Cougar Champions

Community newsletter - December 3, 2020

A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks

Serving Together

Hello, Cougar Nation!

As I wrap up my first month in Jarrell ISD, I am struck by the giving heart of the Jarrell community. In the midst of the holiday season, I am so inspired to see our community coming together and helping others in need.

Here are just a few examples:

  • The Jarrell High School FFA is collecting items for the Be a Santa to a Senior program. Items like soap, lotion, fuzzy socks, calendars, etc. are being collected by the FFA and will be donated to local senior citizens. High schoolers will wrap the items in gift bags that were decorated by students from Igo Elementary and Jarrell Elementary.
  • Jarrell Middle School students collected items for Operation Christmas Child (more information is below). Our great partners from Fort Hood joined our students in preparing these gifts.

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, one important way we can serve each other is by wearing a mask or face coverings that covers our nose and mouth whenever we are around others outside our own home. Washing our hands often and thoroughly, social distancing, and using hand sanitizer are other small ways we can support each other. And as always, please monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms daily and do not go out if you show signs of illness.

Let's serve and support each other to help keep each other safe and healthy!

Go Cougars!

Dr. Toni Hicks

Celebrating Cougar Champions

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Pictured above: JMS students, including cheerleaders and members of the Partner's P.E. class, collected items and funds for Operation Christmas Child, a non-profit that provides small toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children around the world. This program has become an annual tradition at JMS, growing in impact each year. This year students were able to pack 34 boxes! Special thanks to soldiers from the 1-8 Cav who helped pack boxes alongside our students.
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Above: Cougar Nation is very proud of JHS 9th-grader Jasmine Benavidez! She finished 29th at the State Cross Country Meet on Tuesday, November 24!
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Above: The Jarrell High School band earned their sixth consecutive Sweepstakes and will compete at Area Competition this weekend. Good luck to these hardworking and talented students and Director Scott Lanham!

Got celebrations to share? Send them to Thank you!

Window for Families to Choose In-Person or Virtual Learning Opens November 30

November 30 - December 4, parents of Jarrell ISD middle and high students have the opportunity to change their student from in-person to virtual learning, or from virtual to in-person learning. Middle school and high school parents have received the survey through email.
Parents of elementary students will be contacted directly by their child's teacher regarding their choice for their students. Families will have another opportunity to change their choice at the next 9 week grading period.

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Parents, Please Update Your Contact Information

With colder weather setting in, parents/guardians of Jarrell ISD students are encouraged to verify the parent/guardian contact information (phone number and email) on file for their students. If they have moved or changed their phone numbers, parents should update their information by contacting their child's campus registrar.

In the event Jarrell ISD needs to notify families of a change to school operations due to the ongoing pandemic, a school closure due to inclement weather, or alert parents of other emergency situations, the district will contact parents through email, phone calls and text messages. The district's website and official social media accounts will also provide up-to-date information.

If you are a parent or a guardian and you wish to opt-in to receive emergency text messages from Jarrell ISD, please send "Y" to 67587.

Jarrell Community Library Hosting Facebook Live with Santa

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20th Annual Drive-Thru with Santa from Sun City Rotary Club

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Progress Reports Available through Ascender

Parents may now access their child's progress report through Ascender - Parent Portal.

Substitute Teachers Needed!

Jarrell ISD seeking substitutes to help serve our campuses. Rates start at $80/day. Interested applicants should apply today!

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 - 3rd Nine Week Selection Window for Families
  • Dec. 17 - Student Holiday/Staff Planning Day
  • Dec. 18 - Jan. 4 Student/Staff Holiday
  • Jan. 5 - Student Holiday
  • Jan. 6 - First Day of School for Second Semester

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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.