Interested in meeting people with the same passions? Improving working skills? Gaining real-world experiences? Starting a game plan for a future career? If you said yes, a job shadow or an internship would be a great idea!
Deadlines are approaching...see Mr. Collins in Room 226 for more information today!
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!"
After a super performance at the Liberty Bowl last year, the squad received another bowl invitation! This year a group of Varsity and Sophomore cheerleaders will be traveling to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, TX. They will be working with "Step Up" choreographer Jamal Sims. They are currently fundraising for this amazing opportunity! They appreciate your support!
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.
Congratulations, Kelsey! Keep swimming fast!
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 email@example.com
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...