Jaguar News

Friday, January 7, 2022

Dear Gentry Families,

Happy New Year! What a refreshing break that was. Just what the doctor ordered! I hope you all enjoyed your time with your family and friends too. As we start our spring semester, I just wanted to remind you all that masks are no longer required in all district buildings, PreK-12 or at district events. As always, if your student feels more comfortable wearing a mask during the day that is entirely their choice as well. If, however, your student is a bus rider they will still be required to wear a mask while riding on the school bus so be sure that they pack a mask or two in their backpack. Enjoy your weekend!

Kleenex Boxes

Calling all Kleenex boxes! Our classrooms are running very low on tissues. Any Kleenex donation that you can make to the school with regard to this need would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to just drop these boxes off at the front office where we will work on getting them distributed accordingly. Thanks all!

Attention Current 8th Grade Parents- RBHS Course Selection

Our guidance counselors have been busy working with our current 8th grade students (rising 9th graders) equipping them with all of the information that they will need in order to select their courses for their high school years at RBHS. Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP) forms were given to all 8th grade students and most have completed their plan through their sophomore year. Please ask your student to show you their ICAP, as well as their course Class of 2026, on Schoology. Starting next week and continuing through the month of January will be a busy time for your 8th grade student as they prepare for high school. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your student's guidance counselor.

Jeanine Atwell: Students with last names starting with (A-H)

Abigail Elliott: Students with last names starting with (Ho-R)

Joel Harris: Students with last names starting with (S-Z)

Important Dates to Remember:

January 10-11: Columbia Area Career Center Presentation During RTI

January 12: High School Presentations During Advisory Classes

January 20: Columbia Area Career Center Open House- Please Register Using Link Below:

January 28: Registration Cards Due for Rising 9th Grade

February 15: HAC Summer School Registration Begins (Only parents have access to register their students).

Course Fair at RBHS on January 25th- Attention Current 8th Grade Students and Parents!

All current 8th grade students and parents who will be attending RBHS next year are invited to join RBHS teachers and counselors on January 25th to learn more about the scheduling process and various classes available to students for the 2022/23 school year. This is a very valuable evening for parents and students alike as it is a great window into what courses and life will feel like for incoming freshman students. See the informational flyer below! Hope to see you there!
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The Rock Bridge High School AVID coordinator was at Gentry today during RTI to recruit for next year. Your current 8th grade student does not have to be in AVID this year to apply for AVID at RBHS. If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to our AVID coordinator, Brianne Hunter at

After School Activity Bus

Our after school activity bus will begin running on January 18th. This bus is designated for those students who will be staying for an after school club or other activity and are unable to secure a ride home at the conclusion of the club. This bus will run M-Th each week and will depart from the school between 4:15-4:30 pm. Parents will need to complete the below Opt-In Form in order for your student to be eligible to ride this bus. These forms are due on Monday, January 10th in order for your student to begin riding as early as January 18. These forms should be turned into the main GMS office. As always, students will then need to reserve their seat on this bus by completing the After School Activity Bus link on our homepage.

Routes and drop off locations are set to follow the most direct path with as few drop-off locations as possible. The goal of establishing these common drop-off locations was to drop students off within a mile of their home. Additionally, by setting the activity bus routes up in this fashion the district is able to cover routes and drop-offs for all CPS schools with our current available staffing.

Parents are encouraged to meet their child at the drop-off location, or as in year's past, parents may continue to pick their student up at school when their after-school activities are finished.

6th Grade Co-ed Intramural Basketball

Calling all 6th grade students! Our co-ed winter intramural basketball program is scheduled to begin on January 26th! See the below registration form for further details. Completed forms should be turned into the GMS main office.

Meet the Band Director Night- Incoming 5th Grade Students

On Thursday, January 13th we will be hosting a Meet the Band Director Night from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Gentry cafetorium for parents of current 5th grade students (next year's incoming 6th graders). In past years this night has been reserved for students to sample all of the different instruments that are used in our school band. However, with the current health climate we had to modify this year's event slightly. Instead, this year our Band Director will simply present information regarding our band program including: information on our band curriculum, instrument options and rental information, and course registration to name a few. Students will not be sampling instruments at this event. Hope to see you there!

Athletic MSHSAA Physicals

The Columbia Orthopaedic Group and Peak Sport and Spine will once again be hosting a MSHSAA Sport Physical day on February 12th from 8:00-11:00 am. This is a great opportunity for your student to acquire their sport physical and be ready to participate on future Gentry athletic teams. See details below.
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Media Center Minute

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Amazon Wish List Book Drive. If you like to contribute books, our Wishlist is still available on Amazon. All books received will have a bookplate inserted telling who the donor is and these will be available for all of our students to enjoy!

Thank you for your support!

Gentry Media Center Wishlist

8th Grade FACS Class Gingerbread Houses

Lego League Club- Don't Delay in Registering!

If your child has a passion for programming, coding and robotics, then please encourage them to scan the below QR code and check out our Lego League Club coming to Gentry in January. Our first club date is January 10. This club will fill up fast so don't delay!
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Notes from the Nurse

This is a reminder that the Columbia Board of Education voted to remove its indoor masking requirement and update the district’s quarantine and contact tracing protocols.

Beginning this week (January 4), given the increased access to vaccination for all who are eligible, which now includes scholars ages 5 and up, masks will no longer be required in all district buildings PreK-12 or at district events. Please note that federal regulations still require masks be worn on school buses.

The district’s contact tracing and quarantine protocols have also changed to reflect the board’s vote and current CDC guidance. Those who are COVID positive or symptomatic will need to stay home. Additional information on exposure, quarantine and testing procedures can be found in the updated 2021-22 Coronavirus Plan document (linked).

A summary of the changes include:
If You Test Positive for COVID-19
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for 5 days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever is resolved for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are improving and you are fever-free without medication after 5 days, you can return to work or school.
  • Students and staff will eat lunch at separate tables at least six feet away from peers and coworkers through day 10.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others through day 10.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask at all times around others for 10 days.
  • Students and staff will eat lunch at separate tables at least six feet away from peers and coworkers through day 10.
  • Get a PCR or rapid antigen test on day 5. If you develop symptoms get a PCR or rapid antigen test as soon as symptoms develop and stay home.
  • You may provide proof of your at home COVID test by sending a photo of BOTH the test box and actual test strip to our school nurse, Jennifer Ferguson at


The Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association (CMSTA) awarded Susan Holman their Member of the Month award recently. Susan is a valuable member of our team who works diligently with our students who are visually impaired. Congratulations Susan!
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Future Dates to Remember

1/7- Interim Progress Reports Available on Home Access

1/7- RBHS AVID Student Presentation

1/13- Incoming 6th Grade Student Meet the Band Director Night @ 7:00 pm

1/17- School Not in Session Due to MLK Day

1/19- PTSA Meeting in the Media Center @ 6:00 pm

1/25- Early (12:05) Student Dismissal

1/26- 6th Grade Intramural Basketball Begins