Cougar Newsletter

Community Newsletter - August 12, 2021

A Message From Dr. Toni Hicks

Hello Cougar Nation!

Excitement is in the air!

We could feel it at Convocation yesterday as we launched the start of a great school year in Jarrell ISD.

It was wonderful to have the district together in our beautiful auditorium. We appreciated the vendors from around our city who provided resources and services for our staff. Special thanks to Gehan homes and Advisa Mortgage for sponsoring the delicious breakfast. Also want to celebrate our cheerleaders from both the middle and high school, the mascots, and the Cougar band for joining in the festivities to welcome all our staff. They set the stage for a year filled with energy and spirit. We heard inspiring words of encouragement from our teachers of the year: Michelle West and Tara Granberry; Athletic Director Marty Murr; and Board President Crystal Phalen. There was so much cheering, and excitement for what the coming school year holds. It was a great morning. We appreciate everyone who helped make it all come together.


  • The Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees

  • GehanHomes and Advisa - breakfast sponsors

  • Scott Lanham and Frank Connelly

  • Kaila Coolidge and Heather Harris

  • Tara Granberry and Jamie Pruitt

  • Pattrick Vasquez and Matt Sarabia

  • Heather Bortz and the Teaching and Learning team

We have the absolute best staff here in Jarrell ISD. It has been evident by the enthusiasm and passion they are pouring into these days leading up to school.

In the next few days, teachers and campus staff will be putting the finishing touches in their classrooms getting everything just right for our kiddos. I know families are eager to meet their teachers, too. In fact, elementary students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers and see their classrooms on Monday and Tuesday of next week. And of course, the first day of school will be Wednesday, August 18.

The school year is just about ready to begin and more great things are on the horizon for Jarrell ISD.

Please be on the lookout for more information about:

  • Meet-the-Cougars, August 20, Cougar Stadium, 7 p.m.

  • Homecoming Parade and Community Pep-rally in October

  • Groundbreaking for Elementary #3.

Have a great weekend!

Toni Hicks, Ed.D.

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Athletic Booster Club - Car Wash August 14

The Jarrell ISD Athletic Booster Club will host a car wash on Saturday, August 14 from 9-noon at RBank! Come out and support our student-athletes!

Back-to-School Community Bicycle Safety Skills Check - Aug. 14

Just in time for back-to-school, the community is invited to Jarrell Middle School, Saturday, August 14, from 10 a.m. - noon to gain important bicycle safety tips provided by Jarrell Police Department. This event is free, and all are welcome. No registration is required.
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The Jarrell Middle School staff are riding the Energy Bus into the 2021-22 school year and took home the back-to-school Spirit Stick!
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Thanks to Ashby Real Estate for providing a shaved ice truck for Jarrell ISD staff for the first Wellness Wednesday of the year. If you would like to support Wellness Wednesday, please email Laura Buckley.

Bond Community Update Meeting - August 18

The next bond community update meeting, hosted by Sledge Engineering, is Aug. 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the district administration building (108 E. Avenue F.).

Additionally, Sledge Engineering will update the Board of Trustees at their monthly meetings.

Learn more.

Jarrell ISD After-school Care Now Enrolling


  • Does your child need tutoring or assistance with homework?
  • Are you looking for a safe, nurturing, after-hours environment for your child?
  • Are you tired of paying too much for after-school care?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you might be interested in a low-cost, after-school program available for grades PK-5th.

The program includes tutoring, assistance with homework,
indoor and outdoor games and other activities.

A 50$ registration fee to reserve your child's spot will be applied to the first month's tuition.

For more information, email

Learn more.

Back-to-School Events

  • August 14 - Athletic Booster Club Car Wash, RBank, 9 a.m. - noon
  • August 14 - Back-to-School Community Bicycle Safety Skills Health Check at JMS, 10 a.m. - noon
  • August 16 - 6th Grade Orientation & Schedule Pick-up, JMS, 6-7 p.m.
  • August 16 - Meet-the-Teacher Jarrell Elementary and Igo Elementary, 5-6 p.m.
  • August 17 - Pre-K and Kinder Meet-the-Teacher for Jarrell Elementary and Igo Elementary, 5-6 p.m.
  • August 18 - First Day of School!
  • August 20 - Meet the Cougars, 7 p.m., Cougar Stadium

For more information, please visit your child's campus website and see their calendar of events.

About Jarrell ISD

Jarrell ISD is located in northern Williamson County. The mascot is The Cougars. It has four campuses: Jarrell High School, Jarrell Middle School, Igo Elementary School and Jarrell Elementary. The district is home to more than 2,300 students. Enrollment is projected to double in the next 10 years.

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