Thomas Jefferson High School Is Focus of Mason, FCPS Partnership

Posted: March 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

George Mason University and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are joining forces to explore ways to improve educational opportunities for students who attend the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). University President Alan Merten and Daniel Domenech, superintendent of FCPS, made the announcement jointly.

“This is a partnership with unlimited possibilities,” said Domenech. “The opportunities to update the curriculum, enhance faculty collaboration, and share resources and information are truly exciting. We are pleased to join George Mason in this partnership, which will greatly benefit students at TJHSST.”

According to Merten, the purpose of the partnership is to enhance student learning and faculty teaching by performing an ongoing review of the TJHSST curriculum and to enable faculty members and students from both institutions to share the latest research to keep abreast of advancements, especially in mathematics, technology, and the natural, physical, and social sciences.

An 18-member committee has been formed to explore how the partnership can support both Mason and TJHSST. Thomas Hennessey, chief of staff to Merten, and Thomas Brady, chief operating officer for FCPS, are serving as cochairs. TJHSST’s curriculum and academic program will be the focus of this committee’s work.

In addition to Hennessey, Mason representatives include: Anne Agee, assistant director and deputy CIO for information technology; Traci Claar, director of community relations; Reid Herlihy, vice president, Facilities; Mark Kidd, associate dean, University Life, and director of student activities; Scott Martin, chair, Department of Art and Visual Technology; Mickey McDade, associate athletic director; Marilyn McKenzie, associate provost for educational programs; Kevin McNamee, intercollegiate sports senior associate athletic director; and Linda Schwartzstein, vice provost for academic affairs.

The committee is scheduled to complete an academic planning report by June 30.

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