September 23, 2015 by ·  

morris-shererIt is really hard to believe that we are fully in the fall of the year! Our world at TJ has been full of Homecomings, dances, football, soccer, cross country, volleyball, tennis, golf and gymnastic competitions! The level of spirit this year is incredible, thanks to the newly formed Legion of Sparta. This is a new group,  spearheaded by new Activities Director, Ms. Sara Andolsek, which leads the charge of building spirit for athletic and social events this year at TJ. This group gets messages to the student populace as to what color to wear to show spirit at the games and helps to keep the crowds engaged by helping to lead cheers for our teams. It is quite an experience to be a part of the sporting events at TJ this fall!  As October has arrived, there are a number of events that you will not want to miss!

October 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – All school Open House and TJ garden produce sale.
October 7 and 8, 3:30-7:30 p.m. – Parent Teacher conferences
October 19 and 20 – No school for students
October 30– 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Street for our feeder elementary schools and for our neighbors
Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

August 2015

August 23, 2015 by ·  

morris-shererWelcome back!

Back to School Night Agenda for Thursday, September 10:

5:00 -5:30 p.m. – Meet the Principal and pick up Schedules (Auditorium and Gym)

5:30 -7:00 p.m. – Parents and students visit classrooms according to schedules (10 minute periods with 4 minute passing)

TJ had a great year with so many accomplishments! We again set the bar very high for our students and they continue to rise to the challenges! We increased our overall attendance by 2.2%. We ended the year with a 91.6% daily attendance rate with the SPF expectation of 90% or higher, as meeting the standard. Tardies held steady at 1.1%. We improved in 14 out of 19 areas we tested for AP and we are holding steady with our ACT scores. We saw great growth in our spring finals overall.

Please click here to read more about successes and expectations for the upcoming school year.

It promises to be another successful year!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

June 2015

June 4, 2015 by ·  


We made it!

Thanks to all of the students, parents, faculty and staff who have made this year such a success.

We are very proud of all the hard work and accomplishments this year. We saw exciting gains on our ACT scores (more on that in the fall) and are looking forward to even more successes in the 2015-16 school year.

There are some important dates coming up; please see below for more details. Stay tuned for information about our upcoming annual July workday/campus cleanup. We’d love to have many helping hands for that! Additionally, please stay tuned (in July) to more details regarding fall registration.

Please note that all students have summer homework expectations for each of their classes. They can visit their teachers’ wikipages for more details.

Thanks again for all of your support as we move from Good to Great.

Have a relaxing summer!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

Summer School – June 8-July 17, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Mondays – Thursdays)
Freshman Academy – August 10-14, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration (seniors only) –August 11, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration (juniors only) –August 12, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration (sophomores only) –August 13, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration (freshmen only) –August 14, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Freshmen and Newcomer Barbeque – August 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Walk-in Registration (returning students only) – August 17, 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Walk-in Registration (newcomers only) – August 18, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
First Day of School for Freshmen – August 24
First Day of School for all other grades – August 25
Back to School Night – September 10
Fall Open House – October 1
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences – October 7 & 8
No School (teacher comp day) – November 2
CCT Magnet Open House – November 10

*Please stay tuned for more detailed information regarding registration.

May 2015

May 13, 2015 by ·  

Happy May!

There’s some new important legislation around the reduction of standardized testing that will impact our students moving forward in the next several years. Please click here to read more details from the Denver Post, and click here to read a message from Superintendent Tom Boasberg.

 Please continue to support us in our high attendance expectations in these final weeks. Our student attendance numbers are directly related to our SPF score, and we want to continue on our path from Good to Great.

This Friday, May 15th, there will be a shortened schedule due to the all school Talent Show and BBQ Bash to celebrate the end of the year. If you’d like to volunteer for the BBQ, please click here.

Graduation is just around the corner, on May 30th at 3:00 p.m. at DU.
We’re almost there! Thanks for your continued support.

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer


April 2015

April 9, 2015 by ·  


Greetings, Spartan Families!

There are many important and exciting things going on as we ramp up to the end of the year. Below are several key dates that we want families to know about, so read on for more information.Seniors- April 16th is your Senior Panoramic photo! Be here for that important day!!!

On April 28th, juniors will be taking the ACT test in the morning. All seniors in jeopardy of not having 92% attendance will be invited to attend that day for four hours (same duration as the test), and will use room 34 for study hall time. Apex seniors will be invited to come work with Ms. Spivey during that same timeframe, but no other students will be allowed in the building that day.

On May 27th from 5:30-7:30 pm we will be hosting an Orientation Night for incoming 9th graders. All students will be tested for correct math placement. Many TJ groups will be present to talk about various aspects of TJ life:
-PTO will be there to talk about volunteer opportunities
-current students will be there to talk about sports, electives and clubs
-Admininstration will talk about how to be a Spartan (daily expectations)
-Members of the Center for Communication Technology Magnet (CCTM) will be there to talk about the program

Incoming students will get schedules, get a general overview of their upcoming life as Spartans! There will also be an opportunity to sign up for 9th grade academy.

The TJ Paint Bucket Challenge is underway and making gains, but we’re still hoping for many donations from families! Please visit the library – the painting has been done and looks great, but we still need cool hip furniture for students to use while studying. Please click here to donate!

Thanks for all that you do to keep TJ moving from Good to Great!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

March 2015

March 23, 2015 by ·  


Parents, we need your help!

Please remember that if your student is 10 minutes late, that counts as an absence. We are all working hard to make sure that students are in class, not only to help our attendance rates and scores, but to help your students walk at graduation! This is a team effort. We will continue to have Saturday School (next session is Saturday, April 11, 8 a.m.-noon) as a consequence for those who cannot fulfill their attendance requirements.

Additionally, spring has sprung! We want to make sure that just because it’s warmer out, students continue to adhere to the dress code.

We hope that all students have a relaxing Spring Break and come back rested and ready for a strong finish. Thanks for your support with helping our school move from Good to Great!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer


February 2015

February 23, 2015 by ·  


February 13, 2014

We continue to be proud of our Spartans and the hard work they’re doing to keep TJ moving from Good to Great. In order to continue such positive trends school and district wide, participating in mandatory state testing is critical to our success.

Some of these tests are coming up during the week of March 9-13. We have created a block schedule that will accommodate both testing and regular classes during that week. Students will attend all classes and will test during their English and Math classes.

Please do your best to avoid scheduling doctors appointments, college visits, etc. during this important time for the TJ community.

Thanks for your continued support!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

January 2015

January 15, 2015 by ·  


January 15, 2015

Happy New Year!

We are so proud of our students for finishing off the semester on a strong note, and we’re looking forward to another semester of hard work paying off! There are a few important events coming up:

January 19: No School
January 23: Honor Roll Assembly, 2:00-2:45— 44% of our students made the Honor Roll!
January 28 and 29: Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:00pm (parents will receive student schedules in front lobby and have the chance to sign consent forms for their students to be treated in the Denver Health Clinic)
February 16 and 17: No School

Thanks for your continued support!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

December 2014

December 11, 2014 by ·  


December 11, 2014

We are so proud of our students for continuing the hard work to finish off the semester on a strong note. We are almost there! Next week students will have final exams Monday – Wednesday. The detailed schedule is below. We hope that once exams are finished, all of our Spartan families are able to relax and enjoy their holidays together.

Thanks for your continued support!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer

December 2014 Finals Schedule

Monday, December 15th
Study Time: 7:30 to 8:00
Period 2: 8:00 to 9:30 (Final)
Period 3: 9:40 to 11:10 (Final)
Period 4: 11:20 to 12:50 (Final)
Lunch: 12:50 to 1:50
Test make-up and teacher conferences: 1:50 – 3:00

Tuesday, December 16th
Study Time: 7:30 to 8:00
Period 6: 8:00 to 9:30 (Final)
Period 7: 9:40 to 11:10 (Final)
Lunch: 11:10 to 12:40 (Finals Make-up)
Test make-up and teacher conferences:12:40 to 3:00

Wednesday, December 17th
Study Time: 7:30 to 8:00
Period 1: 8:00 to 9:30 (Final)
Period 8: 9:40 to 11:10 (Final)
Lunch: 11:10 to 12:40
Test make-up and teacher conferences: 12:40 to 3:00 (Finals Make-up)

Test make-up and teacher grading: 7:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Test make-up and teacher grading: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Attention all parents:

December 8, 2014 by ·  


December 8, 2014

As many of you have seen in the media this past week, students from a number of Denver schools, including ours, have staged protests in response to events in Ferguson, MO, and elsewhere.

We are deeply grateful for the support of the Denver Police to keep our students safe as they participated in the demonstration last week.

The message our students have sent us through these walkouts and in our conversations with them is very clear: They want more opportunities in our schools to talk about race and social justice issues, to learn from these national conversations and affect positive change in our community – and we must do more in our classrooms and throughout our schools for meaningful and productive dialogue on these issues. DPS has provided us with a number of resources to help us guide these discussions and work with our student leaders to plan in-school classroom conversations, lessons and activities.

At this point, we ask you to join us in encouraging your students to remain in school where they can assist in planning opportunities to discuss these important issues. The safety of our students is of primary concern and the best place for them to be during the school day is in school. We also want our students to be aware that there are consequences of being out of the classroom for protests and demonstrations, including unexcused absences and lost learning time. Please know that we will be following our normal process for unexcused absences and any consequences that result from them.

I know that conversations about race and social justice are difficult to have and I appreciate your support and partnership. This article provides helpful tips for parents talking to children of all ages about the shooting in Ferguson. I hope you find it helpful as you talk with your students this week.

Principal Suzanne Morris-Sherer

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