JMS Announcements – 9/23/21

Johnston Middle School Announcements for

Thursday, September 23, 2021, B Day

Today (Thursday, September 23) is a B 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.




JHS VARSITY FOOTBALL —  Tickets for Friday night’s football game will be online only. Please use this link to buy your tickets to the game:



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.


D&D CLUB — D&D club will meet every Thursday, in the Multi-purpose room from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. Starting September 23rd

9TH GRADE BOYS SOCCER — Any 9th grade boy interested in playing soccer in the spring, please fill out the form:



SCIENCE OLYMPIAD — There will be a science Olympiad meeting on Monday September 27th in room 122 at 3:15 if you can’t make the meeting please see Mr. Kleve in room 122.

FCA — FCA would like to invite you to our FALL KICKOFF at the Johnston High School main gym from 8:00-9:30 pm on Thursday, September 23.  We will be playing a variety of games.  All in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend!



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:


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.


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.