Smarter Balanced Testing Information
This year, Portland Public Schools is replacing the OAKS test in reading and math with the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. Key Facts about this assessment can be found at the following links:
Parents are also invited to take a practice Smarter Balanced test with their student: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test
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 Principal
January 30, 2015
Dear Jefferson Families,
We have reached the halfway point of school year! Our students and staff have been working to wrap up the first semester. The process of completion is critical to success of our students as they begin to manage time and studies. The two days of finals were quite intense as our students pulled together the threads of their learning over the past four months. Report cards will be sent by February 6 and you should be receiving them by the 12th. Please contact us if you do not receive one in the mail.
Earlier this week the Oregon Department of Education released graduation data for the Class of 2014. Both the state and Portland Public Schools overall saw a 3 percent increase in graduation rates to 72% and 70% respectively. At Jefferson our rate remained essentially flat at 66% (Class of 2013 graduation rate was 67%). Although we have seen steady progress over the past three years as our graduation rate has improved 11% from 55%; we remain committed to our goal of outperforming the district and state overall. We focus our efforts to provide on-time support for students in their classes as well as outside the school day to keep all of our students progressing toward graduation. We believe that we will see growth as our staff continues to deepen their collaboration and as we tighten our alignment with our partners at Portland Community College and Self Enhancement, Incorporated.
In the coming weeks there are many chances to offer input and to connect with our community. As I mentioned last month you have the opportunity to give us feedback and input in the Successful Schools Survey. It is a school climate survey that is being administered across all schools in the district. Students, families and staff will complete the confidential survey. At the high school level our tenth grade students will have the opportunity to offer their voice. The survey will be open to families from January 20 through February 28 through the following website: www.oregonskitchentable.org. We encourage all families to respond. Your voices matter, we look forward to hearing from you.
We are excited to work with our cluster schools and the Office of School and Family Partnerships to offer a series of workshops focused on the impact race has on our students. These Beyond Diversity sessions will be held on six Wednesdays starting February 25th from 6-8 PM in the cafeteria here at Jefferson. We hope that families will join together in rich conversations about how schools serve students of all races and how we can disrupt the predictable difference in student achievement based on race. Participants will practice viewing situations from different perspectives and use protocols to move beyond the surface of racial conversations. These are a portion of the frameworks and protocols that we use with our staff and students to examine how race plays out in our classrooms. We look forward to coming together to strengthen our community and hope you will join us. You can contact Vice Principal Ricky Allen for more information at email@example.com or 503.916.5180 ext. 71307.
As always we thank you for your support and partnership.
Margaret Calvert, Principal