JCMS Newsletter

September 21-25

General News From JCMS

  • College Go Week - this week is College Go Week. Each day will have a theme and we encourage students to participate both by what they wear and the activities that we will have during school. Tuesday is "College Team Day" - Wear the college logo, gear or school colors for your favorite college team! Wednesday is Career Day - Dress for the job you would like to have when you grow up. Thursday is Dress for Success Day - Wear your job interview best. Friday is Hat Day - Wear a hat with your teams logo or colors ($1 donation to wear hats).

  • JCMS Technology Club - This club will start meeting on September 28th from 3:15-4:00pm. See Mrs. Donnell for more information.

  • Panther Print - Applications are now being taken for the Panther Print Newspaper Staff. Pick up an application in Rm 137 or 136. This club is open to all 7th and 8th grade students. Applications are due back by Friday October 2nd.

  • Book Fees - all book fees are due by September 30th. Please contact Debbie Andis in the main office if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - These will be held at JCMS on October 7th and 8th from 4:00-7:00pm. The purpose of these conferences is to talk with teachers individually and privately about your students progress. More information will be coming out in the next few weeks.

  • Upcoming Dates -October 2 is end of 1st Quarter. October 12-16 is Fall Break

From the Guidance Office

College Go Week

This week is College GO! Week at JCMS. The purpose of the statewide event is to help Hoosiers plan for education beyond high school. For grades 7-8, College GO! Week helps students answer these questions: Why does my high school diploma matter? What kind of college degree is right for me and my career goals.

Jennings County Middle School will celebrate College GO! Week with a contest and activities designed to foster a desire to learn more about college, and to encourage students to plan now for some type of post-secondary education. Middle school is definitely not too early to start thinking about college. Doing well in middle school classes provides a strong foundation for the high school courses students will need to take to be prepared for college. And the sooner students and their families learn about and start saving for college, the more choices they will have later. Never count out college because you think the cost of college is too high or won’t fit in your budget. The actual cost to students is rarely the “sticker price” since there are many ways that the state and federal governments, and colleges and universities, provide support with grants, scholarships, and loans to help students and families pay. In fact, on average more than 8 out of 10 students receive financial aid to help pay for college.

One option available only to 7th and 8th grade students in Indiana is the 21st Century Scholar program. This is a needs- and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university. Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll only during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities. Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship. JCMS students will be given 21st Century Scholar applications this week during College GO! Week festivities. Their team will earn points for bringing back the completed application. This is a great opportunity for kids, and can be worth thousands and thousands of dollars to you. Please take a few moments to ask your student about it, or check out the 21st Century Scholar website at