March 18, 2022

COURSE SELECTIONS FOR GRADE 8 STUDENTS

Bacon Academy School Counselor, Ron Sefchik, will be coming in to explain course selections, credits, and schedules to the Pi Team on Friday, March 18th and Zeta Mu on Monday, March 21st. The portal to choose courses and electives will be open on Monday the 21st. If you have any questions, please call School Counseling at 860 537 2313..

 

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!

 

STUDENT SURVEY

On Friday, March 18 we will be administering a survey to all students to learn about their experiences, feelings and influences regarding tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other activities. This survey must be administered at the beginning of our activity period. Unless a parent opts their child out, all students should be encouraged to participate in this survey. Students will return back to homeroom with their chromebooks after period 7 and take part in our Face-to-Face Friday PBIS Activities being held for the whole month of March.

 

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! 

 

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 

 

WJJMS MATH COUNTS TEAM

 The WJJMS Math Counts team competed in the Eastern CT Chapter Competition on February 17, 2022. Students were very competitive, and one of the 6th grade team members, Zach Weisensee, made the top 25%. He came in 16th place overall, which really worked out to the top 12.5%. Way to go Zach!

 

WJJMS TRACK

 Coach Vess and Coach Kershnar are leading Track this year! Athletes will be handed a schedule and more information on the first day of practice, Monday, March 21, 2022. Track meets can also be found at CIACsports.com, by selecting "Johnston Middle School." March 21 and 22: Practice @ WJJMS 2:15 - 4:00 p.m. March 25: Practice @ WJJMS 2:00-3:30 p.m., Parent Meeting 3:30-4:00 p.m. Registration closed on March 17, 2022.


WJ READING BINGO BEGAN MARCH 14, 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! 

  

MCM FUNDRAISING: BUTTER BRAID PASTRY & CAKE ROLLS

The MCM Butterbraid Pastry & Cake Rolls fundraiser is now up and running. To order please create an account under your student's name. Then you're ready to order & share the link with your friends and family. We'll distribute all items right in time for Mother's Day! Please let us know if you have any issues ordering. DeeAnne Corticelli at [email protected] and Monika Graham at [email protected]

 

WWW.COLCHESTERCT.ORG

On our CPS website’s WJJMS School Information page, you may view “Featured News” and Quick Links to help you find information. The Quick Links consist of Breakfast and Lunch menus, the Digital Backpack, Payments, and PowerSchool Public to name a few.

 

WJJMS CHAMBER CHOIR

The WJJMS Chamber Choir recorded a song called One Voice for the BOE Appreciation meeting earlier this week. We hope it brightens your day!

 

WJJMS EMPTY BOWLS & ARTS NIGHT

Save the date! On Friday, May 13, 2022, we will be having our Empty Bowls & Arts Night along with a Vendor Fair, from 5 – 8:00 p.m. More information is forthcoming.


YOUTH ART MONTH

March is Youth Art Month and Ms. Taylor and Mrs. Lane are celebrating you by showing off a variety of amazing pieces made by our WJ student-artists! 3-D work is on display, too!

 

INNOVATIONS CREATE ACRYLIC KEYCHAINS FOR THE BOE MEMBERS

Innovations - 8th grade students created key chains for the Colchester Board of Education in honor of BOE appreciation month. They were created on our WJJMS laser cutter and made from acrylic. 6th grade students have been learning about simple circuitry and are finishing up their design projects. Their challenge was to design and create an original object out of cardboard that can light up and move with electronics! Some of the sculptures are going on display in the Innovations windows.

 

PUMA NEWSLETTER V5

The latest Puma Newsletter (V5) is available now! See what your students have been doing after reading a letter from our Vice Principal and viewing a Digital Learning Day slide. See important information and highlights from Applied Academics and other celebrations.

 

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY

February 22nd was Digital Learning Day. Take a few minutes to explore Digital Tools and work students have been doing in our district


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:

  1. assisting in a classroom, cafeteria, or library when a staff member is present
  2. accompanying a class on a field trip during the school day with a staff member
  3. helping in the school office during regular school hours
  4. assisting in the cafeteria or library during regular school hours
  5. 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.