Cougar Staff Newsletter
October 17, 2021
For latest protocols based on guidance from the Texas Education Agency
A message from Toni Hicks, Ed.D.
At their most recent meeting, the Jarrell ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution marking October as Principals Month. Having been a principal myself, I can say there are many responsibilities and many rewards in helping students and staff thrive. This week I want to highlight some of what comes with being a campus principal here in Jarrell ISD.
Foremost, principals are responsible for the safety and security of students and staff. It is always their most important priority.
Secondly, principals are the instructional leader for their campus. They are often the teacher of teachers. When we meet monthly as a team, our principals pour over data to align their campus goals with those of the district to make sure we are all focused on the same mission -- success for all. Our principals are role models for their staff members and are continually reviewing data, improving best practices, and learning from each other every step of the way. By doing so, they set the precedent for their faculty and staff to do the same.
In Jarrell ISD, principals are also the chief communicator for their campus. Each of our principals sends weekly communications to parents and staff. They keep the lines of communication open with parents and staff and are readily available to meet and listen to community members, staff and students. In addition, they make sure their websites and social media channels are sharing information so that all stakeholders are informed.
Connecting with students in meaningful ways is a crucial part of being a principal. The principals here in Jarrell ISD interact with as many students as possible each day, by greeting students in the halls, saying hello as kids walk up to school. They do all of this because they care. Being focused always on what is best for students drives every decision they make.
Please join me in saying thank you to Adrienne Rodriguez, Lara Hutchinson, Kelly Blair, and Dr. Joseph Green! Have a great weekend.
Toni Hicks, Ed.D.
Band Earns Straight 1s at Competition
Third-grade students at Jarrell Elementary enjoyed team-building activities by building marshmallow and spaghetti noodle towers.
Igo Elementary held Genius Hour today. Third-grade students spent their WIN time searching for a topic of their choice for which to research and present at Literacy Night in December.
Sixth-grade theater students at Jarrell Middle School painted sets for the upcoming Drama Club's production of Wiley and the Hairy Man! The shows are free and open to the public! Showtimes are 6:30 PM at Jarrell Middle School on October 21 and 22!
Runners Advance to Regional Cross Country Meet
Jasmine Benavidez placed fourth at the varsity girls level and advanced to the Region 3 CC Meet. After placing 10th at district, Mason Dotson will also go on to run at regionals. Cody Dotson barely missed out on a trip to regionals with an 11th place finish. Great job, Cougars!
Cougars attend FCCLA Fall Leadership Workshop
Cougars represented Jarrell ISD at the FCCLA Fall Leadership workshop. Participants learned about competitive events, national programs, leadership and parliamentarian law. Brenda, Jarrell High School region V officer, gave a great presentation in front of her peers.
Jarrell's FCCLA program is a shining example of how our students prepare for careers while in high school.
Our community knows how to take care of Jarrell ISD teachers and staff! A huge thank you to Sphere Realty & Property Management for providing the cupcakes to Jarrell ISD staff during our professional development. Cupcake Avenue was AMAZING!
Jarrell Fishing Team: Ty Chase and Daniel Farr came in 18th place out of 78 teams this past Sunday at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Great job boys! The Jarrell HS Fishing Team (Ty, Daniel, Garrett Phalen and Tyler Howe) are currently sitting in 6th place for the year. These anglers will be traveling to Lake Limestone on November 7th for the next stop of the Central Texas HS Tournament Trail.
Another great morning spent listening to our most important stakeholders, our students! Today Dr. Toni Hicks was at Jarrell Middle School. We heard such thoughtful feedback from these awesome student leaders.
Homecoming Parade Float Winners Announced
Thanks to the parade participants and all of the fans who cheered them on! It was incredible to see the streets of Jarrell lined in blue. Special thanks to our parade judges: Camy Reynolds, Jake Isbell, and Lara Ingalsbe. The winners of the spirit sticks were Jarrell High School FFA and the Jarrell Community Library! Congratulations!
Important News and Information for Families
HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME - October 15
The Cougars will play Robinson for Homecoming on Friday, October 15. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Tailgaters may set up in the parking lot at 6 p.m.
Reimaging Education Committee Seeking Volunteers
Teachers, staff, parents, and students are invited to attend. The first meeting will be Nov. 9, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Admin Annex. Future meetings will be planned at a later date.
SmartTags Required for Bus Service
In August of the 2021-22 school year, Jarrell ISD implemented the SmartTag system for bus riders. The SmartTag system is designed to ensure authorized ridership on district buses and improve the safety and security of students who use bus transportation.
SmartTag provides live monitoring of where and when students load onto and unload off of their school bus. This information keeps transportation staff, school administrators and parents up-to-date with accurate information.
How SmartTag works:
- When a student enters a school bus, the student scans their SmartTag card using the card reader (installed on the bus).
The SmartTag tablet confirms the student is board the correct school bus.
- When the student has arrived at his/her stop and gets ready to exit the bus, the student again scans his/her card ensuring it's the correct stop.
- Information is gathered by the bus driver and shared in real time using secured cloud technology.
- Parents are able to use the SmartTag portal for up-to-date information on their child's bus. Parents may also download the app and get notifications on their child's bus.
All students who ride a Jarrell ISD bus should have a SmartTag. New students will have a 2-day delay for processing.
What happens if a student forgets their SmartTag?
- Students will be allowed to board the bus in the morning and come to school.
- Once at school, the Jarrell ISD transportation department will contact the school and inform the school the student did not have a SmartTag.
- The campus will contact the parent or guardian to inform them that the student will not be able to ride the bus home without a SmartTag.
If a student does not have a SmartTag, parents may:
- Make arrangements to pick up their child from school that day
- Deliver the child's SmartTag to school so the student may ride the bus.
- Pay for another SmartTag through RevTrak for $5. With this new SmartTag, the student may ride the bus home.
Free COVID-19 Testing through the City of Jarrell
Free COVID-19 PCR testing is now available at Jarrell City Hall (161 Town Center Blvd. in Jarrell), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome. Tests are self-collected nasal swabs. Results will be available in 24-48 hours.
Click here to make an appointment: https://curative.com/sites/33177
Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23
Remember the dress code still applies, and learning is always our top priority.
Monday, Oct. 25 – Wear Red
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Camo Day “Drugs Can’t Find Me”
Wednesday, Oct. 27 – College and Career Day “Your future is bright without drugs” Wear a college or career shirt to show your plans
Thursday, Oct. 28 – Team Up Against Drugs Wear your favorite Sports Wear to Show Your Commitment to Staying Drug Free
Friday, Oct. 29 – Cougar Strong – Show your Jarrell Cougar Spirit
We Rise By Lifting Others - Donate to the Jarrell Education Foundation
In their first-ever grant awards cycle, the Foundation distributed more than $19,000 in grants to Jarrell ISD teachers. This year, the Foundation hopes to have even greater impact. To do that, we need your help!
Foundation programs promote educational excellence and enhance lifelong learning. Currently, the Foundation is funding classroom grants that implement imaginative and progressive teaching initiatives.
The Foundation solicits, manages and distributes funds for enrichment purposes in program areas not funded by tax dollars. Funding is supplemental and does not replace or alter the use of tax-based revenue.
Donations are tax-deductible. 100 percent of every dollar donated goes directly back to Jarrell ISD schools for the benefit of Jarrell ISD students.
The Community is Invited to Ice Cream and Conversations on Nov. 1
At the Nov. 1 event, there will be no set agenda. As part of the district's efforts to further establish a culture of listening and learning, Dr. Hicks will make herself available to share in celebrations and listen to any concerns related to Jarrell ISD.
Oct. 15 - Homecoming Football Game, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 - National Boss's Day
Oct. 15 - Jarrell High School Homecoming
Oct. 18-22 - National School Bus Safety Week
Oct. 23-31 - Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 24 - Healthy Kids Running Series Begins
Oct. 27 - Jarrell ISD Board of Trustee Meeting, Admin Annex, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. - Native American Heritage Month
Nov. 1 - Ice Cream and Conversations with Dr. Hicks, Dairy Queen, 5-6 p.m.
Nov. 2 - Election Day
Nov. 7 - Standard Time Begins
Nov. 8-10 - National School Psychologists Week
Nov. 10 - Student Holiday/Staff Planning Day/Workday
Nov. 11 - Veterans Day
Nov. 15-19 - American Education Week
Nov. 17 - Education Support Professionals Day
Nov. 18 - National Parental Involvement Day
Nov. 19 - Substitute Educators Day
Nov. 22-26 - Student & Staff Holidays
Jarrell ISD is consolidating flyers for local organizations and posting them on our website. If you would like to post a flyer, please email Jennifer.Bailey@jarrellisd.org.