Principal's Message

Greetings Jackson-Reed Community,

As we close out the month of April, we have achieved a significant milestone with our re-enrollment, and this weekend, we proudly hosted our highly successful Enrollment and Open House Saturday event! Current, future, and prospective families had the opportunity to immerse themselves in our school's vibrant community, participate in engaging activities, explore our facilities, and more. I want to thank Marc Minsker, Assistant Principal; Brandon Hall, Director of Strategy & Logistics; Dionne Clemmons, Activities and After-School Coordinator, and Tasha Maritano, Registrar, for leading this work as well as all the staff and parents who took time out of their weekend schedule to make the event a success. If you haven't enrolled, you can do so by visiting our website.

Term 3 report cards are now available and can be accessed using the Aspen Parent Portal. In addition to the Portal, we will mail report cards to the address on file later this week. Our students "on track" to promote rate has improved, and your partnership has been vital in ensuring the academic success of our students. 

Finally, our DC Comprehensive Assessments of Progress in Education (DC CAPE) begins this week, and we've adjusted our schedule to accommodate our testing requirements. As mentioned, assessments can be stressful, and there are ways to reduce test stress. These strategies include reviewing the schedule, getting a good night's rest, arriving early to school, and eating a quality breakfast. In addition to these before test strategies, there are things students can do during the test, such as relax by taking deep breaths, read the questions carefully and pacing themselves. While these strategies can help, nothing can outweigh quality instruction.

Our teachers and staff have prepared our students to do well. I conducted a learning walk on Friday and saw high student engagement as they completed curriculum-aligned learning activities. The dedication of our teachers and the instructional practices used over the years are why our achievement has grown and why we are on our way to becoming the model urban high school in the United States!

Tigers R.O.A.R.,

Sah Brown


Upcoming Events

Mon May 6

  • All day, DC CAPE Testing
  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams

Tue May 7

  • All day, DC CAPE Testing
  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams

Wed May 8

  • All day, DC CAPE Testing
  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 11:45am - 12:45pm, The Beacon in the Atrium

Thu May 9

  • All day, DC CAPE Testing
  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams

Fri May 10

  • All day, B-Day
  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 5:00pm - 10:00pm, End of the Season Mixer

Sat May 11

  • All day, Senior Parent/Teacher Celebration Party
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm, AP Spanish Lit Review

Events this Week

Mon Apr 29

  • 11:10am - 12:10pm, 10th Grade Town Hall

Tue Apr 30

  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm, NAF Career Exploration
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm, J-R Theater Fundraiser at Nando’s Peri Peri, 4231 Wisconsin Avenue

Wed May 1

  • All day, DC CAPE Testing
  • 4:30pm, Balloon Release for Kiyla Brown at Fort Reno Park

Thu May 2

  • All day, DC CAPE Testing
  • 10:00am - 11:30am, Parents Cafe - ELL
  • 11:50am - 12:35pm, School Counseling Department Study Skills Group
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Parents Cafe - ELL

Fri May 3

  • All day, A-Day
  • All day, DC CAPE Testing
  • 9:00 am, NAF Field Trip: National Museum of American Diplomacy

Sat May 4

  • All day, SAT Test Day
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm, AP Spanish Lit Review

Athletics this Week

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Pictured above is the Futsal Tournament Championship (Staff vs. Students), J-R students participating in and enjoying Thursday's Palestinian Culture Night, and Saturday's Enrollment & Open House Event!

Tigers on the Move

Jackson-Reed Theater Presents Cabaret

  • May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
  • House opens at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm
  • Saturday May 18th Matinee at 2:30pm
  • Location: Blackbox Theater (Chesapeake St. Doors)

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! In here, Life is Beautiful!

Step into the dazzling and decadent Kit Kat Club - a risque destination filled with music, dancing, and colorful characters.  Set in 1930s Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of a young author searching for inspiration but discovers himself entrenched in one the darkest moments in history. Tickets available online the week of April 22!

  • Students: $10
  • Adults: $20
  • Faculty & Staff: Free

** On-Stage Seating Raffle: Each night we will be raffling off a select number of seats on stage, in The Kit-Kat Club, for people who want to be close to—even part of—the action. Raffle chances will be sold each night at the door.

Jackson-Reed's Community Coalition for Change (CCC)

On Thursday, April 25, students from Jackson-Reed's Community Coalition for Change (CCC) were invited to present "The Story of Reno" at the Cleveland Park Public Library at 6:30pm. In conjunction with the Undesign the Redline exhibit currently on display at the library, students shared their findings about Black land loss in Northwest DC and how structural racism and inequality led to the expulsion of 300+ families in Reno City to make way for the construction of Alice Deal Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School.

To an audience of 40 community members, students Isis Clark, Daniel Marks, and Elly Paty described the circumstances around the dismantling of Reno, the reasons behind the name change at our school, and talked about the work the CCC has done over the past five years to tell the Reno story, to push for affordable housing in Ward 3, and to host/hold rallies and programs for community building.

If you would like to get involved with the CCC or learn more, please reach out to AP Minsker (

Testing Information

DC CAPE Testing Information (Updated)

This year, DC CAPE will replace PARCC as the end of year summative assessment for English, Math, and Science. Testing will take place from Wednesday, May 1st to Thursday, May 9th.

Please read the UPDATED attachments below for more detailed information.

If you have any questions regarding DC CAPE testing, please reach out to our Test Coordinator, Ms. Wells, at


2024 AP Exam Arrival Schedule

Please see the AP Exam Arrival & Entrance information below. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Levenson (

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Important 2024-2025 School Year Information

Virtual Presentation: Class of 2025 College Application Information

On Wednesday, April 24, Ms, Levenson, one of J-R's College & Career Coordinators, hosted a webinar  about the college application process for rising Seniors/Class of 2025. Please see the recording of the webinar below and the Powerpoint Presentation here. 

SY24-25 Enrollment – 100% Submitted by May 1st

Parent/Guardians can now submit enrollment forms and proof of residency for the upcoming 204-25 school year! Go to the J-R enrollment page and if you have issues with online enrollment, paper packets are also available.

Our school-wide goal is to have all students reenrolled by May 1st. Families that submit their forms during the month of April will be given priority during course request and class scheduling.  SAVE THE DATES below.

  • NEW DATE: Wednesday, May 1st , 2024Oyster-Adams Bilingual, 4:30- 7:30 PM

Attention J-R Families

PTSO Board Positions for 24-25 SY

The PTSO Board hopes all had a restful and enjoyable spring break!  We are working hard supporting our teachers and students in the fourth term and starting to make plans for next year.

Please join our Community Meeting on May 8th to hear highlights from this year and vote on the nominees willing to serve on next year’s Board. We still have several positions without nominees. If you are interested in getting engaged, please let us know!

More information on the PTSO can be found here:  Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) – –Jackson-Reed High School (, including position descriptions of Board roles.

Survey: Help the PTSO Raise $500 by Answering Questions About Careers

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma have offered our PTSO $500 in exchange for 100 responses from our community to a survey about the perceptions of parents of high school students regarding shop class, vocational/technical training, and careers in construction. The project is collecting data from schools in different metropolitan areas (Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington, Los Angeles, and New York City). See full details and share your perceptions:


Calling all parents of the Class of 2024: celebrate your graduate with a shout-out in our last issue of The Beacon, Jackson-Reed's student-run newspaper!


These ads are our main source of revenue and a great way to honor your graduating seniors. Papers will be passed out on the last day of school and at graduation. All you have to do is fill out a form with the message and photo(s) by May 18th, and we will put the ad together for you! Payments can be made through PayPal, cash, or check.

Active Fundraisers

Jackson-Reed Theater Fundraiser at Nando’s Tenleytown

Please support Jackson-Reed Theater and our production of “Cabaret” at Nando’s Peri Peri, 4231 Wisconsin Avenue, on Tuesday, April 30 from 5pm to 9pm. Nando’s will donate a generous 40% of sales to the Jackson-Reed Theater Department.


You can dine in, take out, order online, or get delivery - if you are ordering online, please also call to give Nando's your name so they can add your bill to the total tally. Spread the word, tell you friends!

Thanks for supporting theater at Jackson-Reed!!

PTSO Politics & Prose Fundraiser

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VOLUNTEER here for one of our largest fundraisers of the year, next Saturday, May 4 at any of the three Politics & Prose bookstores! We need lots of volunteers, so please sign up and bring your students for community service hours! Share the flyer above with family, friends and neighbors and ask them to present it (or a photo) at check out so the school can reap 20% of their purchase.


The Black Women’s Educational Alliance (BWEA) Scholarship Program is open to eligible graduating seniors planning to attend a 4-year college or university. The scholarships are not based on financial need but on academic excellence. Scholarships will be awarded to successful candidates who have met all requirements and will be awarded during our Anniversary Ceremony in June 2024. The application is due May 8, 2024. Click here for the BWEA Scholarship Application.

Regional Workforce Training Program on August 1st-2nd at Trinity Washington University.


Students can apply here before the May 17th deadline.

Accounting Career Awareness Programs, Summer 2024

NABA, the National National Association of Black Accountants, hosts week-long summer programs at colleges and universities around the U.S. that uncover the world of accounting, business, finance and entrepreneurship. The program at Howard University will be held from July 14-19, 2024. Learn more and apply here. 

Additional Information

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