The Suite Life

News from the TJHSST Department of Student Services Suite

By TJHSST Student Services
Student Services
September 20, 2019

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

Ms. Armstrong:  attending a friend's wedding. Love is sweet!What's making our lives sweet right now script

Ms. Phelps: long chats with sweet friends!

Ms. Hamblin:  a baby shower for her future nephew.  Babies are the sweetest!

Ms. Wolf:  the sweet anticipation of starting a new book!  This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. 

Mr. Kosatka: received sweet hugs all around on National Hug Your Boss day!

Ms. McAleer:   taking a moment to enjoy the beautiful (and sweet) world as she travelled with her IBET to Green Spring Gardens.

stream in a forest with filtered light


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September Spotlight:  Student advocacy.  Struggling in class?

Step One: Student meets with teacher and ask for strategies for improvement in that class.  It is best not to frame this conversation as “How can I bring up my grade?” or “Do you offer any extra credit?” .  Instead;  “What strategies do you have for helping me improve my study skills or test-taking in this course?”  8th periods offer the perfect opportunity to have these types of conversations with teachers.

Step Two: If Step One doesn't seem to help, the next step would be for the student to meet with his/her school counselor to develop a strategy and talk through some options.  These may include: more focus on time management, a parent/teacher conference, 8th period study sessions, seeking out a peer tutor, or perhaps seeking a professional tutor in the subject. 

Step Three: If Steps One and Two don’t seem to be working, this would be the time for the parent to make contact with the counselor, if contact has not been made already.  Working together, we can develop a plan for improvement.  

Students, we are all here for you!  Please ask for help when you need it.  

PSAT Reminder

All 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 16, 2019!  For 11th graders,  the results on this test will determine qualification as a  National Merit Semifinalist in the fall of senior year.  We recommend a great night's sleep and a healthy breakfast! 

9th and 12th graders will participate in specific programs on this day through IBET and Senior Research Labs.  

Dismissal for all students will be at 1:00 PM on October 16, 2019

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Housekeeping Items in the Suite!  

All items below require forms that must be submitted to a counselor by a deadline.  

Expunging Middle School courses taken for High School Credit 

Parents may request that grades for any high school credit-bearing course taken in middle school be omitted from the student’s transcript, and therefore the student will not earn a standard unit of credit for the course nor be eligible for verified credit in that course unless the course is repeated. The request to remove a course from the transcript must be made in writing to TJHSST Student Services and prior to the end of the first nine weeks of the school year which is November 1, 2019.   See Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School, Form IS-104. Courses taken in the summer session following student promotion from the eighth grade are ineligible for removal from the high school transcript.

Students who transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) with high school credits from middle school may request those grades be expunged from, or not included, their FCPS transcript using the same form above and within the same window of time.  

Please see your counselor if you have questions about this process.  

Pass-Fail (P or F)

If your student is considering the option of taking a year long class on a Pass-Fail basis, the deadline to submit this form to the counselor is September 24, 2019.  

See current version of Regulation 2436, Optional Pass-Fail Grading for High School Courses for rules and procedures for high school students who choose to take one elective credit per year to be marked pass-fail.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency. Thirty languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam. The full list of languages is available here.

Registration is now open and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.mLate registrations will not be accepted. See your counselor for registration well before the deadline.

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Address changes.  Have you moved?

How to Report a Change of Residence to the TJHSST Admissions Office and TJHSST Student Services 

IMPORTANT:  1) Address changes cannot be updated via the weCare system.  2) Changing the residency of another student in an FCPS school will not change that of a TJHSST student until the process outlined below is completed successfully.

  1. Contact the TJHSST Registrar, Ms. Elizabeth West and the TJHSST Admissions Office  providing the following information:

    1. Student Name

    2. Student FCPS ID Number

    3. Name of enrolling parent or guardian with contact information (email and phone number)

    4. Old residence address

    5. New residence address

  1. The TJHSST Registrar will contact the enrolling parent or guardian to schedule an appointment to come to the school as the address change must be done in person.  The registrar will provide a list of documents and detail the procedure required for the address change.   

Questions?  Reach out to us in the Suite.