Save the Dates & Summer Updates

Welcome to July! In a few weeks we'll be ready to open our doors to the 2018-2019 school year as we welcome approximately 480 new Colonials and 1300 returning students. Please read below for important news and calendar items.

SAVE THE DATES: Back to School

August 17: Teachers return

August 23: Freshman Orientation- more details will be sent in a couple weeks

August 28: First Day for Students

September 5: Back to School Night Sophomore and Junior Classes 5-7PM

September 12: Back to School Night Freshman and Senior Classes 5-7PM with Senior Information Night w/Counselors starting at approximately 7:15PM

September 14: Annual Back to School Bash with fun and games after school leading up to football game starting at 7PM 

Our TJHSST Parent & Community Volunteers Rock!

We recently submitted our volunteer data to FCPS. How many volunteers did we have this past year? An impressive 425! And how many hours did they record? A whopping 6,688!! Thank you to all who contribute so much to TJ!

Athletics News

Dear Parents and Students,  

Fall sports start Monday, July 30th  (football August 6th). All paperwork is due to Heather Murphy by July 27th. Coaches only collect the fall sports pass issued from Heather Murphy.

There are 2 ways to get a pass. You can mail all forms (VHSL physical, emergency care card) to Heather Murphy at TJ and then send an email with name and sport indicating that you mailed your forms and have completed the parent and student version online concussion education. Please DO NOT EMAIL FORMs. You can email if you have any questions.Ms. Murphy will then email you the Pass. 

Second, you can come in person to TJ and turn in your paperwork (VHSL physical, emergency care card) on Friday July 27th  from 9:30-5:30 in the Athletic Training Room (door 11).

If you are attending a summer green or yellow day for ALL sports, please turn your physical and ECC into the coach. You must have a valid physical to participate in green and yellow days starting July 1st.

Please refer to  for pass requirements, VHSL physical questions and fall tryout information. All information is under Files/Links.

Please see below for the best ways to stay in touch and get all the Colonial Sports information:

-Sign up for TJ’s News You Choose,

-Check our website,

-Follow us on twitter at @cab_tj and @tjhsst_at  

Go Colonials! 

Rusty Hodges, DSA

TJHSST Activities Office

703 750-8330

Challenge Success TJHSST Team

TJHSST is pleased to join the Challenge Success network of schools based on research out of Stanford University that addresses student balance and wellness. It's vital our students are not defined merely by a number in a GPA; rather, we want to focus on being a GPS, a steady guide.

We are excited to announce our complete team who will be trained and play an active role studying our school, devising next steps and implementing strategies that will enhance our overall climate.

The Lead Facilitator is Mark Forgash and Co-Facilitators are Malcolm Eckel, Mary Beth Kochman and Cindy Powell. 

The Implementation Team staff members are as follows: Jennie Fisher, Kerry Hamblin, Terry Hamrick, Christina Ketchem, Mark Gray-Mendes, Joey Porcelli, Jay Wickliff.

We also welcome students and parents to the lead facilitation team. The members were selected based on applications and final interviews. It was exciting to have 36 student and 19 parent applicants. Joining the team are parents Yolanda Theeke and Nicolae Costescu, both of whom have sophomores at TJ. Our students, in respective order from sophomore through senior, are Amber Garcha, Laney Moy and Ethan Phillips.

The faciliators, parents, students and Dr. Bonitatibus will attend training at Stanford in September. We look forward to reflecting on how we define success and how we can address concerns related to workload and balance.


PSAT News for Grades 9-11

Students in grades nine, ten, and eleven will take a Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on October 10, 2018. Ninth grade students will take the PSAT 8/9, which is specifically designed for eighth and ninth graders. Tenth and eleventh grade students will take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

 While only students in grade eleven are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, taking a PSAT in grades nine and ten provides excellent practice for taking the PSAT in grade eleven and for taking the SAT college entrance assessment.

FCPS will provide the PSAT 8/9 to ninth graders and the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth graders without cost. The cost of the PSAT/NMSQT for eleventh grade students will be announced in the fall, and students will register for the PSAT or PSAT/NMSQT at their schools. Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will receive fee waivers. 

The total testing time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the total testing time for the PSAT 8/9 is 2 hours and 25 minutes. Students with disabilities who are eligible for testing accommodations may require additional time for testing. Additional information about the test content can be found at the following webpages:

·         PSAT8/9:

·         PSAT/NMSQT:

Once students take the PSAT they have access to Khan Academy’s ( free online test preparation that is customized based on their PSAT scores. Eleventh grade students must pay for the test in order to receive a score report.

All tenth and eleventh grade students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP), the school will submit an online request to the College Board for accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT. Requests for accommodations must be completed and received by College Board by August 21, 2018. 

The online approval process is described at the College Board website ( Please contact our Student Services office if you have questions..