• September 12th, 2019


    Hello, this is Mr. Rodriguez calling with some information from Colonel Wheeler:


    Col. John Wheeler students participated in a schoolwide Assembly today.  Our guest today was Corey the Dribbler. He is a 4-Time Guinness Book record holder traveling the country inspiring students.  His message reflects Anti-bullying and Character Education. 

    Respect, Education, Attitude, Anti-Bullying and saying no to Drugs are the Principles Corey the Dribbler encourages students to live by. Corey teaches the value in reading and how it led him to win a spot on the Harlem Globetrotters. Youth are taught to respect their parents, teachers, classmates, and bullying is not cool! Corey encourages kids to excel in school while bringing a positive attitude with them every day. Staying active and fit is stressed along with drug awareness.


    We are fortunate to have Sgt. Benson, our SRO, in our building every day. Additionally, we invite the Crown Point Police Department to have lunch with us as often as they can, to develop relationships with students and staff, and learn our building protocols. If you notice an increased presence of first responder vehicles in our parking lot, it is likely part of our regular routine including safety drills. We practice safety drills to establish confidence with staff and students regarding our safety protocol. This week, we successfully practiced a lockdown drill. We encourage families to have conversations regarding school safety so our students will see the value in practicing safety drills.

    Transportation Information

    Parent drop off and pick up will continue to be at our Main Entrance in front of the building.  Arrival begins at 7:15am with departure at 2:55pm. Please use caution as you drive in and out of the lot while students are loading. You will notice some of our student walkers cross at our parking lot entrance and Harrington St. Thank you for assisting us to safely transport students. We have also noticed some students being picked up across 231. We would like for all students to be meet their ride on school grounds as there are great safety concerns with students crossing 231. We hope you will continue to support our efforts to safely transport students.

    Arrival Procedures

    • Drop-off Time for Car Rider Line is 7:15. 
    • Please do not drop off prior to this as there is no supervision until 7:15. 
    • Bus Loop will release students from buses at 7:25.
    • Walkers and bike riders need to use the cross walk with Crossing Guard at corner of 231and South West Street.
    • Students wanting breakfast need to report directly to the Café. 
    • All students will report to designated commons area until first bell rings at 7:30. 
    • Students will then move directly to their first period classes. 
    • Students not in their classroom by 7:40 will be considered tardy and will need to sign in late in the front office. 

    Walker/Bike Rider Dismissal

    • All walkers will walk down the front sidewalk.
    • For safety, students are to use the Crossing Guard at corner of 231 and South West Street.
    • All walkers and bike riders exiting the front / rear of the school will make their way directly off campus via sidewalks and not in the oncoming bus / traffic lanes.
    • Please do not pick up in the SERVICE LOT OFF OF 231.
    • We have a large number of walkers and bike riders and need to work together assisting each other.


    21st Century Scholars

     21st Century Scholars- Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars is a program that may provide a generous college scholarship and free support services that help students plan, prepare, and pay for education beyond high school.  There are maximum income restrictions to be accepted.  Any of our 7th and 8th grade students will be considered based on this and other criteria.  There is an application link available on Col. Wheeler’s Guidance Dept. website under “Helpful Links”.  The web address is http://www.cps.k12.in.us/Page/2164.  Please take a few minutes to look into this as this could provide a bunch of scholarship money for college!  Please contact our Guidance Department with any questions.

    School Pictures

    Thursday, September 26, 2019.

    • School pictures will be taken throughout the day in your child’s English classes. Your child will be given a form about 1 week before picture day. They will need to bring that form with them on the 26th. If you would like to order online, you may do so at https://inter-state.com/order . Our order code is 41895RA.

    From the Nurse

    If your child is a 6th grader, please remember to have your child turn in the required physical, along with the updated immunization record, to the school nurse. Due to state law, your child may be excluded from school on Wednesday, September 18th if their immunization record is not complete.

    Also, parents of returning 7th and 8th grade students, if your student will be participating in sports this year, they will need to turn in a new physical dated after April 1st, 2019.

    Our Nurse, Kristin Gorski, can be reached at 663-2173, ext. 13081 if you have any questions.

    MealTime Online

    As an option to pay for school lunches, My MealTime is a service offered through the school corporation.  This may be more convenient as parents can view their student’s transaction history, including onsite payments, online payments, current balance and a detailed history of meal and food item purchases.  You can also set this up as an app on your smart phone or mobile device.  A flyer regarding this app is attached to this e-mail.

    In Athletics

    Fall Sports Pictures will take place on Wednesday, September 18th for Cross Country, Football and Volleyball.  Please remember to have your child bring his/her uniform to school along with their picture form.  The coaches will distribute picture forms this week.  Please go to https://inter-state.com/order and use Code 43628M if you would like to order online.  On-line ordering is new for this school year.

    PTA  News

    If you are interested in joining our PTA, there is an information packet available in our Main Office.  The PTA is a great way to get involved and get connected with other Wheeler parents and the various activities happening at the school. 

    The CJWMS PTA Craft and Vendor Fair will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 – 3:00.  Vendor applications are available in the Main Office.

    You can reach us at colonelwheelerpta@gmail.com.

    Confidence Club

    The Confidence Club will meet bi-weekly: September 12, September 26, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 28, and December 12.

    Also, the Confidence Club is collecting gently used books (kids, teens, adult books) for a Used Book Fair that is being planned for later in the fall.  Any new or gently used book donations would be appreciated!  There will be a box in the Main Office, one in each grade level hallway, and one outside C222 for collections.

    Builder’s Club

    If your child is interested in helping others within the school and our local community, this is the right club for you! Builder's Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. Builders Club is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body.  Permission slips can be accessed through the link below or your child can stop by Mrs. Vagner’s Room, B215.


    Art Club

    Art Club will be starting on Monday, October 7that 3:45pm. Application forms are available in the main office.

    Half Day of School – September 24th

     There will be a half day of school for students on Tuesday, September 24th and the students will be dismissed at 11:25 a.m.

     School Textbook Rental Reminder

     Please remember that “textbook rental” is due in full by Monday, September 30, 2019.

     Even if you have made arrangements with a contract for 3 payments, the first payment is due on Monday, the 30th. Delinquent accounts will be turned over to a collection agency and a fee will be charged.


    Attendance – Reporting a Student Absence

    The parent/guardian of any student has the responsibility to notify the Main Office of each student’s absence prior to 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. When an illness exceeds the initial time indicated, the parent shall again notify school officials. Parents may call the attendance telephone extensions 24 hours a day to report an absence. (219) 663-2173, ext.13000 or 13003. When reporting an absence, the parent should give the following information:

    1. Name of caller and relationship to student
    2. Student’s name and grade in school
    3. Reason for absence


    Upcoming Dates

    • Our first “After School Bash” will be held on Friday, September 13th from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The cost is $3.00 to attend and there will be concessions available for an additional cost.  Wristbands will be available for purchase during lunch Friday.  Students cannot leave the building after school if they are staying for the Bash.  Parent pick up will be at 4:30 p.m. 
    • Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th. Picture forms will be distributed.

    Fireside Chat


    “Good morning students. This is another Fireside Chat from Mr. Rodriguez. The previous weeks we mentioned hallway etiquette, staying “tight to the right,” and making responsible decisions to become a maturing adult. Hopefully you jot down a few of these tips so when you are speaking with your teachers or an administrator, we can talk about how you are working to improve yourself. Today, we are going to begin the first of many talks regarding responsibility. We know that responsible students grow up to be responsible adults. There is not a secret to this success, rather, people who are successful practice regular healthy habits that help them daily. Set Goals! Goals are the foundation of responsible behaviors and success in school. Ask yourself: How much can I improve on the next test? How can I improve my quarter grades? What are two things I can accomplish this year? Who can help me meet my goals? Goals will help you focus on what is important and ignore what is not. If you have a vision of where you want to go, you are more likely to get there. Lastly, students with goals have an easy time saying no to irresponsible behaviors.

     Website – Please visit our school website for further information.


    Happy Friday everyone! Let’s make it a great day to be a Bulldog!

    Jacob Rodriguez, Principal

    Col. John Wheeler Middle School

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