April 1, 2022

WJJMS APRIL MENUS

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EMPTY BOWLS & ARTS NIGHT WITH VENDOR FAIR

William J. Johnston Middle School Empty Bowls & Arts Night with Vendor Fair Friday, May 13, 2020 from 5 - 8:00 p.m. sponsored by WJJMS & BA Unified Arts. All soup bowls purchased will benefit the Colchester Food Bank and Restavec Freedom Alliance (an organization helping former Haitian child-slaves). Proceeds for both causes are split 50/50.Purchase a handcrafted bowl for $10 ($8 for Seniors) and attend a magical evening of soup, bread, desserts, the Arts, and love. Handcrafted bowls are created by WJJMS students, staff, BA Unified Artists, and kind local artisans. Enjoy the WJJMS Art Show, Jazz Band, Choir, Guitar Club with Mr. Ramage, and an interactive Digital Media & Innovations exhibit. 


STRIKE OUT CANCER FUNDRAISER

Today is the start of the Strike Out Cancer fundraiser! This fundraiser will help support organizations that provide services for people with cancer and fund cancer research. The homeroom that donates the most money per grade level will win a delicious breakfast! If you donate, you get the chance to win a local gift card and prizes. Strike Out Cancer fundraiser will run until next Thursday, April 7. On that day, wear your favorite BASEBALL SHIRT for MLB’s Opening Day, and visit Mel's Downtown Creamery! Together, we can all STRIKE OUT CANCER!


GRIT

Today, Friday, April 1, 2022, preceding our last Face-to-Face Friday fun events, students watched a short video today on GRIT, to help them get into the right mindset for Quarter 4, which is coming soon! They’ll be setting a Q4 goal for themselves. 

GERTRUDE HAWK CHOCOLATES FUNDRAISER PICK-UP

Attention parents, pick-up your orders on Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 4 – 5:00 p.m. in the hallway outside of Gym West, William J. Johnston Middle School. Questions or concerns? Contact Rebecca Meyer, Gertrude Hawk Fundraising Chair: [email protected]

MOVIE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS

Want to go to the movies?  Get out of the winter blues!  The PTO is sponsoring a movie night for all students next Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at Gallery Cinemas, 396 Old Hartford Road!  The movie is Sonic the Hedge Hog 2 - PG. Come early enough to grab a snack!

LAST DAY TO ORDER MCM BUTTER BRAIDS & CAKE ROLLS IS TODAY, APRIL 1, 2022

The MCM Butterbraid Pastry & Cake Rolls fundraiser ends today! To order please create an account under your student's name. Orders will be distributed in time for Mother's Day, on April 25, 2022 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Contact DeeAnne Corticelli at [email protected] or Monika Graham at [email protected] with any questions.

WJJMS JAZZ BAND AWARDED AT WATERFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022

From Mr. Morrissette: “The Jazz Band students did a fantastic job at the Waterford Jazz Festival. Their behavior was perfect. They were respectful of the other schools, and played the best that I have heard them play. We are all so proud of them.”  The Awards are as follows:

Oliver Melmed, Michael Krol, Ben Salemi, and Cole Mitchell "Best Trombone Section" 

Joey Papale, Ben Buyniski, and Charlotte Galarneau "Outstanding Musicians".

Talan Ladyga earned "Best Soloist"


COMMUNITY-WIDE SENIOR CENTER LOGO CONTEST

The Colchester Senior Center will soon have a new home, as we design and build a brand-new senior center in the near future. With this advancement comes an exciting opportunity to rebrand the Colchester Senior Center with a new logo. The contest deadline is 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2022. See Mrs. Cauffman for details about the contest.


QUARANTINE TUTORING SERVICES UPDATE

Quarantine Tutoring Services Update: Beginning April 4, 2022, Colchester Public Schools will end virtual tutoring services provided to students in quarantine in grades K-5 and the option for live-streamed instruction provided to students in quarantine in grades 6-12. Please read the communication sent via school messenger.

OPERATION SKIPPER (CPS THERAPY DOG)

Bacon Academy National Honor Society and Student Council are helping with Operation Skipper. Officer Skipper is in need of a few things. Read about our fabulous Skipper!

COURSE SELECTIONS FOR 9TH GRADE

8th grade students and 8th grade parents/guardians: The PowerSchool Portal Course Selection registration is open for courses and electives at Bacon Academy. If you have any questions, please contact WJJMS School Counselors Mrs. YoderGerow or Mr. Lewis.

WJJMS INVENTION CONVENTION WINNER

Congratulations to Katherine Belding, the winner of this year’s William J Johnston Middle School’s Invention Convention. Katie’s invention “the haul it all” is a new design for a backpack that contains multiple levels for your books and chromebooks and can easily slide in and out of a locker. It solves the problem of not being able to find or fit all of your belongings in your bag and doesn’t stick out too far off your back. Katie will be moving on to present her invention at the Connecticut State Invention Convention in May. Congrats again for the awesome invention!

  

VOLLEYBALL OPPORTUNITY FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN AT BACON ACADEMY

Bacon Academy Volleyball team is holding a clinic during April vacation. Bacon Academy Co-Captains and athletes, Grace Gorreck and Megan Swanke, visited WJJMS Friday, March 18, 2022! 


BACON ACADEMY ACTIVE FOR AUTISM RUN/WALK

Bacon Academy’s Interact Club is hosting an Active for Autism Run and Walk on May 1st, 2022! Please complete the following registration form and return it to the main office before April 29th. If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Toennes, Club President and Senior at  [email protected]

CHORUS & BAND MENTOR DAYS WITH BACON ACADEMY

8th Grade Band performed with the Bacon Academy Band for “Band Mentor Day” on March 16, 2022. livestream link

8th Grade Chorus performed with the Bacon Academy Choirs for “Choir Mentor Day” on March 23, 2022. livestream link

  

WJ READING BINGO THROUGH MAY 6, 2022

Students can start recording books they read now until May 6, 2022. Copies of the Bingo board are in the library and with ELA teachers. The Bingo Board will be posted in the students' Puma Classroom! 

   

LEGACY PHOTO ORDERING

Dear parents, if you are looking to purchase photos from your student's custom gallery at Legacy Studios, the images are still available online!

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

If you are interested in volunteering or will be, please review the following:

Group I: Volunteers that assist school staff members with school activities in the presence of a Colchester Public Schools employee. Background checks are not required for Group I volunteers. Group I volunteers are those who assist school staff members with school activities such as those listed below:

assisting in a classroom, cafeteria, or library when a staff member is present

accompanying a class on a field trip during the school day with a staff member

helping in the school office during regular school hours

assisting in the cafeteria or library during regular school hours

assisting during extracurricular events (dances, fairs, open house, sporting events, etc.)

To apply to be a Group I Volunteer, please complete the  Group 1 Volunteer Application form.