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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
1:14 pm
Hey there! The TJ Alumni Association is looking for local and regional volunteers
Be a part of the action! Become an active volunteer with the TJ Alumni Association and help shape the future of our alumni community! Many of us had an unparalleled experience in high school. The TJ Alumni Association seeks to rekindle some of that TJ magic in your life.

Available Positions

Webmaster - develop new site
Website content manager
Alumni news coordinator
Socials coordinator (DC and regional)

Please read through the job descriptions below and reply to alumni.tjhsst@gmail.com if you are interested in a position. Deadline is May 15th.

Requirements for All Positions

The ideal candidate for each of these positions will be able to commit at least one volunteer hour a week for a year (may not be needed every week). The ideal candidate will be able to take ownership of their task, with minimal guidance, and see the task through to completion. Each volunteer will collaborate with board regularly on direction and progress.

Selection process

The AA will ask for volunteers in each position until 3 candidates are available. Then the AA will interview the candidates and select the alumnus that is the best fit.

Position Details


We are in high need of a new website! Ideal person would have bandwidth in near term to fairly quick create a new site and then ~1 hour a week available on an ongoing basis.

Required Experience: Installing/creating/maintaining WordPress, creating custom PHP pages, and creating/editing MySQL databases

Desired Experience: Auth authentication [We’d like for alumni to be able to login using their Google or Facebook account if desired.], BuddyPress. Please send a link to a website you created and explain 1) what parts you did and 2) how long it took.


A voting member of the TJHSST Alumni Association Board of Directors.
The treasurer is responsible for maintaining all finances for the Association, including coordination of funding income and expenses with various Class Reunion Committees and the associated reporting of to the Board and the Reunion Committees. Time commitment is ~1 hour / week and a monthly board meeting.

Website Content Manager

A voting member of the TJHSST Alumni Association Board of Directors.
This volunteer will participate in monthly board meetings on second Mondays of each month and develop and maintain content and images on the website to communicate news and events to all Alumni. The updating of the website currently involves FTPing files from the web server, and doing text editing of .ASP code. If you have been in a communications role previously, please explain what you did and what type of time commitment was involved.

Alumni News Coordinator

Coordinates with class captains to obtain alumni news once a quarter. Sorts/organizes the news and provides to the web content manager to post to website and the communications coordinator to send out to alumni.

Socials Coordinator

Organize happy hours once a month, every other month, or quarterly, in the DC metro area. Best practices and guidance will be provided by the alumni association.

Regional Socials Coordinator

Organize quarterly happy hours in your region. Also, encourage alumni to update their profiles during these socials. Best practices and communications support provided by the alumni association.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
12:58 am
Classes of 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007!
You have a reunion this year!

Please update all your information in the alumni database on the Alumni Association website and encourage any classmates that you run into to do the same. Your reunion committees will want to be able to contact you this year!

Also, if you want to take an active role in deciding what your reunion will look like, please send an e-mail to us if you might want to help plan your reunion by Sunday, February 12. We look forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
10:10 pm
A Message from the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund
TJ Alums! Support TJ by dusting off your math skills and knowledge. The Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund (TJPF) is holding a friendly contest to see which of two famous mathematical constants our alums prefer, all the while helping the school.

The question is simple: π or e! 3.1415926535… or 2.718281828…. Archimedes or Euler! Take your pick.

To vote on your favorite, visit our site! Select a quantity of pi’s or e’s that you want to support, and contribute that multiple of your preferred number to the TJPF. You could vote as little as $3.14 to support one unit of π, or contribute $2,718.28 to support a thousand units ofe. The competition will continue through 3/14. (Get it, π!)

You may have already seen our postcard in the mail! The first quarter of the competition has come to a close and here’s the score so far:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Team π 95
Team e 29

Thanks to all those who have already participated, contributing $377.26 to support TJ. Let’s show more alumni support for TJ and run up the score (for both sides)!

We’ll recognize the concept with the most units voted as the winner, and help our TJ along the way!
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
9:07 pm
Fascinating Thread about TJHSST
On Facebook, there is a very fascinating thread about TJHSST. It is a discussion among mostly alumni, some former faculty members, and one current guidance counselor. It's an open group, so if you have a Facebook account, you can read it. I strongly recommend it if you have an interest in public education in general, or TJHSST/STEM* Schools specifically.

*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Thursday, October 27th, 2011
10:56 pm
Help TJ win a pile of athletic gear!
Under Armour - Finding Undeniable -- [Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology] -- TJ's trying to win $140,000 worth of athletic gear from Under Armour and needs your help. You can vote once a day. Spread the word. Remember, we came for the sports!

[xposted to tjpeople]
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm
From the school:

Good afternoon. Here is the latest regarding tonight’s Homecoming Football Game vs. Stuart

Sept. 23rd – 12:40pm

Due to the current field conditions, the Homecoming Varsity Football game vs. Stuart has been canceled. We have rescheduled the game for Monday night at 7:00pm.

The Field Hockey game vs. Marshall has been moved to 4:00pm on the stadium field. Junior Varsity Field Hockey will play at 5:15 on the field hockey practice field.

Varsity football will warm-up on the stadium field after the conclusion of the Varsity Field Hockey game.
Sunday, September 18th, 2011
10:10 pm
Homecoming is Friday!
Greetings from your friendly Secretary of the TJHSST Alumni Association*. Friday is Homecoming! Game time is 7:30. The TJHSST Alumni Association has the far West edge of the stands reserved for Alumni, and we'll be heading to the bar at Kilroys, just a right turn from the school, straight down Braddock to a left on Port Royal Rd, first light immediately outside the Beltway, shopping center on the right. We hope to see many of you at the game and at the bar afterward!

From the school:

We have reserved the far two WEST sections of the bleachers. The other end is for current students. We will rope off the sections and make “Alumni Section” signs and place them on the bleachers.

· Alumni Membership – The Colonial Athletic Boosters is selling LIFETIME membership for $25 per person. Alumni Membership allows free admission to all home games for life! Check out www.colonialathletics.org and click on Booster Membership at the top of the website. They will also be selling memberships at the ticket gate.

· TJ Gear – If Alumni would like to re-up their wardrobe, merchandise can be purchased on the If the purchase online at www.colonialathletics.org, click on TJ Gear at the top of the website. You can pick up their order at the Merchandise Tent next to the concession stand at Friday’s game.

· Follow Us on Twitter - For all the latest information on what’s happening at TJ, please follow us on Twitter: @TJColonials.

*PS If you've not yet set up a profile at the TJHSST Alumni Association site, we encourage you to please do so.

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
5:38 pm
We Need Some Volunteers for Upcoming Events, Please
Greetings from the Board of the TJHSST Alumni Association! We started our board term a few months ago and have spent a lot of time getting familiar with the scope of projects available to us. We are excited about the types of things we can do to help alumni reconnect with the school and with each other, as well as to support the school!

There are also many things that we would like to do that we don’t have the volunteer manpower to do at this time. So if you are interested in getting involved, please contact us and we can provide you with more details on the long-term open positions (events, communications for next year, and more).

There are currently several one day or short-term volunteer needs that we are asking you to consider taking on. Please contact Sonal Goda ’95 at Sonal@HomesBySonal.com if you can offer your time for any of the following positions.

Alumni Day, November 26, 2011 from 1:00 – 4:00pm: We are excited to invite all alumni back to visit our campus, reconnect with fellow alumni, learn about the extensive renovation coming up, and tour the tech labs. The following positions will require approximately 5 hours of volunteer work between now and Alumni Day, as well as approximately 5 hours on Alumni Day itself. In particular, we encourage members of classes with reunions coming up next year to consider these positions, especially if you are considering helping organize your own class reunion next year (classes of ’02, ’92, ’97, and ’07). Volunteering this year will give you a head start on the reunion process! More details will be provided for each position if you are interested.

  1. Colonial Kids Camp Coordinator(s) – we need one or two dedicated alumni to run activities
    and care for children ages 5-14 during Alumni Day.
  2. Tech Lab Coordinator – contact the tech lab teachers and see which ones are willing to participate.
    Set up table and coordinate tours on the day of the event.
  3. NHS Volunteers and Handout Coordinator – design handouts (from existing template), and print
    for Alumni Day. Manage student volunteers that will hand these out, as well as Colonial Kids Camp volunteers
    and PA announcements volunteer.
  4. Boosters Coordinator – Contact the various booster organizations and see which ones would like
    to participate in offering their items and refreshments for sale in the auditorium lobby.

TJ Open House, Saturday October 1, 2011 from 8:00am – 1:00pm: Prospective TJ students (8th graders) and their parents are invited each year to learn more about the school, as part of their decision-making process for applying to the school. There have been 3,000 to 4,000 visitors at this event each year in the past and this is the first time alumni will be involved! We are looking for about 15 alumni volunteers to share their experiences during and after TJ, in an informal manner. We will have a table and/or simply be walking around speaking with the prospectives and their parents.

Graphic Designer: We are working on a new website for the alumni association. Our goal is to roll it out by the end of the year. We have a good team in place, but we are lacking a graphic designer to work on an exciting new look/color scheme for the website, as well as code the design to work with our new website.

Once again, if you are interested and able to help with any of these volunteer positions, please contact Sonal Goda ’95 at Sonal@HomesBySonal.com

Thank you for your time and consideration,

The TJHSST Alumni Association Board

http://www.tjhsstalumni.org (not affiliated with www tjhsstalumni .com)

Armand Alacbay ’97 – President
Sonal Goda ’95 – Vice-President
Seain Gutridge ’89 – Secretary
David Bragg ’89 – Treasurer
Lily Lin ’97 – At-large Communications
Kevin Gormley ’95 – At-large Partnership Fund
Jeremy Holmes ’04 – At-large Webmaster
Jason Hintz Llopis ’89 – At-large Alumni Day/Reunions
Chris Lewis ’97 – At-large Board
Dan Soschin ’95 – Past President
Friday, May 20th, 2011
3:34 pm
TJHSST's Turning 25!
Hey, yall! On behalf of the TJHSST Alumni Association, Just a quick reminder:

We look forward to seeing you on May 24 from 5-7pm in the TJHSST auditorium and gymnasium, followed by an informal reception at the school to catch up with old friends. We have a wide array of speakers, performances, and video to reflect on great memories. We also plan to unveil the future transformation of our building with renovation drawings.

Due to the anticipated high attendance, we are preparing two separate locations where every speaker and performer will be on stage in both locations, separated by a 10 minute delay. Tickets are no longer needed since we have increased our audience capacity. Seating will be first come, first serve. Please begin arriving on campus as early as 4:15 because parking space is limited and street parking may be necessary for those arriving close to 5pm.

We and the school look forward to welcoming you to this celebration!

Xposted to tjpeople

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
9:17 am
Class of '89 20th reunion planning
Howdy, people,

We of the class of 1989 are beginning to plan our 20-year reunion. To that end, a poll that closes on Friday 20080815. So, if you're class of 1989, please to go there and opine.

Xposted: tjpeople

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
4:32 pm
Any drama nuts know current TJ Drama people?
Wolf Trap just sent out an interesting e-mail looking for teen actors -

Audition To Be an Extra in Les Misérables!
Theater of the Stars and Wolf Trap will hold auditions for teen extras for 'Les Misérables' on Saturday, July 19 at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va.
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Saturday, February 9th, 2008
1:44 pm
Hi everyone,

I'm trying to get in touch with Tuula Hayes. She was the super-nice TJ nurse who retired a year and a half ago (if I remember correctly.) Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks much,
Rachel (Sahm)
Friday, January 18th, 2008
3:50 pm
So apparently TJ had a bomb threat back in December. Oddly enough, I hadn't heard about that. (Not that I have any legit reason to be notified…. I'm just a nosy sort of person and I'm surprised that I didn't hear about it until this point.)

Was anyone close enough to the whole thing to know what happened, or if there was any followup? Do they know who did it, or even why?

I was interested to see some of the discussion on tjpeople about whether the school's response was too lax, too severe, both, neither, or what. I'm interested in hearing everyone's thoughts on that, actually. Points to consider:

-Apparently the school wasn't evacuated immediately after receiving the bomb threat (not sure about this though)

-This may have been due to suspicion that any bomb would be in a backpack (so they wanted backpacks left indoors), and/or admin not wanting to keep students outside in December for what was very likely a hoax

Again, though, my knowledge of what actually happened is sketchy at best. (Anyone care to provide me with more reliable hearsay?) Personally, probable hoax or not, I'm a little appalled if they knew of a bomb threat and didn't immediately evacuate (unless they actually called the police and the police told them not to evacuate, or something). Even knowing it was probably a hoax, there are some things you just don't gamble with. Unfortunately, that's why bomb threats are effective - because until they're cleared, they have to be taken seriously.

Thoughts? Further details?
Monday, December 3rd, 2007
10:00 pm
Calling '86 through '88 TJHSST Sr. Experience Alumni and friends

Of the complement of the '87-'88 Senior Experience program, we have found about thirty of the "88 of '88." We are trying to find the rest, as our 20th [gulp] reunion is fast-approaching.  To that end, we've started a Google Group.  The group is meant particularly for TJHSST '88 Senior Experience alumni, but we are including anyone who wants to participate in occasional get-togethers, and that graduated from TJ or TJHSST during the "transition years," starting with the class of '86, and ending with the class of '88.

If you are a classmate, please join us at the Google Group.  If you are not, but know someone that was, please pass this on.

Our first get-together is still firming up, but it will be on Dec 22nd or Dec 23rd, at a location to-be-determined.  We're picking a family-friendly location, as a substantial number of us have procreated in the past two decades.  Children and spouses are, of course, invited.

We would love to include the teachers or staff that helped create the "Senior Experience." Please join us--send me a note, and we'll invite you to the group, as well.


--Pete Thomas
Self-Appointed Rabble-Rouser and Instigator In Chief

p.s. there's a Facebook group, too, for those that are into that whole Facebook thing!  Yes, I admit it--I'm in it; ping me for details.

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
10:15 pm
We're famous! (x-posted to tjpeople)
In its first annual high school report, US News & World report put TJ in first place. w00t. Have some videos:

The Best of the Best

Thomas Jefferson No. 1

Best High Schools

Unfortunately, they only seem to work in IE and Safari.
Monday, September 10th, 2007
4:08 pm
Did any of you guys go to undergrad for some non-science/tech field, then continue into grad school for that field, only to realize there that you actually really miss science stuff after all? Have any of you switched back to a science field after undergrad for something else? If so, how did you go about doing so? Did schools give you a hard time for the abrupt change in direction?
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
10:50 am
Hey, I know that guy!
In case anyone is interested: here is a letter to the editor that Mr. Lamb wrote to the Washington Post....

Edit: fixed typos in the HTML. Doh.
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
12:22 pm
A General Question (or several)
I could try to post this in poll form, but I'm personally more interested in anecdotal answers (yeah, I was a liberal arts student, why do you ask?).

In college, did you study/major in something that you consider a "science and technology" concentration? How did you decide what to major in - your strenghts, your interests, practical considerations, or what?

For those of you who did graduate or post-grad work, was that work in a field similar to your undergrad concentration? Also, was it in a "science & tech" field or not? Did you go directly into graduate work from undergrad, or did you have a break in between?

For those of you now in the working world, is your job in a "science & tech" field? Is it in a field that you studied (either in undergrad or in graduate school)?

Or, do you have aspirations to a job in another field, either a field that you studied or in a field that you didn't study?

When you were at TJ did you have a pretty firm idea of what you wanted to study in college and what kind of a career you wanted? Did you follow that plan in undergrad (why or why not)? If you're past the undergrad stage, did your plan still hold true for graduate studies or for your post-academic life?

… I suspect my anthropology major is showing just a tiny bit. I'm honestly curious, though: we come from a school known for talented, highly-driven students who are comfortable with technology and gifted in the sciences, as well as other academic areas. I remember being surrounded by TJ students who seemed to know what they wanted to do, although I know there were at least as many folks as clueless as I was - we were just quieter about it, I think. Some people seemed to have gone to TJ because they knew they wanted to be neurosurgeons, or robotics experts, or (whatever), and TJ would give them a good start in that direction - others seemed to have gone to TJ because they were great at science & tech and TJ seemed like the best place for that.

Why did you choose to go to TJ? Or do you feel it wasn't really your choice?

(My answers are in the first comment.)

Current Mood: curious
Monday, May 14th, 2007
11:09 am
After Deep Thought while brushing my teeth this morning.....
I'll admit, this community got started without a huge amount of forethought or prior planning. After a little more time to think about it since then, I have a few questions for the rest of you out there….

As a community, tjhsst_alumni is fair-sized but certainly not huge. I think it's a pretty diverse group, with folks who are just starting college through those who graduated and have been working for mumble-mumble years by now. There isn't a huge amount of posting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. At the risk of sounding too touchy-feely, though, I imagine that as a group we're probably a good source of information for each other - connections, suggestions, all that.

As far as I'm concerned, content here doesn't have to be narrowly TJ-specific; it can cover anything that TJ alums think would be interesting/useful to other TJ alums. I’m interested in what the rest of you want to see here. Do you have questions about college or grad-school choices or finding a program of studies? Do you want to compare notes about getting started on a career path that's related (or perhaps unrelated!) to what you studied? Just looking to find a connection and maybe job leads in a new city? Are you concerned or curious about issues surrounding TJ or Fairfax County schools today, or looking to keep in touch with extracurricular groups you participated in while at TJ? Or (also a valid possibility) are you more interested in the comm as a way to ask the occasional question about "Where is so-and-so?" or "Is there still visitor parking at TJ?"

Seriously, I want to know what you want to get out of the community. Reply, make your own post, send messages on carrier pigeons….

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
8:07 pm
Searching for Reardons..
Anyone have contact info for Kelly Reardon '96? TJ Alumni db has nothing, and web searches are inconclusive. (Same with Kevin Reardon, though I don't know if he's actually related.)
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