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Welcome to the Jefferson High School PTSA website!

         

A letter from our PTSA president . . .

Welcome new families and staff and our returning Demos! I would like to introduce our PTSA board members. I am Laura Bullock. I am excited and honored to serve as PTSA President.  Georgie Honl is our Vice President and former President.  Gabriela Mercedes Bolivar is our Secretary and Lori Lyon-Lachman is our Treasurer.

Jefferson doesn’t have a large PTSA (although we would love to grow!) but this group has heart and gets a lot done!

Here are just some of things that we do:

  • Run a weekly community food pantry

  • Fund grants for staff projects and student group/club projects

  • Provide scholarships for graduating seniors

  • Host a Senior Celebration to honor our graduates in the spring

  • Publish a monthly newsletter

  • Hold community events

  • Organize and staff concessions at home sports events

  • Sell Jefferson gear (t-shirts, hoodies, etc)

  • Fundraise to support all of the things we do!

Please consider becoming a member of the PTSA. Everyone in the Jefferson community is welcome. PTSA stands for Parent, Teacher, Student Association which doesn’t fully describe who we are. Alumni, grandparents, caregivers, SEI, Latin Network, anyone who is part of the Jefferson community is enthusiastically invited.

And your participation is important too.  Volunteering can seem overwhelming and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done.  But helping out comes in lots of forms.  Maybe you don’t have time but you have resources to donate or you are connected to a business that would make a donation or provide a service.  Or you are great with social media and could manage our facebook page. Maybe you have time and would like to help out at the food pantry or with concessions or selling gear at an event.  Or you can send some goodies in for a staff appreciation event.  Maybe you have an idea that would improve what we do or start something new to support our school.  If everyone does a little, we get A LOT done!

I also want to say that we are here for you.  In addition to asking you what you can do for the PTSA and the school.  Your PTSA is here to support you. Our newsletter, emails and meetings keep you informed. You can reach out to us if you are looking for information and can’t find it.  You can meet other parents and community members at meetings and events.  We often have guest speakers at our monthly meetings on topics that directly relate to our community, like the Center for Black Student Excellence or how Covid Impacts Teens and their families.  The food pantry and clothing closet is here for anyone in need.  The PTSA is YOUR community organization.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge and honor the diversity in our school community.  As your PTSA, we are committed to breaking down barriers that our families and community members may experience that keep them from feeling welcome.  We want everyone to feel welcomed, valued and included. That doesn’t happen without commitment and work.  Together, we can do great things for the students of Jefferson High School and build a stronger community for everyone.

We love the Jefferson school community, the staff, the students, the families and alumni!  Looking forward to a year of connection and lots of opportunity to support Jefferson!

Together We Can!

Laura Bullock

Meetings

PTSA meetings are the second Wednesday of each month, in the evening.  We are currently meeting virtually through Zoom.  The link is included in the monthly newsletter and goes out in an email to the PTSA google group.  Jefferson also posts our newsletter to the front page of the JHS website.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the conversations that happen at PTSA; voting on motions is restricted to current members but joining is easy!

Standard membership dues are $12.50.  $9.50 of that goes to the state and national PTA and $3.00 stays in our local organization.  We don’t want dues to get in the way of you joining.  We have offered scholarships in the past but we don’t get many requests for scholarships.

This year, we would like to try something new.  We will have a sliding scale option to membership so you can pay what works best for you.  On our link above, you will see two options.  One is standard membership, $12.50.  The sliding scale membership gives you two choices, $5.00 or custom.  In the custom choice, you can type in what you can pay, $1.00 and up.  This is also an opportunity for those that might want to give a little extra.

You may also pay for membership at:  Oregon PTA.  But there is a small additional fee.

About

We are the parents, caregivers, students, teachers, staff, alumni and community members volunteering to support our Demo community with information sharing, fundraising, volunteer organizing, and community building.

Your current PTSA Board Officers:

President:  Laura Bullock

Vice President:  Georgie Honl

Secretary:  Gabriela Mercedes Bolivar

Treasurer:  Lori Lyons-Lachman

Student Officers:  4 open spots

Blog archive

PTSA photos

Click here to view pictures of some of the PTSA’s programs & activities over the last year, such as the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, the November game night, and the senior celebration!

Contact

Laura Bullock – president@demosptsa.org

Georgie Honl – vicepresident@demosptsa.org

Gabriela Mercedes Bolivar – secretary@demosptsa.org

Lori Lyons-Lachman – treasurer@demosptsa.org