Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens New Lab Wing
On November 14th, local dignitaries led by Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza and School Board Chair Tamara Derenak Kaufax gathered at TJ to commemorate the opening of the School’s new Research Lab Wing. FCPS School Board Members Ilryoung Moon, Patty Reed, Jane Strauss, Sandy Evans, and student representative Harris LaTeef, as well as Assistant Superintendent for Facilities Jeffrey Platenberg, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, and Cluster VIII Assistant Superintendent Fabio Zuluaga attended, as did Loudoun County School Board Member Thomas Reed, State Senator Dick Saslaw and Delegate Mark Keam.
Senior Anant Das, SGA President (pictured), speaking first, thanked the community for their support, saying “the students are more grateful than you know.”
Superintendent Garza (right), after complimenting TJ faculty and students for their fortitude during the renovation, remarked that the new spaces will allow “our brightest minds” to solve our biggest problems.
Board Chair Kaufax, noting that the Labs were designed with input from TJ’s Lab Directors and based on university research models, stated that “the County is committed to supporting the unique needs of all of our students at all of our schools.”
Partnership Fund Board Chair Srikant Sastry thanked his predecessors for their leadership and emphasized that the work of the Campaign is far from finished, thanking the entire community “for all that you have done and all that you’re going to do.”
In closing, Principal Glazer acknowledged his administrative team and highlighted the new JUMP Lab for underclass research and JCIRN, the collaborative network to support research and outreach, made possible by a cash gift from Northrop Grumman and gifts of technology from Cisco Systems (pictured).
Parents have continued their tremendous support of the Campaign during this Back-to-School season, with freshman (Class of 2018) parents already donating over $65,000. Sophomore (Class of 2017) parents have donated nearly $250,000 to the Campaign since joining the TJ family, and other current parents, past parents, grandparents, and friends have contributed well over $1M since the Campaign’s inception.
Alumni, who have kicked off their own Campaign effort, have donated a combined $236,000, including an amazing $32,000 from the Class of ’94 (see articles on the Class of ’94’s 20th reunion and the Class of ’89’s 25th reunion). Alumni have also been organizing informational get-togethers all over the country, including two that took place this fall in New York City (below) and Los Angeles (right).
Campaign donations have already been used to purchase over $750,000 worth of new equipment, technology, specialized lab furniture, software, supplies, and training (see article on new Research Labs).