Jefferson High School: "Home of the J-Hawks"

The November Outlook is Online!

Fresh off the presses, the Outlook is available to read online!


Jefferson Academic Decathlon Ranked Fourth in Nation

Congratulations to the Jefferson Academic Decathlon team for their fourth place finish at the national competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. This continues their unbroken streak of representing Iowa on the national stage since 2001. You are proof of the great education Jefferson has to offer!


Students Finalists in Iowa Bar Association Competition!

Mary Korch, Chase Muenzenmeyer, Hannah Carter, Drake Krambeer, and Nate Richardson (pictured with John Wheeler of the Iowa Bar Association); all students in Chris Rolwes AP U.S. History classes, were finalists in The Iowa State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division "Know Your Constitution" Project. One hundred finalists were selected from the more than 1,000 students across the state of Iowa. These finalists were honored at a luncheon held at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel in West Des Moines on January 10, 2014. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Thomas Waterman, Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Congratulations, Mary, Chase, Hannah, Drake, and Nate!

J-Hawk Activities Are Online!

Is the weather outside frightful? Select Jefferson athletics and activities are now available to be watched online - LIVE!

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JHS Recognized Nationally

The U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the nation's top public high schools recognized Jefferson High School as one of the top 20 high schools in Iowa. Nationwide, U.S. News evaluated over 21,000 schools and Jefferson ranked 2,105, placing it in the top 10 percent of schools nationally.

Schools were ranked based on a three-step process that compared students reading and math scores on proficiency tests, whether or not students were performing better than statistically expected, and an evaluation of these same scores for the least-advantaged students. Additionally, a "college readiness" index, which takes into account AP course offerings and the number of AP tests taking, was used to rank schools.

U.S. News awarded Jefferson High School a silver award for these accomplishments, the same award received by Kennedy High School.

In addition, Jefferson ranked nationally for the second year in a row on Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools" list.

Congratulations, J-Hawks!

Watch J-Hawk Activities LIVE!

Have a family member that can't travel to see their J-Hawk perform live? No problem! Jefferson broadcasts many of the various home games and activities live on Getting there is easy - just use the following link:

Watch Jefferson Activities LIVE!

Jefferson once again in top ranks of Iowa high schools!

Jefferson is the only public high school in the Cedar Rapids Metro area to earn a top ten finish in the Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup!

What makes the Challenge Cup competition unique is that schools are not only ranked based on their academics. Instead, the challenge also considers all the facets of what makes a great high school: Academics, athletics, music, speech, and debate programs. To rank highly, a high school must excel in all facets; something which Jefferson consistently does.

It's "Great to be a J-Hawk!"

JHS Becomes CrossFit Affiliate

As part of their commitment to continuously improve the quality of physical education and fitness at Jefferson, the P.E. department recently applied for, and was accepted as, an official CrossFit Affiliate!

Visit the J-Hawk CrossFit website...

Jefferson Students Inviting to "Paint a Plow"

City of Cedar Rapids Public Works Department has invited area schools or daycares to participate in "Paint a Plow" and decorate a City plow blade, which will be used during winter snow removal.

The Paint a Plow program allows children the opportunity to see a snow plow up close, paint the inside of the blade, and gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of snow removal operations. The painted blades are then used on snow routes near the school or daycare which decorated the blade, giving children the chance to catch their artwork in action as crews keep Cedar Rapids' streets clear of snow.

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BIG Possibilities Are Available to Jefferson Students!

Iowa BIG is a program that allows Cedar Rapids students the opportunity to earn required credit within a project-based learning environment. In addition to learning core content, students have opportunities to develop employability, communication, and networking skills.

Check out the animated overview of Iowa BIG!

Mr. Link Named Outstanding HS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Link for being selected to receive Wartburg College's Outstanding High School Teacher Award!

The Outstanding High School Teacher Award recognizes teachers who have inspired students in Wartburg's graduating class and who have thereby significantly contributed to their educational aspirations and achievements.

Way to go, Mr. Link!

Briggs & Orton Receive Honor from Fellow Coaches

Congratulations to Jefferson's very own Dick Briggs and Matt Orton for being selected as "Coaches of the Year" by the other coaches of the Mississippi Valley Conference. Coaches Briggs and Orton have directed the J-Hawks to an impressive 12-1 record along with a long overdue win of the J-Hawk Wrestling Invitation and a berth to the State Duals for the first time in twenty years.

Congratulations, Coach Briggs and Coach Orton!

Mr. Lincoln Visits Jefferson

On Thursday, December 19th, Abraham Lincoln Presenter, Lance Mack, came to Jefferson and presented to the Advanced Placement U.S. History Classes. Lance has been presenting on Mr. Lincoln for over 20 years and JHS students enjoyed having the opportunity to ask questions of both Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Mack.

Get Involved with Student Council!

Interested in becoming involved in your Student Council? Mr. O'Connor and Mr. Ballard are always looking for new members wanting to make a difference here at Jefferson. Come take an active part in your school! Check out their site for current happenings!

Interested In Hosting An Exchange Student?

Youth for Understanding exchange program

Each year, Jefferson families host several exchange students from a variety of nations. If you are interested in the possibility of hosting an exchange student, please take a look at following links provided by the non-profit organization Youth for Understanding: Q&A's | Fast Facts | YFU Website

The non-profit organization EF Foundation for Foreign Study also provides hosting opportunities and be supported by a local coordinator who provides monthly contact, and planned activities for both the student and host families. Students come with their own medical insurance and spending money. Contact coordinator Tina James today for more information at 319-484-2689 or 319-551-9367. Or email Ms. James at

Jefferson Spotlighted by Department of Education for Physical Education Innovation

The Iowa DE will feature Jefferson for the innovative approach it is taking towards physical education. A big congratulations to our fitness education staff! Yet another reason why "It's Great to be a J-Hawk!"

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