Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

James John Elementary School

Home of the James John Lions!

7439 N Charleston Ave.  | Portland, OR 97203
Phone: (503) 916-6266 | Fax: (503) 916-2641

A Message From the Principal

Principal picture
Principal Samantha Ragaisis

October 2014

Dear James John Community,

I am excited to lead James John as your new principal. 

As you know, Principal Beth Shelby is on leave to take care of a surgery and Superintendent Smith took this opportunity to bring me from Glencoe Elementary in Southeast Portland to lead James John. Principal Shelby will lead Glencoe when she is back from her leave.

I come to James John from the Salem-Keizer School District where I worked with an elementary school very much like James John. The teaching staff and I were able to support students in making great gains in achievement. I look forward to supporting the James John team to do the same.

I am excited to meet James John families. If you have questions or just want to say hello, please know that my door is always open. Read more.

Samantha Ragaisis


James John Elementary

School News & Announcements

November 2014
24th – SUN School Showcase
@ 5:30-7:30
27th & 28th – Thanksgiving
no school

December 2014
2nd – Hearing Screening follow-up
9:00-2:00 in Rm. 35 (art room)
2nd – PTA Meeting
4th & 5th grades presentations
@ 6:00-7:30
3rd – Walk To School Day
7:45 @ Community Center
4th – picture re-takes
5th – assembly: Pressure Point
@ 10:15 for 4th & 5th grades in the Auditorium
6th - James Johns grounds clean up
@ 9:00-11:00
8th – 11th – Scholastic Book Fair
9th – Burgerville Night
@ 5:00-8:00
17th – late opening
@ 10:00
22nd-Jan. 2nd – Winter Break
no school


Daily Schedule

7:45 a.m. Breakfast Begins
8:00 a.m. Breakfast Ends
8:00 a.m. First Bell
8:05 a.m. Tardy Bell
10:50 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. K-5 Lunch and recess are on a rotation
2:10 p.m. Dismissal (Grades K-2)
2:15 p.m. Dismissal (Grades 3-5)

James John Calendar

PPS News

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November 23, 2014

Madison senior Mustaf Mohamed, Somalian by birth, grew up in Kenyan refugee camps. His story is an inspiring look at what's possible when all students are given the opportunity to meet their full potential. 


Board holds last in town hall series

November 23, 2014
Portland School Board members are wrapping up a series of town halls with the final session at Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies, on Dec. 1.


Boise-Eliot/Humboldt food drive

November 23, 2014

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt is among schools collecting nonperishable food to assist families in need at the school. 


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