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It is the mission of the WJJMS PTO to enrich the educational experience of all WJJMS students by providing funding for programs and materials that support and complement the WJJMS curriculum. We look forward to creating a strong parent-teacher collaboration for the upcoming year. Check the latest information in the Digital Backpack and in the PowerSchool Bulletin. Contact the PTO President, Merrill Collins, if you'd like at with any questions.

Here is the PTO's most recent Newsletter.

Click here for the WJJMS PTO Calendar!

Click below for the Meeting Minutes:
September 18, 2019
November 20, 2019
January 15, 2020

President: Merrill Collins
Vice President: Melissa Hlasyszyn
Secretary: Tricia Dean
GrantsCourtney Dzwonchyk
Communication/Newsletter: Beverly Carr
Publicity/FB: Kim Melino
Hospitality: Michelle Toennes
New Family Breakfast: Kara Pac
8th Grade Picnic Chair:
8th Grade Picnic Co-Chair:
Puma Wear Chair: Cindy Malz
Surplus Store Manager: Jessica Trusz
Box Tops for Education: Marissa Chiarella
Lyman Orchards Pie/Cookie Dough Fundraiser Chair: Michelle Toennes
Holiday Gift Store Chair: Mary Collins
Holiday Gift Store Co-Chair
Spring Believe Fundraiser Chair: Charity Jackson
Spring Believe Fundraiser Co-Chair: Christine Cerniglia
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Fundraiser Chair: Susan Curry
Kansas Maid Butter Braids: Beverly Carr
PTO Web Manager: Annette Tamburrino
Teacher Representative: Jennifer DelSesto
Teacher Representative: Kathy Jesmonth
Administrator: Chris Bennett
Administrator: Dr. Stacy Ewings

Some of the services we provide are:

  • grants for student programming
  • honor roll supplies
  • individual grants for teachers' needs
  • staff appreciation luncheons
  • office volunteer help
  • 8th-grade promotion t-shirts & picnic

Here are our fundraisers this year:

Big Y Express rewards
Box Tops for Education
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates
Holiday Gift Store 
Lyman Orchards Pie/Cookie Dough
MCM Fundraising's Kansas Maid Braided Pastry & Lyman Orchards Crisp
Puma Wear
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Program

Membership & Donation Form (we do not have membership dues)
All of these great services are funded through our fundraisers and donations. We are always actively looking for volunteers to work on various projects. If you have the time, we need you. Please note, however, that you can choose to be a contributing member only. Once you complete our Membership & Donation Form your student can turn it into the Main Office.

Box Tops for Education
The Box Tops for Education gains free cash for WJJMS. Keep collecting the box tops and labels, and send them in with your student. We have team competitions and drawings. 

Puma Gear
Please contact us Cindy Malz at to inquire.

WJJMS Surplus Store
Click here for the WJJMS Surplus Store Facebook page.

Location: William J. Johnston Middle School, 360 Norwich Ave Colchester CT 06415 (East Gym entrance)

Hours: Thursdays and occasional Saturdays. See the WJJMS PTO Surplus Store Facebook Page.

What we sell: We offer a large variety of items ranging from kid's toys, crafts, home decor, yarn, fabric, sewing, scrapbooking, stamping, household, Wilton, card making, wedding items, wall art, lawn & garden items and so much more. All items are new. 

Who benefits: 100% of the profits are used to purchase programs and materials for WJJMS students. The PTO accepts cash or checks made payable to WJJMS PTO. 

Pricing:  50% off red stickers, 75% off full-price stickers (with a few exceptions).

PTO Meetings
All meetings are held mostly every third Wednesday of each month during the school year unless otherwise indicated, starting at 6:00 p.m. at WJJMS in the large office Conference Room aside from the first meeting which will be held in the School Counseling Conference Room. To inquire about PTO Meetings, you may contact WJJMS at 860 537 2313, check the PowerSchool Bulletin or calendar at 

Two other opportunities to raise funds for equipment for our school are:

Big Y Express
Click here for the Parent Flier and register your Big Y card. The WJJMS school id is #5110. Follow the directions on the flier and attain free equipment for our school!


Stop & Shop Rewards
Click here for the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards information. Our ID# is 05879! Earn cash for our schools through March 16, 2019.



PH: 860.537.2313  FAX: 860.537.6258

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