• If you had pictures taken in February, or on March 1st, your photos are ready! Pick ups are Tuesday, April 6  from 1 to 3 and Wednesday April 7 from 1 to 3:30. Drive through, masks required-see you soon!

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  • Do you need help? Check out these family friendly resources or the Quick Link below! Having trouble with ParentVUE/StudentVUE, Canvas, or your password? Email Robin Ferryman at rferryman@pps.net!

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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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  • We're looking forward to seeing you!

    We're off for the summer now, but we are looking forward to getting to know ALL of our new families in August! 

    If you are wondering about our academics, our facility or what to expect in middle schooll we have four Open Houses planned for August to answer questions and tour the building. 

    Save these dates!

    August 10   3:30-4:30

    August 13   3:30-4:30

    August 17    9:00-10:00

    August  19   4:30-5:30

  • Resources for hard conversations

    Students continue to be exposed to tragedy, with additional violence in Georgia and Colorado over the last few weeks. Students may have questions and worries. The links below are designed for difficult and emotionally laden conversations, and they are easily translated to parent-child discussions.


    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


  • Annual Facilities Notification

    In compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, Portland Public Schools must notify families and staff of the existence and location of our Asbestos Management Plan. Please see the accompanying memo:

    Annual Notification

  • Things to do and talk about!

    Curated lists of books and movies, and conversation prompts!

JagWire News

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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Principal's Notes

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  • Welcome Back, Families!

    I am thrilled to be joining Jackson Middle School this year, and we are all quite excited about the first days of school. If you haven’t had a chance to see what students need this year, the school supply list is available on the Jackson Middle School website. This year we will be giving every student a Jackson planner, but we are asking families to include a three-inch binder in their back to school purchasing (unless you choose to purchase it from the school). These binders are important tools for students to learn how to manage the materials and deadlines for six classes each semester. Core teachers will be setting aside time each week for students to regroup and reorganize their work, and to build those organizational habits.

    When your student arrives on Wednesday, or Thursday, they will see workers still on site. Construction will continue through the end of September. Outside, we have new sidewalks, as well as new roofs on the shop and the front of the building. Inside there are new railings, new water fountains, and classroom modifications in some rooms. We also get to welcome new staff in administration, art, special education, and 8th grade. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Karl Newsome (Assistant Principal), Ms. Jessica Hickey (Art), Ms. Mary Ventura and Ms. Carol Lam (Resource Center), and Ms. Rhonda Brennan and Ms. Courtney Baker (8th grade)!

    And, a quick school tip:

    Sixth grade parents: supervision looks different at middle school. The doors open at 8:55 and students are welcome to have breakfast in the cafeteria or spend a few minutes with their friends. We do not have staff outside prior to the doors opening, so understand that students are both unsupervised prior to 8:55 and they are on school property and are expected to comply with school and district policies. That level of independence can be hard, because students are still developing the capacity to fully understand cause and effect. If you have flexibility within your family, this is a place to exercise it.

    Thank you, families, for everything you do to support our students. Have a great week, everyone!

    Susan Kosmala

  • 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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Upcoming Events @ Jackson

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