JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - October 12, 2021

A Message from Principal Blair

On Wednesday, JMS will have an Early Release with dismissal at 12:50. Students will have shortened class periods with lunch in the classrooms from 12:15-12:50.

Early Release Schedule

This week is Homecoming Spirit Week at JMS! Join in the fun by participating in our theme each day:

Wednesday - Western Wear Attire

Thursday - Hat Day

Friday - Jarrell Blue Spirit Day

PTO is now accepting members and collecting dues of $5 per family. Please complete the google form below to secure your membership! You can turn in money to the JMS front office or contact Blythe Ray to remit payment.

PTO Membership

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th at 5:30 in the JMS Library. See you there :)




10/18 - 7th Grade Science

10/19 - 8th Grade Science

10/21 - 6th Grade Math

10/22 - 6th Grade Science

Attendance Update: Each week, we will update the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) by grade level. At the end of the nine week cycle, the grade level with the highest percentage will participate in a Mini-Field Day! Our campus goal is 97% each day. Here are last week's averages:

6th Grade - 92% (+6 from last week)

7th Grade - 93% (+1 from last week)

8th Grade - 93% (+3 from last week)

*Our campus received funding based on attendance at 9:02 AM each day. Please keep this in mind anytime you are scheduling appointments during the school day.*

This Friday, students who are failing 1 or more core classes will be required to attend a work session from 4:00-6:00 PM. Transportation is available for those in need. Parents were notified on Monday if it applies to their students. Be sure your child attends after school tutorial sessions for missing assignments or low scores. A final failure notification will be sent on Thursday afternoon. #LearningIsRequired

Cougar Proud,

Kelly Blair

Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

The Jarrell ISD community is very excited to welcome students, parents, staff, alumni and all community members to our homecoming festivities.

PARADE - October 13

Jarrell High School is hosting a homecoming parade Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The parade will start at Jarrell Middle School and end at the Home Place subdivision entrance. Wear your blue and cheer on the Cougars!


Jarrell High School is hosting a homecoming pep rally at 7:30 p.m at Cougar Stadium following the parade. It will be a wonderful event. We hope to see you there!


The Cougars will play Robinson for Homecoming on Friday, October 15. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Tailgaters may set up in the parking lot at 6 p.m.

An alumni tent will be available, and bar-b-que will be available for purchase. Alumni will have a designated section in the stands and will be recognized during the game.

JMS Instructional Focus

JMS is excited to launch CHAMPS expectations in every classroom. Prior to daily instruction, teachers will review the expectations based on the lesson activity. This week, we will focus our efforts on expectations during Direct Teach. This portion of the lesson is critical as it is centered on introducing new content.

CHAMPS Direct Teach

C – (Conversation) Level 0

H – (Help) Raise your hand

A – (Activity) Direct Teach

M – (Movement) Stay Seated

P – (Participation) Active Listening

S – (SUCCESS) New knowledge acquired

This Week @ JMS

Wednesday, October 13

  • Homecoming Spirit Week - Western Wear
  • Early Release @ 12:50 PM
  • Lunches in classrooms
  • Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 14

  • Morning Pep Rally 7:45 AM
  • Homecoming Spirit Week - Hat Day
  • WIN - Math Interventions
  • Home Football vs. Waco Robinson
  • Home Volleyball vs. Gateway

Friday, October 15

  • Homecoming Spirit Week - Paint Jarrell Blue
  • Student Ambassador Meeting 8:00 AM
  • WIN - Math Interventions
  • MANDATORY WORK SESSION - Failing Grades 4:00-6:00 PM
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Library Notes & Tech Tips from Mrs. Martone

Over the next few weeks we will be celebrating Teen Tober in the JMS Library! TeenTober is a nationwide event held every October to "celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services help teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library" (ALA, 2021). This year we will be observing Teen Tober with Teen Tober Bingo, giveaways, and a trivia contest! We are excited to celebrate our students and encourage them to utilize all of the amazing resources the library has to offer!

Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Hardt & Ms. Arms

Helping Your Child Deal With Conflict

When your child returns home from school, it can be difficult to hear that they are struggling or having a conflict with another student. As a parent, we want to shelter our students from that kind of frustration, hurt, and disappointment. However, students who learn to manage the conflict are able to have healthier friendships, are more successful in school, and are generally happier humans. In order to help your child learn to manage conflict on their own, allow them to speak openly at home without fear of a negative or emotional reaction. Your response to the conflict will determine their response. Help your student learn to identify and manage their emotions as emotional self-regulation is an important life skill. Teach your child to problem solve and brainstorm different ways they can handle the conflict. For additional strategies, follow the QR code below.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 18

  • Gaming Club with Mr. Cooper 4:00 PM
  • WIN - Grade Checks & Homework
  • Volleyball @ Lampasas

Tuesday, October 19

  • WIN - Character Education

Wednesday, October 20

  • School Picture Retakes
  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • WIN - Math Interventions
  • Spanish Club with Mr. Berumen 4:00 PM
  • Anime Club with Mrs. Butler 4:00 PM

Thursday, October 21

  • WIN - Math Interventions
  • Football @ Waco Connally
  • Fall Show Performance Opening Night 6:30 PM

Friday, October 22

  • Last day of 1st 9-week grading cycle
  • WIN - Math Interventions
  • Fall Show Performance 6:30 PM

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