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Monthly Events Of Wildcats: September 2019

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Principals Message

As you can see from scanning this newsletter, we have A LOT of exciting events occurring on our campus through out the month of September! We are in full swing for the 19-20 school year. And since we are almost half way through the 1st quarter, I want you to know that if you have questions about your students progress, behavior, and/or grades, please know that your first step should be contacting your studnets teachers as they will be able to answer your questions and address your concerns. If you are looking for additional support, I encourage you to contact the school counselor.


Over the past couple of years, I have developed a motto, "Respect yourself and others, through your words and actions." This simple yet complex statement is a lens I use with students and staff interactions. I feel that this one statement can apply to a multitude of situations and people. My hope is that every member of the Wildcat community models these types of interactions.


Looking to be more involved?

I am seeking additional parents and community members to be apart of the TEWMS School Advisory Council (SAC). The SAC is a school-based group intended to represent the school, the community, and those persons closest to the students. The group shares responsibility for guiding the school toward continuous improvement. We meet once a quarter for about an hour during to review progress of our goals in the Student Success Plan. The SAC meetings are scheduled at 9am on the following dates: 9/26, 12/5, 2/20 & 4/30. Please contact Mrs. Martin if you are interested in being a member of this council.


Progress Reports & Report Cards

Parents will access student progress reports and report cards through their MyStudent account. I highly recommend that you set up an account NOW so that you have full access to these reports as well as your students attendance, grades, test scores and class assignments. Register for a "Parent MyStudent" account. Here is a step-by-step video to assist you with this process. Please communicate with your child's teachers when you have a question, are looking for help, or have a concern about an assignment or their grades.


Wildcat Binders

Since the beginning of the school year, we have been working with students on getting themselves organized with their academic responsibilities. This is being done through their Wildcat Binders as we are asking students to write down their assignments, homework and/or assessment dates. In addition, I'm seeing students use their Wildcat binder as a in/out location for assignments. There is an expectation that students have their Wildcat Binder with them every day as it also serves as their pass system during study hall. We ask all families to please reinforce this essential skill, by looking at the Wildcat binders each week. Please know that if we send home school wide information to families, we will ask students to put the communication in their Wildcat binders.


2019 FSA Scores

We have 2019 FSA scores available upon parent request. If you would like the FSA score report(s) for your student(s), please contact Ms. Hoffman at 813-794-0200 so that she made gather those documents for you.


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Campus Activities:

Step It UP @ TEWMS

In efforts to raise funds to assist with rejuvenating our school, we are bringing Step It Up to TEWMS. This fund raising program allows students to participate in a day of "AWESOMENESS" while helping to support their school. The funds produced from this are assist with buying modernize classroom furniture, provide student recognitions and bring leadership opportunities to our campus. The kick-off event will occur on September 10th. More information to come.

Student Clubs

Students will be signing up for the club the week of Sept 9th. Club days require the school to run on an activity bell schedule and occur on the third Wednesday of the month (see calendar on website). In addition, a list of our clubs is posted on our school web site. Our first club day is Thursday September 26th. Club days are always a fun day for all, as it allows students to engage in a common interest with peers they may not interact with on a daily basis. In addition, it allows our staff to interact with students in a different manner. We continue to look for additional volunteers to share their interests and hobbies with our students, if you interested, please contact Mrs. Ojeda

Early Release days

Our 1st Early Release day is coming up: Wednesday, September 11th. If you are in need of child care for these days only, Beyond the Bell is for you!


Beginning in 2019-2020, Pasco County Schools will implement a monthly, two-hour-early release time to allow for staff to engage in professional development aligned with student needs and district and school priorities. ​Visit the link below for additional information.

http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/news/page/early-release-days

Early Release Dates:

9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11, 1/15, 2/12, 3/11, 4/8

Quarterly Checks

Students participate in Quarterly Checks for their four core academic classes during the last two weeks of each quarter throughout the school year. These district developed assessments are intended to inform us on the progress students are making with regards to learning the content standards. Students will take their Quarterly Checks during a 50 minute class period. The window for first quarter's Quarterly checks opens on Monday, September 30th.

Gallup Student Poll

All students in Pasco County are encouraged to participate in the Gallup Student Poll. The online survey measures the engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration, and career and financial literacy of students in grades five through 12. TEWMS students will take the Gallop Student Poll starting the week of September 23rd. All school Gallup results are shared through the district website.

Student Picture Day

This year student pictures will be taken by Gigante Productions, in the gymnasium on Friday, October 4th. Student photographs will be taken through Language Arts classes this year. All Language Arts teachers will escort their classes to the gymnasium at their scheduled time during each period. You may preorder student photos by visiting: https://vando.imagequiz.com/g1000649666#login . In addition, you may use the order form attached below "19-20 Fall TEWMS Picture Order Form". If you have any questions please contact Gigante Productions by calling (813) 907-1087 or visiting their website: www.giganteproductions.com.

Our Picture Make-up day is scheduled for November 8th.

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Opportunity Hall

Opportunity Hall is our after school program that meets on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm in our media center. During Opportunity Hall, we have teacher volunteers and student peer tutors to provide as much individualized academic assistance as possible. This also includes support in organization and study skills. In addition, students will have access to computers if need be.


This year we are scheduled to begin offering this support from August 28, 2019 through May 1, 2020. The program does require students to be picked up by 4:30 PM. A school snack is provided for attendees. If you and your child are interested in this support, please fill out the student agreement and permission form and return it to TEWMS as soon as possible. We look forward to helping your student flourish in their areas of need. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Eads.

The 2019-2020 TEWMS Yearbook

The 2019-2020 TEWMS yearbook is on sale for only $42.00 if purchased at school or through your Student Quick Pay account (https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/). It can also be purchased through the Walsworth yearbook company. Walsworth allows you to make the yearbook extra special by purchasing name stamping, icons, a protective plastic cover, and much more. No extras are sold at school. Yearbooks are on sale from now until 1/25/20. This will be the only opportunity to purchase a yearbook. All yearbooks must be pre-ordered! No extra yearbooks will be available for purchase at the end of the school year!


It’s easy to order online! Buy online from now until January 25th, 2020, in Student Quick Pay, at https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/ or yearbookforever.com and enter our school name.

If you are unable to buy a yearbook with Student Quick Pay, yearbooks can be purchased at school for $42.00 cash or a check made out to TEWMS. If purchasing with cash or check please send the filled out form below, with payment, to Mr. Zondor in room 530.


For ordering questions send email requests to azondor@pasco.k12.fl.us or call 813-794-0200 and ask for Mr. Zondor. Online purchasing website addresses: https://yearbookforever.com , http://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/ , https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/

Looking for Wildcat Gear?

We are excited to share that we have an online store! Please visit BB Sportswear and check out the Spirit Store. Follow the link, click Online Stores at the far right of the page and choose a Weightman store. You will find all the information you need on the website regarding purchase and delivery dates. Merchandise designs will change throughout the year. Flyers are available in the Front Office as well as merchandise samples are in the glass case.

Beyond The Bell

Starting the 19-20 school year, TEWMS will have Beyond The Bell program on campus. This is an after school program for middle school students. They do offer an option for the early release days only, if needed. If you are interested in additional information, please visit: https://myasep.com/btb/. Click "program locations" and find TEWMS so you can see the calendar. Click "parent/client info" for registration and payment information.

Scholastic Book Fair @ TEWMS

We will be having our Scholastic Book Fair the week of September 23rd in the TEWMS Media Center. This is an in-school event that gives students access to affordable, popular books and encourages reading, which leads to success in and out of school. Relevant topics and current, relatable issues will attract even reluctant readers. There are lots of books in a wide range of categories - all designed to pique children's interest and in a range of reading subjects.

· The newest and most popular children's books

· Tried-and-true classics

· Quality multicultural books

· National and state award- winning titles

· School supplies and developmental products including pencils, pens, journals and hot-to kids.

Students will be able to visit and purchase items from the book fair:

· before school

· during school (study hall or with a pass from their classroom teacher)

· after school

Notice to building occupants & parents

NOTIFICATION OF INSPECTION FOR ASBESTOS CONTAINING

MATERIALS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule, 40 CFR Part 763, Asbestos Containing Material in schools, commonly referred to as AHERA. This rule requires all Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers.

All inspections for Thomas E. Weightman MS has been completed and a Management Plan describing the results of the inspection and the action plan to control any asbestos found during the inspection, where applicable, has been submitted to the governor for approval. A copy of this plan is located in the administrative office of this school and at the Pasco County Schools Maintenance & Facility Services Department and is available for review upon request.

Upcoming Events:

9/2: No School, Labor day

9/3: No School, Hurricane Dorian

9/4: Opportunity Hall in Media Center, 3-4:30pm

9/4: FFA Info MTG in Room 725, 6-8pm

9/10: Fundraiser Kick-off event in the Gym 8:40-10:30am

9/10: Band Rehearsal, 3-6pm

9/10: Football game @ CSRMS, 6:30pm

9/11: Early Release day, 12:50pm student release time

9/12: Girls Vball vs. JLMS @ TEWMS @ 6pm

9/13: Progress Reports

9/14: Band All State Auditions @ RBSMS, 8am-1pm

9/16: Girls Vball @ CCMMS @ 6pm

9/17: Band Rehearsal, 3-6pm

9/17: Football game vs. RBSMS @ TEWMS, 6:30pm

9/18: Opportunity Hall in Media Center, 3-4:30pm

9/19: Girls Vball vs. PVMS @ TEWMS @ 6pm

9/23: Gallup Student Poll opens

9/23: Girls Vball @ CSRMS, 6pm

9/24: Band Rehearsal, 3-6pm

9/24: Football game @ CCMHS, 6:30pm

9/25: Opportunity Hall in Media Center, 3-4:30pm

9/26: SAC Meeting, 9am in Community Conference Room.

9/26: Student Club day, Activity Bell Schedule

9/26: Girls Vball @ RBSMS, 6pm

9/30: Quarterly Check Window Opens

9/30: Girls Vball vs. PMS @ TEWMS @ 6pm