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Rhonda Russell, Principal
Jena Junior High School
114 East Southern Avenue         P.O. Box 920
Jena, LA 71342
Phone:  318-992-5815
Fax:  318-992-6392

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From the Principal.....

Welcome to the new year at Jena Junior High School!   Although there will be many changes in education this year, our faculty and staff are committed to meeting the challenges  ahead. Our school offers many academic, extra-curricular, and athletic programs; as well as opportunities for community service. 

I want to take this time to wish our students, faculty, and staff a successful year.   I also want to encourage our parents and the community to get involved with our school. We have several projects in the works at JJHS, and we could use your help.  

Again, welcome to all of our students and we hope you have a terrific school year!  Our door is always open, so feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


Rhonda Russell, Principal

JJHS Faculty

Carrie Andrews-8th Grade English John Barker-6th Grade Math Jeremy Cassels-8th Grade Science Bobbi Cornett-Math Interventionist Dareth Delhoste-Special Education Stephanie Elliot-6th Grade Social Studies Shannon Girlinghouse-6th Grade English Kelsie Jolly-Physical Education Oleva Jones-Secretary Jessica Marks-6th Grade Reading Reita Pearson-6th Grade Science Renea Prince-Paraprofessional Gail Russell-7th Grade Social Studies Susan Sharp-Librarian Laura Thomas-8th Grade Reading Betty Westbrooks-Paraprofessional Austin Whatley-Physical Education Karen Wilbanks-Read 180 & 6th Grade Reading Rhonda Russell-Principal Amy Russell-8th Grade Math Janice Spence-Paraprofessional Adam Taylor-7th Grade Science Phyllis Alexander-Paraprofessional Michelle Carter-7th Grade English Mia Poole-CMC Teacher Gayla Enterkin-Paraprofessional Mary McCarty-7th Grade Reading Reita Ann Pritchard-Lunchroom Amy Shadow-Lunchroom Sonya Pecanty-Lunchroom Retta Pritchard-Lunchroom Janice Nolker-Paraprofessional Gerri Miles-8th Grade Social Studies Loretta Smith-7th Gade Math

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School History

Jena Junior High School was built in 1959 to house the 7th and 8th grades. Additions and alterations were made in 1981, and again in 2010. In 2010, the sixth grade was moved to the school. The first principal was Mr. Milton Hudnall. Subsequent principals were Clayton Taylor, Jean Andrews, Cliff Wishum, Kip Wall, David Roark, Sylvia Norris, Gawan Burgess, and June Fowler. The current principal is Rhonda Russell.

Jena Junior High's mascot is the Giant, and school colors are black and gold. The school's current enrollment is 320 students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. 

No School Wednesday

All schools in LaSalle Parish will be closed again Wednesday, February 25 due to severe weather.  Stay tuned for updates for the rest of the week.

JJHS Baseball 2015 Schedule

The 2015 boys' baseball schedule is up on our website now.  Please check in the Athletics tab for Baseball.  Good luck, Giants!

Winter Break

School will be out for Winter Break next week, February 16-20.  There will also be NO school for students on Monday, February 23 - that is Parent Teacher Conference day.  Parents, please come to the school that day to pick up your child's report card and talk to his/her teachers.  If you cannot make it for Conference day, please call your child's teacher and set an alternate date for you to come up and conference with teachers.  Be advised: if your child owes for lunch money or library fines, they will not receive their report card until those outstanding fines are cleared.  Hope to see you Monday, February 23!

Attention Parents of Athletes

We are in need of pictures taken during football, basketball, and baseball/softball games for the yearbook.  If you have any that you think would be a great snapshot or game shot for our annual this year, please email them to Mrs. Girlinghouse at  Thank you!

JJHS Softball

The JJHS Softball 2015 schedule is available - look in the Athletics tabs for softball.


Good luck, ladies!

Math help is here!

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This is a user-friendly website to help students and parents with math.  Lessons and activities start at third grade and go into college-level materials.  You can access it either of the following ways:

  1. (You will have to create an account if you go in this way.)
  2. Google "khan academy" and then click on "math" (You do not have to create an account this way.)
  • ​Click on the grade level you need.
  • Scroll topics and click on the one you are working on.
  • Scroll again and you can see the videos and practice available for that topic.

*You can also find your topic by using the search feature.

​Thanks to Mrs. Towell for recommending this great website!


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Top: Charlie P., David J., Jude W., Daniel M., Braylon B.

Middle: Alyssa H., Jakyra C., Anna H., Rachel F.

Bottom: Simone K., Shaundarius T., Jensyn G., Zachary S., Keely S.

A GIANT thanks!

We would like to give a huge thanks to Mrs. Amanda Howard for taking our spectacular Class Favorites pictures!  They are terrific, and we really appreciate you doing that for us! =)

Way to go, JJHS Giants!

A BIG congratulations goes out to our JJHS Giants - they went UNDEFEATED in football this year!  Congrats, boys!  We will be having a celebration in honor of their achievement  on Thursday, October 23 at 2:00pm here at Jena Junior High School!

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Order your yearbook online!

It's time to start ordering yearbooks!  This year, you can place your order for a yearbook online!  Just click on the picture below, and it will take you to the Balfour website.  Simply follow the directions to place your order, and your yearbook will be delivered to JJHS when they're ready.  Simple and convenient!  If you have any questions, please call us at 992-5815 or email Mrs. G at


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Major Projects under way at JJHS

JJHS is currently in the process of constructing athletic fields and an outdoor classroom/nature trail.  If you would like to help, please contact the school.


               P - Preparedness                                   
               R - Respect                                            
               I -Integrity                                              
               D - Determination                                   
               E - Excellence                                        



JJHS Mission Statement

To provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment in a way that enhances student growth academically, socially, and emotionally, so that all students will become lifelong learners and productive members of society.

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Today: 2/27/15

2013-2014 JJHS Bell Schedule

 7:50 1st Period
 8:48 2nd Period
 9:50 3rd Period
10:46 1st Lunch-7th Grade
10:48 4th Period-6th & 8th Grades
11:16 4th Period-7th Grade
11:42 2nd Lunch-6th & 8th Grades
12:17 5th Period
 1:15 6th Period
 2:11 Canteen Recess
 2:32 7th Period
 3:24 School Ends

Congratulations, Jacob!

Congratulations, Jacob!

Student of the Year

Jacob C. was selected as Jena Junior High School and LaSalle Parish 8th Grade Student of the Year for 2013-2014.  Jacob will go on to compete in the regional competition this spring.  JJHS congratulates Jacob on his accomplishments and wishes him luck in the next round.

Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Kylie Andrews

Eighth grade English Language Arts and Writing teacher Kylie Andrews has been selected as LaSalle Parish Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. Kylie has been teaching for three years, after obtaining a B.A. degree in English from LSUA and her teacher certification from Louisiana College. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in education, and hopes to become a lead teacher in the future. Kylie has been married to her husband Robin for 14 years, and is the proud mother of Audrey, age 9, and Seth, age 6.  She enjoys reading her bible, shopping, and watching Saints football!

Homework Help!!!

Visit the link for the State Library of Louisiana after school tutoring program, HomeworkLouisiana. This program is available from 2:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and is free of charge.