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 Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to hopefully have a large part of COVID-19 behind us. We hope our students are able to have a normal routine for the remainder of the school year. We will be offering after-school dances, allowing our students to all eat in the cafeteria, and hopefully will have our traditional end-of-the-year events. While we are doing everything possible to assure our students success and happiness at school, we will continue to stress the importance of keeping space between themselves and others when possible, consistent hand washing, and staying home when they are not feeling well.

We are currently allowing students to schedule for the 2022–2023 school year. If you as a parent/guardian have any questions regarding next year's schedule, please do not hesitate to contact our Guidance Department or the main office. We are always available for you and your child.

    Bridging the Middle,

    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

    Free Breakfast for Students

    The JCMS Food Service Office would like to remind all households that we offer breakfast to students daily at all Jennings County schools. Breakfast is free to all K–12 students this school year. If you have any questions, please contact the JCMS Food Service Office at (812) 346-4483.

    Open Swim

    Jennings County School Corporation is hopeful that our community will continue to see our schools return to events and activities that occurred prior to COVID. With that said, we will begin offering Open Swim to our community beginning March 7. The Open Swim schedule is (cost: $1.00 per day):

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 5:30 to 7:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Thursday - 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

    Schedule pool parties by calling the JCMS athletic department.

    JCHS 8th Grade Parent Night

    Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our parent night on January 20 at JCHS. If you were unable to attend the meeting or would like to access the information again, the slide show presentation and recording links are below. Thank you!

    Jennings County Middle School Teacher of the Year

    Jennings County Middle School teacher of the year Tara Kelley was honored at the Jennings County School teacher of the year banquet on Wednesday, February 9. Congratulations, Tara!

    Tara Kelley, Teacher of the Year

    COVID-19 Updated Guidance

    Over our winter vacation, the CDC and Indiana Department of Health released updated guidance for schools. These changes will go into effect immediately. Continuing with our mask requirement allows us to keep our students in school learning with our teachers face to face. Please see our COVID-19 Updated Guidance Letter for more information.

    Parent Daily Screening Tool

    Every morning before sending your child to school, please check for signs of illness. Screening is to occur daily prior to sending your child onto the bus or dropping your child off at the parent drop-off location. Please view the COVID-19 Screening for Parents resource for more information.

    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.