Jaguar News

Volume 2, Issue 38 - May 17, 2019

Dear Gentry Families,

On behalf of all Gentry students and faculty members, we would like to thank our amazing PTSA! They have supported us in ways that are simply unbelievable: over-the-top luncheons and conference dinners, breakfast treats, kind words of encouragement, teacher/classroom grants, beautiful flowers, delicious cookies, organization and supervision of a wide variety of student events, apparel orders and fundraisers and the staffing of our concession stand to name a few. We just couldn't have gotten by without them!

And, thank you also to our GMS "behind-the-scenes" parent volunteers who, despite having very busy schedules of their own, have served Gentry with their time, talent, and treasure. This school is thriving today because of all of the support each and every one of you has provided in your own unique way. There are simply no words to tell you how blessed we feel by your friendship and support.

Important Information for Incoming 9th Graders at Rock Bridge High School

If your student is currently in 8th grade and will be attending Rock Bridge High School next school year, please see attached important information below.


Yearbooks will be distributed to students on the May 28th, the final day of school. If your student will be absent the last day of school, then you will need to notify the office. We will keep track of all those students who will not be here on the last day so that we can get their yearbooks to them on their final day of school for this year.

Final 2018/19 Issue of the Jaguar News

This is the final issue of the Jaguar News for the 2018/19 school year. If you have any questions regarding scheduled events at Gentry over the summer, please feel free to visit our website or contact our main office at 214-3240.


We are excited to announce that the Gentry 8th grade band had a VERY successful day at the Worlds of Fun Festival of Music on Saturday, May 11th. The band competed among bands from Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, and Illinois, earning unanimous 1 (superior) ratings from all three judges and finishing FIRST PLACE in the Middle School/Junior High 751-1000 school enrollment category. We are so proud of the kids and our Band directors, Mrs. Blumberg and Mr. Nenaber for their hard work and effort and could not be more pleased with this incredible exclamation point at the end of a great year!

Lost and Found Items

Please don't delay in having your student stop by our lost and found located in our cafeteria to check for lost items. Items that are smaller and of more value are locked and stored in the office. ALL items will be removed from the school and donated to a local charity by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 28.

Student iPad Return Information

iPad returns began May 13!

  • 8th graders will be expected to return the iPad, full keyboard case, and school issued cable and block (pictured in attachment).
    8th grade return dates: May 13 (Carter), 14 (Aulgur), and 15th (Horstmann).
  • 6th and 7th graders will be expected to return the iPad and full keyboard case. They will retain their chargers for use until 8th grade.
  • 6th and 7th grade students who will be moving over the summer should return their charger cable and brick. If students end up not moving and returning, we will return their charger to them.
    7th grade returns: May 17
    6A returns May 21 (Froidl)
    6B returns May 16 (Jeffries)
    6C returns May 20 (Laws)
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RB Cross Country Team

RB will be hosting a Cross Country parent/student informational meeting for incoming 9th-12th grade students. This meeting will be held at 4:00 pm on the last day of school, Tuesday, May 28th at RBHS in room 221/224. If your student is unable to attend, please feel free to email Coach Neal Blackburn at Group runs will begin Monday-Friday starting June 3rd at 8:00 am and will begin at the pavillion near the track/football field. Updates on all things RBXC will be on our twitter: @rb_xc for the most current happenings. And, if you are interested in receiving additional XC information and emails, please feel free to the RB home page and sign up on our the email list.

RB Summer Tennis Camp

All 6th thru 8th graders interested in the RB Summer Tennis Camp, May 28-31, please email Coach Ben Loeb at Also contact Coach Loeb if you want information on tennis instruction opportunities for your son or daughter. Eighth graders who seek a lifetime sport with good exercise and personal challenge are encouraged to contact Coach Loeb about joining the RBHS Tennis Team next school year. The girls season starts on Aug. 12 and the boys in early March. Get in the Game For a Lifetime!

Incoming 8th Grade Students Proof of Immunizations- Don't Delay!

The primary dose of the Tdap and Meningitis vaccines are generally administered to adolescents in the 6th grade (or between the ages of 11-12). It is a state REQUIREMENT that we obtain proof that your student has received the primary dose of both of these vaccinations PRIOR to their first day of 8th grade. If your student will be attending summer school as an incoming 8th grade student they will need to provide this proof PRIOR to starting summer school. Eighth grade students who have NOT provided us with this documentation will not be permitted to attend classes until this documentation is provided.

There is no need to wait! This documentation can be submitted to our nurse any time after your student receives these two vaccines. Providing this proof promptly will ensure that your student will be ready to start the 8th grade without delay.

We've Got Spirit! How 'Bout You?

Chrissy McCormick will be hosting cheer squad clinics on May 20th and 21st from 2:35-4:00 pm in our commons area for those 7th/8th grade students who are interested in trying out for the 2019 GMS cheer squad. During these sessions students will have a chance to learn and practice the material needed for the actual tryout day which will be held on Thursday, May 23rd. Completed MSHSAA physical and insurance paperwork must be on file in the main office in order for girls to attend both the clinic sessions and the tryouts. Interested students should go to Room 204 (Ms. McCormick's room) for a tryout application.

Jiggy the Jaguar mascot tryouts will be held separately and will be announced at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

StuCo’s Student/Staff of the Week

The purpose of the GMS Student Council (StuCo) is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. One of the projects that this club currently oversees is their Student/Staff of the week project.

This week's StuCo students of the week are Taylor McCallister for ”being kind to others, and helping her fellow peers in math class” and Klayton Shockley for “helping others when they need help with their schoolwork, and for being kind to Gentry’s staff.”

This week's StuCo staff members of the week are Mrs. Faith for “being a positive person no matter what day, and for making sure her students learn Spanish” and Mrs. Lenz for “making her class fun, supporting her students, and for always being willing to help her students succeed.”

Final Advisory for May 20-28th

During the week of May 20th-28th Gentry students will begin reflecting on the current school year as it draws to a close. Students will be cooperating in a large group to complete a task and will then showcase what they have learned throughout the school year.

Monday: SSR

Tuesday: Advisory Lesson (Student reflection of the end of the year)

Wednesday: Academic Day

Thursday: Advisory Lesson (Student reflection of the end of the year)

Friday: Academic Day

Looking Ahead May 20-28

Monday, May 20: (B Day)

10:30 am- End-of-Year Band/Orchestra Students Only Ice Cream Celebration/Entryway

2:35-4:30 pm- 7th/8th Cheer Squad Clinic/Up Commons

Tuesday, May 21: (A Day)

2:35-4:00 pm- Current 6th/7th Boys Basketball Open Gym/Gym

2:35-4:30 pm- 7th/8th Cheer Squad Clinic/Up Commons

Wednesday, May 22 : (B Day)

8:00-9:30 am- 7th Grade End-of-Year Award Ceremony/Gym

1:30-2:30 pm- 6th Grade End-of-Year Award Ceremony/Gym

Thursday, May 23: (A Day)

8:00-9:30 am- 8th Grade Graduation/Gym

2:35-5:00 pm- Talent Show Dress Rehearsal/Cafe

2:35-4:00 pm- 7th/8th Cheer Squad Tryouts/Up Commons

Friday, May 24: (B Day)

8th Grade Finals

Saturday, May 25:

There are no activities scheduled for today.

Sunday, May 26:

There are no activities scheduled for today.

Monday, May 27:

School NOT in session due to Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28: Early Release (12:05) and Final Day of School

7:55 am- 7th/8th Grade Talent Show Assembly

9:35 am- 6th Grade Talent Show Assembly

Future Dates to Remember

5/22- 7th Grade End-of-the-Year Award Ceremony (8:00 am)

5/22- 6th Grade End-of-the-Year Award Ceremony (1:30 pm)

5/23- Cheer Squad Tryouts

5/23- 8th Grade Graduation (8:00 am)

5/24- 8th Grade Finals

5/27- No School Due to Memorial Day

5/28- Final Day of School (12:05 Early Release), Talent Show Assemblies and Yearbook Distribution

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