Panther Pride

Pride On The East Issue 3: November 2021

Family Engagement Session - Free Elementary COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 6pm



Columbus City Schools is partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus Public Health to provide free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at every CCS elementary school for our students ages 5-11. We've made it as easy as possible for our younger students to get this life-saving vaccine. Parents must provide consent before the vaccines can be given, so we want to answer any questions you might have. Join tonight’s Virtual Family Engagement Session to hear from our pediatric health partners and school health teams as we talk about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger students. We will also show you step-by-step how to complete the online consent form.

Thursday Virtual Family Engagement Session

Free Elementary COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Thursday, December 2 / 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 870 7758 4591

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Girls Basketball Update

Unfortunately, we will have to cancel the girl's basketball season due to the fact that we do not have enough eligible girls interested in playing.

Holiday Assistance

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Tons of Holiday Assistance loaded in the PDF below. Deadline for some is tomorrow 12/2/21

Free College tuition starting with the Class of 2022

Parents & Guardians of the Class of 2022!

We still have appointments available for our WRHS FAFSA workshop tomorrow, Thursday 11/11! Please sign up for a 30-minute time slot to get your student's FAFSA complete. The registration link is: Please open the attached document to see what you need to bring.

Also - did you hear the exciting news? The Columbus Promise has launched! This is your senior's opportunity for a tuition-free education at Columbus State Community College! As part of the application process, students MUST complete the FAFSA. So come out tomorrow night to get one step of the application requirement completed! More details about the entire program coming soon. :)

Questions? Reach out to Ms. Joseph, the WRHS I Know I Can College Advisor, at

Free Movies, Passes, and More - Virtual Family Engagement Session


Who needs Netflix when you’ve got a library card. Did you know that families can get free online access to movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and more from our partners at the Columbus Metropolitan Library? You can even check out free passes to COSI and the Columbus Art Museum.

During our Tuesday Virtual Family Engagement Session, the Columbus Library team will talk about all of the resources available for our students and families, including in-person and online Homework Help.

And if you don’t have a library card yet, you’ll definitely want one after this session.

Tuesday Virtual Family Engagement Session
"Get More with your Library Card"
Tuesday, November 16
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m (on Zoom)

Families can sign up for this session at

Every Tuesday and Thursday, our Virtual Family Engagement Sessions provide families an opportunity to learn the latest district information, hear from our community partners, provide feedback, and get answers to questions. We look forward to having you join us.
- CCS Family Engagement Team

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Important Dates Approaching to Remember!

· Nov. 9th

Last Day of Aleks Contest

· Nov. 19th

On this day, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to have lunch with your student during their designated lunch period per their grade level.

You may bring in lunch for :

  1. Yourself
  2. You and your student or
  3. You may purchase a school lunch for yourself at the price of $3.50

· Nov. 22-23

* Wellness Week-

* Asynchronous

Remote Learning Days for Students

· Nov. 24th

All CCS Schools Closed *Compensatory Day for Parent Conferences

· Nov. 25th-26th



Dec. 9th

Monthly Conversation and Coffee: starting 12/9/21

On this day, parents/guardians will be invited into the building from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. with the Principal and Family Ambassador.

Dr. Dixon Announces November 22-26 as CCS Wellness Week


Greetings Panther Family!

It is such a privilege to serve the Johnson Park community! I am the proud new principal at Johnson Park Middle School. This is my 22nd year with Columbus City Schools and I actual began my teaching career here at Johnson Park. We have great instructional and social goals for our students. You will most certainly get more information about our learning standards and goals as well as our PBIS behavior model. Each day our students are in dress code and ready to learn and earn. Please find more information on our school website and listen weekly for updates. Johnson Park… Pride on the Eastside!

Staci Rouse



Hello Johnson Park families, my name is John Blackstone, and I am the new Assistant Principal at Johnson Park Middle School. I am coming to Columbus City Schools from the Groveport Madison district and this is my 3rd year as an administrator. I am excited to work with your students as we change the face of education coming back from the COVID-19 delay. I enjoy many outdoor activities including sports and look forward to seeing your students on the court or field this year.

John Blackstone,

Assistant Principal

Facilities Meeting Schedule

ALL school staff and families are welcome to attend these important discussions to brainstorm new configurations of our district schools! During these meetings, stakeholders will group cubes on the maps to propose new buildings for a certain number of students.

The OFCC Rules for the activity: "the state of Ohio will not co-fund high schools with 1200 students or less . . . will not co-fund middle schools with 900 students or less . . . will not co-fund PK-5 schools with 600 students or less."

The map simulation activity encourages building PK-5 buildings of 800+ students so programs like robotics and computer programming could be offered, aligning with the Portrait of a Graduate, for example.

The ideas generated at these meetings will have a great impact on over 30 PK-5 school communities that have not already been renovated or replaced. How should these buildings be combined or configured to create a new proposed building of 600+ students? How do we configure larger middle schools and high schools and where should they be located?

Let me know if you have any questions and please attend any meeting that works for you; you don't have to stick with your assigned region date.

We need to hear input from administrators, staff, teachers, and our diverse families! Student input is encouraged, too. Register:
Facilities Meetings THIS Week and Next!

Today Monday November 1, 2021 6:00 pm -7:00 pm Tuesday November 30, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Family Engagement RSVP Link

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please check newsletter periodically or daily as new information will be added in real time as we receive it.

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Nurses Corner & Medications

Please notify Nurse Judy of any medication or health information, including changes, regarding your student if you have not already done so.

If your student is feeling ill or experiencing Covid-like symptoms, please:

  1. Keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours
  2. Get tested if symptoms last more than 48 hours

If a student is sent home for Covid-like symptoms:

A parent or guardian will be called to pick them up, and that student may not return until symptoms are improving and fever free for 24 hours.

Family Ambassador Announcement

Hello Johnson Park families, my name is Jaquella Morris, and I am your Family Ambassador. This is my second year at Johnson Park Middle School, and I am looking forward to connecting and engaging with you all.

As Family Ambassador I will strive to help strengthen the communication and engagement between our staff, parents and your child/children’s education. This year Johnson Park is happy to announce that we will be partnering with Ms. Chaka Diop for the SEL Program and Mr. Ako Kambon for the Visionary Leadership Institute. I will be personally working close with her to help implement the SEL plans for the benefit our families. We will strive to create new beneficial ways for parents to engage and assist your child/children with assignments and for you to engage in more school activities to show your support. I will also search to find and build new partnerships, community connections and resources for our school and families. My office hours for zoom will be bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 9:00-9:30 a.m. starting this November. During this time, we will discuss future engagement plans and upcoming school events (testing prep etc.) during the first 15 minutes, and have Q & A during the remaining 15 minutes.

In attendance of the meetings will be:

1. An administrative staff member

2. SEL Coordinator

3. Visionary Leadership Coordinator

4. Myself

5. Occasionally our school nurse, Nurse Judy if the topic calls for her assistance and expertise.

In the event that a meeting date happens to fall on a day that we are on break, the meeting will then occur on the next scheduled Tuesday after we return to school.

I can be reached via my Zoom link.

Topic: Panther Parent Engagement

Time: Nov 30, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Bi-weekly on Tue, until May 24, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 836 4908 0892

Find your local number:

Social Emotional Learning

Johnson Park Family,

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is happening throughout the Johnson Park Learning Community. To continue gaining momentum we are looking to create a shared vision with the voice of ALL stakeholders. We need your voice!

Take a moment to scan the QR code and compete the form. You do not have to answer every question, just the questions you're most comfortable with.

SEL at Home: "What's New"

Create an opportunity to promote connectedness within the family. Each person takes the opportunity to share any new happening or ideas. Since each person decided for themselves what experience they are willing to share.

"What’s New?” builds Responsible Decision-Making skills by encouraging participants
to choose the news that feels right to them to share in this moment (Situation Analysis and Evaluating), and the Relationship Skills of Communication and Social Engagement as
participants respectfully share and receive information.

Places to get sports physicals

Community Resources

NEW: 24/7 Online Tutoring Platform Available for Middle, High School Students

Dear Columbus City Schools Families,

During the recent Summer Experience, the District introduced Paper, a new 24/7 online tutoring platform for secondary students. This school year, students in grades six through 12 will benefit from additional access to high-quality, 1:1 tutoring. The partnership is part of the District’s efforts to accelerate learning, bridge academic gaps, and address learning loss in an equitable way.

Paper is a secure, online tutoring service that provides students with unlimited academic support. Whether they’re stuck on homework, studying for a test, or need someone to read and make suggestions to their essays, tutors are available online to assist students in over 200 subjects in multiple languages. Paper trains tutors to conduct expert academic support in a secure, chat-based platform. With a commitment to helping students learn, they’ll never give students answers but rather interact with them in an encouraging tone to lead them forward.

Paper is a free service available through the District, and students are encouraged to use it as much as they need, whenever they need it. Teachers also have accounts and will be able to review all student activity to see what they’re working on and provide more targeted instruction as needed.

Paper is now available for students in Clever. Parents can learn more about the platform and how it benefits students by participating in a Parent Info Session hosted by Paper.

School Uniform/Clothing assistance - Charity Newsies

Providing clothing, coats and shoe vouchers for children from ages 5-18 Application is all online and drive through pick up for Covid safety. On their page you will also find other community events that they will be hosting.

MAPS Furniture Bank

Free Furniture Assistance Must Have Referral

Covid-19 Testing Information

Columbus City Schools to Provide Free At-Home COVID-19 Rapid Tests for Students, Staff

Columbus City Schools has partnered with Columbus Public Health (CPH) to offer a limited number of voluntary, at-home BinaxNow COVID-19 rapid test kits for any student or staff member in a school or transportation center who is symptomatic or a close contact of a positive case.

The free, convenient testing option will be available to students and staff beginning next week.

“Even before students returned to classrooms five days a week, we worked closely with Columbus Public Health to be proactive and vigilant to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon. “We recently announced vaccine clinics for students and staff, and these rapid test kits present the District with an additional layer of protection to detect infections early and get ahead of potential outbreaks, including asymptomatic spread, keep schools open, and protect our entire community.”

Families of any student receiving an at-home rapid test will also be notified by their school, per district contact tracing protocols. Families can notify their school of their positive or negative status by submitting:

  • Printed copy of BinaxNow test results;
  • Emailing digital copy of BinaxNow test results to the school (principal/nurse/teacher); or
  • Emailing detailed, verifiable screenshot of BinaxNow test results.

About BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits

The BinaxNOW Test is a 15-minute rapid antigen test used to detect an active COVID-19 infection. The test was developed by Abbott Laboratories and approved for use by the U.S Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The self-tests are provided for easy at-home use with a computer, tablet, or smartphone with video capabilities. Proctored (English & Spanish) eMED telehealth sessions are available to oversee test administration and provide electronic copies of results.

BinaxNOW Self-Test Walkthrough Video

This BinaxNOW Test is recommended for individuals who are identified as a close contact:

  • Individuals directly exposed to COVID-19 at school; or
  • Individuals identified as a close contact due to a household member being exposed to COVID-19; or
  • Symptomatic individuals showing signs of illness consistent with COVID-19.

Students and staff who test negative and are showing no symptoms will be able to return to school/work or stay in school/work, avoiding quarantine.

The BinaxNOW Test kits may have a past expiration date, but the FDA has extended the dates for tests issued by the Ohio Department of Health:

Additional information regarding COVID-19 health and safety protocols in Columbus City Schools is available online.

For additional COVID-19-realated information in the City of Columbus, visit


Aleks Contest

October 12th - November 19th

This contest will be 5 weeks long

Top 35 will get a pizza and game party

Contest is based on objectives mastered

Fun Video...thanks to the math teachers that participated!!

Aleks video

Sports & Sign-Up Information Below

Boys & Girls Basketball

What you will need:

  1. Complete Physical
  2. Completed form with Parent Signature

  • Practices will be from 2:30-4:30
  • There will be an Activity Bus available to take kids home afterwards.

See Coach Ruffin or contact him at or call 614-966-6445

for forms and further information

Student Closet

  • We will be accepting donations for the student closet.
  • All donations are greatly appreciated!
  • If you have donations, please call the office ahead of time so that we are aware and prepared for you.

Thanks so much,

Johnson Park Staff


  • School begins at 7:25 am with the tardy bell ringing at 7:30 am. Doors will open at 7:15 am. If students arrive early, they will be seated in the auditorium.

  • We will begin dismissal at 2:25 pm.
  • Dismissal end time is 2:35 pm.
  • Please let office staff know if there is a change in transportation by 2:00pm. This gives the office staff time to notify teacher and student of changes.

  • For the safety of our students, parents must enter the building with an official ID. These include a Driver’s License, State ID, a Passport, SRSU ID/Picture ID.
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Fun Fall Family Outings

The Witten/Smith Farms - Hayrides Pumpkin Patch Apple Picking Farmers Market and more Smith Farm Market | The Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse

Fun Fall Family Outings

The Witten/Smith Farms -

  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Apple Picking
  • Farmers Market and more

Smith Farm Market | The Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse

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For the safety of our students and families, we have put together a safe & timely departure order:
  • Bussers- will be the first to be dismissed at 2:25 pm.

*There will be a dry erase board with a list of the bus numbers and their position in the line up daily as they arrive.*

  • Car Riders- will be dismissed at 2:28 pm

  • Walkers- will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.



Please contact the CCS Transportation office for accurate bus numbers for your student(s) at 614-365-5074.

Or visit the office at

1560 Moler Rd

Columbus, Ohio 43207

Johnson Park Middle School

Principal-Ms. Rouse -

Assistant Principal-Mr. Blackstone -

School Nurse - Nurse Judy -

School Social Worker - Ms. Marshall -

School Counselor - Mrs. Suhoza -

School Secretary I - Mrs. Boston -

(Attendance & Records)

School Secretary II - Ms. McKinley -

Family Ambassador - Ms. Morris -

Attendance - Phone: 614-365-3299

Please send absence excuses to: