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

Please Take the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 - Feb. 28

Successful Schools Survey: Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Survey for staff and 5th, 7th and 10th grade students launches Feb. 2.

Upcoming Events

January 9 - Rose Festival Applications Due

January 14 - PTSA Meeting - 7-8:30PM - CommUnity Room

January 14 - Middle College Information Night - 6:30-8PM - Library

January 15 - Jefferson Cluster 8th Grade Tours - 9-11:30AM

January 16 - Schedule Change - "A" Day

January 19 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

January 20 - Site Council - 5:30-7:00PM - Principal's Conference Room

January 22 - Winter Dance Recital - 7:00PM - Auditorium

January 23 - Latino Family Night - 5:30-7PM - Cafeteria

January 28/29 - Finals!

January 30 - No School - Teacher Planning Day

January 31 - Winter Formal - 8-11PM - North Star Ballroom


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:

Smarter Balanced Key Facts Sheet: English | 中文 | Русский | Español | Tiếng Việt | Soomaaliga

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

Dear Jefferson Families,

Welcome to 2015! We hope that you all had a wonderful time enjoying friends and family over the Winter Break. The start of the New Year offers an opportunity to reflect on the events of the past year and to express hope for the year to come. One of the goals that we have set for 2015 is to expand the ways that we communicate with our families. Our first step is to create a family listserve that we will use to send updated information about school events, announcements, and key messages. We will continue to send letters and calendars in the mail as well as use the auto dialer. We are pulling the email addresses from the student verification forms that were completed in the fall. If you need to update your contact information please contact LaShea Chatman in student services to complete the changes. She can be reached at extension 71354. We will be sending a message later this week to test the system, so if you do not receive an email from me on Friday January 9, please let Ms. Chatman know.

As we return from the Winter Break the end of the first semester comes quickly. There are sixteen school days before finals. January is a great month to encourage your student to attend after-school tutoring in the library from 3:30-4:30 PM every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Communicate with teachers early this month if you have concerns or want to know more about how to help your student to a strong finish. Students will take final exams on Wednesday January 28 (A Day schedule) and Thursday January 29 (B Day Schedule). Class periods will be the same as usual on the exam days. Students need to arrive on time for their finals to make the most of the time and to support their classmates by maintaining the academic environment. If students are late they will need to report to B27 and they will have to wait until we escort them into the final. If students are more than thirty minutes late, they will not be able to take the final exam. We appreciate your support getting students prepared for the exams and helping them to arrive on time.

As a reminder the school is open from 7:45 AM to 3:45 PM on Monday through Friday, Breakfast is served in the cafeteria daily and students are expected to arrive no earlier than fifteen minutes before their first class of the day. We are asking students to clear the building by 3:45 PM unless they are in an organized activity supervised by an adult such as tutoring, athletic practice or SUN School classes. We appreciate your help.

We are also preparing for the annual enrollment and transfer cycle. This year we again are hosting a series of Middle College Information Nights to share our program, going out to schools to meet with current 8th graders, and welcoming students to tour Jefferson, We will be holding these nights January 14, February 4, and 18.

At the end of the January you will have the opportunity to give us key 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.

Here is an outline of upcoming events and important dates to remember:

  • Tuesday January 6, basketball games change of location. Mens basketball at Grant and Women's Basketball hosting Grant here at Jefferson.

  • Wednesday January 7, Black History Mobile Museum 4:30 – 8:00 PM. Small gym.

  • Wednesday January 14 PTSA, CommUnity Room executive board 6:30, general meeting 7-8:30 PM.

  • Middle College Information Night, prospective families, 6:30-8:00 PM, Library.

  • Friday January 16 - Change of bell schedule – A day classes, students will attend A day classes on regular 93 minute schedule, they will not attend any B day classes.

  • Monday January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration - No School.

  • Tuesday January 20, Site Council.5:30 – 7:00 PM Main Office Conference Room.

  • Wednesday January 28, A Day Finals, Regular A day schedule.

  • Thursday January 29, Day Finals, Regular B Day. End of First Semester.

  • Friday January 30, Teacher Planning Day – No School For Students.

  • Saturday January 31, Winter Formal. 8-11 PM North Star Ballroom.

  • Monday February 2, Start of Second Semester,

As always we thank you for your support and partnership.


Margaret Calvert


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PPS News

Students, board support No One Eats Alone Day

January 28, 2015
Students from Beaumont and Roseway Heights, accompanied by their principal and counselor, spoke to the board in favor of ending social isolation through No One Eats Alone Day. Roseway Heights K-8 School and Beaumont Middle School students spoke during the Jan. 28 board meeting about the work of students and counselors to end social isolation by participating in No One Eats Alone Day Feb. 13. 


Marysville MindUP program transforms school

January 27, 2015
Every student at Marysville, including these kindergarteners, participate in mindfulness exercises to improve focus. A school-wide mindfulness program, MindUP, has helped Marsyville K-8 School reduce referrals, create a kind, happy, healthy school climate, and teach students of all grades be better focused to learn.


Lincoln Coding Club creates ticket app

January 26, 2015
Congrats to the Lincoln Coding Club for creating its first app. The Lincoln High School Coding Club recently creating a ticket app for the school to ease the time students spend in line. 


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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