Jennings County Middle School
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Jennings County Middle School

Second Semester Schedules

Dear JCMS Parents and Guardians,

On December 15, 2020, we made a decision regarding our high school and middle school schedule for the beginning of second semester. We decided to begin the first two weeks of second semester on the same hybrid schedule we are currently on.

We will continue with the hybrid schedule for the first two weeks while monitoring the COVID-19 virus in our community and our schools. Our goal is to return as quickly as possible to our traditional schedule while assuring our students and staff are safe to do so.

When students are not attending in person, every student should attend each class virtually by joining Google Classrooms. Our teachers provide live instruction for the students in the classroom and online.

Please read our December 15, 2020, parent letter for the semester schedule and more important information.


Jeanie Koelmel

Jeanie Koelmel
JCMS Principal 

A Message from Our Principal

Dear JCMS Parents:

I hope this letter finds you well. We have organized the JCMS student expectations during virtual and hybrid learning. The following expectations will be a requirement for virtual learning from November 16 to 24, 2020. 

Please read the expectations below:

  1. We will expect students to participate in virtual learning and complete all assignments from home during this time. 
  2. Students will be online daily and completing assignments/work/tasks Monday through Friday (five days). 
    • We will require students to participate in Google Classroom Meets (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Students will complete independently eLearning assignments each Wednesday. 
  3. Students will log into each class according to the virtual learning schedule on the attached pink sheet sent home in your parent packet. 

We will require the following expectations for hybrid learning from November 30 to December 22, 2020.

  1. We will expect students to participate in hybrid learning and complete all assignments both in school and while at home. 
  2. The specific hybrid schedule as to when your child attends school and/or participates virtually from home is present on the blue sheet sent home in your parent packet. 
  3. Students will be participating in sports and ECA during hybrid learning. 

The following applies to both virtual and hybrid days: 

  1. It is critical that students stay caught up on schoolwork. Students may ask questions or seek assistance with virtual lessons/assignments during class meets. 
  2. Students must check school email and Google Classroom daily. These are the main ways a teacher will be communicating. 
  3. If necessary, school Wi-Fi is presently available from any JCSC school's parking lot. If a parent chooses to bring a student to a school for internet access, we ask that all individuals stay in the vehicle. 
  4. If any other technology issues arise, please contact the JCSC tech hotline at (812) 352-1921. 
  5. We will provide lunches to those who request to pick up food bi-weekly (every two weeks). As a parent, you may request to pick up food by completing our lunch request Google form. (This information is on the pink paper sent home in your parent packet from food service) 
  6. If you need to email a JCMS Teacher/Staff/Administrator, please see the opening of our contact spreadsheet.
  7. Students who cannot join live to a Google Meet must watch the recorded version prior to the next school day and complete assignments. 
  8. We have cancelled all sports (practices and games) and extra-curricular activities until Monday, November 30, 2020. 
  9. When JCMS students are virtual (distant learning away from school, including our hybrid model), we expect that every student in each class completes the following requirements: 
    • Answer the attendance question twice a day. 
    • Complete assignments 
    • Answer the bell ringer at the beginning of every class
    • Stay in communication with your classroom teacher 
  10. If a student cannot participate in class due to illness, appointments, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, as the parent/guardian, you must call the absence into the school attendance office, the same procedure as always. 
    • Please note: 
      1. In Mrs. Brown’s enclosed letter regarding the hybrid model, the high school will meet in person once a week, but JCMS will meet twice a week with every student. 
      2. Mrs. Brown’s reference to panther day is JCMS’s eLearning day (it is the same thing with a different name.)

JCMS: The Bridge to Success,

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

Virtual Learning

All Jennings County Schools will be teaching by means of virtual learning beginning Monday, November 16, 2020. Students will return to the buildings after Thanksgiving.

Please see our resources below for more information:

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.

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.