JMS Announcements – 2/23/22

Announcements for:  Wednesday, February 23, 2022 — A Day 

Today (Wednesday, February 23, 2022) 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.



8th GRADE GIRLS TRACK: 8th Girls Track Meeting Rescheduled to tomorrow – Thursday 2/24 at 7:35AM in the JMS Multipurpose Room.

If you have not been able to attend a meeting please see Coach Beer or Coach Saragaglia for information.


D&D Club: We will not be meeting this week on Thursday, Feb 24th, due to the 3 hour early out for conferences.


ROBOTICS:  Two Johnston robotics teams competed in the Iowa StateChampionship for First Tech Challenge at Xtreme Arena, Coralville on Feb 18-19th. There were 48 teams from all across Iowa. The FIRST Tech Challenge-Iowa Championship is a culmination event for many of the teams in Iowa. Teams must qualify through the League Tournaments and the Super Qualifier Tournaments to advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge-Iowa Championship.

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 (10th)

3rd Place Inspire Award

2nd Place Think Award

5th Ranked team in the State Championship

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

3rd Place Connect Award

4th Ranked team in the Black Division

Inspire award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team

Think  award is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.

Connect award is given to the team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) community


State Wrestling Wrap-up:

Congrats to the following wrestlers on their state tournament appearance this past week. The following wrestlers competed last Thursday-Saturday at the traditional state tournament:

106 – Cade Leonard (5th Place)

126 – Noah Madison (Qualifier)

138 – Jacob Helgeson (3rd Place)

152 – Braden Blackorby (4th Place)

170 – Sam Zindel (6th Place)

195 – Jackson Brinker (7th Place)

Last Wednesday, the team competed in the state dual competition and finished in 8th place overall.  Congrats to the wrestling team, coaches, cheerleaders, and managers on a great season!


Boys Basketball Update:

The boys closed out their regular season last Friday with a win over Ames and will head into postseason play this week.  The Dragons will host either Norwalk/DM Roosevelt on Friday, Feb 25 at 7:00 pm.  The winner will play next Tuesday at a location TBD.  NO PASSES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE GAME – STUDENTS AND ADULTS MUST PURCHASE AN ONLINE TICKET FOR ADMISSION.  Tickets must be purchased online at:  Tickets will be on sale mid week for the Friday game.



JHS STUDENT COUNCIL APPAREL FUNDRAISER: Hey Dragon Nation!  Student Council is running a massive apparel fundraiser!! Brand new design for a limited time only! These items won’t be sold again. Part of the proceeds from every purchase will be donated to local foster organizations to help provide materials and necessities. ORDERS ARE DUE MARCH 7th 11:59PM!! Local pickup at JHS is available instead of paying for shipping. Don’t wait, order today and help support a great cause!

Link Below!


JMS PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: Conferences will be held via ZOOM on Thursday, February 24 from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Click HERE to Book Your JMS ZOOM Conferences


JAZZ BAND:  Join the Johnston Jazz Bands for Frizzante!  A Tableside Jazz concert with spaghetti dinner fundraiser, March 8, 2022.

Click here for a reservation:


ELP: Application for Extended Learning Program (ELP)

The application process is now open for 8th and 9th grade students interested in being reviewed for Johnston’s 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 the ELP elective where you “choose your own adventure”, you should apply for this program.

Whether or not you are interested in the ELP 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.

ELP Applications are virtual this year!

New Applicants: Please fill out the form linked here. If you are not currently identified for ELP

Existing ELP Students: If you are already identified for ELP and wish to continue to be eligible for ELP services, please fill out the form linkedhere.

All forms, for both new applicants and existing ELP students are due on or before March 11th, 2022

Any questions: contact Ms. McConnell (


BEST BUDDIES: JMS Best Buddies are selling T-shirts to help raise some funds. We are selling T-shirts for $18 and Crewnecks for $35. The online store closes February 27th at 11:59 pm. If you have questions please let Mr. Pleasant know. Thank you all for supporting Best Buddies.


GIRLS SOCCER:  Any 8th or 9th grade girls soccer player needs to register through the following: . If you are having problems, please see Mr. Shafer or Melissa Crosse




PICTURE DAY:  Spring Picture Day is coming soon – Friday, February 25!


8th GRADE TRACK:  Any 8th grade girl or boy interested in running track, please have your parent complete the online registration process. If they have problems, they can call the high school activities office, or email Melissa Crosse.

Registration Link:

8th Grade Track will start Monday, March 7th.



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


SCHOOL PERMIT DRIVERS:  School Permit drivers CANNOT drive down to Wells Fargo or any other locations outside of our district.  Thank you for those that have asked questions regarding the use of your permit.  When in doubt, always ask a building administrator with questions.

Thank you very much!


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.