Jaguar News

Friday, April 16, 2021

Dear Gentry Families,

After two full weeks of in-person school we all seem to be settling nicely into our new daily routines. We hope that you too have found a bit more normalcy with each and every passing day. Usually these feelings of normalcy begin to sink in during the month of August when we have fully made the transition into a new school year, but by the content and length of this newsletter we are quickly reminded that we are already rounding the corner to the end of a school year. Several important end-of-the-year messages are listed below. Thank you for taking the time to peruse through the details. Enjoy your weekend!

School Yearbook- Final Pre-Order Date is TODAY (April 16)!

Pre-Order a Yearbook Link: Enter Code: 56311G

Field Day 2021- Attention Parents of Virtual Students Only!

Our end of the year Field Day is a tradition here at Gentry! If you are a parent of a virtual only learner and you would like for your child to have the opportunity to participate (in person) in their grade level Field Day, please click here. This form must be completed no later than Friday, April 30th in order for your student to participate.

Further instructions will follow as we get closer to our Field Day dates.

6th Grade Field Day: May 24th

7th Grade Field Day: May 25th

8th Grade Field Day: May 27th

GMS Student Council

Applications for Gentry’s Student Council are now open! If your student is interested in being an active participant in student leadership, helping the GMS and outside community, or just making Gentry a better place they should apply! All 6th and 7th graders are eligible, and will need to submit an application and get a teacher recommendation. Both are on the GMS homepage and are due on Friday, April 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact:

Ms. Noltie at

Mrs. Trotter at

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Upcoming PTSA Zoom Meeting

Please see the below Zoom link for our next upcoming PTSA meeting on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!


Congratulations to our outstanding quarter 3 Social Studies award recipients! Go Jaguars!

Media Center Minute

Thank you to all of you who participated in our Amazon Wish List book drive! We had a steady stream of books coming in and have processed those for students to check out! There have been lots of smiles and excitement when they saw the books you provided! Gentry Families are THE BEST!!!

RBHS Volleyball Parent Meeting

Calling all outgoing 8th grade girls! Although we advertised for this meeting at student lunches this week, we also wanted you all as parents to be in the know. In case you were unable to attend or you just had additional questions regarding RBHS volleyball and future VB open gyms, please reach out to Edith Stevens, RBHS ECA secretary at

RBHS Football

A parent/player informational meeting was held at RBHS this week (on April 15) for those outgoing 8th grade students who are interested in participating in RBHS football. If you were unable to attend, please contact Coach Vanatta (Head Football Coach) at or Coach Bennett (Head 9th Grade Coach) at for further details.

Science Olympiad- Congratulations!

This past Saturday our small, but mighty team of 7 Jaguars competed in the MO State Science Olympiad competition. Our 7 students (a team that is usually comprised of 15 students) competed in EVERY event on Saturday and were able to come in 21st among 37 teams statewide.

We are so proud of their accomplishments during what has been anything but a normal school year. Way to go Jaguars!

The following are our awesome team members:

8th Graders:

Amali Noel Ramesh

Sai Yarasi

Satya Yarasi

6th Graders:

Emrie Gruenberg

Joseph Lue

Carter Quest

Daniel Ting

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8th Grade Transition Ceremony- Mark Your Calendar!

As a way of wishing our 8th grade students a fond farewell, we will be hosting an 8th grade transition ceremony on May 28th at the RBHS football field from 6:00-8:00 pm. Because this will be an outdoor event, we will be holding June 2nd as our rain date in case we experience inclement weather on May 28th. Mark your calendar!

Cheerleading Tryouts Coming Soon

Cheerleading Tryouts for Gentry’s Fall Cheerleading Team are coming up on May 17-20th! We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and eager cheerleaders who will help spread school spirit. All 6th and 7th graders are eligible. Students will need a MSHSAA physical and commitment form on file in the main office for tryouts. If you would like to participate, please fill out our interest form so we can stay in contact! If you have any questions please contact Ms. Noltie or Ms. McCormick!

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MAP and EOC Testing

We continue to MAP test our in-seat students throughout the month of April! Please see more specific information listed below.

General MAP and EOC information can be found on our website here:

Testing Dates:

· Testing during Core Periods for each grade level.

· 8th Grade: April 15th, 16th, 19th, & 20th

· 8th Grade: Testing begins promptly at 7:35

· Algebra EOC (ONLY students on the R1/R3 Algebra rotation): April 26th & 27th

· R2/R4 Algebra EOC in May. More information will follow.

· VIRTUAL: Please refer to the email sent to you by the district. For a calendar view, please view the document titled "May Virtual MAP/EOC Calendar" on the above link!

Materials Students Will Need:

    • Updated software on iPad (can be done under settings)
    • Calculator (history must be erased each day)
    • Pencil
    • Water
    • Wired headphones that have an AUX tip (we advise against the lightning tip in case we have a technology issue that results in a device change)
    • Book for after testing

Parents, Please Continue to Remind Your Students:

  • Charge iPad nightly
  • Regular Bedtime
  • Pack iPad in backpack each morning
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Get to school on time
  • Encourage your child to take their time and try their best during MAP/EOC

Gentry's Got Talent

Our annual Talent Show is going virtual! We hope that many students will participate in this wonderful end of the year tradition. See all of the details below regarding student video submissions. Hope your student joins us in this fun adventure!

Because it is always best to ask... Please send questions to:

Mrs. Blumberg


Ms. Bills

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Future Dates to Remember

4/19-4/28- 8th Grade MAP Testing Window

4/20- 7th/8th Track and Field Meet @ Centralia H.S. @ 5:00 pm

4/21- PTSA Meeting via Zoom @ 6:00 pm

4/29- 7th Grade Track and Field Capital City Relays @ Jefferson City H.S.

4/30- 8th Grade Track and Field Capital City Relays @ Jefferson City H.S.

5/3- Beginning of MAP Testing Window for Virtual Only Learners

5/4- 8th Grade Track and Field Optimist Relays @ BHS

5/5- Early (12:05 pm) Dismissal Due to a Teacher Work Day

5/5- 7th Grade Track and Field Dave Carlson Relays @ RBHS

5/6- Quarter 4/Rotation 4 Grades Posted on Home Access

5/1- 7th/8th Grade Track and Field City Relays @ BHS

5/17-5/20- 7th/8th Grade Cheer Squad Tryouts

5/19- PTSA Meeting via Zoom

5/24- 6th Grade Field Day/Bethel Park and GMS Campus

5/25- Musical Theater Showcase Performance @ 7:00 pm

5/25- 7th Grade Field Day/Bethel Park and GMS Campus

5/27- 8th Grade Field Day/Bethel Park and GMS Campus

5/28- 8th Grade Transition Ceremony/RBHS Football Field @ 6:00 pm

TBA- Virtual Talent Show