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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. 

Beta Pinning Ceremony

The Beta Pinning Ceremony has been moved to January 11 at 1st period.

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Yearbooks on sale online

You can now purchase your child's yearbook online!  Click the link below and complete the order form using a credit card.  When yearbooks are ready, your child's yearbook will be delivered to JJHS and then distributed to your child.  Yearbook are $40.  Any questions, email Mrs. G at


Order your yearbook here!

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Girls' Basketball Schedule

The 2015 girls' basketball schedule is available on the Girls' Basketball page.  Click on the tab above called "Athletics" and click your way to Girls' Basketball.  Go Lady Giants!

2015 JJHS Football Schedule

The 2015 JJHS Giants football schedule is now available on the Football page here on our website.  Click the tab labeled "Athletics" and go to the page for football.  Go Giants!

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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.


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



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Today: 11/26/15

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
 2:05 Canteen Recess
 2:25 7th Period
 3:24 School Ends

Congratulations, Casey!

Congratulations, Casey!

Student of the Year

Casey S. was selected as Jena Junior High School for the 2014-2015.  JJHS congratulates Casey on his accomplishments and wishes him luck in his endeavors going forth!

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.