JMS Announcements – 1/30/24

Announcements for: Tuesday January 30, 2024

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



JMS Parent Teacher Conferences are Thursday, February 29, 1:30-5:00 PM and 5:30-8:00 PM. Parents will still have to select arranged times for their conferences, but can meet with teachers in-person or virtually during that time. JMS teachers will send conference sign-up information directly, so watch your email. Please be sure to follow the instructions carefully and mark your preference for meeting either virtually or in-person.



7pm on Tuesday, January 30th in the front office conference room or on zoom. We are looking for board members for next year (president or co-presidents and secretary).


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 930 9394 8866

Passcode: 659705


There will be practice in Ms. Herbert’s room (128) on Wednesday 1/31 from 3 – 4:15. There will not be practice on 2/7, but we will continue to meet on Wednesdays following that date.


Attention Boys & Girls, if you are interested in being on the 8th grade track team, please have your parents complete registration and upload a physical at the link below. If you have questions, please email Ms. Melissa Crosse at






Sources of Strength is a best practice youth mental health promotion and suicide prevention program designed to harness the power of peer social networks to create healthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, violence, bullying, and substance misuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent adverse outcomes by increasing wellbeing, help-seeking, resiliency, healthy coping, and belonging. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support, or protective factors, for young people so that when times get hard, they have strengths to rely on.


Any student interested in being a part of this group can stop into the counseling office to talk with Mrs. Fitzgerald. Those selected for the group will be given a permission slip and once returned will be invited to a training on Tuesday February 27th. Space is limited so students should stop in to see Mrs. Fitzgerald as soon as possible. All slips must be signed and returned before February 17th.



You will be taking the NWEA math and reading tests over the next two weeks in your block social studies and ELA classes.


January 31st and February 1st you will be taking the reading test in your ELA classes.


Make sure your iPads are at school, charged, and you have your charger just in case.

Please double check that you have this app on your iPad so you are ready to go!


** 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 of 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.


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

The Johnston Community School District offers weekend food support in collaboration with the Johnston Partnership to families who request this assistance. This program provides food for students and their families on weekends when school breakfast and lunch are not available.


Students in the program receive a small sack of supplemental food items to bring home on Thursdays or Fridays each week. If your student is already signed up and receiving the weekend food bag, you do not need to do anything.


If you wish to start receiving food bags, then click this link and complete the form.

Weekend Food Support


If you wish to donate money to support this program, please click this link.

Monetary Donation