March 4, 2022

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.

 

COLCHESTER YOUTH FIRST COALITION

We are collecting parent and community member feedback on issues affecting Colchester youth. Click our Colchester Community Survey to share your opinions! Your feedback helps us design programs and initiatives to benefit the health and wellness of our youth.

 

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

For Women's History Month, our Puma News broadcasts are featuring favorite quotes from well-known females and personally created quotes during Morning Announcements.  Better yet - we'd love a personal quote from one of our female staff members! Want to be inspired by a strong female right now? Check out our recent interview with Lilliana Anderson about playing on a mostly boys football team: https://youtu.be/fYBK5b-1RGA

 

SCIENCE BOWL CLUB NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 26, 2022

WJJMS Team 2 advanced to the first round of the competition after the morning preliminary placement rounds. Unfortunately, WJJMS Team 1 did not advance to the afternoon competition. Team 2 was eliminated after the first round of the competition, but they had fun and did their best! First Place: West Woods Upper Elementary School. Second Place: Timothy Edwards Middle School.

TEAM 1: Sabrina Boutin, Charlotte Galarneau, Abby Stillwell, Diego Negron, Charlie Ringuette

TEAM 2, Liam Sweeney, Toheed Usman, TJ Crowell, Evan Lovegrove

 

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

 

CPS MASK UPDATE

CPS Family Update from the BOE Meeting Thursday, February 24, 2022.

 

SERVICE DOG, SKIPPER, VISITS WJJMS

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

MARCH MENUS

WJJMS Breakfast

WJJMS Lunch

BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY

WJJMS celebrated 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.

 

SCHOOL COUNSELING CORNER: 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.


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

 

GERTRUDE HAWK CHOCOLATES

Don’t forget that the Gertrude Hawk Chocolates fundraiser ends on Monday, March 7! All order forms are due. If you can’t find the form, there are plenty of extras in the office or simply place an order online after setting up your student account at https://fundraising. The estimated delivery time is the week of April 4 (more details to follow). Questions? Contact Rebecca Meyer, fundraising chair at [email protected]

 

WJJMS TRACK REGISTRATION

Track begins March 21! 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.

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 was a school day
March 14, 2022 is now a school day
May 31, 2022 is now a school day