Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 21 - January 25, 2018

Dear Families,

There are many viruses causing illness this season. Handwashing is the best way to prevent getting sick, but here is a reminder of other things we can do to keep healthy:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Keep your distance from others who are coughing and sneezing

I know that we always emphasize how much we want kids at school. However, if they are sick, it is in their best interest to stay at home and recover instead of coming to school and making other kids (and adults!) sick.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Glass Water Bottles

We encourage our students to stay hydrated and carry water bottles with them for convenience. However, in the last week we have had two incidents of students breaking their glass water bottles. When a glass water bottle breaks not only is an inconvenience for the student, but it's also a safety issue. We want to avoid students cutting themselves trying to clean up or stepping on the glass.

If your student carries a glass water bottle at school, please consider replacing it for an unbreakable bottle, so we can keep all our students safe.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Tuesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 15th from 3:30 to 7:30. Each grade organizes conferences differently, so please look for information from the grade team about how/when to meet with the teachers.

I want to remind you that if there is anything you want to discuss with your student's teachers you do not have to wait for Parent Teacher Conferences. We always want you to contact us and let us know about any concerns you may have. Regularly checking eSchool is also a great way to monitor student progress!

2017/18 Yearbook Orders

The final date to order a yearbook is March 19th. If your student is interested in a 2017/18 yearbook and you have not yet purchased one, it is not too late. The only way to order a yearbook now is online. We are no longer accepting paper orders. Each yearbook is $15 and can be purchased using the link below. Hurry and get your order in before it is too late!

Enter code: 19580M

Order Now

Spinal Screenings - Reminder

We will be conducting screenings for scoliosis the week of February 19th during PE and Health classes. We will screen all 6th grade girls and all 7th and 8th grade boys. 7th grade girls who are new to CPS or need re-screening from the previous year will also be tested.

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6th Grade Science Camp

Gentry Middle School is devoted to providing your child with educational opportunities that will aid in their growth and development. In the past, the 7th grade has attended science camp; however, starting this year, our 6th grade students will be attending Science Camp. Science Camp is an educational field trip designed to extend the science curriculum and build a sense of community among our students. Camp will take place at Camp Hickory Hill located at: 5951 W. Hatton Chapel Rd, Columbia, Mo 65202.

If you are the parent of a 6th grade student, please plan on attending our 6th grade science camp informational meeting on Wednesday, February 7th from 6-6:30 pm in the GMS cafe'.

End-of-the-Year 8th Grade Activities

Our PTSA had their first 8th grade activities meeting last week. They have several new ideas for the end-of-the-year fun for 8th graders. If you are interested in assisting with the planning and execution of these events, but were unable to attend the first meeting, please mark your calendar and plan to join them for their next planning meeting on Wednesday, 1/31 at 6 pm in the media center.

If you have any questions, please email Mandy Llewellyn at

Summer School Announcement

Secondary Summer School enrollment (9th-12th grade) will begin on Tuesday, February 6.

  • The online enrollment option opens at 9:00 a.m. Parents must have a Home Access account to use the online option found Here.
  • Paper copies of the registration guide and enrollment form materials will be available in the school counseling office for those who choose not to use the online enrollment option.
  • We strongly encourage you to review the registration guide prior to selecting courses to make sure you are aware of grade restrictions, pre-requisites and course requirements.
  • K-8 summer school enrollment will begin on February 12th.

Track and Field Team Informational Meeting

Our head track and field coach will be hosting a parent/student informational meeting on Tuesday, February 6th from 6:30-7:30 in the Gentry cafe'. If your 7th/8th grade student is interested in being a part of the GMS track and field team, please plan on attending this meeting. Our coach will be presenting information on: required MSHSAA paperwork, student/athlete expectations, practice and meet/invitational schedules, etc. Hope to see you there!

Career Showcase - Rescheduled for January 30th

On Tuesday, Jan 30th the Columbia Area Career Center will be having a public open house from 6-8 pm. At the Career Showcase discover the wealth of opportunities available to area students: talk to instructors, participate in interactive activities, view examples of student work and see how CACC classes are relevant to your future success.

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Dates to Remember

February 5 - No school

February 6 - PTSA meeting at 6:00 pm

February 6 - 7 & 8 Grade Parent Track & Field info meeting

February 9 - IPR's sent home

February 13 & 15 - Parent Teacher Conferences

February 16 - No School

For practices and games check Gentry website!