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WJJMS 360 Norwich Avenue, Colchester CT  06415  Telephone: (860) 537-2313

Digital Backpack

January 5, 2018

  1. Letter to Members and Supporters of the Colchester Schools Community from Interim Superintendent Dr. Mary Conway.  Please click here to read.
  2. Digital Learning Day! Colchester Schools will host DLD at Jack Jackter Intermediate School on February 22, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm with free pizza, exhibits and workshops, courtesy of the CES, JJIS, and WJJMS PTO from 5:30-6:30pm.
  3. Parking and Drop Off Directions @ Bacon Academy for parents: Click here for the Parking and Drop Off information at Bacon Academy in regard to WJJMS morning programs at Bacon. We have a few early morning programs at Bacon Academy each year, such as Bacon Tours for our 8th graders, winter concerts for students and 8th Grade Promotion Practice. This direction sheet will assist you in what to do in the future, and was created by SRO Rob Suchecki.
  4. The new WJ Tech Team on Twitter! Follow WJ’s new Digital Media Class on Twitter  @wjjmstech!
  5. 2018 - 2019 School Calendar: Click here to view next year’s school calendar.
  6. Lunch & Breakfast Menus: Click here for the January lunch menu and here for the January breakfast menu.
  7. Ski Club Update: Due to the extreme cold conditions, WJ's Ski Club dates have been amended with an added date of Friday, February 2nd. Click here for the Ski Club Reminders inclusive of all of the Ski Club Dates and information.
  8. Congratulations to the following students who received the Puma Award for quarter one: Sofia Hurlbut, Quinn Johnson, Brendan Reas, and Chloe Marshall. The Puma Award is a new award recognizing student leaders at WJJMS. Students receiving the award are:
    -motivated and push themselves to be the best they can be on a daily basis
    -are in control of themselves, their actions and their emotions
    -aspire to learn and explore continuously in an effort to do their best
    -give of themselves to their classmates, younger schoolmates and adults in the building
    -not only better themselves, but those around them through good teamwork and collaboration
  9. The WJ Geography Bee: The WJ Geography Bee is scheduled for January 19,during 7th period in cafeteria B!
  10. Youth & Social Services' Babysitting Safety Course for students 11 and older at the Colchester Town Hall, Wednesdays, February 28 - April 4 from 5-6:30pm: Attendance is required for all classes. Students role-play and take part in other hands-on activities, learning the basics of safety babysitting and home alone safety. Students will understand the material and have  the opportunity to review. Parents are required to attend the graduation program at the last class. Each student receives a folder, Sitter’s Note Pad and a completed course card! Mindy Johnston has been teaching baby-sitting safety throughout the area for 35 years has instructed more than 3,400 students. Class size is limited and $65 per student. To register, contact Youth Services at 860 537-7255, email youthservices@colchesterct.gov.
  11. Colchester Youth Services Community Conversation's Hidden in Plain Sight Program, Grades 7 & 8, January 17 at Bacon from 6-7:30pm. Pizza will be served @ 5:45pm! See this amazing and unique opportunity to learn what no one else is going to tell you about teen drug and alcohol trends.  Michele Divine of Southeastern Regional Action Council presents a “Mock Teen Bedroom,” challenging parents to find drug and alcohol related items that most would never be able to identify. Parents  will learn more about drug trends and signs such as concealment areas and hidden containers. There will be separate parent and student presentations. Students will receive a presentation on substance abuse from the Looking In Theater. Participating teachers give extra credit for students to attend!
  12. Open Youth Center: Grades 7 & 8 is on Mondays, Grade 6 is on Wednesdays from 2-4pm: Open Youth Center provides a safe, drug and alcohol free drop-in center for middle school aged kids. Just be a kid for a while :) Open Youth Center is staffed by our full-time program coordinators as well as 4 part time youth center supervisors. Kids can have a snack, play pool, air hockey, video games, basketball, create crafts, relax, read  work on homework.. The Open Youth Center program expects all participants to be honest, be kind, sign in and out, clean up after themselves, and be respectful. Attending  the Youth Center is a privilege and not meeting behavioral expectations will have consequences.
  13. Youth Center Teens in Action Food Bank free opportunity for Grades 7 & 8every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30pm. during the school year: Students will sign up for a one month commitment! This volunteer opportunity gives youth the chance to sort food donations, stock the shelves, and clean and organize the food bank. Snack will be provided. Space is limited for this group and pre-registration is required, so don’t wait to sign up! To register, contact Youth Services at 860 537-7255, email youthservices@colchesterct.gov or click here for a registration form.
  14. Winter inclement weather procedure information:  Dear Parents/Guardians: In preparation for the winter season, this correspondence explains the procedure regarding no school, delayed opening, and/or early closing of school Please click here for letter with information.
  15. Intramural Basketball Program: Play basketball with your friends after school! The program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 6 through March 15 and the cost is $35.00. Sign up at FamilyID. Click here
  16. PowerSchool  Parent Portal: There has been an update to the PowerSchool portal links. Click here for information on the links and app directions.
  17. If your PowerSchool App view is stuck on quarter 1: If your PowerSchool App view is stuck on quarter 1 information, try clicking on "classes" on the app. The classes tab is at the bottom of the screen. You should be able to change the view to Q2 or set it in grid form!
  18. WJJMS Yearbooks and Gr 8 Celebratory Ads: The time has come to order your WJ Yearbook! The cost is $30.00 until Feb. 16! Orders must be placed online only at Jostens.com. 8th Grade Celebratory Ads are due by February 2, 2018! Don't forget!
  19. Information from the Office: Absences/Tardy/Early Dismissal - Student drop off time is 7:05 am. and students must be in homeroom by 7:20 am. School dismisses at 2:00 pm. If your child is going to be absent, please call our office at 860.537.2313. If you need to speak with our School Nurse, please call 860.537.3511. Dentist/doctor appointments and not feeling well are examples of tardy approved. If your child is going to be leaving early, please send a note in with your child for him/her to drop off to our front office in the morning so we can issue him/her a dismissal pass. This way, we can prepare to have your child ready for you when you arrive and our staff will be notified of their absence after their new dismissal time. See the form “A Note to the Office” at www.colchesterct.org. Absence Make-up work - Students are given extra time to finish work and reschedule quizzes or tests if they were missed. Students check in with their teachers upon their return to school. Students and parents/guardians are also free to email teachers regarding assignments. Email addresses can be found in PowerSchool and on our Faculty and Staff page at www.colchesterct.org. Parents/guardians - If there is a subject-worry, please communicate with your student's teacher by emailing them or call the school at 860 537 2313. If you have requested work that is not listed on PowerSchool, we ask that you call the office after 2:15 pm. prior to coming in to ensure that schoolwork has been left for them. Parents/guardians may wish to attain their student's locker number and combination prior to coming. After School Arrangements - After school arrangements are to be made prior to coming to school. A note from a parent/guardian is required regarding arrangements. Bus passes for a student to take a different bus are issued in the case of an emergency only as per M & J Bus Policy.   Lost & Found - We accumulate many items in our Lost and Found areas. Students should immediately inform a staff member upon realizing that something has been lost. Valuables are kept in another location but should be inquired about in the main office. Lost and found forms may be filled out by students and once an item is found, we can locate the student to return the item. All unclaimed items and items that have no identification in/on them are donated to a charitable organizations at the end of each month. Lost and Found locations are: cafeteria cart, grade 8 hallway table, and the elevator hallway table.

District News:

  1. The Colchester Community Welcomes Dr. Mary Conway, Interim Superintendent: Dr. Conway has 29 years of experience in education and has served as the superintendent of Plainfield Public Schools and Vernon Public Schools.  After retiring she was appointed interim superintendent for Brooklyn Public Schools from September 2016 through June 2017. Dr. Conway is also an instructor at the University of Connecticut. Click here for photo.
  2. Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, January 9th at 7pm Bacon Academy Media Center.
  3. Dear Parents/Guardians: In preparation for the winter season, this correspondence explains the procedure regarding no school, delayed opening, and/or early closing of school Please click here for letter with information.
  4. Last Day of School (As of 1/5/18):  The last day of school, if no more inclement weather days, is Monday, June 18, 2018.  

Community News:

  1. Community Conversations- Hidden in Plain Sight is Wednesday, January 17th:  This is an amazing and unique opportunity to learn what no one else is going to tell you about teen drug and alcohol trends. Click here for details.
  2. Cragin Teen Programs: January Teen programs at Cragin here and February programs here.
  3. Cragin Kids Programs: January Kids programs at Cragin here and February programs here.
  4. Message from the Town of Colchester’s Emergency Management Director: Click here to read information.
  5. UCFS Healthcare Programs: Click here for flier about USFC programs for helping students stay stress free and more.
  6. Boy Scouts of American Venture Crew 710 Tree Removal Service:  Tree removal now through January 6th! Click here for flier with details.
  7. CYSS Babysitting Program:  For ages 11 years and older.  Click here for details.
  8. Creative Housing Workgroup (CHW) will hold its January meeting on January 11th, from 6-8 pm at the Acton Library in Old Saybrook, CT. Click here for details.
  9. Camp Harkness Playgroup is a family support group that will meet at Camp Harkness. This free group is open to families with children with disabilities up to age 12, and their siblings. Click here for details.
  10. Colchester Parks and Rec Family Game Night: Click here for details.

Last Digital Backpack

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