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2013-14 Back to School Information

Posted July 30, 2013 in Community Blogs, Johnston

The beginning of school is just a few weeks away. All K-12 students in the Johnston Community School District will start school on Thursday, Aug. 15. We look forward to a great year!

Here’s some important information to know before the first bell rings:

Welcome and orientation events
Monday, Aug. 12
1-2 p.m. Summit new student orientation @ Summit Middle School

Tuesday, Aug. 13
5:30-6:15 p.m. Summit grade 7 open house/Meet the teacher @ SMS
6:30-7:15 p.m. Summit grade 6 open house/Meet the teacher @ SMS
6-8 p.m. Johnston Middle School orientation @ JMS auditorium

Wednesday, Aug. 14
2-2:30 p.m. New family orientation @ all elementaries
2:30-3:30 p.m. Meet the teacher @ all elementaries
5:30-8:30 p.m. JHS back to school night @ Johnston High School

Tuesday, Aug. 27
6 p.m. Elementary Parent Night, grades K-2-4 @ all elementaries

Thursday, Aug. 29
6 p.m. Elementary Parent Night, grades 1-3-5 @ all elementaries

School start and dismissal times
*Note early out every Wednesday
Developmental Kindergarten
8:40-11:35 a.m. & 12:40-3:35 p.m.

All Elementaries (All-Day K & Gr. 1-5)
8:40 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
8:40 a.m.-2:35 p.m. (early out every Wed.)

Summit Middle School (Grades 6-7)
7:45 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
7:45 a.m.-1:50 p.m. (early out every Wed.)

Johnston Middle School (Grades 8-9)
7:45 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
7:45 a.m.-1:50 p.m. (early out every Wed.)

Johnston High School (Grades 10-12)
7:50 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
7:50 a.m.-1:55 p.m. (early out every Wed.)

3-hour dismissal times
Elementary…12:35 p.m.
SMS/JMS…11:50 a.m.
JHS…11:55 a.m.

Lunch payments
A computerized lunch accounting system (PayPams) is used to manage student lunch accounts. Lunch money is prepaid and credited into individual accounts. All purchases (meals and ala carte items) are automatically recorded and deducted from the lunch account balance. All students, eligible for subsidized meals or not, are assigned a personal keypad number to participate in the lunch program.

Three ways to deposit lunch payments
-Online at
-District Nutrition Office – 5608 Merle Hay Rd; (515) 278-0278
-Any elementary classroom teacher

Cash or checks will be accepted for deposits.  Payment into an account may be made for one or more meals. Prepayment for a number of meals at one time is encouraged. To assure accuracy, please include money in a sealed envelope with the child’s name, grade, homeroom number and the amount of money to be deposited.

Before/after school childcare
School Supplies 3Kids Connection (KTC) is the Johnston school district’s school-age child care program. KTC is available for students in grades K-5 during the school year and for the summer.  KTC staff serve approximately 650 students housed within five elementary schools. KTC offers both a breakfast and an afternoon snack for students.

The focus of the KTC program is to provide enjoyable, motivating, and stimulating structured activities for the students, along with offering enriching fieldtrips. KTC provides quality, caring staff to meet the individual needs of each child. Summit After School (SAS) is the middle school after school program for sixth and seventh grade students. SAS is a program offered to students who need a place to hang out while waiting for parent pick-up, after school practices and games.  The Summit After School program does not require dates that your child is going to attend; it works as a drop-in program.

The KTC and SAS programs are safe, reliable options for parents whose schedules might not accommodate the weekly one-hour early out. For more information on KTC and SAS, including pricing structure, contact the Johnston Community Ed office at (515) 278-0552.

Calendar Subscriptions
Last spring, the district implemented a new online calendar that allows people to subscribe  to the calendar(s) of their choice and have updates sent to their email or smartphone calendars.  It’s easy to sign up:

Go to the main calendar page:

Over on the right hand side, you should see a small box that says “Categories.” If you hover over that, a list should drop down of schools and other major calendar things, like No School.

Select as many categories as you need, for example Timber Ridge and No School. You’ll select one category, then let the calendar refresh, then select the next category.

As the calendar refreshes to your specifications,  you will see only those events show up. Use the month buttons underneath the category button to go through each month. The calendar will need a few seconds to refresh for each month.

If you want to subscribe to this calendar, there are buttons near the left-hand corner that says “Subscribe to this filtered calendar” OR “Subscribe in Google Calendar.” Click on whatever syncs best with your calendar system, and it will walk you through the steps to sync the school calendar with your online or phone calendar. It’s an easy way to stay updated on school and district happenings.

In efforts to conserve paper, the 2013-14 handbooks for each school are posted online. Parents, students, staff, and administrators can access school-specific handbooks at School handbooks contain important information on day-to-day procedures, academic, athletic, and activity participation, school safety protocols, schedules, and contact information for school officials.

Starting this fall, each school is equipped with the Raptor Visitor Management software, a tool that allows front office staff to screen school visitors before allowing them into the building. The acquisition of this software changes how parents, volunteers, vendors, and other visitors can get into the school. Please take time to read through the appropriate school handbook and become familiar with Raptor protocols. The change may take a little getting used to, but district administrators believe it is in the best interests of our students and staff.

Other links:
Building supply lists
Annual notices

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