tjSTAR, Financial Obligations, Board Member to Host Gun Violence Town Hall

tjSTAR Proudly Celebrates Our STEM Research Community!


IBET and Senior Research Lab students shared research findings with classmates, parents, mentors and teachers. Our young scientists showed knowledge, enthusiasm, confidence and poise throughout the day. We are so proud of how our students have grown throughout the year! Our teachers have been amazing mentors.


The TJ gymnasium was filled with special guest presenters from the community. Here, the Smithsonian-George Mason University School of Conservation engages students with "save the species," challenging eco-friendly minds to use resources wisely and counter negative forces.


Dr. Sridevi Sarma, an accomplished electrical engineer and associate professor at John Hopkins University, served as the keynote speaker. She spoke first about her personal journey of successes, failures, and persistence. Next, she captivated students with modeling and estimation of neural systems in the brain relative to risk-taking decisions. Fun fact: Dr. Sarma is the first female keynote speaker in the history of tjSTAR.


Did you see the goats frolicking? This tribe of herbivores visited TJ and showed off their chomping skills when it comes to eradicating invasive plant species. Who knew what a vital role amino acids play in the plant environment and how goats are natural protectors of native flora?


tjSTAR would not have been possible without many minds, hands and hearts. Thanks to our student committee seen here finding a light on the stage. We'd also like to recognize lead teachers Ms. Sandstrom, Mr. Otani and Dr. Wu for their planning, as well as the support of the TJ Partnership Fund and all the speakers and sponsors! Tech support gets a shout out, too!

Student Financial Obligations

Thanks to all our students for being great stewards of TJ resources. We are so fortunate to have updated textbooks and equipment that maximize learning opportunities.

We also recognize accidents happen, items get lost or student forget to return things. Therefore, as we approach the end of the school year, we want to bring student financial obligations to your attention.

Obligation lists are posted outside the Finance Offices and in Franklin Commons.  Parents, please have your students check both lists, which have obligations identified by Student ID#, to make sure that there are no outstanding obligations. Below is a description of fees and how they can be paid:

Materials Obligations: These include fees for lost books, uniforms, etc., from previous school years.

Ø  Please submit your payment to the TJ Finance Office in the form of a check made payable to TJHSST or cash.  Exact amount is needed, as the Finance Office cannot make change.

Fee Obligations: These include class fees and AP test fees for students taking more than 6 AP tests.

 Ø  Online Payment Option:

Please log in to to pay your open invoices. 

Ø  On Campus Payment Option:

If you prefer to pay on campus or cannot pay through My School Bucks, please remit your class fees to your teacher and any AP test fees to Mr. Kosatka in Student Services.

Ø  Seniors: Please be sure to turn in all of your current textbooks or school property by Wednesday, June 6th.  Any materials not turned in by June 6th will result in a new obligation that will need to be paid before you pick-up your cap and gown on Friday, June 8th.

Student Panel Town Hall

On behalf of School Board member Sandy Evans, we are sharing information regarding a student town hall being organized by Delegate Kory and Ms. Evans. The topic is gun violence prevention and the town hall will be held on Monday,  June 4th 6:30 pm- 9 pm at Holmes Middle School Cafeteria. They are inviting various high school student groups who are advocating for gun safety and against gun violence to be a part of a student panel. School Board Member Sandy Evans &  Del. Kory will each make brief remarks and then ask for presentations from a student panel. You may find more information here.