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William J. Johnston Middle School 

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Superintendent's Weekly Update



  NOVEMBER 20, 2020

  1. There's still time to win a FREE BALDI CHRISTMAS TREE! The deadline to donate is next Tuesday, November 24th! For every 2 non-perishable or dog/cat food donations you can win a free tree. All proceeds go to the Colchester Food Bank. THANKS(for)GIVING!

  2. PJ Day! Group 1: December 8, 2020, Group 2, December 11, 2020. Support CCMC by donating $1.00 or more for the privilege of choosing to wear PJs for the day.  WJJMS Students and Staff of WJ are invited. All proceeds benefit the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. PJ Day for the kids/CCMC 

  3. WINTER AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS, permission slips are in the office! We don’t have enough participation yet to run the clubs. Join today! After School Club permission form Details are below.

  • 7th Grade Group 2 Homework Club - For Group 2, 7th Grade students to have a quiet place to complete homework Thursdays from 2 - 3 p.m. with Mrs. Windsor. 

  • 8th Grade Group 2 Homework Club - For Group 2, 8th Grade students to have a quiet place to complete homework Fridays, from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. with Mr. Lucas.

  1. If you come across Internet issues for students, here are a few suggestions: Students can join Google classrooms on phones, try doing several hard restarts (there are a lot of updates in the Chromebooks that could slow down devices), communicate with teachers about attendance if you were in class but are marked absent.

  2. Hello! If you are an 8th grader who is considering applying to Norwich Tech. or Windham Tech. please see the attached flyers sent by the schools. The application process is very different this year. Applications are now online and are to be completed at home. The criteria for admittance is different as well. Students will be admitted based on the following criteria: a personal interest statement, a letter of recommendation from someone outside their family, and attendance They must have also successfully completed 8th grade. Applications should be submitted no later than December 31st. Please make sure to give the person you are asking for a recommendation from plenty of time to complete their letter. If you have any questions after reviewing the flyers and application, please don't hesitate to give me a call. 860 537 2313 or email  Norwich Tech  Windham Tech 

  3. 2020 - 21 WJJMS Yearbooks: IT IS TIME TO ORDER THOSE WJJMS YEARBOOKS! Yearbook orders can be placed now on the Jostens website. You just need to go to and order from there. We CANNOT take orders through the school, you MUST order online. The cost of the yearbook is $35.00. Keep in mind that we only order a certain amount of yearbooks and once we sell out you will not be able to get one. ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS: You can also order your 8th-Grade Grad Ad at this point. Why not get both completed at once and not have to worry about it later? The ads are different prices depending on the size you order. For any Grad-Ad questions, call Jostens directly at 800-567-8367. Thank you in advance for your order and please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at Kristan Gallucci/Yearbook Advisor.

  4. This is a reminder to any 8th-grade student who is interested in applying to Lyman's agricultural program for high school: Applications are due back to Mrs. Yoder Gerow, in school counseling, by December 9th.  Please be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get your recommendations back from your teachers. If you have not yet done so, please also send Mrs. Yoder Gerow an email to let her know that you are interested in applying ( If you did not attend the open house and receive an application, the application is available online at: Lyman Vo-Ag High


PH: 860.537.2313  FAX: 860.537.6258


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