JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - November 29, 2021

A Message from Principal Blair

We are excited to announce the 1st Annual JMS Family Art & Science Night! Join us on Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30, as we host an event including exclusive access to the Book Fair, student artwork showcases, and competitions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. Students can sign up to compete by clicking here!


The 2022 Academic UIL Competition will be held on Saturday, January 29th! Students are encouraged to sign up for multiple events through the link below:

Academic UIL Sign-Up

UIL Practice Schedule

This Week @ JMS

November 29th - December 3rd

Scholastic Book Fair

STAR Ren Testing (Math & Reading)


Monday, November 29th

  • WIN - Grade Checks & Homework
  • Poetry & Gaming Club 4:00 PM


Tuesday, November 30th

  • National Junior Honor Society Meeting 7:15 AM
  • WIN - Character Education Lesson
  • Puzzle Club 4:00 PM


Wednesday, December 1st

  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • Spanish/Anime Club 4:00 PM
  • 1st Annual Family Night - Book, Art, and Science Fair 6:00-7:30 PM


Thursday, December 2nd

  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • Home Boys Basketball vs. Taylor
  • Girls Basketball @ Taylor


Friday, December 3rd

  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • End of 6th Week Grading Cycle


Saturday, December 4th

  • Saturday School 8:00-12:00
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Jarrell Middle School - Teaching and Learning

Check the Year-at-a-Glance below for detailed information about instruction in your child's classroom!

Congratulations to our JMS Staff and Student of the Month

Heather Harris - FAC Instructional Aide

Carla Clegg - Instructional Coach

Bria Faulkner - 8th Grade Student

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The Book Fair is here! Join us for the 1st annual Family Night on Wednesday, December 1st for exclusive access to shop the Book Fair! Scholastic now has a feature called eWallett which allows parents to create an account for their student and add money to the account that can be spent at the book fair. You can set up your student's eWallet here. Thank you for supporting our library!


Check out this Digital Flyer for a sneak peek!

JMS Counselor's Corner

Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.

  • A recent CDC study found that 99% of the e-cigarettes sold in the United States contained nicotine.

  • Some e-cigarette labels do not disclose that they contain nicotine, and some e-cigarettes marketed as containing 0% nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.

  • Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain. The brain keeps developing until about age 25.

  • Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.

  • Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed.

  • Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.

  • Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term. For example, some e-cigarette flavorings may be safe to eat but not to inhale because the gut can process more substances than the lungs.

  • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.

  • Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes. Nationally, approximately 50% of calls to poison control centers for e-cigarettes are for kids 5 years of age or younger.

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Monday, December 6th
  • Social Media Presentation
  • WIN - Grade Checks & Homework
  • Poetry Club 4:00 PM


Tuesday, December 7th

  • WIN - Character Education Lesson
  • Puzzle Club 4:00 PM


Wednesday, December 8th

  • Attendance Challenge Celebration 8:30-10:30 AM
  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • Lunch & Learn with Chief Denney
  • Anime Club 4:00 PM


Thursday, December 9th

  • WIN - Reading Lesson
  • Home Boys Basketball vs. Gateway
  • Winter Choir Concert 6:30 PM


Friday, December 10th

  • WIN - Reading Lesson
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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

Tristyn Lopez, Campus Secretary