Jackson School News

September, 2017

Playground Update

The new playground is in! Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Jackson PTA; Hillsboro Schools Foundation; Master Yoo's Tae Kwon Do; Papa's Pizza Parlor; Roloff Farms; The Artfull Garden; Intel; Casey H. Sayre, DMD, PC; The Standard; Umpqua Bank; Decadent Creations Bakery; Let's Play Toy Store; The Dentists at Orenco; Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Hillsboro Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Owen, Caleb, and Colin Haber; Walker Next Door Neighbors; The Christiansen Family; The Macalino Family; Reed Bosshardt; The Magpantay Family; Juliana Jeffery; Travis, Jenn, and Phoenix Illig; Emily, Lily, Lance, and Grant; The Dorado Family; Gary Weil; Alvin, Chloe and Porter Cline; Tahlia Forristal; The McIntyre Family; Kim Janik; In Honor of the Steward/Petrick children; James, Harrison, Wyatt, Quinn and Cora Bowden; Todd Crawford; Ethan and Evan Le; All the students who jumped in the 2017 Jump-a-Thon; Ross and Susan Poff; The Petrick Family; Ethan and Ella Hehn; The Ready Family; Jack and Sloane Meents; The Vogeley Family; Ryan and Deborah O’Brien; The Specht Family; Eisley, Sophia and Norah; The Winkles Family; Jessica Morton and Eric Hall; Aaron and Adam Hochstetler; Jeremiah, Brenna, and Tobias Yager; The Bitsch Family; Other anonymous donors

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What an HSD Bond Approval would mean for Jackson?

To learn more and for answers to questions, come to Principal Coffee Chats - the first one is September 7th at 8 AM!

Safety & Security Enhancements

School safety upgrades

  • Interior door locks
  • Strobes, visual warning inside and outside
  • Security cameras
  • Improve line of sight from office to front door
  • Card key access - exterior doors
  • Alert button at front desk
  • Fire doors on alert button at front desk
  • Glass film at main door and on other windows
  • Upgrade in-building radio communications

School seismic upgrades

Parent/bus drop-off improvements

Educational Technology

Classroom technology

  • CRT monitor replacement
  • Classroom projectors
  • Voice amplification
  • Wireless access points
  • Whiteboards
  • Document cameras
  • Student computers
  • Licensed staff computers
  • Classified staff computers
  • Elementary gymnasium audio/visual system

Student Achievement

Flexible classroom furniture

Building Renovation/Enhancement

Construct new gymnasium - eliminate cafegymitoriums

Total Investment


Drop off Procedures

Please work with our small space to keep all kids safe!

1. Only buses in the bus lane unless they are already gone.

2. Pull up as far as you can in the drive line before letting the kids get out. This allows for less back up and blockage on the street.

3. Stay in your car in the drive line at all times. If you want to get out or help your child out of the car, please park.

Thank you!

More New Teachers

Often the summer is a time of sudden change for schools, and this year is certainly that way for Jackson! Mrs. Feldhaus decided to return to McKinney, which provided Mr. Patron an opportunity to move up to 3rd grade. We hired Mrs. Dorr as our newest staff member and she will teach 2nd grade. Neida Arellano is our new AmeriCorps Member - we look forward to her providing interventions and running after school clubs in English and Spanish! Mrs. Sweeney will take Mrs. Shotts place for the year and we are excited to have her!

Thank you for trusting us to get these placements and decisions right over the summer while still keeping you as up to date as possible!

Text Reminders

Would you like to get texts or emails about upcoming events at Jackson School? Simply text @jelem to 81010. We try to limit texts to 1 per week.

You can also go to this link to sign up: https://www.remind.com/join/jelem .

Principal Statement

While it has been several weeks, the events at Charlottesville continue to bring sadness to my heart. Regardless of our own political beliefs, I believe we can agree that at our elementary school every single student has a right to be safe and welcomed. With that in mind, I want to make sure parents know my commitment to a safe, positive, respectful environment at Jackson. This commitment is shared with our teachers and clear in our core values evident in our mission statement and pillars.

School mission statement:

At Jackson, we are a family community which embraces a tradition of excellence that fosters emotional, social, and academic growth in a culture where everyone is happy, welcomed, included, and challenged.

School pillars:

Jackson Jaguars are Safe, Respectful, and Responsible!

I truly love our wonderful community of staff, students, and families. I know it is a great honor to be the principal at such a fantastic school and I am looking forward to a great year! This year our teachers will continue to learn from each other and with each other by observing in each others classrooms. 16-17 was a very successful year academically, and we are going to keep that going by focusing on rigorous, engaging activities in all classrooms. I am excited to start the year by reinforcing that every Jackson student is a wonder through the book We Are All Wonders. Look for stars around the building created by our very own Jackson Jaguars as a connected activity! Jackson is a happy, caring place and we can't wait to have your children and your family back!

Feel free to contact me anytime by calling the school or emailing me directly. I look forward to seeing you Wednesday night at the community grounds clean up, Thursday night at the ice cream social and playground grand opening, and, of course, on the much anticipated first day of school!


Sarah Crane, EdD


Visitors and Volunteers

For the safety and security of all our students, all adults in the building should wear a badge at all times. Visitors and volunteers need to check in to the office to sign in and receive a badge.

Our goal is to honor the learning and teaching going on in the classroom at all times. If you need to drop something off for your child because he/she forgot it, please drop it off in the front office. We also encourage you to allow for the item to be missed for the day to help teach independence.

Lost and found will be taken to a donation site EVERY FRIDAY. Please have your child check the rack often, and especially on Thursdays and Fridays. If a name is on an item tag, we will make every effort to return the item to the student.

School Supplies

Click this LINK for the district school supply list. Please note: although the supply list calls for lined paper, we have plenty from last year so you can cross it off the list. We will always take copy paper.

Remember you can bring supplies to the Ice Cream Social on August 31st, if you'd like!

17-18 Jackson PTA Board

President & Co President: Kerry Stock and Amy Meiers presidentjacksonpta@gmail.com

Vice President: Mindi Forrest vpresidentjacksonpta@gmail.com

Treasurer Tricia Fanning treasurerjacksonpta@gmail.com

Secretary: Sara Tanz secretaryjacksonpta@gmail.com

Website! https://jacksonschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home


Please use your skill set to help the Jackson students!

*Fall Fest Committee Members

*Auction Chair & Committee Members

*Spring Fling Chair & Committee Members

*Volunteers for ice cream social, fun run, movie night, bingo night, and more!

Please email presidentjacksonpta@gmail.com if you want to volunteer. If sending an email is not an option, text or call 503-475-1769, or leave a note for the PTA in the mailbox at the school.

Attendance Matters!

Help your child's grade level win the popcorn party for the best attendance! The goal for every child is to only miss 9 or fewer days in the whole year.

Unexcused absences include vacations, colds, and fatigue.

Remember, school starts at 7:50!

Want more information?

Remind texts or emails: text @jelem to 81010

Principal coffee chats - First THURSDAY of each month (note change from last year)

Check the school website for live Twitter feed, announcements, calendar of events, school flyers, videos, and more!

Jackson School Mission

At Jackson, we are a family community which embraces a tradition of excellence that fosters emotional, social, and academic growth in a culture where everyone is happy, welcomed, included, and challenged.

School Grounds Clean Up

Wednesday, Aug. 30th, 6pm

675 Northeast Estate Drive

Hillsboro, OR

Bring your wheelbarrow, shovel, and gloves for this fun family event that gets our school ready for the first day!

Ice Cream Social

Thursday, Aug. 31st, 6:30pm

675 Northeast Estate Drive

Hillsboro, OR

Meet your teacher, bring your supplies, catch up with old friends, and make some more!

Principal Coffee Chat

Thursday, Sep. 7th, 8-9am

Jackson Library

All Jackson parents are welcome to join the principal for a light snack, coffee, and a time for questions and answers!

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 19th, 2:30pm

Jackson Library

All parents are invited to hear about, and provide input into, the activities and work of the Parent Teacher Association. We can't do it without you!

Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 21st, 6-8pm

675 Northeast Estate Drive

Hillsboro, OR

Please Note Date - it was listed incorrectly in the last newsletter.