March 1 - Credit Recovery Begins
March 11 - Multicultural Film Festival 6PM North Portland Library - The Canary Effect
March 12 - PTSA Meeting- Officer Meeting 6:30PM; General Meeting 7PM
March 17 - Site Council 5:30PM in Principal's Conference Room
Are you a sophomore, junior or senior that's thought about
starting your own business? Maybe you would like to nurture
and develop your entrepreneurial spirit. If any of these apply,
consider participating in Enterprise Academy. This is a chance for high
school students to explore the challenges and opportunities of our free
enterprise system and the dynamics of the business world. This innovative
weekend retreat Feb. 28th - March 2nd allows each student to interact with
successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own
ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition. Most importantly,
students have a lot of fun working together! Go to the Enterprise Academy
and sign up now. Applications are due Feb. 14th. See Ms. Bulinski
in B12 for more details.
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
Read the article here
Message from the Principal
Dear Jefferson Families,
Last week graduation rates were released by the Oregon Department of Education. Jefferson’s graduation rate was 67% and matches the rate for Portland Public Schools overall. This represents a 9% increase for the 2012-13 school-year from the previous year. The improved graduation rate has been the result of many years of intensive work with our staff, families and key partners (Self Enhancement incorporated, and Portland Community College). Our staff has focused on culturally responsive instruction, personalized learning and timely interventions to re-engage students and keep them moving toward graduation. Over the past three years we have seen our graduation rate improve 12%. While we are pleased to see improvement we are not satisfied with these results and will continue to strive for improved outcomes for our students.
February is a month of transitions: students start their second semester classes, we begin forecasting students for classes next year and we work to help eighth grade families make choices about where to attend high school. We will be meeting with individual students to plan courses for next school. All students will complete courses requests and update their graduation plans. Juniors will have the added step of completing a college credit graduation plan so that they have a concrete plan to finish the 12 college-level credits needed to earn our Jefferson Middle College diploma. Report cards have been mailed and should arrive at your homes this week. Please contact us if you have not received them or if you have questions. We will be celebrating student successes and announcing honor roll during an assembly in April so stay tuned.
Students in the Class of 2014 (current seniors) have to demonstrate their proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics in order to graduate from high school. This can be shown in a number of ways including scoring a 236 in reading, a 40 in writing and a 236 in mathematics on the OAKS assessment. There are alternative assessments called Essential Skill Work Samples that can also be used. In addition seniors will complete their Career Related Learning Experience (CRLE) and résumé needed to meet the personalized learning requirement. We are working closely with our seniors to develop ' effective graduation plans, to provide specific supports and to monitor their progress. Sophomores (Class of 2016) will be taking the OAKS reading assessment February 11-14 and the math assessment February 24-27. Juniors (Class of 2015) will take the reading and mathematics assessments in March and complete the writing test in April.
Upcoming events/opportunities for family involvement:
· Site Council Tuesday February 18 5:30 PM Main Office Conference Room. Contact Mr. Allen if you are interested in serving on the council.
We are proud to support your students and value the confidence you show in Jefferson. As always it is a pleasure to work together to help all students find success.
Margaret Calvert, Principal