Monday, March 30, 2015
Welcome To Jackson

Interim Principals:
Kathi Robinson and Lauri Lewis

Office Hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone: 503-844-1670 
FAX: 503-844-1678
Attendance Line: 503-844-1673

Office Manager: Gayle Grossen 
Secretary:  Regina McLoud

Reminders

DROP-OFF and PICK-UP ALERT

Standby as we work with Hillsboro School District officials to find short-term and long-term solutions to the parking lot and bus lane congestion at drop-off and pick-up times.


Safety First

Winter is here and it is dark outside.  Drivers, please be mindful of students walking/biking to school and parents please consider reflective clothing/backpacks. 

Stay Up To Date


If you do not have access to technology/internet, please contact the office and we will gladly provide you with hard copies of school news. The PTA will continue to use Big Tent for PTA communications. The Jackson Facebook page is no longer being used at this time.
Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found weekly for your student’s belongings.  

Principal's Message

3/12/2015 - Pulse aquí para ver en español

Dear Jackson Families
,

We are pleased to announce that a new principal for Jackson Elementary School has been selected: Sarah Crane, currently Principal of Ione Community School (a charter school) in Ione, Oregon.

Ms. Crane began her educational career in 2002 as a Special Education teacher for students in grades 5-12 in Lee County, Alabama.  In 2004, she moved to Amarillo, Texas, where she taught both general and special education students at the elementary level.  She then spent a year as a Behavior Specialist before moving to Oregon in 2009 to become the Special Education Coordinator for InterMountain ESD.  There, she assisted twelve school districts with special education services, behavior support, state reporting and paperwork, programs, and teacher training.  Ms. Crane was promoted to Special Education Director for IMESD in 2012, and in 2013 she moved into her principal position in Ione.  She is currently finishing up her Doctorate of Educational Leadership through Lewis & Clark College.

Ms. Crane is a former Teacher of the Year (Amarillo, TX, 2007-08), and comes to Hillsboro highly recommended.  She is extremely excited to be your new principal as of July 1, and we are anxious for you to meet her!

She will be at Jackson next Tuesday, March 17, to work with staff, and will stay to meet with parents at a PTA-hosted event on Tuesday evening from 5-6:30pm in the library.  Please stop by to say hello if you have a chance. 

It has been our pleasure to serve as co-principals at Jackson, and we look forward to finishing out the school year with you.  This is an amazing school with a great staff, outstanding students, and involved families.

Thank you very much for your support!

Sincerely,

Kathi Robinson and Lauri Lewis
Co-Interim Principals

Jackson News

Jackson Kinder Round-Up:  4-21-15, 6:30-7:30 pm
Do you have a student eligible  for kindergarten?  We invite children who will be five years old by September 1, 2015, to enroll for the 2015-16 school year.  Jackson is proud to announce that kindergarten will be full day. Our incoming kindergarten registration process opens March 2nd for the 2015-16 school year. Registration packets can be picked up at our Jackson Elementary School office.  Another resource for registration information is under the parent’s tab of the HSD website:   www.hsd.k12.or.us.  Please help us spread the word by passing along this information to any families that may need it. All parents and families of incoming kindergarten students are  invited to join Jackson’s Kindergarten Round-Up on Tuesday, April 21,2015 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  We look forward to meeting the graduating class of 2028.

Attendance Call Change

Effective Feb 2nd, in an effort to increase safety of our students, the attendance calls will be going out to parents beginning at 9:15 am.  What does this mean for parents?  If you call the attendance line after 8:45 am, we will be updating the absence but you may still get an attendance call.  We appreciate your patience during this transition.  If students arrive to school after 8:00 am, they need to check in at the front office and receive a pass to class.


Updated Hiring Process for Jackson’s New Principal

Last September we went through the hiring process for a new principal for Jackson. At the end of the process the decision was made to appoint an interim principal for the 2014-15 school year and conduct a new hiring process in the spring of 2015. We are ready to begin the hiring process and I want to share information with you about the process. 
Please click here to read the entire letter.

When Arts Integration Hits Home

Third graders Sydney and Payton of Mrs. Hall’s class really took Mo’s residency to heart.  After experiencing song-writing as a class, they decided to give it a try on their own at home.  Sydney already played guitar, but she had never written a song before.  Together the girls “started throwing words around and tried making slant rhymes, like with Mo.”  Payton explained that it was Mo teaching them about slant rhymes (words that don’t exactly rhyme but are very close in sound) that helped them come up with more lyrics and “make the song bigger and bolder.”

Sydney was inspired by Mo’s guitar playing as well.  She stated that she “started playing around with chords and beating on the guitar to make an echo with the strings.”

The girls also thought about the tone or mood of the song, which is an element of song-writing that Mo discussed in their sessions.  Their song called “Ghost” has a calm, peaceful tone. 

Sydney and Payton performed the song for their class.

Resources

March 9th Family Night: Smarter Balance Assessments Information Forum.  For more information please click here.


Health

Please visit the HSD website, click on parents, click on resources, and then click on immunizations to view Washington County information about Flu and Norovirus.  If you have any new information regarding immunizations, please share that with the front office.


Daily Transportation Changes

If you need to make changes to your student’s normal going home plan, please send a signed and dated note with your student or call the office  no later than 30 minutes before the end of school.
Volunteering

To  sign up to volunteer, please visit www.hsd.k12.or.us and go to Community  and then Volunteering.  *If you are in the school for any reason, please remember to sign in and wear a badge.  We appreciate all you do for our school but safety is always a priority.  When signing in: Volunteers need to sign in on the white log as well as the computer and sign out on both too. Visitors need to sign in and out on the white log.  During any school evacuation drill or a real evacuation, please make sure to check in with the school secretary.


School Meals

To  view menus, please visit www.hsd.k12.or.us and go to Departments and then Nutrition Services.