Jefferson High School

Middle College for Advanced Studies
School of Champions

5210 N Kerby AvePortland, OR 97217Ph (503) 916-5180Fx (503) 916-2698

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Principal's Message

  • Dear Demo Community;      

    It is with great pride and excitement that I welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! Given the chance to lead “The School of Champions” is such an honor that I don't take lightly. On behalf of the Jefferson High School team, we want to say “Welcome back!”

    As we begin this new school year, we will be sure to send communication regarding our updates:

    • Attendance Policy & Support

    • Academic Policy & Support

    • Drug & Alcohol Policy & Support 

    • And a host of other topics as we begin the year

    As a learning community, we will reinforce rigor, respect, and responsibility to your students. As a community of educators, we are driven by the individual success and growth of our students. Our staff takes great pride and honor in educating, inspiring, and motivating your student(s).

    As the principal of Jefferson High, Middle College for Advanced Studies, I believe that it is my responsibility to maintain and to continue to build a supportive and collaborative spirit at our school.  Together as a school community, we will build on the traditions of the past and meet the challenges of the future in innovative and exciting ways.

    Again, I am excited to lead this community!!! Let's have a FANTASTIC YEAR!!!!!

    Demos I Say!

    Principal Drake Shelton

    dshelton@pps.net

District News

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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  • A Recipe for Fun: Harvest of the Month at Hosford

    When students from Cleveland High School’s Advanced Commercial Foods and Baking class visited Hosford Middle School last month to try out a new recipe they called Baked Pears Goat Cheese Sunflower Seed Delight, the results of an informal sticker poll were very much on the positive side: 26 kids liked it and 30 loved it. Twenty-two were on the fence.

    Sixth grader Isaac Huynh was in the latter category. “I’ve had goat cheese before, but this goat cheese tastes different,” he said. “I think the whole thing might have been better with whipped cream.”

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