TJHSST First Week of School Report!

Message from the Principal

Dear TJHSST  Families,

Thank you for a spectacular opening week! By day three we had steadily improved transportation and meal services, with nearly flawless execution by the end of the week. We are also proud to have highly qualified teachers and volunteers in all of our classrooms. Students are forming friendships and connecting with their teachers each day. Most of all, teaching and learning are happening in earnest. Our students report that they've had a great start to the year!

We look forward to you joining your children’s teachers at our in-person Back to School Nights. Details are below, and if you are unable to join us in person, please email your teacher. You can also view all of our curriculum information here.

Please continue to complete forms needed for the start of the school year. Before we know it, Homecoming will be upon us! Until then, plan to join us at our Back to School Bash next week, Thursday, September 1.


Dr. Ann N. Bonitatibus

Proud Principal, TJHSST 

Back to School Night Information

Back-to-School Night for parents/guardians of the class of 2023 (12th grade) and class of 2026 (9th grade) is this Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. Back to School Night for parents/guardians of the class of the 2024 (11th grade) and class of 2025 (10th grade) is on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. 

In preparation for this event, 9th and 12th grade families will receive two emails from us this weekend:

  1. An E-Notify from Communications Specialist Mike Roth - This will come later on Friday, Aug. 26 from the email address It will contain all the logistical information about Back-to-School Night, including the full schedule of events, parking, all the different informational booths that will be available.
  2. Your Child's Schedule - This will arrive over the weekend from the email address It will contain your child's full schedule from period 1-7. This information is also available on your SIS ParentVue account. 

For our 10th and 11th grade families - you will receive both of these emails after Labor Day in preparation for the Sept. 8 Back-to-School night.

Opening Week Photo Gallery

It's been a busy two weeks for students and staff alike! Last week we had teacher meetings and new student orientation. This week we had our first week back with our students! Take a look at some of the sights from the past two weeks!

Collage from Opening Weeks of SchoolCollage from Opening Weeks of School

Reminder - Parents/Guardians Need to Provide Consent for Students to Use FCPS-Approved Online Tools

For teachers to have the resources they need to provide engaging instruction, we must have parental consent for your child to use FCPS-approved online tools listed as part of our instructional program. If you have not already done so, this consent must be provided ASAP. Please visit this link to review the list of resources and visit this link to provide your consent.

Make Sure You Can Access SIS ParentVue

This is a friendly reminder about your SIS ParentVUE account. SIS ParentVUE allows you to view attendance, class schedules, discipline, health, report cards, and school informationWe hope that you will use this tool to help facilitate your child's education. If you have not already activated your parent account, please do so as soon as possible. If you need an activation key to create the account or have forgotten your username, please create a Parent Support Request

How to Reset Your SIS ParentVUE Password

If you have forgotten your password, use the following link. On the login page, click More Options and Forgot Password:

Reminder - Required Forms

As a reminder, here are some required forms that parents/guardians will need to fill out at the beginning of the school year.

  • Health Information Form and Emergency Care Form (Online Submission)
    • These are required and provide us with necessary health and emergency contact information for your child. The forms can be filled out via weCare@School, which can found in SIS ParentVUE. Instructions on how to fill them out can be found at the link above. If you need a hard copy of either form please contact Communications Specialist Mike Roth at
  • The Residency Verification Form (Online Submission)
    • This online Google Form needs to be filled out at beginning of the year. You will need to use your student's account to access the form.
  • FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Guide (Hard Copy or Online Submission in ParentVue)
    • All students will receive a hard copy of this guide by the beginning of September. Please review with your child who will return the parent signature sheet once you receive the hard copy.  The parent signature sheet will be due Sept. 30.
  • TJ Honor Code (Online Submission)
    • Once the school year has begun, students need to fill out the above Google Form acknowledging they have read and understood the TJ Honor Code.

Reminder - Optional Forms

As a reminder, here are some optional forms that parents/guardians can choose to fill out at the beginning of the school year.

  • Medication Authorization Form (Hard Copy)
    • Does your child need to take medications during the school day? This form needs to be completed and dropped off at our clinic. If you have any questions about this, please contact our public health nurse Sui Spade at
  • FLE Opt Out Forms (Hard Copy)
    • These are optional if you want your child to opt out of Family Life Education. Go to the link above and print out the form for your child's grade level. A hard copy of this form must be returned to the main office.
  • The 2022-23 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Hard Copy)
    • These are various forms related to your child's records and privacy that are located on the main FCPS website.
    • The link above provides instruction on how to access and fill out these forms.
    • These forms are good for the 2022-23 school year only. If you filled out these forms in a previous year, you will need to resubmit.
  • Free/Reduced Application information and forms for qualified families (Online Submission)
    • Meals at all FCPS schools do have a cost this year. If you have a need, please fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch application. It will also make you eligible for other reduced fee programs.
  • Identification of Military Connected Students form (Hard Copy)
    • Please print and turn in a hard copy to the front office if your child has a parent/guardian in the United States uniformed services.
    • Scroll to bottom of form for more resources for military families.As

Lockdown Drill Scheduled for Next Week

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. At TJ, we have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at TJ next week.

A Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping TJ safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe

Learn more about Schoology

We are continuing to use Schoology this year as our learning management system here at TJ to support your child’s learning.  All of your student’s teachers will be using this to house important course information.  You can log-in to this platform using your same credentials as your SIS Parent VUE account. 

If you need assistance with creating a SIS Parent Vue account, please use this link.

For more information about Schoology, please use this link.

More information regarding using Schoology for parents and guardians new to the platform can be found here.

In early September, our school will be hosting three optional half-hour virtual sessions to learn more about how to access and navigate Schoology.  Each session will cover the same information.  The dates, times, and Zoom registration links are below.  We will also make a recording available if you are unable to attend.  If you have any questions you would like to make sure we cover, please share them in advance of our meetings using this form.  We look forward to continuing to partner together in support of your student’s learning.

Monday, September 12, 12noon – Zoom Link

Monday, September 12, 5pm – Zoom Link

Wednesday, September 14, 10am – Zoom Link

New Student Orientation Feedback Requested

This message is meant for Class of 2026 and Class of 2025 Froshmore Families:

We were so pleased to welcome new students and parents/guardians at our New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 18! We are always striving to best meet the needs of our school community, so we welcome your feedback about the event via this Google Form. Parents/guardians and students are invited to fill out the form. Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback.


Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed for Monday JLC Time

TJ Parents and Guardians,

JLC (Jefferson Learning Community) is a dedicated time embedded in the school day for teachers and administrators to have meaningful conversations and develop plans to address our instructional needs. We appreciate the continued support that parents have given us in the past and look forward to new parent/guardian volunteers.  

As your schedule allows, we ask that you consider supporting us by volunteering to monitor students from 12:10pm to 12:50pm on Mondays while instructional teams are meeting. This hour of time affords you with a glimpse of the TJ community and daily student life. If you are interested, please complete this form. Parents must also complete all background check procedures through Fairfax County Public Schools.  JLC sessions this Fall include: 9/12, 9/19, 10/ 11 (Tuesday), 10/17, 11 /7, 11/28, and 12/12.  If you have additional questions, please contact Margaret Wilson at

Monday, August 29 is a Red Day

This coming Monday, August 29, will be a Red Day, periods 5, 6, 7, and advisory will be held. The reason for this is there is no school on Friday, Sept. 2 as we begin the four-day Labor Day weekend holiday.


Safety and Security Update on Dismissal

The following message is from our Safety and Security Staff:

We’d like to bring to your attention a few safety reminders about driving and parking on TJ's campus.

  • First, our speed limit driving on school grounds is 15 MPH.
  • Next, there are traffic signs posted around the building for student and staff safety. Crosswalks and stop signs have been established at very strategic areas around the school to insure everyone’s safety. Please observe ALL traffic signs.
  • Finally, parking at dismissal. There are 2 areas available to parents picking up students at dismissal. Both are available at anytime prior to 3:55pm.
    • The REAR PARKING area is past the yellow speed bump at Door 7 and ends at Door 9.
    • The parking area on Minor lane (the driveway between our athletic fields), to include the football stadium area.
    • The visitors lot, all staff parking areas, and our bus depot are NOT available for parking at dismissal.

PLEASE, you may ONLY park in the 2 areas we have developed for you in the afternoon at dismissal, for YOUR students’ safety! Thank you for your cooperation.

Underclassman School Photos Sept. 7-8

Parents/Guardians of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders - Underclassman picture days will take place on September 7-8 through English classes. If you are interested in purchasing photos you can visit our vendor at The online order code is 4551F23.

Parents/Guardians will be prompted to pre-order online, and all packages will be shipped directly to students’ homes. Parents/Guardians will also be able to order online after picture day as well. More information can be found in the flyer below.

Flyer for purchasing school photos

Student Obligations (Outstanding books, materials and fees)

The following message is from the TJ Finance Office:

TJ Students - Do you have any TJ textbooks/paperbacks from last year (or prior) sitting at home? Please return them to the Finance Office (Room 105) to clear your student account. 

We will be sending out individual student obligation email reminders for outstanding books, field trip fees, and activity fees (from FY 2022 and prior) soon.  If your book is lost, the fees for books as well as technology, field trip fees, and activity fees can be paid on MySchoolBucks (preferred method). These fees can also be paid via cash or check by ​stopping by the Finance Office, Room 105.  

Questions? Call the TJ Finance Office at (703)750-8336.

*Reminder for Seniors: In order to receive your cap and gown before graduation, all Outstanding Obligations(books, materials, field trip fees, and/or activity fees) must be cleared from your account. 

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TJ is On Twitter!

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is on Twitter! Visit @TJHSST_Official  for news, upcoming events, reminders of important deadlines, and updates of all the fun activities going on at the school.

Be sure to give us a follow!

Important Calendar Reminders

Aug. 26: First home football game vs. Beacon Hill Independent Club at 7:00 p.m.

Aug. 29: This Monday will be a Red Day - periods 5, 6, 7, and advisory will be held.

Aug. 30: Back to School Night will be held in-person at TJ for the Class of 2023 and the Class of 2026 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Sept. 1: Back to School Bash held after school from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at TJ Athletic Fields.

Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Holiday. No school on Friday, Sept. 2 or Monday, Sept. 5.

Sept. 8: Back to School Night will be held in-person at TJ for the Class of 2024 and the Class of 2025 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Sept. 19-23: TJ's annual homecoming week.

Sept. 23: Homecoming Football game vs. Mountain View, 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 24: Homecoming Dance at TJ, 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 26: No school, teacher workday.

Oct. 5: No school for students or staff - Yom Kippur holiday

Oct. 10: No school, staff development day.

Oct. 12: PSAT (10th and 11th grade) SAT (12th grade) 

Oct. 24: No school for students or staff - Diwali holiday

Oct. 28: End of first quarter - Modified Red Day with 2 hour early release