Jackson Middle School

A Leonard Bernstein
School of Artful Learning

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

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  • SUN - Winter Classes

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    SUN Classes: Winter 2024

    January 22nd - March 14th

    Below is the link for Online SUN Registration https://campsself.active.com/impactnwfamilyservices

    Classes are first come first served. You will get automatic email confirmation about your registration status upon registering.

    January 22nd-March 14th
    Below will be our 8 week-long classes that will be offered this upcoming SUN Winter session at Jackson Middle School! All students meet in the cafeteria for SUN, and classes are held after school from 3:45-5:15.

    You CAN sign up for full classes- to be added to the waitlist and mailing list!

    AKA Science- Fun Physics: Color and Light! Mondays ($50)Light up your world with the science of color and light! Bend mirrors, make a kaleidoscope, and explore how things glow in the dark! Build a camera obscura, break light into rainbows and uncover the secrets of 3D…then take stuff home to amaze your friends and family!

    Basketball: Mondays ($100)Students of all skill levels can join this co-ed basketball after school class where we will practice our skills and play some games of course!

    Parkour: Tuesdays ($135)Parkour will be taught again this session with Coach Israel Del Rio. Coach Israel, also known as The Jedi Ninja, was on American Ninja Warrior. He is excited to teach the students fun ways to stay active, learn fine and gross motor skills as well as show students that Parkour is more than just jumping from object to object. Here is a link where you can see coach Israel in action: https://youtu.be/0Hu7g8bB9ok

    Homework Club: Tuesdays ($25)A chill space for students to catch up on their homework! We will now have tutors for homework club that can help students with their specific needs!

    Electronic Music Club: Tuesdays ($150)Electronic Music Club’s class provides students with access to the latest in music production technology. Combining production techniques, songwriting and music theory, children are able to write their own songs in a style of music they love!

    BIPOC Club: Wednesdays ($50)Hosted by our new after school coordinator Melba Heldart, this club is a safe space for BIPOC students to learn about and celebrate each other’s cultures while making new friends. This group will include guest speakers, art projects, cooking, and much much more!

    Dungeons and Dragons: Wednesdays ($100)In Dungeons and Dragons, players form an adventurer party who explore fantasy worlds together as they embark on epic quests and level up in experience.Learn how to play this awesome game with us! Beginners welcome!

    Cooking: Thursdays ($75)Learn basic cooking techniques, find out about some of the science behind cooking, and talk about why loving food matters!

    Lightsaber Arts: Thursdays ($135)Lightsaber arts class will be taught by our parkour instructor Coach Israel Del Rio. Students will learn martial arts with lightsabers, martial arts choreography, as well as parkour and fitness skills.

    Students will not be turned away due to inability to pay for class fees. Scholarships and payment plans are available

    As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Liam O’Neill, Jackson SUN Manager - loneill@impactnw.orgMelba Heldart, Extended Day Coordinator - mheldart@impactnw.org 503-679-1545

  • 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


  • Link Your Canvas Account to Your Student's Account

    Here are instructions to help you to link your Canvas account to your student's account. Click here for instructions.
  • Report Bullying

    Report Now Saying no to a bully and to bullying begins with reporting! Students are free to report bullying anonymously by using this online form. Every report will be reviewed by Mrs. Kosmala, Ms. Nelson, and Mr. Newsome. In many cases, students will be talked with to get more information or to simply share the report. 

    Students who are experiencing teasing or bullying need to be encouraged to reach out to their trusted adults for help. Parents, teachers, counselors, and your principals are here to help. Ask for time to talk with any of us or complete the anonymous report and tell us you want to meet in the description.

    Students and families can learn more about bullying here.

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  • How Do You Measure a Year: The Annual District Calendar

    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves. 

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • McDaniel Students to the Rescue

    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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