Announcements-Tuesday, January 7th-B Day

  • MATH COUNTS : ATTENTION: Any Math Counts student that was not able to attend our meeting Monday after school and who has NOT taken the qualifying test, please contact Mr. Skinner or Mrs. Lewis as soon as possible. Thank you.
  • SUMMIT THEATER PRODUCTION: Is There Trouble in Paradise?

Today is the first day of auditions from 3 –5 pm for the Spring Play, Trouble in Paradise Junction.(There was a typo on the audition form, but today is the first day of tryouts)

The QR code had trouble yesterday, but here is the link to sign up now to audition today or tomorrow.

You may come to auditions even if you did not sign up in advance. Come directly to Ms. Stockton’s room in Expedition, Room 132, after school. Put your name on the audition list when you arrive. If you have Summit Select rehearsal, you can come to tryouts at 3:30 or later or audition on Wednesday. Auditions will be held on a first-come, first-served basis. While you wait, you can read the list of characters and think about what parts are most interesting to you. Be sure to bring your completed audition form with the conflict schedule filled out. Auditions will continue on Wed. from 2-4 p.m. Contact Ms. Murdock ( or Ms Stockton ( if you have questions.

  • CULVER’S NIGHT TONIGHT: Tonight is Culver’s night in Urbandale from 5-8 PM! This event helps support After Prom!  Thank you for your support!

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays (round 1 is 6 weeks)

*****Starts Tuesday, January 7th

Will offer another round in the spring!

Who: Anyone can show up at any time.  I will use partner programming to help catch up beginners and those who want extra support.  The more the merrier!

What: We will be using a program called Unity to create a video game over the course of 6 weeks.  I will allow any students to join at any given time.  Just show up and you can start building a game, keep coming and you might finish a game.

Any parents with programming or gaming experience are welcome to contact me to come assist or volunteer in any capacity.  I may be able to accommodate any students who cannot attend due to schedule conflicts.  Please arrive promptly at 4 to pick up students at 4:00 or have a plan for them to get home.  Thanks!  -Mr. Motz

  • JOHNSTON FIRST TECH CHALLENGE: Great job by the Johnston First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams this weekend at the League Championship in Nevada! 3 Johnston school teams will advance to the Super Regional at John Deere Financial on Feb 1st! Below are the teams and descriptions of the awards won.

Advancing Teams (in alphabetical order):

  • Atomic Narwhals – rookie FTC team from Johnston Middle School – advanced by winning the Design award. Team members: Lauren Wessling, Sejal Sharma, Sarah Watkins, Rahul Santharaman, Mitch Driscoll, James Anderson, Ben Anderson, Joshua Janni, Wyatt Evans
  • Galactic Robogeese – rookie FTC team from Johnston Middle School – advanced as part of the winning FTC alliance. Team members: Sruthi Vallabhajosyula, Dima Alqaysi, Shaima Loukili, Ben Cramer, Joe Cramer, Anthony Wang, Zac Quartell, Matthew Thompson, Trey Loggins
  • Stranger Bots – Johnston High School FTC team – advances to super regional due to 3rd place for Inspire Aware and second place for Think Award. Team members: Siri Mandava, Fabiola Castaneda-Santiago, Teja Jetty, Alex Lehman, Nora McCormick, Katrina Nguyen, Kunal Singhal

Award Descriptions:

  • Inspire Award – this award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program.
  • Think Award – this award is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.
  • Design Award – this award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic.
  • FROM THE LIBRARY: NEW books have arrived!!  Be sure to check the New Arrival shelves!

Iowa Children’s Choice/Teen Choice Challenge –  Is your New Year’s Resolution to read more?  It’s not to late to join the Reading Challenge.  Be sure to record the books you’ve read from the list here: Random Prize winners for this month are: Rushwika Gottimukkala, Mackenzie Anderson, and Madelyn Stratton.  Stop by the library to pick a prize!

January Events at the Johnston Public Library:

  • Study Zone – Every Thursday from 3:30-5:00
  • Weekend Teen Tabletop Gaming – Saturday, January 4th from 1:00-4:00
  • Teen Tabletop Gaming – Tuesday, January 14th from 5:30-7:30
  • Harry Potter Fan Club – Tuesday, January 28th at 5:00
  • Anime and Manga Club – Tuesday, January 14th from 4:00-5:00
  • MILITARY CARE PACKAGES : We are organizing care packages for military members at Camp Dodge as part of our ELP project to affect change for the greater good in our community.  We are collecting the following food items in boxes in the Lobby Vestibule in front of the office until Friday January 17, 2020.
  • hard candy
  • gummy candy
  • suckers
  • water flavoring packets (kool aid, coffee, hot chocolate, and lemonade)
  • beef jerky
  • Slim Jim’s
  • protein or snack bars
  • labeled homemade treats
  • microwave popcorn
  • gum

Military personnel also appreciate these additional items:

  • decks of cards
  • card games
  • good quality socks
  • chapstick
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • board games
  • movies
  • puzzle books
  • word cross books. 

These packages will be organized and sent out this winter through the USO at Camp Dodge. By just getting one extra item when you’re Christmas shopping, Iowa’s military can have their own treats! You can turn in these items at boxes in the lobby vestibule in front of the school office.

  • A Day tomorrow