Dear TJ Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends,
I would like to share with you some updates and new developments at TJ in connection with our search for a new Head of School. On behalf of the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School Board of Trustees, it is a great pleasure to announce the appointment of Patrick (Pat) McInerney as TJ Interim Head of School for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year beginning August 1. We are grateful to have found someone of Pat’s caliber to serve as Interim Head as we formally begin to conduct our search for a permanent Head of School over the coming months. (More about the Head of School Search will be communicated later this summer.1 )
Pat will bring significant experience including more than 30 years in independent schools, most recently from Kents Hill School in Maine, where he served as Head. His philosophical alignment with TJ's Mission and Western Civilization-focused curriculum makes him a wonderful choice as TJ's Interim Head of School. I believe that his straightforward, thoughtful, and engaging leadership style combined with academic strength, values, and genuine passion for students and independent school education will help him continue TJ’s growth and success over the next year.
Pat brings with him well over 30 years of experience as a teacher, advisor, coach, Assistant/Associate Head and Head of School in independent schools. He retired last month after 25 years of service from the Kents Hill School in Kents Hill, Maine, where he served most recently as Head of School, with many years of prior experience as Interim Head, Assistant/Associate Head, Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, and Director of Financial Aid. Prior to Kents Hill School, Pat served as Head of School for Burke Mountain Academy (a premier ski academy) in Vermont and as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Miss Hall’s School in Massachusetts.
Pat earned his B.A. at Bates College, where he majored in Biology and captained the soccer and tennis teams. He earned his M.Ed. from Harvard University with a focus on Administration, Planning and Social Policy. Pat also brings his experience as a Board Member of NASCUMC (National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church) as well as interests in continuing sciences education evidenced by Cambridge University (England) in nanotechnology, philosophy of science, evolution of the flu virus, and other subjects.
Pat and his wife Cindy have two grown sons: Christopher is a professional illustrator and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, and Brendan, a graduate of Champlain College, is a professional photographer in Burlington, Vermont. We look forward to welcoming Pat and Cindy to TJ and our community soon.
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
1Ned Becker and Doug Cummings of Educators Collaborative, the national consulting firm specializing in working with independent schools who helped in our prior Head of School search, connected us with Pat. They have also been engaged by the TJ Board to help us with our national search for TJs next permanent Head of School. Both consultants have themselves headed independent schools and have years of experience working in independent education. Both have been and remain active in regional and national independent school boards and organizations. More information on Educators Collaborative can be found at http://educatorscollaborative.com
Congratulations to the 20 Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School students who were
recognized for exceptional performance on Advanced Placement exams this year.
The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams
with the AP Scholar Awards. The awards are acknowledged on all AP score reports that are sent to colleges after the award has been conferred.
Upper School students at Thomas Jefferson take Advanced Placement courses during their junior and senior years, and they take end-of-course
exams in May. All TJ students take several AP courses as part of the regular program.
National AP Scholars Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams:
AP Scholars with Distinction These students earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams
taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams:
AP Scholars with Honor These students earned an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams
taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams:
AP Scholars These students earned scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams:
"One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is
performance on Advanced Placement Examinations." William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard University
"The confirmation that college-level learning took place is in the published
results. The AP Exam grade is a national standard I understand and rely upon." Joellen L. Silberman, Dean of Enrollment, Kalamazoo College
Congratulations to the 25 members of the TJ Class of 2017 who celebrated their graduation on Sunday, May 28, 2017, in the TJ Concert Hall.
The Class of 2017 is TJs largest graduating class so far, and the students have an average ACT Composite Score of 29.
They earned more than $5.1 million in merit-based scholarship offers. Click the "Printable Version" button above to see the ad that ran in the May 28, 2017, Joplin Globe.
Click here to see video from the Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Ceremony. Scroll down to see where they were admitted, and which schools they will attend.
The Thomas Jefferson Class of 2017
Class of 2017 acceptances and matriculation: (school names in bold indicate matriculations):
American University Amherst College
Baldwin Wallace University - Conservatory of Music
Baylor University Baylor University - College of Music
Bowdoin College Bradley University
Calvin College- Honors
Case Western Reserve University Centre College
Chapman University - Dodge College of Film Clark University
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Columbia University Connecticut College
Drury University- Honors College Earlham
Emory University Emporia State University
Harvey Mudd College
Indiana State University
John Brown University
Kansas State University
Lafayette College Loyola Chicago
Memphis College of Art
Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri Western State University
Montana State University New York University
Northeastern University - Honors Program
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University Otis College of Art and Design
Parsons School of Design
Pittsburg State University Pratt Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Louis University
Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University - Meadows School of the Arts Southwestern University
St. Olaf College
Texas Christian University
Truman State University University of Alaska
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas- Honors College
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Riverside
University of Central Missouri
University of Colorado- Boulder
University of Denver
University of Kansas - Honors College University of Massachusetts
University of Mississippi - Honors College University of Missouri
University of Missouri- Honors College
University of Missouri–Kansas City
University of Missouri–Kansas City - Honors College University of Montana- Missoula
University of North Carolina
University of North Texas
University of Oklahoma
University of the South- Sewanee
University of Tulsa
University of Tulsa- Honors Program University of Virginia
University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming
Villanova University - Honors College
Wake Forest University
Washington University St. Louis
William Jewell College
William Woods University
THOMAS JEFFERSON CAVALIERS WIN STATE SCHOLAR BOWL TOURNAMENT VICTORY IS THE 10th STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TJ
Congratulations to the TJ Upper School scholar bowl team on winning the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 1 state championship in Columbia, Mo. Friday. This is the 10th state championship for TJ. Since 2000, TJ has won the state championship 10 times, and has placed 2nd four times. The 2017 championship team is pictured above, and the team members are Joey Cascone, Lane Wilson, Savannah Dillard, Preston Johnson, Tiernon Riesenmy, Garrison Henkle, Lex Baird, Jonathan Barnes, Hannah Mueller, and Danielle Arevalos. Gabe Hershewe was the team spotter for the tournament. Tiernon Riesenmy and Savannah Dillard were named to the All-State Team, and Savannah was also named to the All-Star Team for finishing in the top four.
All 10 team members scored points across the five rounds, and the average score for this championship team is the highest TJ team since at least 2010.
Scoring by round: Round 1: TJ 600, Norborne High School 100
Round 2: TJ 550, King City High School 160
Round 3: TJ 380, Mound City High School 210
Semifinal: TJ 410, Mound City High School 310
Championship: TJ 430, Lakeland High School 240
Scholar Bowl is a Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) activity in which high school students from across the state compete each year. It is a knowledge competition where teams earn points answering questions and solving problems in several categories including science, mathematics, social studies, communication arts, fine arts/performing arts, and "miscellaneous."
Congratulations to the TJ Middle and Upper School students on their performance at the 2017 Ozark 7 Math and Science Competition at McAuley March 14. Out of the 20 contest events, TJ students earned 1st or 2nd place in 17 (1st place in 14 of 20 events). The Ozark 7 Conference includes TJ, McAuley, Wheaton, Southwest, Verona, Purdy, and Exeter.
TJ students earned distinction in these events:
1st Place: Middle School Math Team
1st Place: Middle School Science Team
1st Place: Upper School Math Team
Advanced Math: Chloe Renfro - 1st Place
Trigonometry: Lexxy Ahn - 1st Place, Lane Wilson - 2nd Place
Algebra II: Preston Johnson – 1st Place
Chemistry: Lexxy Ahn – 1st Place, Olivia Renfro – 2nd Place
Physics: Hallah Butcher – 1st Place, Andrew Lown – 2nd Place
Advanced Science: Jonathan Barnes – 1st Place
7th Grade Science: Ian Ding – 2nd Place
8th Grade Science: Sonia Carlson – 2nd Place
Physical Science: Killian Helms – 1st Place
Biology: Colton Henkle – 1st Place
7th Grade Math: Shrihari Nagarajan – 1st Place, Abhijith Jenkins – 2nd Place
8th Grade Math: Johanna Jeyaraj – 1st Place, Ally Jacobs – 2nd Place
8th Grade Algebra: Killian Helms – 1st Place
State Qualifiers in the National History Day contest (from left): Ruchi Patel, Bella Scutti, Grace Jacobs, Chloe Renfro, and Acelynn Tate
Congratulations to the Upper School students who earned top awards at the regional National History Day competition at MSSU March 10. These students placed in the top three at the regional contest, and that qualifies them to compete at the state level in Columbia, Mo., on April 29.
Acelynn Tate - Individual Exhibit - 1st Place
Chloe Renfro - Historical Paper - 2nd Place
Grace Jacobs - Individual Documentary - 2nd Place
Bella Scutti and Ruchi Patel - Group Documentary - 3rd Place
The Conference champions are (from left): Hannah Mueller, Joey Cascone, Danielle Arevelos, Tiernon Riesenmy, Savannah Dillard, Lex Baird, Lane Wilson, and Jonathan Barnes.
Congratulations to the Upper School scholar bowl team on the win at the Ozark 7 Conference scholar bowl tournament March 8. The Cavalier team defeated Wheaton and McAuley twice to win the title. Top scorers were Savannah Dillard with 150 points, Lex Baird with 140 points, and Joey Cascone, Tiernon Riesenmy, and Lane Wilson with 100 points each.
Congratulations to the TJ Middle School students who won top awards at the regional MathCounts competition at MSSU on Feb. 18. Competitors from TJ earned the top team award, the top three individual awards, and the top four awards in the countdown round. MathCounts is a national math competition series where students qualify at their schools, compete in regional tournaments like the southwest Missouri region contest at MSSU Saturday, and then have the opportunity to compete at the state and national levels. The TJ team and several individual students qualified to compete in the state MathCounts contest in March.
The Middle School scholar bowl team earned the conference championship trophies in both divisions after winning the tournament at Southwest Feb. 15. The conference tournament is for 7th and 8th graders, and this is the fifth year in a row the Cavaliers have won the conference championship. The varsity and JV conference championship trophies are on display in the Latin room.
Congratulations to Coach Zina Lewis and the Middle School students on another successful Middle School scholar bowl season.
The championship A Team is Johanna Jeyaraj, Killian Helms, Shrihari Nagarajan, and Ian Ding.
The championship B Team is Parker Woods, Owen D’Amour, Dev Bhatt, Liam Chevillard, and Sophia Schwartz.
Congratulations to Mrs. Fang Martin and her Chinese language students who participated in the 2017 Chinese Speech Contest in Overland Park, Kan., on Jan. 28. Of the 15 TJ students who qualified and participated in the final round, 10 placed in the top-3 for their divisions. Students in Mrs. Fang Martin’s Chinese classes wrote, memorized, practiced, and delivered speeches in Chinese that range in time from two to four minutes, depending on grade level and experience. The initial entries were judged at the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, and the students who advanced to the finals competed against other Chinese language students from Kansas and Missouri when they delivered their speeches in front of a large audience and judges Jan. 28. The students competed by grade level, and in divisions and groups within their grade and experience levels.
These students placed in the Top-3 in their categories: Lower school: Catherine Martin-2nd place
6th grade: Levi Triplett-1st place; Evan DAmour-2nd place; Cain Butcher-3rd place
9th grade: Preston Johnson-1st place; Jade Eschenbrenner-2nd place;
10th grade: Alan Jones-1st place
11th and 12th grade: Jasmine Butcher-1st place; Hannah Triplett-2nd place; Hallah Butcher-3rd place
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School has released its Upper School 2016-2017 fall semester honor rolls. Students earning High Honors earned at least a 90 average and no more than one grade of B or lower; a student who averages over 90 percent during a semester and receives more than one B will earn honor roll status but not high honors. Students on the Honor Roll earned an 80 to 89.9 average. No student may have more than one grade of C or lower to receive honors.
Upper School High Honor Roll 9th Simran Anis
10th Seo-Young "Lexxy" Ahn
11th Hallah Butcher
12th Lex Baird
Honor Roll 9th Ryan Beyersdorfer
Steven "Connor" Yantis
10th Maeci Crotts
Richard Joseph III
11th Elias Burrough
12th Andrea Arevalos
Middle School High Honor Roll 6th Shayaan Anis
Eva Kay Locher
7th Dev Bhatt
8th Samaya Badrieh
Honor Roll 6th Kip Atteberry
7th Alivia Beard
Congratulations to the 12 TJ 7th graders who qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search.
The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school (TJ students who scored at or above the 95th percentile in 6th grade). Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as 7th graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. These students have the opportunity to participate in unique enrichment programs, and gain access to valuable resources for gifted students.
On average, more than 50 percent of each 6th grade class has qualified for the highly-selective 7th grade Duke TIP Talent Search.
These TJ students qualified for Duke TIP’s 35th Annual 7th Grade Talent Search: (back row, from left): Luke Miller, Abhijith Jenkins, Elias Rincker, Brinn Schnelle, Kyra Hayes, (front row, from left): Dev Bhatt, Ian Ding, Alea Davis, Sydney Flake, Jennalee Dunn, Shrihari Nagarajan and Allysen Weisler (Shrihari and Allysen not pictured).
From left: National Merit Scholarship Program finalists Jacob Barber, Noah Dickinson, Mario Destephen, Pranav Suri, and Noah Wells.
Congratulations to the five Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School seniors who were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
for scoring in the Top 1% in the nation on the PSAT
More than 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT (PSAT). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT -- a test which serves as an initial screen of entrants each year -- and by meeting published program entry/participation academic requirements.