JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - December 6, 2021

A Message from Principal Blair

Our 1st Annual JMS Family Art & Science Night was a huge success! We had over 100 families attend the event and doubled our sales at the Book Fair for the week! Thanks to all who participated in the activities, signed up for our PTO, and purchased items at the Book Fair.

Over the last few weeks, our students have completed two district assessments that help determine their grade level and expected outcome for State Testing in Math and Reading. We are working to prepare a comprehensive report for parents to review with students. Look for that information soon.

Congratulations to our November Staff Members of the Month:

Jasmine Vasquez - 6th Grade RLA

Korin Hardt - Counselor

Sandi Dotson - Instructional Support

This week, we will announce the winner of the 6 week Attendance Challenge. The grade level with the highest attendance will participate in a celebration on Wednesday, December 8th from 8:30-10:30. Here are the average attendance of of last week:

6th Grade - 95.5%

7th Grade - 94.9%

8th Grade - 94.9%

Unit Tests This Week

Monday - 8th Grade Math

Wednesday - 6th Grade Science & 8th Grade RLA

Friday - 8th Grade Science

The 2022 Academic UIL Competition will be held on Saturday, January 29th! Students are encouraged to sign up for multiple events through the link below:

Academic UIL Sign-Up

UIL Practice Schedule

1st Annual JMS Family Art and Science Night

This Week @ JMS

Monday, December 6th
  • UIL Art & Chess - 7:30 AM
  • WIN - Grade Checks & Homework
  • JHS Color Guard Sign-up during lunches
  • Poetry Club 4:00 PM
  • UIL Number Sense - 3:50 PM

Tuesday, December 7th

  • UIL Spelling - 7:30 AM
  • Regional Band Auditions
  • WIN - Character Education Lesson
  • Puzzle Club 4:00 PM
  • UIL Ready Writing & Science - 3:50 PM

Wednesday, December 8th

  • UIL Impromptu Speaking & Math - 7:30 AM
  • Attendance Challenge Celebration 8:30-10:30 AM
  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • Lunch & Learn with Chief Denney
  • UIL Dictionary Skills, Maps & Graphs, Modern Oratory, Oral Reading - 3:50 PM
  • Anime Club 4:00 PM

Thursday, December 9th

  • UIL Social Studies - 7:30 AM
  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • UIL Calculator & Listening Skills - 3:50 PM
  • Home Boys Basketball vs. Gateway
  • Winter Choir Concert 6:30 PM

Friday, December 10th

  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • UIL Music Memory - 3:50 PM

November Staff Members of the Month

Jarrell Middle School - Teaching and Learning

Check the Year-at-a-Glance below for detailed information about instruction in your child's classroom!
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Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media

Important Reminders

Photos, videos, and comments made online usually can't be taken back once they're posted. Even when a teen thinks something has been deleted, it can be impossible to completely erase it from the Internet.

Posting an inappropriate photo can damage a reputation and cause problems years later — such as when a potential employer or college admissions officer does a background check. And sending a mean-spirited text, even as a joke, can be very hurtful to someone else and even taken as a threat.

Spending too much time on social media can be a downer too. Seeing how many "friends" others have and the pictures of them having fun can make kids feel bad about themselves or like they don't measure up to their peers.

What Can Parents Do?

It's important to be aware of what your kids do online. The key is to stay involved in a way that makes your kids understand that you respect their privacy but want to make sure they're safe.

Tell your kids that it's important to:

Be nice. Mean behavior is not OK. Make it clear that you expect your kids to treat others with respect, and to never post hurtful or embarrassing messages. And ask them to always tell you about any harassing or bullying messages that others post.

  • Think twice before hitting "enter." Remind teens that what they post can be used against them. For example, letting the world know that you're off on vacation or posting your home address gives would-be robbers a chance to strike. Teens also should avoid posting specific locations of parties or events, as well as phone numbers.
  • Follow the "WWGS?" (What Would Grandma Say?) rule. Teach kids not to share anything on social media that they wouldn't want their teachers, college admissions officers, future bosses — and yes, grandma — to see.
  • Use privacy settings. Privacy settings are important. Go through them together to make sure your kids understand each one. Also, explain that passwords are there to protect them against things like identity theft. They should never share them with anyone, even a boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend.

Consider making a "social media agreement" with your kids — a real contract they can sign. In it, they promise not to use technology to hurt anyone else through bullying or gossip.

In turn, parents agree to respect teens' privacy while making an effort to be part of the social media world. This means you can "friend" and observe them, but don't post embarrassing comments or rants about messy rooms.

Parents also can help keep kids grounded in the real world by putting limits on media use. Keep computers in public areas in the house, avoid laptops and smartphones in bedrooms, and set some rules on the use of technology (such as no devices at the dinner table).

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 13
  • Social Media Presentation with Attorney General
  • WIN - Grade Checks & Homework
  • Home Girls Basketball vs. Lampassas

Tuesday, December 14

  • Winter Band Concert 6:30 PM

Wednesday, December 15

  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • PTO Meeting 5:30 PM
  • December Board Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, December 16

  • Staff vs. Student Basketball Game (8th Grade)
  • Grab & Go Lunches
  • PBIS Celebration 12:00-3:30 PM
  • End of 2nd Nine Week Grading Cycle

Friday, December 17

  • Teacher Work Day

Holiday fun with Staff

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JMS Office Staff

Kelly Blair, Principal

Daren Childs, Assistant Principal

Brad Louder, Dean of Students

Korin Hardt, Counselor

Leasa Arms, Counselor

Mandy Crane, Admin Assistant

Betty Peralta, Registrar

Patricia Esquivel, Attendance Clerk

Tristyn Lopez, Campus Secretary