colorado. Now that the work is almost finished, it may soon be open for the public use once again, for everyone to enjoy.

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The State Capitol of Colorado lit up at night. Photo by GirishDigital on neighbors.denverpost.com

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People

Master of a Unique Skill

Matt Santambrogio turns a hobby into a World Championship
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Matt Santambrogio hurling (left). photo courtesy of Matt Santambrogio

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A Spartan Alum Returns

TJ has the honor of hiring Danyelle Charles, a TJ graduate, to the take the lead of the office administrative staff.

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New TJ secretary Danyelle Charles. photo by Savannah Orth

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Editorial

Obsessed with iPhones

New technology offers both benefits and distractions to TJ students.

Are iPhones a blessing or a curse? Artwork by Tori Wallace

Are iPhones a blessing or a curse? Artwork by Tori Wallace

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Sports

Bracket Busters

The unpredictable Madness of March

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NCAA March Madness. Photo courtesy of NCAA.com

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Flying Her Way to State

Gonzalez splashes herself into State qualifications.

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Freshman swimmer Sydney Gonzales in front of her home pool. photo by Jay Wilson

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Living & Arts

First Impressions: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta

I was recently invited to the beta test of The Elder Scrolls Online, the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), and my conclusion is that it is one of the most promising new games around.

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The Dominion, Covenant, and Pact battle it out in The Elder Scrolls Online.
Artwork by Alex Villescas

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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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