Cougar Community Newsletter
Community Newsletter - April 30, 2021
A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks
The last weeks of school are busy with student celebrations. Many families are marking important milestones, and we share in your pride and joy! Please join me in congratulating and celebrating all of our students for all of their accomplishments throughout the 2020-21 school year.
To further highlight our seniors, Jarrell High School has launched their Class of 2021 website.
And speaking of success, on Monday, May 3 at 1 p.m. we will have another celebratory parade to honor our four track athletes who are headed for state, as well as our FCCLA and Ag students who have represented Jarrell at the state level. Please join us at the Administration Building (108 E. Avenue F) to cheer on our students!
We continue to be inspired by our students as they reach great heights of success.
We also celebrate our teachers. This coming week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we are grateful for our hardworking and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to support our students. Their courage and grit has successfully led Jarrell ISD through a worldwide pandemic. Please take a moment next week to share your appreciation, whether it be a note, a kind word or a phone call.
Teachers, you are the heartbeat of our district. Thank you.
With our staff and students in mind, our administrative team is collaborating with principals to thoughtfully plan for next year. Our focus is to ensure our students and staff have the resources they need to be successful. We will share more information about those plans in the weeks to come.
As we finish this year out strong, remember that your involvement in the educational process continues to be critically important. There is no doubt that our schools are stronger because of you.
With that note, I send my sincere appreciation to the staff, parents and community members who took the time to vote early in the election. The outcome of the 2021 Jarrell ISD Bond proposals are very important to the future of Jarrell ISD. If you have not voted yet, please take time to vote Saturday, May 1. Polls are open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FFA Students Earn Awards
Hunter was one of the 2nd-grade Early Act First Knight service winners today!
Addison was an Early Act First Knight service winner for April.
Congratulations to Peyton in Mrs. Golla’s class! She won the EAFK service award this morning.
National Poetry Month - Igo Elementary
Learning is FUN in Jarrell ISD!
Students are learning about Cattle Drives at Jarrell Middle School. Students were creative with their drawings and descriptions!
Jarrell Elementary students had a STEM challenge in Mrs. Pettyjohn's class today. They job was to design a paper cup that will hold water for 30 seconds using just paper. No glue, staples, or paper clips!
Advanced culinary students worked hard to provide a taco salad bar for staff at Jarrell High School. They did great!
Celebrating Doris Mertink
News and Information
Ronald Reagan Blvd. Bridge Closure
Beginning on Monday, May 3 at 8 a.m., the existing Ronald Reagan Boulevard bridge at I-35 in Williamson County will be closed to traffic, weather permitting. This closure will allow crews to complete the paving of the northbound and southbound I-35 frontage roads, and prepare the bridge for demolition and ultimate reconstruction.
To accommodate this work, northbound I-35 traffic wishing to go westbound on Ronald Reagan Boulevard will detour to the frontage road via exit (#274) and U-turn at the Bud Stockton Loop intersection to head southbound to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. Southbound I-35 traffic wishing to access CR 311 will use exit (#270) and U-turn at the CR 143 intersection and head northbound to CR 311. (See attached detour map.) Road signs have been placed to alert drivers of the upcoming closures.
The closure and detour will remain in place until June, when the newly constructed eastbound bridge will open to two-way traffic while the westbound bridge is under construction.
The I-35 at Ronald Reagan Boulevard project includes replacing the existing two-way Ronald Reagan Boulevard bridge with new eastbound and westbound bridges. The project will also realign Ronald Reagan Boulevard and CR 311 to connect to the new bridges. Both bridges will accommodate one travel lane, a bike lane and 6-foot sidewalk. This $12.3 million project is anticipated to be complete in late 2021.
To learn more about the I-35 at Ronald Reagan Boulevard project, visit My35Construction.org.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrollment Days
Packet Pick-up is May 3-7 at Igo and Jarrell Elementary. All paperwork should be completed at home. Call your child's school and set up an appointment at Igo Elementary on May 18 from 2-7 p.m. and Jarrell Elementary on May 19 from 2-7 p.m. Only completed packets with all of the required documentation will get processed during scheduled appointments.
Class of 2021 Graduation Information
The 2021 Jarrell High School graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Each senior will receive 4 guest tickets for graduation. The ceremony will be livestreamed to allow others to view it online. Seniors must have a cap and gown to attend. Email Sharon.Loyd@jarrellisd.org if you do not have your cap and gown. All seniors must complete the check-out process to receive their guest tickets. Check-out will be May 19-21 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. Chromebooks and library books must be returned by this time and all fines paid.
Class of 2021 Website
Two-Way Dual Language Program: Opportunities for children to become bilingual, bicultural, biliterate
Contact Esmeralda.Espericueta@jarrellisd.org for more information about this great program.
Scholarship Database Available for Seniors
Register Today! Healthy Kids Running Series
Summer Meal Program Begins June 1
Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow and thrive — even when school is outWith the Summer Meal Programs, children and teens ages 18 and younger, and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old can continue to eat healthy throughout the summer at no cost.
No form of identification is required, kids simply show up. Meal service begins June 1, the meal site will be Igo Elementary.
We will be serving breakfast & lunch for Summer School/Summer Feeding serving breakfast from 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and lunch service from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- May 1 - Election Day
- May 19 - Board of Trustees Meeting, Admin Annex, 6:30 p.m.
- May 26 - 8th Grade Promotion, JMS Gym, 6 p.m.,
- May 27 - Last Day of School
- May 27 - Graduation, Cougar Stadium, 8 p.m. (capacity limit = four guests per graduate)
- May 31 - Memorial Day
- June 1 - Summer Meal Program Begins