Curriculum Night, Workload Survey, Summer School

Curriculum Night January 17, 2018

As we enter scheduling season for the 2018-2019 school year, we invite parents to attend our Curriculum Night next Wednesday, January 17, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Staff will be on hand for parents interested in learning more about specific courses.  This is a night to learn broad information about curriculum, not a session to meet individual teachers to talk about your child's class like Back to School Night. 

There will be brief presentations provided by each of the departments at structured intervals and they will repeat hourly.  The evening is designed to be a drop-in opportunity, so please join us as your interests and schedule permit.

6:007:00, and 8:00 pm – Science & Technology (Cafeteria)

6:157:15, and 8:15 pm – Math & Computer Science (Library)

6:307:30, and 8:30 pm – English & Social Studies (Lecture Hall)

6:457:45, and 8:45 pm – World Languages, Art, Music (Center downstairs hallway)

All information being shared is also available on the TJHSST department webpages.

Students will review the same information on February 2nd during 8th period during our annual Curriculum Fair for students.

Student Workload Survey

As part of our 2017-18 School Improvement and Innovation Plan (SIIP), the TJHSST leadership team and staff are continuing a systematic study of course workloads.  We hope our work in this area will help 1) alleviate academic stress;  2) improve and align student, staff and parent perceptions of fair and consistent grading practices; 3) improve and align student, teacher and parent perceptions of meaningful and beneficial homework; and 4) enhance dialogue among students, teachers and parents.

Using feedback from parents, teachers, and the school accreditation teams that visited TJ last year, we have designed several surveys to gather information about the perceptions of TJ students' workload.  This study has four phases:

1.       Survey teachers about the work they are assigning

2.       Survey a randomly selected group of students from each grade level about the work they are doing

3.       Analyze the similarities and differences between the teacher and student surveys

4.       Publicly report on our findings and course of future action

Earlier this week we emailed a link to a representative sample of students asking them to participate in our study.  This invitation was sent to their TJHSST and FCPS Google email addresses. If your child was selected, please discuss the importance of providing the requested information by next Friday, January 19, so we may have accurate student data to inform our practice.  If you have any questions about this study, or its implementation, please contact Assistant Principal Pam Gravitte (

Thank you,

The SIIP Goal 1 Team

Denise Castaldo, Malcolm Eckel, Pam Gravitte, Mark Hannum

Lee Ann Hennig, David Hill, Brandon Kosatka, Szilvia Oszko

Summer School Info 2018

Summer School information (dates, costs, course offerings, etc.) is now available online at:

Please note that registration for Summer School does not open until March 5, 2018.  Registration is online only through FCPS adult & Community Education Office.  No other types of registration will be accepted. 

Specific information about the TJHSST Middle & High School Institutes will be published as soon as details are finalized in the coming few weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact the TJHSST Summer School Principal via email