All Hands on Deck to Help Jefferson-Houston!

Tags: Education, Alexandria, Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, mentorship, reading, volunteer

Jefferson-Houston is a school on the move. We have seen great progress since the Superintendent's jefferson_houston_front_entranceTransformation was put into place in Summer 2011. 

Principal Rice-Harris has come on board with a new school leadership team and many new staff. 

We have added 90 minutes to the school day and started a new reading program. 

We have hired an outside partner, American Institutes for Research, to review and enhance our math instruction. 

Most important, we have created an environment of personalized attention for each student. And we are starting to see the benefits.

Even with our most energetic and focused efforts, some students are not where they need to be academically. To give our students the extra help they need to move forward, we are creating “All Hands on Deck,” a coordinated call to our community to support them.

We need you, our community members, to help our students in three areas: 

1. weekend academic support and contact for students

2. mentors

3. homework helpers and tutors

AND, we need the following specific help right now:

1. Saturday morning tutors to help students in grades 3-6 with math and reading, 9:00 am to noon

2. Before-school tutors to read and do homework with our students, 7:30-8:00 am weekdays

We would love for you to be part of “All Hands on Deck” at Jefferson-Houston! Please let us know what skills and energy you can volunteer for our students.

Mark Eisenhour, our principal on assignment at Jefferson-Houston, and Helen Morris, a JH parent and volunteer coordinator, will be our points of contact for the “All Hands on Deck” effort. Please contact Mark at: or Helen at: 703-739-1379 or

Mort Sherman, Superintendent of Schools
Rosalyn Rice-Harris, Principal, Jefferson-Houston
Mark Eisenhour, Principal on Assignment, Jefferson-Houston
Kelly Dresen, President, Jefferson-Houston PTA
Helen Morris, Coordinator, All Hands on Deck


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