JMS Announcements – 3/21/23

Announcements for: Tuesday, March 21, 2023


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.




ISASP:  Students will be taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASPS) tests on April 3, 4 & 6. Our goal is to make sure students have a peanut-free (preferred) snack prior to taking the test each day. It’s a BIG goal and we’ll need 3,600 snacks for the week (1,200 students x 3 days). We know we can do this with your help! Sign up to donate snacks HERE.

Donations can be dropped off at JMS on Wednesday, March 29th or Thursday, March 30th between 7 AM and 2 PM or in advance at the home of Lynnette Hillabolt (address is in the sign up link above).

If you don’t have time to shop you can donate via the JMS PayPal account and we’ll do the shopping for you.

Our JMS parents are wonderful!!  Thank you for all you do!!



JV DANCE TRYOUTS: Please see the information below regarding the JV Dance Team tryouts and schedule. Students will try out this March to be on the team next year for the 2023-2024 season.

Who: Open to Current 7th-9th Grade Students

What: JV Dance Team Tryouts & Parent Meeting

Where: Johnston High School – Enter Door 2


  • Parent Meeting: March 21 – at JHS – 6:00pm
  • Tryouts: March 29 – at JHS – 5:00pm
  • Final Tryouts – March 30 – at JHS – 4:30-8:30pm

Please click the link below to register for tryouts, or scan the QR code.


Email questions to



FOOTBALL 2023:  Head Varsity Football Coach, Brian Woodley, will be hosting a parent meeting regarding Fall 2023 Football.

It is highly suggested that you attend, and it is optional to also bring your student with you to the meeting.

When: Thursday, March 23, 2023 – 6:30pm

Where: Johnston High School – Main Gym (enter door 2)

What: Parent Meeting for 2023 Football

Who: Parent(s) of Current 8th-11th Football Players

Why: Pre-Planning, Dates, Weightlifting, Nutrition, Summer Opportunities & More

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Coach Woodley at


SOURCES OF STRENGTH: 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 Tuesday, April 4th during the school day.

Interested students should complete the short application by March 28th. Use this link to complete the application: 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, Director SEBMH,

You can go to the following website to learn more about Sources of Strength.



1st Official Day –  Monday, March 20 – 8th & 9th Informational Meeting & Instructions

Last Day of Spring – Friday, May 18

Weightlifting Hours of Operation:

9th Grade Students ONLY – 6:00-7:00am -Monday, Wednesday, Friday

·  Locker rooms will be available in the morning for students to shower, change, etc.

8th & 9th Grade Students – 3:00-4:00pm – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

·  No locker rooms will be open after school. Students will change in the restroom located across from the weight room.

Location:  JMS Weight Room – Closest Entrance is Door 15

Expectations & Requirements:

·  Enter the weight room mentally and physically ready to work

·  No horseplay at any time.

·  Use common sense and avoid potentially dangerous situations

·  No food or drink or gum in the Weight Room

·  Wear proper lifting clothes

·  Shoes Must Be Worn at All Times (No Sandals, Open Toe Shoes, CROCS).

·  No headphones (Be coachable to hear coach/teammate feedback and timing system)

·  A spotter must be used on all free lifting stations.  Example: Bench Press, Incline Press, Overhead Press.

·  Return all free weights to their correct weight racks

·  Report any Injury to the supervisor immediately

·  Never lift weights without a supervisor present In the room

·  Follow the prescribed weight and repetition assigned by your individual program

·  Never sacrifice technique for weight! Technique and quality repetitions are the priority

·  Bring the right attitude, effort, and energy. We are here to work!

·  Help to create an environment that encourages optimal performance. BE EXCELLENT!

**Failure to comply with the standards above will result in a loss of privilege and student may be removed permanently **


SUMMER SCHEDULE: The Summer weightlifting will be sent out in May via email and Twitter. This will include weight room and speed & agility programs for students entering 8th – 12th grade.



School Early Dismissal Days = no weightlifting

School Weather Dismissal Days = no weightlifting

Non School Days / Holidays = no weightlifting


EMERGENCY CLOSINGS: In the event we need to close the weight room, the Activities Department will use the following methods of communication:

·  Twitter

·  Student Email Announcements – Sent by Rachel Andrews

·  In-Person Announcements on Intercom – Sent by Cheryl Hudson


FAMILY WEEK: The Unified Activity Federation (Iowa High School Athletic Association, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Iowa High School Music Association, and Iowa High School Speech Association) have declared Non-Contact Period for the summer of 2023. During this time, there will be no activities in the Johnston Community School District, including camps, clinics, workouts, strength and conditioning, lessons, meetings, etc. This provides a break for students and staff, and a great time with family. This is a great time to schedule a vacation.

·  Family Week starts Sunday, July 22, 2023  – Sunday, July 30, 2023.



** 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.

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