Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 5 - September 15, 2017

Dear families,

I hope you've been following the great things happening at Gentry in our Twitter account. We have been posting great pictures about Spirit Week and our academic and athletic successes. Our first Pep Rally of the year was a complete success! We hope you are enjoying the school year as much as we are!


This week you received an email from Columbia Public Schools informing you that all students grades 3-12 will be completing a brief student checklist about their experiences with peers, emotions, and social behavior. The information will be used by the school to help support your student’s needs and help them build strong social and emotional skills.

Gentry students will complete the checklist the last week of September. If you have any questions, please check the attached document or contact the office, we will be glad to help you.


Students will receive their Interim Progress Reports today during Advisory Class to take home. Please, contact your student's teachers if you have any questions about their academic performance or behavior. You may also access IPR's on Home Access.

Picture Retake

Picture retakes are scheduled on September 26, 2017. If your student plans on retaking their photo, we must receive the entire picture packet back without them being cut apart or photos missing. Please do not send the photos back before September 26th because students will need to hand it to the photographer on that day.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to retake photos if you are not purchasing photos. You may access information about purchasing photos on our school website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Gentry Office at 573-214-3240.

Riding the Bus with a friend - Reminder

This is a reminder that if your student will ride the bus home with a friend arrangements need to be made in advance, and the student needs to bring a written note to school stating that they have your permission to ride the bus. Please include in your note: the date your child will be riding, who your child will be riding with, and student’s bus number.

We cannot allow students to ride the bus without the written note, therefore a phone call will not suffice for permission. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Reminder About Games

We want to remind you that upon entering a game, individuals are not allowed to leave and re-enter the game. Thanks for your cooperation.

Parent Focus Groups

Since I arrived at Gentry I have spent time meeting with faculty and staff at school to gain a better understanding of the culture of the building. I want to continue my learning by hearing from parents about what works at GMS, what needs some assistance, and what suggestions you have for us.

We will meet on September 21st, October 12th, and October 30th. These meetings will be held in the Gentry Media Center from 6pm-7pm. If you are interested in participating in one of these groups follow the LINK to sign up!

Notes from the Nurse

With the impending cold and flu season, here is a reference from the Columbia Public

Schools student handbook to help you decide if your child should attend school. To

decrease the spread of potential communicable diseases, students exhibiting symptoms of

impeding illness will be sent home from school. Illness/Injury guidelines we follow are:

Students exhibiting the following symptoms will be sent home and/or

should remain at home if they exhibit any of the following:

  • A temperature of 100 degrees or greater
  • Vomiting with associated signs of illness
  • Diarrhea
  • Unusual or unexplained rash
  • Ongoing symptoms of discomfort or immobility from an injury
  • A concerning health condition that may require further medical evaluation

Students may return to school when:

  • Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours
  • Other conditions (rash, injury or health concern) subside or with a provider’s note

REMEMBER; the staff at Gentry are not allowed to dispense Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough

drops or any other medication without a prescription from the doctor, then the medication

must be brought in by an adult. However, Columbia Public Schools middle school

students can carry ONE daily dose (school day) of any over the counter medication as

long as it is in the manufactures original, labeled container.

Thank you for your help in keeping Gentry a healthy and safe environment for all

students and staff.

Dates to Remember

September 15 - Interim Progress Reports

September 19 - National History Day informational meeting @ 6:00pm (EEE)

September 21 - Parent Focus Group @ 6:00pm

September 25 - No School

September 26 - Picture retake day

October 5 & 6 - Science Camp 7B

For practices and games check Gentry website!