Demo Family Memo 9.30.2022

Weekly News from Jefferson High School Middle College

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Principals Message

Hello Demo Community!!!

With the end of the first month of school I would like to make sure you review the information below! Please make sure you join our Admin Team for the Know Your Schools-virtual-Parent Meeting 10/4 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

We are still having some attendance "issues", so please continue to speak with your student(s) regarding the importance of being in school on time.

Looking forward to seeing all of you-virtually- at our Know Your Schools meeting-10/4

Demos I Say!!!!

Principal Shelton

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BUZZ IN AND OUT-- Jefferson Exterior Door Procedures


Safety for your students is our top priority. We will be requiring students to show their student IDs or their STUDENTVUE (on their phone) when they buzz in and out of the building using our doorbell system on Kerby St.and Commercial St. We will be working with students to make sure they have their IDs (picture retake day is Monday, October 3rd).

A reminder: all of our exterior doors are locked during the day. In the mornings and during the lunch hour, we staff doors to welcome students and make sure they get to class on time. All other times, students need to ring the bells on either Commercial Side A floor or Kerby Side A or B floor. Here is the message we shared with students this week.


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Jefferson Admin will be hosting monthly meetings virtually for parents and community members on the first Tuesday of each month beginning October 4th. These meetings will begin at 5:30 and will be online at:

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 530-738-1491‬ PIN: ‪296 771 836‬#

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HOMECOMING: Spirit Week, Game and Dance

SPIRIT WEEK: Check Trivory for daily calendar reminders for Spirit Week!

FOOTBALL: Our Homecoming Game will begin at 7pm on Friday, October 7th. Come cheer on the Demos as they face Ida B Wells. Entrance is on Commercial Street side. Adults are 6 dollars and students are 2 dollars. Gates will close at the end of half time or as we hit capacity.

DANCE: Saturday, October 8th 7-10pm

Students will require to show their Student ID or StudentVue. ONLY JEFFERSON STUDENTS WILL BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND.

Dance will be held in the Large Gym and tickets will be available at lunchtime and at the door. 3 dollars.

Jefferson Students will not be permitted to the dance if they have:

  • Referral in the month of September
  • Involved in any fight/Altercation in the month of September
  • Any Drug or Alcohol violations in the month of September
  • Any violations the week of Homecoming

Please make sure you review this with your student-so we don't turn them away at the doors, the day of the dance

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Calendar and Important Upcoming Dates

10.3 Picture Retake Day! AM, small gym

10.4 Virtual Know Your School 5:30-6:30

10.4 FAFSA Kick Off night for Senior Families, 5:30 in Cafeteria

10.7 Homecoming Pep Rally and Game

10.8 Homecoming Dance JEFFERSON STUDENTS only

10.10 After School Tutoring for Students Begins

10.12 PSAT for all Sophomores and some Juniors

10.12 College and Career Fair

10.18 TAG Info Night

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Notes from the Office

Progress Reports

You should receive your student’s first progress report this year. If you do not receive it this week, please contact the school to update our address information for you or your student.


There are several ways to access your student’s attendance records and to excuse or inquire about attendance:

  1. Check ParentVue. They have released a new feature for guardians to excuse their child’s attendance by Full Day. For Period Absences, you must still call or email the school.

  2. Call 503-916-5180 and press option 2 to leave us a voicemail message

  3. Email

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College and Career Updates and PSAT Information

Jefferson Class of 2023 students and families - mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

  • FAFSA/ORSAA Kickoff, Tuesday, October 4th, 5:30-7pm in the cafeteria. Enter on Kerby St. side. Food will be provided!

PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors (Juniors must register)

Wednesday, October 12th, is PSAT Testing day for all Jefferson HS 10th grade students. The 2022-2023 PSAT (Preliminary SAT) test will be held Wednesday, October 12 on the Jefferson Campus. All Sophomores are automatically signed up for the PSAT, paid for by Portland public schools. More info here.

For Junior families: Taking the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year of high school is the only way to have a chance to become a National Merit Scholar and potentially win scholarship money! Even if you don’t end up qualifying or winning scholarship money, you earn valuable test-taking experience that can prepare you for the actual SAT or ACT (there’s a reason why it’s also called the Practice SAT, after all!). If your junior is registered for a fall term PCC class, please remind them to email their instructor no later than Friday, October 7th to let them know they will be testing that day and find out how they can make-up the missed class.

Wednesday, October 12th is PSAT/NMSQT day at Jefferson. All 10th grade students and any 11th grade students who signed up will take the test at school that day. Students not taking the PSAT on October 12th will participate in other planned College and Career Day activities.

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Talented and Gifted Information

Join us on October 18th, 6-7pm in the Jefferson library to learn more about the TAG program, including:

  • What is TAG?

  • Information about the referral and Identification Process

  • Supporting Learners: TAG Services

  • Resources

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SUN School

Join us for Fall SUN School. Classes include: Robotics, Mock Trial, E-Games (lunch time) or Choir! Fill out this form (Link also has the SUN school app)

Or contact Ms. Shy at for more information. SUN School begins October 4th!

Students can come down to the cafeteria on October 4th and learn about what clubs we are supporting, and what we are offering for Fall term programming. The supper program will be starting next week as well.

Some days/dates to keep on your radar:

  • Starting Oct. 11 Tues & Thurs Choir club D-78.
  • Starting Oct. 13 Tues & Thurs E-games at lunch time: commons area or cafeteria
  • Already started Mon & Wed Robotics D-78
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