JHS Weekly Newsletter

APRIL 15 – 19



Spring Musical this weekend!! Get your tickets on GoBound.com

Last weekend, Johnston IJAG students provided a meal to local veterans at Camp Dodge to thank and honor them for their service!  #JohnstonServes 

Great job to the following athletes for placing at the Jim Duncan Relays yesterday!!  Jaida Bell- 1st Place in Long Jump Giada Grimes- 3rd place in the 100 meter dash Olivia Fehn- 3rd place in the 400 meter dash 2nd place in the 4×100 meter relay.

Lady Dragons brought home 1st place TEAM plaque for the Johnston Tennis Invitational!  ⁦


Claire and Anna round out the doubles trifecta of gold medals! #3 doubles champs! 

Sidney and Harper handled the singles duties for the day. Harper was able to snag silver at #2 singles!  Allie and Lauren only gave up 3 games all day to take the gold medals at #1 doubles! 

Johnston Boys Tennis takes 2nd place at Johnston Invitational. 6 medalists.

Ice cube said it best: “Today it was a good day.” Boys move to 8-0 on the season.⚽️⚽️ Martinez⚽️⚽️ Colocho⚽️ Leach⚽️ Basunguci⚽️ Sieverding⚽️ Mawia Assists by Martinez, Sieverding, Colocho, Leach, and O’Connor

Spring Swing is April 29th at 7:00 p.m.
Free admission

Johnston High School Cheer Tryouts
Who: Current 9th-11th grade students
When: Saturday, May 18th – Clinic starting at 8:00am & Tryouts starting at 12:00pm
Where: Johnston High School Multipurpose Room & Gym
Why: Spread your dragon spirit with the school and community while demonstrating your skills as an athlete

For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community, the Johnston student council has been recognized as a 2024 National Gold Council of Excellence by 

 for at least a fourth year in a row. Read more: http://johnstoncsd.org/news/2024/04/jhs-student-council-national-award/

Twenty-one JHS seniors were recognized during Senior Night for Girls Track and Field! They are: Hannah Abbey, Sydney Bilyeu, Janna Bowser, Maggie Burry, Mallory Crandell, Giada Grimes, Emma Hattel, Rylie Henry, Sydney Hodges, Hannah Hoffman, Signa Holt, Brenna Murphy, Maddison Pospeshil, Kate Rastetter, Abigail Rosen, Ella Smithson, Krissy Spear, Kaylee Spurbeck, Kinsely Theobald, Olivia Verde and Karli Wagner. Congratulations, Dragons! ‍♀️

April 8 and 9 Johnston High School Technology Student Association members attended the Iowa TSA State Conference.  28 Johnston students completed in over 30 STEM events.  Also, TSA elects new state officers at this time.  Two Johnston students were elected to the state officer team; Advik Bajpai, and Shreyas Shrestha.  Maanit Sheth is the outgoing President.  The following events and students qualified for the national TSA conference in Orlando, FL June 26-30.
Board Game Design- Caroline Throener, Mery Tyler
Coding – Shreyas Shrestha, Henry Zou
Debating Tech Issues- Advik Bajpai, Alan Qi
Dragster – Maanit Sheth, Sid Rajkumar
Extemp – Alan Qi , Caroline Throener
On Demand Video- Kathir Kalyanaraman, Shreyas Shrestha
Prepared – Alan Qi
Structure – Austin Ngo, Mery Tyler
Tech Bowl – Sid Rajkumar, Maani Sheth, Caroline Throener
Congratulations to our Best in Center winners at our Solo and Ensemble festival on March 28! Margi, Arthur, Jack, and Matthews – saxophone quartet, Margi – alto sax solo, Peyton – clarinet solo, Jimena – clarinet solo, Madeline – flute solo, Marissa and Sarah – clarinet duet, Ashley – clarinet solo, Audrey, Ellen, Arianna, Sophie, Reagan, Rachel, Gabrielle, Taryn, Alan, and Jacob – percussion ensemble (picture yet to come).
Tonight the JHS varsity Girls Soccer team took on the Ankeny Hawks. It was a hard fought game. Ankeny scored one in the first half and Johnston battled back by scoring late in the second half to tie it up. The game went into a sudden death overtime. The score remained 1-1 after the first overtime. Ankeny scored in the second overtime winning the game. Next up, the girls have two home games on Thursday and Friday evening! ⚽️

Ticket Schedule: 
April 8-12: $20
April 15-19: $25
April 22-26: $30
Prom Night: $40



We are one month out from opening day! We open with a state championship rematch against Ames!  Here is a look at the home schedule for the 2024 Johnston Dragons baseball team! We hope to see everyone around the park this summer!



At the EmpowHER MidAmerican Energy event, JHS students learned about trade and non-trade careers such as cybersecurity, accounting, IT, line school, gas meter building, electric substation and natural gas hazards. Johnston also scored well at the welding competition!

Season Opener for JHS varsity girls golf this afternoon! The Briarwood Invitational hosted by Ankeny Centennial. What a beautiful day to get out on the course! ⛳️‍♀️

The school board tonight recognized JHS junior Aravind Balaji, who took 1st place and is the state champion in Congressional Debate at the Iowa Forensic League State Tournament. He is the first Johnston student to place first in Congress at IFL. He’s also one of seven from Johnston who qualified for nationals. Congratulations! 

Seven JHS students have qualified for the 2024 National Speech & Debate Tournament, which will be held June 16-21. JHS is also one the host schools for the tournament, which is expected to bring 6,700 high school and middle school students from 1,500 schools to the Greater Des Moines area. http://johnstoncsd.org/news/2024/04/national-speech-and-debate/…

Huge win for the boys varsity Dragons soccer team on Friday night!  They beat Waukee NW 3-2. The team is excited for their game this Monday night (4/8/24) against the Ankeny Hawks. Come support your Dragons!  by Kristin Sieverding ⚽️ 


Congratulations to Johnston girls basketball’s Aili Tanke on winning the national 2024 State Farm 3-point women’s championship! ⛹‍♀️


MS and JHS students competed in the State Science Olympiad this weekend at Iowa State University and brought home first, second and third place finishes! Results: —Division B (Middle School): Anatomy and Physiology – 2nd place, Disease detectives – 2nd place, Fast facts – 3rd place, Optics – 2nd place, Write it, do it – 1st place —Division C (High School): Ecology – 2nd place, Forestry – 3rd place, Write it, do it – 2nd place The teams are coached by Adrianne Herbert (JMS) and Sean Robbins (JHS). Congratulations!


Graduation is right around the corner and our elementary schools are planning for the much-loved tradition of paying tribute to their former students! “Seniors Come Home” will be held at all five elementary schools at 3:15 p.m. Friday, May 17 this year. JHS seniors, mark your calendars and plan to “come home” to your elementary school to receive a standing ovation (and some warm hugs) that day!!

Dragon Scholarship Fund is partnering with Naomi’s Kitchen for a fundraiser
See flyer below for more information :)


The Dungeons and Dragons club has recently been restarted, and we need people.
If you are wanting to join, the club meets at the library from 2:50 till 4:00.
No experience is needed to play. You will want to either download the D&D Beyond app or bring paper character sheets


Support Spanish teacher, Mrs. Gray, through her cancer journey by purchasing a bracelet for $1. Bracelets can be found in Mrs. Palmers room or any Spanish room!” 


Attention all 10th and 11th graders.  Do you want to attend the Iowa Youth Institute sponsored by Iowa State University and World Food Prize Foundation.    Students who are interested in attending will research a global challenge related to food security and write a simple research paper.  All students that submit a paper will get to attend the Iowa Youth Institute and will be in the running for scholarships, qualifying for the Global Youth Institute and be eligible for international internships.

More information about the opportunity can be found in this Global Challenge informational document .  We will work with any interested students to complete the research and submit the paper. Email Ms. Howe sara.howe@johnston.k12.ia.us or Ms. Nsereko noreen.nsereko@johnston.k12.ia.us if you are interested in participating.





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