Jeffy's Journal

May 3rd to May 8th

News Flash!! Senior Meeting Friday, May 7th at 1:45 pm in the East Gym!!

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US Academic Decathlon - J-Hawks Take 4th, Highest Ranked Public School In The Nation!!

This was the 21st straight year that Jefferson has represented Iowa at the national competition as Iowa State Champions.

The team earned six individual awards in the very competitive Division I.

  • Brianna Olson won a gold in interview with the highest score in all of Division I.
  • Ewan Greear won a bronze medal in art.
  • Samuel Jahnke and Brian Lu tied for the bronze in social science.
  • Brian earned a bronze in literature as well.
  • Justin Cano received a bronze in interview
  • Kaitlyn deBlois had the highest score on the team
  • Brian Lu received a scholarship as the most valuable member of the team, as voted on by his teammates.

Jefferson's Varsity Team, consisting of Justin, James, and Brianna, took home the Director's Communication Award for having the highest combined score in speech, interview, and essay.

Team members include: Sarah Jahnke, Adam Swartzendruber, Kaitlyn deBlois, Ewan Greear, Samuel Jahnke, Brian Lu, Justin Cano, James West, Brianna Olson, and Nkasa Bolumbu.

J-Hawk Seniors Elementary School Walks

Below is the QR Code and link for Seniors to use and sign up for a walk thru their "ole' elementary" schools that feed Jefferson.

There is a lot of excitement about this year, so please share!

As just an overview:

Grant - May 20th @ 9:15am

Truman - May 20th @ 3pm

Cleveland - May 20th @ 3pm

Van Buren - May 20th @ 3pm

Hoover - May 20th @ 3pm

Taylor (Cedar River Academy) - May 21st @ 1:30pm

Coolidge - May 24th @ 3pm

Harrison - TBA

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J-Hawk Mac & Cheese For Graduation!

Planning your Grad party or other spring event. Enjoy it with our truly Jefferson Mac & Cheese. Just click here and print the order form. All the instructions are on the form.

If you have any questions please email

Link for order form:

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Seniors and Senior Parents

Now is the time to regularly check the Senior Edition of Jeffy's Journal as spring is here and senior events are fully in motion! This week's edition highlights information about the senior letter, an overview of prom 2021, a link to vote for the senior move/song request, and ways senior parents can help. Click the button below...
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Counseling News

AIRFORCE SSgt Mercedes Lacy is holding an information Zoom Meeting for those who may be interested in the Air Force and all they have to offer. You may click on the link below on Thursday, May 6th anytime between 11:00am - 1:00pm and SSgt Lacy would be happy to talk with you. Contact Person: Mercedes J. Lacy, SSgt, United States Air Force Career Advisor Email:, Phone: 309-357-1343, Fax: 319-409-8199 Website:

Iowa National Guard

Iowa National Guard Raffle-

Click on the link below to fill out a short survey and get entered to win an Iowa National Guard t-shirt and a chance to also get a backpack filled with free swag. They will be drawing a name once a week for the free backpack.

Save the Date for Jefferson's Prom Events on Saturday, May 15

Prom will look different this year than it has in the past. We are excited to announce that there will be an outdoor Grand March held at Kingston Stadium. Following the Grand March, Jefferson staff invites you to join them on campus for our "Capture Every Moment" event as students are invited on a walk of memories and photo ops with several Instagrammable photo stations. We would like to make it clear that due to social distancing guidelines, there will be no dance. We remain hopeful that we can offer a post-prom that is not only safe, but an opportunity for our class to be together. Due to needed safety precautions, we will only be allowing Jefferson seniors and their dates to attend.

Although specific social distancing guidelines are to be determined, this is what we know so far:

  • All attendees must be high school-aged and visitors must submit the appropriate permission slip.
  • Masks will be required at all events.
  • It is encouraged that seniors dress their best for this event while remaining in attire that is appropriate for school functions.
  • We will be having a Grand March.
  • There will NOT be a class-wide dance.
We are working hard to make our night for the Class of 2021 as memorable as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue on in the planning process. Please continue to check your email and read Jeffy's Journal for updates on Prom.

Please remember that we will be following the Jefferson Prom Policy for seniors:

  • Must be enrolled in the necessary classes to graduate on time.
  • Must be passing all necessary second term classes with a grade of C or better a week prior to Prom
  • Administrative approval is necessary if these expectations cannot be met.

J-Hawk Art T-Shirts

Now available, 2020/2021 JHS Art T shirts designed by Emma Reed, delivered right to your home!...

Attention Juniors!!

The Junior class has partnered with Java Joe's to sell ground coffee, coffee beans, and some sweet treats. This fundraiser will run from April 5th -April 30th. If you are a junior we need your help! Please stop by room 136, 237 or 207 to pick up your order forms today and/or check your email for online ordering information. Order forms and money are due on April 30th.

If you are someone who loves coffee and would like to help out the junior class, we are happy to announce that you can order coffee online and get it shipped to your house. All you have to do is click the link below and during checkout type in "JHS Class of 2022" in the organization field. There is also room for a name, if you know a junior and want to help them win prizes. Online orders can be placed until May 7th.

Online order form:

If you have questions please contact your friendly class sponsors: Sara McAndrew, Emma Edelen, Jennifer Middlekauff, or Kristina Helbert.

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Roscoe's Pizza and the JHS Class of 2024 Team Up

Mark your calendars now to join the JHS Class of 2024 at Roscoe's Pizza on Wednesday, May 12 between 4 PM and 8 PM. You may dine in or carry out that night and a portion of every order will benefit the Class of 2024 fund. Just mention "J-Hawks" when you order. Please share with others, as you don't have to be a J-Hawk to support this event. Roscoe's has been a long-time supporter of Jefferson, please help support them! Roscoe's is located at 212 Edgewood Road NW, phone number: 319-654-8886.


Hello JHawk Families! This is just a reminder that the West Side Pantry is up and running at Jefferson High School. Orders can be placed until 1:00 PM on Wednesdays. Orders can be picked up (via student or parent pick up) from 3:00-3:30 PM on Thursdays.

Here are the links to the Order Requests:

West Side Pantry - English:

West Side Pantry - French:

West Side Pantry - Spanish:

West Side Pantry - Swahili:

Please email Mycala MacTaggart at if you have any questions.

Senior Scholarship Listing

Click here to see a list of scholarship possibilities.

IDs and Lanyards

Students at Jefferson should all have an ID now. As we work to keep healthy, we have moved to scanning IDs. All students are expected to wear their IDs on a lanyard during the school day. Staff will be scanning the ID for items such as tardies.

Registration Next Steps

During the week of May 10th-14th, students may contact their counselor with any course request corrections they may have.

Check Your Email Every Day!

Activities: Where J-Hawks in Action This Week!

Please go to to see all of this week's J-Hawks activities.

Help Recovering Your School Account

Click this link to learn how to recover your school account

District COVID 19 Dashboard

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