Cougar Community Newsletter

Community Newsletter - March 5, 2021

Board Briefs

At the February 24 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board celebrated students and staff during Cougars Roar (photos below).

  • From Igo Elementary School - Felicity Rodriguez (student) Ashley Allman (staff)

  • From Jarrell Elementary School - Samantha Robinson (student) Terry Kurtz (staff)

  • From Jarrell Middle School - Jayson Price (student) Laura Baker (staff)

  • From Jarrell High School - Steven Jurk (student) and Dr. Maria Garcia (staff)

Jarrell High School Student Athletic Trainers Danna Verastegui and Melissa Tschoerner were also honored for being named Academic All-State.

District Staff Recognition

The Counseling Team was recognized for National School Counseling Week: Diane Klosterman, Heather Mills, Korin Hardt, Maria Garcia, Angela Entrekin, Kaitlyn Watson, Rebecca Taylor, Natasha Smith, Evelyn DeJesus and Laura Buckley.

The Board approved the following items on the consent agenda:

  • Minutes of January 20 and February 3, 2021

  • Budget Amendment

  • Financial Reports

  • Check Register

  • Principals’ Report

  • Enrollment Report - 2,408

The following items were covered during communications:

  • COVID-19 Update

  • Update on the work of the Long Range Committee

  • Discussion Regarding Inclement Weather and Instructional Options

  • The process and timeline for hiring an athletic director

  • Demographic Report presented by Templeton Demographics, Trent Smith

  • Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS) featuring JISD Instructional Coaching Program presented by Dr. Crystal Dockery

  • A Review of policy update 116 presented by Assistant Superintendent Albert Hernandez

The Board approved the following:

  • Taking action to update the Bank Signature Cards as presented by Jarrell ISD CFO Robert Navarro

  • Taking action to finalize retainage documents for the auditorium additions as presented by CFO Robert Navarro

  • A resolution to pay employees during the emergency weather closure as presented by Robert Navarro.

New Positions

The Board also approved the hiring of Pennee Hall as the new executive director of human resources; Dana Newman as a teacher at Igo Elementary, and Elizabeth Richardson as a teacher at Jarrell Elementary, and Mary Henson as an LSSP.

The next meeting of the Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Admin Annex.

Cougar Family Celebrations

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Above: Student of the Month for Jarrell High School - Steven Jurk

Instructional Coaching Program Recognized Statewide

At the Feb. 24 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Crystal Dockery, Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Association of Community Schools, recognized the Jarrell ISD Instructional Coaches. Jarrell ISD’s Instructional Coaching program was featured in the Texas Association of Community Schools Today 2020 magazine, a publication shared with every district in the state of Texas.

See the TACS issue

Baseball and Softball Teams Rack Up Wins


The Jarrell High School Cougars baseball won against Midway, 4-1 The Cougars got things moving in the first inning, when Aden Edgar doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The Cougars pulled away for good with one run in the second inning. In the second Blake Pfitzner singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Luke Payne was credited with the victory for the Cougars. The lefty surrendered one run on three hits over two and a third innings, striking out one. Ramon Rodriguez threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. #15 took the loss for Midway. The hurler lasted four innings, allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out one. The Cougars scattered nine hits in the game. Ty Chase, Edgar, and Pfitzner all collected multiple hits for Cougars. Pfitzner, Edgar, and Chase all had two hits to lead Cougars.


Softball Highlights: Mollie Berumen threw a shutout to lead Jarrell Lady Cougars past Mason 15-0 on Thursday! Sydni Garza helped lead Jarrell Lady Cougars to victory with three walks. Jarrell Lady Cougars got things moving in the first inning, when Jenna Danek drew a walk, scoring one run. Jarrell Lady Cougars put up nine runs in the fourth inning. Jarrell Lady Cougars offense in the inning was led by Reese Sandoval, Berumen, Alaya Quinones-Obregon, Garza, Victoria Romero, and Alyssa Bell, who each had A single by #1 in the first inning was a positive for Mason. Berumen was on the rubber for Jarrell Lady Cougars. The bulldog surrendered zero runs on two hits over three innings, striking out three and walking zero. #17 was in the pitcher's circle for Mason. undefined allowed 13 hits and 15 runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out four. Jarrell Lady Cougars racked up 13 hits on the day. Bell, Sandoval, Jasmine Benavidez, Alexis Leatherwood, and Romero each managed multiple hits for Jarrell Lady Cougars. Romero, Leatherwood, Benavidez, Sandoval, and Bell all had two hits to lead Jarrell Lady Cougars. Jarrell Lady Cougars tore up the base paths, as nine players stole at least two bases. Garza led the way with seven. Jarrell Lady Cougars didn't commit a single error in the field. Danek had the most chances in the field with three. #1 went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Mason in hits. Mason was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. #4 made the most plays with four.

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FCCLA Team Advances to State

Congratulations to the JHS FCCLA team Anthony Alvarado, Sade Padilla, and Luke Payne for qualifying for state with their anti-vaping presentation.

Thanks to the JHS FCCLA Leadership team for your support and best wishes representing JHS at the State Competition in the Spring.

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Community Pulls together to Serve

Jarrell ISD is thankful for the partnership with Community in Schools! Evelyn DeJesus, CIS Site Supervisor, is working with many of our families who were most affected by the winter storm.
We are proud to showcase excellent students and staff. To see more, follow us on Twitter @hicksJISD ; @Jarrell_ISD; @JES_cougars; @IEScougars; @jarrell_ms; and @JarrellHS.

Got celebrations to share? Send them to Thank you!

News and Information

March 12 is a Student Holiday & Staff Planning Day

At the November 18 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board approved amending the 2020-21 Academic Calendar by adding two planning days for staff.

To minimize disruption to students and families, the planning days were scheduled for two dates already marked as early release - Thursday, December 17 and Friday, March 12. Students will not attend school on these days. Staff will use this time to collaborate and prepare.

“We know this is a challenging year for our teaching staff,” Jarrell ISD Superintendent Dr. Toni Hicks said. “One of the top responses of staff in our needs assessment survey was in regard to needing more time to plan. I sincerely appreciate the Board responding to this need and adding these two planning days.”

Need Food Items During Spring Break?

Jarrell ISD is teaming up with Nicole’s Food Pantry, LDS Church and many others to offer sack lunches to JISD Students! When: March 15th 9:00-12:00 and 6:30-8:30p.m.

Where: Nicole’s Food Pantry 237 Miller’s Loop Jarrell, Tx.

Complete the Free- and Reduced-Price Meal Application

Hey Cougars! Have you completed your application for free- or reduced-price meals? It's not too late. Click here to complete the application:

Watch this video to learn more about this important form.

Informational Meeting Set for Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Program

The Jarrell ISD Bilingual Department invites parents of incoming Pre-Kinder and Kinder students to a virtual information session to learn about the dual-language two-way program.

This is an opportunity for your student to participate in a dual language immersion program in Pre-kinder or Kindergarten at Igo Elementary or Jarrell Elementary during the 2021-2022 school year.

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 4:30 P.M.

Please complete this Google Form to request the GoogleMeet Link

Pet Clinic Benefits Jarrell FFA

The Jarrell High School FFA will host a “drive thru” Pet Clinic on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at the front of JHS. Ten people at a time will exit their vehicles to check in and begin the vaccination process. Masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced. See the map for instructions on traffic flow.

Have three or more pets?

Dr. John Tarlton will be providing the following vaccinations:

  • Rabies: Dogs and Cats - $5

  • Dog Vaccines: DHLP/Parvo/Corona - $15

  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) - $10

  • Cat Vaccines: PRCC/Feluk - $15.00

  • Complete Yearly Vaccine - $20

  • Rattlesnake and flu vaccines available for $25 each

  • Flea and Heartworm prevention medication

For more information, email:

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jarrell FFA chapter.

Does Your Child Need Glasses?

Does your child need glasses? For exam and glasses vouchers from VSP Global, please contact your campus nurse.

May 1 Bond Election Information

The Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Feb. 3 to call for a $113,370,000 bond election to be held on May 1. If approved by voters, this bond will not increase the school district tax rate.

This decision was made following recommendations developed by a Facilities Planning Committee made up of parents, community members, business owners and staff.

The bond proposal will appear on the ballot as two separate propositions.

Proposition A, totaling $111,625,000, would allow for:

  • Construction of a new elementary school, and expansion of both the middle and high school
  • Expansion of the district transportation facility and additional buses
  • Technology infrastructure upgrades and additional safety and security
  • Land for future school sites and design for future facilities
  • Athletic improvements at JHS to include baseball and softball turf, batting cages, and tennis court additions and lighting
  • Renovations to preserve the 1916 building for future district use
Proposition B, in the amount of $1,745,000, would allow for expansion and improvements to the stadium that would include:

  • Additional visitor seating; sidewalks for access to seating and restrooms; added visitor restrooms; and improvements for accessibility

Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming informational bond presentations to learn more about the bond.

Federal Report Cards Available Online

Jarrell ISD has posted the 2019-20 Federal Report Cards on the district website. To view them, visit here.


  • March 10 - Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Admin Annex
  • March 12 - Student Holiday & Staff Planning
  • March 15-19 - Spring Break
  • April 1 - Student Holiday/Staff Comp Day
  • April 2 - Student/Staff Holiday

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.