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

A Message from Our Principal

Dear JCMS Students and Parents,

Welcome back to JCMS! We are excited to start a new school year and that you will be a part of our family for 2021–2022. We have spent a considerable amount of time preparing the school for every student, all classes, and our parents and visitors.  

Our mission as a school and as a district is to inspire and empower our students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners and productive members of a global community. We believe the opportunities we have available and the instruction we will provide each student will allow for this to be possible.

We have some very important dates coming up that we want to make certain you can attend:

  • Student and parent registration dates: Thursday, July 22 and Monday, July 26 (we request that you attend one of the two dates) from noon to 7:00 p.m. We encourage parents and our students to come in during the seven-hour event to pick up schedules, learn to open lockers, and to find each class. Staff members will be here to assist and to answer questions.  
  • Seventh graders and new student orientation: Wednesday, July 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please drop off students in the front of the building by door A and the athletic area and pick them up in front of the building at 2:00 p.m. The guidance department has sent information has been sent to each student.
  • JCSC first day of school: Monday, August 9. JCMS requests that all students arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Buses will drop off students out front. Students who are car riders will need to enter from the back of the building. There will be staff members in the parking area to assist with the process; please be patient as we start the beginning of the school year.
  • JCMS open house: Thursday, September 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to pop in and introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. If you need a conference, we ask that you contact our guidance department, or you may simply contact the teacher you would like to meet with whether it be in person or on the phone.  Every teacher has a school email that typically begins with the initial of their first name, followed by their last name and then For example: If you contact a teacher, they will be more than happy to speak with you. 
  • School pictures: Wednesday, September 22. We will send out information closer to this date. 

Finally, I would like to welcome the following teachers to JCMS:

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.