Cougar Community Newsletter

Community Newsletter - February 19, 2021

A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks

Dear Cougar Family,

I hope that you and your family are warm and safe. What a week!

After all of the rain, ice, snow, and frigid temperatures (all in one week), we are finally expected to warm up to above freezing AND see the sun today!

Today, the Jarrell ISD leadership team is meeting, and we are investigating:

  • Community well-being

  • Water access and quality

  • The integrity of cafeteria supplies and access to food

  • Building plumbing

We understand many of us may be experiencing similar issues in our homes over the coming days. If you need assistance, resources include: Jarrell ISD Counseling Hotline: 817-382-1374; 211; County outreach/warming center 512-864-8277; Bluebonnet Trails Telehealth 844-309-6385.

We are taking all of these factors into consideration while we make a determination about whether we will have in-person or remote school on Monday, February 22.

  • At this time, no decision has been made. We will communicate information about school as soon as we are able to make informed decisions.

  • Extracurricular activities are being scheduled (and rescheduled). UIL is requiring that basketball games be played as soon as possible. Please check here for the most current schedule.

History will record this event with pictures and tales of the great winter storm that took over Texas. I’m hopeful they will also record the stories of how people came together to help one another. Our community has many such stories and that’s where Jarrell ISD truly shines. We are a community of helpers. I close with shout-outs to a few of our helpers:

  • Tim Copeland and our maintenance team. These guys worked around the clock this week to support and serve our district.

  • The City of Jarrell, Police Chief Denny, and Williamson County officials for continually serving our community. They are appreciated!

  • We opened Igo Elementary as a warming center for stranded motorists on 35. Although it wasn’t used, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to help others.

  • Many of you opened your homes to friends and neighbors who were without power or water this week. Others in Jarrell offered up food (someone is even baking homemade bread to share), water, even baby formula to those who were in need. We see you, and we thank you.

If someone helped you this week, please take a moment to thank them again. Our community is strong and tightly woven, and you make me proud to be a Jarrell Cougar.

With gratitude,

Toni Hicks

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Above: Due to freezing precipitation and record low temperatures, IH-35 was at a standstill several times this week. To help stranded drivers, Jarrell ISD opened Igo Elementary as a warming center.
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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.