JMS Announcements – 2/12/20

Johnston Middle School Announcements for

Wednesday, February 12, B Day


New Announcements:

Great job by the Johnston First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams Feb 1 at the Super Regional at John Deere Financial! 2 Johnston school teams will advance to state in Cedar Rapids Feb 28-29! 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 placing third for Inspire award and winning the Control 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 second place FTC alliance. Team members: Sruthi Vallabhajosyula, Dima Alqaysi, Shaima Loukili, Ben Cramer, Joe Cramer, Anthony Wang, Zac Quartell, Matthew Thompson, Trey Loggins

Award Descriptions:

·  Inspire Award – this award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program.

·  Control Award – this award celebrates a team that uses sensors and software to increase the robot’s functionality in the field.

Congratulations to our PRIDE winners from the last couple of weeks!!

Ruqaia Al Sabsabi → Nominated by Mrs. Neumann for Excellence

Caden Launderville → Nominated by Mr. Harken for Positivity

Kaden Anderson → Nominated by Mrs. Lane for Excellence

Gabby Osborne → Nominated by Mr. Moore for Excellence

Jay Musignac → Nominated by Mrs. Lane for Excellence

Jina Doyo → Nominated by Mrs. Menke for Excellence

Mikel Braddy → Nominated by Mrs. Anthofer for Excellence

…and the staff winners…

Mr. Huebbe→ Nominated by Lindy Kramer for Positivity

Mrs. Lane → Nominated by Lily Crouse for Positivity

Johnston FCA will hold another “Huddle” on Thursday, (2/13) at the HS.  The gathering will begin at 7:29 pm and will begin in the auxiliary gym.  Everyone in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend!


Repeat Announcements:

Dungeons and Dragons club meets every Thursday in the JMS commons from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All are welcome, from newcomers to advanced players (provided you are in 8th or 9th grade and attend Johnston Middle School). Any questions can be directed to Mr. Hewitt (room 113) or Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. Join us for adventures and roll some dice!

JMS Hour of Service, Wednesday, February 19

JMS is in need of several donations to make this hour a success for the students!  Please consider signing up to donate by clicking on this link:

There are some items you have laying around at home!  Go to the link and continue reading to see what you may have!

We have  a wish list on Amazon where you can order from as well, it will be shipped directly to the school.  If you are doing this, please try to order by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, so they make it to school on time.  Click on this link to make a purchase:

If you want something easy to donate, sign up to send a Hobby Lobby Gift Card.

*Bring in school clean and appropriate t-shirts  (to be cut up)-just send these to the JMS School Office with your student.

Those that have some extra craft supplies at your house, now is the time to clean them out and donate!

Have questions, please let us know!



Middle School Swimming (7th and 8th Grades)  – First day of practice is Tuesday, February 18th (due to no school the day prior for Johnston students).  Practices are Monday – Friday 3:30-4:30 for 7th graders and 4:30-5:30 for 8th graders (and other school participants to allow for extra travel time.) Last practice will be March 10th with an ice cream social. Bussing will be provided each from JMS to Summit after school.  The shuttle bus will be located in the front of the bus line each day.

Coaches will offer a stroke clinic that will be offered from Monday, February 10th – Thursday, February 13th from 3:30-4:30.  This is open to all swimmers (grades 7-8) who are beginning in competitive swimming. We will have high school swimmers on hand to help assist breaking down techniques of one stroke per night.  Butterfly – Monday (10th), Backstroke – Tuesday (11th), Breaststroke – Wednesday (12th), Freestyle/Recap – Thursday (13th). Swimmers can come to one night if they need particular help with that stroke or come to all.

All participants must complete the online athletic registration at  This is also the site where the athletic physical must be uploaded prior to practice.  Any student not signed up, will not be able to practice. You can contact Josh Tobey (Assistant AD) at if you have any issues completing the online registration.

Coaches for the 2020 season are Paige Sanders (Head Girls Coach) and Joe Farrell (Head Boys Coach).  Please contact them with any questions at or

Attention 9th Grade Boys interested in playing soccer:

There will be open gyms every Wednesday for the month of February from 6-7am in the large gym at JMS.  The dates are 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, & 2/26. Please bring indoor shoes and shin guards. If you have questions, please see Coach Skelton in room 105.  We will be scrimmaging the entire time, so come ready to play!

ELP Application Announcement

Students can apply to be reviewed for the Extended Learning Program. This program exists to ensure students have opportunities to learn and be challenged at their advanced level.

One part of the program is a class that allows students to design a program of study and develop a project of their choice. If you are interested in an ELP course where you “choose your own adventure”, you need to apply for this program.

Whether or not you are interested in a course, as an identified ELP student, you would have access to the teacher who works with gifted and talented students to assist with high school and college planning.

Note: 8th and 9th grade students who are already identified for the ELP program MUST reapply this year in order to maintain their identification status

Please fill out the attached application. Parents may also choose to fill out the parent evaluation form, which is on the reverse side of your application.  The application is also on the district web site under ELP. You do not have to have a parent recommendation– that is optional. Forms should be emailed or returned to Ms. McConnell by Feb. 21 (room 412). This application, along with your test scores and grades, will be reviewed, and you’ll be notified if you qualify for the program. – ELP Self Nomination and Parent Nomination

Any questions: contact Ms. McConnell (

SCHOOL PERMIT MEETING: Attention 9th Grade Students! Our next School Permit Meeting will be Thursday, February 13 at 3:15 PM in the Cafeteria of Johnston Middle School (enter through front entrance). The ONLY students eligible are 9th grade students who HAVE HAD THEIR LEARNERS’ PERMIT FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS AND HAVE COMPLETED DRIVER’S ED. THE STUDENT AND A PARENT MUST ATTEND THE MEETING! Please bring your completed Driver’s Education Certificate (if you have a paper version – if you do not have a paper version don’t worry about it) and learner’s permit to the meeting. Parking Tags will be available for $20 during the meeting. Students will need a parking tag to park on school grounds during the school year. Please make sure you have your license plate number with you at the time of purchase. If you have NOT completed Driver’s Ed by the meeting date, we will have another meeting next month. Be watching your announcements for the date and time!