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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. 

Shooting For World 5K Glo Run

JJHS and the Archery team will be hosting a 5K Glo Run on Saturday, July 9 at 8pm at the Jena Town Park.  Registration will be at 7pm and the Glo Run will begin at 8pm.  Please come out and help us get this terrific group of shooters to the Worlds Archery Competition! The following is information that can be found on the registration form.  Forms can be picked up at JJHS, Ace Hardware, and Willa Boutique, and can be printed here.


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Shooting for World (JJHS Archery) Glo 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016


Registration Time: 7:00 p.m .


Race Time: 8:00 p.m.


Location: Amphitheater at Jena Park


5K Fees: $30 by June 24, 2016 - $35 after June 24, 2016 and day of race

Glow Items will be available for purchase at the race.


T-Shirts: Each Pre-Registered 5K participant will receive a T-Shirt on event date for signing up.


Awards: The top male and female finishers will receive an award immediately following the event. There will be an award for top finishers under 16 years old.


Proceeds: Proceeds from the event will go towards the cost of transportation to Louisville, KY for the National Tournament and to Myrtle Beach for the World Tournament, along with hotel rooms, and food expense.


Other Info: In case of rain, the races will go on. Delay of the start may happen in case of severe weather in the area at race time. If severe weather continues, then the race director or local authorities may make the call to cancel the race at that time. Sorry, no refunds.


Forms can be picked up at these locations:

Jena Jr. High School

Ace Hardware

Willa Boutique


Race Coordinators:

Kelsie Jolly (318)316-1651

Cindy Creel (318)316-3732

Rhonda Russell (318) 715-0267


Please mail the entry form with check payable to:

Jena Jr High School, ATTN: 5K Race

114 East Southern Ave Jena, LA 71342

A. W. L. S.

This summer, three members of our faculty will be sponsored by the Safari Club International Louisiana Chapter to participate in a wilderness training event .  Mrs. Bradford, Mrs. Pearson, and Coach Jolly, along with Mrs. Angie Pendarvis, will be traveling to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to participate in an eight-day professional development workshop focusing around the North American Wildlife model and engaging ways to use the outdoors as a classroom.  These ladies will be participating in some incredible activities such as shooting sports and white water rafting, all while learning some great lessons that are integrated into K-12 math, language arts, social studies, and physical education.


To learn more about the Safari Club International or this American Wilderness Leadership School event, please visit the Safari Club website by clicking on the picture below. A tremendous thanks goes out to the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Club International for sponsoring our teachers for such an exciting opportunity!

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From our School Based Health Center:

For your child to be seen in the health center, we must have a completed and signed consent form with a copy of your insurance cards.


If your child is to be given prescription medicine at school, please remember you must have a written doctor's order and meet with Tammy Guin, LaSalle Parish School Board Nurse RN, to sign the medicine in.  Also, if your child has a change in dosage or in medicine, please contact the health center RN to inform of change.  No child may bring medication, including over the counter medications, to school.  Parents must bring the medication to sign it in.


If your health insurance changes during the school year, please call the health center and supply a copy of the new insurance card.


If you have any questions, please call the health center at (318) 992-2732.

Summer School

Summer school will be held here at JJHS from May 23-June 22.  You will be notified if you need to attend.

Way to go!

10 JJHS students placed at regionals and have qualified for the State 4-H Shooting Sports competition!

4-H Shooting Sports

Bottom row, left to right:

Devan T. - Shotgun Modified Trap Jr. division state qualifier

Mason Z. - Shotgun Modified Trap - 1st place Jr. Team

Tate T. - Shotgun Modified Trap Jr. Division - 10th place Individual

Hailey D. - Archery (compound) Jr. Team state qualifier

Erin W. - Smallbore Rifle, Sr. Team - 1st place Individual, 3rd place Rifle Team, Archery (compound) - 3rd place Sr. Team


Top row, left to right:

Logan B. - Shotgun Modified Trap - 1st place Team, 6th place Individual

Carlie E. - Smallbore Rifle Sr. Division - 3rd place Team

JJ P. - Smallbore Rifle 3rd place Individual, 2nd place Smallbore Rifle Team

James S. - Smallbore Rifle Jr. Division - 4th place Individual, 2nd place Smallbore Rifle Jr. Team

Rhett F. - Smallbore Rifle - 2nd place Jr. Team

Congratulations, James!

James S. recently won the art design contest for the 2016 Special Olympics logo.  Awesome, James!


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Congratulations, Laura!

A GIANT congratulations goes out to our Student of the Year, Laura Peters - she is a Regional Student of the Year finalist!  Laura will now move on the the State SOY competition!  Good luck, Laura; we can't imagine a better candidate than you!

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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 2015-2016 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.


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



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Today: 6/26/16

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, Laura!

Congratulations, Laura!

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

Teacher of the Year

Shannon Girlinghouse

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!

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.