April 2015

April 9, 2015 by ·  

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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
Principal

March 2015

March 23, 2015 by ·  

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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

Principal

February 2015

February 23, 2015 by ·  

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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
Principal

January 2015

January 15, 2015 by ·  

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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
Principal

December 2014

December 11, 2014 by ·  

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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
Principal

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)

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

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

Attention all parents:

December 8, 2014 by ·  

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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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November, 2014

November 19, 2014 by ·  

morris-shererDear TJ families and friends,

Lots of good things are happening this fall! We are doing much better in daily average attendance. Last year at this time we were at 91.6% we are now at 92.1%!

Last week TJ DECA competed in the District 3 Leadership Conference. We qualified 9 competitors for the State Conference in February, with another 10 competitors as alternates in their events. We had a total of 53 competitors that competed in 19 different events. Congratulations to all of the competitors from Friday’s event, they definitely earned experience and represented TJ in a positive light to our community!

Thanks to Skills USA, many needy families will be provided with food for the upcoming holidays. They will have one more food drive before we leave for Winter Break.

Mark your calendars for our next CCTM and School Open House, which will be Tuesday, December 2 from 6-8 PM. Please share this with any prospective 8th grade families.

Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Artisan Fair that is sponsored by our PTO. This event will be Saturday, December 13 in our gym from 9-4. Please come out and support TJ with your holiday purchases.

We are proud of our students for their hard work and we are encouraging them to continue that hard work to finish off the semester on a strong note.

Thanks for your continued support!

Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Principal

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)

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

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

October, 2014

October 14, 2014 by ·  

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Dear TJ Families and Friends,

I have great news to report, TJ is now a GREEN school! This is a huge accomplishment and was really was a full school effort. Not only are we meeting the District expectations, we are exceeding in some areas like our AP pass rate. We had the largest gain of any traditional high school. I have always said that TJ is a hidden jewel of the Southeast, now the good news about TJ is finally getting out!

We had an all school assembly a few weeks ago and shared the great news with the student body. It wasn’t all cupcakes and music we really felt that students needed to know how they contributed to TJ’s success. So in sharing the good news of us going green, the entire administrative team shared our students helped us to make this huge gain and our expectations moving forward.

Some of the things we talked about that helped us gain this success were:

-Students coming to school every day, on time.
-Students going to classes prepared and ready to learn; being mentally present
-Students challenging themselves by taking AP and HR classes to better prepare for the rigor of college.
– Students advocating for help when they are struggling. We offer Office Hours every Wednesday, and tutoring sessions Monday-Thursday from 3-4 every week.
– Students understanding that to be a student athlete they must be strong student first. They must be eligible to play each week; good grades are a must at TJ.
-Taking advantage of the AP tutoring sessions that we run each week at school and the District sessions that are offered at TJ and other neighboring schools this winter and spring.

We are proud of our students for their hard work and we are proud of our teachers who never accept less then a student’s best. We are having our first Open House for CCTM and the entire school on Tuesday, October 14 from 6-8. If you know some 8th graders who are looking for a high school to call home, have them come and check out all the great things that are happening at TJ. TJ we are going from good to GREAT!

Thanks for your continued support!
Mrs. Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Principal

 

August, 2014

August 1, 2014 by ·  

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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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May 2014

May 15, 2014 by ·  

morris-shererDear Spartan parents and students:

We have a lot of gains to celebrate as we wrap up the year!

-Our overall attendance is 89.4%, which is a 1.2% increase from last year
-Our tardies are down 1.9% from last year
-Our student suspensions are down 143 from last year

It is evident that our students are really living the Spartan values that we’ve emphasized all year long. We are looking forward to even more gains and celebrations in the coming years as we continue to improve this community of learners and leaders.

Stay tuned for information regarding the 9th Grade Academy, which will be held Aug. 11-15, as well as the Freshman BBQ and other fun kickoff events in the fall.

Thanks for your commitment to making TJ great! Have a fun and safe summer, Spartans.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Morris-Sherer
Principal

 

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