It is the mission of the WJJMS PTO to enrich the educational experience of all WJJMS students by providing funding for programs and materials that support and complement the WJJMS curriculum. We look forward to creating a strong parent-teacher collaboration for the upcoming year. Check the latest information in the Digital Backpack and in the PowerSchool Bulletin. Contact the PTO President, Samantha Van Zilen at [email protected] with any questions.


2022 - 2023


Position Name
President Samantha Van Zilen
Vice President Lauren Faber
Secretary Tanya Grimm
Treasurer Kristin Hustus
Administrator Chris Bennett
Administrator Stacy Ewings
Teacher Representative Jen DelSesto
Teacher Representative Meg Lewis
Grants Danielle Pensa
FB/Eblast Laurie Buyniski
Hospitality Jackie Lucco
New Family Breakfast Kelly Perry
8th Grade Picnic Samantha Van Zilen
  Danielle Pensa
  Kelly Crowell
  Jessica Trusz
Puma Wear Cindy Malz
Surplus Store Manager Jessica Trusz
Surplus Store Volunteer Coordinator
Box Tops Michelle Toennis
Pie/Cookie Dough fundraiser Michelle Toennis
Holiday Gift Store Laura Landry
  Elizabeth Kukich
Candy fundraiser Rebecca Meyer
Butter Braids/Cake Rolls fundraiser Erin Varusso



  • grants for student programming
  • honor roll supplies
  •  individual grants for teacher needs
  • staff appreciation luncheons
  • 8th-grade promotion t-shirts
  • 8th-grade promotion picnic


  • Big Y Express points (see below for information)
  • Butter Braids/Cake Rolls
  • Box Tops (see below for information)
  • Holiday Gift Store
  • Pie/Cookie Dough
  • Puma Wear
  • Stop & Shop A+ Rewards (see below for information)


Membership & Donation Form
(we do not have membership dues)
All of these great services are funded through our fundraisers and donations. We are always actively looking for volunteers to work on various projects. If you have the time, we need you. Please note, however, that you can choose to be a contributing member only.


Please contact Cindy Malz at [email protected] to inquire.


WJJMS PTO Surplus Store Facebook page
Location: William J. Johnston Middle School,360 Norwich Ave Colchester CT 06415

What we sell:
We offer a large variety of items ranging from kids' toys, crafts, home decor, yarn, fabric, sewing, scrapbooking, stamping, household, Wilton, card making, wedding items, wall art, lawn & garden items and so much more. All items are new.

Who benefits:
100% of the profits are used to purchase programs and materials for WJJMS students. The PTO accepts cash or checks made payable to "WJJMS PTO."


All meetings are held mostly every third Wednesday of each month during the school year unless otherwise indicated, starting at 6:00 p.m. To inquire about PTO Meetings, you may contact WJJMS at 860-537-2313, check the PowerSchool Bulletin or Calendar at Feel free to contact Samantha Van Zilen, the WJJMS PTO President at the email address above with any questions.


Do you shop from Amazon? Do you have an organization dedicated to earn through Amazon Smile? If you do not have an organization designated please consider selecting Colchester Cooperative Parent-Teacher Organization. Your everyday purchases earn a percentage for our schools.  Any questions, please write to Michelle Toennes at [email protected]


The Box Tops for Education gains free cash for WJJMS. Clipping Box Tops has been replaced with scanning receipts and sending in online shopping orders. Our school still earns 10 cents per participating item purchased. Those receipts scanned add up to a lot of cash for our school to use to directly benefit our students.

Download the Box Tops for Education app from your app store. Select William J Johnston Middle School to receive the benefits. When you see an item you purchased have the symbol for Box Tops for Education simply scan the receipt or email your online shopping order to [email protected]

Watch our school earnings add up in real time. Scan receipt or email your online shopping receipt within 14 days of the qualifying purchase to earn rewards. Thank you for taking the time to earn for our school! You will be surprised at how many items are included.  Any questions, please write to Michelle Toennes at [email protected]


BIG Y Card registration  
The WJJMS school ID# is 5110. Help WJJMS attain free equipment for our students!


Stop & Shop Rewards Program registration
Our ID# is 05879! Earn cash for our schools! Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: NEW supporters can create or log into their on-line account to register their Stop & Shop Card to your School ID. If you need assistance, contact Customer Care at 877-366-2668 OPTION #1. We appreciate your support.