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  • Newsletter April 2018

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

    I hope your students had a wonderful spring break! It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into our final stretch of the school year as we begin our fourth quarter in just a couple of weeks. Our students and staff have a lot of wonderful things to look forward to as we close at the year, including an upcoming OMSI Science Night, our Celebration of the Arts, and our end of year Community Carnival.

     This past month, our Arts Committee secured drum lessons for our all of our students in K-8 through the Obo Addy Legacy Project. Obo Addy "was a Ghanaian drummer and dancer who was one of the first native African musicians to bring the fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop music known as “Worldbeat” to Europe and then to the Pacific Northwest of the United States in the late 1970s."

    The program brought in drums and a few drummers to teach Ghanian traditions, dance, and rhythm.  Our teachers and students all got the chance to experience multiple sessions with our Obo Addy instructors, and we’re excited to be able to offer more experiences like that in the future. Thank you to our Arts Committee for putting that together!

    I hope to see you at our next Coffee Connections as we start to plan for next year and our conversion into a K-5 elementary school. Your voice is important and we’d love to hear your thoughts. 

    Principal Cardona 

  • March Newsletter

    What a snowy week!

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

     We had a great time meeting new kindergarten families last week at our first Connect to Kindergarten event of the year. Our Jason Lee boundaries have shifted a bit, so it was nice to meet new families and neighbors that are coming from across 82nd Avenue in our new catchment area. We are looking forward to integrating them into our wonderful community and having them see what makes Jason Lee such a great place to be.  

    This month we continued our work into “Who Makes Us Lee,” recognizing the people in our building that make us unique, and the special qualities that they each possess.  Mrs. Doyle, Mrs. Capps, and Mrs. Berchier worked on launching a whole school project based upon the book, The Best Parts of Me. Through black and white photos and a bit of writing, students shared the best parts of themselves. Their minds, hands, the eyes that they use to see the world - each student had something unique to share. PPS covered the event, so please do look for it in the next PPS Pulse.

    As we start to wrap up the school year, please do consider joining or becoming active in our school’s PTA. Our next meeting is on March 20th at 6pm.

     Principal Cardona

    March Newsletter

  • January Newsletter

    Happy New Year!

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

    Lee NewsletterWe’re at the half-way point of our school year with our first semester wrapping up this Friday! It’s been an exciting first half, filled with lots of fun and learning, and we’re eagerly preparing for what’s still to come.


    Most classes have begun completing their “Who Makes Us Lee,” self-portraits, so you can stop by our main hallway anytime to see those on display. Mr. Robertson and I had a great time stopping by each classroom to help students draw, paint, and to find that perfect paint color that represented the Colors of Lee.


    As January draws to a close, we’ll be focusing a lot of our morning circle time and daily lessons to talk about the wonderful contributions that African Americans have had on our day-to-day lives and to celebrate the people that have had impact on our world. Look for our February newsletter in a few weeks where we’ll talk more about Black History Month and how you can continue that learning and those conversations at home.


    In the months ahead, our site council will begin thinking about our conversion from a K-8 back to a K-5. We’ll look at our specials, course offerings, and the things that will make our great K-8 a wonderful and true elementary school. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.

    Principal Cardona

  • December Newsletter

    Welcome to December!


    It’s hard to believe that the first half of the year is almost over! As we soak up these last two weeks before Winter Break, we want to make sure that we continue to acknowledge the great work that our students are doing.


    This past month, Mr. Robertson, our assistant principal, Mr. Hewett, our physical education teacher, and I participated in “No Shave November” as an incentive for our Jason Lee students. All month students could use their “leopard awards,” which they earn for being safe, respectful, and responsible, to purchase a chance to create a unique beard style for the three of us.


    After hundreds of Leopard Awards, the winning styles were chosen by 3rd grade Vada, 5th grade Hailey and 7th grade Vivian. Congratulations to those students for earning those Leopard Awards!


    The winning styles were fun to wear for a day, but we’re definitely glad to be clean shaven! Great job to every student that earned Leopard Awards this past month, and we can’t wait to continue to celebrate your successes in the semester ahead.


    Don’t forget that December 15th is our Holiday Sing-A-long and the last day of school for the month. We’ll see you in the new year!  

    Principal Cardona



  • Welcome!

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    Principal Isaac Cardona

    I am thankful that I get to continue working with the students, staff, and community at Jason Lee K-8, and I am honored that I get to do so as Jason Lee’s new principal.  I originally began my teaching career in Houston, Texas, teaching 7th grade English/Language Arts, but I have had the pleasure of serving in a variety of roles since that time.  I have been an instructional coach, working to coach and develop new teachers, a Dean of Students, Executive Director of an Oregon non-profit, and most recently I served as the Assistant Principal of Jason Lee K-8.  
    My wife, a Portland native, and I have worked as educators for over a decade, working in schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and in Taipei, Taiwan.  This past year we welcomed our first child, so we are excited to settle down in Portland, and to lay strong roots within our community.   I’m originally from New Mexico, where I graduated with degrees in Criminology and English, and I hold a Master’s degree in Public School Administration from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York.  As a first generation college student, I believe that there is nothing more important than a quality education.
    I look forward to working with Jason Lee students, families, and community members for years to come, and I welcome you to stop by my office anytime.
    Isaac G. Cardona

     Blake Robertson

    Assistant Principal Blake Robertson

    Hello Jason Lee School students, families, and staff! Words cannot express how enthusiastic I am to serve your rich community.

    My wife and I have called Portland home for the past 11 years. We have two daughters who are both PPS students at Astor School in North Portland. I was born and raised in Virginia. I graduated with a degree in Biology and, afterwards, served in the U.S. Peace Corps as an Environmental Educator. After moving to Portland and working as an animal keeper and youth mentor at the Oregon Zoo, I acquired my Master’s degree from the University of Portland and began my teaching career in PPS. I come to Lee School after having taught in 3rd through 8th grade classrooms and, most recently, supporting students and staff as a School Climate Coordinator at Ockley Green.

    The work I do is driven by a mission to create a caring and safe environment for all students while providing rich opportunities that allow them to reach their fullest potential. I believe that school should be fun, dynamic, and supportive to our students in ways that cultivate life long learners. I feel so fortunate to be part of the Lee team this year as we continue the wonderful work already occurring. I look forward to seeing you in the hallways at school and around the community!

    Blake Robertson

    Assistant Principal

District News

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  • Message on April 20 student walkouts

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    Dear PPS Community,

    Please know that in collaboration with school administrators, district leadership actively monitored the hundreds of mostly middle and high school students who walked out of our schools today as part of a national demonstration against violence in schools. I am pleased to say that, by all reports, this was a peaceful and respectful event with no serious incidents. While these actions were not district-sponsored activity, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who helped keep students safe, starting with the students themselves who remained organized, calm and intentional throughout. Others who helped include Portland police, PPS security, and other PPS staff. Thank you all.

  • A message from Deputy Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Curtis on 2018-19 staffing levels

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    Portland Public Schools is in the process of allocating teaching staff at schools throughout the district. As has been true for many years, we are working within a budget that has been chronically underfunded by the state, and we are doing our utmost to make the most of the resources we have. Understandably, parents, students and PPS staff want to know what will happen at their specific schools. While precise allocations won’t be known until enrollment figures become clear in the fall, we can share what we know at this point, and answer many of the questions we have heard to date.

  • PPS Pulse, April 17, 2018

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Benson’s Curtis Wilson is state HS Principal of the Year; Martin Luther King Jr. School celebrates 50th anniversary of name change
  • Martin Luther King Jr. School celebrates 50th anniversary of name change

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    It’s been 50 years since some impassioned students led the movement to rename their school after Martin Luther King, Jr. Last Friday, the community turned out in force to show appreciation, and to honor Dr. King with a huge celebration at the school.