Rhonda Russell, Principal
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
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.
2016 Baseball Schedule
The 2016 JJHS baseball schedule is up and available on the Athletics tab. Click on the link below, or click on Athletics at the top, then on baseball. You can right click on the picture and print or save on your computer. Good luck, Giants!
2016 Softball Schedule
The 2016 Lady Giants softball schedule is now up and available on the Softball page. Click the link above for Athletics and then surf over to the Softball page.
Way to go, Laura!
A big-time, GIANT congratulations go out to Laura Peters for being selected as the LaSalle Parish Student of the Year for 8th grade! A well-earned award for a very deserving young lady!
Laura will now go on to compete at the district level - good luck!
Beta Pinning Ceremony
The Beta Pinning Ceremony has been moved to January 11 at 7th period.
A GIANT congratulations are in order for two exemplary members of our school! Our 2015 Student of the Year is Laura P., and our Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 academic year is Mrs. Casie Bradford!
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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.
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Student of the Year
Laura P. was selected as Jena Junior High School Student of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. JJHS congratulates Laura on her accomplishments and wishes her luck in his endeavors going forth!
Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Shannon Girlinghouse has been selected as JJHS Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. Shannon has been teaching for 14 years, after obtaining a BS in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University. She is the librarian and media manager for Jena Junior High, along with teaching reference and ELA classes. Mrs. G is also an assistant coach for the JJHS Lady Giants softball team. Shannon has been married to her husband Chad for 15 years, and is the proud mother of Clark, age 10, and Chase, age 5. Mrs. Girlinghouse enjoys reading, watching anything X-Files and superhero-related, and singing and playing several musical instruments. You can usually find her hunkered down with her favorite books or pegging away at the piano and singing! She is honored to be named Teacher of the Year, and hopes to continue here at JJHS for the remainder of her career!
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.