Cougar Community Newsletter
October 1, 2021
For latest protocols based on guidance from the Texas Education Agency
A message from Toni Hicks, Ed.D.
October is Bullying Prevention Month. Our goal is for our schools to be safe and welcoming environments for everyone, students and staff alike. That's why Jarrell ISD takes a multipronged approach in our safety measures.
Thanks to the 2021 voter-approved bond, Jarrell High School is in the final stages of installing a new state-of-the-art security camera system. The camera system will also be added in phases at Jarrell Middle School, Jarrell Elementary and Igo Elementary and the new elementary school when it comes online. Providing us with more surveillance of our campuses than ever before, this system will be a valuable safety asset to our school community moving forward.
I also want to remind everyone about the Anonymous Alerts reporting system we launched in August. Anonymous Alerts helps combat negative activity, including bullying and vandalism, in schools by empowering students to speak up without identifying themselves. Reports may be submitted online or from the Anonymous Alerts app on a phone. And, anyone can use it -- students, parents, or community members. The more eyes and ears we have alerting us to negative behavior, the quicker we can act on it.
Switching gears slightly: the issues surrounding viral social media content continue to be a hot topic in schools across the country. In fact, we are learning that the next TikTok “challenge” for October is calling on young people to “slap a staff member,” and it is as alarming as it is offensive.
Parents, please have conversations with your students, and students, please talk to your friends, about the serious implications of these social media challenges. Students who engage in these behaviors may face both disciplinary consequences and potential criminal charges. Let me be clear: slapping a school district staff member, whether in the face or on any part of their body, is a criminal offense and considered an assault on a public servant.
We have great kids here in Jarrell ISD and most would never consider engaging in this abhorrent behavior because they respect staff and understand the serious ramifications that could come from making such a poor decision. With that being said, the pressures of social media and its influence on young people should not be ignored.
We all must work together to ensure our campuses are focused on success for all.
Thank you for your support.
Toni Hicks, Ed.D.
Our second grade students in Mrs. Massar’s class we’re creating self- portraits today!
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Dr. Hicks and Dr. Green explore opportunities for collaboration with community stakeholders.
Jarrell High School students took advantage of the Fresh Culinary Creations Food Truck that visited their campus this week.
The Lady Cougar Volleyball team had a clean sweep in Taylor this week.
Congratulations to Jarrell Middle School HERO raffle winners
Alex Lane and Alyssa Thompson.
Important News and Information for Families
Informational Meeting for Area Realtors on October 5
More and more families are choosing to make Jarrell ISD their home. In our ongoing efforts to build meaningful partnerships, Jarrell ISD is inviting local realtors interested in learning more about the district to a meeting on Tuesday, October 5 at 2 p.m. at 508 N. 5th Street in Jarrell. If you are a realtor and are interested in attending this meeting RSVP here.
Sign Up to Volunteer in Jarrell ISD
NEXT WEEK FFA Fundraiser: Pet Clinic
The Jarrell FFA is hosting a Pet Clinic Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 5-7 p.m. Masks are recommended.
Rabies: Dogs and Cats - $5
Dog Vaccines: DHLP/Parvo/Corona - $15
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) - $10
Cat Vaccines: PRCC/Feluk - $15
Complete Yearly Vaccine - $20
Also Available: rattlesnake and flu vaccines for $25 each Flea and Heartworm prevention will be available as well. For more information, email: email@example.com
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Jarrell FFA chapter.
NEXT WEEK: National Night Out
National Night Out builds police and community partnerships. Join Jarrell Police Department on Tuesday, October 5 from 5-8 p.m. at The Granary (110 West Avenue L in Jarrell). Join us for fun, food, music, games, and giveaways. Let's build safer communities together.
COMING SOON: Healthy Kids Running Series
- Kickoff Sunday, October 24th
- Breaking for Halloween
- Week 2 Sunday, November 7th
- Week 3 Sunday, November 14th
- Week 4 Sunday, November, 21st
- Breaking for Thanksgiving
- Finale Sunday, December 5th
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Oct. 2 - National Custodian Day
Oct. 3-9 - Fire Prevention Week
Oct. 4 - Child Health Day
Oct. 5 - National Night Out with Jarrell Police Department
Oct. 6 - International Walk to School Day
Oct. 6 - Jarrell ISD Board of Trustee Meeting, High School Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 & 12 - Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development
Oct. 11-15 National School Lunch Week
Oct. 11 & 12 - Student Holiday/ Staff Professional Development
Oct. 12 - Columbus Day/Discoverers’/Indigenous People’s Day
Oct. 13 - PSAT Administered to all 10th and 11th Grade and SAT administered to all 12th grade
Oct. 13 - Texas Educational Human Resource Day
Oct. 13 - Jarrell High School Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally
Oct. 13 - Homecoming Parade 7 p.m. and Community Pep Rally 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 - Homecoming Football Game, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 - National Boss's Day
Oct. 15 - Jarrell High School Homecoming
Oct. 18-22 - National School Bus Safety Week
Oct. 23-31 - Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 24 - Healthy Kids Running Series Begins
Oct. 27 - Jarrell ISD Board of Trustee Meeting, Admin Annex, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 22-26 - Student & Staff Holidays
Jarrell ISD is consolidating flyers for local organizations and posting them on our website. If you would like to post a flyer, please email Jennifer.Bailey@jarrellisd.org.