Patriot Nation

Policies, Procedures and General Information for Students and Parents

Governor Thomas Johnson High School

1501 North Market Street

Frederick, Maryland 21701




  • The late bell rings at 7:30, students are expected to be in the classroom at this time. Students in the hall or arriving to school after 7:30 will be directed to the ATTENDANCE OFFICE for a late pass.
    • Students are EXPECTED to serve a LUNCH DETENTION the day they are late UNLESS an excuse note is given.
      • No show for lunch detention results in progressive discipline (after school detention, saturday school, ALC)

  • Parents are encouraged to notify the school (email and/or phone) if their child will be absent from school. A note stating the reason for the absence is required when the student returns to school(please present the note to the attendance office within 3 days of absence). Please contact the school if there are specific concerns regarding attendance.

  • Unexcused absences can affect your student’s grade and could result in failing the term and/or semester.

  • Students must be in good attendance standing in order to participate in athletics, clubs and other activities.

  • Students out of class for more than 10 minutes are missing significant instructional time. This could be considered a class cut resulting in progressive discipline.

*Please see the FCPS calendar handbook for more specific details of the FCPS attendance policies*


Policy: Student appearance is a part of school climate, and can help us achieve our goals in numerous ways. Our student attire policy is intended to create a positive environment for education, contribute to the learning and practice of the board's established core values, help students concentrate on school work, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety.


NO HATS OR OTHER HEAD GEAR (includes scarves, wraps covering the full head) Head bands must be 2 inches or less in width.






HALF SHIRTS (NO stomach showing)

SIDELESS SHIRTS (No open sides)




All those in violation of dress code will be asked to sign a contract acknowledging the dress code infraction. Students will be also be required to change clothing before returning to class

*Please note, if student does not have a change of clothing, student will remain in ALC for the day. Students will not be driven home to change clothes. *

Additional Progressive Consequences Could Include:

Administrative Warning, Parent Communication

Lunch Detention, After School Detention, Saturday School, Parent Conference, ALC, Conduct ineligibility

**Note-see calendar handbook for specific details and list of inappropriate items*

Plagiarism: the unaccredited use of another’s ideas and presenting it as one’s own

Cheating: any attempt to gain an unfair advantage through an unauthorized or improper source

Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty: helping another student plagiarize or cheat and is the same as committing the actual offense.

As Patriots, we take the following honor pledge:

I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment or assessment. My name on this piece of work affirms my character and honor.

Academic Integrity









  • Use school appropriate language
  • Ask politely for permission to use your device
  • Follow all directions
  • Arrive on time
  • Turn off and put away electronic devices
  • Request CONNECT time
  • Complete/hand in all assignments
  • Ask for, complete, and turn in missing work following an absence
  • Be prepared to learn
  • Bring required materials
  • Participate (keep head up, follow activities, ask questions)
  • Adhere to dress code

Media Center/

Computer Lab

  • Use school appropriate language
  • Ask politely for permission to use your device
  • Use equipment and materials appropriately
  • Appropriately utilize available resources
  • Browse for educational purposes only
  • Refrain from eating and drinking
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Enter with an attitude for learning
  • Know your login and password
  • Listen attentively for directions
  • Report problems to staff
  • Adhere to dress code


  • Turn off cell phones
  • Keep feet on floor
  • Enter only during applause/breaks in performances
  • Refrain from eating and drinking
  • Remain in your seat
  • Sit quietly
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Sit with your class
  • Listen attentively and respectfully
  • Focus on what is being taught, shared, or presented
  • Adhere to dress code




  • Support and encourage the athletes, the fans, the officials, and the game
  • Keep gym free of food and drink
  • Dispose of trash properly
  • Be safe in the stands
  • Use equipment and materials appropriately
  • Encourage Patriot Pride
  • Adhere to dress code



  • Use school appropriate language
  • Keep PDA private
  • Keep the area clean


  • Keep hallways clear
  • Walk with purpose
  • Dispose of trash properly
  • Have signed pass
  • Tell correct name and destination if asked
  • Adhere to dress code


  • Wait patiently for your turn in line
  • Be courteous to the cafeteria staff
  • Be mindful of others
  • Form an orderly lunch line
  • Stay seated at your table
  • Remain in the cafeteria
  • Throw away your trash
  • Arrive on time
  • Have money or student ID ready to purchase lunch
  • Have written pass to leave
  • Adhere to dress code

GTJHS Patriot Expectations

TJ Pride=Making good choices

The following infractions are some that could result in a request for extended suspension:

  • Drug Distribution (including conspiracy to distribute) even without the exchange of money
    • includes OTC, prescription, and illicit drugs
  • Bomb Threat
  • False Fire Alarm/Discharging Fire Extinguisher
  • Arson
  • Refusal to Allow Search

Maryland law prohibits anyone from possessing a rifle, gun, knife, or deadly weapon of any kind on any public school property in this state.


on school property (including look-a-likes) may result in your permanent removal from all Frederick County Public Schools

One more thing…

  • With freedom and independence comes RESPONSIBILITY

  • Please make yourself familiar with all FCPS policies. These can be found in the FCPS Calendar Handbook and online at

Patriots are Respectful, Responsible and Ready

Alternative Learning Center Expectations for Student Performance

Report to the front office immediately upon arrival. You will be escorted directly to the ALC by an administrator or school support teacher.

• No electronic devices. This includes music players, radios, headsets, electronic games, and cell phones.

• Each student will complete assignments for each of his/her classes. Students must engage in on-task, academic, non-disruptive behavior at all times.

• Each student must remain alert and upright at all times. Both verbal and non-verbal communication with any other student in ALC is prohibited. Social letter writing is also not acceptable.

• Students are required to complete a behavioral reflection assignment to exit ALC.

Failure to meet ALC expectations could result in student being assigned additional days of ALC.

Conduct Ineligible

Conduct ineligibility is a step in the progressive discipline that prohibits a student from participating in or attending any extra-curricular activities.

Often conduct ineligible students are no trespassed on school property after 2:20.

In order for students to regain eligibility, students must petition their administrator by completing reflection sheet at least 2 days prior to the event of attendance.

It’s the Patriot Way…


    • Don’t forget to sign in/out of the room (first/last name, date/time) ☺

  • Office phones are for emergency use only and you MUST get permission from front office staff!

  • Students are NOT permitted to use classroom phones

  • Cell phones may not be used for active phone calls, face time, etc at any time during the school day!
  • Maryland State Law=all visitors must check into the main office and be wearing a visitor's badge.

  • Parents are welcome to visit their children’s classrooms but please make arrangements in advance.

There’s more…

Electronic Devices

Policy: All electronic devices (cell phones, Ipods, Ipads, tablets, etc) are to remain off and out of sight during instructional time. **

**Permitted times and uses**

  • Educational purposes under the direct supervision/permission of a teacher
  • During lunch period, before school, class change

PLEASE NOTE: Actively speaking on the phone or making a phone call is not permitted at any time. Students must adhere to the policy above or the following consequences will occur.

Students will be required to sign a cell phone contract acknowledging they are in violation of the cell phone policy:

Progressive Consequences Could Include one or more of the following:

Administrative Warning

Confiscation of the phone (one block, whole day, etc)

Parent pick up of the phone

Individual cell phone contract- phone is checked in and out of the office daily

Conduct Ineligibility


  • Parking on school campus is a PRIVILEGE
  • Display current parking permit
  • Only park in designated spaces-tickets will be issued

Please note: you must re-apply and obtain a new parking pass each year.

Patriot Way continues…

Make your high school experience count, get involved in a club and enjoy the new friendships you will make.

  • Note: All student clubs ,and associated activities, must adhere to the FCPS Regulation 400-58.

  • Stay tuned to the announcements for your opportunity to learn about club options. Clubs meet on designated CONNECT days and after school.

Emergency Drills will be conducted, please take every situation seriously!

Please speak with your teachers if you are uncertain of procedure

TJ Patriot Clubs and Organizations

Anime Club

Future Business Leaders of America

Latin Club


American Sign Language Club

Gender-Sexuality Alliance**

Latino Dance Club

Russian Speakers Club

Art National Honors Society

German Club

Math Club

Senior Class Executive

Chess Club

Golf Club

Mock Trial

Sisterhood of TJ Girls

Dart Club

Hacky Sack Club

Model United Nations

Sophomore Class

Drama Club

Interact Club

National Honors Society

Student Government Association

Fellowship of Christian Athletes**

Jazz Club

Patriot Council

TJ Singers

Fellowship Club**

Journalism Club

Physics Club

Tri-M Music Honors Society

French Club

Junior Class Executive

Political Awareness Club**

Yoga Club

Freshman Club

Key Club

Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society

Robotics Team

Academic Team

Necktie Club

Strategic Analysis Gaming

**Denotes non-school sponsored club.

Questions? Contact Mrs.Williams

There’s still more…


  • Lockers are signed out at lunch during the first week of school. Please see Mrs. Printz in the main office if there are any problems.

  • Do not keep items of value in lockers

  • Only use your assigned locker and don’t let other store their belongings in your locker

Every principal, assistant principal or authorized security officer of a public school may conduct a reasonable search of the school property including lockers. Authorized school personnel are permitted to search students and his or her belongings with reasonable suspicion. This statement serves as notification to all students!

Information about Bullying

  • New regulation updates can be found at:

(forms can also be obtained in the guidance office)

Here are the basics:

  • Bullying represents a pattern of behavior when a person repeatedly uses power in an intentional manner, including verbal, physical, written, or electronic communication.

  • Harassment includes intentional negative actions that offend, ridicule, or demean another individual with regard to race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, physical attributes, socioeconomic status, familial status, physical or mental ability or disability.

  • Intimidation is subjection to an intentional action that seriously threatens and induces a sense of fear and/or inferiority.

  • Respect each other; we need to work together to keep our school a safe environment for all. If there are concerns, please stop and talk with your guidance counselor or another staff member. Reporting forms are located in the administrative and counseling offices as well as link above.

A nurse or health room technician will evaluate your condition and determine the appropriate action.

Students are not permitted to be in possession of prescription medication or over the counter medication and may face discipline consequences in accordance with FCPS regulation 400-8. Parents or students should contact the Health Room regarding any medications that need to be taken at school

Health Room Technician: Colleen Hayden 240-236-8283

School Nurse: Brigid Knott 240-236-8285

Patriot Pride..more help..

School Support

Provides an additional “go to” person within the building where students can talk and get academic and behavior support.

John Manley: 240-236-8210

Extended Learning Opportunities

Need help with homework or what about preparing for those high school assessments or PARCC exams? Join us for ELO on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:40, stop by the guidance office or main office for more details.

Media Center

It’s more than just books, stop by and see what the media center can do for you!

Patriot Nation is ready to help...

Guidance Counselor


Ms. Lowe

Grade 9 A-Z

Mrs. Weinstein

Grades 10-12 A-F

Mrs. Bishard

Grades 10-12 G-N

Mrs. Lawlor

Grades 10-12 O-Z

Mrs. Perry

Grades 9-12 ELL A-Z



Dr. Lippy

Mrs. Bittner

Assistant Principal A-E

Mr. Caulfield

Assistant Principal, F-L

Mrs. Clements

Assistant Principal, M-R

Mrs. Williams

Assistant Principal, S-Z

More Patriot Nation Staff Ready to help...

Jane Beach-Community Liaison 240-236-8258

Fabiane Arce-Community Outreach (Espanol, Portuguese) 240-236-8236

Cindy Holley-Registrar 240-236-8218

Jody Vacura-Attendance 240-236-8222

Athletic Office and Facilities - Mike Chavez 240-236-8210

Special Education Coordinator-Tracy Easterday 240-236-8219

Special Education-Charla O’Sullivan (Dept Chair) 240-236-82323

Bell Schedules



Block 1

7:30 – 8:50

Block 2

8:54 – 10:14


Block 3

10:18 – 10:57

*CTC lunch dismiss at 10:45*

Block 4

11:01 – 12:51

Lunch Shift 1

11:01 – 11:31

Lunch Shift 2

11:41 – 12:11

Lunch Shift 3

12:21 – 12:51

Block 5

12:55 – 2:15



Block 1

8:30 – 9:35

Block 2**

9:39 – 10:44

Connect-Block 3

10:48 – 11:27

Block 4

11:31 – 1:06

Lunch Shift 1

11:27 – 11:57

Lunch Shift 2

12:02 – 12:32

Lunch Shift 3

12:37 – 1:06

Block 5

1:10 – 2:15



Block 1

9:30 – 10:32

Block 2**

10:36 – 11:38

Block 4

11:42 – 1:08

Lunch Shift 1

11:38 – 12:08

Lunch Shift 2

12:08 – 12:38

Lunch Shift 3

12:38 – 1:08

Block 5

1:12 – 2:15



Block 1

7:30 – 8:30

Block 2**

8:35 – 9:40

Block 4

9:45 – 11:15

Lunch Shift 1

9:45 – 10:15

Lunch Shift 2

10:15 – 10:45

Lunch Shift 3

10:45 – 11:15

Block 5

11:20 – 12:15

Regular Schedule

1 Hr Delay

2 Hr Delay

2 Hr EARLY Release


CONNECT is a highly responsive program designed to increase student achievement. 

  • CONNECT is a specified block of time that provides an opportunity for students to:
    • make-up work
    • complete assignments
    • receive intervention
    • receive support
    • receive academic tutoring
    • participate in AP/SAT study groups
    • participate in clubs 

  • This time would also be used for announcements, registration/ scheduling, assemblies, advisement, and report card distribution in order to reduce interruptions to instructional time.

  • Student Expectations:

Students will: 

    • work on school related activities for 40 minutes 
    • remain in their requested CONNECT location for the entire block 
    • seek permission for tutoring 
    • be proactive learners 
    • make up tests and quizzes 
    • appropriately use technology under the guidelines of county policy

Special Programs

Academy for the Fine Arts (AFA)

The AFA offers FCPS students the opportunity to take advanced courses in arts and communications.

Students gain knowledge and enrichment from field trips, concerts, plays, and interaction with professional artists, mentors and workshops.

AFA graduates leave with work-readiness skills, courses, and experiences in concentrated areas of study so that they are ready to enter a post-secondary academic institution.

For information, please visit:

For more information on the AFA please contact:

Jason Patellis (AFA Coordinator)



The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) is a citizenship program sponsored by the US Navy. The goals include developing a student’s character, placing an emphasis on leadership, self-discipline and confidence.

For additional information please visit:

Or contact:

Chief Michael Rodrigues Commander Jeremy Gillespie

240-236-8257 240-236-8311


TJHS uses the Home Access Center (HAC) software to give students and parents access to grades. Parents and students can sign up for timely email alerts about student progress.

A blue directions sheet was sent home with students the first week of school. If there are questions about students or Guardian User ID’s and passwords, please contact the main line of the school for more information (240-236-8200).


Using Internet Browser navigate to

Enter login information


*DO not give username and passwords to other people

*Please allow turn around time to enter grades

*Check with your teacher about missing grades as they are calculated in a variety of ways

*If questions arise, please contact the student’s teacher or guidance counselor.

School Meals

“All Frederick Co public schools offer nutritious breakfast, lunch and a la carte items”

“Prepaying for meals is timesaving and easy. Pay directly to your school cafeteria with cash or check or via

Free and reduced meals are available for families who are eligible. Please see Mrs. Sampson in the main office or the FCPS Free and Reduced Meals Website for details.

Visit the calendar handbook for more information

Senior Information

To get senior class updates, sign up for Remind 101

  • Text 81010 with @mrsbishard

Specific Information regarding seniors will be shared through the guidance office. If you have questions, please contact your counselor.

Cap, Gown and Announcement orders begin in September

Get Involved..


The PTSA is an organization that represents every part of our community-the students, the parents, and the teachers and staff. We work hard to make sure our students have every opportunity to be successful.

More information will be sent via FOF.

Safe and Sane

Safe and Sane is an all night drug and alcohol free event celebrating the accomplishments of the seniors.

The celebration is held immediately following the graduation ceremonies. This event requires support from the entire community. For more information, contact:

Julie Marker

Teresa Robertson

Booster Organizations

Please visit the booster organizations websites for detailed information:


Band Boosters:

JRTOC Boosters:


FOF-Find Out First

Get school news and FCPS news from Find Out First (FOF). Information includes:

  • Emergency notices
  • Calendar Updates

Sign up at

*Reminder to update your settings each year*

Social Media

Social Media is generally a good way to get the most up to date information:

“Like FCPS on Facebook, follow on Twitter, download the mobile app”


TJHS Twitter:









Remind 101

Athletics-weekly reminders (games, cancellations, etc)

  • Text 81010 with @gtjhs to sign up

Senior class of 2017

  • Text 81010 with @mrsbishard

Junior Class (2018)

  • Text 81010 with @gthjs18

TJ Stage

  • Text 81010 with @tjstage

Students, staff, parents, and community - working together to make TJ an amazing school!

We are….

Patriot Nation, All Day, Every Day!

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