The Rustler Express

Will James Middle School

Weekly Updates

Hello Rustlers!

Take a look at this week's happenings:


  • September 30th through October 7th- Scholastic Book Fair; Library
  • Monday, September 26th- Football A team HOME vs. Ben Steele; 5:00 pm
  • Monday, September 26th- Softball B team HOME vs. Lockwood; 4:30 pm
  • Monday, September 26th- Cross Country Pictures
  • Tuesday, September 27th- Football B team AWAY vs. Lewis and Clark; 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 27th- Softball A team HOME vs. Castle Rock; 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 29th- Softball B team HOME vs. Lewis and Clark; 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 29th- Cross Country AT Castle Rock; 4:45 pm
  • Friday, September 30th- Softball A team HOME vs. Saint Francis



  • Yearbook Club- 1st and 3rd Monday of each month; room 116; 3:15-4:00 pm


  • Drama Club- Room 132; 3:15-4:00 pm
  • Math Club- Room 131; 3:15-4:00


  • Drama Club- Room 132; 3:15-4:00 pm
  • Anime Club- Room 111; 3:10-3:40 pm
  • Pokemon Club- Room 109; 3:10-3:40 pm
  • Jazz Band (7-8 grade only)- Room 122; 7:00-7:55 am

**Please Note Date Change for Pack the Pantry**

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Student Assembly- September 27th

On Tuesday, September 27th Jeff Veley will be presenting to our students in an assembly. This event is a reschedule from last spring and is in regards to promoting friendships and managing conflict.

Jeff Veley was born to entertain and educate. His natural talent to command an audience of any age has brought him before 1 million people. He’s been honored with two international awards and recognized as a Peace Ambassador by the United Nations for his effectiveness in conflict resolution. A social misfit turned social skills educator, Jeff is able to connect with kids from all walks of life and provide the skills necessary to overcome life’s challenges.

You may find out more about Jeff Veley at his website.

Will James Blue Coupon Book Fundraiser

Friday, Sep. 16th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 30th, 3:15pm

1200 30th Street West

Billings, MT

Our goal is for each student to sell two books to people they know. Prizes are awarded to top seller of the school as well as a raffle drawing for each grade level. Books are for purchase at $20 each. Cash or checks made to Will James Middle School.

Parent Teacher Conferences- October 6th

Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching quickly! We will have them in person on Thursday, October 6th from 12:30-6:30. On Wednesday, September 28th, parents will be receiving an email from administration with a link attached where you may set up an appointment with your student's teachers. The week of Parent Teacher Conferences, you will receive reminders to your email of your upcoming appointments with each teacher. If you are unable to make an appointment with a teacher, you may reach out to them to schedule a different time.

Students will dismiss from school on October 6th and 7th at 11:30 a.m.

In addition, on October 6th, our 8th grade students will be attending the Alberta Bair Theater to watch the performance "Call of the Wild" by Jack London. Students will return by 11:30 dismissal.

Meet Our Staff

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Left to Right: Ms. Grimm, Ms. Craddock, Ms. Carlson Mr. Neuman, Ms. Hamnes, Ms. LePiane

Indigenous Family Information

Check out our district's site through our BPS office of Indian Education:

In addition, September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. What is Orange Shirt Day? It is an Indigenous movement to recognize and acknowledge the experience of students of Indian Boarding Schools, to honor the survivors and the children that did not make it home.

Crosswalk Use and Wheeled Device Use

It is so great to see how many students utilize various modes of transportation getting to and from school. We have witnessed and received various reports of our students not accessing the streets safely before and after school. Please help us by remembering the following:

With our students who walk and ride bikes or scooters, please utilize the crosswalks near our school building as well as on major streets (Grand and Broadwater in particular). The intersection of Grand and 30th street does not have a crosswalk. Students need to use the crosswalk at Rehberg and Grand to move from either side of the road.

2022-2023 Meal Pricing

Families will be required to pay for meals beginning in the fall of 2022. Please see the outline of prices for meals offered in School District 2:

Breakfast: $1.50

Elementary Lunch: $2.90

Middle School & High School Lunch: $3.10

Ala Carte Milk: $.60

Adult Breakfast: $2.00

Adult Lunch: $4.00

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