Jennings County Middle School
Do Right. Say Right. Act Right. Live the Panther Way!

Jennings County Middle School

Do Right. Say Right. Act Right. Live the Panther Way!

Welcome to Jennings County Middle School, home of the Panthers! JCMS is located in North Vernon, Indiana. We are a school of approximately 750 students and 72 staff members. We ensure every student will continue to realize their aspirations and will develop the knowledge, skills, and character qualities needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world.

Indiana Assessment Information

The Indiana Department of Education developed several three-minute videos to share with parents and educators about assessment systems and transitions to support assessment literacy. We invite you to view the videos below.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear JCMS Parents:

It is unbelievable that we have already completed two-thirds of the school year. As the year continues to quickly pass by, we are more and more impressed with our students. The maturity, attitude, and behaviors of this year’s students has been exceptional. We have dealt with a few bumps in the road, but overall we are so very proud of each and every student. Below are two very important messages we need to share with you.

Over the past several years, we have seen students begin to explore and make unhealthy decisions that in the end lead to self-destruction or change the direction of their lives. We are proud to share that we have had no confirmed incidents involving drugs or alcohol at the Jennings County Middle School this school year. This is huge! In today’s world this speaks volumes about the children you are raising and their ability to make wise choices. As a staff, our goal is to is see our students continue to have the ability to make wise and healthy choices. Every certified staff member at the Jennings County Middle School discuss how to support our students to make such positive choices. This commitment required every teacher to be trained in a research proven program called Botvin Life Skills.

Botvin Life Skills training is a highly effective and well-respected evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 30 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. Life Skills training has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations, including the United States Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the United States Department of Justice). Studies testing its effectiveness have found that the Botvin Life Skills training program can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 87 percent.

Every teacher, counselor, and administrator at Jennings County Middle School is now a certified instructor. Beginning on March 19, our staff will be providing a three-day intensive workshop series to teach every student the proven strategies to be effective decision-makers and to become a certified Botvin participant. We believe our students at Jennings County Middle School have the ability to diminish the future abuse of drugs in our community.

Beginning on April 22, we will begin the Indiana state assessment (ILearn test has replaced ISTEP). Our students have worked extremely hard preparing for this test. The ILearn will take approximately two to three weeks to complete. If for some reason you must schedule an appointment for your son or daughter, we ask that you attempt to do so in the afternoon. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Above are just a couple of current events. Please remember to check upcoming activities by visiting our Calendar page. Please feel free to call or email if you ever have questions or concerns throughout this school year. 

Again, thank you for providing us with a fantastic group of students. We appreciate your support and your child.


Jeanie Koelmel

Jeanie Koelmel, Principal

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." Malcolm X