Students will return to their classrooms Wednesday in the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District, where high-schoolers will face a new dress code.

Students will return to their classrooms Wednesday in the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District, where high-schoolers will face a new dress code.

JMHS principal Kim Jakeway said he'll assist anyone who needs help in following the new dress code, referred to as "Johnnie Wear."

During the board of education's Aug. 10 meeting, Jakeway reported that 15 families have requested vouchers to help them purchase the required clothing.

One item of confusion, Jakeway said, regards brand name clothing with logos, such as Nike, Polo and Dickies.

"Little logos are fine," he said. "What we want to avoid is anything with a picture. This is new and we want to make it simple."

Jakeway said he will have a number of shirts and pants in stock for the first day of class.

Letters have been sent to district families concerning the dress code, and requirements can also be found on the district's Web site at

"I think the educational part is during the school day," Jakeway said. "In sporting events, that's their fun time and they can come how they are."

The board accepted a $250 donation from the Johnstown American Legion Post 254 on Aug. 10 to go toward the dress code fund.

Jakeway told The Independent that $700 has been donated so far, and that amount will be matched by the company Robert Renee, based in Virginia.

Also new at the high school this year will be a few staff members, including Cheryl Chapman, family and consumer science; Deborah Merrill, guidance counselor; Megan Sheasby, science; Linda Weisberg, media/librarian; and Sonya Zapf, intervention specialist.

Freshman student orientation will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17.

At Adams Middle School, students will be greeted by new principal Debbie Siebel, who has worked as the library media specialist at the high school since 2002.

Before holding the media specialist position, Siebel worked as a teacher in the district, as middle school athletics director, a middle school coach and as a girls varsity basketball coach.

A Johnstown resident, Siebel has two daughters who graduated from JMHS, one of whom currently teaches at Oregon Elementary.

Adams also has new science teacher Valerie Pettigrew, who previously taught at the high school.

Open house at Adams will be held on Monday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. for eighth grade; 6 p.m. for seventh grade; and 6:30 p.m. for sixth grade.

Student orientation at Searfoss Elementary will also be held that evening between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

A meeting for kindergartners and their parents will begin at 5:30; fourth grade, 6 p.m. and fifth grade, 6:30 p.m.

New Searfoss staff includes Jason Scragg, fifth grade; and Leanne Hill, fourth grade. She previously taught at Oregon.

Searfoss will also welcome two new intervention specialists, Robin Elsass and Tricia Berger.

The Oregon Elementary open house will be held from 5:30 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Meeting times include 5:30-6 p.m., first grade; 6:15-6:45 p.m., second grade; and 7-7:30 p.m., third grade.