SMS Announcements-Tuesday, Nov. 21st-B Day




This week we will focus on making sure to follow ALL of our CHAMPS+T expectations. With it being a short week, please remember that ALL expectations are still to be followed in ALL spaces.


Even though the gardening season is over, Garden Club still meets throughout the winter!

All 6th and 7th grade students are welcome on Thursdays from 2:45-3:30 in Room 129 (Mission).  Students must be able to be picked up at 3:30 or get home on foot.

We will plan for next spring’s garden, will do some learning about starting plants from seed, will be (hopefully) taking a field trip (details TBD and pending administration approval), will do some sort of drive to benefit the Partnership during our off season months, and will be having fun connecting with friends!

Questions?  Please email


Attention Johnston Women’s Golfers.

Please fill out this form to communicate your intentions for JHS Spring Women’s Golf 2024 (students must fill out the form). JHS Spring Women’s Golf is for current 9th-12th graders in Spring 2024.

We will again make every effort possible to have sessions for current 7th and 8th graders so please sign up so you can get information regarding the program.

Even if you are not sure at this time about joining the team, please sign up so that you may receive information prior to the season starting.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Hattel at


Wednesdays – Silver Fusion at 7 am

Fridays – Purple Fusion at 7 am


Four to State Qualifiers, Three to State

Huge Congratulations to the SMS and JMS Mock Trial students who participated in the Des Moines Regional Middle School Mock Trial Competition November 8-9.  All four teams from Johnston schools made it to the State Qualifying Rounds and fought through difficult trials.  Three of these teams have advanced to the State Tournament on November 27-28.

All these students have worked hard to represent both sides of the case State of Iowa v. Avery Sherman for murder in the first degree.  Please offer your congratulations to these students!

(Teams with an asterisk * connote State Qualifiers; these students will be released early from school on 11/27 and will be absent on 11/28).

Team Purple*:

Elyse Baugh

Paavani Konda

Quinn Heeren

Tansi Bandaru

Thavanesh Yalla

Team Gold*:

Alex ren

Kole Kirklin

Sofie Stanek

Norah Baker

Harper Allison

Team Firestorm:

Shrena Dendi

Strummer Boone

Anmol Gonchigar

Ella Maki

Izzy Arnold

Team Dragon*:

Laasya Ramolla

Meredith Kathman

Irene Lin

Alana Fox

Brady Laursen

All four of the Middle School Mock Trial teams from Johnston Schools qualified for the playoff rounds at the Des Moines Regional Competition. Playoff rounds start at 1pm on November 9, with the winners qualifying for the State Tournament later in November. Congratulations to all the team members and coaches of Tram Purple, Team Gold, Team Dragon, and Team Firestorm. Way to #godragons and #MockOn!

CHESS CLUB – No chess club next week Nov. 21

Interested in the game but don’t know how to play? The Summit Chess Club welcomes all sixth and seventh graders! Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Meyer will teach you and have you challenging your friends in no time. Our expert student leaders can even give you strategies to dominate the board. We meet in Voyage room #226 on Tuesdays from 2:50 – 3:30 pm. NOTE: You must have a ride home after club. The school and sponsors will not provide transportation.


Come join the MATHCOUNTS CLUB!!!

More than a quarter million students participate in MATHCOUNTS programs or use their resources each year. At Summit, students meet to solve problems and build problem solving skills. Our next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 27 in Ms. Lewis’s room #123 in Team Mission from 3:00 to 4:00. Students need to have a ride home at 4:00.

The coaches are Mr. Steve Skinner and Ms. Linda Lewis. Anyone is welcome to join and there are links on the Activities and Clubs Moodle page under MATHCOUNTS.


Reading Pets Contest

Back by Popular Demand!!  Snap a picture of your pet reading and enter it into our school-wide contest.  Email all pictures to Mrs. McAlister by December 5th to be eligible to win!

Featured Book of the Week

Dusti Bowling’s new book, Dust, is about Avalyn who has severe asthma.  When a new boy, Adam, turns up to her school, all of a sudden dust storms start to occur whenever he is around.  Can Avalyn help Adam and herself, too, in the process?