RENOVATION & CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
Interior Demolished as Phase II Begins
With the demolition of the school’s interior, Phase II of TJ’s transformative renovation has begun. This phase involves completely reconstructing both levels of the school’s classrooms over the next calendar year, with the dome entrance opening upon its completion.
The temporary hallway (below, right) allows students to walk safely from the temporary front entrance to the research labs and newly constructed cafeteria, set to open in April.
The new Research Lab Wing and two other new wings completed during Phase I of the renovation were showcased at the November, 2014 Ribbon Cutting (see December 2014 issue) and the January, 2015 Open House (below). At both events, large numbers of loyal past parents mingled with current parents, alumni, and friends of TJ.
Recent Campaign giving highlights include a $100,000 gift from new international partner Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation and a year-to-date alumni giving total that is more than double the total at the same time last year. These and other donations made this winter have lifted the Campaign for TJ over the $4 million mark, bringing us halfway to our highly ambitious $8 million goal!
Community Events Celebrated:
Research Wing Open House
Friday, January 9, 2015, 5-7 pm
Over 200 guests, including alumni and parents of alumni, current parents, and members of the local corporate community, came out on a frosty January afternoon to see TJ’s brand new research lab wing.
Guests could choose whether to join one of several tours led by Jefferson Society tour guides or stroll through the labs at their own pace (a Korean language tour was also offered). Lab Directors were on hand to discuss current projects, and in the Prototyping Lab a vendor demonstrated the speed and accuracy of his company’s industrial-grade router, cutting a programmed shape out of plywood four times, one after the other, in a total of two minutes, instead of the hour that students using earlier machines would have taken. Partnership Fund volunteers mingled with guests, answering questions about recent acquisitions and future needs, while everyone enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks.
If you missed last November’s Ribbon Cutting and the January Open House, but are anxious to see the new labs up close, don’t despair. There will be additional opportunities to tour both the Research Lab Wing and the new Chemistry/Geosystems Wing, dates and times TBA.
November 15, 2014
Home of Jay & Natasha Marwaha, Parents ’10, ’18
The third annual TJ Diwali Celebration drew the largest crowd to date. A fantastic multi-course buffet provided at cost by Mayuri Restaurant and a Namaste I-Nite preview were the highlights of an evening that included plenty of dancing to the DJ’s traditional and modern mix.
March 8, 2015
China Garden Restaurant
The second annual TJ Lunar New Year Celebration was a Sunday brunch featuring performances, prizes and informative speakers: A TJ administration panel answered a variety of questions, an alum told students how to make the most of their time at TJ, and a junior/senior panel (below) provided perspective and advice to a crowd that included many freshman families. Over 350 parents, students, alumni, family members, and special guests attended, 100 more than last year!
Join research faculty and school administrators, corporate partners, alumni, parents and friends of TJ as we celebrate student research and honor this year’s Tommy Award recipients.
Enjoy a taste of tjSTAR (TJ’s own science and technology research symposium, held this year on June 9th) as select students representing each of our 14 labs explain their research projects.
Watch your email for an invitation to this very special annual event.