Jeffy's Journal

March 1st to 6th


Attention J-Hawk Families! Starting this week, we have a great opportunity for you. We have a food pantry housed here at Jefferson! Through a partnership with HACAP, Jefferson High School will have a pantry that families can use once a week. Please fill out the Google Form below. Food pick-up is on Thursdays from 3:00-3:30. This will begin this Thursday, March 4. If you have any questions please email Mycala MacTaggart at

West Side Pantry - Swahili

West Side Food Pantry Request Form - English

West Side Pantry - Espanol

Jefferson High School Scholarship Application Form

This is a link to the Jefferson High School Scholarship Application Form for all seniors to complete. It is due March 9th.

ACT at Jefferson

ACT at Jefferson: Jefferson will be offering the ACT for all juniors on March 30. This test will be administered in the building at Jefferson, so there is no remote option available. The Cedar Rapids Community School District will pay for this test. We are asking students to fill out the following form so that can streamline information and plan accordingly to create a safe testing environment.


Hello JHawk Families!

It’s that time of year! Time for students to REGISTER! In keeping with the theme of the year, we are doing things a little differently!

Tomorrow the registration window will open on Infinite Campus for current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. Registration information will be sent out as an email to all students & parents. This email will include a link to a step by step Google Slide presentation. Students can also find the information in their Counselor’s Google Classrooms & it will be added to the Jefferson website. During the registration window Ms. Cummins, Ms. McIntosh & Mr. Edwards will have times available for students who need additional assistance to sign up. The link to those sign-ups will be included in the Google Slide presentation.

The registration window will close on Friday, March 12th at 3 pm.

The registration portion of Infinite Campus will be reopened to students during the week of May 10th – May 14th for them to make any corrections or changes.

If you have questions or concerns please email your student’s counselor. Thank you!

NHS Induction Ceremony Monday, March 1, For Last Year's Inductees

The NHS Induction Ceremony for our seniors who were supposed to be inducted last spring is tonight, Monday, March 1st! Inductees should plan to arrive by 6:30 and report to the Old Gym. The ceremony will start at 7:00pm in the New Gym. Members of the inductee’s immediate household are invited to attend. Everyone in attendance is expected to wear a mask. For those not able to attend in-person, we're live streaming the ceremony! Share the link below with your extended family or those who are unable to attend. This link will take them to the Jefferson Activities YouTube page where they will see a button for our ceremony. Here is the link: April 5th at 7:00pm in the New Gym will be the induction ceremony for this year’s NHS qualifiers. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative gpa of 3.5 received an application last week. Those applications are due March 1 by 3:30pm. Qualifiers will be notified of their acceptance prior to spring break. Please email Theresa Fettkether with an questions at

Upcoming College Visits

Upper Iowa University - In Person in the Counseling Office - Monday, March 1⋅9:00 – 9:30am Simpson College-In Person Visit in the Counseling Office - Wednesday, March 3⋅9:00 – 9:30am St. Ambrose University-Virtual - Wednesday, March 3⋅1:30 – 2:00pm The virtual visit URL is:

Items in Attendance Office

If you have been notified that you have item(s) in the attendance office waiting to be picked up, please be sure to stop by and get them as soon as possible. There is quite an assortment of textbooks waiting to be claimed.


Creating a yearbook during a pandemic can be challenging to say the least. The Statesman staff needs your help and creativity. Below are too links to surveys to help us gather information and photos to use in the yearbook. Please take a few minutes to help us. Make sure you are signed into your school account. Yearbook Survey - Moods and Looks Yearbook Survey - Student Athletes
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Exciting National Honor Society News!

The senior NHS officers have gotten permission to hold an Induction Ceremony. The Induction Ceremony for those individuals (now seniors) who were to be inducted last spring will be March 1 at 7:00pm in the New Gym. Please mark your calendars!! Parents, you're invited as well! More details will be forthcoming on how many guests each inductee is allowed. The notification and application process for the 2021 National Honor Society qualifiers will begin soon. Juniors (and seniors who did not qualify as a junior) with a cumulative gpa of 3.5 will receive an application. The Induction Ceremony for these new inductees will be held on April 5th at 7:00pm in the New Gym. Please email Mrs. Theresa Fettkether, NHS Adviser, with any questions.

Is Your Student's Camera On?

As our teachers evaluated the 1st semester grades, an interesting observation was brought up. Students who attended classes and turned on their cameras were more engaged and, on average, received higher grades. Encourage your student to be in class with the camera on. We love seeing their happy faces!

JHS Service Club

JHS Service Club is coming out of hibernation! New members (Freshmen!) are welcome. Our first project will be to build beds for youth in our community that need them. OIt will be Saturday April 17...there will be three shifts. A sign-up Genius will be coming. If you are interested in this project or other service projects contact Mr. Reynolds ( or stop by and socially distance in room 137. We also have a Remind group that you can join to keep on top of future volunteer opportunities.

Community Service Award

Did you know that Jefferson awards a special medal at graduation to students who have completed 100 hours of community service? Did you know that we have groups at Jefferson that do volunteer work? (Interact Club, Volunteer Club, and National Honor Society) Did you know that college and scholarship applications ask about your volunteer work? Now's the time to get started and make the world a better place. Need ideas that are safe during COVID? Write letters to folks in nursing homes (they can't have visitors), send Valentine Cards to service members, volunteer at a hospital, collect supplies for a homeless shelter, join the Cedar Rapids 1 bag challenge and pick up litter (pick up trash bag at HyVee), sew face masks, or even look for online volunteering projects. You'll need to keep track of all of your volunteer time on the form that you can pick up from the counseling office, or contact the counseling office (number is below).

Check Your Email Every Day!

CPR For Juniors And Seniors

Seniors and Juniors - Hand On CPR will be offered either February 26 or March 5 during PLC Time. These are the last 2 days to get it done. You will need to sign up for a time with through this google form:

The Online Component needs to be completed before you attend the Hands On session.

Here are the Instructions on how to complete the Online Component:

Senior Edition of Jeffy's Journal

Senior Scholarship Listing

Click here to see a list of scholarship possibilities.

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Important Numbers If You Are In Need of Assistance

Need Assistance? We are here to help...

Jefferson Main Office: (319) 558-2435

Mr. Mike Hawley, Principal

Ms. Lorie Bateman, Associate Principal

Mr. Chris Deam, Athletic Director

Mr. Chad Szabo, Associate Principal

Mr. Mike Panoch, Facilitator

Office Staff:

Ms. Lois Bassett, Main Office

Ms. Lori Gunn, Main Office

Ms. Nancy Coffman, Attendance Office (319) 558-2341

Ms. Nicole McCue, Attendance Office (319) 558-2341

Ms. Susan Rumelhart, Nurse (319) 558-3473

Ms. Jackie Simoens, Athletics (319) 558-2148

Ms. Debra Floyd, Bookkeeping (319) 558-2743

Student Services: (319) 558-2441

Brenda Morillo, Counseling Secretary

Nancy Priebe, Special Ed. Compliance Secretary

Kim Abram, Counselor (Freshmen)

Jason Edwards, Counselor (10-12 Students with Last Names A-HA)

Jamie Cummins, Counselor (10-12 Students with Last Names Hb-Pa)

Judy McIntosh, Counselor (10-12 Students with Last Names Pb-Z)

Russ Bush, Technology

Kevin Darrow, PACT

Rebecca Egli, Transition Specialist

Desire To Lead

A group of five female student-athletes participated in a nationwide call-to-action as a part of a leadership development program called Desire to Lead through the Winning Leader program. Allie Barlow, Allison Kingus, Madie Denlinger, Madi Mercil, and Olivia Young took time over the course of a few days to repackage nearly 3,000 diapers into groups of 10 for the Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank. These diapers will be given to families to help ease the burden of buying diapers for their kids. Madi Mercil was able to present this project to a nationwide Facebook Live audience with approximately 650 views in the first day. If you are interested in watching the video, which includes other programs' projects across the country, you can find it here: