2011-2012 Senior/Graduation Info

February 3, 2012 by ·  

April 5, 2012: Announcement delivery, during lunch hour
April 13, 2012: Senior class panorama picture taken, time: TBD
April 13, 2012: Mr. TJ Pageant (Auditorium) 7:00 pm
April 20, 2012:  Senior Award verification deadline for Senior Award night program
April 21, 2012: Senior Prom – Museum of Nature & Science Atrium After Prom – Fat City [bus leaves TJ @ midnight]
May 2, 2012:
Graduation Mini-Rehearsal (Auditorium) During EXCEL time   *Required*
May 3, 2012
: Senior Awards (Auditorium) 7:00 pm
May 7 – 11, 2012: AP Testing
May 10, 2012: Last full day of school for seniors *Required attendance at all classes*
May 11, 2012
: Final Senior check-out 8 – 9:45 am
[Graduates will receive their cap & gown as well as their 14 graduation tickets at end of check-out]
May 16, 2012:
Graduation Rehearsal 9:00 – 10:30 am.  DU Ritchie Center at Magness Arena *Required*
May 17, 2012: Graduation Exercises, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at DU Ritchie Center at Magness Arena *Graduates must arrive by 6:00 pm*

**ATTENTION** The 2012 graduation venue has been changed to University of Denver, Magness Arena: 2201 E Asbury Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

Arena rules & regulations:
1. Does NOT ALLOW noisemakers or balloons of any kind.
2. Magness Arena employees will be conducting active security screening (i.e. open bag search and light pat down when entering the arena).

For questions please contact Thomas Jefferson High School 720-423-7000 or email Pam_Collins@dpsk12.org


SAT Prep Book Availability

September 10, 2008 by ·  

SAT Prep Books are now available in room 4, in the Tutoring classroom.
by Scott Bruskin 
photo by Manny Perez

SATGuide_SMALL.jpg    It’s never too late, or too early to get prepared for the SAT; however, the earlier the better when it comes to studying for this monumental test. Read more


April 15, 2008 by ·  

A program aimed at helping minorities with a passion for engineering.
by Andrew Craig
cabpeslogo.jpg     The Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) is one of many supplementary educational programs that pioneers new ways to teach youth the basic concepts of engineering, in an attempt to overcome one of society’s biggest engineering challenges: the under-representation of minorities in the field of engineering.

    Since its inception in 1980, CABPPES has devoted itself to solving that problem. One of the main solutions CABPES has pioneered is exposure. CABPES exposes its students to a variety of rudimentary concepts and principles that are related to engineering. A student who chooses to enroll, after hearing about and attending the opening meeting in late August, in the CABPES program has the opportunity to choose from a variety of classes, such as software design, civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, and electrical engineering. The CABPES “school year” begins with a potluck in September and ends with a banquet and bridge competition in May.  The classes take place nearly every Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The classes are taught by advisors, or qualified engineers who volunteer their time to teach the students. This school year, CABPES has approximately 100 students enrolled in one of its many programs, and also has 45 registered volunteers.
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Feed Your Mind, Rot Your Teeth in The Library

April 13, 2008 by ·  

At TJ reading can lead to tooth decay.
by Vince Crespin
photo by Manny Perez
Candy.jpg     TJ Librarian Sudi Stodola has implemented a new program called “Feed Your Mind Rot your Teeth,” in order to get students more involved with the library and reading, by rewarding the student’s sweet tooth.
    The way it works is that students are helping out in the library by submitting book reviews for other people to see, so that potential readers can find books suggested by their peers. Each student who wishes to receive his or her sugar reward fills out a book review of either a favorite book, or of one recently checked out. However, in order to receive the candy, the reviews must be of quality, as determined by the library staff.
    “We want to support reading within the school and reward the kids for it; however, it needs to be of good quality, otherwise they won’t receive the candy, and that would be a waste of my time and theirs… as well as a waste of paper,” said Stodola.
    While any book can be reviewed, the longer books and higher reading levels are preferred. Books that have already received reviews include Falling Up, Blood and Chocolate as well as various other books. Once a student has completed the necessary “recommended reads” form, it will be posted in the library for others to see, and read the reviews.
     “The reason I started this program is because I know students communicate to each other about what good books are out there, instead of getting it from the teachers, so I figured I would get it straight from them. This way provides forums for the students to share their favorite books. It helps me out to know what kids are reading. Books winning awards doesn’t necessarily mean everybody wants to read them. However, they are award winners for a reason,” commentated Stodola.
     The program was started the week of March 21st and has already gotten a number of reviews and the staff has high hopes for the program. Manny Perez is one of the students who has already submitted multiple reviews. “It’s just that the library plays host to a lot of under appreciated books that kids really need to read,” said Perez.
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