The JagWire

Jackson Middle School Weekly Newsletter - June 2, 2023

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Friday! As I write this week’s edition of the JagWire, I am riding on a bus to Seattle with the Jackson Symphonic Band. The itinerary for the trip will be a mix of work and play and the kids will be exhausted by the time we return home tomorrow night. And let me just say, there is no lack of energy on this bus right now.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parent volunteers who have helped out this year during lunch duty. Being able to open up the track so the students can spread out and get some fresh air has been invaluable. Please know that the time you're taking is making a positive impact on our students. And we still have slots available for the next week and a half!

Over the last few days we will be collecting books and Chromebooks from the students. Please have your child excavate their room and look for library books, text books, Chromebooks, Chromebook charger and any other things that your family may have lost.

And finally for our 8th grade families, we have a fun last two days of school planned so please make sure that your child has turned in everything they need to participate, such as:

  • All library books are turned in

  • They have their Chromebook and charger to turn in

  • They have turned in their Oaks Park permission slip

  • They have paid for Oaks Park (we do have scholarships available)

  • Lunch charges are paid up

If any one of the above things is missing, they might not be able to attend Oaks Park. Thank you for your assistance!

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend!


John Ferraro



Eat Chipotle, help Jackson Middle School PPS

Calling all burrito lovers,

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 8 Centerpointe Dr Ste B in Lake Oswego for our fundraiser on Tuesday, June 06 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. We're raising money to support Jackson Middle School PPS, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

Click here for more details.

Can't wait to see you!



REMINDER: Our final Black Excellence Group PARENT MEETING for this year will be virtual on Monday, 6/5 from 6:00-7:00pm on Zoom! Please check email for your Evites. We will give updates on previous discussion items and share some great go-to resources for Black students/families in the community. This meeting will be shared across Jackson and West Sylvan, so you will also get to meet and hear from several other BE families next meeting. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom. Again, check your email for an Evite!

The Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE) Vision has been released. View it here. The Center for Black Student Excellence is A Place, An Approach, and a Redesign of the System. Learn more about the vision.

Mashari Tyson, Founder

You belong. You are valued. You are loved. You are able. You are excellent.


ALL Library Books are DUE Now!

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Click here for all 8th grade events from locker clean out to the clap out.


Families may start arriving at 1:30 pm. Please enter through the gym doors (we will have balloons and a sign there) on the north side of the building and go straight to the gym.

We will be hosting in the gym in order to accommodate limitless family members, but please be aware that many folks will need to stand. (We have over 270 8th graders).

Families may leave after promotion with their children.

Permission Slip for Oaks Park:

Your student should have brought home a hard copy for you sign and then return to their Language Arts teachers. If you have not seen it yet, you can print a copy here:


LEAP into 9th Grade

When: June 26 - July 14
Who: The program will be available to all students, but prioritized for incoming 9th grade focal students, or students who would benefit from additional support. Space is limited due to staffing.

What: Prepares students to excel in high school and get a head start in working with their teachers and peers. Students will receive a daily bus pass and earn a 0.5 high school elective credit upon successful completion of the program.

Where: Ida B. Wells HS (1151 SW Vermont St)

QUESTIONS? Talk to your counselor or call (503) 916-5280



Oregon Battle of the Books

Does your student love to read? We've got the scoop on summer time books!

Here is the complete OBOB 2023/24 list!


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Ida B. Wells Soccer

Ida B. Wells Women's Soccer Interest Form to send to middle schools

Ida B. Wells Women's Soccer Interest Form

Are you (or are you the parent of) a 6th/7th/8th grader in the SW Portland community who may have an interest in playing soccer in HS? Please fill out the form below so we can contact you with important dates, registration FAQs, tryout information (for 8th graders), etc...

If you have any questions on anything related to playing soccer in HS, what a typical season looks like, how your middle schooler can get involved before HS, don't hesitate to reach out to Head Coach Mac Weinstock,



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NW CyberCamp

*Current 8th grade students going into high school next fall!

CYBERSECURITY Day-Camp July 24-28

This camp, which is free of charge for incoming 9th grade students, includes a strong focus on both technical and career topics. It's important that our students learn more about cybersecurity in Oregon and this camp is a great opportunity for students to learn from industry experts and gain hands-on experience in this growing field.

Both co-ed and girls-focused classes offered. Space is limited.

Learn more and register today at

Registration closes June 16th.