Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Jefferson High School

Middle College for Advanced Studies

School of Champions

5210 N Kerby | Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 916-5180 | Fax: (503) 916-2698

Two-hour late opening, Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16 is a two-hour late opening for most elementary, K-8 and middle schools; classes commence two hours later than usual.  The following schools are closed a full day: Chavez, George, King, Lane, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vernon, Whitman and Woodmere. High schools are on normal schedule and not impacted by this professional development day.

Upcoming Events

April 4 - Sophomore Trip to Oregon State University

April 9 - PTSA Meeting 6:30 for officers, 7PM General Meeting

April 11 - Teacher Planning - No School for Students

April 15 - 2nd Annual JHS Poetry Slam - 4PM Blazer Room

April 18 and 19 - Jefferson Dancers II "Celebration of Dance" 7PM - Auditorium

April 21 - Site Council 5:30PM

April 23 - ACT Test 8AM - NO LATE OPENING

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

Dear Jefferson Families,

The past month has been full of exciting student activities. Congratulations go to our men’s basketball team for repeating as State Champions! They completed the season by beating every Oregon team they faced. We will be hosting a Winter Sports Recognition Assembly Friday April 4. In addition, just prior to Spring Break we crowned our Rose Festival Princess, Amelia Ryan-Bell. We wish her well as she starts her travels across the state.

Students are bearing down in the classroom as well. Juniors took their statewide assessments in reading and math the last week in March. They will take the ACT on Wednesday April 23. We will not have a late opening that day and school will start at 8:15 AM. Please make sure that your students get plenty of rest before the tests and put forth their best efforts. Finally, juniors will complete the state writing assessment in early May.

The Portland School Board took a look March 17 at the proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 school calendars and heard a recommendation to add two snow-day make-up days to the school year, letting out for summer break on Friday, June 13. The board is expected to vote on the both items March 31.

PPS always builds in two days if needed for inclement weather. This year Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13 were set aside for teacher planning days but would become full school days for students instead. Teacher planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17.

Our seniors are quickly heading toward the high school finish line. Please help us support our Class of 2014. Encourage them to finish strong by completing assignments before they are due, avoiding asking for extensions, attending classes regularly, and enjoying their final days as high school students. As the year winds down the seniors are well aware of the "60-day rule.” The 60-day rule states that: seniors shall be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 consecutive calendar days of the last senior school day they are found to be in violation of District Alcohol or Drug policy or any violation resulting in a three or more days of suspension or more serious disciplinary action. This year the 60 day rule comes into effect on Friday April 4th. We look forward to celebrating our seniors in June.

Our sophomores will be heading to Oregon State University on April 10th. This is part of our efforts to get our students on college campuses before applying to schools in their senior year. Freshmen visited Portland Community College last fall and will be heading to the University of Oregon later this spring. Our juniors recently visited Portland State University and Willamette University. The trips are designed to help students familiarize themselves with local universities and understand entrance requirements. Each of the schools has offered financial assistance for our qualifying Middle College students. For more information about the trips or financial resources contact Kara Mortimer our Middle College Director.

We are welcoming in spring and as the days are getting longer it is a good time to remind everyone about appropriate dress for school. Skirts and shorts need to be longer than where your fingertips reach with your arms dangling at your side. Clothing should cover midriffs and undergarments.

Please refrain from wearing spaghetti straps, tube tops, and tank tops to school. Also clothing should be free of gang, drug, alcohol and sexual references. We appreciate your cooperation as the weather warms.

As smart cell phones have become more common students are bringing them to school daily. As a reminder our policy states that all electronics (cell phones, MP3 players, etc.) should be off and away during class time. Electronics often prove to be distracting in classrooms. Students bring these items to school at their own risk and should be aware that expensive cell phones invite theft. Students are responsible for the safe keeping of items they bring to school. If an item goes missing a student may complete a lost/stolen property report. Please be aware that we will not stop school to address lost or stolen electronics. If you need to reach your student at school you can call the main office and we will get a message to the student. Again we appreciate your cooperation and support in this area.

We continue to move forward with great hope and enthusiasm. Jefferson students, staff and community members have demonstrated their Demo pride for over one—hundred years. It is our coordinated efforts that support the young people in our community. Thank you for your on—going commitment to our students and school.


Margaret Calvert


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PPS News

Brand new Faubion one step closer

April 17, 2014

The Portland School Board unanimously approved the Master Plans for the rebuilt Faubion PK-8 that is being developed in partnership with Concordia University.   “It’s incredibly exciting and we are all thrilled to see this unique partnership move forward," said Board Director Ruth Adkins. 


Parents raise record amount for schools

April 17, 2014

The PPS parent community continues to fill gaps and break records with their fundraising, illuminating the countless volunteer hours spent by PPS parents in support of the entire district. In 2012-13, PPS parents raised a record $4.1 million. One-third of all monies raised by parents is set aside in the Portland Public Schools Foundation (PPSF) Equity Fund.


Gray MS teacher Siedel is Milken winner

April 15, 2014

Milken Foundation Co-Founder Mike Milken surprised Robert Gray Middle School math teacher Teresa Chan Seidel with the national Milken Educator Award April 15 amid a jubilant all-school assembly. Called the "Oscar of Teaching," the award includes a $25,000 prize.


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Jefferson Class of 2010

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Michael Nelson

"Students who don't see themselves as going to college realize the possibilities through the Middle College program. I earned 24 credits and started college as a sophomore."

~ Michael Nelson, Jefferson Class of 2010