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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
Message from the Administrators
Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope this letter finds you all well as we reach the close of school year 2012-2013! Our students continue to shine on the field and in the classroom. On Friday April 19th we were excited to announce Angeleesha Frierson as Jefferson’s fifth Gates Millennium Scholar. She receives a full scholarship for all of her post-secondary studies and is one of 1,000 recipients from over 50,000 applicants. We will highlight and celebrate the successes of all of our seniors during the Senior Walk and Award Assembly on Wednesday June 5th.
Superintendent Smith has outlined her budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year. The school board held a budget hearing May 6th. Part of the discussion involved a look at high Schools in particular.
Join us in celebrating our poets who competed in the first annual Jefferson poetry slam. Our winners are: senior Kelsie Turner, sophomore Lauren Steele and freshman Sekai Edwards. They competed well at the second annual Verselandia competition. The Jefferson Dancers put together a tremendous show for their spring performances at the Newmark Theater May 1-4. It was an awe inspiring show and a testament to the power of the creative process. Mark your calendars, the next chance to see all of our dance students in action is Thursday June 6 at 7 pm during the Spring Dance Recital. It is always a wonderful community celebration we hope to see you there!
As we welcome warm weather, we need your help. Please remind your students to dress appropriately for school. Skirts and shorts need to be longer than where their fingertips reach with their arms dangling at their sides. Please ask your student to refrain from wearing spaghetti straps, tube tops, and tank tops to school. Midriffs and undergarments should not be showing. Also clothing should be free of gang, drug, alcohol and sexual references. We will ask students return home or change if they arrive dressed inappropriately. We appreciate your support as we strive to maintain our dress code through the remainder of the school year.
We are heading down the home stretch of the school 2012-13 school year. Fourth quarter progress reports will be mailed out May 20th. Please take special care to support our seniors as they wrap up their highschool careers and prepare for the transitions they face.
There are a number of events we will host before summer. Student council is hosting a Talent Show on Friday May 10th from 6-8 PM. Come and watch our amazing students strut their stuff. Prom will be held on Friday May 31 from 8-11 PM at The World Trade Center/Outdoor Plaza in Portland. We will celebrate the Class of 2013 in our graduation ceremony Friday June 7th here in the Jefferson gym at 5:00 PM. All senior parents should have received a letter with the graduation details.
We are also including some and of the year reminders. Our senior’s last school day is Tuesday, June 4th. it is important for each senior to return all school books and materials to the library, and to take all personal items home. We will continue to clear students of fees through June 5th.
Underclassmen will take finals on-June 12th through the 14th.
We look forward to ushering our seniors onto the next exciting phase of their lives and continuing to watch our underclassmen grow and develop. Thanks for all you do to support your students and Jefferson High School.
Margaret Calvert - Principal
Ricky Allen – Vice Principal
Oscar Gilson – Middle College Director