TJHSST February 2020 Update

National School Counseling Week February 3-7, 2020

TJ School Counselors

Counselors Pictured Left to Right: Christina Ketchem, Kacey McAleer, Laurie Phelps, Sean Burke, Kerry Hamblin, Andrea Smith, Susan Martinez

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated this week to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.  Thank you to our terrific counseling team for all you do for our students, staff and TJ families!

TJ Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalists and Finalist

TJ would like to congratulate our Regeneron Science Talent Search semifinalists Sabrina Cai, Avyuk Dixit, Victoria Graf, Benjamin Kang, and Neeyanth Kopparapu. Among them, Victoria Graf has been named a finalist.  Each semifinalist, selected from nearly 2,000 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school. Finalists are chosen to compete in Washington, D.C in March where they will participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $250,000. Congratulations to all our students, their teachers and mentors in the community!

TJ Custodians Awarded 2019 Custodial Staff of the Year

TJ 2019 Custodial Staff of the Year

Pictured Left to Right: Andrew McCracken (Manager, Plant Operations), Rusty Hodges (Director for Student Activities, Building Logistics & Operations), Synde Johnson, Tico Barclay (Assistant Building Supervisor), Quang Phan Du, Beo Vo, Junpei Yuan (Building Supervisor), Sara Guerra Chirinos, Huynh Men, Ming Lu, Ann Bonitatibus (Principal)

Every year FCPS Plant Operations nominates one elementary, one middle, and one high school to receive the Custodial Staff of the Year award based on monitorings of school sites and TJ staff was selected based on their highly rated monitorings from 2019.  Congratulations to our extraordinary custodial staff!

Chili Cook off winners

Winners Pictured Left to Right: Vicky Plescow, Aubrie Holman, Ann Tipton, Laura Slonina

PTSA Hosted Chili Cook-off

On the January 27 Teacher Workday, the PTSA hosted a chili cook-off for faculty and staff with everyone enjoying the yummy food.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the chili cook-off and a special thanks to the PTSA volunteers for hosting the event.

Winners of the Chili Cook-Off

Tastiest Chili- Aubrie Holman

Spiciest Chili- Vicky Plescow

Most Innovative Chili- Laura Slonina

Best Turkey Chili- Ann Tipton

Virginia School Climate Survey

This spring our school, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, is conducting a school climate and school safety survey of students and staff.

The survey will ask questions such as how students feel about their school, how students get along with one another and their teachers, how students feel about school rules, their perceptions of their teachers’ willingness to help them, and how they feel about attending school. They will also be asked what kinds of teasing and bullying they may have observed at school and whether they have been bullied themselves.

The survey will be completed online using computers at school. The survey does not ask for your student’s name and all answers are anonymous. There is a copy of the survey available at school for your review.

All students in your son’s or daughter’s grade level will be eligible to participate in the survey. The survey is voluntary, and your student can decide not to participate. If you do not wish for your student to participate, please notify the school office by telephone or written correspondence by February 27, 2020. Questions may be directed to the Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka

Thank you for supporting FCPS in its initiatives to create and maintain a positive school climate.

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law (Code of Virginia, 22.1-273.2) requiring Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems.  These behaviors can begin as a child, and affect both girls and boys.  When discovered early, eating disorders are treatable. Read here for further information about myths and symptoms of eating disorders.

If you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your doctor, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below.

Additional resources may be found at:

Tips For Staying Healthy

FCPS continued to keep schools and parents up to date with information about the novel coronavirus. Risks remain low. Visit the FCPS website for Frequently Asked Questions.  If your child needs to miss school due to any illness, teachers are flexible and caring- they will work with your child regarding make-up work. 

Also, it’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu. Vaccination not only protects children and adults who get the vaccine, but also protects others who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness such as infants, young children, older adults and people with certain long-term health problems.

  • Practice healthy habits that stop the spread of flu (and other germs):
    • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds. 
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your upper sleeve. Use tissues and dispose of them properly.
    • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, when soap and water are not available (with supervision for younger children).
    • Do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces at home that people often touch. 

To stop flu from spreading to others, keep children home when they are ill. If your child has flu symptoms, he or she should remain home and away from others (including after school activities, sports teams, and social gatherings) until the fever has been gone for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), ibuprofen (Advil®) or other treatment) and symptoms are better. If your doctor or healthcare provider prescribes treatment for your child, follow all directions for taking the medicine.