Principal's Message

Greetings Jackson-Reed Community,

I want to begin this week on a very rare topic—the solar eclipse. As you may know, between 2 pm and 4:30 pm on Monday, the DC area will experience a partial eclipse. We do not have plans for a schoolwide viewing and, therefore, do not anticipate this event significantly impacting our regular instructional program or dismissal procedures. Please reiterate to your child(ren) to use safe viewing practices if they view the eclipse and never look directly at the sun.

Enrollment season is in full swing, and we greatly appreciate all our families who have already reenrolled for the next school year. As a reminder, we want all our families to reenroll by May 1st! Your early action is crucial in making our planning for SY25 more accurate and efficient, especially for tasks such as master scheduling and grade-specific communication. Families can complete enrollment online; we're here to provide in-person support if needed.

As part of her Principal training program, Tomeka McKenzie, Resident Principal, will spend April 8th – May 3rd at another DCPS school to increase her professional learning. While she will still be available to interact with our community, Assistant Principal Ron Anthony will fulfill the day-to-day responsibilities of providing leadership to the 9th graders, and Assistant Principal Marc Minsker will support the History department.

Finally, during Spring Break, the main office will be open reduced hours from 9 am to 3 pm, and the Jackson-Reed eNews will not be sent on Sunday, April 14th. The next eNews will be sent on Sunday, April 21st.

Have a great week and a safe and enjoyable Spring Break.

Tigers R.O.A.R.,
Sah Brown

Events this Week

Mon Apr 8

  • 11:30am - 12:45pm, NAF Student Leadership Applications
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm, NCAA Recruiting Talk

Tue Apr 9

  • 8:00am - 4:30pm, NAF First Aid/CPR/AED Training
  • 11:50am - 12:40pm, Peril Student Leadership Workshop
  • 11:50am - 12:35pm, NAF Monthly Academy Listening Session
  • 1:00 pm- FIRE DRILL
  • 3:45pm - 5:30pm, Credit Recovery
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Ward 3 Education Network

Wed Apr 10

  • 11:50am - 12:30pm, WMATA Wednesday
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm, UDC Tutoring After School
  • 3:45pm - 5:30pm, Credit Recovery

Thu Apr 11

  • 7:45am - 8:30am, JROTC Formation/Drills
  • 8:00am - 3:30pm, 9th Grade Advisory Recruitment
  • 11:50am - 12:35pm, 10th Grade School Counseling Study Group
  • 11:55am - 12:50pm, Arab Heritage Month Event: Asmi hu (My name is...)
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm, UDC Tutoring After School
  • 3:45pm - 5:30pm, Credit Recovery

Fri Apr 12

  • All day, A-Day
  • 8:00am - 3:30pm, 9th Grade Advisory Recruitment

Upcoming Events

Mon, Apr 15- Fri, Apr 19

  • SPRING BREAK: No School for Students or Teachers


Pictured above is our Career Fair hosted by Mr. Wims, the SGA sponsored Thursday Futsol Tournament, and students playing board games in the Atrium.

Athletics this Week

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NCAA Recruiting Talk

Do your students have any questions about recruitment? Are your students interested in playing at the next level? Do you know anything about the NCAA Recruitment process? Jackson-Reed will be hosting a NCAA Recruiting Talk for all student-athletes on Monday April 8th at 2:30pm-3:30pm in the Auditorium. If your students are interested in learning more, please make sure they attend.

Student-Athletes will be allowed to leave class to attend the event at 2:30pm.

2024 AP Exam Administration

The 2024 AP exam administration will be held from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17. The AP exam schedule is set by College Board; see the full schedule here. 
Students in AP courses should log into their College Board account and check under "My AP” to make sure that all of the AP courses they are enrolled in appear there.
Testing locations, arrival times, and school entrance to use will be announced in mid-April.

Requesting Late Testing

If a student has two AP exams on the same day or needs to request late-testing for another reason considered valid by College Board (see reasons here), they should come to see Ms. Levenson in the College and Career Center to change one of the exams to the late-testing administration, which will be held Wednesday, May 22 through Friday, May 24. See the late-testing schedule on the College Board website here.

AP Exams: Students with Accommodations

As messaged out in this newsletter in the fall, College Board’s deadline for requesting accommodations for AP exams was January 18, 2024.
If a student with accommodations wants to waive any of their accommodations, the parent/guardian must provide the request to waive in writing by emailing AP Coordinator Elizabeth Levenson,

Looking for Additional AP Exam Proctors

Thank you very much to all those who have completed the interest form to be an AP exam proctor! Every AP proctor slot that is filled by a parent volunteer relieves a Jackson-Reed teacher or staff member of this duty, and we really appreciate it. Proctors hand out materials and monitor the exam rooms; training will be provided.


Elizabeth Levenson, AP Coordinator (

Youth and Government Legislative Weekend!

Last weekend, March 29-30, Jackson-Reed’s 2-year-old student group, Youth and Government, also known as YAG, participated in the YMCA’s annual Legislative Weekend at Judiciary Square in DC. During the conference, students proposed and defended bills, participated in press corps, and voted on legislation. 9 student club members attended the event, with 3 out of 4 of the proposed bills passing in committee. They were written by Caroline Downs, Lilly Klein, Emma Britton, and Jordana Sloane.

All three bills went to the final committee of the whole hearings and passed. They will now be reviewed by the DC City Council for further discussion and the possibility of being made into law in the District!
The J-R team swept in the awards ceremony, winning 9 awards in total. These included:
  • Caroline Downs receiving the Honesty award for her bill on decriminalizing sex work
  • Lilly Klein receiving the Emerging Leader award as a freshman
  • Avari Moore receiving the Outstanding Delegate in Press Corps award
  • Amari Patel was selected as the J-R delegate to attend the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA) this summer and Avari Moore was selected as an alternate
  • Lastly, Jackson-Reed won the Outstanding Delegation Award out of 11 delegations in total!
Congrats to the YAG members for such a successful weekend!

Important 2024-2025 School Year Information

Course Requests for SY 24-25 (for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders)

School Counselors will continue to meet with students in English classes in the coming week. Feel free to engage your student in conversations about the courses they are interested in taking. Your student should enter their course requests via ASPEN.
Thank you for your patience as we know the ASPEN system experienced technical glitches this week.


Steps/Help for Selecting Courses by Grade Level

  • Class of 2027 Current 9th graders (rising 10th): CLICK HERE
  • Class of 2026 Current 10th graders (rising 11th): CLICK HERE
  • Class of 2025 Current 11th graders (rising 12th): CLICK 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 website and follow the links to enroll. If you have issues with online enrollment, paper packets will be available at the school.

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.

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Attention all JRHS Senior Families!

There are a numerous amount of students who have not taken a senior photo with Prestige, or other companies. If you don't have a photo in a black Tux or black drape with a blue background, you will not be in the Yearbook. In addition, the last day to purchase an Ad space for Senior Shoutouts is on April 6th. All Yearbook and Ad Space purchases can be made on by entering the school code: 5676.

Exchange Host Family

Help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing your home and daily life with an international student! AFS-USA is looking for host families for high school exchange students arriving to DC in August and September. Please contact Sonja Walti ( or visit for more information.

NAF Academy Updates

Shout out to our NAF Academy of Finance, NAF Academy of Engineering, NAF Academy of Information Technology, NAF Academy of Health Sciences for getting Distinguished-level status for their Annual Review. It's great to see the hard work of our CTE teachers, students, and directors shine through in these rigorous reviews!

Click here to see additional updates for J-R NAF Academies.

Jackson-Reed PTSO Announcements

Bridging Differences: A Facilitated Discussion for JRHS Parents/Guardians

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On April 11, the JRHS PTSO will host a facilitated session for parents/guardians to share ideas for ways our school community can support all of our students amidst an ever-changing, and often polarizing, world. Please RSVP to attend so that the facilitator can anticipate the size of the group.

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:

Need Tutoring?

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French Club Invite

Can you name 5 countries where French is one of the major languages?
In French Club our mission is to improve your knowledge of French, explore arts, and sample culinary cuisine. We may be able to celebrate special events. During the year we watch French movies. Cultural events include making pastries, playing games and attending international nights. As a club member we have the opportunity to...
  • Taste French food
  • Listen to French music
  • Go on field trips
  • Go on an international field trip to Quebec and/or Montreal.
How do I join French Club? Joining French Club is simple. We meet in P06 every Friday at Lunch! The remind code is: @jleog and Join the GroupMe!

DC CAP Signing Day

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Contact Mr. Reeves ( for more information!

Community Service Opportunity: Sunday, April 14 

We know it's during Spring Break but is an enjoyable way to earn service hours if you are staying in town!

The Washington Douglass Chorale, DC's first choral group reflecting the ethnic and racial diversity of the city, is looking for greeters and ushers for their performance on Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 pm at National Presbyterian Church in NW Washington, DC.

Students can receive community service hours AND enjoy a magical performance for free. The commitment would be from 4 pm through the end of the concert. Email for more details.

Click here to read more about Washington Douglass Chorale! 

April Youth Advisory Council (YAC) – Mentoring Program

Metro Transit Police Department (Youth Services Division) cordially invites you to SPEAK YOUR PEACE at our April Youth Advisory Council (YAC) – Mentoring Program. Students will be able to:
Receive Community Service (Student Service Learning) hours for participation
• Receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of our Ambassador Program (8)
• Hear from special guest speakers and develop mentorships with our officers
• Speak their opinions on everyday matters and conflict while gaining insight on policing
• Receive a meal during the program
Location: WMATA Headquarters
300 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
Date & Time: Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 5pm-7pm

Additional Information

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