Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 23 - February 9, 2018

Dear Families,

I want to remind you that students will not have school Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19. As always, I encourage you to find activities to do with students while they are not in school, and limit their screen time. It is always healthy for kids to help around the house and to take on some responsibilities. Different kids mature at different rates, but here is a good list of things middle schoolers should be able to do on their own!


Students will receive their Interim Progress Reports today during Advisory Class to take home. Please, contact your student's teachers if you have any questions about their academic performance or behavior and you can't attend Parent Teacher Conferences. You may also access IPR's on Home Access.

If you don't know how to access Home Access, please read below about the opportunity to learn about this and many other things during our PTSA meeting on Tuesday, February 13th.

Yearbook Pictures

Clubs and Activities pictures for the yearbook have been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 14. The pictures will be taken during the school day!

Parent Teacher Conferences - Reminder

Parent teacher conferences that will be occurring on Tuesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 15th from 3:30-7:00 pm!

Valentine's Days Gifts

With Valentine Day being next Wednesday, February 14, we want to remind our families that we are not able to accept Valentine gifts/deliveries during the school day for our students. As we have in the past, we ask that families save Valentine gifts for home and not attempt to send them to school. The office staff will refuse any attempted deliveries. Thank you!

Summer School

Summer SUNsation registration begins on Monday, February 12th. We encourage parents to enroll their students online at Paper form are available in the office if you are not able to enroll online. More information will be posted on the Gentry website starting Monday. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 573-214-3240.

PTSA Meeting Re - Scheduled

Please, join us Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00pm for our rescheduled PTSA meeting. If you have never attended a meeting, Tuesday is a great opportunity to do so if you are in the building for Parent Teacher Conferences.

In addition, Mrs. Spurling will present Technology Tips for Parents... don't miss it!

Does your student have difficulty connecting their iPad at home?

Do you want to know how you can check their grades on Home Access?

What is Schoology, and what does my student use it for?

These are all questions that will be answered during our technology presentation this month at the Gentry PTSA meeting. Christine Spurling, Library Media Specialist, and Mike Hall, Instructional Technology Specialist, will be presenting some information on these applications, as well as answering any other technology questions that you might have.

Please join us on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:00pm in the Gentry Media Center.

From the Nurse

It seems like the flu, cold, and gastrointestinal viruses are never going to end this winter! I want to just remind everyone again that there are steps to take that will help slow the spread of these illnesses.

- Wash your hands often. This is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. These are the routes germs mainly enter the body.

- Cover your coughs- cough or sneeze into your arm (elbow) or tissues. Wash your hands after handling a tissue.

- Stay away from others whom are known to be sick. If you are sick, try to stay away from others.

- Stay home if you are sick. If you are running a temperature of 100.0*F or higher, if you are vomiting or have diarrhea or is you have a contagious illness or rash.

Cleaning, sanitizing or disinfecting regularly will also help slow the spread of illness and flu.

- Cleaning will remove the germs but not necessarily kill them. It does lower their numbers by washing them away and therefore will lower the possibility of coming in contact with them.

- Disinfecting kills germs that are on surfaces and objects by using chemicals

- Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often such as door knobs, light switches, faucets, countertops, keyboards, phones and toys. Always follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Wash surfaces with a general household cleaner to remove germs. Rinse with water, and follow with an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs.

Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.

Wash your hands with soap and water after cleaning, emptying waste baskets and touching used tissues and similar waste.

(parts adapted from CDC’s seasonal flu, schools and childcare providers, October 5, 2016)

Gentry Kindness Club

We Rise By Lifting Others

Announcing an informational meeting to kick off the Gentry Kindness Club!

Your student is welcome to join other Gentry Jaguars in brainstorming ideas about how to make Gentry Middle School an even better place for everyone. By emphasizing kindness, and even seemingly small acts, we move our school culture to an even deeper level of understanding and compassion.

Our first meeting takes place on Monday, February 26th at 2:35pm in room #211. Your child can sign up for the activity bus in advance and receive a ride home. Additional information can be obtained from the school office or by emailing the coordinating teacher (Ms. Greenlee) at

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

In conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Stephens College Athletics Department is hosting a FREEmovie night showing the Disney film Little Giants. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Silverthorne Arena (107 Dorsey Street) on the campus of Stephens College. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please arrange pick-up for no later than 8:30 p.m.

Whether it allows you to have some peace and quiet for a few hours, run errands or go on that much-needed dinner date, our Stephens Stars student-athletes and staff members are excited to host/interact with your girls.

Questions and inquiries can be sent to or you can call (573) 876-7196.

6th Grade Science Camp

If you missed the Science Camp informational meeting, you can see the power point with the info that was shared HERE. In addition, we include the info from the nurse and FAQ. Please, review the emails the teachers are sending you for how to sign up, volunteer, and donation opportunities!

Dates to Remember

February 9 - IPR's sent home

February 12 - Summer School Enrollment Begins

February 13 - PTSA Meeting

February 13 & 15 - Parent Teacher Conferences

February 14 - Yearbook Pictures

February 16 - No School

February 19 - No school

For practices and games check Gentry website!