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The student news site of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

tjTODAY

The student news site of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

tjTODAY

Thousands of students across Virginia protested the VDOE’s new model policies regarding transgender and LGBTQIA+ students on Sept. 27. Jefferson students are seen walking as they chant phrases like “accept we exist or we will resist” and prepare to listen to speeches by transgender and LGBTQ+ students during lunch. “This walkout was a show of solidarity amongst students in the state,” junior Sri Vellakkat said. “It was an effort to protest the DOE’s measures. It was an effort to ensure the DOE knows how we, as students, feel.”
Students across Virginia protest transgender model policies
Grace Sharma, Staff Writer • September 28, 2022

High school students across Virginia held walkouts on Sept. 27 protesting the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) newly proposed model policies...

Mason Neck State Park, seen above, has consistently been a past IBET field trip location. However, COVID and bus shortages have put a stop to field trips over the past two years. “Before last year, for example, the salamander IBET went to Vernal Pools and the deer IBET went to Mason Neck,” biology teacher Doctor Kathleen Morrow said.
The state of field trips
September 16, 2022
Door 12 has consistently been a place where students gather to catch their buses and finally head home after a long day of school, but some students are forced to sit and wait until 4:20 p.m to finally begin heading home. “I think it’s a problem with the bus system organization that caused all these problems.” senior Raed Mirza said.
Buses behind schedule
Eric Feng and Eli Tillemann September 28, 2022

My four years of high school have been through many obstacles and global pandemics, but one thing has remained the same as long as in person school was...

Ms. Chrystal Benson returns for her second year at Jefferson as Assistant Principal.
Crossing boundaries
September 26, 2022
Kai Bilal performs during the sophomores MEX dance despite struggles with boys building interest and participation. The initial demo seemed kind of hard, sophomore Zeerak Yusufi said. It was fast paced and the [guys] just lost interest. There were no friend groups, either—it was just random people who decided to come to MEX, so there was no hype. We [didnt] generate enough interest.
MEX spirit in shambles
September 23, 2022
⚠️ Time to BeReal ⚠️
⚠️ Time to BeReal ⚠️
Anya Raval, Staff Writer • September 7, 2022

  It’s that time of day and a notification buzzes. “2 min left to capture a BeReal and see what your friends are up to!” BeReal is...

Cover art for Jazz Emu’s most recent album, Digital Spool, released on September 1st. This is the artist’s fourth album, and works to challenge his methodology for songwriting since day one.
Digital Spool album review
September 2, 2022
The “Jefferson experience” is a self-destructive stereotype that promotes a suffocating and hypercompetitive environment. However, this isn’t an accurate reflection of what Jefferson actually is. We’re a lot more than just a bunch of stressed STEM nerds — we’re also a community of learners and creators.
The “Jefferson experience”: stereotype or reality?
Laura Zhang September 30, 2022
Top 5 Lunch Spots
Top 5 Lunch Spots
September 2, 2022
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The JV Field Hockey team poses after a win against Edison. Coach Andrew Ssekikkubo’s teaches a mentality of playing every game like it’s the final game. “Yes, we want to win every game but are we learning from our mistakes? Are we learning from new opportunities? Are we growing in the game?” Coach Andrew Ssekikubo said.
Stepping up, filling in
Christina Lu, Editor-in-Chief • September 19, 2022
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