JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - February 7, 2022

A Message from Principal Blair

JMS Families,

We are excited to begin a FULL week of school beginning Monday. Hopefully the winter weather is behind us as we approach the Spring season. I don't know about you but I am ready for some warm weather! The Spring semester always seems to fly by with lots of extra-curricular activities, transition planning, and end of year activities.

Tuesday evening, February 8th, we will welcome all Rising 6th Grade Parents & Students to join us for an informational session on the transition to middle school. We will begin at 6:00 PM in the JMS cafeteria. Some topics include:

  • Course Guide Overview
  • Middle School 101
  • Introduce 6th grade core and elective teachers
  • Chrome books & /Social Media​
  • Clubs & extracurricular groups
  • Hero K-12
  • TalkingPoints - Parent Communication
  • Math Homework & Reading requirements


2/7 - 8th Grade Science

2/8 & 2/9 - 6th Grade Math

2/11 - 7th Grade RLA

The JHS/JMS Course Selection Guide is now live on the district website. The course catalog will continue to have updates; be sure to refer to the live link for the most accurate information. Our students will soon make course selections for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, please review the registration timeline included in this week's edition.

At the December meeting, our School Board approved revisions to our Academic Calendar. Please review the most current version here.

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Units of Study @ JMS This Week

6th Grade

Reading Language Arts - Analyzing & Composing Informational Text

Math - Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities

Advanced Math - Multiple Representations

Science - Plate Tectonics

Social Studies - Studying Europe

7th Grade

Reading Language Arts - Analyzing & Composing Informational Text

Math - Measurement with 2-D Figures

Advanced Math - Pythagorean Theorem

Science - Body Systems

Social Studies - Cotton, Cattle, & Railroads

8th Grade

Reading Language Arts - Analyzing & Composing Informational Text

Math - 2D Figures & Transformations

Algebra I - Factoring

Science - Components of the Universe

Social Studies - Industrial Revolution

This Week @ JMS

Monday, February 7th

  • Gaming Club 4:00 PM
  • Home Boys Basketball vs. Salado
  • Girls Basketball @ Salado

Tuesday, February 8th

  • Color Guard Club 5:00 PM
  • Rising 6th Grade Parent Information Meeting 6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 9th

  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • Rising 6th Grade Scheduling at JES
  • Spanish Club 4:00 PM
  • Anime Club 4:00 PM

Thursday, February 10th

  • HERO store open during lunches
(Valentine grams available)

Friday, February 11th

  • Rising 6th Grade Scheduling at IGO

Saturday, February 12th

  • Saturday School 8:00-12:00

Library Notes & Tech Tips from Mrs. Martone

The JMS library is gearing up for our annual March Madness Tournament of Books! Each year, about the same time as that other well-known tournament in March, JMS students have the opportunity to vote for their favorite titles from the Texas Lone Star Reading List! In preparation for the voting, students are encouraged to read the titles from the reading list!

Check out this playlist of book trailers for all of the titles on the list. The tournament will begin on February 28th!

Attendance Matters!

Attendance during the regular school day is IMPROVING! Our campus and district attendance goal is 97%. We understand illness is going around and want your child to stay home, get well, and rest! If your child is well, please make sure they are on time for school!

6th Grade - 95.4% (UP 3.5)

7th Grade - 94.3% (UP 1.3)

8th Grade - 95.5% (UP 1)

RTI & Enrichment Sessions!

RTI sessions continue this coming week. These sessions will focus on targeted skills in math and/or reading based on your child’s specific needs. If your child was selected to attend, you should have received a letter, along with a text message from Talking Points. These sessions will continue for 6 weeks with an end date of March 10, for a total of 6 sessions.

Upcoming Events!

Monday, February 14th

  • Rising 7th & 8th Grade Course Scheduling
  • Valentine Gram deliveries from HERO store

Tuesday, February 15th

  • Rising 7th & 8th Grade Course Scheduling
  • Puzzle Club 4:00 PM
  • Color Guard Club 5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 16th

  • 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR Interim
  • 6th & 7th Grade Rotations
  • Anime Club 4:00 PM
  • PTO Meeting 5:30 PM
  • School Board Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 17th

  • 8th Grade Science STAAR Interim
  • 6th & 7th Grade Rotations

Friday, February 18th

  • Student Holiday/Staff Planning
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JMS Office Staff

Kelly Blair, Principal

Daren Childs, Assistant Principal

Charlotte Mendoza, Administrative Intern

Korin Hardt, Counselor

Leasa Arms, Counselor

Mandy Crane, Admin Assistant

Betty Peralta, Registrar

Patricia Esquivel, Attendance Clerk

We are so thankful to have two outstanding counselors at JMS! This week, we recognize Middle School counselors for all they do for our campus and our students!

Korin Hardt & Leasa Arms