Cougar Newsletter

September 3, 2021

Official Jarrell ISD Brand
COVID-19: Back-to-School Plan

For latest protocols based on guidance from the Texas Education Agency

COVID-19 Dashboard

Updated statistics on positive cases

A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks

We wrapped up another incredible week in Jarrell ISD! Volleyball played great on Tuesday taking home the win, football had another stellar performance last night winning 70-0 against Austin Travis, and cross country performed very well Friday morning in Temple taking home several medals in our division. Our band and cheerleaders turned up the spirit dial with setting the stage in song and cheers. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our students in action. Your support goes a long way.


On the heels of these recent student achievements, it is with great pride I share with you the Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees approved official brand standards for the district on Wednesday. You can view them here. This brand standard honors the “hooked” JC that has been synonymous with our district for years. It also identifies four official colors -- Jarrell Blue, white, black and two shades of grey for contrast -- and an image of a cougar in profile.


These brand standards symbolize the pride we have in our community. As a AAAA district, we applaud our School Board for recognizing the importance of uniquely distinguishing our district and establishing our district’s identity. And we thank our architects at Huckabee for creating these assets for us at no cost.


It is always a pleasure to share with you milestones for the district, highlights from the week, and especially achievements of our students and staff. Please enjoy this week’s newsletter and have a safe and enjoyable three-day weekend.


Cougar proud,


Toni Hicks

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The Jarrell High School volleyball team defeated Lampasas on Tuesday. Congratulations! The Cougars play Rogers tonight, and we are cheering for them!
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Go Cougars! The Cougars picked up another big win last night, defeating Austin Travis 70-0!

Save-the-Date: Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally - October 13

PARADE

Jarrell High School is hosting a homecoming parade Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The parade will start at Jarrell Middle School and end at Jarrell High School. Wear your blue and cheer on the Cougars!

Interested in entering the parade? Email: jenny.arnold85@yahoo.com or Jess_bolyard@yahoo.com.


COMMUNITY HOMECOMING PEP RALLY

Jarrell High School is hosting a homecoming pep rally at 7:30 p.m at Cougar Stadium following the parade. It will be a wonderful event. We hope to see you there!

Igo and Jarrell Elementary Schools Host Grandparents Day Events September 10

Jarrell ISD is pleased to invite grandparents and grandparent figures to eat lunch at Jarrell Elementary or at Igo Elementary with their students on Friday, September 10. Please contact your child's campus for more information.

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The Jarrell High School volleyball team started the morning off with positive affirmations from their biggest fans, Wyatt and Malachi! #paintjarrellblue
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Cross Country Competes in Temple

It was a great day at the ProFit XC Meet in Temple. Jasmine Benavidez finished 9th in a super competitive 1A-4A division and Mason Dotson finished 15th. All of the other kids worked hard and had great days as well.

Staff Spotlight - Bradley Louder and Ashley Louder

Jarrell ISD Staff Spotlight - Bradley Louder and Ashley Louder

Family Health Clinic to Open September 7

The Family Health Center at Jarrell ISD is scheduled to open September 7. The Family Health Center is located at 301 East Avenue F. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Children, adults, and families are welcome! Schedule an appointment for family health care; substance use services; behavioral health services; 24-hour crisis care.


Appointments: 844-309-6385

24/7 crisis hotline: 800-841-1255.


The clinic offers scheduled and walk-in appointments for anyone regardless of their insurance status. The cost of services will be charged on a sliding fee scale based on the ability to pay. Built on a commitment to expand access to health care, the Family Health Center at Jarrell ISD will offer medical examinations for illnesses, infections, colds, and flu as well as immunizations and sports physicals. Specialty care including psychiatric evaluations, medication reviews, counseling, and care coordination will also be available.

Student Absences for COVID-19 and Class Credit

The Jarrell ISD Student Handbook (page 34) states, "To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit or a final grade lost because of absences."

Jarrell ISD administrators understand the COVID-19 pandemic may place students and families in very difficult circumstances. The health and safety of our students remain our top priority. We do not want students to jeopardize themselves or others by attending school when they are sick because they are concerned about missing too much school. Therefore, if your child contracts COVID-19 and must miss 10 days of school for quarantine, students and parents are encouraged to work with their campus administration. An attendance committee will meet to determine if your student has mastered the class material. If your student demonstrates mastery of the class, the time missed due to COVID-19 will not impact his or her ability to receive full credit for the class. This applies to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Please know our path forward regarding attendance during the pandemic is subject to change pending new legislation or guidance from the Texas Education Agency.

How Parents Can Help Ease Traffic Congestion at Jarrell and Igo Elementary Campuses

Jarrell ISD is aware of the traffic concerns around Jarrell Elementary and Igo Elementary. Staff members are working on processes to ease the high traffic congestion during drop-off and pick-up.

We understand it takes a few weeks to establish and maintain the routine. Thank you for arriving at school on time and helping your child start the day right. Instruction begins at 7:30 a.m. This means if you arrive at school after 7:30 a.m., your child will be marked tardy. Three tardies equal one absence.

To help further streamline processes, please consider the following morning and afternoon procedures for each campus. Read more about these processes.

Online Payments Made Easy Through RevTrak

For the convenience of our families payments for student fees are now online through RevTrak. Please do not send cash with your student.

Important: Complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application


Children need healthy and nutritious meals to learn and grow. Jarrell ISD is proud to offer healthy meals every school day. Students must reapply each school year to receive free-and reduced-price meal benefits. Households eligible for free and reduced-price benefits may be eligible for additional benefits from the state.



Jarrell ISD uses online free and reduced applications exclusively to determine eligibility for the 2021-2022 school year.

Complete the application:

https://www.jarrellisd.org/.../free_reduced_meal_application



For more information regarding the online application system, please contact Food Services at 512-746-2124 x 4410.



Information gathered on the application affects the following:

• Waivers for college entrance exams, such as SAT and ACT

• Waivers for Advanced Placement fees

• Waivers for college applications

• Accountability

• Title I and College, Career, Military Readiness funding

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Happy Wednesday, Cougars! Today is the first day of September. There are many opportunities to celebrate, honor, and reflect this month.

***Don't forget, Monday, Sept. 6 is Labor Day. Jarrell ISD schools and offices will be closed.***

Upcoming Events

Sept. 6 - Labor Day/Schools and offices closed

Sept. 10 - Grandparents Day Luncheons at Igo ES and Jarrell ES

Sept. 15 - Jarrell ISD Board of Trustee Meeting, Admin Annex, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 - Igo ES Open House and Jarrell ES Open House

Oct. 6 - Jarrell ISD Board of Trustee Meeting, Admin Annex, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 & 12 - Student Holiday/ Staff Professional Development

Oct. 13 - PSAT Administered to all 10th and 11th Grade and SAT administered to all 12th grade

Oct. 13 - Homecoming Parade 7 p.m. and Community Pep Rally 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 - Homecoming Football Game

Nov. 22-26 - Student & Staff Holidays

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.

Got celebrations to share? Send them to communications@jarrellisd.org. Thank you!

We are proud to showcase excellent students and staff. To see more, follow us on Twitter @hicksJISD ; @Jarrell_ISD; @JES_cougars; @IEScougars; @jarrell_ms; and @JarrellHS.