Student schedules, emergency cards, and parent consent forms will be available via the parent portal on 7/31/24.  Create a parent portal at https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/parents.

Here are the highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call for the Week of September 10th!

September 11th – Never Forget

Tomorrow is September 11th, when we memorialize the sacrifices that were made on this fateful day in 2001. May we never forget this and always remember the unity that came after in our country. May we remember to be kind and respectful to all.

Picture Day on September 11th

Tomorrow is Picture Day in the gym during all English classes. No English on campus? Come to the gym during a placeholder period or during your lunch. Order portraits at giganteproductions.com

New Start Times for Students

We will start our day at 8:24AM and end at 2:53PM because of Hurricane Idalia. Our new bell schedule will post this week. We will also have shorter passing periods. Please make sure that you are take note of our new times.

Attendance Awareness Month

Please make sure, parents and guardians, that you are checking in on student grades and attendance in your myParent portal.

September is Attendance Awareness Month and we want to remind students and parents that showing up to school each day and every period is the way to be successful. Students who attend school are more likely to earn credits and graduate. Let’s come to school every day and be successful!

#MustangPRIDE

Friday’s Pep Rally was a lot of fun and we hope that you enjoyed being a part of our #MustangTraditions! Let’s keep up our #MustangSpirit as we continue through the Fall Season and the rest of the school year!

We also want to show our appreciation and gratitude to the heartbeat of JWMHS, our Marching Mustangs! Thank you for your continued display of #MustangExcellence!

Graduation Requirement Make Up Testing

Attention students who are 11th and 12th graders who have not passed the graduation requirements for the FSA English and Math. The upcoming FSA retakes for Juniors and Seniors for ELA Days 1 and 2 and Writing are the week of September 11th starting on Tuesday, September 12th and Math Days 1 and 2 and the FAST retake are the week of September 18th. Your RANCH classes will be passing out testing reminders this coming week.

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits must be taken no later than November 17th. Be sure to make your appointment at giganteproductions.com TODAY. Limited space is available for portrait sessions at school or in their studio. Don’t delay. Make your appointment today!

PSAT

10th Graders will be receiving information this week regarding the PSAT that all 10th graders will be participating in October.

9th and 11th graders will also be able to register for the test by paying for it on Rycor.

Read the RANCH Roundup! The College and Career Specialist’s Newsletter!

Check out the RANCH Roundup from Mrs. Chamberlin to stay up to date on how to prepare for college, careers, and life! https://www.smore.com/mfg1q

Dance Numbers

We will be working on posting Dance Numbers to student accounts in the next two weeks. Unfortunately, Hurricane Idalia has caused some issues with the posting mechanism.  All Dance Numbers will be posted by September 18th.

Parents, if you have not completed the Required Dance Meeting Online Course, please go to your child’s myLearning account as it is housed there. If you have previously taken the course for a former or current Mustang, please complete this form (https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSDanceMtg) so that we can assign a unique dance number to your new Mustang!

Driving to School – 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.

Pick Up and Drop Off

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.

Parking on Campus

All parking spots are assigned to staff or students. Please park in your assigned parking spot only. You can apply to park by following the parking procedures listed on our website. 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. Student Parking passes will be passed out during all lunch periods. All student drivers must pick up their parking pass and 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!

Congratulations

Congratulations to our all of our sports on great wins this week including V and JV #MustangFootball, Boys and Girls #MustangSwimAndDive, Boys and Girls #MustangGolf, and JV and V #MustangVolleyball! Congratulations to #MustangCrossCountry! The girls placed 6th and the boys placed 3rd and both beat River Ridge High School!

Best Wishes

Best wishes to our Fall Sports Teams this week! Play with integrity and sportsmanship!

Come out and support Volleyball on Wednesday against Hudson and Pinellas Park, JV Football on Thursday against Wiregrass at home, and Varsity Football on Friday at Wiregrass! Swim and Dive swim against Sunlake and Hudson This week Boys and Girls Golf play against Wiregrass and Pasco, and on Saturday, we hope that Mustang Cross Country runs fast at the Mitchell Invitational!

Class of 2024 National Honor Society Fall Request for Consideration

If you are currently a senior and have a weighted 3.5 GPA, check your MyLearning dashboard.  Invitations were being sent to eligible seniors to join the NHS Fall Request for Consideration course that contains all the information you need to submit an official Request for Consideration for membership in the Society.  Select ‘accept’ to join and get started if you are interested. The deadline for submission of the request is Wednesday, September 20th.

Mustang Athletics

Please review our Athletic website: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/athletics/. It has a lot of helpful information including our policies and procedures.

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).

Around the Ranch Newsletter

We will not have an Around the RANCH Newsletter today.

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 JWMHS the best place to be!

We look forward to a great week in #MustangNation!

Have a great evening!

Go Mustangs!

~ Ms. Schultz

 

Quick Links

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 the Dance Number: https://tinyurl.com/JWMHSDanceMtg

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

Meeting With School Counselors 

For those who have requested to see their school counselors, we ask that you are patient as we register new students and systematically review schedule issues and change requests. We anticipate that we will be able to serve everyone faster this way. We thank you for your patience.

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.

Dress Code Policy for the 2023-2024 School Year

We are very grateful to the students who were able to follow the expectations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/student_services/conduct/csc_eng.pdf) and proud of them for showing their #MustangExcellence! Keep up the great work! You are off to a great start!

I again want to reiterate and emphasize some of our policies and procedures. We ask that you review the Dress Code Policy with your child as we will be enforcing this. We are not kidding. The main changes include that students cannot wear shirts that expose their midriff and stomachs. And, all shirts must have straps. These, however, are not the only changes. Please view this policy here: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/2023-2024-dress-code-policy/

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

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.

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/

Mustang Spirit

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