Jennings County Middle School
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Jennings County Middle School


Superintendent Brown

Congratulations to Jennings County School Corporation Superintendent! Mrs. Brown recently completed her doctoral program and has earned the title of Dr. Teresa Brown, JCSC Superintendent.

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 and Guardians,

The end of the 2020–2021 school year is fast approaching. We are currently working to ensure our students are ready for the next grade level and preparing for the upcoming school year. In doing so, the following events and activities are important for you to be aware of:

  • Our incoming 7th graders (currently 6th graders) will be visiting our school during the school day to learn about JCMS and to take a short tour of the building:
    • April 6: Brush Creek (a.m.) and Hayden (p.m.)
    • April 7: Sand Creek (a.m.) and Graham Creek (p.m.)
    • April 8: Scipio (a.m.) and North Vernon (p.m.)
  • JCMS Annual 6th Grade Parent Night (incoming 7th grade) will be April 14.
    • Last Names A–K: Current 6th graders with last names beginning A–K will attend at 6:00 p.m.
    • Last Names L–Z: Current 6th graders with last names beginning L–Z will attend at 7:00 p.m.
    • Any student’s parent who attends parent night will receive their 2021–2022 JCMS student, the “Newly Designed” JCMS T-Shirt”. We will not release this shirt to any other student until next year ~ be the first to wear our JCMS spirit shirt!
  • April 19 begins our Indiana State Testing (ILearn) for two weeks. Testing will take place Monday through Thursday, please attempt to schedule appointments only in the afternoons or on Fridays. Thank you for working with us as we make certain to provide our students the best opportunity possible to demonstrate their skills.
  • May 14: Due to our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID virus, we will not be having our “traditional” 8th-grade dance. Instead, we are having an open-concept inside/outside celebration for our 8th-grade students during the school day. We will have dancing, swimming, outdoor activities, refreshments, and social time for all 8th-grade students. (Dress is tropical/Hawaiian.) 
  • JCMS has other events such as concerts, VIP breakfast, National Honor Society, and others. Please check our calendar.

Last, the teachers, staff, and administration at JCMS would like to thank our parents for the support and trust throughout the school year. This has been an adventure never experienced before. We have been able to have a very successful year due to your willingness to work with us and to assure your child does their part when they are at home. Thank you for being the very best!


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.