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Jackson Middle School

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School of Artful Learning

10625 SW 35th AvePortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-5680Fx 503-916-2640

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  • Supply List!

    It's summer, so what are you going to do? Get some school supplies!


  • Resources for hard conversations

    Our media is flooded with images and stories coming out of Ukraine right now, and students may have questions, or need help thinking and talking critically about the information they are getting. These are general resources for engaging in conversations about harmful situations and news, with more specific resources to come as they are available. Our community is impacted on many levels by events around the globe, and yet it is important for us to help students understand that our neighbors are still our neighbors. The people of our community are still of our community, and it is our privilege and responsibility to look out for one another.

    Curiosity and Questions: A presentation (and great dictionary of terms) from the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

    Helping Children Cope with Frightening News, a website from Child Mind Institute

    When Bad Things are Happening, an article from Teaching Tolerance

    Parent and Caregiver Resources, a toolkit from the ADL

    9 Healthy Ways to Communicate, 9 strategies for sustaining and deepening conversation from educator and film maker, Lee Mun Wah


  • New JagsWired episodes!

    There's a new episode of JagsWired!: Ramadan 101. Learn about this important aspect of Islam from our own Jackson students!

  • Introducing JagsWired!

    JagsWired: Share Your Story

    Check out our new podcast highlighting the interests, accomplishments and personalities of our amazing Jackson students! 

    Listen to Episodes 1 and 2: JagsWired

    Want to tell your story? Sign Up here


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The JagWire

Students, parents, and community can opt to receive the JagWire by email by subscribing to the JMS email distribution list. This email-based newsletter is emailed out each Monday with news, calendar items, and info for the week to come. Jackson also maintains a very active Facebook and Twitter page at www.facebook.com/jacksonpps and twitter.com/jmspps. We encourage our families to like the pages if they are already users of Facebook and/or Twitter.

Join The Email List

The Jackson Email List is organized by grade level. Parents, students, and community/alumni are welcome to sign up. When subscribing, be sure to subscribe to each list for which you wish to receive information on. General email info will be sent to all.

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  • Looking Forward to 2021-22


    Greetings Families and Students!

    We are so pleased to welcome you to Jackson for the 2021-22 school year, and there is much to think about as the new year approaches.  Similar to last year, there are plans and protocols to put in place to support student and staff health and wellness, and we don’t have all the answers yet. To stay informed, check email, social media (instagram@jacksonpps),or the web (jacksonpps@pps.net). Live meetings on instagram start Friday August 6 at 9:00 AM.

    It is the mission of Jackson Middle School to provide a challenging, college-ready academic program attentive to the unique characteristics of adolescents ages 11 to 14. We strive for an accepting and safe environment that encourages personal expression and growth through Artful Learning. And, we are committed to inspiring every student to become a passionate lifelong learner and a responsible global citizen.

    We know many of you have not been to Jackson, and still others haven’t been to Jackson during a “regular” school year. To help with some of the basics we put together a Family Handbook of basic school policies, school and district information, and building procedures, to supplement the information spread across our site. 

    The first day of school this year is September 1, 2021. Some years we have held Jump Start for incoming new students prior to the start of school. That didn’t work out this year, so we are holding Jump Start for all 6th graders, 7th graders and “new-to-Jackson” 8th graders on September 1st. Most importantly, your 6th and 7th graders will start and end the day as a normal school day. Our veteran 8th graders will have a 2 hour late start.

     As an intentional part of giving students tools for independence, at Jackson we encourage students to take responsibility for dates and deadlines that impact their learning and/or participation in school activities and programs. Our intentions are to give your student room to grow as they take on these new responsibilities, but this also means you may hear less from classroom teachers than you are used to. You are always welcomed an encouraged to reach out to teachers and ask questions, and we also strongly encourage you to support this effort through utilizing the school website (www.jacksonpps@pps.net)  and making a routine at home to review your students’ assignments, attendance and academic progress through Canvas and on ParentVue, https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/PXP2_Login.aspx. But, here are some important dates to remember at the start of the school year.

    August 20            Anticipated date that Studentvue/Parentvue will be activated

    September 1       1st Day of School

    September 6       Labor Day (and Rosh Hashanah)

    September 22     Picture Day

    September 29     Back to School Night 

    As mentioned earlier, lots of start of the year information will be released over the next four weeks, and we will continue to share new items in as many formats as possible. I hope you are having a safe, active and relaxing summer and we look forward to seeing each of you in September.


    Susan Kosmala, Principal                     

    Jackson Middle School

  • Jackson's Communication Tools

    Dear Jackson Families,
    As we quickly approach the start of the 2019-20 school year, I wanted to remind our families of the many tools we use to communicate with parents and community. It is possible you are already aware and a member of our various channels but in case you are not, follow each link to subscribe.
    "School Messenger" - It is through School Messenger that you are receiving this email. This service uses our student enrollment database to email all parent emails. We use School Messenger just a handful of times each year for messages that are urgent or of high importance. School Messenger also has a text message feature that you _must_ opt in to. The first step is to make sure your cell number is registered on your student's enrollment record. From that phone, text "YES" to 68453. This will be followed by a response text of "You're registered 4 SchoolMessenger...".
    "The JagWire Email List" - This opt-in email list is home to the "JagWire" email newsletter and the PTA news. Subscribers can expect to receive 1 to 3 emails a week regarding pertinent, just-in-time, and event information from the Jackson Office. To subscribe go to the school website at http://jacksonpps.net and click on "JagWire News" under "Quick Links".
    The Jackson Middle School Facebook Page found at https://www.facebook.com/jacksonpps
    Jackson Middle School on Twitter found at https://twitter.com/jmspps
    JMSPPS on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jacksonpps
    Parents may also be interested in the parent ran, parent focused Parents of Jackson Middle School Students Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParentsJacksonMS and the Jackson Middle School PTA Website at http://www.jacksonpta.org
    We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

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