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

Digital Backpack

April 3, 2020  

  1. CPS Parade for students: Click the link below to see what the CPS Teachers and Staff took part in this past Thursday, April 2, 2020, for families and Colchester residents. 
  2. Letter to students re: Quarter 3 to Quarter 4 change: Click here to read.
  3. Letter to families from the BOE: Click here to read today’s letter from our Board of Education to families.
  4. CPS Students and Parents Information FAQ: Click here.
  5. Student Placement - Parent Input Online form due April 9, 2020: Dear parents/guardians: We are about to begin our student placements process for next year. 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, and student needs.  We encourage parent feedback regarding any special consideration that should be made concerning placement or perceptions of appropriate learning environment. Please note that while parent input is accepted, it is not necessary. Each grade has two teams: Grade 6 - Beta & Omega; Grade 7 - Sigma & Alpha; Grade 8 - Pi & Zeta Mu. Requests for specific teams will not be accepted. Please click on this link if you would like to provide input.
  6. COURSE SELECTIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2024 (INCOMING 9TH GRADERS) WILL SOON BE UNDERWAY: On Monday, March 23rd through Friday, April 10th  the portal will be opened for students to begin making their course requests. You can access the Program of Studies on the Bacon Academy website under Academics for you to review when choosing courses or click here. Letters with detailed information were sent home on March 3rd that included instructions on how to choose classes. Please read Digital Backpack entries #2 and #3..
  7. Dear 8th grade Parents, Guardians, and Students regarding Course Selections: Click here to read a SAMPLE letter (personalized letters sent home from Bacon Academy on March 3rd) to all 8th-grade students going into the 9th grade. Please refer to that letter if you have any questions or call Donna Desserault as noted about student course selections for the 2020 - 21 school year. In addition, you may click here for a letter from our 8th-grade Counselor, Meg Lewis with an introduction and timeline to complete the 8th to the 9th-grade scheduling process. 
  8. COURSE OVERRIDE REQUESTS FOR WJ GRADE 8 STUDENTS GOING TO GRADE 9:  If a student and parent/caregiver choose to override the placement decision of a course by the teacher, the attached waiver form needs to be printed, filled out, signed by the parent/caregiver and student, then scanned. All completed forms need to be emailed to Donna DesSureault ( by May 8th. Staff at Bacon Academy will take care of the remaining signatures on the form and notifying teachers and department leaders of the override. Click here for a Course Override Form.  
  9. Subject: Course Selection for 20-21: Dear (parents' names), Beginning today, March 25, the PowerSchool portal is open for students to enter their course selections for the 2020-21 school year. All 6th and 7th graders will independently log in to PowerSchool to submit their course selections for the next school year. They will be receiving a copy of this email, as well. Please keep this letter as it contains (student name)’s personal PowerSchool login. The deadline to enter course requests is April 9, 2020. Directions for Making Course Selections in PowerSchool  
  • Log in to the PowerSchool Portal:  

  • Click on CLASS REGISTRATION on the left.  

  • On the far right, click on each PENCIL ICON next to a red exclamation point.  

  • You are encouraged to view each course group and review all of your options.  

  • Click through each screen to select courses: click the box next to the course and a checkmark will appear.  

  • Incoming Grade 8 students MUST select the same world language as the one taken in 7th grade. If you did not take a world language in Grade 7 then leave this section blank.

  • If you are currently in band and/or chorus and plan on continuing next year, click the box to enroll in one or both for next year. If you do not plan on being a part of band or chorus next year, leave this section blank.

  • After all selections have been made, click OKAY.  

  • After clicking OKAY, a screen will appear that shows all course selections.  

  • If selections are correct, click SUBMIT. (Failure to click SUBMIT will result in NO selections!)
    Here is your student's personal PowerSchool username and password to log in on to the PowerSchool website: and make your elective course selections (this needs to be done from a computer, not from the app): Student:  (student's name) Username: (student's PS ID) Password: (student's PS Password)


  1. Superintendent's Weekly Update for April 3, 2020 here.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions and Answer here.
  3. District Communication website page linked here.
  4. CPS Interim Learning Website for Families/Staff:  here
  5. Free Internet Services Information: here


Resources from the Town of Colchester:

  • Non Town Hall Services are posted on our Town website.
  • You can stay updated on the Town's Response to COVID-19 here.
  • Our Cragin Library website is also offering a host of resources.
  • Residential Burn Permits are now only being issued electronically. The form is located on the Fire Marshal’s page on the Town Website under Burn Permits. Please fill out the form electronically or print and scan the form and email it to The request will be approved and a confirmation email will be sent.
  • Comcast has Internet Essentials where some people may be able to apply for free or discounted internet services.
  • Colchester's C3 is offering many online opportunities, you can check out their website here
  • Parks and Recreation is also offering some online opportunities through their Facebook Page.

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PH: 860.537.2313  FAX: 860.537.6258


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