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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Established 1985
School type Magnet school
Principal Evan M. Glazer
Address 6560 Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22312
Enrollment 1,803
Average SAT Scores (2006) 717-Critical Reading
737-Math
701-Writing
Athletic Conference Liberty District
Northern Region
Athletics 19 Sports
46 Teams
Colors Red, blue, and white
Mascot Colonials
Homepage www.tjhsst.edu

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST, TJ, Jefferson) is a public secondary magnet school in Alexandria, Virginia. It is operated by Fairfax County Public Schools, but enrolls students from most of the school districts in Northern Virginia. The magnet school program was founded in 1985 through the cooperation of state and county governments, as well as corporate sponsorship from the defense and technology industries, and occupies the building of a previous non-magnet Thomas Jefferson High School (constructed in 1965). As a publicly funded and administered high school with selective admissions, TJHSST is often compared with other notable public magnet schools such as New York City's Stuyvesant High School. TJHSST is one of 18 Virginia Governor's Schools, and a founding member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. TJHSST Logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the U.S. system of education, a magnet school is a public school which offers innovative courses, specialized training, etc. ... The AAA Liberty District is a high school conference in the state of Virginia that typically includes schools exclusively from Fairfax County. ... The Northern Region is one of the four AAA regions in the Virginia High School League. ... Image File history File links JeffersonColonials. ... In the U.S. system of education, a magnet school is a public school which offers innovative courses, specialized training, etc. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Location 8115 Gatehouse Road Falls Church, Virginia 22042 Phone Number 571-423-1000 Superintendent Jack D. Dale School Board Chairman Daniel Storck Grades K-12 Website Official Site The Fairfax County Public Schools system (abbreviated FCPS) is a branch of the Fairfax County government which administers public schools in Fairfax... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Jefferson High School was a Fairfax County, Virginia public high school that opened in 1964 and closed in 1987. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... Stuyvesant High School, affectionately known as Stuy, is a New York City public high school that specializes in mathematics and science. ... The Governors Schools are a collection of regional magnet high schools and summer programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia intended for gifted students. ... National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) is an alliance of specialized high schools in the United States whose focus is advanced preparatory studies in mathematics, science and technology. ...

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Admissions and enrollment

The sculpture outside the entrance to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
The sculpture outside the entrance to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Every fall, the TJHSST Admissions office solicits applications for freshman admission from rising eighth-graders who live in eligible areas in Northern Virginia. After paying a registration fee, all applicants take an admissions test, which consists of a standardized mathematics and reasoning test and two essay questions. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ...


The math and reasoning test score is combined with the student's middle-school GPA to form an overall, objective ranking; the Admissions office designates the top scorers as semifinalists, a group generally about three times as large as the planned freshman class. The semifinalists submit further information, including teacher recommendations, awards, previous experience in science, mathematics, and technology, and a personal statement containing 250 words or less. This info, along with the student essays written during the admission test, is reviewed by the two selection panels who select the next year's freshman class.


Class size

While most local high schools base entering class size on the number of rising eighth-graders, Jefferson controls its freshman enrollment through the selective admission process. Of the approximate 2500 freshmen who apply, only about one in five are admitted. This target class size has slowly grown since the school was founded, beginning at 400 students per class in 1988. The class of 2009 contained about 450 students. For the current freshmen class of 2010, and next year's freshman class of 2011, enrollment has been increased to about 500 students.


Student diversity

TJHSST has been criticized for its lack of minority representation and ethnic diversity. While Asians are well-represented, other minority groups, such as blacks and Hispanics, comprise a smaller percentage of the student body than is present in the populations of the participating localities. The school's largest racial groups are whites (at about 56.7%) and Asians (at about 33.6%).[1]


During its formation, the admissions policies did not include stipulations to increase the representation of underrepresented minorities. However, by 1991, admissions had begun to tacitly admit a higher proportion of underrepresented minority students.[citation needed]. This practice was discontinued in 1998.[citation needed]


In 2004, the Fairfax County School Board commissioned a study to determine what steps, if any, should be undertaken to remedy the underrepresentation of certain racial or ethnic groups, as well as low-income students, among enrollees. Prior to the study, admissions decisions were based mainly on middle school grades and students' scores on the admission examination. In 1998, attorneys working for Fairfax County Public Schools published an interpretation of law that restricted "soft affirmative action", which led to a severe decline in enrollment among black and Hispanic students. The FCSB commission concluded that a change to the admissions policy was necessary to mitigate the underrepresentation (by taking into account other factors, such as gender, ethnicity and other socio-demographic characteristics, as "plus" factors in a holistic review of applicants). Despite efforts at increasing outreach, however, the percentage of minority students only increased moderately. During the 2004/2005 school year, the black student population of TJHSST was 1.24% and the Hispanic population was 2.42%. Students admitted in that school year were 3.84 % Hispanic and 2.42 % African-American, although these two ethnic groups constitute more than 25 % of the student population in Fairfax County.[2] shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Participating localities

While TJHSST is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system (which serves residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax), residents of Arlington, Loudoun, Fauquier, and Prince William counties, as well as the City of Falls Church, are also eligible to apply for admission. A particular number of admission slots is allotted to each participating locality. In March 2006, the Alexandria School Board voted 7-2 in favor of allowing a maximum of two students from Alexandria to attend the school, although a subsequent vote (5-4) in September 2006 rescinded that earlier decision. Each school district shares in the cost of operating the school. The independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, although located within a participating county, have declined to purchase spaces for their students.[3] Location 8115 Gatehouse Road Falls Church, Virginia 22042 Phone Number 571-423-1000 Superintendent Jack D. Dale School Board Chairman Daniel Storck Grades K-12 Website Official Site The Fairfax County Public Schools system (abbreviated FCPS) is a branch of the Fairfax County government which administers public schools in Fairfax... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1805 Government  - Mayor Robert Lederer Area  - City  6. ... Arlington County is an urban county of about 203,000 residents in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the U.S., directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. [1] Originally part of the District of Columbia, the land now comprising the county was retroceded to Virginia in a July... Loudoun County (pronounced LOUD-un; IPA: ) is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. ... Fauquier County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Prince William County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1875 Government  - Mayor Robin Gardner Area  - City  2. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... An independent city is a city that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County None (see independent city) Government  - City Manager Lawrence Hughes Area  - City  10. ... Manassas Park is a city in Virginia. ...


Curriculum

TJHSST offers an extensive mathematics and science curriculum, including courses in organic chemistry, neurobiology, marine biology, DNA science, and quantum mechanics. All courses at TJHSST are taught at the Honors/GT, Advanced Placement, or post-Advanced Placement level. All students are required to complete an introductory Java computer science course. Starting with the class of 2008, the computer science course must be completed before junior year. Seniors must also participate in the Senior Technology Laboratory Research program, which consists of a year-long research project or an off-campus mentorship through one of the school's research labs. These labs are devoted to numerous fields, including robotics, microelectronics, chemistry, prototyping, optics, computer aided design, astronomy, and oceanography.[4] There was recently some debate over the inclusion of the Video Technology Lab, responsible among other things for producing the school's video morning announcement program. It was ultimately decided that the Video Technology Lab would be closed, despite an active letter writing campaign by students to the Board of Education. A new technology lab was recently approved in neuroscience. Organic chemistry is a specific discipline within chemistry which involves the scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation (by synthesis or by other means) of chemical compounds consisting of primarily carbon and hydrogen, which may contain any number of other elements, including nitrogen, oxygen, halogens as well... Neurobiology is the study of cells of the nervous system and the organization of these cells into functional circuits that process information and mediate behavior. ... Marine biology is the scientific study of the plants, animals and other organisms that live in the ocean or any other body of water. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. ... Fig. ... Advanced Placement (AP) is the term used to describe high school classes that are taught at a college level. ... Java is an object-oriented applications programming language developed by Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s. ... Look up robotics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Microelectronics is a subfield of electronics. ... It has been suggested that the central science be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with prototype. ... For the book by Sir Isaac Newton, see Opticks. ... This article is about computer-aided design. ... A giant Hubble mosaic of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant Astronomy is the science of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earths atmosphere (such as auroras and cosmic background radiation). ... Thermohaline circulation Oceanography (from Ocean + Greek γράφειν = write), also called oceanology or marine science, is the branch of Earth Sciences that studies the Earths oceans and seas. ... Drawing of the cells in the chicken cerebellum by S. Ramón y Cajal Neuroscience is a field that is devoted to the scientific study of the nervous system. ...


The school also offers a strong humanities and foreign language curriculum. Japanese, Chinese, and Russian are taught in addition to the more traditional German, French, Spanish, and Latin. Every other year, students in Russian classes visit Russia, and during the other years, Pskov State Pedagogical University students from Russia visit TJ. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ...


TJ also offers its IBET (Integrated Biology, English, and Technology) program to ninth graders. Students spend nine class periods a week with the same group of peers, and the IBET teachers work together to produce an integrated curriculum. The technology aspect of the program (formally known as Principles of Engineering and Technology) stresses drafting, CAD, and basic electronics skills. Integrated Humanities courses are offered in 10th and 11th grade, with several integrated programs available for seniors. Currently, the idea to integrate Chemistry into 10th grade humanities has been proposed as the "CHUM" concept.


All students attending TJHSST must pursue a special TJ Diploma. The TJ Diploma requirements duplicate those of the Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma with additional mathematics, computer science, earth science, and engineering requirements.[5]


Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body for secondary schools in the region including Virginia, has accredited TJHSST since the magnet program was founded in 1985.[6] The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor for over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. ... Regional accreditation is a term used in the United States to refer to the process by which one of six accrediting bodies, each serving an area of the country, accredits schools, colleges, and universities. ...


Awards and Distinctions

TJHSST has fielded more National Merit Semifinalists than any other high school in America for most of the 1990s and 2000s. From 2000 to 2005, it fielded more USAMO qualifiers than any other high school in America and has a distinguished history of U.S. Physics Olympiad Team members and medal winners. The PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a multiple-choice standardized test administered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The USAMO (or USA Mathematical Olympiad) is a test that, since 1972, has been given to the top approximately 250 students in the AMC contests. ...


TJHSST was recently ranked as the top high school in the nation by PrepReview. TJHSST also has the highest average SAT score among all American high schools.[7] Each year, over a quarter of its graduating class accepts admission to the University of Virginia. Other graduates attend Ivy League schools and high-ranking public and private schools across the nation. The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... For the record label, see Ivy League Records. ...


For schools with more than 800 students in grades 10-12, TJHSST was cited as having the highest-performing AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP French Language, AP Government and Politics: U.S., and AP U.S. History courses among all schools worldwide.[8] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Notable Visitations

President Reagan's visit in 1986 consisted of a question and answer session with a select group of students. A transcript is available. The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, visited in 2001. Ian Anderson of the classic rock band Jethro Tull visited the school on October 12, 2005, along with classical violinist Lucia Micarelli. He answered questions from students about his work, being on tour, and illegal file sharing. The visit was the subject of articles in the Washington Post [9] as well as the Washington Times [10]. Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the lead singer of Jethro Tull. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lucia Micarelli is a musician best known as the featured violinist in Josh Grobans Closer tour. ... ... The Washington Times is a daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1982 as a conservative alternative to the Washington Post by members of the controversial Unification Church. ...


Al Gore visited in 1999 to provide the keynote address to the graduating class of 1999. In 2000, Mandy Moore performed a concert at TJHSST as a result of a radio contest sponsored by now-defunct local radio station WWZZ (Z104). The contest was conducted via online voting on the Z104 website. Students were allowed to vote for their school as much as once a day, for the duration of the contest. However, because the voting system had no way of verifying who was voting, several TJHSST students wrote a number of various computer scripts that generated rapid, automatic votes for TJHSST, randomly choosing a member of the student body to vote as. Lake Braddock Secondary School students followed suit and wrote their own vote-generating script to compete with TJHSST. Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Amanda Leigh Mandy Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer and actress. ... WWZZ/WWVZ was the Washington, DC metropolitan areas largest adult rock format radio station, owned by Bonneville International. ... Lake Braddock Secondary School Lake Braddock Secondary School is a grade school in Burke, Virginia administered by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). ...


In an attempt to crack down on these ethically questionable attempts to manipulate the contest, Z104 announced that computer-generated voting was no longer allowed, and that any high school found violating the rule would be disqualified, removing a number of votes from TJ and several other schools that had taken a similar tack. However, when it became apparent that policing such a restriction would be nearly impossible, the organizers of the contest seemed to give up, allowing the votes to count, and giving TJ the victory by a wide margin of votes.[11]


On Thursday, September 27th, 2001, Rev. Jesse Jackson visited the school. He gave a speech to the entire student body about the recent 9/11 attacks and the need for unity among the people of the nation.[12] His speech culminated in Jackson leading the student body in a chant of his famous line, "I am somebody." Jesse Louis Jackson (born October 8, 1941) is an American politician, professional civil rights activist and Baptist minister. ...


In 2005, French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte visited the school. He gave a speech to the French and government classes.[13] Levitte as Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, addressing the Security Council before its vote on resolution 1441. ...


NASA downlink

On November 15th, 2005, the school hosted a downlink with the crew of International Space Station Expedition 12. Astronauts William McArthur and Valery Ivanovich Tokarev fielded questions from students in both English and Russian. United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings was also in attendance for the event. “ISS” redirects here. ... Expedition 12 (2005) was the 12th expedition to the International Space Station, launched from Kazakhstan using the Russian Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft. ... External link NASA Biography Categories: People stubs | 1951 births | Astronauts ... Valeri Tokarev Valery Ivanovich Tokarev (Russian: Валерий Иванович Токарев), Russian Air Force Colonel and test cosmonaut at the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, was born October 29, 1952 in the town of Kap-Yar, Astrakhan Region Resides at Star City, Moscow Region. ... Margaret Spellings (born Margaret Dudar on November 30, 1957) is the current Secretary of Education under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush and was previously Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy to Bush. ...


Bulent Atalay's visit

In 2006, physicist Dr. Bulent Atalay visited the school and gave a speech discussing topics in his new book, Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci. Bulent Atalay, a physicist, artist, and author of Math and the Mona Lisa: the Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci, Smithsonian Books (2004). ... Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde), is a 16th century oil painting on poplar wood by Leonardo da Vinci, and is one of the most famous paintings in the world. ... The Mona Lisa Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath: scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, and writer. ...


Jack McConnell's visit

On October 20, 2006, First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell visited TJHSST to observe one of America's top schools. He intends to reform the Scottish education system with the belief that Scotland's education system is holding back some of its brightest students.[14] The First Minister (First Meinister in Scots; Prìomh Mhinistear in Scots Gaelic) is the leader of Scotlands national devolved government, the Scottish Executive, which was established in 1999 along with the reconvened Scottish Parliament. ... Jack Wilson McConnell (born June 30, 1960 in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is a former First Minister of Scotland, current leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency. ... {{Infobox Education| country name = Scotland | agency image = | agency = Scottish Executive | leader titles = Minister for Education and Young People Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning| leader names = Peter Peacock   Nicol Stephen | budget = £4. ...


Recent developments

GMU partnership

In March 2004, TJHSST announced a partnership with nearby George Mason University. Among the proposals set forth in the partnership are the relocation of TJHSST to the George Mason University campus and instruction by university professors at the high school. This proposal was scratched in 2007 when George Mason decided to build a conference center in available space. In the 2005-2006 school year, a small group of Thomas Jefferson students piloted a program in which they took college-level courses at GMU's Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering. George Mason University, also known as GMU or simply Mason, is a large public university in the United States. ...


Addition of learning cottages

In response to increasing student enrollment, several "learning cottages" (trailers) were placed in the back of the school's campus in May 2005. There are currently over 20 trailers at TJ, though some are not being used because of space restrictions. For the 2006-2007 school year, trailers were placed on two of TJ's tennis courts, which has caused some doubt as to where the tennis teams will play during their spring seasons.


Apple Federal Credit Union Colonial Branch Established

TJHSST, which does not have a business department, announced the Grand Opening of the Apple Federal Credit Union Colonial Branch. The Colonial Branch helps teach students financial literacy and offers them convenient access to their banking accounts.


Japanese exchange program

TJHSST celebrated the ten-year anniversary of its sister school relationship with Chiben Gakuen High School in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan in 2003. Each year, several TJHSST and Chiben Gakuen students participate in an exchange program to foster intercultural and language development. Chiben Gakuen in Wakayama Chiben Gakuen Middle School and High School (智辯学園 和歌山中学・高等学校) is a private academic institution with campuses in Nara Prefecture and Japan. ... Wakayama Prefecture ) is part of the Kii Peninsula in the Kinki region on HonshÅ« island, Japan. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Retirement of Elizabeth V. Lodal

From 2000-2006, Elizabeth V. Lodal served as the principal of Thomas Jefferson. In the spring of 2006, Lodal announced her retirement after 40 years as a public school educator and principal of four Fairfax County secondary schools. This occurred after a year in which Lodal publicly stated the percent of Asian students out of students involved with cheating and theft that had recently occurred at TJ. After a negative response from the Asian community, Principal Lodal wrote a letter in the Parent, Teacher and Student Association Newsletter clarifying her remarks.[15] During her tenure, Lodal advocated an increase in the diversity of the school; she pushed for new admissions procedures designed to increase acceptance of minority students, which the school board passed in 2004. [16] She was appointed by Governor Kaine to be a delegate from Virginia on The Education Commission of the States. Dr. Evan M. Glazer, former director of Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology, was chosen as her replacement. [17]


TJ3Sat Project

TJHSST Systems Engineering Course is designing and building a CubeSat which is planned to be launched in 2008 or 2009. Orbital Sciences Corporation donated the CubeSat Kit to the school on December 6th, 2006 and will also provide the launch for the satellite. If successful, TJ3SAT will be the first satellite launched into space that is built by high school students.[18] CP-1, CalPoly Cubesat Ncube-2, a Norwegian Cubesat A CubeSat is a type of space research picosatellite with dimensions of 10×10×10 centimetres (i. ... Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC, though commonly abbreviated as Orbital) is a Dulles, Virginia company which specializes in satellite launch and manufacture. ...


School features and activities

The school maintains a schedule of eight class periods on Monday and block classes the rest of the week. Though no formal classes are offered during eighth period, it is a required part of a school day. Monday's eighth period is known as TA (teacher advisory), which is similar to homeroom. Wednesday and Friday's eighth period is devoted to study halls, clubs and teams, and other extracurricular activities. Since the school day ends at 3:50 (an hour and a half later than other Fairfax County high schools), eighth period enables students to explore a wide variety of interests, including science, athletics, performing arts, and the humanities, without having to stay after school. Every Thursday, the school day known as Jefferson Learning Community (JLC) begins at 9:00 rather than 8:30 to allow for teacher conferences. Home room is a term used in schools across United States. ...


Computer Systems Lab

Logo used by the CSL, incorporating the Linux mascot.
Logo used by the CSL, incorporating the Linux mascot.

The Computer Systems Lab (CSL, often shortened to "syslab") at TJHSST is one of very few high school computing facilities with a supercomputer. In 1988, a team from the school won an ETA-10P supercomputer in the SuperQuest competition, a national science competition for high school students. Unfortunately, the ETA-10P was damaged by a roof leak in the 1990s. Cray Inc. donated a new SV1 supercomputer to the school on December 4, 2002, which is still functioning today.[19] The supercomputers have been used in research projects by students and may be used in a course for students taking the advanced computer science class entitled Supercomputer Applications. Image File history File links Syslablogol. ... Image File history File links Syslablogol. ... The concepts behind Tux, the Linux mascot, were developed in email exchanges on a public mailing list. ... A supercomputer is a computer that led the world in terms of processing capacity, particularly speed of calculation, at the time of its introduction. ... An ETA-10 supercomputer installation The ETA-10 was a line of supercomputers manufactured by ETA Systems (a spin-off division of CDC) in the 1980s and which implemented the instruction set of the CDC Cyber 205. ... SuperQuest is a national computational competition for high school students. ... Cray Inc. ... The Cray SV1 was a vector processor supercomputer, first manufactured by the Cray Research division of Silicon Graphics in 1998. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


One of the interesting aspects of this lab is the strong encouragement of student involvement. Since the early 1990s, designated student system administrators (often referred to as "sysadmins") have maintained the lab's workstations and servers, including the upkeep of the school's E-mail, web site, and intranet, among other services. The syslab is currently running Debian GNU/Linux and Gentoo Linux, although some computers are currently using Fedora Core. Some computers are thin Sun clients. Over the years, students in the Computer Systems Research course as well as the sysadmins have worked to improve the computer resources in the school. A system administrator understudy program is in place in order to train aspiring sysadmins. Understudies learn common tasks such as workstation maintenance and Linux installation, as well as CSL-specific administration procedures. A system administrator, or sysadmin, is a person employed to maintain, and operate a computer system or network. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... An intranet is a private computer network that uses Internet protocols, network connectivity, and possibly the public telecommunication system to securely share part of an organizations information or operations with its employees. ... Debian is a project based around the development of a free, complete operating system through the collaboration of volunteers from around the world. ... GNU (pronounced ) is a computer operating system composed entirely of free software. ... It has been suggested that Criticism of Linux be merged into this article or section. ... The Gentoo Linux operating system (pronounced ) is a Linux distribution named after the Gentoo penguin. ... Fedora Core is an RPM-based Linux distribution, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. ... Sun Microsystems, Inc. ...


One notable project developed in the "syslab" is the TJHSST Intranet. This large web application was an early venture into PHP, and is known for bringing Rasmus Lerdorf, the original creator of PHP, to the school for a visit. It was made as a replacement for the aging mechanically-based Eighth Period scheduling system, but now it also provides features such as access to files on the school's intranet and the student directory. In recent years, the Intranet2 project has been developed in order to redesign and reimplement the Intranet system with Object-oriented programming and modern versions of PHP in mind. It was released on May 18th, 2006, but will still continue to be developed indefinitely. PHP (PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor) is a reflective programming language originally designed for producing dynamic web pages. ... Rasmus Lerdorf (born November 22, 1968 in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland) is a Danish-Canadian programmer and the author of the first version of the PHP web programming language. ... PHP (PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor) is a reflective programming language originally designed for producing dynamic web pages. ... Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a programming paradigm that uses objects to design applications and computer programs. ...


Performing arts

The drama program performs three major plays each year. The independent Shakespeare Troupe student group additionally performs three Shakespeare plays each year. Every other year, the drama department puts on a musical, complete with singers and live pit orchestra. Shakespeare redirects here. ...


The choir program holds several concerts over the course of the year, the largest of which is Spring Show. Spring Show is held during second semester and involves both curricular and extracurricular singers.


The orchestra program, conducted by Allison K. Bailey, consists of a symphonic and a concert ensemble. They perform in four concerts over the course of the year, including the judge-evaluated Spring Festival. For the past several years, the orchestra program has achieved the rating of "superior" at every annual Festival. In addition, the symphonic orchestra won the title of "Best Overall High School Orchestra" at the 1991 International Quebec Music Festival.


TJ's band program, directed by Mary Ulrey, consists of three concert bands and one jazz band in addition to a number of extracurricular ensembles. Each year, the bands perform in several concerts, including a Fall Preview concert in conjunction with the orchestral and choral programs and the District XI VBODA Concert Band Festival. The school's extracurricular bands include the Thomas Jefferson Marching Colonials (TJMC), the marching band, a winter drumline, a winter guard, and a second jazz band. TJMC rehearsals begin in the early summer, and the band's season runs through early November. In addition to performing at home football games, the band participates in several competitions throughout the fall, usually concluding the season at the USSBA National Championships. The winter drumline's season begins in late November and performs through early April. The extracurricular jazz band rehearses during eighth period and performs with the curricular jazz band at a spring Jazz Cabaret. A concert band, also called wind band, symphonic band, symphonic winds, wind orchestra, wind symphony, or wind ensemble, is a performing ensemble consisting of several members of the woodwind instrument family, brass instrument family and percussion instrument family. ... A jazz band (or jazz ensemble in western dialects of American English) is a musical ensemble that plays jazz music. ... The Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (more commonly known as VBODA) is an organization of high school, middle school, and elementary school band and orchestra directors within the Commonwealth of Virginia, whose mission is to help promote opportunities of music education to K-12 students. ... An American college marching band on the field (University of Texas) A marching band is a group of instrumental musicians who generally perform outdoors, and who incorporate movement â€“ usually some type of marching â€“ with their musical performance. ... An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (or battery) and front ensemble (or pit) sections of a marching band or drum corps. ... The United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) was formed in the Fall of 1988 to provide high school band programs with a competitive circuit featuring top judges from across the continent and a world class venue for the US Scholastic Band Championship. ...


International programs

In addition to the Chiben Gakuen student exchange, TJHSST also hosts the annual week long Jefferson Overseas Schools Technology Institute during the summer for American-based overseas school educators. Also, guest instructors from overseas frequently teach at TJHSST for an academic year, and have hailed from countries such as Germany and Latvia over the past decade. Overview The Jefferson Overseas Schools Technology Institute (JOSTI) is an annual week long technology training conference for educators in American-based overseas schools. ...


Academic competitions

Academic teams at TJHSST have consistently performed well across state, national, and international levels. Teams that have maintained perennial success include those competing in debate, chess, the American Regions Math League competition, Odyssey of the Mind, and both the Regional Virginia and National Science Bowls. In certain cases, teams have held a winning streak of several years or have won multiple times. TJHSST is also known for its strong performance in the It's Academic high school quiz tournament, which is produced and broadcast in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as in national tournaments such as NAQT's High School National Championship Tournament and the PACE National Scholastics Championship.[citation needed] The American Regions Mathematics League (ARML), is an annual high school mathematics team competition held simultaneously at three locations in the United States: the University of Iowa, Penn State, and San Jose State. ... Odyssey of the Mind (often called OotM and OM, but see below) is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten though college. ... Science Bowl is a high school academic competition, similar to Quiz Bowl, held in the United States. ... Its Academic is a televised academic quiz competition for high school students, currently airing on NBC affiliates in Washington, DC (WRC-TV), Charlottesville, Virginia (WVIR), and Baltimore, Maryland (WJZ). ... It has been suggested that Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA be merged into this article or section. ... National Academic Quiz Tournaments (LLC) is a question-writing and quizbowl organizing company founded by former players in 1996. ... The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is a nonprofit organization which runs the National Scholastics Championship, an end-of-year championship for North American high school quizbowl teams. ...


Model United Nations

The Model United Nations club is the largest regularly-meeting organization in the school, with roughly 150 regular participants. Its Officer Corps includes over 20 members, including the Secretariat (Secretary General, Under-Secretary General, Senator, and Arbitrator). The club has been successful in national competitions, competing for awards at conferences hosted by several universities. TJMUN is also known for its winning streak at local conferences. TJMUN hosts its own conference each spring, TechMUN, named for the school's reputation. Model United Nations (also known as Model UN or MUN) is a simulation education activity focusing on civics, communications, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. ...


NCSSSMST

On October 18, 19, and 20, 2007, approximately 350 students from member schools of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Math, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST) will be attending a three-day conference hosted by Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in Alexandria, Virginia and its university affiliate, George Mason University (GMU) located in Fairfax, Virginia.-1... George Mason University, also known as GMU or simply Mason, is a large public university in the United States. ...


The goal is to have a conference completely student planned for the other students; a group of about 20 students is currently planning the conference under the supervision of Milde Waterfall. The students are currently maintaining a website about the planning of the conference.


The conference will provide opportunities for bright, dedicated students to explore innovations in math, science, and technology. Students will participate in interactive presentations by professionals, GMU professors, peers, and Jefferson alumni. This collaboration aims to motivate students to use their talent to the best of their abilities to solve diverse problems, inspiring a synergy among the students which will remain with them in college and beyond.


Athletics

Jefferson Athletic Logo.

The TJHSST mascot is the "Colonials". Teams currently play in the AAA Liberty District and the Northern Region of the Virginia High School League. Image File history File links JeffersonColonials. ... Image File history File links JeffersonColonials. ... The AAA Liberty District is a high school conference in the state of Virginia that typically includes schools exclusively from Fairfax County. ... The Northern Region is one of the four AAA regions in the Virginia High School League. ... The Virginia High School League is the arbiter of interscholastic competition among public high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ...


Highlights of Colonial Athletics

The Colonials have been recognized for their strong crew, cross country, track and field, tennis and swim and dive teams. In addition, the school's football team went to the 2004 Division 5 Northern Region playoffs. Colonials crew has been a dominating force in Virginia rowing, winning 11 of the last 12 boys eight varsity state titles. Both the girls and boys' teams have won medals at the prestigious Stotesbury and SRA regattas. If you wish to view the crew team's achievements, visit results at NCASRAand view regatta results. The tennis team has won 13 district championships in twenty seasons and the crew, cross country, and swim and dive teams have won multiple state championships in recent years. Other teams with notable success include the boys soccer team, who won the 2007 VHSL AAA Liberty District Championship, the 2007 VHSL AAA Northern Regional Championship, and are currently ranked in the top 50 high school soccer programs in the country. The Colonials golf team boasts a 16-3 record for the past three years.


A tongue-in-cheek bumper sticker associated with the school states "We came for the Sports".


VHSL State Championships

The Colonials have won nine VHSL state titles in athletic activities, all in the AAA level, which are:

  • Three in AAA Girls Swimming and Diving: 2002-2004
  • Two in AAA Boys Cross Country: 2002, 2004
  • Two in AAA Boys Swimming and Diving: 1997, 2002
  • Two in AAA Girls Indoor Track: 1997, 1998

The Colonials have been state runner ups five times, which are:

  • Two in AAA Boys Cross Country: 2003, 2005
  • One in AAA Girls Cross Country: 2002
  • One in AAA Girls Swimming and Diving: 2001
  • One in AAA Girls Softball: 1991

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of TJHSST include: “Alumni” redirects here. ...

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