JMS Announcements – 9/20/21

Johnston Middle School Announcements for

Monday, September 20, 2021, A Day



Today (Monday, September 20) 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.




Congratulations to our PRIDE winners from Friday!!

Andrew Hunt → Nominated by Mrs. Crouthamel for Positivity

Sydney Carr → Nominated by Mr. Shafer for Respect

Ben Routh → Nominated by Mr. Kearney for Excellence

McKenna Launderville → Nominated by Ms. Lane for Excellence

…and our PRIDE teacher of the week…

Ms. Thompson → Nominated by Lorenza Muse for Positivity


JHS MEN’S GOLF — On 9/14/21, the Varsity Men’s Golf Team won their dual meet vs. Valley at Willow Creek Golf Course with a 135 (-5 under as a team).  Calen Bishop 30, Krish Gupta 35, Jacob Peterson 35, Ben Christy 35.

On 9/14/21, the JV Men’s Golf Team won their dual meet vs. Valley at Willow Creek Golf Course with a  151.  Caden Winterboeer 35, Cade McGill 37, Nate Freidhoff 38, Tyler Herrmann 41.

On 9/14/21, the 9th/10th/JV Men’s Golf Team won their dual meet vs. Waukee at Jester Park Golf Course, on the Par 3 for 18 holes. Drew Peterson 60, Carson Heyer 64, Kolby Stanton 65, Andrew Hunt 65.

On 9/15/21, the Varsity Men’s Golf Team won their dual vs. Waukee at Jester Park Golf Course.  Varsity 300-309.  Owen Howe 73 (medalist runner-up), Matt Pineda 75, Ben Christy 76, Jacob Peterson 76.

On 9/15/21, the JV Men’s Golf Team won their dual vs. Waukee at Jester Park Golf Course.  JV 317-322.  Tyler Herrmann 78, Nate Freidhoff 78, Cade McGill 79, Caden Winterboer 82.

On 9/15/21, the 9th/10th/JV Men’s Golf Team won their dual vs. Valley at Willow Creek Golf Course, Blue Course.  EJ Philips and Kathir Kalayanaraman 36 (co-medalists), Jaxston Arnold, Nick Bechtel, Sam Lindgren, Eric Borgmeier, Carson Heyer, and Carter Sharp- all 39.


FCA — FCA would like to invite you to our FALL KICKOFF at the Johnston High School main gym from 8:00-9:30 pm.  We will be playing a variety of games.  All in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend!


Attention 9th Graders: Join Academic Decathlon! Acdec Overview 21 22

What is Academic  Decathlon?  A contest where you take 7 bubble tests about 7 separate subjects, give a speech and get interviewed.

It’s fun –  Really!

Academic Decathlon is a team activity, but more of an individual competition.  There are 10 categories each student is tested on:  Art History, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Math, Music History, Science, Social Science and Speech.

Why do it?   Because it’s awesome.   Also, you’ll meet new people.   Students are not required to prepare heavily for the Regional, but any student going to the state competition is expected to study hard.  The Honors category especially is very competitive.  We want to continue our stellar tradition. Please see attached flyer.

Want to Join? The first AcDec meetings are September 20th and 21st from 3:00-3:15pm in room 426 at JHS. There will be cookies!

Questions? Contact Mrs. Cline



Reminder: Masks are Mandatory on Buses

At the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, there had been conflicting state and federal guidance on how the CDC mask order applied to school buses. With a federal judge’s ruling in a larger case on Sept. 13, 2021, it is now clear that masks must be worn by students and transportation personnel while on the bus.

Moving forward, masks will be required when students are on school buses, beginning Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. There will be progressive disciplinary measures, similar to last year, for bus riders who do not comply with the mask mandate. If this change in our practice causes your family to alter your mode of transportation to/from school, please notify our transportation department at 515-278-8149 and your child(ren) school so we can update our transportation routes.

If your child(ren) qualify for a medical or religious mask exemption, you can access, print, and return the form found here:


ATTENTION MUSIC STUDENTS — If you are interested in auditioning for SHOW BAND, both Impact & Sound Advice, please complete the google from. Auditions are Wednesday, September 22 from 2:15pm – 6pm. If you have additional questions, please email Steve Cochran,


COMMUNITY ED ESPORTS OFFERING — Anyone interested in joining an all new Johnston Schools Esports League with games including Madden21, Super Mario Smash Bros, Rocket League, and Fortnite, please stop by the front office this week to pick up an informational flyer. Registration closes for the Fall Esports League on September 24th.


COUNSELING OFFICE — The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) will be offered at JMS on Tuesday October 5th in the morning.  Be watching for an email later this month with a consent attached for you to sign for your student to participate.  If you have questions you can contact your School Counselor or Melanie Steffen, District SDQ Coordinator.


SCIENCE — Any 9th grade girl interested in attending Women Interested in Science and Engineering conference at Iowa State please stop in room 122 and talk to Mr. Kleve.


JMS CHEERLEADING — 8th & 9th Grade Winter Cheerleading Tryouts

Saturday, September 25 – 8am-3pm

JMS Multipurpose Room

Questions, email Alec Craigmile at

Students must scan and complete the QR Code, see flyer


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.