Around the RANCH

#ThatMeansExcellence - Volume 1.3 - April 23, 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.


April is Autism Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we focus on increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering support for all. Celebrate differences and this year, #LightUpWithKindness.


The month we are reviewing different aspects of Mental Health during RANCH. We hope that these modules are helpful to all students. If any student needs assistance please reach out to any adult on campus.


Best wishes to our Juniors taking their AICE exam this week! You've got this!


The testing season is upon us. Students will be getting notification tickets for their assigned tests in the coming weeks as we finalize our testing calendar. Students who are off campus or MSOL have a JWMHS testing course in myLearning where they’ll see information posted. If the off campus/MSOL student didn’t accept the invitation, please contact Ms Fillmore to get enrolled in the course.


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 26th

Monday, 4/26

8:28am - AICE English General Paper 1 Exam (Testing in Media or Gym)


Tuesday, 4/27


Wednesday, 4/28

Summer DE Registration for current Juniors (Times by DE credits earned)

8:28am - AICE English General Paper 2 Exam (Testing in Media or Gym)

7pm - V Boys Baseball @ East Lake HS (District Semi-final)


Thursday, 4/29

Summer DE Registration for current Sophomores (Times by DE credits earned)

7pm - V Boys Baseball District Finals @ East Lake HS


Friday, 4/30

Summer DE Registration for current Freshmen (Times by DE credits earned)

All Day - Poetry Walk (Red and Blue Commons)

9:30am - Turnaround Senior of the Year Recognition

7th period - Senior Yearbook Distribution


This Weekend

9am - 1pm AP Human Geography Exam Review (Rm 811)


NEXT WEEK:

AP Testing in the Gym

FSA/EOC Testing in the Media

CONGRATULATIONS!

Give a Magnificent Mustang Shout Out!

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-Updated!

Students who are enrolled in MSOL, or have an eSchool placeholder in their schedule, have been invited to JWMHS Testing for MSOL and Eschool course in myLearning. Please make sure that you accept the invitation as this is how we are able to notify you of your testing times. If this applies to you and you don't have access to the course, please see Ms. Fillmore or Ms. Crabtree in the Media. All other students will receive notification through their on campus RANCH class.


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. Testing will be in the Media or the Gym. Rosters are located on the windows of the Media.


May 3rd-19th FSA/EOC Exams: students who are on campus have been given test tickets with their assigned testing days. Rosters are also posted on the windows of the media. Students who are MSOL/eSchool off campus will have access to testing rosters in their JWMHS Testing for MSOL and Eschool myLearning course. Please see the chart below for additional information.


Testing schedule for the week of May 3rd: US History, Biology, and Geometry*

Testing schedule for the week of May 10th: Biology, and Reading grades 9 & 10**

Testing schedule for the week of May 17th: Biology, and Algebra 1*

*Testing sessions are scheduled to start at 8:28am or 12:00pm

**Testing sessions are scheduled to start at 8:28am, 10:30am, or 1:10pm


May 3rd-17th AP Exams: JWMHS will be administering AP exams during Administration Window 1. All exams will be in the Gym unless otherwise announced. Please go here to see the schedule. Students are expected to take their AP exam on the day that it is assigned in Admin Window 1. Make-up tests will be limited to those who are quarantined on the test day, unless otherwise approved by Ms. Chamberlin or Mrs. Cortier. Students are expected to follow attendance procedures for signing out early or signing in late to school through Student Services on their AP exam day.


May 19th-21st District Finals: Students will have a district final or a teacher-generated final assessment in every course. All district finals are approximately 80 minutes given in a 90 minute window and will count as 10% of their 2nd semester grade. Please see the chart below for the different bell schedules that will be followed each day for District Finals.

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Class Happenings

Class of 2021

Letters have been sent home recently to some students outlining what absolutely must be finished in order to graduate in June. Please make sure you read it carefully and reach out if you have any questions. If you are taking classes listed online, it is your gentle reminder to get them completed by the deadline!


All online coursework, including DBAs, is due April 30th and all exams are due on May 7th. Do not delay in completing your coursework! See Ms. Lea (12th grade counselor in Blue), Ms. Harlan (12th grade GEP Counselor in Purple), Ms. Dixon (12th grade GEP Coach in Purple), or Ms. Cortier (AP) if you need any assistance.


Graduation Practice & Senior Check out is coming! Start looking in your room, or your car, for any items that belong to JWMHS (textbooks, athletic uniforms, etc). Please make sure that you've paid your Senior fees in RYCOR and return any items to the appropriate teachers/coaches. You will not be able to get your cap & gown and 4 graduation tickets without paying your Senior fees.


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-invitation to be mailed home/emailed to parents)

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

Make sure that you are working with all of your teachers to finish the year strong! Check myStudent regularly for missing or incomplete assignments. Please see Mr. Quina (AP) or Ms. Ruconich (11th grade counselor in Red) if you have any concerns.

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!!!


Stay on top of your work and make sure that all assignments have been completed. Please see Ms. Tricozzi (AP) or Mr. Crouch (10th grade counselor in Orange) if you have any questions or concerns.

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!!!


Please make sure that you are making good decisions! Inappropriate behavior will be rewarded with a discipline referral. Keep track of your missing assignments and see Dr. Newberry (AP) or Mrs. Gaidosh (9th grade counselor in Green) if you need assistance.

Yearbook Distribution

Please listen for announcements & follow the Stampede on Twitter for the most up to date information.

  • Seniors will be able to pick up their pre-ordered yearbook outside Student Services on April 30th during 7th period.
  • Underclassmen and seniors unable to come April 30th can pick theirs up beginning May 3rd at 8AM outside Student Services.
  • Check to see if you pre-paid for a 2021 yearbook on RYCOR (click Fees).
  • Didn’t buy a book? Limited yearbooks will be on sale for $90 cash or credit only on April 30th during 7th period (seniors only) and the week of May 3rd (all grades) while supplies last.

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.
  • AP Daily Videos are great mini-lessons to help review content by themes.
  • Go here to see the AP testing schedule.
  • Please know that students must test on their assigned testing day at the assigned time. AP exams take precedence over all other school activities and classes. Make-up exams will be limited to quarantined students, or pre-approved conflicts, due to changes made by College Board and expectations/procedures set by Pasco Schools. Please see Mrs. Chamberlin or Mrs. Cortier if you have any questions. 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 were due 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. Students must register for their classes starting Wednesday, April 28th, through your PHSC WISE account. If you have problems registering, please see your counselor or Ms. Cortier. Textbook information can be found on the website now! Pickup begins the week of May 10th.

In Case You Missed It

"Florida removes high-stakes consequences from spring testing"

In the recent article, it was discussed that Florida education commissioner "authorized school districts....to waive state testing requirements for spring 2021 high school graduates who have otherwise demonstrated their qualification for a diploma". Please know that we are waiting for information to be released by Pasco County Schools as the emergency order is leaving several things up to the district. As soon as we know what needs to be done, we will relay the information to applicable students and parents.


NOTE: At this time, all testing (including FSA) will continue as normally scheduled. Students who do not sit for an EOC (if enrolled in Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, or US History) will have a 0 calculated as 30% of the yearlong grade until the student sits for the exam and receives a score.

Covid Round-Up

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

We know that there has been recent discussions about masks after April 26th. Please know that masks are required until the district releases a statement saying otherwise.


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 up to 50% capacity of the venue.
  • Spectators are allowed to bring their own chairs to sit in as the venue allows.


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.