Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 9 - October 13, 2017

Dear Families,

We continue to work on our drop off/pick up procedures, and as it gets darker in the morning and the weather becomes more unpleasant, I want to send a kind reminder that it is OK for you to drop your kid off by the curve even when you are not right by the front door. This really speeds the process up for all the families. In addition, if you arrive at school at 6:55 am, you may drop off your student and leave. Students can wait outside for 5 min under the awning until we open the doors at 7:00 am. Just make sure they dress for the weather!

Another reminder... We have seen a large increase of parents dropping off items for their students throughout the day. This causes an increased workload to the main office trying to get the items to the students, and does not support personal responsibility for the kids. I know as parents we want to be protective of our kids and make their days easier, but it's ok for them to drink water from the water fountain if they forget their water bottle; it's ok for them to use pencil and paper for a day if they forget their iPad; it's ok for them to eat school lunch if they forget their lunchbox...Most likely they will not forget it again!

We appreciate your cooperation!

Early Release Day

Tuesday, October 17th, is an early release day. Students will be released at 12:05. Please, make arrangements for prompt pick up after school.

Science Camp Highlights

If we had a motto for Science Camp this year it would be very similar to that of the postal carrier’s motto, but instead would read, “Neither rain nor clouds nor postponing or condensing of schedules would keep our campers and teachers from their outdoor adventure at the 2017 Science Camp.” All kidding aside, we would like to send a huge thank you to everyone, especially our great Gentry parents and students who did so much to make this educational adventure a huge success. From campers being exceptional students at camp to parents being flexible, accepting of change, and for donating an endless amount of snacks and volunteer time, please know that we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much for everything!

Drinks in the Classroom

In an effort to be consistent in all classrooms and to minimize disruptions, starting Monday, October 16th, students will only be allowed to drink water in the classrooms and gym. If your student brings a drink when they get to school, they will be asked to finish it in the cafeteria before being dismissed for class at 7:21am.

School Improvement Plan

This year, Gentry will focus its improvement efforts in two areas:

- Improving Reading Comprehension for all students

- Arriving on time to ALL classes

As parents, you can partner with us by encouraging your children to read at home and by discussing the importance of being on time to classes. When students are late to class they disrupt the learning environment and miss important instruction.

We will continue to share our work and progress in these areas.

IPR's + MAP Scores

Students will receive their Interim Progress Reports today during Advisory Class to take home. Please, contact your student's teachers if you have any questions about their academic performance or behavior. You may also access IPR's on Home Access.

In addition, if your student attended Columbia Public Schools last year, you will be receiving the MAP scores (State Testing) from last spring.

The RBHS Band Will Visit Gentry on October 16th

The Rock Bridge High School band program is comprised of many Gentry alum! The marching band program, which you will see, is an award winning program both in Missouri and across state lines, having taken grand champion accolades at the LaFayette marching festival this season and making finals at the Owasso Invitational in Oklahoma for the first time in school history as well. Their show “Why so Blue” speaks to the emotional struggles many teens face in today’s day and age and is sure to strike a chord with both faculty and students during their visit to Gentry on Monday, October 16.

Media Center Minute

Schoology – many parents have had questions about Schoology and in particular, how to see if an assignment has been submitted. Schoology posts a message with the time and date that assignments are submitted. Here is a link to a video screen cast that our Mr. Hall put together to show you how to find out if an assignment has been submitted in Schoology. This video is from the parent login to Schoology.

WiFi Connection at Home – students have reported having connection issues at home. Once you get your wireless connection set up, it will likely automatically connect every day. If you are still having issues with your ipad not working on the internet, you will need to check the connection to iBoss. You may have to do this every day. Attached are directions on how to connect your wifi, and steps 3 and 4 show how to connect to iBoss. You may need to click on the Google icon in Safari in order to get the iBoss box to show up.

Keyboard/iPad Case Care – the district has spent a considerable amount of money of keyboard cases for 8th graders, and upgraded cases for 6th/7th grade students. Please remind your students to always have their case closed – flap attached and closed for 6th/7th graders, keyboard attached and closed for 8th grade when not using the iPad. 8th grade students should be particularly careful with keyboards and not “pick at” keys. They will come off if messed with and likely cannot be repaired. The cost to replace a keyboard with a key that has been removed is $50 so we are asking for students to be extra mindful when touching the keyboard.

Fall Athletics Equipment/Uniform Turn-In Week

If your student participated on any of our fall (Football, Volleyball, Spirit Squad, or Cross Country) athletic teams, now is the time to have them return the equipment and/or uniform that was issued to them at the beginning of the season. Please be sure that the uniform is clean and returned in a plastic bag with your student's name clearly printed on the bag. Your student can return this to their coach before/after school or they may return their uniform to the main office, with the exception of football players who will be required to turn their equipment in directly to their coach. Thanks all!

Jaguar Rumble Against Cancer

The 1st annual Jaguar Rumble is TODAY after school until 4:30. Please have your student’s ride here at that time. The support we’ve gotten already has been fantastic as we SOLD OUT of our t-shirts. Students may still attend the event by paying $5 at the door. Thanks again for helping us raise money for cancer research!

Dates to Remember

October 13 - IPR's sent home with MAP scores

October 13 - Jaguar Rumble against Cancer (Susan G. Komen)

October 16 - RBHS Marching Band Assembly

October 16 - 20 - Boys & Girls 7th grade Basketball tryouts

October 17 - Early Release Day @ 12:05 pm

October 17 - New rotation 6th grade electives

October 23 - 27 - Boys & Girls 8th grade Basketball tryouts

October 25 - Fall Sports Banquet

October 26 & 27 - 8th grade Rock Bridge State Park Field trip

For practices and games check Gentry website!