Jaguar News

Friday, October 8, 2021

Dear Gentry Families,

Thank you to all of you who took time out of your busy day to attend the PTSA tailgate last night! It was fun to visit with so many of you while enjoying some tasty tailgate food and taking in a ballgame. And, thankfully the weather cooperated. Can't get any better than that! I would also like to extend a special thank you to our amazing PTSA who so diligently spent time planning, organizing and staffing this event. We, both students and staff alike, simply could not do this without you and are so grateful for your partnership and support of our entire school. Enjoy your weekend!

7th/8th Grade Girls and Boys Basketball Tryouts

Girls and boys basketball tryouts will begin on Monday, October 18th. Be sure that your child has turned in all of their MSHSAA paperwork to the main office PRIOR to tryouts. This paperwork can be found on our website or a paper copy can be obtained in our main office. Coaches will not be permitted to allow any student to begin the tryout process until all of this paperwork has been completed and is on file in the main office. Go Jaguars!

Student Flu Vaccine Clinic- October 18th

The 2021-22 Influenza vaccine (flu shot) will be given free of charge to students at Gentry Middle School on Monday, October 18th from 8:00-10:00 AM. The injectable flu vaccine (flu shot) is the only type of flu vaccine that will be offered. FluMist nasal spray will NOT be given this season. For your child to receive the flu vaccination, the 2021 Influenza “Flu” Vaccine School-Based Clinic Consent Form must be FULLY completed and SIGNED by a parent or legal guardian. You will be required to complete one separate form for EACH CHILD that you want vaccinated. Forms are due to the main office no later than Friday, October 15.

  • If you decline, or do not return the required permission form to the school, the free flu vaccine will NOT be given to your student at school.
  • If you return a completed consent form to the school and your child receives the flu vaccine elsewhere, it is important that you notify our school nurse immediately to avoid an unnecessary second dose.
  • If you you would like to have your student receive the Influenza vaccination, but they will be absent from GMS on October 18, feel free to have them attend ANY scheduled CPS Influenza vaccination clinic. Please see below a complete list of clinic dates and locations.
  • If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our school nurse, Jennifer Ferguson, RN at 214-3246 or
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Join Us For An Evening (or Afternoon) of Entertainment!

Are you hungry for some LIVE THEATRE at Gentry Middle School? Well, here is the feast you’ve been waiting for! Sir Nose, the Burger Rat – A Fast Food Farce will be presented October 21-22 at 7:00 pm and October 23 at 2:00 pm. All seats are $5.00 and it is definitely family friendly!

Sink your teeth into the problems at the Burger Palace. Burger Queen and Dairy King’s secret sauce is in jeopardy when Professor McRonalds and her gang (Herr Wienerschnitzel, Corporal Saunders, Dragon Panda, and Short John Silver) try to steal the recipe. Come see how Taco Bill tries to save the day, all the while wooing Wendy Freiberger with poetry fed to him from a trash can by Sir Nose, the Burger Rat.

The patrons at the Burger Palace (Olive Gardner, Jaclyn Bachs, Kristy Kareem, R.B. Bunn, Chip Oatley, and Denise Fazoli) help save the secret sauce, with the assistance of Pizza Mutt!

Join us! The students are chomping at the bit to perform and thirsting for applause! You will eat it up!

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Media Center Minute

We are finishing up our Digital Citizenship lessons with students. Please ask your student something they have learned during these lessons. One of the big take-aways that we hope they have is that they should get permission before sharing information about themselves or others.

CARE (Career Awareness Related Experience)

Teenagers almost always face many barriers when it comes to joining the labor force, but it is especially so in Columbia, MO, because of substantial competition from thousands of college students for the available entry-level jobs.

However, the CARE program helps break down those barriers!

CARE’s goal is for Columbia's youth to be ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens.

I want to make you aware of CARE's Free One-On-One Job Application/Interview Assistance For Teenagers from October 1 through February 28, CARE staff and volunteers will be available to provide one-on-one assistance in the Armory Sports Center (701 East Ash St.) with:

• Making resumes and cover letters
• Obtaining letters of recommendation
• Practice interviewing
• Applying online for CARE positions

To schedule free job application/interview assistance, contact Tonia Turner at or 573-874-6300.

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Fun Ways to... Be Involved!

Information on upcoming after school clubs and activities was presented to students this week during advisory classes. We offer a little bit of everything so finding a match for your child should be easy! Please click here to see our complete 2021-22 Clubs and Activities list of all of the fun ways that your child can get involved. Each slide lists the teacher who is sponsoring the club so feel free to reach out to that teacher specifically if you have additional questions.

Please note that due to the current bus driver shortage, STA will not be able to provide an after school activity bus to transport students home after clubs/activities. If your student chooses to participate in an after school club or activity, they will be responsible for securing their own transportation home. Check with the specific club sponsor on the times and dates of each club offering.

Picture Retake, New Student Photos and Yearbook Orders

Interstate Studios will return to Gentry on October 27 to retake photos for those students who would like to have their photos retaken. If your student is having their photo retaken, they will simply need to bring their original photo packet and uncut photos to this sitting and give them to the photographer before their photo is taken.

On this same day, we will also be taking photos of those students who missed having their initial photo taken at our Schedule Pick Up Day on August 25. Whether you decide to place a photo order or not, we still take photos of all students for yearbook purposes. If you have any further questions, please contact Inter-State Studios at 573-449-3090.

Order Student Photos Enter code 59424RB (Use if your student's photo was taken on 8/25.)

Order Student Photos Enter code 59433P (Use to pre-order your student's photo if they will be having their photo taken for the first time on October 27.)

Pre-Order a Yearbook Enter code 62369W (Use if you would like to pre-order a yearbook.)

October Secondary School Lunch Menu

Click here for the October school lunch menu.

Future Dates to Remember

10/18- Student Flu Clinic 8:00 am-10:00 am

10/18- 7th/8th Girls/Boys Basketball Tryouts Begin/Times TBA

10/19- 7th/8th Grade Choral Concert/RBHS PAC Center

10/20- PTSA Meeting in the Media Center @ 6:00 pm

10/21- Interim Progress Reports Available on Home Access

10/21, 10/22 and 10/23- Fall Play Performance: Sir Nose, the Burger Rat

10/27- Picture Retake Day

10/28 and 10/29- School Not in Session Due to Teacher Work Days

11/2- Winter Athletic Team and Individual Photo Day

11/8-11/12- Parent Teacher Conference Week- Details TBD

11/8-11/12- Scholastic Book Fair- TBD

11/10- 6th Grade Band Concert @ 7:00 pm