Back to School Night is September 29th
Below is the schedule for Back to School Night on September 29.
5:15 Ensemble Fundraising Dinner (Details Below)
6:00-6:25 ELL Information Meeting in Library Classroom
6:30-6:50 Introductions and PTA presentation in auditorium
7:00-7:10 Period 1
7:15-7:25 Period 2
7:30-7:40 Period 3/4
7:45-7:55 Period 5
8:00-8:10 Period 6
8:15-8:25 Period 7
Dear Jackson Community,
My name is John Ferraro and I am honored to have been selected as the interim principal at Jackson Middle School. For some of you my name may seem familiar, and if so, you have a great memory! I was also privileged to be the principal at Jackson Middle School for the 2008-2013 school years.
I am very excited to be returning to Jackson on many levels. I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with staff and parents who were here during my first run as well as getting to meet and greet all of the new faces who have arrived since I have been gone.
I would like to take a moment and address the word interim. I want to assure each and every one of you that I intend to bring my full focus, every day, to ensure that each and every child has the opportunity to demonstrate academic success. Our job as educators is to provide students with academic and organizational skills so they can be successful not only in middle school, but high school, college and beyond.
I will take the time to look at current school systems and work with the community to determine what is working well and what adjustments need to be made for student success. That is my commitment to you as a community.
One thing that I learned after working at many schools throughout my career is that there are two things that ensure the success of a school: strong relationships and collaborative partnerships. I am looking forward to developing both of those areas with you and enhancing the already strong program that Jackson Middle School provides our students.
I look forward to beginning my second tenure with the community of Jackson Middle School!
8/29 Schedule and Chromebook Pick up (see below for details)
8/30 First day for 6th graders only 9:15-3:45 (new 7th and 8th graders are also welcome, but must have a ride home at 12:45pm)
8/31 First day for all students
9/5 Labor Day, No School
9/21 Picture Day
9/23 No School for Students
9/29 Back to School Night
Schedule and Chromebook Pick-up AUGUST 29th, 10am-1pm
If you have time, please come to Jackson Middle School on Monday to pick up your child’s schedule and Chromebook. Schedules that aren’t printed will be available to 6th grade students on Tuesday morning and 7th/8th grade students on Wednesday morning.
***6th graders will get their Chromebooks later, but should still come for a schedule.
Here are some essential things to know regarding class schedules:
Elective Choices: Forecasting happened in the spring. We do our best to make sure students get their choices, but it is not always possible.
Schedule Requests: We cannot take requests for having a particular teacher, for getting a class for a specific period, or with specific friends. With over 800 students and the many unique class offerings, our schedule is very complex and we do not have the capacity to meet requests like these. We believe strongly in the opportunity to make new friends. Thank you for honoring this.
ONLY for elective choice changes, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/vVULQjWFcN2yPU2BA
Meals No Longer Free this School Year
To apply for free and reduced price meals, go here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464
To pay for school meals go here: https://www.pps.net/Page/18300
Check your child's bus/bus stop in advance. Buses are not run through our school, so you will need to call transportation with questions.
Here is the site: https://www.pps.net/bus
Drop off and Pick Up
PLEASE DO NOT use the parking lot in front of the school for drop off or pick up. It is reserved for our buses from 8:30-9:15am and 3:20-4:15pm. Families use the upper parking lot, on the north side of the school (closest to 35th).
Find our supply list here: 2022-23
Students should bring all communal supplies to the office.
We have a lot of digital resources for families, where you can find information on our schedule, programs, contact information, and much more.
School Website: https://www.pps.net/jackson
school events calendar, schedules and district information
teachers and staff contact info.
school rules and policies
anonymously report bullying and social concerns
learn about electives, clubs, and after school activities
You will find grades on both ParentVue and Canvas. We strongly encourage you to make a routine at home to check your child’s binder and planner, and online grades.
You should receive an activation letter this week. (call our main office if you haven’t received it by Friday).
For further directions on how to log in go here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2341
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
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.
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.
Dear PPS K-12 students and families,
PPS is partnering with OHSU to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Participation in this program is completely optional but encouraged. PPS students may participate in the program regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will submit spit samples in pre-labeled test tubes to their school on a designated day each week, regardless as to whether they have symptoms. Schools will begin collecting spit samples starting September 27th-29th.
Dear Familias, Students and Colleagues,
One of my favorite experiences in my nearly thirty-year educational career was in my first year teaching. I was a Spanish bilingual teacher, and I was happy and proud to be “el maestro” – a role that carried esteem and respect in the predominantly-Latino neighborhood where I lived and worked.