Around the RANCH

#ThatMeansExcellence - Volume 1.4 - May 3, 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 May 3rd

Teacher Appreciation Week

**Yearbook Distribution before/after school and during lunches


Monday, 5/3

FSA Testing: US History EOC - AM / Geometry Day 1 - PM
AP Testing: US Gov't @ 8AM (GYM)


Tuesday, 5/4

FSA Testing: US History EOC - AM / Geometry Day 2 - PM
AP Testing: AP Calc AB/BC @ 8AM / AP Human Geography @ Noon (GYM)

9:30AM - Chorus Rehearsal at RRHS PAC

6:30PM - Chorus Concert at RRHS


Wednesday, 5/5 (Cinco de Mayo)

FSA Testing: Biology EOC & US History EOC- AM / Geometry Day 1 - PM
AP Testing: AP English Lit @ 8AM / AP Physics @ Noon (GYM)


Thursday, 5/6

FSA Testing: Geometry Day 1- AM / Geometry Day 2 - PM
AP Testing: AP US History @ 8AM / AP Art History & AP Comp Sci A @ Noon (GYM)

7PM - Varsity Softball vs WRHS (Regionals)


Friday, 5/7

FSA Testing: Geometry Day 2- AM / Geometry Day 2 - PM
AP Testing: AP Spanish Lit @ 8AM (GYM)

9AM - Band to RRHS PAC for Prism Rehearsal

7PM - PRISM concert @ RRHS PAC

7:30PM - V Baseball vs St Pete HS (Regionals)


This Weekend

Saturday: Noon - PRISM concert @ RRHS PAC

Saturday: 6PM - PRISM concert @ RRHS PAC

Sunday: Mother's Day

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!

Updated testing rosters are posted on the windows of the Media. Students who are MSOL or eSchool off campus should check their JWMHS Testing for MSOL and Eschool course in myLearning for the updated information. Please get a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast. Please report to your testing location on time.


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


FSA Lunch information:

*Students will use their Green Test Ticket as a pass to leave class to eat a different lunch for testing purposes.

If students have a 10:30AM test session, they will eat lunch during 5th period after their testing is complete.


If students have a 12:00PM test session, and they have:

  • 3rd lunch, they will eat normal lunch then will be released from their 4th period class at 11:55AM to report to the Media for testing
  • 4th or 5th lunch, they will go to their 4th period RANCH/class and check in with their teacher. They will then be dismissed at 11:30AM to the cafe to eat 4th lunch so they can report to the Media by noon for testing.

If students have the 1:10pm test session, and they have:


  • 3rd or 4th lunch, they will eat normal lunch, then will be released from their 5th period class at 1:05pm to report to the Media by 1:10pm for testing, or
  • 5th lunch, they will go to their 5th period RANCH and check in with their teacher. They will then be dismissed at 12:35pm to the cafe to eat lunch so they can report to the Media by 1:10pm for testing.


May 3rd-17th AP Exams: JWMHS will be administering AP exams during Administration Window 1. 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. **Students will use their schedule as a pass to leave class to eat a different lunch for testing purposes.

  • Students who have an AM AP test, will eat lunch 5th period lunch after testing.
  • Students who have a PM AP test that starts at noon, and normally have 4th or 5th period lunch, will be dismissed from their 3rd period at 10:44AM so they can eat 3rd lunch.


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 exams are due on May 7th. If you haven't finished the coursework and final DBA's, please keep working to complete it ASAP. 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 so you're not placed on the debt list. You will not be able to get your cap & gown and 4 graduation tickets without paying your Senior fees. (Tickets will be with the cap & gown)


Upcoming Senior Events:


5/6 - ALL online exams and tests are due!!!

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)

**We are currently working with SunWest Mines on a different date for the Senior Car Parade originally scheduled for Sun 5/16 @7PM.

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!!!


Academic Lunch may be closed due to testing. Make sure to get with your teachers about any missing work that you can do for a grade repair for Quarter 3 and 4. For those taking AP HuG on 5/4, may the fourth be with you....


If you were a student who is on quarantine, please make sure to connect with your teachers about assignments as well as utilizing all platforms used within your classes to get your work completed and turned in.

Yearbook Distribution Information

  • Everyone will be able to pick up their yearbook before/after school or during lunches outside of 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 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 registration is happening now! Students can only take classes during the full 10-week session (5/11-7/20) and must be online or after their school day. Students who register for a class during the school day will not have their absence excused to attend a DE class at PHSC. Current 9th grade students can take 3 credits, current 10th graders can take 7 credits, and current 11th graders can take 8 credits.


If you didn't get the class you wanted, keep checking the Register section in your WISE account. PHSC may add sections or seats may open up as students change their minds. The other date to check would be at 11:55pm on May 6th. This is because at 7PM that day, regular college students must pay their registration fees. If they don't meet the deadline, they are dropped from the class and those seats will open up in the system at midnight. Log in a few minutes early and then refresh the registration screen to see if any seats opened up in the classes you've been pre-approved for.


Make sure you pick up your Summer DE textbooks starting next week (May 10th). Go here to see the list of days, times, and locations of textbook pickup.

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.