Cougar Community Newsletter

Community Newsletter - January 28, 2021

A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks

Hello, Cougars!

This has been a wonderful week in Jarrell ISD. We began by launching our Middle School and High School Course Selection Guide. Special thanks to Counselors Dr. Maria Garcia, Angela Entrekin and Korin Hardt who worked with Laura Buckley and our Principals Jeremy Hill and James Larremore to create a course selection process that is user friendly for students and parents! We appreciate and recognize their hard work.

They took it a step further and launched a Virtual Elective Fair to help students get a better understanding of their elective options next year. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about ways to be involved, and it is available to our in-person and remote learners.

Then on Tuesday, our girls and boys basketball teams swept Taylor, a feat we are proud to share. Tonight the girls basketball game vs. the Comfort Deer is the J.R. Alexander’s Hill Country Nation Game of the Week! It will be aired LIVE on KAXA 103.7 FM, 107.7 FM and 1230 AM the Buck. It will also be live streamed at The game starts at 6:15 p.m. GO COUGARS!

While visiting Jarrell High School and Jarrell Middle School this week, I had the opportunity to put my teacher hat on and deliver instruction in a couple of classrooms. While the Pandemic is with us, many of us are finding ways to stretch ourselves to serve our students. Mr. Wilson, principal at Igo Elementary, for example, stepped in to cover P.E. this week. We fully recognize that this is an exceptional time and many of us are going the extra mile to support our colleagues. These acts do not go unnoticed, and I thank you all.

And this week, if you have been watching our social media accounts, you have probably seen our Board Member video interviews. We hope you tune in to hear a little about them and their dedication to serve the Jarrell ISD community - they are our guiding light and we are very thankful for their service to our students and staff. We will be publishing these interviews over the coming days, so stay tuned!

Indeed, there are great things happening in Jarrell ISD. I invite you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to share in our celebrations.

Have a great week!

Dr. Toni Hicks


Jarrell ISD

Cougar Family Celebrations

Lady Cougar Basketball Game Featured as "Game of the Week"

Tonight's Lady Cougar Basketball Game vs. the Comfort Deer is the J.R. Alexander's Hill Country Nation Game of the Week! The game starts at 6:15 p.m. It will be aired LIVE on KAXA 103.7 FM, 107.7 FM and 1230 AM the Buck and live streamed at

Jarrell ISD on its way to be No Place for Hate

Jarrell ISD is proud to share that it has joined over 1,600 schools across the country who are making their schools No Place for Hate®.

No Place for Hate, is a self-directed program that helps create more equitable and inclusive school climates. To become a NPFH campus, students and staff engage in dialog and activities that foster learning about bias, bullying, inclusion and allyship.

As reminders of this mission, the Jarrell High School Graphics Design Class created posters (pictured here) which have been hung throughout the district.

Assistance League of Georgetown Area Provides 84 Families with Vouchers

Jarrell ISD is pleased to share more than 80 families attended its most recent virtual parenting class to learn more about the district's online resources and websites.

Families who participated in the parenting class received a Walmart voucher from the Assistance League of Georgetown Area (ALGA). In total, more than $12,000 in vouchers were distributed to JISD families.

Jarrell ISD sincerely thanks the ALGA volunteers who work so hard to help out families in need.

The district also appreciates Ms. Esmeralda Espericuerta, bilingual coordinator for JISD, for providing Spanish-language services.

Jarrell ISD will share information on additional parenting classes as they become available.

Principal Hill Honors Matthew Kreher

Jarrell Middle School Principal Mr. Jeremy Hill recognized Matthew Kreher with the Principal’s Award! Matthew's parents were in attendance. Every month Mr. Hill presents the Principal's Award to an outstanding student. Matthew was the recipient for the month of December.
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Character-focused Education Program Supported by Rotary Club of Sun City - Georgetown Honors Students

This week Early Act First Knight (EAFK) made its rounds at Igo Elementary School and Jarrell Elementary School. COVID-safe award ceremonies were held to honor students who demonstrate the character trait of compassion. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Sun City for supporting this program and making it possible in Jarrell ISD.

More pictures from EAFK are below.

Shout Out! Principal Jack Wilson Takes on P.E.

Principal Wilson stepped up and coached PE earlier this week. Mr. Wilson, once again, demonstrated his commitment to serving students.

ICYMI: Student Volunteers with The Guardians Attend Virtual Training

The Guardians, a student group at Jarrell High School led by Dr. Garcia, graciously spent their Saturday in a training designed to help them better understand and recognize outcries from fellow students.

The entire Cougar Family is appreciative of the commitment demonstrated by these students. They are focused on the well-being of their peers.

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Above: The Jarrell High School Ag class built an awesome picnic table for the Jarrell ISD Transportation Department to enjoy their breaks outside. What an awesome surprise!
We are proud to showcase excellent students and staff. To see more, follow us on Twitter @hicksJISD ; @Jarrell_ISD; @JES_cougars; @IEScougars; @jarrell_ms; and @JarrellHS.

Got celebrations to share? Send them to Thank you!

Middle School and High School Course Selection Guide Available

The 2021-2022 Jarrell High School/Jarrell Middle School Course Selection Guide is now available! To best serve our students, the Course Selection Guide was designed using student feedback and district collaboration. View it here.

Unsure what electives to choose? Check out the Jarrell High School Virtual Elective Fair linked below.

Jarrell ISD Virtual Elective Fair

Learn more about elective options at Jarrell High School

JEF Grant Window Open Through Feb. 26

The Jarrell Education Foundation teacher grant application window is open! Completed applications must be submitted to Vanessa Ashcraft by Friday, Feb. 26 by 4:30 p.m. Learn more. Grants will be awarded later this spring.

Learn more about the Jarrell Education Foundation.

ICYMI: Jarrell ISD Bond Refunding Saves Taxpayers $3.4 Million

Jarrell ISD leveraged a very low interest rate of 1.95 percent saving taxpayers $3.4 million of interest savings on its bond debt. Read more about this exciting news.

We Need You: District Seeking Crossing Guards

Earn $100 a week serving as a crossing guard! Jarrell ISD is hiring crossing guards, bus drivers, substitutes, kitchen and cafeteria employees and more! Apply today!

Candidates interested in food services should contact Maria Manzo at 512-746-2124 x 4410.

College, Career & Military Readiness Information

Scholarship Database Available to Help Seniors

We now offer a comprehensive scholarship database, designed to help Jarrell High School seniors navigate the scholarship planning process. Check out here.

Texas Tuition Promise Fund® and Texas Match the Promise Foundation Webinars

Learn more about the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state's tax-advantaged prepaid college tuition plan, and the Texas Match the Promise FoundationSM, a 501(c)(3) public charity offering scholarship opportunities to eligible participants in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund.

Upcoming webinars will provide an overview of the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and information on the different types of tuition units, tuition redemption values and payment options.* In addition, the webinars will present information about matching scholarship opportunities available through the Texas Match the Promise Foundation.**

Sign up for one of our upcoming webinars.

If you have any questions regarding the webinars, please contact us at

For more information about the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, visit or call 800-445-GRAD (4723), option 5.

Note: * Residency restrictions apply. **Residency restrictions, age requirements, eligibility criteria, household income restrictions and contribution requirements apply.

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  • Feb. 15 - Presidents Day/Student and Staff Holiday

About Jarrell ISD

Jarrell ISD is located in northern Williamson County. The mascot is The Cougars. It has four campuses: Jarrell High School, Jarrell Middle School, Igo Elementary School and Jarrell Elementary. The district is home to more than 2,300 students. Enrollment is projected to double in the next 10 years.