Monday, June 26, 2017
Principal's Message

Welcome to Jackson Elementary School!

Jackson Elementary School, located in northwest Hillsboro, is a neighborhood school Hillsboro School District. We serve 550 students, grades K - 6. Our highly qualified and talented teaching staff provides a fantastic, rich learning environment that allows each child to grow and become successful in elementary school. From our student led conferences to our final sixth grade program, our students are encouraged to become independent thinkers. We offer a variety of programs for students with different needs, including TAG (talented and gifted), ERC (Educational Resource Center), Speech and Language, and counseling.
The families of Jackson Elementary School are a large part of our overall community. Our PTA is very active and brings a variety of activities and events to broaden our overall education program. Events such as Fall Festival, Spring Fling, Ice-cream Social, Fun-Run, Art Auction are all run by the PTA.  In addition, Jackson school has Art Literacy, Right Brain Initiative, Project Lead the Way, First Lego League, Confucius Institute, and a variety of after school clubs.
We encourage all parents to be an active part of our school. Please feel free to contact me anytime!
Sarah Crane
Principal

cranesa@hsd.k12.or.us

503-844-1672

 

Jackson Jaguars are AWESOME! 

 
Announcements
Coffee Chat Summaries - Friday, November 20, 2015

We had another fantastic coffee chat on October 28!  Below are some of the things we talked about.  Please contact me if you'd like to discuss any of the items further.

1. We reviewed the success of the Fun Run and the Fall Fest - what terrific events!

2. I presented a safety option for the PTA to consider for the auction paddle bid. The options that are within the price range typically raised are 2 security cameras and an emergency button to de-magnetize the pod doors.

2. TAG (Talented and Gifted) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs are beginning their activities. In addition, we will be offering a new after school program called Pride Den on Tuesdays for invited students.

3. We reviewed the state and district approved process for teacher evaluation.

4. There were questions about lunch and cafeteria expectations and procedures. Upon further review, I can share that 1st and 2nd grade students are allowed to finish eating even if the rest of their class has gone to recess; they have a designated table or can eat on the wall outside.  3rd - 6th graders can eat outside. Talking is allowed between students while they eat, however, there are times the recess assistants encourage students to use their time to eat if it looks like the talking is taking all the time.  We set up a microphone system so that the recess assistant does not have to yell to get kids' attention.  Getting all the students through the line and full as quickly as possible so we can use the gym for pe is quite a difficult task.  I appreciate your feedback and want you to know we are always looking at ways to make sure the kids eat, enjoy the break from their learning, build relationships, and are safe.

September coffee chat info:

1. The staff created a mission statement we believe really tells what Jackson is about: 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.

2. 14-15 Smarter Balanced Assessment individual score reports will be in your mailbox any time.  If you would like to know more about the test or the scores, please see the video HSD has provided by clicking HERE

3. The school improvement plan (SIP) is in a final"ish" form - it is always being reviewed and improved by staff. Specifically, we are working to gather data for grades K-2 so we can set goals at those levels.. Click HERE if you would like to see it. 

4. Every student at Jackson has a homeroom assignment because they are all a part of our Jackson community! Some students are in class with their peers all day, some are there for 5 minutes, and others are somewhere in between. The time students spend together is important for all of the kids, for our overall community, and for our life long interactions with other people. We base individual time in general education and special education classes on individual needs and individual educational goals.

 
Announcements
Coffee Chat Summaries - Friday, November 20, 2015

February Coffee Chat: This was a great time to discuss Gracie Soldani's work to get funding for new playground equipment.  We also brainstormed solutions to the computer lab (computers are slow and the space is not optimal for quiet work). Last, I introduced grade level configuration changes which will come out in the monthly newsletter March 15th.  Thank you to all who joined us!

January Coffee Chat: During our January coffee chat, we had a good conversation about our life skills program.  The discussion prompted this letter I sent to all parents via email. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. 

We had another fantastic coffee chat on October 28!  Below are some of the things we talked about.  Please contact me if you'd like to discuss any of the items further.

1. We reviewed the success of the Fun Run and the Fall Fest - what terrific events!

2. I presented a safety option for the PTA to consider for the auction paddle bid. The options that are within the price range typically raised are 2 security cameras and an emergency button to de-magnetize the pod doors.

2. TAG (Talented and Gifted) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs are beginning their activities. In addition, we will be offering a new after school program called Pride Den on Tuesdays for invited students.

3. We reviewed the state and district approved process for teacher evaluation.

4. There were questions about lunch and cafeteria expectations and procedures. Upon further review, I can share that 1st and 2nd grade students are allowed to finish eating even if the rest of their class has gone to recess; they have a designated table or can eat on the wall outside.  3rd - 6th graders can eat outside. Talking is allowed between students while they eat, however, there are times the recess assistants encourage students to use their time to eat if it looks like the talking is taking all the time.  We set up a microphone system so that the recess assistant does not have to yell to get kids' attention.  Getting all the students through the line and full as quickly as possible so we can use the gym for pe is quite a difficult task.  I appreciate your feedback and want you to know we are always looking at ways to make sure the kids eat, enjoy the break from their learning, build relationships, and are safe.

September coffee chat info:

1. The staff created a mission statement we believe really tells what Jackson is about: 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.

2. 14-15 Smarter Balanced Assessment individual score reports will be in your mailbox any time.  If you would like to know more about the test or the scores, please see the video HSD has provided by clicking HERE

3. The school improvement plan (SIP) is in a final"ish" form - it is always being reviewed and improved by staff. Specifically, we are working to gather data for grades K-2 so we can set goals at those levels.. Click HERE if you would like to see it. 

4. Every student at Jackson has a homeroom assignment because they are all a part of our Jackson community! Some students are in class with their peers all day, some are there for 5 minutes, and others are somewhere in between. The time students spend together is important for all of the kids, for our overall community, and for our life long interactions with other people. We base individual time in general education and special education classes on individual needs and individual educational goals.