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PTO

Thomas Jefferson High School Parent Teacher Organization
(AKA TJHS Partners)

Meeting Dates:  Please click here for the TJ Calendar to check PTO Meeting Dates.

Contact Us: 
For PTO inquiries, questions or to get involved, email us at TJHSPTO@gmail.com
For spirit store inquiries, email TJHS.Store@gmail.com
To mail in checks or other financial support, use our mailing address of:

Thomas Jefferson High School Partners
6300 E. Hampden Avenue
Unit C, #212
Denver, CO 80222

Who are we?

TJ’s PTO is a group of parents, teachers, students and community members who support the schoolwide activities and programs that make TJ the DPS neighborhood high school of choice for Southeast Denver.

High school is a pivotal time for students and families, and one in which lasting memories are made. We invite you to get to know TJ’s PTO and become a part of this increasingly active school community, made stronger by our diverse backgrounds, talents and resources. We understand families are busy, but invite you to network, lend a hand, and make a difference at a time critical to student development. It’s how great high schools (and students!) are created and sustained.

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”
~Lily Tomlin

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What do we do?

The PTO’s mission is to support the educational experience at TJHS and to foster a stronger school community for students, parents and staff.  With this school year so very different from most other school years, we are rethinking how to do this. We are always open to new ideas and fresh perspective. We’d love to hear from you! Here is a sample of the ways we help the school community…

  • Welcome new families at the Newcomer Cookout in August.
  • Answer questions and provide resources for families getting to know TJ at Back to School Night, Ninth Grade Orientation and Middle School information Nights.
  • Support student events such as Homecoming with snacks and chaperones.
  • Raise money to fund Classroom Grants.
  • Provide meals to teachers and staff to show our appreciation.
  • Sell spirit wear to encourage Spartan Pride.

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How do I get involved?

Your involvement in any capacity is important and appreciated. We are successful because of your behind-the-scenes contributions, large and small. It all adds up to a stronger community. An engaged parent body is nearly always associated with higher test scores, a stronger school community and more successful students.

Little time or no time? You can still make a difference.

Attend a meeting. Volunteer. Donate. Sign up. It’s easy to find ways to help TJ that also work with your schedule.

  • Provide goodies for a staff luncheon.
  • Donate your time to support a special event.
  • Serve on a committee that suits your time and talents.
  • Become a member of the board or simply attend meetings.
  • Contribute financially to support our goals and mission.
  • Connect the school to important community resources and opportunities.
  • Ask your employer if they have a matching fund donation program.
  • Register for the King Soopers Community Reward Program
  • Select Thomas Jefferson High School Partners on Smile.Amazon.com for your online shopping needs.
  • And so on!
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Current PTO Leadership

The PTO Executive Board members include the officers, the Spirit Store Managers and At-Large Members. Additionally, there are PTO Committees that support the work we do. For the 2020-2021 school year, the leadership roles are filled by the following parents…

Officers
President: Eileen Robinson
Vice President: open
Treasurer: Teri Hetzel
Assistant Treasurer: Wassila Hamitouche
Secretary: Krista Zizzo

Spirit Store Managers
Carrie Oss and Karla Henke

Members-At-Large
Class of 2021: John Trujillo
Class of 2022: Brooke Bolinske
Class of 2023: Janet Willson
Class of 2024: Megan Perkins

Committee Chairs
Online Auction: Megan Perkins
Hospitality/Teacher Appreciation: Suzy Stone
Food Bank: Megan Perkins, Suzy Stone
Communications Coordinator: open

Class Sponsors
Class sponsors facilitate community building and fundraising for class specific activities.
2021: Parents: Teri Hetzel, Colley Moe | Staff: Elizabeth Lynch, Jason Klimczak
2022: Parents: Julie Rubin, Marlene Talavera | Staff: Jillian Gleason, Maggie Kennedy
2023: Parents: Christy Jordan, Catherine Poirier |Staff: Rebecca Taylor
2024: Parents: Dyanna Spicher | Staff: TBD

Forms and Applications

Classroom Grant Requests
PTO’s mission is to enhance and support the educational experience at TJHS. With that goal in mind, PTO has budgeted $10,000 to distribute as Classroom Grants! Do you know a teacher or staff member who may have a need for grant money? It’s time for any staff member to submit a request for a PTO Grant to help their students in whatever class or activity they lead. Last year, grants were used towards classroom supplies, travel to national competitions, local field trips and to enhance the art, theater and music programs.

 Submit grant requests using this Grant Request Form.

Questions? Please contact TJ PTO Chairs at tjhspto@gmail.com.

Meeting Minutes