At(track)ted to change By Gabriella Gopie

Track and Field consists of acquiring endurance, perseverance, and agility. Students such as Gabrielle Martin (’17) change their field events mid season having to adapt to all of the new skill changes.

“I was afraid to try pole vaulting, but my friend encouraged me to try something new. I ended up falling in love with it,” Martin said.

If students want to change their field events, they speak with their coach to determine their eligibility for the event. Students not only prepare physically for their new events, but also mentally.

“Physically I do a lot of stretching and running to keep fit for my specific event, 300 meter hurdles. Mentally, I try to tell myself before my event to try my best and with practice I’ll get better,” Nurah Koney-Laryea (’17) said.

Coaches can even change students out of their preferred event if it could benefit the team. Sometimes making those split second decisions can either make or break how a student preforms on and off the track.

“During a race you just have to do what is right and what can get achieved. It benefits me because at the end of the day I feel more confident knowing that I made the correct decision,” Koney-Laryea said.

Athletes have to adapt to changes with expectations to perform well under any circumstance. Track members with a sudden change of heart need to endure many obstacles, but they understand the part of the sport. Athletes like Martin and Koney-Laryea rely on their positive attitudes to overcome these obstacles and make for themselves and their team a successful season.

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Support Resources for Dealing with Loss and Tragedy

It is always our intent to keep you informed of events that impact our school community. Today, we are sad to report the tragic death of one of our current students, Tristen Daniels, a senior, who died by suicide yesterday. This tragic death was investigated by local law enforcement. We are grieving the loss of this student and would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and school’s assistance to help all Mustangs and their families deal with this loss.

The District’s Crisis Intervention Team has joined our campus today to offer support to our students. We also want to provide information to you regarding how your student may react. Below are links that can provide support.

Please review this information if you feel as though your child may experience grief or react to this tragedy.

Please let us know if your child needs additional support by contacting the school.

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Science National Honor Society

SciNHS Application

Spring 2014 Application-due to Mr. Braddy by Monday, April 21st, 3:15 pm

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Student Council 2014-15

Student Council Application 2014-2015

Due to Mr. Braddy by Monday, April 21, 3PM with parent signature!

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SHREK: The Musical – April 10th through 13th!

Shrek Poster 1.3 copy


J.W. Mitchell High School Drama will be presenting the musical, SHREK: THE MUSICAL. The productions will be performed at Pasco Schools Center For The Arts At River Ridge on Thursday, April 10th, Friday, April 11th and Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., also Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The ticket price for all shows is $12.00 and tickets are available at the box office on the day of show ONLY. Advance tickets will be sold by members of the cast and at the J.W. Mitchell High School Administrative Office for $10.00. Preferred seating (front rows / center section) is $15.00.

SHREK: THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK: THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

The cast of SHREK: THE MUSICAL includes Jeff Schoonmaker as the “Shrek,” Kara Doyle as “Fiona,” Tyler Curry as “Donkey,” Austin Gresham as “King Farquaad,” Kelly Cavender as “Gingy,” Miranda Miller as “Momma Bear,” Duvan Aaron as “Pappa Bear,” Xuan Tran as “Baby Bear,” Danny Dunderman as “Pinocchio,” and Alexis Black as “The Dragon.” The cast also features Mr. Darryl Huling as the “The Big Bad Wolf,” Ryan Sell as “Baby Shrek,” and Casey Kerns as “Young Fiona.”

The show is produced by Mr. David O’Hara, with direction, musical direction, and choreography by William Garon. Original costumes will be by Ms. Darlene Widner, and, as with past J.W. Mitchell productions, the National Tour quality settings will be rented from Grosh Backdrops & Drapery. The show will feature a cast of 50, with an 18 piece LIVE orchestra conducted by Mr. Joel Quina.

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Gatsby’s Roaring Twenties Prom

The Class of 2015 is proud to announce the Junior/Senior Prom: Gatsby’s Roaring Twenties Prom!

Date, Time, and Location

The prom will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 7PM to 11PM at The Palace Grand.

Ticket Sales

Tickets will go on sale closer to the day of the prom.

Non-JWMHS Guest Request Forms & JWMHS Student Agreements

Guest Request Forms will be required for this dance, as they were for Homecoming and the Winter Ball. Forms and requests are non-transferrable from dance to dance and must be resubmitted completely for each dance.

JWMHS Students may bring one (1) guest to the dance.

Non-JWMHS Guest Request Forms & Instructions

Please download, read, complete, attach appropriate paperwork, and submit this form ONLY if your guest DOES NOT ATTEND JWMHS. A picture ID is required for all non-JWMHS guests. There is no exception to this policy. Acceptable forms of picture ID included, but are not limited to: driver license, current student ID, current passport, current State of Florida ID card. We will NOT accept school pictures or birth certificates. Please contact with questions regarding picture IDs or Non-JWMHS Guest Requests.

Prom 2014 Non-JWMHS Guest Request

JWMHS Dance Expectations Agreement

Please download, read, complete, and submit this form ONLY if you and/or your guest ATTEND JWMHS.

JWMHS Student Prom Agreement

Dance Dress Code Policy and Information

Please click on the link below to find out more information regarding the JWMHS Dance Dress Code Policy and Information

Dance Dress Code Policy & Information


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FCAT Writes! Information

10th grade students will be taking the grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Writing Test on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  The FCAT 2.0 Writing Test is administered in one 60-minute session in which students write an essay in response to a prompt.  Later this spring, your student will receive a score for his/her writing on a scale from 1-6 score points.  You may visit to access writing prompt descriptions and scoring guides with sample essays.
Please review the following policies with your student before testing:
Electronic Devices—If your student is found with ANY electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones and smart phones, at any time during testing OR during breaks, his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
Testing Rules Acknowledgment—The Writing test includes a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads, “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students must acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing their names under the statement.
Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign the acknowledgment reads, “After the test, you may not discuss the Writing prompt with anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated.
Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing the test (for an appointment, illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on the make-up day. 
If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact Nora Light at For more information about the statewide assessment program, visit the FDOE website at
Thank you for supporting your student as he or she prepares for the test.
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