Jaguar News

Friday, October 1, 2021

Dear Gentry Families,

We hope your family has the chance to join us for our upcoming Gentry Tailgate this coming Thursday, October 7th! Please see all of the details below. It should be a fun night for all of us to enjoy some beautiful fall weather, an exciting GMS football game and some great tailgate food! Hope to see you there! Have a great weekend!

No School- Monday, October 4th

School will not be in session on Monday, October 4th due to a teacher work day.

Gentry Tailgate - Thursday, October 7th!

You’ve waited an entire extra year and it’s almost here! The heavily anticipated Gentry Jaguars Tailgate is Thursday, Oct 7 at 6:30 pm at the RBHS pavilion right in front of the RBHS football stadium.

Come out and cheer on Gentry’s 7th and 8th grade football teams as they compete at 5 and 7 pm. It is sure to be a fun night of football, food, and friends with our Gentry family! All students, staff, parents and family are invited to attend. Pre-register for the tailgate by Wednesday, Oct 6 at noon by using this link.

$5 per person includes a hot dog, chips, drink and cookie


Pay at the tailgate on Thursday, Oct 7 for $6 per person

Grab all your friends and come help us deck out the stands in “red, white and blue” Gentry pride!! Spirit shakers available for $2 for the first 200 to cheer on our Jaguars at all Gentry sporting events.

Gentry Fundraiser- Orders Due Friday October 8th!

Please see the flyer below advertising for our current GMS fundraising opportunity. Thirty percent of every shoe sale will go directly to Gentry! Don't delay! Orders are due in the main office on October 8th! Thank you in advance for all of your support!
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Media Center Minute

Gentry Media is teaming up with guidance counselors to teach digital citizenship lessons to all Gentry students over the next few weeks! The lessons we are teaching include Self Awareness, Self Management, Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills and Social Awareness. We hope your student will benefit from the strategies they are learning about their online actions.

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7th/8th Grade Girls and Boys Basketball Tryouts

Girls and boys basketball tryouts will begin on Monday, October 18th. Be sure that your child has turned in all of their MSHSAA paperwork to the main office PRIOR to tryouts. This paperwork can be found on our website or a paper copy can be obtained in our main office. Coaches will not be permitted to allow any student to begin the tryout process until all of this paperwork has been completed and is on file in the main office. Go Jaguars!

EF Educational Tours- Boston and New York City!

Attention all current 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in travel, adventure, and fun! For the summer of 2022, students will have the chance of a lifetime: a trip to Boston and New York City! Experience the magic of seeing history come alive through the streets where the American Revolution was born. See the sights and hear the sounds of one of America’s largest and most diverse cities all while exploring new and exciting places in the world. Visit the Statue of Liberty, take in a Broadway show, and take a walk around Central Park. Ms. Noltie and Mr. Aulgur from the 8th grade team are chaperoning the trip, and any students in 7th or 8th grade are welcome. We will be having an informational meeting at Gentry in rooms 105 and 107 from 6:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, October 12th. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Noltie ( and Mr. Aulgur (!

*This is not a Gentry or CPS sponsored event, but is organized through the EF Tours organization.

Fun Ways to... Be Involved!

Information on upcoming after school clubs and activities was presented to students this week during advisory classes. We offer a little bit of everything so finding a match for your child should be easy! Please click here to see our complete 2021-22 Clubs and Activities list of all of the fun ways that your child can get involved. Each slide lists the teacher who is sponsoring the club so feel free to reach out to that teacher specifically if you have additional questions.

Please note that due to the current bus driver shortage, STA will not be able to provide an after school activity bus to transport students home after clubs/activities. If your student chooses to participate in an after school club or activity, they will be responsible for securing their own transportation home. Check with the specific club sponsor on the times and dates of each club offering.

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Gentry Kindness Club

We would love for your student to join us for our next Kindness Club meeting which will be held on Wednesday, October 6th in room 103 from 2:35-4:15. No registration is required. Questions?

Contact or have your student stop by our Guidance department.

Lunch Club- Starts October 7th

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Student Flu Vaccine Clinic- October 18th

The 2021-22 Influenza vaccine (flu shot) will be given free of charge to students at Gentry Middle School on Monday, October 18th from 8:00-10:00 AM. The injectable flu vaccine (flu shot) is the only type of flu vaccine that will be offered. FluMist nasal spray will NOT be given this season. For your child to receive the flu vaccination, the 2021 Influenza “Flu” Vaccine School-Based Clinic Consent Form must be FULLY completed and SIGNED by a parent or legal guardian. You will be required to complete one separate form for EACH CHILD that you want vaccinated. Forms are due to the main office no later than Friday, October 15.

  • If you decline, or do not return the required permission form to the school, the free flu vaccine will NOT be given to your student at school.
  • If you return a completed consent form to the school and your child receives the flu vaccine elsewhere, it is important that you notify our school nurse immediately to avoid an unnecessary second dose.
  • If you you would like to have your student receive the Influenza vaccination, but they will be absent from GMS on October 18, feel free to have them attend ANY scheduled CPS Influenza vaccination clinic. Please see below a complete list of clinic dates and locations.
  • If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our school nurse, Jennifer Ferguson, RN at 214-3246 or

Scouts- Escape the Indoors!

This fall we are conducting our annual recruitment drive. If you are unaware, Scouts is a wonderful program that is now open to both young ladies and young men. It provides not only high adventure but amazing leadership and learning experiences for all of our members while at the same time providing youth with positive role models. This year, Troop 706 is excited to have a new sister troop, Troop 523, connected to us. This is a great opportunity for young men and women to cohesively work together and develop the skills to tackle tomorrow’s challenges in an ever changing world.

Currently we have Scouts from multiple different Elementary and Middle schools in Columbia, as well as all 3 major area High Schools. Troops 706 and 523 are not limited to a geographic area and we enjoy a rich diversity of Scouts and their families into our Troop. Our troop is a place where Scouts join and desire to stay involved, over the last 55 years, over 150 Scouts have proudly advanced to the highest honor of Scouts, that of Eagle.

Questions: connect with

Melissa Malone at 573.355.2323 or

Mike Odette at 573.673.9198

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Virtual Caleb Science Club Opportunity

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Hispanic Heritage Month- September 15-October 15

Picture Retake, New Student Photos and Yearbook Orders

Interstate Studios will return to Gentry on October 27 to retake photos for those students who would like to have their photos retaken. If your student is having their photo retaken, they will simply need to bring their original photo packet and uncut photos to this sitting and give them to the photographer before their photo is taken.

On this same day, we will also be taking photos of those students who missed having their initial photo taken at our Schedule Pick Up Day on August 25. Whether you decide to place a photo order or not, we still take photos of all students for yearbook purposes. If you have any further questions, please contact Inter-State Studios at 573-449-3090.

Order Student Photos Enter code 59424RB (Use if your student's photo was taken on 8/25.)

Order Student Photos Enter code 59433P (Use to pre-order your student's photo if they will be having their photo taken for the first time on October 27.)

Pre-Order a Yearbook Enter code 62369W (Use if you would like to pre-order a yearbook.)

October Secondary School Lunch Menu

Click here for the October school lunch menu.

Future Dates to Remember

10/4- School Not in Session Due to a Teacher Work Day

10/7- Gentry Tailgate/RBHS Pavilion- TBA

10/15- Interim Progress Reports Sent Home

10/18- Student Flu Clinic 8:00 am-10:00 am

10/18- 7th/8th Girls/Boys Basketball Tryouts Begin/Times TBA

10/19- 7th/8th Grade Choral Concert/RBHS PAC Center

10/20- PTSA Meeting in the Media Center @ 6:00 pm

10/21, 10/22 and 10/23- Fall Play Performance: Sir Nose, the Burger Rat

10/27- Picture Retake Day

10/28 and 10/29- School Not in Session Due to Teacher Work Days