Here are the Highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call for the Week of February 26th!
Bell Schedule Changes in January
We begin our day earlier at 8:21AM and still end the day at 2:52PM. This will make up the time from the hurricane days. Please make sure that you set your schedules accordingly.
February is Black History Month
February is Black History Month and we have been celebrating Black History Month during RANCH classes. We would like to thank and acknowledge those who have contributed to Black History for Black History is American History.
March is Womens History Month
March is Womens History Month and we are excited to commemorate the contributions of women throughout history during our RANCH classes.
Hearts for the Homeless
We are collecting toiletries for the homeless between now and March 10th. Please bring in toiletries or gift cards that can be used to purchase toiletries to your RANCH teacher or the front office.
During the week of March 6th to 10th, we will be having #MustangSpringMadness. During this week we will have dress up days and activities. Students will be able to purchase wristbands for #MustangSpringMadness on Rycor beginning Wednesday, March 1st for $10 each. This will get students into every event and the end of the week treat of Bahama Bucks on the 10th! Individual tickets can be purchased on the day of the events as well. We will be reviewing all of the dress up days and activities on Tuesday during RANCH and will post everything to our website and social media this week! Join in the fun!
Tardies, Getting to First Period on Time, and Being Late to School
Parents and guardians, I need your help. Students are arriving to school on time, but not going to class on time. Seems unusual, but here we are. Please talk with your children about being to class on time. Leaving five to ten minutes earlier will assist everyone with getting to school on time. As a reminder, we will be closing our gates at 8:30AM. Please make sure that you are on time each day to each and every period. If students are not in class on time, students will be marked tardy and there will be disciplinary consequences. Students need to check in AND out with Student Services when then arrive late to school or need to leave early.
PHSC Information Session
We will hold a PHSC Information Session with Mrs. Chamberlin on Thursday, March 2nd at 10:30AM in the CRC (Room 617).
Grad Bash Tickets for the Class of 2023
Grad Bash tickets for the Class of 2023 are on sale online via Rycor! Tickets are $115 each and include your ticket to the park and transportation. Students will not be allowed to drive themselves nor will they be able to use passes.
Senior Graduation and End of Year Information
Seniors received a lot of information regarding graduation and the end of the school year. This information is posted on our website and we are updating it with more information as we receive it! Please make sure that you review it. We will also be sending a mailout to you in February! (https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/class-of-2023-graduation-and-end-of-year-information/)
Congratulations and Best Wishes!
Congratulations to our Girls #MustangSoftball team who won over Hudson this week! And, congratulations to the JV #MustangSoftball team who won their tournament by going 4-0!
Congratulations to our Boys #MustangLacrosse and Girls #Mustang Lacrosse teams who won convincingly against Wiregrass this week.
Congratulations to our #MustangTennis teams on their wins this week! Way to go!
Congratulations to #MustangIndoorPercussion who placed 2nd at their competition!
Best wishes to our #MustangWrestling team as they move through the playoffs!
Best wishes to our teams competing this week, especially as we start our Spring Sports like Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Track, Boys Weightlifting and Tennis! Play with integrity and good sportsmanship! Go Mustangs!
Course Selection for the 2023-2024 School Year
9th, 10th, and 11th grade Parents can now check what their students entered for the 23-24 course selection in their myStudent parent portal under class requests. If your student hasn’t entered their selections, please reach out to the appropriate grade level AP or counselor for assistance.
Junior Students to Take the SAT on March 1st
As a reminder, all Juniors will be taking the SAT for free at school this Wednesday, March 1st. Please do not schedule any appointments this day as testing will be during periods 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and students who test will be eating 5th lunch. Students must complete all sections in order to receive a score. Scores can be reported to colleges and can be used to earn Math & ELA concordance scores for graduation. Students will be notified of their testing locations by the end of the week. This is important for students to take seriously and we ask that parents speak to their children regarding taking it seriously.
Parking and Second Semester
We know that many of you will turn 16 and receive cars from Santa. Please know that we currently have a waiting list for parking. In order to get on the waiting list, you must apply. Please go to our website for more information. Unless you have an assigned spot, you cannot park on campus.
Pick Up, Drop Off, and Parking Lots
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 Loop only. We are having a problem with students being dropped off on Photonics Blvd. near the bus loop as well as in Orange and the front of the school. Please only drop off students in our Red Car Loop. We want to keep children safe and we are very concerned that a student is going to get hit so that people can save a few minutes each morning.
Mustang Legacy Bricks
A great Senior Graduation present is a Mustang Legacy Brick! Celebrate the traditions and legacy of JWMHS by purchasing a piece of history. All funds for purchasing a Mustang Legacy Brick will be used for campus improvements, classroom activities, and other school priorities. And, your name will be a permanent part of our campus!
Here are some links you will need to make your school year successful:
- Donate to JWMHS: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/on-giving-tuesday-please-donate-to-jwmhs/
- How To for Students and Parents: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/how-to-for-parents-and-students/
- 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/
- Send in an Excused Absence Note: Report an Excused Absence / Early Release Request
- See Something, Say Something: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/embed.php?id=17056
- 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
- JWMHS Calendars: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/school-calendars/
- Security Policies and Procedures and Fan Expectations: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/jwmhs/2019/08/front.USE_.2.pdf
Reminders and Announcements
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
Changes can be made by following the directions that we are providing on our website (https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/how-to-for-parents-and-students/). We would encourage you to review what you have already done if you have said no to anything as there have been changes made to further explain each of the items.
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 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 Car 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 Loop only. We are having a problem with students being dropped off on Photonics Blvd. near the bus loop. This is causing traffic to back up and for busses to not be able to get into the bus loop. Please only drop off students in our Red Car Loop. We want to keep children safe and we are very concerned that a student is going to get hit so that people can save a few minutes each morning.
Included 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 8:30AM. If a student arrives after 8:30AM, 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 is served each morning until 8:20AM when the warning bell will sound.
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 policy, we can lose our Federal funding for our School Lunch Program. Please follow our rules.
Loss of Privilege and Attendance
We want to remind students that you need to be in school. Unexcused absences count toward Loss of Privilege. And, as a reminder, RANCH is an attendance taking class.
Absence notes can be accepted until 72 hours after your return to school from an absence. You can deliver them in person or use the link on our website: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=12087. We will not accept a note for an absence after the 72 hour period. For example, any absence after Tuesday of last week (January 17th) will no longer be accepted to excuse the absence.
Be in school every day and Loss of Privilege (LOP) will not be an issue for you in the future!
Leaving Campus Without Permission & Loss of Privilege
If students are found leaving campus and/or subsequently returning and they drive to school, the first time that this occurs the student will lose parking privileges for two weeks. After the second time, the student will lose parking privileges for the remainder of the semester. There will also be other consequences assigned. If a student does not drive, there will be different consequences assigned. And, as a reminder, if you are found opening gates to let people in, you can also be assigned discipline and lose privileges. Student-Athletes need to be aware that violations such as this can also have consequences assigned by your coaches.
Healthy Student Forms and the Clinic
We have previously 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. Then, please return it to your RANCH teacher or Student Services.
Would you like Mustang Spirit Gear? Here is the link to our online Mustang Spirit Store to purchase Mustang Gear: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSSpiritStore
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 make a donation: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/
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 to 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!
Any student who wants to try out for a sport must complete all of the 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.
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
There will not be an Around the Ranch Newsletter this week.
Please make sure that you are checking our website for a full transcript of the email that has gone out to Mustang Families are there are many reminders and announcements that do not get repeated every single week.
I hope that we can find a way each day to show kindness. Kindness can change everything. Let’s make Mustang Nation the best place to be!
Have a great evening!