• February 13, 2020

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


    Sidewalk Safety- With the wintery conditions, here are some considerations for all of us while traveling on foot:

    • Put electronic devices away and take small shuffle like steps with feet pointing slightly out
    • Wear shoes with slip-resistant tread
    • Walk slowly with arms to the side-not in pockets
    • Pay attention to surface transitions

    *Please reference the attached document below regarding distracted walking:

    Distracted Walking Information

    Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey- The attached document provides data from the 2018 Youth Tobacco Survey. The data includes tobacco use among Indiana youth, information related to E-cigarettes, juuls, flavored tobacco use and tobacco marketing.

    *Please reference the attached document below regarding Indiana Youth Tobacco Survery:

    Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey


    CASS - High School Mentors will be visiting our 6th graders tomorrow to discuss building healthy relationships.

    PBIS- This week in PBIS we learned all about our brain parts and development. In PBIS, we spend our time learning that mistakes are fixable and an important part of maturing.

    When students try hard to learn something new, connections grow from neurons and attach to other neurons. Then, the brain can send messages faster, increasing brain strength.  Making mistakes increases learning capacity because the brain keeps trying new things and stretching, until they figure out the answer to their problems. Students are shaping a more elastic brain when they learn new things building on what they already know.


    This is a reminder that your student’s Textbook Rental and Fees were due in full by November 26, 2019.  Additional charges may have been added to your account due to schedule changes and/or Chromebook repairs/damage.  Unpaid accounts will be turned in to the Collection Agency on March 1, 2020.  A collection fee will also be assigned to your student’s RDS account.  Payment by check or cash can be made at Colonel John Wheeler Middle School.  Credit card payments are taken on-line at www.cps.k12.in.us using your Parent Access account.  Thank you for taking care of this matter promptly.


    STEM Clubs – Robotics/Science Olympiad

    CJWMS Robotics had three teams that earned the privilege to compete at the state level at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 7th.

    Over this past weekend, Science Olympiad won second place in the regional competition held at Purdue Northwest. This will entitle them to also compete at the state competition at Purdue West Lafayette on March 21st.  Congratulations and good luck to the Robotics and Science Olympiad participants.

    National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) - For the month of March through the beginning of April, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) will be collecting baby supplies to donate to the Department of Family Services of Lake County.  The supplies that are needed include:  diapers (ages newborn to 8), pull-ups, wipes, and various varieties of Good Start Formula. 

    Academic Super Bowl - Academic Super Bowl practice has started.  The students meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Mr. Camery’s room (C217) from 3:00 – 4:00pm for any student interested in joining.  Our focus is on “The Roaring 20’s” and what life was like during that era.  It’s a great way to get involved and spend some time with friends after school.  Please contact Mr. Camery at jcamery@cps.k12.in.us for further information.

    Paw Pals- Paw Pals launched the Presents for Patients Arts and Crafts drive.  Mrs. Andrews and the group are collecting crafts, coloring books, puzzle books, new crayons, colored pencils, markers, and Legos for kids who are on a long-term stay in a hospital.  All donations will go to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.  The Arts and Crafts drive began on February 10th and will continue through the remainder of the school year.

    Builders Club Members- Please continue to collect all of your Strack and Van Til receipts. The Builders Club will be accepting them until March 2020. We are currently at 55,000 points!  All receipts should be given to Mrs. Vagner.

    Track - The Boys’ and Girls’ Track Call-Out meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th from 5:00 – 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.

    Community Love Closet

    The CJWMS Community Love Closet is now open.  This is a new program for students who may not have the resources at home to purchase personal care items.  We have several items available such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, oral hygiene and much more.  Forms are located in the Nurse’s office in the clinic.  All information provided is kept confidential.


    The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th at 6:00pm in our Community Room.

    Teacher and Employee of the Year Nominations

    The Crown Point Community School Corporation is accepting nominations for the “Teacher of the Year” and “Employee of the Year” who will serve during the 2020-2021 school year.  Nomination forms must be received no later than Monday, March 2, 2020 to be consideredPlease find below the links to access the nomination forms.

    Teacher of the Year   

    Employee of the Year

    Fireside ChatPrincipal’s message to students every Friday.

    “What does being courteous have to do with being a great human being? To be courteous simply means to be considerate of others, to be respectful of others, and to be attentive of others. What kind of person is considerate, respectful, and attentive? Someone who understands that all human beings are part of a greater whole and that when you hurt others, you hurt yourself.  Someone who understands that there is "no greater act than an act of kindness."  I believe that every one of you has the potential to be great. Today, show off your greatness! Be courteous to others.”

    Important Dates

    February 17th – President’s Day - No School

    March 4th – Track Call-Out Meeting 5:00-6:00pm

    March 8th – Spring Time Change – Move clocks forward 1 hour – 2:00am

    March 23rd – 27th – Spring Break – No School


    Website – Please visit our school website for further information.

    Thanks and as always, make it a great day to be a Bulldog!


    Jacob Rodriguez, Principal

    Col. John Wheeler Middle School




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