Cougar Champions

Community Newsletter - January 14, 2021

A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks

Snow Day and Celebrations

Hello, Cougar Nation!


Jarrell ISD is home to the best staff! I am so proud of how staff have modeled learning and adapting for our students and families. I shared a similar message with the staff at Jarrell Middle School when I stopped by their faculty meeting yesterday.


Our staff again showed their ability to adapt during our recent snow day. Didn't that make for a fun memory? I even attempted to make a snow angel at my house.


Here are a few exciting things happening in the district:


  • Jarrell Elementary just enrolled its 500th student and, any day now, Igo Elementary will enroll its 750th student!
  • Our Facilities Planning Committee met for a final time on Tuesday. At the Board meeting next week, representatives from the committee will share with the trustees their finalized recommendations. We appreciate the time and energy our Facilities Planning Committee volunteers have invested into this important effort.
  • The district is seeking volunteers for our long-range planning committee. This committee will develop the vision that will guide our future bond planning process. The first meeting is Jan. 28. Email celeste.schwertner@jarrellisd.org if you are interested.


Have a great week!

Go Cougars!


Dr. Toni Hicks

Celebrating Cougar Champions

Staff Shout Out!

Shout out to Anne Dundas, secondary instructional coach, for presenting the work of the Facilities Planning Committee to the Board of Trustees at the Dec. 16 meeting. Dr. Hicks thanked Ms. Dundas at the Jan. 12 Facilities Planning Committee.

Jersey Retirement Ceremony for Breanna Wright

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Above: Jarrell High School retired the jersey for graduate and basketball superstar Breanna Wright!
We are proud to showcase excellent students and staff. To see more, follow us on Twitter @hicksJISD ; @Jarrell_ISD; @JES_campus; @IEScougars; @jarrell_ms; and @JarrellHS.

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

School Holiday - January 18

On Monday, January 18, Jarrell ISD schools and offices will be closed in recognition of MLK Day.


Please see the Staff Duty Calendars for more information.

JEF Grant Window Open Jan. 15 - Feb. 26

The Jarrell Education Foundation teacher grant application window opens tomorrow. Completed applications must be submitted to Vanessa Ashcraft by Friday, Feb. 26 by 4:30 p.m. Learn more. Grants will be awarded later this spring.

Important Bus Information

The Jarrell ISD Transportation Department is reminding families that students must wear masks at all times while riding the bus. Masks must cover the nose and mouth at all times. Students must also have their SMART Tags ready to board the bus. To keep our buses on schedule, please make sure students are at the bus stop when the bus arrives. We appreciate your cooperation.

Campuses Share Reminders about Health and Safety Procedures

Jarrell ISD principals are sharing messages to remind students about safety precautions. Click on the links below to watch these brief videos.



We thank Mr. James Larremore, Mr. Jeremy Hill, Ms. Andrea David and Mr. Jack Wilson for making these videos to help keep our students and staff safe and healthy.


Review the Jarrell ISD COVID-19 webpage and "Ready, Set, Learn" Plan for more information.

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"Thank You" to the School Board

This January, Jarrell ISD is celebrating Crystal Phalen, Board President, Jenny Arnold, Vice President, Bruce Epstein, Secretary, Troy Clawson, Kenneth Leverett, Tamara Dozier, and Rebecca Kirby for serving our district as members of the Board of Trustees.


Our Board members devote countless hours to the important work of governing the district. We appreciate their hard work and commitment.

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Community Coffee Chat

The community is invited to meet and visit with Dr. Hicks at the upcoming Community Coffee Chat, Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Social Grounds Food Trailer at 110 West Ave. L in Jarrell.



  • January - Board Appreciation Month
  • Jan. 18 - Student/Staff Holiday
  • Jan. 20 - Meeting of the Board of Trustees, 6:30 p.m., Admin Annex
  • Jan. 27 - Community Coffee Chat, 8:30 a.m., Social Grounds Food Trailer

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 2,300 students. Enrollment is projected to double in the next 10 years.