JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - September 27, 2021

A Message from Principal Blair

Jarrell Middle School has officially established a Parent Teacher Organization for the 2021-22 school year. Officers are:

President - Blythe Ray

Vice President - Heather Dunham

Secretary - Ethan Delker

Treasurer - Flavia Goddard

PTO is now accepting members and collecting dues of $5 per family. Please complete the google form below to secure your membership!

PTO Membership



8th Grade Math

7th Grade Science (McBride)

6th Grade RLA (Vasquez)


7th Grade RLA


6th Grade Science

6th Grade RLA (Butler)

JMS is launching an ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE! 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 this week's averages:

6th Grade - 83%

7th Grade - 91%

8th Grade - 91%

*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.*

Cougar Proud,

Kelly Blair

This Week @ JMS

Monday, September 27

  • WIN time - Grade Checks

Tuesday, September 28

  • WIN time - Character Education

Wednesday, September 29

  • WIN time - Drop Everything and Read

Thursday, September 30

  • WIN time - Character Education
  • Football @ Taylor
  • Volleyball @ Burnet

Friday, October 1

  • End of 6th Week (UIL Grade Eligibility)

Saturday, October 2

  • Cross Country @ JHS
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Library Notes & Tech Tips from Mrs. Martone

Now it is easier than ever for students to have 24/7 access to books! Sora is an app by Overdrive that allows students to easily access JISD's amazing collection of Ebooks and audiobooks. In the app, students can track the books that they have read and how many minutes they spend reading. Statistics show that students who use Sora are likely to double the amount of time they spend reading each month! Check out the app here and start reading today!

Attendance Matters

Attendance is a Community Priority

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success. Even as children grow older and more independent, families and community members play a key role in making sure all students get to school every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

Make school attendance a priority

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day.
  • Help your children maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day. If it is unavoidable, try to schedule appointments in the afternoon.
  • If your children must stay home because they are sick, make sure they have asked teachers for resources and materials to make up for the missed learning time in the classroom. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact with a positive case, contact your child's teacher about Remote Conferencing.

Help your child stay engaged in school

  • Find out if your children feel engaged by their classes, and feel safe from bullies and other threats.
  • Make sure your children are not missing class because of challenges with behavioral issues or school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, contact the school and work with them to find a solution.
  • Monitor your child’s academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors when necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage your child to join meaningful after-school activities, including sports and clubs. Jarrell Middle School and Jarrell High School have tons of activities and clubs for students to get involved in. Ask your child's school for more information.
  • Notice and support your children if they are showing signs of anxiety, such as headaches or stomach aches. Listen to their concerns, and if needed, ask school staff for help. Jarrell ISD's counselors are there to help. And the Jarrell ISD Family Health Clinic can also provide resources.

Absences Related to COVID-19

  • If your student must miss school due to COVID-19, please contact your child's teacher about Remote Conferencing.
  • Remote conferencing instructional support is a short-term opportunity allowing your child to stay within the 90% attendance requirement and not fall behind on assignments while absent.
  • Please note, Remote Conferencing is not remote instruction. Instead, this setting will provide up to four hours of live teacher support per day from an online facilitator to assist students with assignment completion.
  • Attendance will be taken. There is one required daily attendance meeting that is mandatory for students to be counted present for the day.

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

Study skills may seem like something that we should acquire naturally, but they are not.

We frequently need help in acquiring them. For some, they even need to be taught

directly, not just suggestions. Here are some tips to help all students, those who are

struggling as well as those who are being successful.


  • Ask questions in class. You never know who else might have the same question and be too shy to ask.
  • Attend tutorials, teachers want to help—that’s why they became teachers.
  • Study with a friend or a group of friends before quizzes or tests.
  • Do your best to stay organized, if you need help with getting organized, just ask.


  • Checking Ascender parent portal and the Hero app. When you do, be sure that you are praising the accomplishments as well as discussing the struggles.
  • Contacting the teachers when you see that your student is struggling. Education is a partnership.
  • Talk to your student about what is going on in their social life as well as academics. They need to know you are interested in them and not just their grades.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 4

  • Volleyball @ Taylor

Wednesday, October 6

  • WIN Time - Math Interventions
  • School Board Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 7

  • WIN Time - Math Interventions
  • Football @ China Springs

Friday, October 8

  • WIN Time - Math Interventions

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