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#ThatMeansExcellence - Volume 1. 1 - April 9, 2021

A Message from the Principal

We are in the final weeks of this school year. Now is the time to double our efforts and finish #MustangSTRONG! We hope that all of our Mustangs are continuing to work hard and complete their assignments on time.


I am so proud of our Indoor Percussion ensemble and our Winter Guard teams. They have represented JWMHS in such a positive manner. Indoor Percussion won the FFCC Championships and both V and JV Winter Guard teams earned silver! Our athletic teams are continuing to improve and excel. Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Track team for winning SAC. Our Boys Lacrosse Team has only one loss this year! There is so much to be proud of at JWMHS.


Seniors, we are so excited that we will be able to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021! Currently we are working on planning and organizing your Night of Excellence, Graduation Practice, Senior Car Parade, and Senior Field Day. Please make sure that you have all of your online classwork via Pasco eSchool and FLVS completed by April 30th, including DBAs. All tests for online classes must be completed by May 6th.

Underclassmen, please continue to work to improve your grades and earn your credits. We will have information on ESY (Summer School) soon. But let's try to avoid having to attend by working with your teachers to improve your grades. To celebrate you, we are also planning for your Night of Excellence!.


Parents, please make sure that you when you are coming into campus that you do not drive into the front of the school via the lane that is for busses only. Please use the other two lanes so that we can keep our students and busses safe.


For all students, we have reminders for you for the remainder of the school year:


  • Masks are required on campus, inside and outside of buildings, and must cover your nose and mouth.
  • Students must have a parking tag in order to be able to park on campus. Tags are not transferrable between students and spots are reassigned to students on the waiting list weekly as available. The grass lot is not an overflow lot and has been assigned to students as well. All students who park on campus must have a tag displayed or a referral will result.



We hope that you have a great week! Go Mustangs!

A Week in Review for the week of April 12th

Monday, 4/12

Capstone Research Presentations

9:00am-Boys Tennis Districts @RRHS

5:00pm-Boys LAX Districts

6:30pm-Class of 2022 College Planning Zoom w/Ms. Chamberlin

7:00pm-Girls Softball vs GHS


Tuesday, 4/13

Capstone Research Presentations

9:00am-Boys Tennis Districts @RRHS

7:00pm-Girls Softball vs Tarpon HS

7:45pm-Boys Baseball vs LOLHS


Wednesday, 4/14

Capstone Research Presentations

5:00pm-Boys LAX District Semi-Finals


Thursday, 4/15

Capstone Research Presentations

7:00pm-Girls Softball vs LOLHS


Friday, 4/16

Capstone Research Presentations

8:30am-AP World History Mock Exam (Gym)

7:00pm-Boys LAX District Finals

7:00pm-Boys Baseball @ Osceola HS


This Weekend

Saturday:

8:00am-AP Calc AB/BC Mock Exam, location TBA

8:00am-AP Stats Mock Exam, location TBA

V Baseball @ IMG

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Tell us about the great things that our Mustang faculty, staff, and students are doing so that we can recognize them. No achievement, act of kindness, or thank you is too small.

Assessment Information

This week will be make-up testing for any 9th and 10th grade student who missed last weeks FSA ELA Writing Assessment.


The NWEA MAP End of the Year Assessment window opened April 7th and goes through April 23rd. This assessment is for all Geometry students and will be taken in class. Please see your teacher for more information.


Upcoming Assessments:

All Juniors enrolled in AICE English General Paper will take the two day exam the last week of April. The section on Monday, 4/26, is 1hr 15 min while the section on Wednesday, 4/28, is 1 hr 45 min. There is no make-up testing for this exam, so please make sure that your student is at school on these two days.


May 1-28th FSA/EOC/District Final Exams: students who are on campus will be given test tickets with their assigned testing days. Students who are MSOL/eSchool off campus will have access to testing rosters in their JWMHS Testing for MSOL and Eschool myLearning course.


May 1-17th AP Exams: JWMHS will be administering AP exams during Administration Window 1. Please go here to see the schedule. Test locations will be posted closer to the administration window. Please make sure that your student is receiving emails from the College Board and has accepted the Terms and Conditions for their exams.

Class Happenings

Class of 2021

Please remember that you have deadlines for your online coursework if you intend on graduating on time. All online coursework, including DBAs, is due April 30th and all exams are due on May 7th. Do not delay in completing your coursework!


Please make sure that you've paid your Senior fees in RYCOR. This will cover the costs incurred with holding graduation at JWMHS (cap & gown, diploma, diploma cover, medallion, as well as items that we will have to rent as a result of holding graduation at our stadium, including the cost of SROs & staff).


Upcoming Senior Events:


4/30 - ALL online work, including DBAs, are due

5/6 - ALL online exams and tests are due

5/16 - Car Parade @7PM, SunWest Mines Directions

5/18 - Senior Night of Excellence @6:30PM, JWMHS Gym (2 guests per Senior invitee)

5/25 - Senior Grades Due @9AM

5/25 - Graduation Practice & Senior Field Day

5/26 - Senior Check Out & Cap & Gown Pick Up

6/5 - Graduation @7PM, JWMHS Stadium (4 tickets per graduate)

Class of 2022

Did you miss the Planning for Your Future zoom on 3/29? Ms. Chamberlin is repeating the session on Monday, 4/12 at 6:30pm. Register here to get the zoom link!


Make sure your course requests are in myStudent for next year and that you are keeping track of your graduation requirements. You can check your latest report card for your current requirements. Make sure to finish any online classes by the last day of school.

Class of 2023

Testing season is upon us! Please make sure that you pay attention to any test notification tickets you receive. Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. You got this!!!


Make sure your course requests are in myStudent for next year and that you are keeping track of your graduation requirements. You can check your latest report card for your current requirements. Make sure to finish any online classes by the last day of school.

Class of 2024

Testing season is upon us! Please make sure that you pay attention to any test notification tickets you receive. Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. You got this!!!


Make sure your course requests are in myStudent for next year and that you are keeping track of your graduation requirements. You can check your latest report card for your current requirements. Make sure to finish any online classes by the last day of school.

Advanced Placement & Dual Enrollment Information

AP Exams

AP Exams are coming soon! Make sure you are reviewing content each night. AP review books for certain classes can be purchased through Rycor. Khan Academy and AP Classroom are both great resources to help you prepare. Go here to see the AP testing schedule. GO #APScholars

Dual Enrollment

Summer Dual Enrollment information has been released. Students can only take classes during the full 10-week session (5/11-7/20). Current 9th grade students can take 3 credits, current 10th graders can take 7 credits, and current 11th graders can take 8 credits. Students will register by grade-level the week of April 28th. Classes must be submitted to counselor for approval by April 16th via the 2021 Summer DE Online Request Form found on the PHSC DE Website under "Links On This Page". Go the district DE website for directions on completing the form and how to get DE textbooks.

In Case You Missed It

Parents/Guardians,

Superintendent Browning sent an email recently regarding an update on the school district’s status regarding COVID-19 and our plans for the future. He also included a link to a video update from Superintendent Browning. Based on recent trends and initial guidance from the state, we will not offer the mySchool Online option next school year. We expect the vast majority of our students to be back in the classroom for in-person learning, and for our employees to return to the classroom or office. Please check your email for full details and for FAQ.


Another announcement made last week: Pasco Schools will continue to require masks for all staff, students, and visitors on school campuses and district offices for the time being, despite today’s announcement that the county is rescinding the countywide mask mandate. The county’s announcement today only affects buildings and offices under the authority of the county. “I cannot in good conscience abandon our health and safety protocols at this time,” said Kurt Browning, Superintendent of Pasco Schools. “Our protocols have helped to prevent, and certainly reduce, the spread of COVID-19 among our students and staff.” Superintendent Browning added that students and staff have adapted well to the district’s established protocols, which include the wearing of masks and social distancing when appropriate. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend the wearing of masks in settings such as schools, and the state of Florida remains under an emergency order until April 26, unless the order is extended once again by the Governor. The number of reported positive cases of COVID-19 among Pasco students and staff has decreased significantly since January. Though the district experienced an increase in March, which likely was related to Spring Break, the recent increases were well below the number of positive cases reported earlier in the year. The superintendent asks parents, students, and staff to be patient and vigilant as we near the end of the school year, and expressed optimism that when teachers and students return in the fall masks will no longer be required.

Covid Round-Up

The Covid-19 Response Guide, Student & Visitor Daily Screener Questions

For Mustang specific information, please go to the ReOpening with the Mustangs link on our website: https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/welcome-back-reopening-with-the-mustangs-2020-2021/.


Please always stay tuned to the Pasco County Schools ReOpening Website. CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO THE PASCO COUNTY REOPENING WEBSITE! and Click here for The COVID-19 Response Guide



DAILY STUDENT SCREENER QUESTIONS:

Students must ask themselves these questions every morning prior to coming to school. If they answer "Yes" to any question they should NOT come to school. CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THE STUDENT SCREENER


VISITOR SCREENER QUESTIONS:

Please note that we are only permitting visitors to campus by appointment only. Please call 727-774-9200. All Visitors with an Appointment Must:

  • Complete the Visitor Self-Screener - CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK!
  • Come to the Front Office to check in.
  • Remain in designation location as directed (ex. front office, on bench outside front office)



Spectators/Masks:

We continue to follow the most recent guidelines (as of 2/12/21) regarding spectators on campus.

  • All activities are now restricted to four spectators for each participating student (up to 50% capacity of the venue).
  • We will have rosters at the entrance for check in and ticket purchase. Please talk to your student and family members regarding which four spectators will attend, as we have had some friends and family vying for the same seats.


At outdoor events, spectators and audience members are required to properly wear masks/face coverings (over the mouth AND nose) while entering and leaving the venue, as well as when leaving their seats to visit the concession stand or restroom. Masks are not required to be worn while spectators are seated outside at the event.


At outdoor events, spectators:

  • should not enter an event if they are feeling ill, have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or cannot pass the self-screening questions.
  • must be restricted from direct competition areas and from visiting with student athletes and performers and personnel before, during, and after events.
  • should not congregate in walkways, hallways, common traffic areas, or gymnasiums.
  • must practice physical distancing with those outside of their direct families and sit in family groups at events.


At indoor events, spectators and audience members are required to properly wear masks/face coverings properly at ALL times (over the mouth AND nose).


At indoor events, spectators:

  • should not enter an event if they are feeling ill, have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or cannot pass the self-screening questions.
  • must be restricted from direct competition areas and from visiting with student athletes and performers and personnel before, during, and after events.
  • should not congregate in walkways, hallways, common traffic areas, or gymnasiums.
  • must practice physical distancing with those outside of their direct families and sit in family groups at events.


COVID-19 and Campus Impact:

We do continue to experience positive COVID cases at JWMHS, even with all we are doing to socially distance, clean, and communicate with families during these unprecedented times. Through contact tracing, use of seating charts in classrooms and buses, and use of sign-in sheets, we work with our Mustang staff and families to help maximize student learning opportunities while we work to minimize the impact of COVID-19, isolation, and quarantine.


Please talk with your student(s) about the importance of properly wearing their masks over their mouth and nose, washing their hands, and following the social distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn on campus at all times--even when outside on campus. Many students are not wearing their masks properly over their mouth and nose. Students are reminded repeatedly, and those who refuse to wear their mask properly may be changed to MSOL. Please encourage your student to use hand sanitizer, wash hands often, and help minimize risk by properly wearing his/her mask at all times.