Communication Methods

William J. Johnston Middle School communicates with parents/caregivers and students in a wide variety of ways to keep you updated on information and all school activities. Although some communication necessitates paper, using technology to its fullest potential not only saves our environment but also alleviates the costs and time associated with assembling mailings.

The following is a list of electronic communication methods that WJJMS employs. The links included for each method, many of which are links to the William J. Johnston Middle School website may be followed for more information, including account set-up, user preferences, and contact information.

The Digital Backpack

  • The Digital Backpack is the most comprehensive source of information. Items run for three weeks, and you may click on previous editions as an option as well. The Digital Backpack is updated and posted weekly on the WJJMS website. A link is then emailed home each week:


  • The PowerSchool Student and Parent Portal provides a wealth of information

  • PowerSchool Mobile App (District Code - HPWB):

    Apple IOS


  • To create a Parent PowerSchool Portal Account, attain your WEB ID and Password from the WJJMS office at 860-537-2313. 


  • Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Students at WJJMS are introduced to Naviance and utilize its workings through Bacon Academy.

WJJMS Events Calendar

  • The William J. Johnston Middle School Events Calendar tracks school, club, and community events that occur at WJJMS. WJJMS Events Calendar

    • The WJJMS calendar has an export function


  • The SchoolMessenger Notification System provides email text, and phone call communications and emergency notifications to parents and staff members. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date in PowerSchool.

  • Text (SMS) Message Alerts:
    Parents will not receive early morning telephone calls. We will send text message alerts. To opt-in to receive texts, simply text the word YES to #67587. We will still continue to call you for unscheduled early dismissals. The number that you will receive text messages from is #67587.