JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - November 8, 2021

A Message from Principal Blair

JMS is eager to announce that we will host the 2022 Academic UIL Competition on Saturday, January 29th! Coaches will begin holding practice sessions beginning Monday. Students are encouraged to sign up for multiple events through the link below:

Academic UIL Sign-Up

UIL Practice Schedule

Please join me for Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday, November 10th at 7:30 AM in the JMS Library. Come prepared to share a celebration and a question or concern!


11/9 - 8th Grade Math

11/9 - 6th Grade Reading Language Arts

11/11 - 7th Grade Reading Language Arts

11/12 - 6th Grade Science

Attendance Update: Our campus goal is 97% each day. Here are last week's averages:

6th Grade - 94.5% (+2.5 from last week)

7th Grade - 93.9% (+1.9 from last week)

8th Grade - 92.7% (+1.1 from last week)

Cougar Proud,

Kelly Blair


Jarrell Middle School - Teaching and Learning

Check the Year-at-a-Glance below for detailed information about instruction in your child's classroom!

JMS Campus Focus - Reviewing Expectations

  • Cell phones are allowed at lunch, before, & after school only
  • Bring your chromebook charged each day with wired earbuds
  • No Airpods
  • Hoodies off in the hallways
  • No hats in the building

This Week @ JMS

Monday, November 8th

  • WIN - Grade Checks
  • Poetry Club with Mrs. Ulry 4:00 PM
  • Nominations for Student of the Month

Tuesday, November 9th

  • WIN - Character Education Lesson
  • Puzzle Club 4:00 PM
  • Wind Ensemble Fall Concert 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 10th

  • Coffee with the Principal 7:30-8:00 AM
  • Student Holiday & Staff Development

Thursday, November 11th

  • Veteran's Day
  • Campus Educational Improvement Committee 5:00 PM

Friday, November 12th

  • End of 3rd Week Progress Report

Saturday, November 13th

  • Girls Basketball @ Salado

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

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Library Notes & Tech Tips from Mrs. Martone

Over the next two weeks we will be discussing the importance of chatting safely online. Students will weigh the benefits and risks of talking online with people they don't know face-to-face using a Common Sense Education digital citizenship lesson. Common Sense Education also has a great family activity that parents can use with their kids to discuss the impact of their behavior online. Check it out here!

JMS Counselor's Corner

Top Tips to avoid Social Drama

1. BE KIND and treat others how you would like to be treated. This is number one! By following this rule you will stay away from engaging in behaviors that cause more drama, hurt the feelings of others, and impact your own reputation. Kindness is key!

2. DO NOT GOSSIP or spread rumors and if it comes your way, say "let's talk about something else," or change the topic.

3. DO NOT ASK OTHERS to act as MESSENGER for you! Not only is that involving more people in your issue, the messenger might get it all wrong! If you have to tell someone something, tell them yourself.

4. DO NOT ACCEPT THE ROLE OF MESSENGER If someone asks you to pass along a message or to ask someone a question on their behalf, simply say, "No thanks. I don't want to get involved."

5. GIVE IT TIME If someone upsets you, wait a bit to calm down and process the situation before problem solving. Often times we react too quickly when our emotions are high and it only makes things worse.

6. WHEN IN SCHOOL, FOCUS ON CLASS! This will give you a break from the drama, give the drama time to die down and help keep your grades up. Don't try to solve issues during class time.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 15th

  • WIN - Grade Checks & Expectations
  • Poetry & Gaming Club 4:00 PM

Tuesday, November 16th

  • WIN - Character Education Lesson
  • Puzzle Club 4:00 PM

Wednesday, November 17th

  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • STAAR Interim Testing - Math (Modified Schedule)
  • Spanish/Anime Club 4:00 PM
  • November Board Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 18th

  • STAAR Interim Testing - Reading (Modified Schedule)
  • Girls Basketball vs. Burnet

Friday, November 19th

  • HERO Store open during all lunches

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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