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   Aug 31 2016
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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society.

We are “Committed to Excellence”, and we work hard to make the site a primary source for timely information for all users, and a main gateway for improved communication between parents, teachers, students and other members of our community. Our goal and responsibility is to help each student develop an enthusiasm for learning, a respect for self and others, and the skills to become a creative independent thinker and problem solver.



Happy Summer Vacation!

We Look Forward to Seeing You on the First Day of School: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

JWMS School Day:
7:45 AM to 2:17 PM


7th Grade Schedules will be distributed at orientations August 24th and 25th. 

8th Grade Schedules (and all students unable to attend orientations) will be available online through PowerSchool on August 25th at 3:00 PM.


7th & 8th Grade Chromebook Distribution Schedule
Monday - Friday, August 22-26, 6 PM - 8 PM
VRHS Auditorium
Wednesday, August 24, 10 AM - Noon
VRHS Auditorium
One parent and JW student must attend to sign agreement before receiving their Chromebook. Please be prompt as the presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.  You must be present for the presentation.
Contact Pam Murphy at if you are unable to attend during these times.
Incoming 7th Grade Summer Orientations
Wednesday, August 24
8:30 - 10:00 AM: Last names beginning with A - D
10:15 - 11:45 AM: Last names beginning E - J

Thursday, August 25
8:30 - 10:00 AM: Last names beginning with K - R
10:15 - 11:45 AM: Last names beginning S - Z
Registration Dates for New Students
Parents of students new to Regional School District 4 are asked to call and set up an appointment to register their 7th or 8th grader to attend John Winthrop Middle School. Available dates for registration will be August 22nd and 23rd. Please call (860) 526-9546 to set up an appointment. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Summer Reading Requirements for JWMS Students

Incoming 7th and 8th grade students are required to read two books - one fiction, one non-fiction - of their choice. All students will complete a written response in their English class at the beginning of the school year. A note sheet is provided to assist students in remembering details from the books while they write their response. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
School Supply List
Students should prepare for the upcoming school year using this JWMS school supply list.

Health Requirements

Schedule your doctors appointments now - don’t wait - they book quickly! As stated in Board Policy 5141: “A child will not be allowed, as the case may be, to begin or continue in district schools unless health assessments are performed as required. Students transferring into the district must provide evidence of required Connecticut vaccinations, immunizations, and health assessments at enrollment and prior to school attendance.” See the list of required health assessments and plan ahead to make sure your child is all set to begin school.


Fall Soccer Tryout Information

September 2, Friday, 7:30 AM - Informational Meeting, JW Auditorium

September 6, 7, 8 - Tryouts, After school, JWMS Soccer Fields

(Proper releases and medical information required before students will be allowed to tryout. See JW Athletic site for details.)

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