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Principal's Newsletter

Principal's Newsletter

Thornton High School Newsletter January 2019

In this issue

  • Message from the Principal
  • Athletics Update
  • Recognition/News
  • Upcoming Events/News

“Transitioning to a new school can be a challenge, but becoming part of the THS community has been fun. In my short time at THS, I have come to love the positive school culture that is embraced by staff and students, alike. THS is full of school pride, which is especially evident when you walk through the halls on Spirit Days, during Trojan Tapout, and at Pep Rallies. On a daily basis, it is exciting to see my students support one another in my math classroom, as well as during outside activities. As a sponsor for Sources of Strength, I enjoy working with the students and staff to grow our school community and focus on the positive ways we can help each other.  I am happy to be a Trojan and look forward to what the Spring semester has in store!”

~ Alyssa Shissler, THS Math Teacher

I would like to begin by wishing our entire community a Happy New Year!  Although we have only completed a couple of weeks in 2019, I am confident that we are going to experience an outstanding second semester together!

As a staff we are committed to building positive, supportive, caring relationships with all of our students while supporting them to be prepared for their next steps after high school.  With this in mind I need to reiterate our cell phone expectations.  Per district policy, the use of cell phones during class is at a teacher’s discretion.  The majority of our staff have recognized that cell phone usage during class is negatively impacting our student’s ability to focus and learn.  As such, the majority of our staff are asking students to keep cell phones in their backpacks during class.  All staff members have explained their cell phone expectations to students during the first few days of the semester.  Thank you for talking to your student about the importance of being focused during class and reminding them to follow the cell phone expectations.

We are also continuing to encourage all of our students to arrive to each class period on time and ready to learn.  This means students should be in their classes before the late bell sounds, with their supplies out, prepared for next steps.  As we all know, being on time to our respective jobs is a professional expectation.  We feel this expectation and encouragement prepares our students for their professional next steps.  Thank you for reminding your student about the importance of being prepared and punctual.

Finally, we continue to focus on school safety.  Our Trojans have been doing a fantastic job or having their student IDs on their person via a picture on their cell phone or their actual ID cards.  We continue to monitor our major access points to check IDs throughout the day.  Thank you for reminding your student to continue to always have their student IDs on their person.

We will be hosting parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, February 14th from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. in the field house.  It is critical that all parents attend conferences to ensure their students are on-track with credits for graduation.  This is especially important for all of our junior and senior parents. In addition to facilitating parent-teacher conferences, we will also be hosting a FAFSA workshop for any/all senior parents.  All senior parents should complete the FAFSA to help their student qualify for grants, scholarships, and student loans in the future.  If you would assistance with your FAFSA, please bring the following information with you on the 14th:

Your Social Security Number or your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
 Your 2017 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
Create an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically. - To create a FSA ID go to – please remember your username and password. Please create the FSA ID before FAFSA night.

As you know all of our freshmen and sophomore students will be taking the PSAT in early April.  Part of our state’s new graduation requirements requires students to earn a certain score on both the reading/writing and math section of the test.  Our juniors will be taking the SAT in early April.  The PSAT tests prepare our underclassmen for the SAT their junior year.  The PSAT and SAT scores are used for admission to two and four year schools after high school, scholarship opportunities, and more.  

We will be hosting a PSAT/SAT Prep program after school on Mondays and Thursdays during February and March to assist all interested freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in improving their scores on both sections of the test.  You will receive a letter via Infinite Campus Messenger with the specific program information and the directions on how to sign your student up for this support opportunity if you are interested.  You are also welcome to call the main office at 720-972-4800 for additional information.

Hang on as the second semester will be an exciting sixteen weeks!  As always, we appreciate your continued feedback and support!

Lady Trojans celebrating a victory!

Winter Sports Update:

Come catch some exciting basketball while the season is still going!!! The Lady Trojans are red hot with 10 wins this season. With three weeks left in the season, they are looking at a great finish in league this year. Put an alert in your phones now for February 15!! That's when the boys and girls varsity basketball teams tip-off against the Norse!! Girl's game starts at 5:00 pm and the boys will start at 7:00. See you there!

Spring sports are right around the corner! We will be hosting our Spring parent/player meeting on February 4th from 6-8pm. Join us to meet the coaches, get your schedules, and all other information related to the teams. It is also very important to attend because Mr. Woytek will be going over the new online registration process. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Woytek.


THS winning mural!  

Hispanic Latino Student Union Excels at Competition:

On Friday, December 7, 2018, the THS Hispanic Latino Student Union competed in the Journey Through our Heritage program hosted by Metro State University.  Our students earned first place honors in both the mural and theater portions of the competition!  

Please join me in congratulating the following students:
Theater competition:  Jenice Castillo for writing and performing in our skit, and Leslie Lopez, Moises Navarro, Victoria Escobedo for their performance of our skit. 
Mural: Jennifer Olivas and Juliet Hernandez for their original mural design around the theme of sacred food and for painting the mural.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize and thank our staff sponsors, Ms. Virginia D’Orazio, Ms. Shelly Garnett, and Mr. Andres Martinez.

Outstanding Instrumental Music Students Recognized:

We have two outstanding Instrumental Music students who have earned state recognition!  I would like to recognize Kiyah Vaughns-Vizzi for being selected to the Colorado All-State Honor Band and Roman Carillo for being selected to the University of Colorado Honor Band.  Kiyah and Roman join a small, select group of incredible instrumental musicians in these upcoming performances. Congratulations Kiyah and Roman for your outstanding instrumental abilities!


                                             Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
                                                     Friday, February 15, 2019 - No School for Students - Staff In-Service Day
                                         Monday, February 18, 2019 - No School for Students and Staff - President’s Day Observed