Principal's Message

Greetings Jackson-Reed Community,

Homecoming week has come to an end, and there was positive energy leading up to this past weekend! Our students did an incredible job throughout the week participating in our Spirit Week events.

A big thank you to all the Jackson-Reed families who attended the Homecoming football game on Saturday, and to our P.T.S.O. for getting out our most current merchandise. The stadium was filled with Tiger pride; alums from every generation were in attendance alongside our current Jackson-Reed students cheering on our football team. That energy transitioned flawlessly into the Homecoming dance.

Students dressed to impress for their "Casino Night" themed evening. The S.G.A. did a fantastic job of turning the gym into an elegant dance hall. Between the D.J. and multiple photo ops throughout the evening, students had a night to remember. Many of the elements of the evening were led by our S.G.A. students, including the concessions, the 360-photo stand, and the cleanup. Another huge thank you to Ms. Spicciani-Gerhardt and Ms. Baskin for supporting our young leaders throughout the week and to our Faculty and Staff members who supported Spirit Week activities throughout the week.

This week, Term 1 ends on Friday, November 3rd. We hope students will finish out the first term strong. Please emphasize the importance of handing in final assignments on time, as teachers are responsible for grading a significant amount of student work. Your partnership with this helps reinforce the R.O.A.R. value of responsibility, which we want all students to be.

Let's make it another positive and productive week at Jackson-Reed!

Tigers R.O.A.R!

Sah Brown


Homecoming Highlights!

Events this Week

  • College Admissions Rep Visits this Week
  • Monday, 10/30: Panorama Student Survey DUE!
  • Monday, 10/30: Girls & Boys Swim Interest Meeting, 11:45 am- 12:45 pm in Rm. B303
  • Monday 10/30: Baseball Interest Meeting, 4:00 pm in Rm. 316
  • Tuesday, 10/31- Thursday, 11/2: Credit Recovery in Library (Standing Event)
  • Wednesday, 11/1: College Essay Mentoring in College & Career Center (Standing Event)
  • Thursday, 11/2: JROTC Formation/Drills, 7:45am - 8:30am
  • Thursday, 11/2: ELL Parent Cafe, 10:00- 11:00 am and 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11/2: Bikeshare Info Session at 3:30 pm in the College & Career Center
  • Thursday, 11/2 & Friday, 11/3:J-R Theater Presents "She Kills Monsters", 6:30-10:00 pm
  • Saturday, 11/4: SAT Test Day
  • Saturday, 11/4: J-R Theater Presents "She Kills Monsters", 6:30-10:00 pm
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ELL Parent Café

The first ELL Parent Café meeting will be on Thursday, November 2nd. The meeting will be in the College & Career Center, room 108. There will be two sessions: one at 10:00 am and the second at 5:30 pm. For more information, please contact Mr. Morales (, ELL Social Worker. See you all there!

La primer reunión del Café de Padres de la familias ELL será el jueves 2 de noviembre. La reunión será en el College & Career Center, sala 108. Habrá dos sesiones: Una a las 10:00 am y la segunda a las 5:30 pm. Para obtener más información, por favor póngase en contacto con el Sr. Morales (, Trabajador Social de ELL. Nos vemos a todos allí.

REAL TALK: Time to Get Real! Virtual Event for Black Students

Real Talk is a career and college exploration initiative designed to connect Black students and families with Black professionals and representatives from colleges and access organizations across the country. We empower Black students to own their future their way. Click here to enlarge the flyer.

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Chevy Chase Community Center and Library Survey

ANC 3/4G is pleased to launch our survey on the District’s proposed redevelopment of the Chevy Chase Community Center and Library site. It is an open survey available to all and will close November 5th.  You can access it by clicking here! As many know, the District plans to construct new facilities to replace the current Community Center and Library and incorporate housing, including at least 30% affordable housing. The ANC has drafted the survey to understand your thoughts and preferences regarding this initiative. They will inform our official positions, which the DC government is required to give “great weight.” We strongly encourage all community members to take the survey and make your views known. Thank you in advance!

Athletics this Week

Monday, October 30th:

  • Girls Varsity Soccer (AWAY) vs. Dunbar @5:00 pm
  • Boys Varsity Soccer (AWAY @ Dunbar) vs. Bell @7:00pm

Tuesday, October 31st: 

  • Volleyball (HOME) DCIAA Championship, @TBA

Thursday, November 2nd: 

  • Volleyball (TBD) DCIAA Championship @TBD

Friday, November 3rd: 

  • Football (AWAY) vs. Ballou @6:00 pm
  • Volleyball (HOME) Fundraiser, 7:00-10:00 pm

Saturday, November 4th

  • Cross Country (AWAY at Kenilworth) CSAA XC Championship @9:00 am
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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 11/6: Virtual Book Talk Mr. Bargeman), 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 11/7: Girls Lacrosse Interest Meeting, 4:00-5:00 pm Rm 316B or 316A
  • Tuesday, 11/7: Howard University Panel, 12:00-1:00 pm in Library
  • Tuesday, 11/7- Thursday, 11/9: Credit Recovery in Library (Standing Event)
  • Wednesday, 11/8: College Essay Mentoring in College & Career Center (Standing Event)
  • Thursday, 11/9: JROTC Formation Drills, 7:45-8:30 am in Aux Gym (Standing Event)
  • Thursday, 11/9: Inova Blood Drive, 7:30-3:30 pm in Aux Gym
  • Thursday, 11/9 - Saturday, 11/11: JR Theater Presents "She Kills Monsters" in Blackbox
  • Friday, 11/10: Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL
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Panorama Student Survey 

The Panorama Survey is designed to capture student voices and allow students to express their perspectives about teaching and learning, culture and climate, and their classroom experiences. This Is an opportunity to let your voices be heard on issues that matter to you.
We need to hear from YOU Tigers!  You matter, you are loved, and your opinions help us do a better job. Be as honest as you like, all responses are confidential. Starting this week, the survey will be administered during 2nd period on the following days: Monday, October 23rd, Wednesday, October 25th, and Friday, October 27th.
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Students Can Now Get a Free Capital Bikeshare Membership!

To help students get to school, goDCgo and Capital Bikeshare have teamed up to give District high school students free Capital Bikeshare memberships. Currently, the program is only offered at three schools in the District, one of them being Jackson-Reed High School.

Through this program, students 16 years and older can receive an annual Captial Bikeshare Membership (a $95 value) for FREE!
The membership provides you with unlimited classic bike rides up to 45 minutes each and discounts on bikes.

Students interested in the program should reach out to Ms, or scan the QR Code and plan to attend the Info Session on Thursday, November 2nd at 3:30 pm in the College & Career Center. Act quickly, as memberships are limited.

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Jackson-Reed Theatre Presents: "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen

Dates: November 2nd- 4th & November 9th-11th

House Opens: 6:30pm

Show Begins7:30pm

Saturday, Nov. 4th: Matinee at 2:30pm 

Location: Blackbox Theater (Chesapeake St. Doors) 

Jackson-Reed Theater's Fall play presents a dramatic comedy celebrating family, friendship and the power of imagination. “She Kills Monsters” tells the story of Agnes Evans, the classic girl-next-door, who stumbles upon the Dungeons & Dragons notebook of her deceased younger sister, Tilly. As Agnes immerses herself in her sister’s imaginary world, we join her on an action-packed adventure discovering demons, cheerleaders and the spirit of sisterhood along the way. 

“She Kills Monsters” is a must-see for fans of geek culture, 90's nostalgia, and anyone who's ever felt like they didn't belong. 

*This production contains disturbing language and mature themes, including death, grief, bullying, violence, and sexuality. It may not be appropriate for younger audiences. (PG-13) 

Tickets Available Online October 19
Students: $5; Adults: $15, Faculty & Staff: Free 

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Our former librarian Pamela Lipscomb-Gardner passed away on October 15, after battling cancer over the last few decades. A member of the first class of African-American students to matriculate at Deal Middle School, she graduated from Wilson High School as a member of the Class of 1973. Pam Gardner went on to study theatre and music at Howard University, graduating with her degree in 1976 and moving to New York City to work in modeling, theatre, and music. She returned to the District ten years later when she was first diagnosed with cancer, eventually studying at UDC and earning her library science degree.


Gardner served as a libarian in DC Public Schools for over thirty years, beginning at Richardson Elementary until the school closed. She came to her alma mater Wilson in 2005, where she worked until the pandemic. During her many years at Wilson she was a mentor to countless students in her work with the poetry club, slam competitions, drama productions, and inspirational programs for students like White Coats Black Doctors. In her role as the secretary of the Wilson Management Corporation and as a president of the Wilson Alummi Association, her contributions to our school’s culture and fabric are innumerable.

Service Information:

October 30, 2023

Family Visitation, 11:00 AM at Zion Main campus sanctuary -4850 Blagden Ave, NW., DC

Memorial Service, 11:30 AM


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