October 29, 2021

 

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

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 child 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 open on November 5th, deadline to submit is December 15th. Norwich Tech. is having a virtual open house on November 3rd from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Students must register online for the open house. Windham Tech. will not be holding a virtual tour, however, you can 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 into their school counselor at WJJMS (Mrs. Lewis or Mrs. Yoder Gerow).  Lyman’s agricultural program-- Application is now open, applications must be given to WJJMS School Counselor by December 6th. 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 Ag. program-- 
http://lebanonagscience.yolasite.com/

 

DAP (DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS PROFILE) SURVEY

WJJMS School Messenger Message from the week of October 18 - 22: Dear Parent or Guardian, on October 29, 2021, William J Johnston Middle School along with Bacon Academy will be conducting a research survey of our youth. The results will help us work together to help young people succeed and thrive in life. The survey is titled the Developmental Assets Profile. The survey focuses on the strengths and supports that youth have and need in their lives. This survey will help our organization work with you to ensure that the young people we work with have the opportunities they need to be successful in life. The survey focuses on young people’s own perceptions of their strengths.
DAP information

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

Dear WJJMS friends, Mrs. Baldi and Ms. Tamburrino are supporting the Colchester Food Bank and their needs as we approach the holiday season. There may be other fundraising events happening at this time but we wanted to share a little information with you. Mrs. Baldi and Ms. Tamburrino have teamed up together for tag sales and fundraisers over the last several years to assist and support past and present students, families, the Colchester Fire and Police Departments, the Colchester Senior Center, Hartford Hospital’s Neo-Natal Unit, The Johnson Home, Toys for Tots, as well as Animal Rescue organizations. If you donate any two non-perishable food items, the name of the person donating is entered into a 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~ and if you can spread the word, we thank you.

NOVEMBER YOUTH CENTER TRIPS

See the November Youth Services flyer for information on Dinner and a Movie (Eternals) in Lisbon, and Urban Air Adventure Park in Orange!

WJJMS SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR

Nov.1, 3, 4, 5 open during school hours, November 2nd – Open to families 7-8:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m. Visit our online page to shop, create an e-wallet for your child, and more! www.scholastic.com/bf/wjjms

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 fundraiser!

BACON ACADEMY’S WELCOMES 8TH GRADE STUDENTS TO SHOWCASE NIGHT

Bacon Academy welcomes all current 8th-grade students and their families to visit and tour the high school on Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. The annual showcase is open for all 8th-grade students who will be transitioning into high school for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Principal Matthew Peel will include an introduction and an overview of Bacon Academy at 6:00 p.m. in the Bacon Academy Doc Gross Auditorium. Following the introduction, students and families will be invited to tour the academic departments as well as athletic/activity programs. 

Enter the drawing for a pizza from one of our five local pizza restaurants, which have graciously sponsored this evening. Have fun, and good luck! 

LEGACY STUDIOS PICTURE DAYS

Mark your calendars, Picture Retake Day/Make-up Day and the Grade 8 Class Group Photo are set for November 15! Check out shop.legacystudios.com. And for those students who already had their photos taken, utilize your QR Code Card that was given to you and any smartphone camera to scan the QR (please allow 2-3 weeks). Questions for Legacy Studios about pictures? legacystudios.com, 716 512 6336 or customercare@legacystudios.com.
Grade 8 Class Group Photo flyer

 

NORWICH TECHNICAL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

The Norwich Technical School Open House IS VIRTUAL this year. Interested families, please register for the event on the website.
Date: November 3
, 2021
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (virtually)
Virginia A. DeLong/Director of Counseling & Admissions
Norwich Technical HS 
 
virginia.delong@cttech.org 
860-892-2113 

 

FALL AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

The Fall Afterschool Clubs that are being offered right now are:
Chess Club
Guitar Club
Kindness and Crafts Club
Science Bowl
Quiet Drawing Club
Unity Club: LGBTQ+ and Allies
6th, 7th & 8th Grade Homework Clubs
Clubs will begin in November. Permission slips with all the details are available in the office, on the digital backpack, and in the WJJMS google classroom. Get those permission slips in, if there is not enough participation the clubs will not run.

 

9TH GRADE COURSE SELECTION/ELECTIVES REVIEW FOR WJ 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

Bacon Academy’s 9th Grade School Counselor Ron Sefchik will visit WJJMS on March 18 and March 21 to meet our Grade 8 students. He will discuss the electives and the course selection process for 9th grade. The snow date for these events will be on March 22, 2021.