TJ Student Government Association - SGA

TJ Student Government Association - SGA The official page for the TJHSST Student Government Association (SGA)
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SGA meetings are held during Wednesday and Friday 8th period and are open to the ENTIRE school.

Operating as usual

07/31/2020

Thank you for your cooperation as we have been organizing the logistics for Homecoming and Student Leadership Elections. Below are some updates regarding both:

Homecoming Updates:
It is with a heavy heart we announce that Homecoming 2020 will be delayed to the Spring of 2021. As VHSL has adopted Model 3 which will host fall sports from February 15th to May 1st, Homecoming will be moved later to align alongside the football competition schedule. While there is no definite date, Homecoming will be prior to Spring Break. All Homecoming events (including large gatherings like MEX or pep rallies) will be planned per usual unless advised otherwise.

SGA & Class Council Election Updates:
The eight students selected for FroshComm will serve as this year’s Freshman Class Council in equal positions. No elections will occur for the freshman class until May 2021. The Freshman Class Council is composed of the following students:

Zac Baker
Mihir Kulshreshtha
Sri Vellakkat
Garv Jain
Sahithi Atluri
Aria Merrill
Alina Chen
Alex Toporwicz

SGA elections will be entirely online and occur within the first few weeks of school to elect the four new officers. Freshmen in the Class of 2024 will not vote in SGA elections. An impartial committee of students not running and the SGA sponsors will be overseeing the election process. An information packet detailing more information will be released in mid-August.

Class Council elections will occur two weeks after SGA elections and will follow a similar premise.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email [email protected]

James Huang’s loved ones have created a memorial page for him where you can share memories and condolences, give flowers...
07/22/2020
Share Your Favorite Memories of James Wei Huang

James Huang’s loved ones have created a memorial page for him where you can share memories and condolences, give flowers, and donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Information about his memorial service is included on the website. If you would like to post a memory you shared with James, make sure to create a free account first.
https://everloved.com/life-of/james-huang/memories/?flow=202

Help show the impact of James's life by adding photos, stories and condolences on his memorial website.

07/21/2020

We kindly ask you to read the entirety of this post.

We are overwhelmed with sadness at the news of a TJHSST Class of 2021 student taking his own life on Saturday morning. James Huang was a close friend of ours who was always a familiar face on the 2021 Class Council, serving two years as Historian. When he filmed Homecoming spirit videos, he would tease us about our bad acting but consistently stay patient and composed. During late-night editing sessions, he would receptively take our advice and be the grounded director while others of us panicked to fulfill the deadline.

In freshman year, our Class Council would argue while scrambling to plan IBET Wars and fundraisers. However, James was never the one to take sides or place blame and acted as a peacekeeper everyone could talk to. James was also an active and loved member of Cross Country. He always offered encouragement to his fellow athletes and would always joke around with his teammates during warm-ups.

With the superintendent’s announcement calling for 100% virtual school in the fall, we recognize that the students highest at risk may fall through the cracks. SGA, PTSA, TJ health professionals, and administration met today to discuss possible ways of providing meaningful mental health aid and ways to memorialize James and Rishubh:

1. Breakout groups of 7-9 students meeting regularly with a faculty member for check-ins, to play games, and interact
2. Have the teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) modules be more accessible for all which helps students be better at detecting early suicidal warning signs: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/teens/
3. Grief counseling available by TJ health specialists for immediate help
4. A monetary scholarship established by the SGA under James Huang’s name celebrating those in photography and videography at TJ
5. Dedicating a section of the lecture hall mural to James Huang and Rishubh Kaushal, both students in Class of 2021

We have reached out to his family, sending our condolences, and asked for means the TJ community could support and give strength during this time. The family asked to gather photos and student testimonies of memories and experiences with James. This will be shared exclusively with the family as a keepsake and reminder of their son.

We have to do our best as a community that loves and supports one another to ensure that we memorialize his life in a fitting and respectful manner.

Please, if you have any memories of James (big or small) or have any photos, share them here: https://forms.gle/zTaW7tcLQ2N72h556. For anybody who shared stories of him on Facebook, please add them - it would be very meaningful for their family to read all your kind words.

Alternatively, you can also message photos or testimonies to Sean Nguyen, Andy Cao, Tiffany Ji, David Kwabi-Addo, or Jordan Lee.

Know that you are not alone and do not struggle alone. Please find the courage and strength to reach out. However, it is more so our responsibility to be reaching out and taking care of one another. We should be making the first move to text, call, or video chat our friends with whom we have lost contact. If you see the signs in a friend, do not be afraid to talk to them about it. And, if they are willing to open up, the most important thing you can do is to listen and empathize.

Best Regards,

SGA Steering Committee

Sean Nguyen
Tiffany Ji
Jordan Lee
David Kwabi-Addo
Andy Cao

"The universe is supposedly governed by chaos and physical law, but maybe it’s actually all random. We all had expectati...
07/07/2020

"The universe is supposedly governed by chaos and physical law, but maybe it’s actually all random. We all had expectations for this year that we have been forced to readjust. This singular random virus has changed everything. But if the universe really is random, then we could not be more grateful for the luck of our draw. How lucky we are for the opportunity to attend Thomas Jefferson and the opportunity to make something of ourselves. How lucky we are for the hard-working teachers, custodians, and administrators, who uphold the pride and integrity of our school. And how lucky we are for you.

When we were blessed with happy times, you celebrated with us, soaring together to new heights. When we fell on hard times, you were there for us, mending our hearts and strengthening our spirits. And herein lies the essence of what unites us, what makes us all Colonials. It is not our academic excellence. Nor is it our industry. It is our refusal to give up on each other.

We are a community united both by struggle and success. We have poured our hearts out into our games, and whether our jerseys were soaked with the sweat of triumph or tears of defeat, we would put them on once more unfailingly, ready to do it again. Together, we persevere through the frustrations, the fatigue, and the lessons learned the hard way in IBET. We navigate the twists, turns, and titrations of sophomore year. We weather the storm of standardized tests and second thoughts in junior year. We will all emerge victorious from senior year too.

As a school, we have chased justice and progress in various forms, from restorative discipline to new homework policies, from walk-out protests to D.C. marches, from academic Olympiads to improving our already state-of-the-art intranet. We have invested ourselves into Homecoming, and we have laughed at its various scandals. We have watched one beloved principal leave, and we have embraced the arrival of another. We have seen the Weyanoke trailers fade away and our newly renovated school come to life (but what happened to the umbrellas?).

And so what do we take away from it all? After all, while it is important to look towards the past, it is most important to look to the future. We should strive to make amends and forgive our brothers and sisters, and to not get caught in the weeds of selfishness, smallness, or malice. We also should strive to be brave. We should face the world with arms open, and when faced with adversity, we should not cower in fear but rather meet it in omnia paratus. In the moments when it matters most, you must be able to speak. So stand up for what you believe in. Push the limit. Push your limit. We love you all, and we will support you always.

We joined student government to do right by you—to bring the changes you deserve. This year, SGA has worked diligently towards a mental wellness room, a school-wide study bank, a recycling initiative, a school mural, a larger Big Sibs program, bigger sports tournaments, and record election participation. We couldn’t be more proud of the work our team has done.

So even if the universe is random, some things never change. Time goes on. We’re older than we used to be, and we’re younger than we’ll ever be again. And so, as things come to a close, we would like to thank everyone who came in along the way, whether you stayed the journey or popped in for only a moment. It’s been good."
- Ronith Ranjan and Tommy Park

//TJ Today 2020 Senior Issue
https://issuu.com/tjtoday/docs/tjtoday_senior_issue_2020

06/08/2020

TJ students,

We know the current situation is difficult for us all, but we hope that you are keeping yourselves safe and have been actively engaging in activities that help your community.

Homecoming will be occurring normally in the fall of 2020 unless notified otherwise by the TJ administration. Therefore, students should still actively plan and find approaches to participate in class Homecoming events. Even if this means video calls and online meetings throughout the summer, please find methods to get involved! If school continues in a virtual format during the beginning of the school year or limitations are imposed on large gatherings that inhibit a regular Homecoming to occur, SGA and student input will decide how to best host Homecoming whether this means having it digitally, postponing it later into the school year, or another alternative.

Today, the entire student leadership team met to decide class themes. The umbrella theme for Homecoming 2020 is “A Land Far Far Away”. The themes for each class are as follows:

2021: Up Up and Away
2022: Tales from Ba Sing Se
2023: Deep Down Under

We would like to thank all of you for your cooperation. We know these are challenging times and do appreciate your efforts to help maintain a meaningful and spirited Homecoming, despite the circumstances. Regardless of what the outcome for Homecoming is, we are excited to see what all of you come up with!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Facebook Live Pictionary Game! We had over fifty competitors with the top ...
05/27/2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Facebook Live Pictionary Game! We had over fifty competitors with the top three (and $25 Amazon prize winners) being Andrew Lim, Sarah Ali, and Elise Zhu.

Join tomorrow at 3:30 pm for the SGA Computation Countdown for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Computation Countdown requires competitors to solve for a target number using five numbers (similar to the card game 24).

The submission for J-Week contests has been extended to 8:00 pm today! Make sure you get your final trick shots to dance performances in before judging! The submission form can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/submitJ-Week

05/27/2020

Come to the first daily game today at 3:30 PM and join us on Zoom! Are you going to win in Pictionary?

Colonial Pictionary

A picture will be drawn corresponding to a word

Submit your guess in the comment section of the Zoom chat

The top three students with the most correct guesses at the end of the one hour time period will win a gift card

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Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99528020789?pwd=YWxWeUFwUUZCaGd3MmJCZExFMGp6UT09

Meeting ID: 995 2802 0789

Password: 287262

Colonials, do you want to win some cash prizes while in quarantine?TJ SGA and PTSA are presenting Jefferson Week (J-Week...
05/23/2020

Colonials, do you want to win some cash prizes while in quarantine?

TJ SGA and PTSA are presenting Jefferson Week (J-Week)! J-Week is a series of contests, challenges, tournaments, and live games that will give YOU the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. We will be giving away over $1000 in prizes! From dancing and singing contests to math calculation and Pictionary games, there are many ways to win. Don’t forget to sign up for the Game Pigeon Tournament either!

For more information and details please check out: tinyurl.com/jeffersonweek

Heart react if you want to win some prizes

05/19/2020
Bb Collaborate

Hey TJ! Have any concerns for distance learning or pickup and drop-off? Want to discuss graduation plans?

Then come to the LAST online open forum meeting tomorrow from 12 to 12:40! We’ll be talking about any topics you wish, and any suggestions you might have for the end of the year or next year.

There will be virtual food!

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c4246ce4d103409197296e07076f955e

Hope to see you then!

Hey TJ,We hope everyone is safe and healthy! We have some announcements about the future leadership of SGA and class cou...
05/06/2020
SGA Board 2020

Hey TJ,

We hope everyone is safe and healthy! We have some announcements about the future leadership of SGA and class councils.

There will be no elections this school year for SGA or class councils, and the elections for those positions have been postponed until after Homecoming in September 2020. This decision was made by the SGA officers, ExComm, and class sponsors in response to our current distance learning situation and to provide fair elections later. Instead, all members of class council elected last year will continue to serve in their positions the rest of the school year, the summer, and through the Homecoming 2020 activities.

An SGA Board will be created from non-senior members of the SGA and will lead the school in preparation for homecoming. The board is open to anyone in the Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023 who has been active in SGA, helped previously organize their class homecoming activities, or shown significant school leadership in other ways. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on May 10th. More details can be found on the form.

Please do not hesitate to Ronith Ranjan or any other SGA member if there are any questions.

https://forms.gle/QnQ8SQtKX9xGTXBN9

On a side note: keep posting those tasty looking dishes on Jefferson Chefs

Given the unprecedented pandemic and our inability to hold a normal election, this year there will be an SGA Board working over the summer and the beginning of the school year to organize homecoming 2020. The SGA and Class council elections will be held after the 2020 homecoming week. The current cl...

Given these unprecedented circumstances, teachers have risen above the task to provide meaningful instruction through di...
04/30/2020
Teacher Appreciation Word Bubbles

Given these unprecedented circumstances, teachers have risen above the task to provide meaningful instruction through distance learning. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and SGA wanted to celebrate our teachers who worked tirelessly to connect and teach students over quarantine. We wanted to showcase student positivity and created an opportunity for students to demonstrate their gratefulness for their teachers.

Below is a short form where you can write adjectives and a personal message which will be then created into a word bubble. Every teacher will receive a word bubble that will lift the morale and spirits of our hard-working faculty members. Please fill it out for all your current/past teachers!

Given the unpredictable circumstances we find ourselves in, TJ teachers have done a phenomenal job in continuing class instruction despite online learning. We will be celebrating teacher appreciation week from May 4th to May 8th and we wanted to create word bubbles to raise the spirits and morale of...

04/15/2020
Bb Collaborate

SGA is hosting an online open forum tomorrow from 12:00-12:40. Join us to talk about anything on your mind lately and to discuss how the first day of class went! Can't wait to see you all there:)

Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c4246ce4d103409197296e07076f955e

A few tips:
1. Make sure to use Chrome
2. If you get the “uh oh, something went wrong” error after first clicking the link to join, refresh the browser and it should let you in

To help with sketching the mural going in the lecture hall, sign up for as many "Lecture Hall Mural Team" Friday A and B...
03/13/2020

To help with sketching the mural going in the lecture hall, sign up for as many "Lecture Hall Mural Team" Friday A and B blocks as you want.

You CAN receive service hours for helping to draw and paint. Please encourage your friends to come and help volunteer as well 🙂

P.S. here's a sneak peek of the mural:)

Heyyy TJ! Our next Open Forum with Dr. B is tomorrow during lunch in the Principal's Conference Room (it's the room with...
03/11/2020

Heyyy TJ!

Our next Open Forum with Dr. B is tomorrow during lunch in the Principal's Conference Room (it's the room with rolly chairs across the art gallery)! Come on out to discuss any questions or concerns you might have while enjoying some food- especially if you have something to say about the recent news and developments with corona. Even if you don't have anything specific, you're welcome to come and listen in on the discussion or provide any additional insight.

We'll have chips, cookies, and candy there and we'll be sure to keep all of your comments in mind!

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Stay tuned for information about Homecoming, Slivoskey Grant, Arts Gala, J-Day, sports competitions, policy reforms, and more! 2020 TJ Student Government Steering Committee Sean Nguyen Tiffany Ji Jordan Lee David Kwabi-Addo Andy Cao

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Vote for your 2019-20 class council officers today on ion!! Polls close tonight at 11:59PM! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CANDIDATES: Results for all class council positions will be announced during the 20-minute break between Exams 1 and 2 in Room 224.
Vote for your 2019-20 class council officers today on ion!! Polls close tonight at 11:59PM! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CANDIDATES: Results for all class council positions will be announced during the 20-minute break between Exams 1 and 2 in Room 224.
Don't forget to vote for your 2019-20 class officers today on ion!! Polls close tonight at 11:59PM! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL CANDIDATES: Election results will be announced during the 20-minute break between Exams 1 and 2 in Room 224!
Reminder: principal book club tomorrow 5-6pm at TJ library 🍵please signup as many meetings as you like and we look forward to seeing you. Light refreshment and raffle prizes will be provided by PTSA at these meetings. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c49a4a82c7-tjprincipals1 The book: "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela-Duckworth. Interested in learning how to motivate our students to succeed? In this New York Times bestseller book, Angela Duckworth Explains that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls grit, which is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain. Hosted by: Mr. Monte Bourjaily (AP US Government, AP US History & Philosophy) Discussion format: Meeting 1 - February 5 - Pages xii-92 What is Grit? What is the relationship between talent and effort? What do excellence and expertise look like? Why cultivate grit? What are possible pitfalls of different interpretations of the role of grit in cultivating excellence and expertise? For participation who cannot attend in person, You can access through an online collaboration tool called Blackboard Collaborate. To login, please use the link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/731d24a6564b468ab1e42642625af5e8
Awesome opportunity on Fri hosted by TJPF: TJ Alum, Wendy Anderson (’92) will be at TJ on Friday, Mar 16 and speaking to students during A Block in the Auditorium. Wendy is as an Executive Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering, and she is currently building the immersive Star Wars hotel concept and the Star Wars themed lands, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Come hear about her path from TJ Drama to becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer bringing Star Wars to life!
When will results be posted?