The Rustler Express

Will James Middle School


Big picture

Weekly Updates

Hello Rustlers!

Check out this week's reminders:


  • Boys Basketball- Playoff game Tuesday, January 31st HOME vs. Riverside
  • Girls Volleyball Tryouts grades 6-8- Monday, February 6th. Students must have physical and district forms completed. Cost: $45 for activity fee, and $13 for gray WJ shirt if they do not already have one.
  • Band Concert- Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 pm
  • Singing Telegrams for sale at School- $4 and it supports our Choir classes. Sales run February 1-10.
  • February 14th- West High Pep Band: 8th Grade students will participate with West High's pep band at West from 5:30-9:30 pm
  • Yearbook Ordering Due April 20th- Don't miss out on the memories! Order your yearbook today! Forms available at school - $20 for a Hardcover Yearbook. Make checks out to Will James Middle school (WJMS) or pay online (will need to create an account! School Code: 188765
  • If interested, the Education Foundation is taking submissions for the 2023 Saturday Live logo design. It is due to their office by March 5th.



  • Yearbook Club- first and third Monday of every month; Room 116; 3:15-4:00 pm


  • Swing Choir (7-8 grade only)- Room 121; 7:15-8:00 am
  • Drama Club- Room 132; 3:15-4:00 pm
  • reACT Club- WIN
  • Math Club- Room 131; 3:15-4:00


Student Council- Room 110; 7:30-8:00 am- Check Dates- 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22


  • All Nations Club- Room 127 during WIN
  • Jazz Band (7-8 grade only)- Band Room; 7:00-7:55 am
  • Drama Club- Room 132; 3:15-4:00 pm
  • Anime Club- Room 111; 3:10-3:40 pm
  • Chess Club- Room 136 from 3:15-4:00 (2nd and 4th Thursdays only)
  • Art Club- Room 130; 3:15-4:00 pm
  • American Sign Language Club- Room 129; 3:10-3:40 pm
Big picture

Reppin' A Rustler

At Will James, we promote with our students and staff the following expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Kind.

This week's focus is Being Responsible in the lunch room.

What does this look like?

  • Clean up your space

    • Gather all of your garbage, including napkins, silverware, wrappers, milk carton, and food

    • Stand up, and walk to the nearest garbage to throw away

    • Move back to your seat for further direction

What does it sound like?

  • If a staff member requests you clean your area, you reply kindly and do what is asked.

Educational Talent Search Information

Big picture

Calling all 8th Graders- Yearbook Baby Ads!

Will James Middle School’s Yearbook Staff is offering families of 8th graders the opportunity to purchase baby ads in this year’s ‘22-’23 yearbook. This is a fun chance to give your child a lasting legacy in their yearbook. Most of these ads include one or two photos and a dedication. Just decide the size of your ad (⅛ or ¼ page), include a *sketch if you wish (see below), then write your message (to avoid errors please print clearly) and choose which photo(s) you wish to include (photos can be emailed or scanned and sent to Mrs. Kailey. All baby ads must be paid for in advance, please include check or cash when you submit your pictures/ ad return form. Forms and pictures can be mailed to Will James, dropped at the front office, or brought directly to Mrs. Kailey in room 116. We appreciate your support! Keep in mind that we have limited space in the yearbook and ads will be published on a first come- first serve basis.


Counseling Corner

Parents of 8th grade students: High school registration is scheduled for February 16th. Students will review the registration form in the Science class the week prior. Please review the forms with your child. Students will select their core classes in addition to up to 4 other classes (if semester-long only) and 2 alternate classes.
Big picture

Drop off and Pick Up at Will James

After breaks, it is always good to review procedures and protocols around our building. One we would like to remind everyone of is our parking lot. We appreciate all you do getting your students to and from school, and know that we have a unique set up for vehicles to maneuver in our pull through parking lot as well as parking around the school area. To improve flow and safety, please have your student prepared in the vehicle upon drop off to eliminate a line hold up in car lines.

To help with our flow, please consider the following while dropping off or picking up your student:

  • If using our pull through parking, please utilize the lane closest to the sidewalk and pull as far forward as possible to drop off your student. Exit by pulling out to the exterior lane- this lane needs to keep moving. Please see the image below as the visual may help better understand the flow.
  • Parking is not permitted along the bike rack. We do have buses that need to exit from the back of the building. We have seen vehicles blocking the turn lanes for these buses by parking along the bike rack.
  • Avoid parking and waiting to drop your child off in the pull through lines as the weather has changed. This causes vehicles to back up into the street, and block the crosswalk. Please utilize our parking spots if you prefer to have your child wait in your vehicle until 8:00 when the first bell rings.
  • We are working with students to utilize the crosswalk appropriately, and to look both ways before crossing. If your child utilizes the crosswalk to access your vehicle, please remind them to look both ways, and wait for vehicles to stop before crossing.

Other places to park:

  • The LDS parking lot across the street from the school.
  • Park on Lewis, 30th street, Meadow View or Belvedere.

Cafeteria Use in the Morning:

  • Students may enter the building through the cafeteria beginning at 7:40 am to receive breakfast.
  • On cold days, all students are encouraged to enter the cafeteria and way for the first bell at 8:10 am.
  • Please refrain from parking in the morning by the cafeteria. That space is reserved for our staff members to park for the day.

RIDE THE EXTRA MILE: Motivate, Inspire, Lead, and Encourage