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
19th – S. T. E. M. Night
@ 5:30-7:30
20th – Assembly: Renegade Stringband
Kdg. – 2nd @ 12:15
3rd – 5th @ 1:15
21st – SUN School ends
24th – SUN School Showcase
@ 5:30-7:30
27th & 28th – Thanksgiving
no school

December 2014
2nd – Hearing Screening follow-up
2nd – PTA Meeting
4th & 5th grades presentations
@ 6:00-7:30
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


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

Huge book donation contributes to 2014 Children's Book Harvest

November 20, 2014
More than 2,000 students at five PPS schools received some 17,000 books from last year's first annual Children's Book Harvest. Assistant Superintendent Melissa Goff today announced that Discover Books donated 5,000 books to the Second Annual Children's Book Harvest and will donate another 5,000 after the campaign reaches 25,000. The 2014 Children's Book Harvest, a key strategy in PPS' Read Together Third Grade Reading Initiative, is underway now through Nov. 26.


School board sets aspirational targets

November 11, 2014

The Portland School Board, responding to the state's decision to nullify the district's Achievement Compact for not setting targets in the three areas measured by new state tests, voted 6-0 on Nov. 10 to set aspirational targets of 100% achievement in third grade reading, 5th and 8th grade math.


Faubion will relocate to Tubman

November 06, 2014
Faubion Principal LaShawn Lee joined community members for several planning sessions. Faubion PK-8 students will relocate to Tubman School at 2231 N. Flint Ave. during construction of the new building. [More]

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