Heartfelt Thanks, Challenge Success Program & Parent Workshop

A Heartfelt Thank You

Dear TJHSST Community:

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire community for supporting our staff, students, parents and the Kaushal family.  

The outpouring of care and love has been unparalleled.  Kind notes, timely treats, warm embraces and encouraging words have brightened our days. You have given us strength to heal, honor, and persevere. 

With deep appreciation,

Ann N. Bonitatibus



Dear TJHSST Community:

Welcome to the last quarter of the school year! 

We are now busily preparing for many events: academic competitions, final exams and AP tests, our last arts performances and athletic contests, annual events like tjStar and J-Day, prom and graduation.  While the closing weeks can be hectic, remember to take time to enjoy all that TJ has to offer.  

Throughout the year we have been exploring how students and staff can have balance in their lives.  A few month ago we conducted a survey regarding homework. The results will be shared with staff within the next couple weeks, followed by a presentation at the May PTSA meeting and with SGA. The data will help inform our instructional practices and student habits. We anticipate new goals will be developed and incorporated in next year's School Improvement and Innovation Plan.

Our focus on balance led us to research various programs that could be a fit for TJ. We are excited to announce we have been accepted as a Challenge Success school.

Challenge Success grew out of the Stressed-Out-Students Project at Stanford University. Challenge Success believes society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance.  Also, today's high-pressure culture can work against healthy child development. Therefore, the organization partners with schools, families and communities to broadly define success and implement research-based strategies for healthy and engaged students. 

We are in the first stages of identifying a representative team to train at Stanford University in September 2018.  Team members will include administrators, teacher leaders, student representatives and parent volunteers. More information will follow in the coming weeks.

The Challenge Success approach is broad in scope, which means we have the flexibility to tailor actions for our specific needs.  Ultimately, we want our students to learn about themselves and define what success means to each one of them as an individual.

We look forward to partnering with families, strengthening our commitment to balance and wellness, and inspiring joyful learning each day!


Ann N. Bonitatibus



Healthy Families Parent Workshop

TJHSST is pleased to host Promoting Healthy and Resilient Families: An Evening of Information and Connection on Thursday evening, April 26, from 5:00pm-6:30pm. 

Join TJHSST administration and clinical team, as well as the FCPS Director of Intervention and Prevention Services, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), Community Services Board (CSB), Crisis Link, and Children’s Regional Crisis Response (CR2) to learn about school and community resources.  

Please enter at The Dome.  Signs will direct you to the workshop location. Each of the participants will host booths for additional information.