JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - January 31, 2022

A Message from Principal Blair

JMS Families,

Friday of last week marked the completion of our 21st week of school. Throughout that time, classroom teachers have provided initial instruction on approximately 75% of their scope and sequence. If your child has missed several days of instruction this year, please reach out to Team Leaders to create a schedule for accelerated instruction. It can be as simple as 1-2 days per week for 30 minutes.

6th Grade Team Lead

Keila Butler

7th Grade Team Lead

Shelby Poteet

8th Grade Team Lead

Stefon Andrews


1/31 - 8th Grade RLA

2/1 - 7th Grade Science

2/2 - 6th Grade Math

2/3 - 8th Grade Science

2/4 - 7th Grade RLA & 6th Grade Science

The JHS/JMS Course Selection Guide is now live on the district website. The course catalog will continue to have updates; be sure to refer to the live link for the most accurate information. Our students will soon make course selections for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, please review the registration timeline included in this week's edition.

At the December meeting, our School Board approved revisions to our Academic Calendar. Please review the most current version here.

Units of Study @ JMS This Week

6th Grade

Reading Language Arts - Analyzing & Composing Informational Text

Math - Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities

Advanced Math - Multiple Representations

Science - Plate Tectonics

Social Studies - Studying Europe

7th Grade

Reading Language Arts - Analyzing & Composing Informational Text

Math - Measurement with 2-D Figures

Advanced Math - Pythagorean Theorem

Science - Body Systems

Social Studies - Cotton, Cattle, & Railroads

8th Grade

Reading Language Arts - Analyzing & Composing Informational Text

Math - 2D Figures & Transformations

Algebra I - Factoring

Science - Components of the Universe

Social Studies - Industrial Revolution

This Week @ JMS

Monday, January 31st

  • RTI Sessions Begin
  • JHS Counselors visit 8th Grade classrooms

Tuesday, February 1st

  • NJHS Meeting @ 7:15 AM
  • Color Guard Club 5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 2nd

  • Health Clinic Ribbon Cutting 5:30 PM
  • Anime Club 4:00 PM

Thursday, February 3rd

  • JMS Choir to IGO & JES 8:00-11:00 AM
  • HERO Store during lunches
  • Home Boys Basketball vs. Lampasas
  • Girls Basketball @ Lampasas

Saturday, February 5th

  • Saturday School 8:00-12:00

RTI & Enrichment Sessions!

RTI sessions begin Monday, January 31st. These sessions will focus on targeted skills in math and/or reading based on your child’s specific needs. If your child was selected to attend, you should have received a letter last week, along with a text message from Talking Points. These sessions will continue for 6 weeks with an end date of March 10, for a total of 6 sessions.
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Attendance Matters!

Our campus and district attendance goal is 97%. We understand illness is going around and want your child to stay home, get well, and rest! If your child is well, please make sure they are on time for school!

6th Grade - 91.9% (Up 2%)

7th Grade - 93.0% (Up 4%)

8th Grade - 94.5% (Up 6%)

Library Notes & Tech Tips from Mrs. Martone

This month the JMS library is celebrating Black History Month! Students will have the opportunity to learn about the history of this month-long celebration as well as check out books from our two library book displays.

Looking for more information on Black History Month? The Library of Congress' Black History Month website has a variety of resources including exhibits and collections from The National Museum of African American History and Culture!

Upcoming Events!

Monday, February 7th

  • Gaming Club 4:00 PM
  • Home Boys Basketball vs. Salado
  • Girls Basketball @ Salado

Tuesday, February 8th

  • NJHS Meeting 7:15 AM
  • Puzzle Club 4:00 PM
  • Color Guard Club 5:00 PM
  • Rising 6th Grade Parent Information Meeting 6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 9th

  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • Rising 6th Grade Scheduling at JES
  • Spanish Club 4:00 PM
  • Anime Club 4:00 PM

Friday, February 11th

  • Rising 6th Grade Scheduling at IGO
  • End of 6th Week Progress Reports

Saturday, February 12th

  • Saturday School 8:00-12:00
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JMS Office Staff

Kelly Blair, Principal

Daren Childs, Assistant Principal

Brad Louder, Dean of Students

Korin Hardt, Counselor

Leasa Arms, Counselor

Mandy Crane, Admin Assistant

Betty Peralta, Registrar

Patricia Esquivel, Attendance Clerk