Sad News Regarding TJHSST Assistant Principal

Dear TJ Families:

With deep sadness I share with you the news that TJHSST Assistant Principal Gary Grosicki died this past week following an extended illness.  Mr. Grosicki was a caring, thoughtful, and optimistic person with a wonderful sense of humor.  He was an amazing colleague and friend who will be greatly missed.

Although he had been a part of the TJ family for only two years, Mr. Grosicki was thoroughly devoted to the TJ community.  Those who knew Mr. Grosicki understood him to be a person of integrity and an innovator whose dedication to students, staff, and our school was an inspiration to all of us.  A career-switcher, he taught science at Cooper Middle School and then Woodson High School before joining our administrative team.  Mr. Grosicki had a positive impact on so many students and co-workers within FCPS.  His love of teaching and learning showed in the work he did each day. 

A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Grosicki will be held on Saturday, August 18, at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home located on 9902 Braddock Road. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with military honors to follow.  At this time we do not have information about donations, flowers or other tributes that may be arranged by the family. 

The Grosicki family extends heartfelt thanks to the many students and parents who have offered support and condolences over the past months.  It can be difficult talking to children about the loss of a school staff member. The National Association of School Psychologists has a website with excellent resources.  There are local resources available, as well:

  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline or call 703-527-4077
  • Merrifield Center Emergency: 703-573-5679
  • Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560
  • Dominion Hospital: 703-536-2000
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Support services will be available for students when they return on August 28. In the interim, should you or your child need support, our TJ counselors can be reached via email any time or by calling or visiting the school next week.  Please feel free to stop by in person over the next couple weeks if there are any needs that arise with you or your child regarding this news. 

Thank you for your support and understanding.  Our thoughts are with Mr. Grosicki’s family and friends during this difficult time. 




Dr. Ann N. Bonitatibus