By TJHSST Student Services
Student Services
October 18, 2019

What's making life sweet this week in Student Services?

Mrs. McAleer: Collecting my kids’ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups after Halloween for my benefit!  

Ms. Smith: Cosplay on my birthday at the Renaissance Fair. 

Mrs. Barkat: A solo trip out of town!

Mrs. Hamblin: FALL is finally here!Text logo:  What's making our lives sweet right now?

Mrs. Kobren: My new computer trackpad!

Mrs. Ketchem:  Prepping for National Novel Writing Month

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October Spotlight:  Successful Strategies for Self-Advocacy

Everyone needs to ask for help sometime!  Students, here are some ways to ask for help: 

 1.  The first step is for you to speak to the teacher about what you can be doing differently to improve your grade.  The teacher is the expert in their class and can often give specific tips that will make a big difference in your work. Additionally, this helps you build a rapport with the teacher and demonstrates that you are really making an effort.

2.  8th period is awesome for connecting with a teacher to get tutoring, ask questions, retake tests or quizzes if applicable, and get homework done.  If you are having trouble with a subject, you absolutely need to go to 8th period tutoring regularly until things are going more smoothly.  There is a session for just about every subject offered every block weekly.  You do not always have to see your own classroom teacher!

3.  Should 8th period prove to be not enough, please consider finding a peer tutor through the National Honor Society.  You will be paired with a student who will earn community service hours for helping you. You can also look for subject specific honor societies (i.e. Biology Society, Latin Honor Society) as they can also offer tutoring.  Please refer to the list below for additional resources.

4.  If you have tried these things and are still not able to be successful, please feel free to reach out to your counselor and have your parents get involved.  A conference with your counselor and teachers may be in order.

Resources at TJHSST for self-advocacy to get the help you need:

8th period teacher and/or subject support (check Ion for weekly updates)
Writing conferences (English teachers)
School counselors-come see us in the Suite!
School Psychologist (Ms. Barkat)
School Social Worker (Ms. Armstrong)
Systems of Support Advisor (Mr. Forgash)
A peer tutor (see your counselor for information)


The end of the first quarter is November 1, 2019!  This can be a stressful time but using some of the strategies and resources above you can get the help you need.  Remember, we are here for you--so just ask!

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9th Grade News

October 16, 2019 was TJHSST Freshman Transition Day.   The Class of 2023 worked with IBET teachers and their counselors  on activities and lessons that focused on their transition to high school as well as some time to discuss the importance of wellness in their academic lives. Topics included:

  • Time management

  • Effective study habits

  • Self-advocacy skills

  • Strategies for working in groups

10th and 11th Grade News

October 16, 2019 our 10th and 11th grade students took the PSAT.  

We encourage all 10th and 11th graders to explore the many of the tools available to them in their Naviance Student accounts. Please also make sure that the email you have in Naviance Student is one that you use and check frequently as Student Services uses Naviance to send you information.

  • Explore the Roadtrip Nation Archive ***thousands of engaging videos of leaders in a variety of career fields***

  • Explore Careers & Career Clusters

  • Build a resume

  • College Profiles ***you can save colleges I'm thinking about for future reference***

  • Summer Enrichment Programs

Summer Residential Governor's School Information Sessions-October 25, 2019

Sophomores and Juniors interested in learning more about the Summer Residential Governor's School programs, please sign up for either 8A or 8B on October 25 to learn about the application process that is facilitated by the school and FCPS.   The programs are highly selective and are set for fixed weeks during the summer.  Please take a look before the meeting at the programs in which you may be interested and talk with your family about whether the dates would work with your summer plans.  Please be aware that should you  be selected you will not find out about acceptances until closer to April 2020.  


12th Grade News

Class of 2020, a reminder of your upcoming Transcript Request deadlines:

College Application Deadline          Transcript Request Deadline

November 15                                       October 21

December 1                                         November 6

January 1 and beyond                         November 25

The Transcript Request Form can be found in Naviance Student in the Document Resources folder.  If you have questions about the form or the deadlines, please see Ms. Cox in the Transcript Office. 

Seniors, please make sure you’ve added your counselor and your teacher recommenders on the Common Application. Please double check that you’ve entered the correct email addresses. Counselors are encountering misspellings, which means we don’t get the link and cannot upload your information.   If you need to edit a recommender, delete the original request and re-enter it.

All Grades

Q: Are community service hours required for graduation?

A: Technically, no.  FCPS and TJHSST recommend that students should complete 10 service hours per year for a total of 40 hours.  Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences.   x2VOL is the tool that FCPS high schools use to support students with finding, tracking, and verifying service hours electronically. Students login to x2VOL through Naviance Student on FCPS 24/7 Blackboard.  In the College and Career Center Folder of the Document Resources of Naviance Student, there are instructions about how to get started with x2VOL.  

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What's happening in the Suite?

Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Barkat

Dr. Esther Barkat, TJHSST Psychologist, held a coffee and conversation for 9th grade parents this week sponsored by the PTSA Health and Wellness Committee.  Dr. Barkat talked about the importance of preparing teens for not only academic success but preparing them as well-balanced individuals who can be resilient and emotionally healthy.  She discussed with parents how to help their teens recognize, understand, label, express, and regulate their emotions. The discussion was lively and the parents were very engaged. The PTSA Health and Wellness Committee plans to host two more parent sessions with Dr. Barkat in January and March 2020 so please follow the PTSA newsletter if you’d like to join one of the next sessions. 


Questions?  Reach out to us in the Suite.

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