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Current Clubs and Activities

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Sponsor: Teresa Dwire-Elliott

The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. It targets students in the academic middle–B, C, and even D students–with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

AVID places these students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.

Meeting Times: AVID is an elective class that meets daily

Big Brain Club

Sponsor: Brian Weaver

Check out the big brain website for more information on challenging your mind and achieving more while in high school:

Black Girls Rock Club

Sponsor: Bridget Couch

The goal of BGR is to empower young black girls by building self-esteem and self-awareness.  We will have speakers come to talk about hair and make-up etiquette, among other things.  At the end of the year we would like to have a fashion show!

Meeting Times: every other Friday during lunch; room 7

Book Club

The Book Club is a reading group for teens that meets to talk books.  Sometimes we discuss a book we have chosen to read as a group and sometimes we share the books we have chosen to read individually. We even talk about the latest movies based on popular YA titles.  We meet on Mondays during lunch.  Food, books, and conversation – what could be better?

Meeting Times: In the library on Mondays during lunch

BSA (Black Student Alliance) Club

Sponsor: Danny Showers, 720-423-7161, Room 108

Interaction with school culture programs, Interaction with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s), Special Projects/Programs (i.e. Black History Month, Recognition Dinner Event, MLK Day Observance Activity), Planning and taking part in special school programs and projects).

Meeting Times:  Meets each Friday through the school year at lunch in Mr. Showers room. Room #108.

Colorado Young Leaders

Sponsor: Samanda Davis

An incredible opportunity for you to find out and develop what you’re passionate about and meet volunteer hour requirements in a fun, meaningful way with your friends. This program serves hundreds of high school students throughout the Denver Metro area, and has a unique relationship with TJ.

  1. Get trained on leadership curriculum endorsed by the University of Denver’s Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP).
  2. Align with CYL-led service adventures or connect you with nonprofit organizations that interest you.
  3. Use CYL’s service learning model to help reflect upon and grow from your experiences.

The goal of CYL is to create strong leaders who positively contribute to our community, help meet school requirements, become better positioned for college acceptance and–most importantly–have a ton of FUN!

There is no cost to join, and most volunteer opportunities have no cost to participate (some extra special opportunities do have a cost, though scholarships are available). Just show up, meet some amazing people and volunteer for the projects that speak to you. For more information and to set up a profile to track your hours, go to

Meeting Times: Learning Exploration Meetings (LEMs) occur the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 7pm-8:30pm located at the Statera Corporate Office, 6501 E. Belleview Ave, Englewood, CO 80111. Volunteer opportunities occur on the weekends.

Dance Team

Sponsor: Brittany Penn

Students with rhythmic talent join together to choreograph dances and perform them at school activities.

Meeting Times: During lunch twice a week


Sponsor: Matt Nicolo, Lead Advisor

Danny Showers, Co-Advisor

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With over a 60 year history, DECA has touched the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals. Their strong connection with our organization has resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

Check out the TJ DECA website for more information:

The Mission of DECA:  “To enhance the co-curricular education of students with career interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship through leadership programs, publications, information technology, conferences and competitive events.”

Meeting Times: We have monthly Chapter meetings and Officer Meetings every other Wednesday at lunch.

Sponsor: Robin Johnson


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Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Sponsor: Kyler Jackson and Rossanda Jackson

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

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GSA- Gay Straight Alliance

Sponsor: Linda Estlund

The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation, and work to end homophobia and other instances of prejudice, discrimination and intolerance. We function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. In addition to support, we work on educating ourselves and the broader school community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. We sometimes bring in outside speakers to cover a particular topic such as GLBTQ history or bullying. The GSA also organizes educational workshops, panels, and pride celebrations and celebrates specific annual events such as Ally Week and Day of Silence.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays during lunch

Guitar Club

Sponsor: Jenn Sonheim


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Hispanic Latino Student Club

Sponsor: Lynne Valencia

Description: We partner with Affiliates across the city of Denver to serve Hispanic/Latinos of Thomas Jefferson High School in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing. We believe in fighting for our community and for an America where economic, political, and social advancement is a reality for all Hispanics/Latinos.  This is an organization for people who are Hispanic/Latino OR for people who appreciate Hispanic/Latino culture. If you fall into one of these categories, then this is the club for you!

Meeting Times: Wednesdays at lunch in Mrs. Valencia’s room 218

Interact Club

Sponsor:  Danny Showers, 720-423-7161, Room #108

International, National and Local Community Service Projects.  Student auxiliary of ROTARY International.  (The Denver Tech Center Rotary Club).

Meeting Times:  Meets each Monday through the school year at lunch in Mr. Showers room.  Room #108.

Jazz Band
Sponsor: Robin Johnson


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Sponsor: Maj. Dennis Campbell, SFC Scott Johns, CW4 Charles Gaines

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Rifle teams:  Varsity-MAJ Campbell; JV-SFC Johns; C team-Campell/Johns

Drill Teams:  Chief Gaines; Drill-SFC Johns; HP-MAJ Campbell

Staff: MAJ Camp, SFC Johns, Chief Gaines

Summer camp: MAJ Camp, SFC Johns, Chief Gaines


Meeting Times: JROTC is an elective course and is part of your daily schedule. The drill and rifle teams meet after school. Exact schedule will be posted at the start of the school year.

Karate Club

Sponsor: Sean Silvers

A club designed for beginners to improve concentration, focus, confidence, health, and self-defense in an ever more dangerous world.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15 in room 223

Ladies of Value (LOVE)

Sponsor: Mr. Poole

Co-Sponsor: Anette Bowser

A group of young ladies developing into young women through authentic life skills, one-on-one mentoring and programs designed to prepare the young ladies for life as an adult.

Meeting times: TBD

For more information please contact Ms. Bowser at

Legion of Sparta

Sponsor: Sara Andolsek

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National Honor Society

Sponsor: Dana Starbuck (Chapter Advisor)

Every spring Juniors and Seniors are invited to apply based on a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Can get 5 credits of independent study for Humanities.

Meeting Times: Will be posted at the start of the school year, email Dana Starbuck for more information.

Photography Club

Sponsor: Will Forrester


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Sponsors: Matthew Santambrogio/ Matthew Spampinato/Sara Andolsek/Eileen Adair

The TJ Robotics Club is the after-school extension of lab work time for our FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Robotics Challenge, and BEST robotics competition teams.  To gain membership in the club, students must also be enrolled in a TJ Robotics Class, and fill out a membership application with one of the sponsors.

Shakespeare Club

Sponsor: Jenn Sonheim


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Skills USA

Sponsor:Jerry Esparza

SkillsUSA at TJ is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel in leadership and technology skills. The current skills participation is 3D, Web Design Video, Photography, and Programming.  This student chapter meets about once a month on Thursday during lunch to organize community service, social events, fundraisers, and conduct technical competition. If you want to join, see Mr. Esparza who is the advisor for SkillsUSA at TJ.

Check the TJ Skills USA website for more information:

Meeting Times: Once a month on Thursday

Slam Poetry

Sponsor: Jennifer Stephenson

Slam Poetry is performance poetry. In this club, we will be writing, workshopping, crafting and performing original poetry. We will also have guest speakers from Denver’s vibrant Slam Poetry community visit the students and assist with the writing process. We will enter Slam Poetry competitions such as the DPS district wide slam poetry competition.

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Smash Brothers

Contact: Mr. Fornstrom

Smash Brothers is a student-run club in which students organize and host video game tournaments.  If students would like to continue the club, they should coordinate details with Mr. Fornstrom.

Meeting Times: After School

Speech and Debate

Sponsor: Lauren Palek

Speech and Debate club is open for anyone looking to build communication skills and make new friends!  We will learn about the rules of speech and debate, the procedures of competition, and overall how to debate and give a speech.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays during lunch in Ms. Palek’s room


Sponsor: Tambyr Reed

Theater is an exciting place where you can come together to create something truly amazing and special! The audition and interview process begins in the late fall-November. Students wanting a part for the stage must prepare a 2-4 minute dialog from a play or musical. If the production for the spring is a musical, a second and third component are needed: dance and a prepared solo. Ms. Reed and the choreographer choose a section of music from the show, and teach the audition piece to the group. They then perform it in groups of 4-6 at a time. The vocal solo needs to be from a musical or disney movie and should showcase the range and beauty of each individuals voice. In total, there are three days of auditions, and if needed, call backs to read parts.  Judges deliberate, and results are posted. While the time commitment is huge, there is still opportunity to play a sport or work. All of those arrangements will be made case by case to the director, Ms. Reed.

If behind the scenes is your style, sign-up to interview to be a Tech Crew member or Hair and Make-up Stylist!

Hair and make-up is led by Gina Shearer, a professional and licensed beauty expert here in Denver. Her resume includes countless TJ shows, but several movie and runway productions. Before settling back in Colorado, Gina worked several years for Tony and Guy cosmetics. Such expertise really makes the show pop! Gina does make-up and hair classes for students that are selected to the team that include special effects make up, theatrical make-up, and some of the coolest hair styles ever!

Finally, Tech crew is the backbone to all of our shows. They provide the set, lighting, sounds, special effects, and costumes that bring a show to life. With upper-classmen student leaders, mentoring and teaching, students become well acquainted with the shop tools and safety, light board and special effects, sound and mic-ing techniques, and costuming for time period or era. Many adult volunteers join us to teach and support the crew as they build intricate and detailed sets.

All of this culminates with FOUR shows in March. Students rehearse 2-3 hours daily in addition to Saturday set building and preparation. The time spent together is priceless as lifelong friendships are fostered and created. It is a home within a home. We welcome everyone to join the team!

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Travel Club

Sponsor: Jenn Sonheim


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Unified:Basketball and Soccer – Unified Sports/Youth activation committee

Students of all abilities are welcome to join sporting events as well as a youth activation committee that is supported by Special Olympics of Colorado.

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Weights/Fitness Club

Sponsor: Coach Burns

Learn about safely and effectively using weights and enjoy other fitness activities after school.

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Sponsor: Will Forrester


Must be enrolled in Advanced Photojournalism to be on the yearbook staff

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Want to Start Your Own Club?

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Get together and start a club of your own. In order to be recognized as a official club at TJ, here’s what you need to do…

  • Decide the purpose and goal of your club
  • Find a Sponsor. This sponsor must be a TJ staff member
  • With your sponsor, decide your meeting times, goals, activities, and expectations
  • Inform Ms. Rice of your club and all the information you have collected
  • Recruit members and have fun!