Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 16 - December 8, 2017

Dear Families,

If you spend time at Gentry and talk to your students about school, at some point the conversation about how crowded Gentry is will come up. We are excited that our families choose to bring their students here, and very proud of our teachers and staff that, despite the large number of students in the building, make learning happen every day.

However, with the population growth in this part of the city, we know this situation is not sustainable, and we anxiously await for the final green light for the new middle school to be built in order to alleviate our class sizes and the busy gym and cafeteria. Now is more important than ever that, as a community, we send a clear message to the City of Columbia about the urgency to keep the negotiated timeline to build the new middle school.

I would like to invite you to join me at the City Council meeting on January 22, at 7:00 pm, to share how proud we are about how Gentry is making it work with the large amount of students we serve, but also to share the need to build the middle school as soon as possible, so we can continue to teach our kids in a safe and secure environment.

I attach a document from the office of the Superintendent with the new middle school timeline. Please, review it and let me know if you have any questions!


Our students are taking their punctuality really seriously now that there are rewards involved! Our 7th graders won last week with almost half the tardies 6th and 8th graders had! Way to go! We also recognized some individual students in each grade for being on time to all their classes! Please, help me congratulate:

6th Grade

Avary Anderson

Braden Bartlett

7th Grade

Carleigh Snow

Caden Nunamaker

8th Grade

William McAllister

Jordan Bell-Shields

Mr. Drennan and Ms. Kossmann were recognized for having all their students on time as well and they get to wear jeans a day of their choice (which is a big deal for teachers!)

Way to go, Jaguars!

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Media Center Minute

Students continue to report having problems connecting their iPads at home. Please remember that you not only need to connect to your home WIFI, but you need to connect to our server everyday through iBoss. In order to trigger the sign-in box, go to Safari and click on Google. Click here for more information on connecting at home. If you continue to have issues, please visit the media center.

Earbuds Needed

All students need earbuds or headphones to use with their iPads in their classes. Please have these available for your student and remind them to bring them daily!

Spelling Bee

Attention all students: Are you a good speller? Do you think you have what it takes to win the spelling bee? Gentry spelling bee preliminaries are happening now in your English classes. The top spellers will advance to the Gentry all-school Spelling Bee on January 25th. If you'd like to practice some words, Click here for the National Spelling Bee study list.

Debate Boot Camp

If your student is interested in exploring the art of argumentation, Rock Bridge High School is offering a Debate Camp on January 12th and 13th. This camp focuses on challenging students to debate critical topics, teach them skills needed to craft an argument, speak confidently, conduct research, and engage in thoughtful and respectful discussions with their peers.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact the Coach, Mr. Niewoehner (! All grades are welcome!

See flyer below!

2018 Summer Jobs for Columbia Teens

The City of Columbia's Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE) program is once again gearing up to take applications for Summer 2018 employment. The goal of CARE is to ensure that Columbia's youth are ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens. They hire at-risk 14-20 year olds who live in the City of Columbia, MO and/or attend a Columbia, MO school and place them at local businesses, where they gain much needed real-world hands on work experience while getting paid. Trainees' wages are paid for by CARE. To Apply On-Line Click Here (Search on this site for CARE TRADITIONAL Summer Trainee 2018) Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply online as early (as close to December 22) as possible as this is a very popular program and will fill up very quickly. If you have further questions, please call 573-874-6300.

CARE Traditional Summer Program Information

CARE ART GALLERY Summer Trainee Flier

Dates to Remember

December 14 - Choir Concert

December 15 - Choir Caroling Tour

December 19 - Orchestra Concert

December 22 - January 3 - Winter Break

For practices and games check Gentry website!