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

October 2014

28th - picture day

29th & 30th - conferences

     no school for students

31st - no school for students

November 2014
1st - James Johns grounds clean up
@ 9:00-11:00
2nd – Daylight Saving Time Ends
set clocks back 1 hour
4th – PTA Meeting
2nd & 3rd grades presentations
@ 6:30-7:30
5th – Walk To School Day
7:45 @ Community Center
10th – planning day
no school for students
11th – Veterans’ Day
no school
11th – Burgerville Night
@ 4:00-8:00
19th – S. T. E. M. Night
@ 5:30-7:30
21st – SUN School ends
24th – SUN School Showcase
@ 5:30-7:30
27th & 28th – Thanksgiving
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-3)
2:15 p.m. Dismissal (Grades 4-5)

James John Calendar

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PPS News

Achievement progress affirms PPS focus

October 17, 2014

Portland Public Schools exceeded attendance targets and nearly hit its graduation target, while falling short in third grade reading, ninth grade credits earned and the five-year high school completion rate, affirming the priorities Superintendent Carole Smith's set this fall.


School board declines to set achievement targets in areas measured by new state tests

October 15, 2014
The Portland School Board unanimously approved a PPS committee recommendation Oct. 14 that the district not set state Achievement Compact Targets for 2014-15 in areas that would be measured by the new Smarter Balanced tests until the reliability and validity of the new tests is established and districts have baseline data on this new assessment. [More]

PPS bond development committee recommends high schools

October 14, 2014
Benson Polytechnic High School is one of the three high schools recommended for the planned 2016 bond. The PPS Bond Development Committee (BDC) delivered its recommendations for the high schools to be included in the planned 2016 & 2020 school improvement bonds. 


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