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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  • School Supply List 2024-25

    School supply lists are separated by grade.  Please click the appropriate grade below:


    6th Grade Supply List

    7th Grade Supply List

    8th Grade Supply List

    Electives - Band, Choir, Shop (Environmental Design)

  • Summer SUN School

    Summer 2024
    JMS/RGMS SUN School Registration
    General Information for Parents:  Families must designate how students are allowed to travel home after Summer SUN school programming (e.g. parent pick-up, or walk home).  Pick up and drop off occurs in the turn-around driveway in the front of the school. Unfortunately, there is no transportation for this program, but please reach out to us for support with setting up a carpool. Tri-Met bus tickets are also available. If you will be late picking up your child, please provide prior notice. We do not alert parents if students do not attend SUN unless requested in advance.

    Camp information: Classes this session are:

    Week 1: July 8th-July 11th: Dungeons and Dragons, Drama, and Parkour

    Week 2: July 15-July 18th:  Dungeons and Dragons, Drama, and Parkour 

    Week 3:  July 22nd-July 25th: AKA Science: Fun Physics,  Dungeons and Dragons, Drama, and Parkour

    Week 4:  July 29th- August 1st: AKA Science: Environmental Science-Planet Power!  Dungeons and Dragons, Drama, and Parkour

    All summer SUN classes will run from 9:30am-12pm at JACKSON.  We will be hosting classes Monday-Thursday, and will not have classes on Friday. Class sizes will be strictly limited and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Waitlists will be started after class sizes are at capacity. Strict adherence to sanitation procedures will be enforced with all staff, students, and volunteers.

    Please be advised that Jackson Middle School does not have air conditioning and indoor temps can be extremely warm even on cooler summer days. You will need to watch your emails and texts to be alerted if we have to cancel afternoon program at any point. 
    Due to the building having inadequate air flow systems, we advise your child to bring water bottles, a towel and cooling rags/items! We all need to stay hydrated and have a little fun in the heat. 

    Communicating with the SUN School:  
    Confirmation emails are sent as soon as the applications are received and there is room in the class. Please make sure your email is spelled correctly when completing this form.  If you prefer communications regarding your child(ren) are done only by phone, or email please indicate below. You can always reach the Jackson Middle School SUN site manager at loneill@impactnw.org or by phone at 503-679-1545. Reach the Robert Gray SUN site manager at aguzman@impactnw.org or by phone at 503-548-8948.

    Program Participation Fees: There will be no program participation fees for the SUN summer programming. However, we welcome and greatly appreciate any donations that families are generous enough to offer to the Jackson and Robert Gray SUN School Programs. Payment is tax deductible.
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  • 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.

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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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