February 18, 2022

 

WJJMS Q2 HONOR ROLL REPORT

See our Quarter 2 Honor Roll Report. It should print in the newspaper soon!

 

SERVICE DOG, SKIPPER, VISITS WJJMS

WJJMS students welcomed Skipper on his tour Thursday, February 17, 2022!

 

MARCH MENUS

WJJMS Breakfast

WJJMS Lunch


SCHOOL BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY

WJJMS is celebrating School Bus Driver Appreciation Day on February 23rd this year. This holiday is all about appreciating school bus drivers for being good Samaritans to students who utilize bus transportation to and from school, keeping them safe.


8TH GRADE CAREER CLUSTER FINDER SURVEYS

Pi team students had a career lesson on Feb 8th.They took the Career Cluster Finder survey on Naviance. Zeta Mu students are scheduled to take the Career Cluster Finder Survey on Naviance the week of the 21st. Students can access the results and continue to explore careers at home on the Naviance site.

 

NEW SOCKS COLLECTION FOR APPLE REHAB

The Student Council is doing a collection for "new" socks for Apple Rehab. This collection will take place from February 16 thru February 28th. Please drop off your donation in the office. Socks must be new and no fuzzy socks are allowed! The Student Council thanks you in advance for your donation.


WINTER AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Winter After School Clubs, inclusive of Homework Clubs, begin next week! Guitar Club, Quiet Drawing Club and LGBTQ & Allies. Don’t forget to register!


PUMA NEWS BROADCASTS

The Puma News Crew is gearing up to livestream WJ's daily morning announcements. They have been learning how to operate OBS & Streamlab software products, designing graphics, composing background music and figuring out how to set-up original scenes so that the broadcast will have a professional news "feel." They have also been honing their skills behind the camera and in the engineering booth, as well as studying various miking and lighting techniques. Puma News Broadcast photos


PUMA NEWSLETTER V4

The latest Puma Newsletter is available now! See what your students have been doing after reading a letter from our Vice Principal, and see highlights from Applied Academics and other celebrations.

 

GERTRUDE HAWK CHOCOLATES FUNDRAISER

The William J Johnston Middle School PTO is pleased to offer Gertrude Hawk Chocolates as part of our Fundraising program this year. We are holding a Spring Chocolate Sale. Your student will bring home a catalog and order forms over the next few days or you can shop online. Our fundraiser runs from February 14 to March 7, 2022. The estimated delivery time is the week of April 4 (more details to follow). Any questions, please feel free to contact Rebecca Meyer, Fundraising Chair: [email protected]

Online orders placed within the sale dates can choose to have their orders delivered for free with the main shipment. Out of town friends and family can choose to send their orders directly to their home (shipping fees apply). Simply set up an account and share a link so friends and family can shop our Spring Catalog virtually. Instructions


WJJMS TRACK REGISTRATION IS OPEN

 Track begins March 21, weather permitting! Travel and compete against track athletes from other schools. PowerSchool Public and then the William J. Johnston Middle School Athletic Registration form. Students must have a current physical on file with the nurse, dated within the last 15 months. The Pay to Play fees will be collected when the Pay to Play letters are given out.

 

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; or
  • assisting during extracurricular events, i.e., dances, fairs, open house, sporting events, etc.

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

 

FEBRUARY NEWS FROM THE NURSE

Dear Parents: February 2022

During the next couple months postural screenings will be conducted for seventh grade girls and eighth grade boys. The purpose of this program is to detect the signs of spinal curvature at its earliest stages. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity. Spinal deformities most often develop between the ages of 10 and 15 years. Nearly all cases are painless at first and are often confused with poor adolescent posture. Most cases are mild and require only ongoing observation by a doctor after first diagnosis. Others become progressively more severe as the child grows and require active treatment. 

The school nurse performs each screening in the health office. The procedure for examination is a simple one, requiring less than one minute. The nurse inspects the student's spine as he or she stands and then bends forward. If a spinal problem is suspected, the student will be rechecked at a second screening. If further consultation is recommended, parents will be notified of the findings and will be asked to seek further evaluation from their own physician.

Students will be distanced at 6 feet, in the screening location for less than 15 minutes, and masks will be worn at all times. If parents would like to opt out their students then please inform the school nurse in writing as soon as possible, [email protected].

Connecticut law requires all students in grades five, seventh grade girls and eighth grade boys be screened annually in school. Students who have been screened by their doctor after 6/30/21 or have already been diagnosed with a spinal problem will be excused from school screening. Please contact me if you have any questions concerning the postural screening program.


YEARBOOK DEADLINE

The deadline to order yearbooks is Feb 20, 2022. We only have about 40 that are not sold, so be sure to get your order in.

www.jostens.com


WJJMS UPCOMING BAND EVENTS

March 4&5-->Eastern Region Middle School Festival, Enfield High School

March 16-->Band Mentor Day, Bacon Academy, Rehearsal 7-10AM, Concert at 7PM

March 25-->Waterford Jazz Festival, Waterford High School


BUILT-IN INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS UTILIZED AS SCHOOL DAYS

February 22, 2022 is now a school day
March 14, 2022 is now a school day
May 31, 2022 is now a school day