November 19, 2021

 

A NOTE TO THE OFFICE

Our Note to the Office form is convenient! Print it, send one of them in with your student about an early pickup need, a previous absence, a tardy, or vacation. If your student is leaving early, we can prepare them with a pass to be in the office five minutes before your arrival after they leave class without an interruption.

 

JOSTENS YEARBOOKS!

Let’s not forget to order those yearbooks for your student. They are only $37 (this could increase in the new year). You can also place 8th grade grad ads at the same time as placing your yearbook order. There are only so many pages allotted for Grad Ads so get those orders in before space runs out. Simply log onto www.Jostensyearbook.com and follow the prompts.

 

CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMANCE FOR VETERANS DAY

Our Chamber Choir, led by Mrs. Goodwin, performed on the WJJMS Main Street for our Veterans Day celebratory week. This year a ceremony via Google Slides and Flip Grid was developed by our Technology Teacher, Mrs. Cauffman, for all of our students and families to watch. Students were invited to submit a Flip Grid video to be included in the presentation. We honor family members with a garland of stars submitted by students that is displayed so everyone entering WJ will be greeted by our students' gratitude. 

 

LEGACY STUDIOS

Print and send the form in to order the 8th Grade Class Group Photo before November 30! Questions for Legacy Studios? legacystudios.com , 716 512 6336 or customercare@legacystudios.com.

 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

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 receipts@boxtops4education.com. 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 Toennes.michelle@gmail.com.

 

AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM

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 Toennes.michelle@gmail.com

 

TECH SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS OF STUDENTS INTERESTED IN A TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Great news! The online line application process is now open!  Simply go to CTTECH.org https://www.cttech.org/admissions/ctecs-applications/ and follow the prompts. See the checklist, and good luck to all applicants!

 

CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL “PJ DAY”

Each year, Connecticut Children’s holds a PJ Day where students, staff, and families may donate any amount to contribute towards the fight against cancer and wear their pajamas to school. PJ Day this year is set for December 10, 2021. Our whole district will be taking part in this meaningful CCMC PJ Day  fundraiser and you can donate beginning Monday, November 22!

 

TURKEY TROT FUN RUN/WALK 2021

Dear Parents, Students and Staff, WJJMS proudly presents the 31st running of the WJJMS Turkey Trot! This event will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m. We sponsor this event for several reasons: to raise money for a worthy cause, to promote physical fitness and to have fun. Last year, approximately 350 students and staff participated. Read more and see the permission slip!

 

WINTER CONCERT PLANNED FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021 AT BA AUDITORIUM

Dear Parents, Our Band and Chorus students have been working very hard and are excited for the opportunity to showcase their talents! Read all about our Winter Concert plan. Please contact Band Director Keith Morrissette at kmorrissette@colchesterct.org or Choir Director Lynn Goodwin at lgoodwin@colchesterct.org with any questions.

 

INTERSCHOLASTIC BASKETBALL NEWS

Boys and Girls Basketball tryouts will be held on November 22 and 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Attendance both days is expected. Registration on PowerSchool and a physical dated within the last 13 months must be on file with the nurse to be eligible to try out. The girls will be in the West Gym and the boys will be in the East Gym. Once the teams are chosen, a full practice/game schedule will be given to the teams. Pay to play will be required only if the student makes the team. Pay to play is not required prior to the teams being chosen. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Dipierro, the Athletic Director for William J. Johnston Middle School at adipi43@colchesterct.org.

 

8TH GRADE PARENTS – NORWICH & WINDHAM TECH, LYMAN AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

The school counselors have recently met with 8th grade students who have expressed an interest in applying to either Norwich Tech., Windham Tech., or Lyman’s agricultural program. If your student is interested in attending one of these schools and has not yet met with a school counselor for information, please have them see their school counselor as soon as possible. Applications for Windham and Norwich are available online and are to be submitted online. Norwich Technical High School and Windham Technical High School - Applications opened on November 5, 2021, deadline to submit is December 15, 2021. Norwich Tech. held a virtual open house on November 3, 2021. Students must register online for the open house. To tour Windham Tech, call the school to set up an in-person tour at (860) 456-3879. The application for Lyman may be downloaded from the website, but should be turned in to our WJJMS School Counselors (Mrs. Lewis or Mrs. Yoder Gerow). Lyman’s Agricultural Program applications are now open and must be given to WJJMS School Counselor by December 6, 2021. If you have any questions please feel free to call at 860 537-2313.
Norwich Tech.--  
https://norwich.cttech.org/apply/
Windham Tech.--  https://windham.cttech.org/apply/
Lyman Agricultural Program -- http://lebanonagscience.yolasite.com/

 

6TH ANNUAL NO-LIMIT COLCHESTER FOOD BANK & BALDI CHRISTMAS TREE DRAWING

Send in a donation – 2 non-perishable food items, health & beauty aids, paper goods, pet supplies – You’ll be entered into the drawing for a beautiful Christmas Tree from The Baldi Tree Farm. There is no minimum or maximum donation amount. Please join us in our efforts to support the Colchester Food Bank this season!