Here are the highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call for the Week of August 28th!
Thank you to everyone who has made the first month of school fantastic! Let’s keep #MustangExcellence going and have another great week in #MustangNation!
We also want to send a big thank you to all of our families and community members that supported the August 23rd Referendum. This will be a great boost to our faculty and staff and help us to retain and recruit only the best educators at JWMHS and in Pasco County. Thank you!
As a reminder, next Monday is Labor Day and we will not have school on this day!
College Planning Night for Seniors – Monday, August 29th
Our Next Steps Night for Underclassmen is tomorrow, Monday, August 29th at 6:30PM in the Media Center. This event is for all underclassmen and parents and will assist in navigating high school and future planning.
SAVE THE DATE – The Florida College Fair – September 13th
SAVE THE DATE for the 2022 Florida College Fair being held on September 13th in our GYM from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. It is an “open house style” with over 50 colleges and universities in attendance! All grade levels are welcome! This is an event that will be attended by students from all of the high schools on the West Side.
SAVE THE DATE – PSAT – October 25th
The PSAT will be administered on October 25th on our campus. 10th grade students are automatically registered to take the PSAT, and the district pays for their test! 9th and 11th grade students are encouraged to test, it is important for 11th grade students to test as they may use their scores to qualify for Nation Merit Scholarships. The PSAT is great practice for the SAT and provides students with an opportunity to explore their academic strengths for college readiness! 9th and 11th grade students can pay the $20 registration fee on RYCOR by clicking on the PSAT icon!
Parent Bill of Rights Acknowledgements in myStudent
If you have not logged into your Parent Portal of myStudent, we ask that you do so this week. There are consent forms that need to be completed as a result of the Parents Bill of Rights legislation. We would like to partner with you regarding making decisions for your child that are consistent with your wishes as a parent/guardian. Please help us do so by completing this important paperwork. Login here: Login to your Parent Portal and Complete the Forms Required for the New Year: https://pasco.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/index.php?skipSSO
Youth Leadership Pasco Applications for 10th and 11th Graders
Youth Leadership Pasco Applications are now open for interested 10th and 11th grade students!! Application deadline is August 31st! If you are not familiar with YLP it is a leadership development program featuring issue-oriented seminars and interaction with community leaders in Pasco County. This is a great networking, leadership and personal growth opportunity for student leaders! Sessions will be once a month from October through March usually 8-2:30. Interested 10th and 11th grade student leaders should apply here: https://leadershippasco.com/Youth_Leadership_Pasco_Program
As students come to school each day, they should park in their assigned parking spot. If students do not have a parking spot, they cannot drive to school until you they have a parking space. If a student does not have a spot, please apply on our website, but know that there are not many spots available. Please see Mrs. Baldwin for more information.
If you ride a bike to school, please park them in the middle of campus near the RED Building outside of Room 528. There is an alcove there where you can do so safely. We encourage you to bring a bike lock so that you bike remains safe. Do NOT park or attach your bike to the fences. If you do, we will cut the locks and move them to the assigned parking area. (jwmhs bike parking.png)
Pick Up, Drop Off, and Parking Lots
Please remind your children that in the Red Parking Loop that they should remain on the sidewalks and not walk through this active parking lot. Please help us by dropping off and picking up such that students are entering and exiting the car next to the sidewalk in the Red Car Parking Loop only.
Attached is a picture of the routes that you can use to enter the campus off of Little Road and Jaguar Trail (routes for entering campus.png). All of this information can also be found here: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/parking-driving-bicycles-and-fencing-at-jwmhs/
Gates and Arrival at School
The gates will remain open each day until 8:40AM. If a student arrives after 8:40AM, he or she must go to Student Services and check in there as the gates will close and should remain closed for security. Do not prop open gates or put items in gates so that the gates remain open. If you arrive to campus on time, you should not need to worry about having to use these gates. If you arrive late to campus, please do not ask someone to come and open the gate. Please follow our expectations and report to Student Services. Violations of these expectations will result in disciplinary action. Please arrive in your classes on time each day, as being on time is important now and in and the future.
Breakfast and Lunch and Outside Food
Breakfast will be served each morning until 8:20AM when the warning bell will sound. If you need to put money on your lunch account, you can do so at this time via www.mySchoolBucks.com or sending cash or a check payable to JWMHS.
As a reminder, we are a closed campus and students CANNOT have food delivered to school via services such as Uber Eats, etc. Food from outside vendors such as Chick Fil A, etc. cannot be dropped off by parents and guardians. It is not allowed in our cafeteria. Violations of this will result in the confiscation of the food until the end of the school day. For the school and school district, if we are found in violation of this, we can lose our Federal funding for our School Lunch Program.
School Advisory Council
Our first School Advisory Council Meeting will be held on September 1st at 745AM in the CRC. Please contact Mrs. Chamberlin if you are interested in information regarding this. For this school year, we have a full council; however, people are welcome to attend.
Of note, if you have an eSchool placeholder, on campus or off campus, please sign up for your classes as soon as possible. Directions can be found on our website here: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/do-you-have-an-eschool-placeholder-here-is-how-to-sign-up-for-classes/
Healthy Student Forms and the Clinic
Last week we sent home a Healthy Student Form. This will allow your child to receive Tylenol or Ibubrofin in the Clinic. Please make sure that you complete this form if you would like for the Clinic, School Nurse, and Clinic Assistant to help in these matters.
You can purchase a BEAT THE KNIGHTS shirt online! Get them in time for the big game and show your #MustangPRIDE!
You will get free Mustang gear for donating to our Mustang Excellence Fund or to our Staff and Faculty Appreciation Fund. If you have already made this donation, we thank you in advance. These donations will help us throughout this school year as we recognize our Mustangs for their hard work and excellence! There is still time to make these donations and get your free Mustang gear!
Here is the link to purchase a Beat the Knights shirt or make a donation: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/
Here is the link to our online Mustang Spirit Store to purchase Mustang Gear (not the Beat the Knights shirt): https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSSpiritStore
Any student who wants to play a sport must complete all of their paperwork on www.AthleticClearance.com prior to tryouts. All of this information can be found on the Mitchell website under Athletics and then Forms. Athletic fees must be paid online one week after you are on the team. Please do not pay the athletic participation fees until you have made the team. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Dixon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 727-774-9382.
Congratulations to all of our teams as they competed this week and won! We are very proud of you and want to continue to wish you luck as you compete this week!
As a reminder, we will be enforcing our Event Security Policies (https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/jwmhs/2019/08/front.USE_.2.pdf) and want to remind you that only bags that are clear plastic, clear vinyl, clear Ziploc bags, small clutch-type purses no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches, diaper bags, and medically necessary items are permitted inside an event venue. No other bags of any kind are permitted except for properly credentialed school and professional photographer’s camera bags. Please go dot our website to review these policies and procedures. If you travel to other schools and other school districts, they will also have policies and procedures that they will enforce. Please adhere to their directions and expectations and be a good representative of JW Mitchell High School!
Anyone who is interested in playing Boys Lacrosse in the Spring should plan on attending an interest meeting on Monday, August 29th at 3:30PM in the Media Center with Coach Quinlan.
Keeping Campus Clean
Any drink containers or food wrappers need to be disposed of in our commons area garbage cans and not classroom garbage cans or recycle bins. Keep our campus clean, including the cafeteria and patio areas. Please take pride in your school and keep it clean!
Around the RANCH Newsletter
Please read our Around the RANCH newsletter. It has a lot of important information and you can find it here: https://www.smore.com/4m098
We hope that this is your best year yet! Have a great evening!
~ Ms. Schultz
Here are some links you will need to make your school year successful:
Login to your Parent Portal and Complete the Forms Required for the New Year: https://pasco.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/index.php?skipSSO
Pay Student Fees, Purchase a Yearbook or Locker, or Make a Donation: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/
Sign Up/Register for a Pasco eSchool Class: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/do-you-have-an-eschool-placeholder-here-is-how-to-sign-up-for-classes/
Complete Athletic Paperwork here: www.athleticclearance.com/
Request the Parent/Guardian Dance Meeting: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSDanceMtg
Purchase Mustang Gear: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSSpiritStore
Apply for a Free/Reduced Lunch: https://connectplus.pasco.k12.fl.us/do/fns/free-or-reduced-price-meal-application/
Apply to be a Volunteer: http://pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/page/volunteer
Purchase a Mustang Legacy Brick: https://tinyurl.com/mustanglegacybrick
Parking, Driving, Pick Up, Drop Off, Bicycles, and Fences at JWMHS Information: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/parking-driving-bicycles-and-fencing-at-jwmhs/
Bell Schedules for the 2022-2023 School Year: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/jwmhs/2022/07/bellschedules.2223.pdf
Security Policies and Procedures and Fan Expectations: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/jwmhs/2019/08/front.USE_.2.pdf
Around the RANCH Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/sdm8t