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  • William J Johnston Middle School

August 24 - 
We're pleased and excited to announce that the WJJMS Building Project is progressing right on schedule and it is now permissible for all persons (including those under 18 years of age) to be on school property including inside WJ! While our property is safe for all, please be advised that demolition will continue on site for the next couple of weeks making this a good opportunity and a teachable moment for you to speak with your children about construction site safety. Even though all site work will take place behind a chain link fence, please remind your children of the following safety guidelines:

-Remain outside the fenced area and orange cones at all times, as well as clear of all work and truck traffic
-Always walk on the sidewalk or designated walkways
-Watch for and obey sidewalk closure signs and remain alert to posted notices of temporary walkways or changes in procedures
-Stop, look and listen for construction vehicles like bulldozers and dump trucks
-To avoid distractions, do not use cell phones,m headphones, video games or other hand held devices near construction zones
-Do not walk, run, ride or play in the construciton area including dirt piles and equipment
-Do not climb the fence ofor any reason and refrain from touching any construction equipment or demolition material
-Refrain from interacting (talking to) construction workers
-Avoid going near a construction zone whenever possible
-Skateboarding and bike riding remains prohibited on school property at all times


Mystic Air Quality Consultants performed the radon re-evaluation testing
at William J. Johnston Middle School.
03 16 16 Click here for the results of the Radon Mitigation report.
Mystic Air Quality Consultants are performing radon re-evaluation testing
at William J. Johnston Middle School in accordance with State legislation.
11 17 15 Click here for more information.

About Us

The William J. Johnston Middle School serves grade six, grade seven and grade eight students in the district. Our population is approximately six-hundred students. We have approximately ninety faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing our students with a positive, engaging learning environment.

School Mascot: The Puma
School Colors: Royal Blue and White
Motto: "Puma Pride!"
Ethos: "Embracing the Spirit of the Changing Adolescent!"

Agenda/Student Handbook
Our student handbook can also be viewed online for your reference.

Click here to view our Handbook Video.


To follow are our WJJMS  Homework policy and purpose along with the Homework assignments and guidelines. Click on the two items to view our policy and guidelines.

A Note to the Office
For your convenience, you may print our school's A Note to the Office form. This form is helpful to parents and the school office for several different reasons, which you may fill out specifically to suit your individual needs and keep us well-informed.

Career Exploration Program
Each year in May, WJJMS holds its Career Day.  Several people in a variety of careers with a varied degree of education and training come to speak about their works to our Grade eight students.  Career Day is a great opportunity to give back to the community by inspiring our younger residents in hopes that they may choose a path that would suit their individual needs and interests, for their futures.  Participants are invited for refreshments immediately following.  If you'd like to inquire about Career Day, please call Meg Lewis at 860.537.2313.

Digital Backpack
Each Friday, the Digital Backpack page is published with links to upcoming school event information, announcements and/or community flyers. A global email is sent to parent and guardians to our Digital Backpack page where you may select what you'd like to see more information about to stay current with what is happening at WJJMS and in our community. We print the Digital Backpack for families who prefer to have hardcopies and hand them to the students to take home. If you would like to sign up for this service, please call our office at 860.537.2313.

Fifth Grade Walking Tour
Students who will be transitioning to WJJMS from grade five have an opportunity each year to visit our school in June during their regular school day, where they meet our administration, all grade six Academic & Applied Academic teachers, travel to classrooms and view other common areas guided by a few of our current grade six students and the WJJMS School Counselors. Late in the summer, we then hold our program entitled Sixth Grade Parent Orientation (see below for more information).

Meet & Greet New Family Breakfast
Each September we hold a Meet & Greet for families new to Colchester. It's a wonderful opportunity for parents/guardians and their children to get acquainted with members of the school and town community. Representatives from the Parks & Recreation Department, Colchester Police Department, Department of Children and Families, Youth Services Bureau, PTO, and WJJMS Administrators and Staff are all on hand.

Meet The Team
A few days before school starts, teams invite students to come and visit their classrooms to get more acquainted with the general areas that they will be frequenting. Grade six students are assisted with lockers at that time.

Open House
Parents have an opportunity to meet with teachers to learn about their curricular plans for the school year within two weeks after the start of the school year. Come and tour your child's classrooms. The PTO also hosts a membership drive and has Puma Wear available for purchase.

Picture Day
Picture Day usually takes place the first week of school. All WJJMS students are required to have their photo taken regardless of whether or not they will be purchasing a package. Picture retakes are  generally set for late October.

Team Placement letters are mailed to parents/guardians in the third week of August.  Our placement procedures are designed to match students to appropriate learning environments.  We make the placement decisions based on extensive knowledge of teacher style, classroom design, student needs, and information shared by parents.  We encourage parent feedback regarding any special consideration that should be made concerning placement or perceptions of appropriate learning environment. The due date for the Parent Input form is generally late in May. Click here for the 2016 - 17 Parent Input form.

PowerSchool Parent Portal
Welcome to PowerSchool!  You may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal from our Home Page at any time. PowerSchool helps our school access and maintain student, staff and schedule information.  PowerSchool is a database application that runs on a server, which is the center of your child's information system.  PowerSchool uses the Internet to facilitate student information management and communication among school administrators, teachers and parents. 

The PowerSchool Parent Portal is a tool that is integrated into the PowerSchool Student Information System (SIS) that is specifically developed for parents and students.  The PowerSchool Parent Portal gives parents access to information including attendance, grades and detailed assignment descriptions, and school bulletins.  Everyone stays connected:  students stay on top of assignments, parents are able to participate more fully in their student's progress, and teachers can use their grade book to make decisions on what information they want to share with parents and students. Click here for instructions to Create an Account and the Apps directions.

Puma News
We publish our WJJMS Puma News monthly, where you may read about current student activities and achievements, view notes from our administrators and staff, and learn about future events and festivities within our school community.  Our Puma News link is included in our weekly Digital Backpack. However, if you'd like a hard-copy, please call our office at 860 537 2313. You may also view our Puma News editions by clicking on our Puma News page at any time.

Strategic School Profile
For detailed information about our school, please read our Strategic School Profile.

Student Information
If you need to fill out a new Student Information form or make amendments, you can call our office at 860.537.2313 to update us or send in a new form with your child. We also have copies available in our office.

PH: 860.537.2313  FAX: 860.537.6258

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