November 21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8PM
November 25 – Parent Teacher Conferences 1-4PM and 5-8PM
November 26 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 1-4PM
November 27-29 – No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
School Day Conference Schedule Available Here
School News & Announcements
Jefferson High School – Middle College for Advanced Studies offers a full high school experience combined with college courses at Portland Community College, free to students, and social supports from Self Enhancement Inc. Students earn a year or more of college credit while earning their high school diploma. Credit- and income-eligible Jefferson graduates receive a full tuition scholarship to University of Oregon to complete a bachelor's degree. Read more [English] [Español] [ 中文] [Русский] [Soomaaliga] [Tiếng Việt]
|"We're building bridges for students as they make the transition from middle school to high school and high school to college. With the help of our partners, Self Enhancement Inc. and Portland Community College, we travel with them every step of the way."
- Margaret Calvert, Principal
“Jefferson's program just takes me one step ahead of other high school students. It expands my education and academic level."
- Robel Haile, Class of 2012, now at UO
Jefferson Students Feel Right at Home at PCC
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Message from the Administrators
Dear Jefferson Families,
Thank you for joining us at Open House last month. We had a wonderful turnout, well over 150 families. It was a prime opportunity to strengthen the connection between school and home, meet the staff members who work daily with your students, and to get a glimpse into your student’s day at Jefferson. We look forward to working with you throughout the year.
Our first spirit week of the year will run from October 14-18 culminating with the Homecoming football game and dance on the 18th. We encourage all of you to join us as we demonstrate our school pride. We will welcome alumni and celebrate our students. Come cheer the Democrats to victory over the Roughriders!
Next week teachers will complete the first progress reports of the school year. Progress reports should be arriving at your houses by October 12th. This is a good time to talk with your students about their classes and to contact teachers if you have concerns, early communication with teachers will pay big dividends throughout the year. You should be receiving either an email or letter from our district office with your login and password information for the new electronic grade book, ParentVUE. ParentVUE replaces EdBox which was used last year, allows you to track your student’s progress in his/her courses and helps you to communicate with teachers.
October 16th is our first round of standardized testing. All sophomores and some juniors will spend the morning taking the PSAT national exam. This is an opportunity for students to develop their test taking skills and to gain familiarity with exams necessary for coIlege entrance. If you have questions, please contact our testing coordinator, Gretchen Kraig-Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All students should arrive at school at 8:15 AM; there is no late opening on the 16th. Please remind your student to be at Jefferson no later than 8:00 AM. We appreciate your help.
Did you know that applying for free or reduced-price meals helps our school get funding? We are encouraging all Jefferson families to submit a confidential application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2013-14 school year. You wiil be notified if your family meets the eligibility guidelines based on household size and income. There are some great new choices on the menu this year. Even if your children prefer to bring lunch from home, you can apply for free and reduced-price meals to help our school. Also qualifying for the program can reduce college application fees. The 2013-14 confidential family application may be completed online at http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition or you can pick up an application in student services here at Jefferson. If you have questions about the meal application process, you may call the district meal application center at (503) 916-3402. High school students must complete an application every year, if applications are not complete students will be asked to pay full price starting Monday October 14th.
Please remember that school will be closed on Friday October 11th to allow staff to pursue professional development opportunities during the statewide in—service day.
There are a number of opportunities for families to get involved. Both the PTSA and Site Council looking for new members.
- PTSA meets from 7-8:30 PM Wednesday October 9th in the Community Room.
- Site Council meeting is Monday October 14th from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Principal’s Conference Room.
- Latino Parent Night Thursday October 10th from 5:30-7:00 in the Cafeteria.
- Senior Parent information Night Tuesday October 22nd from 6:30-7:30 PM in the library.
- Talented and Gifted Parent Night Wednesday November 7th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Community Room. If you are interested in getting more information about the identification process and opportunities please contact Joe Ballman our TAG coordinator at email@example.com.
There are some key dates in November to keep in mind. We will hold academic conferences the evenings of Thursday November 21st and Monday November 25th. Students will have half days of school on both Monday November 25th and Tuesday November 26th. Please see enclosed schedule for conference week. Contact me with
any questions you may have.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Thanks for partnering with us in your student’s education,