JMS Cougar News

Community Newsletter - November 15, 2021

A Message from Principal Blair

JMS was honored to recognize Veterans this year for a special luncheon. We had over 70 guests attend as we recognized those who served and celebrated as a community. Thanks to all who helped make that special event a success!

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, JMS will hold administer the STAAR Interim Assessments to all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. These assessments will provide teachers will a great deal of data and drive our instruction into the Spring semester. How can you help? Be sure they bring their chromebook and charger both days! Ensure your child gets at least 8 hours of sleep Tuesday and Wednesday night. Send them with a bottled water and a snack. We will be on a modified bell schedule for both days.

Attendance letters were distributed to students in need of make-up hours. The state of Texas requires that students are in attendance at least 90% of the year. You can make-up hours by attending tutorials before and after school along with scheduled Saturday School. The next opportunity will be on Saturday, December 4 from 8:00-12:00. Students will receive 8 hours for this 4-hour session!

Our monthly PTO meeting will be held Wednesday in the JMS library at 5:30 PM. You won't want to miss it!

Join Us for Thanksgiving Lunch on Wednesday! Parents are welcome and invited to join their students for a Thanksgiving Meal. Meals may be purchased online for $6 per plate. Only cash or check will be accepted at the campus (no credit cards).

The menu includes:

Herb roasted sliced turkey

Garlic Mashed potatoes and gravy

Cornbread stuffing

Green beans

Cinnamon pears

Cranberry Sauce

Warm rolls

Homemade pumpkin bar

Ice tea or Milk

Purchase a meal online.

We want to model an "Attitude of Gratitude" for our students at JMS. Take a moment to send a personal note of appreciation to a staff member by clicking here.

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


11/15 & 11/16 - 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Science

11/16 - 6th Grade Math

11/19 - 6th & 7th Grade Social Studies

Attendance Update: Our campus goal is 97% each day. The grade level with the highest attendance percentage will celebrate with another mini field day in December!

Here are last week's averages:

6th Grade - 94% (-.5 from last week)

7th Grade - 95.3% (+2 from last week)

8th Grade - 96% (+3 from last week)

Cougar Proud,

Kelly Blair

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2021 JMS Veterans Day Luncheon

Jarrell Middle School - Teaching and Learning

Check the Year-at-a-Glance below for detailed information about instruction in your child's classroom!

This Week @ JMS

Monday, November 15th

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

Tuesday, November 16th

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

Wednesday, November 17th

  • STUCO Meeting 7:15 AM
  • STAAR Interim Testing - Math (Modified Schedule)
  • Lunch & Learn with Chief Denney
  • Spanish/Anime Club 4:00 PM
  • PTO Meeting 5:30 PM
  • November Board Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 18th

  • STAAR Interim Testing - Reading (Modified Schedule)
  • Home Girls Basketball vs. Burnet
  • Boys Basketball @ Burnet

JMS Campus Focus - Reviewing Expectations

  • Cell phones are allowed at lunch, before, & after school only
  • Bring your chromebook charged each day with wired earbuds
  • No Airpods
  • Hoodies off in the hallways
  • No hats in the building
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Congratulations to our Staff & Student of the Month

Heather Harris - FAC Instructional Aide

Carla Clegg - Instructional Coach

Bria Faulkner - 8th Grade Student

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Library Notes & Tech Tips from Mrs. Martone

It's almost time for the Book Fair! The JMS library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair the week after Thanksgiving! We will also be hosting a parent night on Wednesday, December 1st for parents and students to shop the Book Fair! Scholastic now has a feature called eWallett which allows parents to create an account for their student and add money to the account that can be spent at the book fair. You can set up your student's eWallet here. Thank you for supporting our library!

JMS Counselor's Corner

Texting & Social Media Tips - for a Drama-Free life!

1. USERNAME & PASSWORD - Never share your username and password for any of your accounts with friends, no matter how good of a friend they are!

2. REQUESTS TO FOLLOW - Only follow or accept requests from people you know and people that treat you with kindness and respect.

3. POSTS - Only post appropriate and positive images and comments! Spread positivity--it's contagious!

4. CONFLICTS - Do not argue on social media or text--it is not an effective way to problem-solve. It's important to work things out in private and in a way that allows you to understand the other person's emotions and tone.

5. SCREENSHOTS - Do not take screenshots of other people's posts or texts and share them with others, especially if it's making fun of someone's post or involving them in the drama. This only results in hurt feelings and making problems bigger.

6. PRESSING SEND - Remember that anything you send is out of your control once it is sent! You cannot take anything back. Do not send something you may regret, including comments, pictures, etc.

7. ADVERTISING EXCLUSIONS - Do not intentionally leave someone out of an activity and then post it on social media for them to see. That is not kind.

Upcoming Events

11/22-11/26 Thanksgiving Break

11/29-12/3 JMS Scholastic Book Fair

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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