Here are the Highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call for the Week of February 4th!
This week is Student Services Appreciation Week and we would like to thank our School Counselors, Academic Advisors, Career Specialist, School Nurse, Clinic Staff, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Compliance Specialist and Graduation Enhancement Faculty and Staff for their continued work with our students. If you see one of these members of our Mustang Faculty and Staff this week, thank them for their hard work and efforts!
Congratulations and Best Wishes!
Congratulations to our NJROTC who came in 2nd in their competition and is now on to State!
Congratulations to Girls Mustang Weightlifting who are the Regional Olympic champions! They are now on to the State Championships!
Congratulations to Mustang Cheer who placed 4th at States!
Congratulations to our HOSA team on their showing this week at competition!
Best wishes to our band members who are participating in Solo and Ensemble this weekend!
Best wishes to Girls and Boys Mustang Soccer as they move on to Regional play this week! And, good luck to Girls and Boys Basketball in District play this week!
Best wishes to all of our Spring teams competing this week! Play with integrity and good sportsmanship! Go Mustangs!
We are going to be collecting pajamas are part of our February service drive. All pajamas will be donated to local foster care homes to provide kids and teens with pajamas. We will be collecting from February 2nd to 12th via RANCH classes.
Save the Date! – St. Valentine’s Ball
We will hold our annual Winter Ball this weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day! This be held this weekend on Saturday, February 10th! All students from all grade levels can attend! This dance in our annual charity event where the proceeds will benefit local charities, including local animal rescues and Metropolitan Ministries. There will be refreshments served. Bahama Bucks will be available for $5 each, but if you bring a pair of pajamas to the dance, you will get free Bahama Bucks! All of our information is on the website, including guest forms and behavior agreements, so get ready to dance! Visit here: http://tinyurl.com/JWMHSWinterBall
Course Selection Cards DUE Monday, February 5th
Course Selection Cards are due on Monday, February 5th to your English teacher! Find all of the information on our website here: http://tinyurl.com/JWMHSCourseSelection
As a reminder, school counselors and academic advisors are not able to meet with over 2100 students individually and encourage you to speak with your teachers, and utilize Naviance in your myStudent portal, as well as our website! We will be going over course cards and choices once they are input into myStudent.
Seniors Can Tour Marchman on February 8th
Seniors interested in learning more about post academic opportunities at Marchman Technical College can tour the campus and visit all the programs on February 8th! Lunch and bus transportation will be provided! Seniors must register to attend with Mrs. Chamberlin as space is limited. Any questions have students see Mrs. Chamberlin in room 617! See the attached flyer to this email!
SAT School Day – Week of March 11th to 15th
During the week of March 11th to 15th, all Juniors will be taking the new Digital SAT for FREE! An email was sent home regarding this to all Juniors! We can’t wait for you to take advantage of this great opportunity! See the attached flyer to this email!
Driving to School & Pick Up and Drop Off – Please Follow the Rules and Be Patient!
As you come to school, please follow the speed limit and the signs in the parking lot as to the direction of the traffic flow and where to drop off and pick up students. As a reminder, all students should be dropped off and picked up in the Red Car Loop. No one should be dropped off or picked up anywhere else on campus, especially Photonics Blvd. Also, please be ready to drop off your student when you get to the car loop. Please do not have further conversation at the car and please do not dilly dally as you exit and get your items to go to school. It is holding up the car line and we are trying to get people and cars in and out quickly.
Parking and Second Semester
We know that many of you will turn 16 and received 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 as all parking spots are assigned to staff or students. Please park in your assigned parking spot only.
As a reminder, only juniors and seniors are allowed to park on campus. Students that have been approved to park on campus can view their parking spot numbers in My Student. All student drivers must display the pass in their vehicle.
Arriving to Campus & Class on Time
Please arrive in your classes on time each day, as being on time is important now and in the future. Security 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.
Free Lunch and Breakfast
All students will be receiving free breakfast and lunch this year. You do not need to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch. 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.
Please Keep Campus Clean – Throw Away Your Trash
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. Please take pride in your school and keep it clean!
Tickets for all games can be purchased on GoFan.co and we encourage you to make sure that you familiarize yourself with that website. (https://gofan.co/app/school/FL5921).
As we begin the new year, I hope that we can commit to excellence and kindness, including avoiding hate speech and hateful acts. There is no place at JWMHS for words and actions that are hateful and bigoted. Each of us is unique and has something to offer our Mustang community. Hopefully, as we are kind, we can see that our differences bring us together and make us stronger. Again, please be kind to each other.
Check Our Website for The Full Transcript of This Message
Please make sure that you are checking our website for a full transcript of the email that has gone out to Mustang Families as there are many reminders and announcements that do not get repeated every single week.
Let’s make JWMHS the best place to be! We look forward to a great week in #MustangNation!
Have a great evening!
~ Ms. Schultz
Around the Ranch Newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/AroundTheRANCH
Highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSWeeklyCall
Meet the Faculty and Staff! Watch a video about your teacher and get your class supply lists: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSOrientation
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 or Purchase a Yearbook or Locker: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/
RANCH Round Up from Mrs. Chamberlin: https://www.smore.com/mfg1q
Athletic Information: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/athletics/
Complete Athletic Paperwork: https://athleticclearance.fhsaahome.org/
GoFan Ticket Sales: https://gofan.co/app/school/FL5921
Safety and Security Policies for Athletic Events: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/jwmhs/2019/08/front.USE_.2.pdf
Request a Schedule Change: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSScheduleChange
Purchase Mustang Gear: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSSpiritStore
Apply to be a Volunteer: http://pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/page/volunteer
Purchase a Mustang Legacy Brick: https://tinyurl.com/mustanglegacybrick
Reminders and Announcements
Graduation Requirements and Understanding High School
School Counselors and Academic Advisors have been going into English classrooms to discuss requirements and other important information with students. We encourage parents to speak with their children regarding this information. It can also be found on our website (https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/academics-guidance-and-testing/). It is very important that everyone is on the same page regarding this information so that there are not any surprises. We also review this information during the first week of school and during course selection in the winter.
Pasco eSchool Placeholders
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.
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.
Cell Phone & Earbud Policy for the 2023-2024 School Year
As a reminder, students will not be able to use cell phones and earbuds during class time. Students will be able to use them during passing and lunches. Students will be expected to put their cell phone and earbuds in cell phone storage areas in the classroom. Students will not be able to take phones to the restroom during instructional time. Please make sure that you review this policy with your child so that everyone understands the expectations of students. It can be found here: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/cell-phone-policy-for-2023-2024/
Healthy Student Forms and the Clinic
We sent home the 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.
Pick Up and Drop Off Continued
As a reminder, all students should be dropped off and picked up in the Red Car Loop. No one should be dropped off or picked up anywhere else on campus. Children should also not be going into the parking lot to cross traffic and enter a car or exit a car. Students should wait on the sidewalk for parents to drive around. We have rules in place to keep children safe and to avoid accidents. Students and parents, please follow and support our rules.
Make a Donation to JWMHS!
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/
We would truly appreciate any support that you can provide to JWMHS. No amount is too small or too big for our organizations. Here are some links to donate. We thank you for your support!
To donate via Rycor, create an account or use your Pasco account and then scroll down to find the 23-24 JWMHS donation buttons. Some of the donations come with free Mustang Gear! Click here to make a donation via Rycor: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/
Some ways to donate to JWMHS include providing a donation for:
- Band Trip to Boston for a band student (any amount)
- Graduation Fees for a senior ($100)
- Prom ticket ($125)
- Grad Bash ticket ($125)
- Yearbook for a student ($100)
If you would like to donate to a team or organization, please consider donating to
- The Marching Mustangs Band
- Mustang News Crew
- The Literary Magazine
- Senior Scholarships
- Mustang Excellence
- Campus Improvements
- Student & Staff Incentives
There are other ways to donate outside of Rycor. If you would like to make a donation of gift cards or donate to a specific student, please email Ms. Mattos at email@example.com and she can assist you with submitting this donation.
You can purchase a BEAT THE KNIGHTS shirt, Tradition Starts Here Stampede shirt, or Stang Gang shirt online via Rycor! Get them in time for the big game and show your #MustangPRIDE!
Here is the link to our online Mustang Spirit Store to purchase Mustang Gear (BEAT THE KNIGHTS shirt, Tradition Starts Here Stampede shirt, or Stang Gang shirt). You can purchase polos, jackets, hats, and other Mustang Gear! https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSSpiritStore