Big Wish, Tiny House

December 19, 2014 by ·  


Volunteer helps in building Avery Becker’s wish.

Make A Wish Foundation helps a Spartan’s dream come true. Read more

Toy Story

December 18, 2014 by ·  


Graphic by Alex Villescas. TJ hold its second annual toy drive.

TJ participates in its second toy drive for Children’s Hospital. Read more

Expanding the TJ Family

December 15, 2014 by ·  


Gifts donated to Adopt-a-Family. photo by Thomas Silverstein

TJ’s DECA program leads an effort to help families in need. Read more

An Advocate for Her Students

December 15, 2014 by ·  


Mollie Pitrone is a unifying force at TJ. photo by Sasha Mesropov

Mollie Pitrone is more than just a Special Education teacher.
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‘Tis the Season to be Crafty

December 13, 2014 by ·  


Thomas Jefferson’s holiday fair returns on December 13th for its 26th year. artwork by Kathryn Lepry

A favorite festive TJ tradition brings new changes. Read more

Shopping and a Show

December 12, 2014 by ·  


Director Tambyr Reed is spearheading the event on December 12th. photo by Anja Oss

TJ theater will perform for shoppers at Barnes and Noble to raise money for their program. Read more

Thomas Jefferson’s Art Show

December 8, 2014 by ·  


TJ’s art show opens on Tuesday, December 9th. artwork by Ericka Herrera

Students shine once again in the annual art show. Read more

TJ Lockout

December 3, 2014 by ·  


December 4, 2014

Message from the Principal

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TJ DECA: the Standard By Which Others Are Measured

December 3, 2014 by ·  

Nine DECA members qualified to represent TJ at the upcoming state competition.


Seven of the state qualifiers pose with their plaques: (back row: Dylan Pietrs, Jeffrey Torres, Natalia McKnight, Brienne Gilbert; front row: Nick Herlihy, Nancy Enriquez, Sabrina Winger). photo by Carmen Hernandez

On Friday, November 14, six high schools (Arapahoe, Centaurus, Denver East, Heritage, Littleton, JFK and TJ) took part in the DECA District 3 Leadership Development Conference held at the Johnson and Wales Denver campus. TJ DECA members had been preparing for the District competition for one month.

More than 400 students competed at Districts, all hoping for the chance to represent their school at the DECA State Leadership Conference at the luxurious five star location, the Broadmoor Hotel, in Colorado Springs. The DECA State Leadership Conference has been held at the Broadmoor for the past 40 years. Students who compete in the State event and qualify for nationals will then compete at the International Career Development Conference held in Orlando, Florida.

In the Districts competition, each competitor took a 100 question exam in one of the five cluster fields: Finance, Marketing, Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality and Tourism. Students also participated in two role plays based on their event. In a role play, the student is given a role in a company and given a situation that needs to resolved. Students have ten minutes to read the role play and take notes. After ten minutes, the students walk into the competition room where they present their role play to the judge and are scored on their ability to answer the performance indicators. There are individual events ranging from Apparel and Accessories to Sport and Entertainment, and team events ranging from Business Law and Ethics to Travel and Tourism.

TJ DECA is directed by marketing instructor and DECA advisor Matthew Nicolo and DECA advisor Danny Showers. For the past month, Nicolo has focused on teaching and reviewing the basics of the competition. In order to be well prepared for the competition, the students took various practice exams and role plays. Nicolo has also prepared the competitors by teaching them skills that they can not only use in competition but also in real life, such as how to shake hands properly and how to act in an interview. Competitions are not only a chance for TJ DECA members to put into practice the skills they learn in Nicolo’s marketing classes, but also a chance for them to socialize with other DECA members from the other schools.

TJ had 53 competitors total, and nine Spartans qualified for state: Nancy Enriquez, Ilan Eshkenazi, Brienne Gilbert, Nick Herlihy, Natalia McKnight, Dylan Pietrs, Bryce Settles, Jeffrey Torres, and Sabrina Winger. This will be the second time that McKnight and Gilbert participate in the state competition, and the third time for Enriquez and Winger. Senior and first year DECA member Dylan Pietrs stated, “I loved it! I felt confident going in and it showed in my results in qualifying for state. DECA really introduced me to a lot of aspects of the business world and it inspired me to major in business in college.”

Although nine students qualified for State, there are some students who qualified as an alternate in their event and others who will be writing a manual for the upcoming competition. “I thought we did great! The biggest thing is that I don’t want anyone to feel pressure to win,” explained Nicolo. “I want them to do their best and get experience so the next time that they’re in an interview situation or they’re dealing with an adult in a business environment, I want them to feel confident that they know what to do. That’s really what Districts is all about.” The DECA State Leadership Conference will take place February 22-24.

Help for the Holidays

November 21, 2014 by ·  


The TJ community stepped up to help those in need. photo by Jerry Esparza

The SkillsUSA annual food drive is a success for the Thomas Jefferson community.

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