Jaguar News

Friday, November 5, 2021

Dear Gentry Families,

After sacrificing an hour in the spring, it is once again that time of year for us to reclaim that hour back. Daylight saving time will conclude this Sunday, Nov 7th. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour.

Not only does "fall back" November bring us a time change, but it also ushers in basketball season. Consider spending an evening with us this fall at one of our home basketball games. Our season openers start next week with our 7th grade girls taking on Lange at 6:00 pm on Monday, 11/8 followed by our 8th grade boys taking on Lange at 6:00 pm on 11/9. Enjoy your weekend AND the additional hour of sleep!

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School Not in Session

School will not be in session on Friday, November 12th due to a teacher work day.

Wear a Mask and Bring a Spare!

Please remind your student to ALWAYS wear a mask to school AND pack a spare in their backpack too! Thank you for helping us finish strong!

Conferences on November 9 and 10- Hope to See You There!

All conferences will be held by appointment only. At this point, you should have received an email from your child's teachers with available conference dates and times. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at 214-2340.
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Attention 7th Grade Parents

Seventh grade parent/teacher conferences are November 9th and 10th. If you would like to meet with a 7th grade teacher or multiple teachers for your conference, please sign up by using the links below. If you would like an email summery about your child in lieu of a conference, email Please pay close attention as to the type of conference you are signing up for below. Note that we are offering Zoom meetings (from 3:00 to 4:30) and in-person (from 4:30-5:00 and 5:30-6:30).

Tuesday 11/9:

Wednesday 11/10:

2021 Gentry Winter Spirit Store

Looking for some good holiday gift giving ideas? Visit our GMS Spirit Store! Store closes on Sunday, November 14 at midnight.

Kindness Campaign- Food Drive

This week's RTI lessons focused on our Kindness Campaign. Our guidance department is spearheading this campaign in an effort to spread kindness throughout the school. In conjunction with these lessons, they will also be hosting a food drive on Monday, November 8-11. They are specifically in need of non-perishable "snack" items including popcorn, granola bars, Pop-Tarts, chip bags, crackers, pretzels or fruit snacks, to name a few. To add a little friendly competition into the mix, they will be having a grade level challenge to see which grade can collect the most snack items. Students can bring their snack items into school anytime next week and drop them into their grade specific collection bin. Go Jaguars!

November Secondary School Lunch Menu

Click here to see the secondary school lunch menu for November.

Media Center Minute

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 8-11! Students are so excited to have the book fair return this year. If you are thinking about books for holiday gifts we will have many available at our fair. The Book Fair will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences on November 9-10. Students will be given the opportunity to purchase books during the week as well.

Check out this link to our book fair page. You might want to use eWallet to provide your student with some money for the book fair. You can do that via the book fair page. You can also send money to school with them on Thursday and they can purchase books during lunch.

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In Time for The Holidays

Help the Gentry Middle School PTSA replenish their reserve funds. The pandemic was hard on everyone last year- including the PTSA. These reserve funds will be used to support this year's activities such as: Teacher Appreciation Week, teacher meals during parent teacher conferences, field trips and the Children's Literature Festival to name a few.

HoneyBaked Ham, Co. will donate 20% of all gift cards sold to GMS. Thinking of spending less time in the kitchen this holiday season? Think HoneyBaked Ham gift card! Pondering holiday gifts? Think HoneyBaked Ham gift cards! Considering what to serve for your holiday meal? Think HoneyBaked Ham gift card! It's a win-win for everyone. Click here for further details and to place an order anytime between now and January 8, 2022. Thanks for your support!

Free COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Offered at Gentry- December 3

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of children in Boone County ages 5-17 have become sick with the virus that causes COVID-19, some even requiring hospitalization. Getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect them from this potentially serious virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all people 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services is offering the free COVID-19 vaccine at Boone County schools. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for all children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our vaccine clinic will be held at Gentry on Friday, December 3. If you decide not to vaccinate, or if you do not return the required permission form (link below) to the school, the free COVID-19 vaccine will NOT be given to your child at school. The opportunity to get your child vaccinated is encouraged but not mandatory. This vaccine is free.

If you have questions about the vaccine clinic, please contact the GMS school nurse (Jennifer Ferguson at 214-3246). If you have specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccine you may reach Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services at Children who do not get the vaccine at school may receive free COVID-19 vaccines at one of the many vaccinators in Boone County found at


Stephanie K. Browning, Director

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services

GMS Basketball Game Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for basketball games are $3 for adults and $2 for students. If your student plays on one of our basketball teams and you will be frequenting most games, you may want to consider purchasing a Family Athletic Pass. You can purchase this pass at the GMS Main Office or at our ticket gate on every home game day. This pass costs $50 and will admit a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) into each CPS game (both home and away). Tournaments and out of town games are excluded. The best part about purchasing this pass at Gentry is that all of the money that is collected from the sale of these passes stays right here at GMS and goes to support GMS athletics. Go Jaguars!
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Gentry Read-a-Thon

Gentry Middle School has decided to hold a Read-a-thon this year! Read-a-thons actually get your reader excited about reading and it gives friends and family the opportunity to encourage your child to read even more. Our Read-a-thon starts Monday November 22, 2021.

About one week before our Read-a-thon starts we will send home instructions on how to activate your reader's personal page. This is where you will be able to view and record their progress.

We've chosen Read-a-thon because it will not take much of your time, gives your child a reason to read and helps in the development of stronger reading skills. We hope EVERYONE participates.


If you plan on attending conferences in person next week, please take a quick minute to stop by our lost-n-found area located in the cafetorium and check out all of the items that have been recovered, but have yet to be claimed. Smaller, more valuable items are stored in the office.

Spirit Day Photos- Go Jaguars!

Future Dates to Remember

11/9 and 11/10- Parent Teacher Conferences- By Appointment Only

11/10- 6th Grade Band Concert @ 7:00 pm

11/8-11/11- Kindness Campaign Food Drive

11/8-11/11- Scholastic Book Fair- TBD

11/12- School Not in Session Due to a Teacher Work Day

11/17- PTSA Meeting/Media Center @ 6:00 pm

11/18- Interim Progress Reports Available on Home Access

11/22-12/6- Read-a-thon Begins

11/24-11/26- School Not in Session Due to Thanksgiving Break