Charger Chatter

John Winthrop Middle School Newsletter August 2022


Our First Day of School is September 1st!

Thanks to our hard working secretaries and custodians, the building is sparkling clean, set up to go and ready for students to fill the hallways and classrooms! The teachers, counselors, administrators and staff are excited to welcome students back on Thursday. It's going to be a great year!

The monthly Charger Chatter newsletter will keep you apprised of all of the wonderful things happening at JWMS, as well as upcoming events and important information. Newsletters will be posted on the school website as well. There is a button on the upper right hand side of this electronic document that can be used to translate the text or change the font size.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about the information below.

Arrival Procedures for Car Riders

Students who are driven to school should be dropped off in front of the building's traffic circle (around the flagpole). Our school doors open at 7:25 each morning, and students should proceed directly to either the cafeteria for breakfast or homeroom. Daily attendance is taken in homeroom, and important announcements are made at this time as well.

Late Arrival or Early Dismissal

Students arriving to school after 7:40 AM are considered tardy. We ask that you make every effort to establish good habits early in the school year by dropping your child off on time. If your child is late, you must accompany your child into the school to be signed in.

Likewise, if your child must leave school early for an appointment, you must come into the school to sign out.

For the safety and security of all, you must bring your photo identification to sign your child in or out of school, just as any visitors reporting to our building are required to do. Thank you for your cooperation.

Cell Phones

All students at JWMS are issued Chromebooks for use both in and out of school for instructional purposes. Other personal electronic devices, such as cell phones, Apple watches, AirPods, headphones and cameras, could be a significant distraction to learning and must be turned off and kept out of sight in lockers during school hours and activities, unless specifically permitted by the instructional staff.

Your support in helping us maintain a safe and productive learning environment is appreciated. You can do this by reminding your children about the use of personal devices. While we recognize that families depend on cell phones to communicate important information to their children, we ask that if you need to reach your child during the school day that you call the main office, and we will communicate that message directly to your child. Please know we cannot assume responsibility for any lost or stolen personal devices.

Student Schedules

Student schedules are now viewable in Power School, and all students will receive a hard copy of their schedule on the first day of school. Please know that on rare occasions, slight adjustments or tweaks need to be made to a student's schedule once school has begun, and counselors will meet with any students should there be an issue.

Due to some master schedule revisions and staffing changes that occurred over the summer, our 8th grade students may notice that some of their elective classes will meet every other day for the year, rather than meeting for every day for the half year. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's school counselor.

Mrs. Jennifer Sullivan, school counselor for 8th grade:

Mr. Doug Gagne, school counselor for 7th grade:


At JWMS, we are prioritizing the social and emotional well being of all our students by implementing an evidence-based curriculum called Habitudes. Grounded in established research, Habitudes is an image-based leadership development curriculum that empowers adults to prepare all students to become leaders and equip them with the skills to navigate through life’s challenges and opportunities. Using stories, imagery, metaphors, and experiences, Habitudes teaches young adults valuable perspectives and leadership habits helping them to:

● Learn to take initiatives

● Overcome complex problems through creative persistence

● Capitalize on personal strengths to be career ready upon graduation

● Develop critical thinking skills that will help them make positive decisions

Each month, students and staff at JW will focus on a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) core competency and sub-competency. The core competencies include self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making and relationship skills. SEL groups will meet once a week to cover the Habitudes curriculum. We will formally begin implementation of the curriculum on September 13. Please check out a detailed look at

September’s theme is “Self-Awareness” focusing on self-efficacy.

If you have specific questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Picture Day is Wednesday, September 7th

Students will receive order forms on the first day of school, or you may order online by clicking the link below to visit Use Picture Day ID: EVTQ2GTS7

**Even if you are not ordering photos, your child will need to have a picture taken for their school ID.**

Open House is September 14

**NOTE: Date was changed to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14**

Our September 14th Open House will give parents and guardians the opportunity to experience “a day in the life” of their child(ren). Parents and guardians should report to their child’s homeroom at 6:00 PM, where teachers will distribute student schedules. After homeroom announcements, parents will follow their child’s schedule to meet each teacher for a class period before passing to the next class. In each class, teachers will give a short presentation about the class curriculum, expectations and procedures. Don’t worry! There will be student guides and escorts throughout the building to help you find your way from classroom to classroom!

**Kindly note that in order to best accommodate our guests, this evening is specifically designed for parents/guardians only.** We hope you will join us!

Our New Athletic Director and Fall Sports at JWMS

Region 4 is happy to welcome our new athletic director, Lewis Pappariella, to the district! Mr. Pappariella will be in charge of interscholastic and intramural athletics for both John Winthrop Middle School and Valley Regional High School.

On Sept 2, all students interested in playing boys or girls soccer should attend an informational meeting at 7:25 AM in the JWMS auditorium. This meeting will be an opportunity to meet the coaches, who will provide information such as tryout details and the season schedule, as well as a general overview of expectations for the season. Please note that all interscholastic athletes need a current health physical on file to participate.

  • Soccer tryouts will begin the week of 9/6
  • First contest is 9/13


  • In the fall, JWMS offers intramural opportunities as well. More information about intramurals, including dates and sign ups, will be provided in the coming weeks via our JWMS morning announcements.

If you have any questions about interscholastic or intramural athletics please contact Mr. Pappariella or athletic assistant Mrs. Sheila Robida:

Also new to JWMS....

We welcome the following new staff members to our JW community:

  • Kelli Murphy - 8th Grade Science Teacher

  • Shannon Nygard - Paraprofessional

  • Dana Lutz - Paraprofessional

  • Katie Bauer - Building Substitute

  • Kristen Rosecrans - 7th and 8th Grade Math and English Language Arts Teacher

  • Marla Kosenski - 7th and 8th Grade French Teacher

  • Lydia Heeks - District BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)

  • Sarah Minor - Library/Media Specialist

I am thrilled to be a new member of the school community as well, and I am eager to open our school doors on Thursday. I look forward to a strong, positive partnership with families this year, and I encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns so that TOGETHER we can foster and support student success.

Enjoy the last few days of summer. See you soon!

Melissa Morgan-Hostetler, Principal