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!
Is the weather outside frightful? Select Jefferson athletics and activities are now available to be watched online - LIVE!Click here to watch!
Volleyball Coach Mary Van Oort was recently profiled on the Metro Sports Report for her efforts to take the JHS volleyball program in a new direction.Click here to read more (MetroSportsReport.com)...
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 to Mr. Edwards for being selected as the 2013 Mary McLeod Bethune Educator of the Year recipient! A prestigious award among African-American educators around the state, it is presented by the education committee for the Iowa Juneteeth Observance. Mr. Edwards will be presented the award at a banquet in Des Moines in early June.
Congratulations, Mr. Edwards!
"College and Career Clues" is a newsletter published by the JHS Counseling Department to advise juniors and seniors on college, careers, testing, financial aid, and additional information concerning life after high school.Click here to read more...
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 UStream.tv. Getting there is easy - just use the following link:
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!"
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!
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.
Congratulations to Kelsey Drake for setting the new 100 Butterfly school and pool records with a time of 57.14. The previous school record of 59.33 was set by Whitney Gorsegner in 2006.
J-Hawk football coach was recently named the Ed Thomas "Coach of the Week". Congratulations, Mr. Webb!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week Mrs. Swanson and former JHS teacher Ms. Kraft presented along with student Kyara Andrews at the University of Iowa's Diversity Conference in Iowa City. They spoke about Jefferson's "Women Inspiring Self Esteem" (WISE) group, along with the Kindness Week they sponsored last year. According to Mrs. Swanson, Kyara did a wonderful job representing her fellow J-Hawks!
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!"Read more about it!
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...