JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - January 24, 2022

A Message from Principal Blair

JMS Families,

We are excited to welcome all students back tomorrow, Monday, January 24th. Over the past week, our schools have undergone deep cleaning and sanitizing efforts provided by an outside cleaning agency. In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID 19, JISD campuses will be closed to visitors. We will continue to evaluate and inform you once our campus is open to visitors

I cannot celebrate our staff enough as they continue to provide a welcoming environment to our students and fill in for others in their absence. Please take a few minutes this week to thank a JMS teacher :)

Before and after school tutorial sessions resume tomorrow! Studies show that attending tutorials regularly has a positive impact on student performance. Please review the updated Spring tutorial schedule.

The JHS/JMS Course Selection Guide is now live on the district website. The course catalog will continue to have updates; be sure to refer to the live link for the most accurate information. Our students will soon make course selections for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, please review the registration timeline included in this week's edition.


1/25 - 7th Grade TX History

1/26 - 8th Grade RLA

Attendance Update: Our campus goal is 97% each day. Here are last week's averages:

6th Grade - 89.8% (-0.9 from prior week)

7th Grade - 89% (-2 from prior week)

8th Grade - 88.8% (-1.9 from last week)

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

At the December meeting, our School Board approved revisions to our Academic Calendar. Please review the most current version here.

This Week @ JMS

Monday, January 24th

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

Tuesday, January 25th

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

Wednesday, January 26th

  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • WIN - Math Lesson
  • 8th Grade Class Meeting with JHS Counselors
  • Anime Club 4:00 PM
  • Spanish Club 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 27th

  • WIN - Math Lesson
  • Boys Basketball @ Gateway

Friday, January 28th

  • WIN - Math Lesson

Saturday, January 29th

  • Academic UIL Competition
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JMS Counselor's Corner

With the onset of a brand new year, it is often a great time to set brand new goals. While we are in the middle of our school year, this is an excellent time to reflect on our progress toward current goals and possibly set some new ones.

One guide to setting goals is using the acronym SMART. SMART goals are considered to be goals which are:






Take a few minutes to review the following article that provides guidance to parents with the goal-setting process. Smart Goal-Setting with Students

Monday, January 31st

  • Intervention & Enrichment sessions begin before and after school
  • JHS Counselors visit 8th Grade classrooms

Tuesday, February 1st

  • NJHS Meeting @ 7:15 AM
  • JHS Counselors visit 8th Grade classrooms

Wednesday, February 2nd

  • Health Clinic Ribbon Cutting 5:30 PM
  • JHS Counselors visit 8th Grade classrooms

Thursday, February 3rd

  • JHS Counselors visit 8th Grade classrooms
  • Home Boys Basketball vs. Lampasas
  • Girls Basketball @ Lampasas

Friday, February 4th

  • HERO Store open during lunches

Saturday, February 5th

  • Saturday School 8:00-12:00

Library Notes & Tech Tips from Mrs. Martone

JISD students and staff now have digital access to over 70+ magazines through the Sora App! Accessing the magazines is super simple, just login to Sora with your JISD credentials (ex. below), and the magazines will be on your Sora homepage. Check out the app here and start reading today!

Student Login Information:

Username: first part of email address (ex. 21jdoe)

Password: email password (ex. 012345Jd)

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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