JMS Announcements – 9/28/21

Johnston Middle School Announcements for

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, A Day

Today (Tuesday, September 28) 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.




FCA — FCA would like to invite you to “Fields of Faith” at Dallas Center-Grimes High School beginning @ 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 9/29.  Students will be meeting and car-pooling from JHS at 6:30 pm.  All in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend!


JMS WRESTLING — All 7th and 8th graders can begin signing up for wrestling NOW.  The season begins Monday October 18th.  Johnston has a middle school wrestling team for 7th/8th grade students.  You can sign up at:

If you have questions about wrestling and getting started, please email Coach Aaron Tecklenburg (head JHS wrestling coach) at:

Wrestling is a great sport for brand new participants all the way to experienced wrestlers!


LARGE GROUP SPEECH — ATTENTION 9TH GRADERS — Do you like to act on a stage? Do you like to come up with things on the fly? Do you like working in groups? If so, large group speech may be a fit for you. There are many types of events you can participate in.  Please come to an informational meeting on October 12th at 3:15pm. We will meet in Mr. Fitzpatrick’s room (can ride the activity bus to the high school) and I will provide more information about large group speech and the events you can participate in. If you are unable to make it, please email me at and I can get you the information.


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:


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:


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.