Principal's Message

Greetings Jackson-Reed Community,

We are in the first full week of May, which is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, along with Jewish American Heritage Month. During this time, we acknowledge and celebrate the contributions that members of these communities have made.

Last week, our students embarked on their DC CAPE exams, and we are delighted to share that everything went according to plan!  We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the P.T.S.O. for their support in distributing pre-test snacks and our teachers for their diligent facilitation of the testing rooms. As we enter another week of exams, this time with A.P. exams, we kindly request families to reinforce the importance of on-time arrival. This will ensure our students can complete their required exams without the need for a make-up window. 

In addition to the beginning of A.P. exams, it's teacher appreciation week!  Our teachers chose this career to make a positive difference in our children's lives.  They go above and beyond by coming in early and staying late to work with students.  They are content experts who excel in instruction and connection experts who excel in building rapport with students.  These are hard things to do, yet our teachers make it look easy, and that's why we celebrate them this week.  Join me in recognizing our Teachers by wishing them a Happy Teachers Appreciation Week!

Tigers R.O.A.R.!
Sah Brown

Events this Week

Mon May 6

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 9:00 am- 11:50 am, DC CAPE Testing
  • 12:00pm - 3:30pm, DC Cape Extended Time Testing

Tue May 7

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 9:00 am- 11:50 am, DC CAPE Testing
  • 11:45am - 12:45pm, DCPL Outreach in the Atrium
  • 12:00pm - 3:30pm, DC Cape Extended Time Testing

Wed May 8

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 9:00 am- 11:50 am, DC CAPE Testing
  • 11:45am - 12:45pm, The Beacon in the Atrium
  • 12:00pm - 3:30pm, DC Cape Extended Time Testing

Thu May 9

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 9:00 am- 11:50 am, DC CAPE Testing
  • 12:00pm - 3:30pm, DC Cape Extended Time Testing

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

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

Upcoming Events

Mon May 13

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 9:00 am- 11:50 am, DC CAPE Testing

Tue May 14

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 11:50am - 12:35pm, NAF Monthly Academy Listening Session
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Ward 3 Education Network

Wed May 15

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 8:30am - 3:30pm, DC CAPE Make-up Testing
  • 11:45am - 12:40pm, Signing Day
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Spring Musical Cabaret

Thu May 16

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm, AP Exams
  • 8:30am - 3:30pm, DC CAPE Make-up Testing
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Spring Musical-"Cabaret"

Fri May 17

  • All day, A-Day
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm, AP Exams
  • 8:30am - 3:30pm, DC CAPE Make-up Testing
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm, JROTC Annual Award Banquet
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Spring Musical-"Cabaret"

Sat May 18

  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Spring Musical-"Cabaret"

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6 - May 10

Garland of colored flags, text "thank you", apple, ruler on a white background, vector. Annual festive event.

Athletics this Week

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Pictured above are Newcomers visiting The Tenleytown Public Library, Attendance Conversations, DC-CAP College Signing Event (with surprise guest Michelle Obama), and the Balloon Release in Memory of Kiyla Brown. 



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 Model UN Delegation Participates at Conference at US State Department

Congratulations to the 13 delegates representing Jackson-Reed High School on April 29 at the U.S. State Department.
All delegates did an amazing job researching and presenting various resolutions. A special congratulations to Sabrina Bergeron for earning the Best Delegate Award on the UN Security Council representing the Arab League. All other participants represented various countries in the International Organization for Migration.
Other awards include Outstanding Delegation Awards to Anjali Dave & Max Washington for representing Bolivia and to Greta Bradley-Meal & Dilara Brannon for representing Belarus. Honorable Mentions include Nolan Quinn & Felipe Lemos for representing Armenia and Adam Stomberg & Gia Binh Tran for representing Japan.
Great job to all participants! Contact Mr. Geremia in Room 208 if you are interested in joining the Jackson-Reed HS Model UN Club.

Student Information

AP Art Information Sesion

For students interested in taking AP Art next academic year, Ms. Hasan will be holding an information session during lunch on Tuesday, April 30 in Room C114.

ACE the CAPE Activities

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To play Bubble Balls on Wednesday, your parents or guardians must complete and sign this waiver.

Student Government Applications

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Is your student interested in running as Student Body President or Senior Treasurer?
Complete these pre-applications:

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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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

⛳JRHS Golf Club Fundraiser ⛳

JRHS Golf Club is swinging into action with a fundraiser on Sunday May 19th from 6-8PM at TopGolf in Germantown, MD. For $20 per person, you get two hours of golf and unlimited fountain drinks. Top Golf will donate 50% of each ticket to JRHS Golf Club.
Bring your whole family for a night of fun!
  • When: Sunday May 19, 6-8PM
  • Where: Top Golf 20101 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874
Advance Payment Required (we need a headcount): please send number of golfers and venmo $20 per person to Mary Kletter @Mary-Kletter. If you not have Venmo students can bring cash or check to the school bank for deposit into the golf club account, but in that instance please email to indicate head count and ensure student keeps a receipt.

Asian American LEAD Summer Program

AALEAD DC Summer Flier

 Asian American LEAD is a non-profit that provides after school programming, mentoring programs, and summer programs--all for free--in the DMV. We strive to empower Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth in underserved communities through culturally responsive programming and advocacy. They are currently accepting enrollments for our free 5-week long Summer Program and would love to have more JRHS youth participate.

Here is the registration link: Link Here

Generative AI and Social Science Summer Program by Stanford Alumni

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Inspirit AI is a 25-hour project-based AI program taught by Stanford graduates that introduces middle and high school students to fundamental AI concepts to build interdisciplinary AI projects across domains. In 2024, the team is excited to announce new projects such as Generating Language Safely with ChatGPT. No CS experience is necessary to apply and priority applications are due soon.


Additional Information

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