February 2021

What's Happening in February

1-1st day of 2nd semester

10 - PTSA Meeting, 6:30pm

15 - President's Day (no school)

NOTE: Student forecasting for next year's classes throughout the month, see the JHS website for details

February PTSA Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

Everyone is welcome!

Meet and greet at 6:15 pm

Meeting begins at 6:30 pm

Zoom link here:

Meeting ID: 874 3060 3901

Passcode: 664368

College and Higher Ed at our February Meeting

  • Ms. Dalton, Jefferson College and Career Coordinator and Eric Schniewind, out-going PTSA Treasurer, speaking about the PTSA sponsoring college/higher ed scholarships for Jefferson students

  • Ms. Jameelah Rasheed from Unite Oregon will speak to us about the BUILD (Build Graduates through Inclusive Leadership Development) Program, supporting parents, of Jefferson students, navigate through college and career readiness

  • Our Senior Celebration Committee will update us on what is happening behind the scenes with our preparations for this year's Senior Celebration
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At Our January Meeting . . .

We had guest speakers, Kali Ladd, the Executive Director of KairosPDX School and Winta Yohannes, the Managing Director of Albina Vision Trust and they shared the vision of the Center for Black Student Excellence. The school bond measured that passed in November dedicated $60 million dollars for the creation of the Center. It was an inspiring presentation.

Here is a little information if you missed our meeting (from the PPS School Board Resolution, no. 6150, in support of CBSE):

"Equitable access to public education has long been a key component of the civil rights movement and fight for racial justice. Building on the legacy of advocacy for Black children in Portland, and catalyzed by the social movement for Black Lives, Black Portland community leaders have put forth the concept of the Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE). This concept endeavors to center the experience, promote opportunities, accelerate outcomes, and celebrate the achievements of Portland’s Black children. This new collective impact effort channels the decades of visionary leadership and culturally responsive and pedagogically sustaining approaches of community-based nonprofits like Self Enhancement, Inc., and KairosPDX, among other Black-led, culturally specific organizations here in Portland. This emerging community-led concept seeks to unify and elevate the educational experience of Portland’s Black children and their families, connecting a constellation of community schools, such as Boise Eliot/ Humboldt Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Tubman Middle School, and Jefferson High School, and Black-led community-based organizations in the Albina Neighborhood. The CBSE will work with the students, families, and community stakeholders to develop a coherent set of strategies that will positively impact student achievement and outcomes while affirming student identity, and will include promoting and supporting culturally responsive/sustaining teaching and learning, from cradle to career. The CBSE will serve as a living expression of Portland Public Schools' expressed commitment to Black Lives and will help advance PPS’s mission to prepare students to be compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and prepared to lead a more socially just world."

We will continue to share information about the planning for the CBSE as we get it.

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“If you know whence you came,

there is really no limit to where you can go.”

- James Baldwin

Here are links to some events and happenings that

celebrate the gifts and contributions Black Americans:

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Introducing our new PTSA Treasurer, Lori Lyons-Lachman

We'd like to introduce our newest board member, Lori Lyons-Lachman. She will be replacing Eric Schniewind who served as our treasurer for the past two school years and has graciously stayed on this year until we found a new treasurer.

The proud Demo parent of a freshman , Lori is new to the Jefferson HS community. But she is not new to the neighborhood, living just blocks from Jeff for over 20 years. Lori works as a project manager for a local engineering firm and does the bookkeeping for her husband's architectural glass company. She has volunteered at Beach Elementary and Ockley Green and participated in Ockley's site council. We are so excited to welcome our new treasurer. Thank you Lori!

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Your can and bottle deposits can now be donated to the Jefferson PTSA to help support the many ways we support students and staff. Get one of our Blue Bags, fill it up and either bring it to us or drop it off at a Bottle Drop location,

We have raised almost $200 already!

You can get a Blue Bag by contacting Laura Bullock, or you can pick up a Blue Bag or drop off cans and bottles at the food pantry on Tuesdays and Fridays between 12:00 and 3:00.

Food Pantry Going Strong!

We are now set up under the wrestling gym overhang, still on N Commercial. Look for our blue and gold banner. Please share with anyone you know who may be experiencing any food insecurity.

PTSA MEMBERSHIP: It's Never Too Late

Your Jefferson PTSA is working hard for our community. Come and be a part of it! Everyone has something to offer. You may have a little time or a great idea or a connection to a business or the community. We would love for you to join us.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome!

Also, if you haven't renewed your membership yet this year, this would be a great time to do it.

Here is the link to join:

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Volunteer Opportunities


All committees would welcome volunteers. Committees include:

  • Fundraising
  • Senior Celebration
  • Membership
  • Community Engagement
  • Student Activities and Support
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Advocacy, Volunteers
  • Food Pantry
  • Concessions
  • Gear

Please contact your PTSA Board if interested:

Laura Bullock, President:

Georgie Honl, Vice President:

Gabrielle Mercedes Bolivar, Secretary:

Lori Lyons-Lachman, Treasurer:


This links to the Jefferson HS PTSA website to purchase gear, membership (still listed under 2019-20), and donations to the PTSA and the PTSA food pantry. Thanks for your support!


Go to, select Jefferson High PTSA and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

You can link your Fred Meyer rewards card to donate to Jefferson High PTSA every time you shop! Visit the Community Rewards site and sign your card up for the program.

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Jefferson High School PTSA


5210 N Kerby Avenue Portland, OR 97217