Cougar Community Newsletter

February 21, 2022

22-23 Academic Calendar

Click here to see next year's academic calendar.

A Message from Dr. Hicks

Hello Cougars,

Happy President's Day. The federal holiday celebrates George Washington and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays and serves as an excellent reminder to honor those who have led our country. It takes passion and dedication to be a leader and we're fortunate to have a team of educators in our school district who possess these qualities.

If you look at the past week, cougar nation has a lot of reasons to smile. Two of our basketball teams made it to the playoffs. The Lady Cougars played Friday night and though the game didn't end as we wanted, we are proud to call them Cougars and Bi-District Champions. This Tuesday, the boys' basketball team has its playoff game at Eastview High School in Georgetown against Manor New Tech. Please join us in cheering them on to victory. Be there, wear blue, and get loud!

Classroom highlights include: Jarrell High School students launched their daily video announcements. These videos will be published on the JHS website for parents and students to view. Soon each school will have published video announcements led by our students. Another way to share the great things happening daily at our campuses. Elementary school highlights our students who were recognized for their confidence and perseverance during the Early Act First Knight Ceremony. Way to go, students. We are proud of you. And lastly, a big Cougar shout out to Jarrell Middle School for implementing teaching techniques to close the learning gap due to the covid slide. Here's the link to the story that was on CBS news

For some housekeeping items, the board approved the 22-23 Academic Calendar at Wednesday's school board meeting. The calendar is posted above. The board also recognized from each campus students for their academic accomplishments and leadership skills and campus staff for going above and beyond in encouraging and supporting staff and students.

Your proud superintendent,

Dr. Toni Hicks

Board Briefs

The JISD Board of Trustees met for its regularly scheduled meeting on February 16, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting started with a beautiful celebration of Cougar Champions.

Photos are below of our students recognized for their outstanding work in and outside the classroom. The board also recognized Jarrell High School's FFA Chapter students for their winning performances at the Williamson County Livestock Show. Photos are below.

The Board unanimously approved the consent agenda:

  • Minutes from previous meetings
  • Budget Amendment
  • Financial Reports
  • Check Register
  • Principal's Report
  • Enrollment Report

The Board approved:

  • The academic calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • The 2021 Bond 1916 Building Remodel Schematic Design.
  • Bond bids for the improvements at the high school athletics parking lots and stormwater improvements.

The board adjourned to a closed session to discuss personnel issues, consulting with legal counsel about the redistricting process for Trustee Single Member districts due to a shift in population.

The next regular Board meeting is on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Admin Annex.

Student Recognition

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Kenneth Leverett Recognition

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The board also recognized Kenneth Leverett for his service to Jarrell ISD. Mr. Leverett represented Place 4 from December 2019 until he resigned in December 2021. Unfortunately, Mr. Leverett passed away earlier this month. His family was there to accept a plaque and certificate in Mr. Leverett's honor.

February 22 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 22 is a staff development day, so don't forget to thank your bus driver and thank them for all they do when you see them on Wednesday morning.
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Jarrell Cougars Bi-District Playoff Game

Tuesday, February 22, the boys' basketball team has its first playoff game against Manor New Tech. The game will be played at Eastview High School in Georgetown. It starts at 7:00 pm.
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February - Looking Ahead

February is Black History and CTE Month

February 21 - Presidents Day (Student/Staff Holiday - No School)

February 21 - National FFA Week

February 22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 22 - Staff Development Day (Student Holiday - No School)

February 22 - Cougars Basketball Bi-District Playoff Game

February 22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Counselor Canine Assistant

Meet Molly! Jarrell Middle School counselor Korin Hardt hopes to use this cute pup as a canine counselor in the future.
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Board of Trustee Application

The Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees are seeking applicants to fill Place 4. Kenneth Leverett resigned in December 2021.

The Board will appoint a person to this position. To be considered fill out this application. You can read additional information by visiting our election webpage.

Jarrell ISD Job Fair

We're Hiring!

Thursday, March 3rd, 5:45pm

1601 County Road 314

Jarrell, TX

We're hiring for all positions. Click on the this link to view our job openings.

ICYMI: Jarrell ISD Increased Pay Rates for Guest Teachers (Substitutes)

Jarrell ISD has new pay rates for our Guest Teachers (Substitutes)

Here are the new rates:

Any position any length of time is $120.

A Certified Teacher/RN in Texas is $130.

Comparing our neighboring school districts, Jarrell ISD pays the most for a Texas Certified Teacher/RN.

Click here to apply.

Jarrell ISD Wants to Hear from You!

Our school district is strengthened by the support and feedback we receive from our parents and community members. If you have comments, questions, or concerns, we welcome and encourage you to contact us.

Jarrell ISD is proud to have teams of experts, including teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, and nurses, who are happy to listen, work with you, and seek solutions for your child.

Jarrell ISD Contact Information

Jarrell Elementary 512-746-2170

Igo Elementary 512-746-4805

Jarrell Middle School 512-746-4180

Jarrell High School 512-746-2188

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 2,800 students. Enrollment is projected to double in the next 10 years
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