JMS Announcements – 1/26/22

Announcements for:  Wednesday, January 26, 2022 — A Day 

Same Day

Today (Wednesday, January 26, 2022) is a A Day.


Teachers will update weekly assignments every Friday so students know what needs to be done the following week. In the weekly updates, teachers will communicate any due dates for student work.



GOLD OUT RIBBONS:  Staff and students are able to purchase a ribbon for $1 each to commemorate a family member, friend, or loved one who has been impacted by cancer. Student council will label a yellow cardstock ribbon with that individual’s name to be displayed at the Gold Out game. All funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society.

Please bring payment to room 209 (Anderson) by February 1st. You can also email with additional questions.

Purchase via this Google Form:


JOHNSTON ROBOTICS:  Congratulations to the Johnston Robotics team for an amazing performance at the FIRST Tech Challenge Green League tournament (

Disco Duckbots ( Shreyas Shrestha (9th) Lydia Luo (8th), Gabriela La Rota ( 9th) , Nikolay Silkin (9th), Abigail Good (9th) , Lauren Weber (9th), Ahana Devadas (8th), Aravind Balaji (9th) and Clark Slauson

2nd Place Inspire award

1st Place Design Award

3rd Ranked Team

Thor (Inesh Gogenini (12th), Nichlus Jaeger (11th), Erica Waters (10th), Kathir Kalyanarman (9th), Ella Moody (10th), Ava Fishcer (12th), Ben Fishcer (10th)

2nd Ranked Team

2nd Place Design Award

Galactic RoboGeese (Zac Quartell (10th), Ben Cramer (10th), Joe Cramer (10th), Dima Alqasi (10th), Caroline Throener (10th), Nevaeh Good (6th), Anthony Wang (10th), Reagan Zierke (10th)

2nd Place Think Award

Atomic Narwhals ( Ben Anderson (9th), James Anderson (9th), Twig Anderson (7th), Ian Brown (9th), Wyatt Evans (9th), James Foo (8th), Joshua Janni (9th), Amogh Jithendra (9th), Aidan Richmond (9th), Henry Zou (8th)

3rd Place Connect Award

If anyone would like to  volunteer as a coach or mentor  or want more information about Johnston Robotics, please email


ATTENTION CURRENT 9TH GRADERS:  Freshman Planning Night! Please join the JHS counselors for a virtual planning night for all current 9th graders and their families. The event is designed to provide information on course planning and steps that students should be taking NOW to plan for their future.

The zoom sessions will be recorded and all materials will be sent to participants that register.

WHAT: Zoom event to provide information that highlights the top questions and things to consider at each grade level as it relates to course selection and planning for after JHS.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 9  at 6:30pm

HOW to REGISTER: To register for this session CLICK HERE; You will be sent the zoom link on the morning of Feb. 9

For more information and to access the entire JHS Course Handbook, please see the JHS Course Planning Site through THIS LINK.

JHS Counselors will be at JMS working with students on their course requests for 10th grade (22-23 school year) on Feb 7th and 8th. This meeting is a great opportunity to hear the information that was shared with your student as well get additional information on the high school and postsecondary.



TENNIS: The boys tennis team is seeking statisticians to track our varsity tennis meets this Spring. Matches begin in late March and run through the end of the school year. Time commitment is roughly 345 to 7 pm twice a week.

Please contact Coach D at the following email address if you are interested.


GOLD OUT:  Congratulations to our Gold Out shirt winner: eighth-grade student, Grayce Reiners!

This shirt will be printed and distributed before the Gold Out game on February 1st at JHS. The high school students were a fan of this design and will be purchasing shirts as well; these are open for all staff and students to buy. Our purpose for the Gold Out has shifted from a building fundraiser to now support the Coaches vs Cancer event in combination with the high school. Money collected from shirt purchases will go to the American Cancer Society.

Along with the shirts, ninth-graders Mirabel Pinkerton and Sidney Peterson have also created stickers to support the cause as well. Those can be purchased at the link below this message and will also be available to buy on game night.

More information on the updated Gold Out event will be shared in PRIDE on Friday.

Link to Shirts:

Link to Stickers:


STUDENTS 4 CHANGE: Johnston Middle School is planning a peer leader training for students who are interested in becoming leaders for the Sources of Strength suicide prevention and mental health awareness group.  The training will be held on Friday, Feb 18th during the school day.  Interested students should complete the short application by Feb 1st. Students will be notified if they are selected as a peer leader.  If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Mrs. York, JMS sponsor<> or Chris Wilson student well being coordinator<>.  You can go to the following website to learn more about Sources of Strength.



For 9th grade students ONLY…there will be a dodgeball tournament for 9th through 12th grade students on February 6th from 1 to 4 PM. Teams can be any combination of students from grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

A team captain needs to sign up a team of eight students; registration proceeds will go to Love Makes a Family, which supports children in foster care in Iowa. The form closes on Thursday, January 27th, so students need to contact Mrs. Anderson or a student council member before that time.


Boys Golf:

Attention Johnston Men’s Golfers:  Please click here to fill out the following form to communicate your intentions for JHS Fall Men’s Golf 2022 (students must fill out the form).  JHS Fall Men’s Golf 2022 is for current 8th-11th graders for this school year.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Hattel at



Weightlifting Hours of Operation:

***9th Grade Students – 6:15-7:15am – Monday, Wednesday, Friday (NEW)

9th Grade Students – 3:00-4:00pm – Tuesday & Friday

8th Grade Students – 3:00-4:00pm – Monday & Thursday


JMS Weight Room – Entrance is Door 15


Resume – Monday, January 3

Last Day of Winter – Friday, March 4


School Early Dismissal Days = no weightlifting

School Weather Dismissal Days = no weightlifting

Non School Days / Holidays = no weightlifting


ATTENTION SCHOOL PERMIT DRIVERS: We want to keep you safe and legal. REMEMBER YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE TO SCHOOL–you should not be driving to any other location with this permit! Please review the laws/expectations of your School Permit.

USAGE: When can I use my School Permit?

·  Only within the school boundaries

·  To school or school sponsored event

LOCATIONS:  ** Where do I go with my School Permit? **

·  Travel the direct route (App.)

·  Gas stations should be on or nearest to the route

TRANSPORTING OTHERS:  Can anyone else ride with me?

·  One passenger other than siblings

·  This does not change the direct route expectation, passengers must start and stop at your locations

VIOLATIONS:  What will happen to me if I don’t obey the law?

·  Examples of Law Enforcement Consequences

·  Loss of privileges (Ex: 2 or more Moving Violations = Revoked for 1 year)

·  Monetary (Ex: $195 for Speeding Violation)

·  Prolonged time for license

·  School Consequences

·  Typically: Warning, Alternative parking sight, Loss of privilege

PARKING: Where can I park while I’m at school?

·  Back Lot – North side of JMS (Enter Door 15)

·  Must have purchased a parking tag ($20) in the JMS Front Office

·  Use only non “staff parking” spots

9th grade students who wish to obtain a school driver’s permit can follow the following link:

This link will guide them to a Google Site. Students will need to log in with their jdragonmail credentials in order to watch a video and complete a quiz. The video contains the information that was presented at permit meetings in the past and will now take the place of those meetings. One parent will need to watch the video and note that completion on the quiz. As usual, the only students eligible are 9th graders who have completed driver’s education and have had their learner’s permit for at least six months. After the quiz has been completed, students can pick up their signed Department of Transportation form in the JMS Front Office. Students will need a parking tag to park on school grounds during the school year. Parking tags are available for $20 when students pick up their DOT form. Please make sure you have your license plate number with you at the time of purchase.