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Dear Woodland Middle School Students, Parents, and Guardians:

Welcome to Woodland Middle School! If you are new to WMS, we would like to welcome you to the Trojan family. Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible. If you are a returning student, welcome back.

Please remember it is our desire to involve students’ families as partners at WMS. We believe this increases academic achievement and creates a better atmosphere for learning.

As the principal of WMS, I wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself. This is my 27th year in education. For the last 15 years, I have been a building administrator, with the last eleven years as a middle school principal. I was honored in 2013 as Oregon’s Middle School Principal of the Year and my school was identified as a MetLife/NASSP National Breakthrough School, a National Distinguished Title I School, and an Oregon Model School for four years in a row. Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught for 11 years in Washington, most of them at the middle school level.

With all of that said, I am most proud of my family including my wife of more than 21 years, Angela. I have a tenth-grade son (CJ) and a ninth-grade daughter (Summer). We enjoy spending time together traveling, shopping, watching sports (sometimes playing), going to church, and fishing (even though we don’t catch much.)

This school year we will continue to focus on individual student needs and strive to live up to our mission: “WMS is WSD's strong core, consistently finding positive ways to cultivate academic and behavioral growth in the entire learning community.” We are proud of the recognition this past year as a “State Recognized School” by the Washington State Board of Education, OSPI, and the EOGOAC. This is a tribute to the hard work of families, students, and staff.

A theme that I believe in is “Champions Find A Way.” I want us to help our students learn the value of hard work and what it takes to be successful. I look forward to working with your Champion.

James Johnston


School Mission Statement

WMS is WSD's strong core, consistently finding positive ways to cultivate academic and behavioral growth in the entire learning community.