TJ Partnership Fund

TJ Partnership Fund The TJ Partnership Fund is a non-profit organization that raises funds to meet the needs of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

The TJ Partnership Fund is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the IRS and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The TJ Partnership Fund is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the IRS and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mission: Our mission is to support the unique learning opportunities, specialized curriculum and innovative research experiences available for TJ students. As a non-profit foundation, we pursue our mission by engaging in partnerships with, and soliciting private donations from, corporations, parents, alumni, and friends of TJ in the STEM community.

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Meet Gurleen Kaur ('21), a Student Ambassador with the TJ Partnership Fund! Here's what she has to say about the program...
10/02/2020

Meet Gurleen Kaur ('21), a Student Ambassador with the TJ Partnership Fund! Here's what she has to say about the program!

The TJPF Student Ambassador Program application is now LIVE. To learn more about the program and apply, visit www.tjpartnershipfund.org/academic-excellence/student-ambassadors. All applications are due by Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm EDT.

Apply now!

#tjstudentambassadors

TJ Students - Are you interested in a flexible, global and impactful internship? Check out Givology's Development and Re...
09/30/2020

TJ Students - Are you interested in a flexible, global and impactful internship? Check out Givology's Development and Research Internships!

Givology is a 100% volunteer-run social enterprise co-founded by Joyce Meng (TJ '04) that connects you to grassroots education projects and student scholarships around the world. While providing you with the strategy skills it takes to help run a nonprofit, the programs allow you to make a real difference to education efforts across the globe.

Check out the post above and www.givology.org/get-involved/internships/ for more information and application requirements!

The TJ Partnership Fund’s Student Ambassador Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year! In a...
09/28/2020

The TJ Partnership Fund’s Student Ambassador Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year! In a typical year, TJPF Student Ambassadors lead tours of the school, work with TJPF staff to thank donors, volunteer at TJPF events, and serve as liaisons, spokespeople, and advocates for TJ and the TJPF.

The TJPF is committed to the safety of our students, staff, and community members during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. All TJPF events, volunteer opportunities, and interactions with alumni and community members will occur virtually and abide by FCPS' Return to School plans. The TJPF is excited to work with our 2020-2021 Student Ambassador Team to create innovative and meaningful ways to connect with one another and give back to the community in this new virtual environment.

To learn more about the program and apply, visit www.tjpartnershipfund.org/academic-excellence/student-ambassadors. All applications, including teacher recommendations, are due by Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm EDT.

Imagining TJ's Future: Town Hall on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness is happening TONIGHT from 5:30-7:00pm. Are you ...
09/17/2020

Imagining TJ's Future: Town Hall on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness is happening TONIGHT from 5:30-7:00pm. Are you registered?

Hear from our panelists:
• Dr. Ann Bonitatibus, Principal, TJHSST
• Mr. Jeremy Shughart, Director, TJHSST Office of Admissions
• Ms. Leona Smith, Director of Equity & Family Engagement, FCPS

Plus remarks from Virginia Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni.

Details on how to access the town hall can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/TJTownHall. We hope you can attend and make your voice heard.

Congratulations to TJ '03 alumna Hannah Bae on receiving a 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award! This prestigious a...
09/16/2020

Congratulations to TJ '03 alumna Hannah Bae on receiving a 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award!

This prestigious award is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Hannah's essay, “Survival Mode,” was published in the anthology, Don’t Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health (Algonquin, 2018). She is currently working on a memoir entitled Way Enough about family estrangement, mental illness, childhood trauma, and cultural identity. Hannah plans to use her Writer’s Award of $30,000 “to assist with my reporting and research needs; continue my self-guided education in the craft of creative nonfiction and the business of publishing; and most of all, to benefit from the gift of uninterrupted time.” She concludes, “I am writing my memoir because I felt alone in navigating familial estrangement and mental illness, especially as a person of color. By completing this book, I hope to reach readers who will see parts of themselves in my pages and realize that they are not alone, either.”

Hannah, along with the other winners, will participate in a virtual reading in New York University’s Creative Writing Program Reading Series on Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Registration information can be found at this link: https://as.nyu.edu/cwp/reading-series/virtual-events/2020-rona-jaffe-foundation-writers-awards-reading.html

Have you registered for the Town Hall on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness at TJ happening THIS Thursday, September 1...
09/15/2020

Have you registered for the Town Hall on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness at TJ happening THIS Thursday, September 17th, from 5:30-7:00pm?

Hear from our panelists:
• Dr. Ann Bonitatibus, Principal, TJHSST
• Mr. Jeremy Shughart, Director of TJHSST Admissions, FCPS
• Ms. Leona Smith, Director of Equity & Family Engagement, FCPS

Plus remarks from Virginia Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni.

Details on how to access the town hall can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/TJTownHall. We hope you can attend and make your voice heard.

UPDATED TIME: Thursday, September 17th, 5:30-7:00pmRegister at www.tinyurl.com/TJTownHallDear TJ community,Along with th...
09/09/2020

UPDATED TIME: Thursday, September 17th, 5:30-7:00pm
Register at www.tinyurl.com/TJTownHall

Dear TJ community,

Along with the recent nationwide conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, many of you have raised questions about equity as it relates to TJ, including long-standing issues pertaining to the student experience, admissions, access to STEM education for students in FCPS and surrounding cities and counties, and more.

The Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund (TJPF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable foundation established in 1999 that supports the unique learning opportunities, specialized curriculum, and innovative research experiences available for the students of TJ, recognizes the importance of giving voice to these concerns, connecting them to the individuals within our community who are empowered with the relevant resources, and making measurable progress on these issues in order to further the development of TJ.

To that end, on Thursday, September 17th, from 5:30-7:00pm, the TJPF will facilitate a town hall on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at TJ. We have invited influential stakeholders to take part in the conversation and identify potential solutions, and they include representatives from:

• FCPS School Board
• FCPS Superintendent’s Office
• Virginia Department of Education
• TJ Administration
• TJ Admissions
• TJ Alumni Community
• TJ PTSA Diversity Committee
• Current TJ Student Body

Details on how to access the town hall can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/TJTownHall. We hope you can attend and make your voice heard.

Sincerely,
The TJ Partnership Fund

Welcome back, TJ! As we kick off the 2020-2021 school year in this virtual environment, we at the TJ Partnership Fund wa...
09/08/2020

Welcome back, TJ!

As we kick off the 2020-2021 school year in this virtual environment, we at the TJ Partnership Fund want to wish our students and faculty a year full of active learning and engagement.

Although this year certainly looks different, the TJ community remains resilient and strong. Here's to the beginning of a wonderful year!

UPDATED TIME: Thursday, September 17th, 5:30-7:00pmDear TJ community,Along with the recent nationwide conversation aroun...
09/01/2020

UPDATED TIME: Thursday, September 17th, 5:30-7:00pm

Dear TJ community,

Along with the recent nationwide conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, many of you have raised questions about equity as it relates to TJ, including long-standing issues pertaining to the student experience, admissions, access to STEM education for students in FCPS and surrounding cities and counties, and more.

The Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund (TJPF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable foundation established in 1999 that supports the unique learning opportunities, specialized curriculum, and innovative research experiences available for the students of TJ, recognizes the importance of giving voice to these concerns, connecting them to the individuals within our community who are empowered with the relevant resources, and making measurable progress on these issues in order to further the development of TJ.

To that end, on Thursday, September 17th, from 7:00-8:30pm, the TJPF will facilitate a town hall on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at TJ. We have invited influential stakeholders to take part in the conversation and identify potential solutions, and they include representatives from:

• FCPS School Board
• FCPS Superintendent’s Office
• Virginia Department of Education
• TJ Administration
• TJ Admissions
• TJ Alumni Community
• TJ PTSA Diversity Committee
• Current TJ Student Body

Details on how to access the town hall can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/TJTownHall. We hope you can attend and make your voice heard.

Sincerely,
The TJ Partnership Fund

Makya Renee Little, a member of the TJPF Board and TJ Class of 2000, is a part of Virginia's African American History Ed...
08/31/2020

Makya Renee Little, a member of the TJPF Board and TJ Class of 2000, is a part of Virginia's African American History Education Commission. She, along with Governor Ralph Northam and other members of the Commission, worked to create an African American History class that will be offered at select schools across the state.

Register for the Commission's final event, TODAY from 10:00-11:00am at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k3es1cRYTbaJ4HRlabFT_g

Read more about the Commission's work at https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/new-african-american-history-course-being-offered-in-arlington-loudoun-prince-william/article_bf5fe4b4-e8a4-11ea-88ad-9b4e2d95ff2a.html

Are you the parent or guardian of a TJ student? Be sure to tune in TONIGHT from 7:30-9:00pm to a special presentation ho...
08/27/2020

Are you the parent or guardian of a TJ student? Be sure to tune in TONIGHT from 7:30-9:00pm to a special presentation hosted by TJ Minds Matter and the TJ PTSA Health and Wellness Committee!

With a challenging school year and uncertain times ahead, the mental well-being of students is of the utmost importance. However, in many communities, mental health is stigmatized, which can negatively impact a struggling student. This virtual discussion/panel will provide a forum for parents and guardians to explore the cultural stigma surrounding mental health and ways to combat it.

This event will feature 3 TJ students (Gurleen Kaur '21, Tiffany Ji '21, and Nathan Mo '22) in addition to Dr. Jill Howard, an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist at Duke University and part of the TJ Class of 2003!

Be sure to RSVP here: www.tinyurl.com/TJMentalHealthRSVP

For our final Women's Equality Day feature, we'll hear from Erinn Harris, who teaches English, Journalism, and Photojour...
08/27/2020

For our final Women's Equality Day feature, we'll hear from Erinn Harris, who teaches English, Journalism, and Photojournalism at TJ.⁠

"If you want to see change, you have to make your voice heard. If you're not old enough to vote yet, participate. Contact your state and local representatives about issues important to you, and let them know you care. They ARE listening. For me, it's student press freedom and the First Amendment, which not only guarantees freedom of the press, but also your freedoms of speech, religion, petition and the right to peaceably assemble. Stand up for what you believe, speak your truth, and then VOTE. While all women couldn't freely exercise this right until 1965, the best way to honor the suffragettes who fought 100 years ago for that right is to actively participate in our democracy. Stand up and speak out."⁠

#womensequalityday

Continuing our recognition of National Women's Equality Day, here are some words from Jenifer Hitchcock, who teaches AP ...
08/26/2020

Continuing our recognition of National Women's Equality Day, here are some words from Jenifer Hitchcock, who teaches AP Government at TJ.

"As an election officer, I am humbled watching my community turn up to the polls to vote. While receiving a ballot and selecting a single person to represent a voter feels simplistic, I know that each person who votes has boiled down all of their beliefs, their ideals, their desires for the future of the country into that one vote. Each person makes an individual choice that is equal to every other voter. It is a beautiful, quiet act of a sovereign individual. I am thankful that women; Black, White, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latina, and Native are able to be a part of this democratic tradition."

#womensequalityday

Today, August 26th, we celebrate National Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment, g...
08/26/2020

Today, August 26th, we celebrate National Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. This year marks 100 years since that amendment was created. We asked TJ educators what voting means to them. Today we'll be sharing their answers!

First up is Melanie Morris, who teaches AP Psych and AP Government:

"Voting is power. Plain and simple. Political power. Social power. Economic power. When you don’t have the right to vote, you lose your power. When studying marginalized groups in any society, examine the barriers to their right to vote as a fundamental way their voice is suppressed by those in power. It may seem like such a small act, but there are huge repercussions when your voice is not considered in the political process of your country.

Exercise your power. Monitor your power. Protect your power. Fight for your power. Be loud in your power. Be proud of your power. Model your power."

#womensequalityday

Congratulations to Class of 1994 TJ alumna, Jennifer Kelley (Pierce)! She was just awarded the prestigious Presidential ...
08/20/2020

Congratulations to Class of 1994 TJ alumna, Jennifer Kelley (Pierce)! She was just awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Jennifer returned to TJ from 2006-2011, where she taught math, served as the 2011 Class Sponsor, and coached tennis. She now teaches Algebra and AP Calculus at Jackson Hole High School in Wyoming. Jennifer credits the TJ community as an integral part of who she became as an educator.

Read more about Jennifer here: https://www.paemst.org/finalist_profile/5129

#tjalumni

Today we're featuring 1992 alumna, Wendy Anderson! Wendy is an Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering ...
08/15/2020

Today we're featuring 1992 alumna, Wendy Anderson! Wendy is an Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering and the Global Lead for Star Wars Live Entertainment. ⁠

She has delivered projects for Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Lines. Wendy is currently leading entertainment development for the immersive adventure Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser!

#tjalumni

The United Nations has designated August 12th as International Youth Day. Every year, this day celebrates young people's...
08/12/2020

The United Nations has designated August 12th as International Youth Day. Every year, this day celebrates young people's voices and actions. The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action,” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions.

TJ students have a long history of advocating and raising their voices for causes that they're passionate about. Today we recognize and celebrate these voices, these students who have decided to engage with their community for a better and stronger world.

#internationalyouthday

Our first alumni feature of the week is Kristina Hu, who is gearing up to pursue her MBA at Harvard Business School. She...
08/11/2020

Our first alumni feature of the week is Kristina Hu, who is gearing up to pursue her MBA at Harvard Business School. She graduated from TJ in 2012 and has worked in investment banking and as a Product Manager for Uber. ⁠

Kristina has a hugely successful YouTube channel, @TheUnsungHeroine, showcasing classical piano renditions of EDM and Top40 music. She is also the author of Hu Knows, a newsletter where she shares career advice. Visit https://kristina.substack.com/p/welcome-to-hu-knows to subscribe!

#tjalumni

Welcome back, Class of 1990! Alums Cathy and Liz spent their morning reminiscing on their favorite TJ memories and creat...
07/20/2020

Welcome back, Class of 1990!

Alums Cathy and Liz spent their morning reminiscing on their favorite TJ memories and creating a video tour to share with their class at their virtual 30th reunion later this month.

To find out more about upcoming class reunions, visit www.tjpartnershipfund.org/alumni

Check out this virtual summer program run by 2 of our very own TJ students!The National Center for Women in Technology (...
07/07/2020

Check out this virtual summer program run by 2 of our very own TJ students!

The National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) hosts AspireIT programs across the country that encourage girls to explore computer science, inspiring curiosity and a love for learning; Scratch That is an AspireIT program, run by students from TJ.

This program runs from July 11 - August 15 on Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 AM ET and is open to rising 2nd - 6th grade girls. The program cost is $95, spent on game prizes and subscription kits that students can use after the program ends.

The program is free of cost for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.

To learn more, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ScratchThatProgram

And apply here!: https://tinyurl.com/ScratchThatApply

Dear Graduates, we wanted to say congratulations on completing a year of school that you will never forget. You have acc...
06/22/2020

Dear Graduates, we wanted to say congratulations on completing a year of school that you will never forget. You have accomplished something that you will talk about for the rest of your life. Your graduation is a great accomplishment! We wish you well in all your future endeavors! Remember to share memories from your festivities with us by tagging @tjpartnershipfund

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