JMS Announcements – 10/6/21

Johnston Middle School Announcements for

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, A Day



Today (Wednesday, October 6) is an 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.




BEST BUDDIES — Best buddies will have a parent/student meeting next Tuesday October 12th at 6pm in the JMS Auditorium. This should only be a half hour meeting. Please bring your Ipad so we can get you signed up. If you cannot make it please let Mr. Pleasant know.


MEN’S GOLF — The JHS Men’s Golf Team qualified for the IHSAA Men’s State Golf Tournament on Tuesday, 10/5/21, at Veenker Golf Course in Ames, IA.  Tyler Herrmann 75 (3rd), Ben Christy 78 (9th), Calen Bishop 79 (11th), and Owen Howe 80 (13th) out of 77 golfers.  Also competing were Krishiv Gupta and Matt Pineda, with Nate Freidhoff as the alternate.  Recognition as well to Jacob Peterson, Cade McGill, Caden Winterboer, Gabe Kramer, and Nate Hupfer that were part of the process this season.

The Dragons finished their regular season and District Play with a record of 83-12 and 5th best combined adjusted average in the state.

The Dragons will be competing at Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls, IA, on 10/8 and 10/9.  More information will be posted on Twitter: JCSD_Golf


JHS BOWLING — If you are a 9-12 Grade Student, interested in BOWLING, please ATTEND THE MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 – 4:30PM AT HIGH SCHOOL. Students can ride the activity shuttle over from JMS to JHS.

BOWLING will start in OCTOBER, coaches will have pre-season meetings AND coaches will send emails with information to registered students.

ALL BOWLING Players must also have a parent register them for athletics using the link below, and a sports physical on file.

Registration Link:



JMS ART CLUB — Art Club will be offering a morning and afternoon option for students to be involved in the JMS Art Club.  Meetings start this week. (October 5th & 7th) We will meet weekly in the JMS Art Room:  Tuesdays after school until 4pm.  Thursdays before school begins at 7:00am.

Email Ms. Brockshus with any questions:


STUDENT COUNCIL WINTER WARMTH DRIVE — After a one-year break, the Winter Warmth Drive is coming back this fall! From October 11th to 15th,  JMS Student Council is asking that you donate any winter clothing items that you can spare: coats, snow-pants, boots, hats, gloves/mittens, scarfs, etc. We would like to help families in the metro area this winter to make sure they are properly clothed for the incoming colder weather.

The winning PRIDE class that donates the most items will be able to get hot chocolate and treats hosted by student council during PRIDE. Items will be tallied as they are collected in the designated drop-off locations. You can find the donation boxes in Anderson’s room (209), Comstock’s room (123), the library, and the main office. Over 12,000 items were collected by metro schools in 2019…let’s see if we can beat that! Tell your friends and family. Thanks, Dragons!


SCIENCE OLYMPIAD — Science Olympiad Meeting will be a recurring meeting that takes place every Monday after school at 3:15, and be over around 4:00 pm.


COMMUNITY ED YOUTH BASKETBALL — Anyone interested in signing up to play for the Johnston Youth Basketball rec league, please visit the district website or call Johnston Community Education  by October 10th


JMS WRESTLING — All 7th and 8th graders can begin signing up for wrestling NOW.  The season begins Monday October 18th.  Johnston has a middle school wrestling team for 7th/8th grade students.  You can sign up at:

If you have questions about wrestling and getting started, please email Coach Aaron Tecklenburg (head JHS wrestling coach) at:

Wrestling is a great sport for brand new participants all the way to experienced wrestlers!


LARGE GROUP SPEECH — ATTENTION 9TH GRADERS — Do you like to act on a stage? Do you like to come up with things on the fly? Do you like working in groups? If so, large group speech may be a fit for you. There are many types of events you can participate in.  Please come to an informational meeting on October 12th at 3:15pm. We will meet in Mr. Fitzpatrick’s room (can ride the activity bus to the high school) and I will provide more information about large group speech and the events you can participate in. If you are unable to make it, please email me at and I can get you the information.


PICTURE RE-TAKES — JMS “Re-Take” PICTURE DAY – Students who did not get their picture taken here at JMS, please plan to get your photo taken on Friday, October 22.


JMS WEIGHT ROOM — Below you will find information regarding our Weightlifting Program.


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

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


JMS Weight Room – Closest Entrance is Door 15


1st Official Day – Monday, August 30 – 8th & 9th Informational Meeting & Instructions

Last Day of Fall – Friday, October 22


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.