Pirate Press

Vol. 1, Edition 5

Pirate Update!

Pirate Families,

This week I am relaying an important message from our school nurse, Mrs. Browning:

All medication for student use during the school day must be provided to the school clinic by the parent/guardian, authorized by the parent/guardian, and have the appropriate pharmacy label. Students who self-carry per Florida law must have authorization by the medical provider, parent, and be approved by the school nurse (RN). No student should carry medication that has not been authorized. Contact Ms. Milton, clinic assistant, 352-524-8405, or Mrs. Browning, RN, School Nurse, 352-524-8415, regarding any questions about medication administration or health services.

Thank you for your support as we work together to ensure that our children have every opportunity to become college, career, and life ready! I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!


Ms. Gilbert

School Pictures are Ready to View

Picture Make-ups will be October 7th!

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Monday, September 12th

"E" Day 6,1,2,3,4,5 (lunch is based on the 4th- period teacher)

1:45pm-4:00pm- Football Practice

1:45pm-3:00pm- Cheer Practice

6:00pm - Girl's Volleyball Home Game vs. RBSMS

Tuesday, September 13th

"P" Day 1,2,3,4,5,6 (lunch is based on the 4th- period teacher)

8th Grade FAST Testing ELA

7:30am-8:30am- School Advisory Council Meeting - Cafeteria

6:30pm - Football Away Game vs. JLMS @ Wiregrass Ranch High School

Wednesday, September 14th

"I" rotation day - 2,3,4,5,6,1 (lunch is based on the 4th- period teacher)

7th Grade FAST Testing ELA

1:45pm-4:00pm- Football Practice

1:45pm-3:00pm- Cheer Practice

Thursday, September 15th

"R" Day 3,4,5,6,1,2 (lunch is based on the 4th- period teacher)

6th Grade FAST Testing ELA

2:15pm-4:00pm- Football Practice

6:00pm - Girl's Volleyball Home Game vs. JLMS

Friday, September 16th

"A" Day 4,5,6,1,2,3 (lunch is based on the 4th- period teacher)

1:35pm-4:00pm- Football Practice

Upcoming Events

September 13th- First School Advisory Council (SAC Meeting) 7:30am-8:30am

September 13th- 6:30pm Football Game vs John Long Middle @ Wiregrass Ranch High School

September 13th- Pasco High School Volleyball vs Sunlake PMS Gym

September 15th- 6pm Girls Volleyball vs John Long at home

September 19th- Girls Volleyball at Cypress Creek Middle

September 20th- 6:30pm Football vs Weightman at home

September 22nd- 6pm Girls Volleyball vs Pineview at home

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Ms. Peggy Gilbert

Hello Pirate families! I am Ms. Peggy Gilbert, and I am the proud Principal of Pasco Middle School! I have been with Pasco County Schools since 2007 when I moved from Port Huron, Michigan to Florida to teach. I taught grades 2-5 at Chester Taylor, Centennial, and Watergrass Elementary schools, and was an Assistant Principal from 2015 to 2021, before becoming the Principal at Pasco Middle School in November 2021. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. We have been working hard all summer to make this year a successful one for all, and are looking forward to a great year!!

Dr. Julieann Usry

Hi, Pasco Middle School families! My name is Dr. Julieann Usry, I have been an educator in Pasco County for 13 years. I earned my Bachelors in Middle Grades Education, Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. I started my career as a teaching intern here at Pasco Middle and then became an English, Theatre, and Debate teacher at Sunlake High School. After working at Sunlake for 8 years, I was promoted to an Assistant Principal at Cypress Creek Middle School. This past May, I decided to make the move to become a Pasco Pirate! I am so excited to be a part of this team again and I cannot wait to work with all the families within our community. Go Pirates!!

Mrs. Lisabeth Shoemaker

My name is Mrs. Lisabeth Shoemaker, Assistant Principal. I am starting my 11th year in education and 1st full year at Pasco Middle School. I graduated from Lebannon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania with my Bachelor’s in Education. I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University in 2016. In my time as an educator, I have taught grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and was a middle school STEM Coach. I have been happily married for 7 years to my amazing husband and we have two beautiful girls, Tinley age 4 and Taegan age 2. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family in our pool, on the boat, or out in Orlando. I am very proud to be the assistant principal here at Pasco Middle School!

Flu Vaccine Clinic and Health Screenings

Flu Vaccine Clinic - FLU season will begin soon. Flu vaccines will be given to students in collaboration with Health Heroes of Florida on Tuesday, October 4. Students who will get the FLU vaccine must have signed parent authorization. Your student will bring home a one-page form for you to fill out and return. ONLY students with parent authorization will receive a FLU vaccine on Tuesday, October 4. Return the form to school immediately. All forms should be received no later than September 19, 2022.

Health Screening - Health screening for 6th grade students is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, at PMS. We would like to invite your student to participate in this important screening. However, parents must consent via the myStudent portal for students to participate. The following screening will be available: vision, hearing, height/weight/BMI, and scoliosis. Parents must consent to each screening individually prior to the date of the screening. Although health screening is mandated by the state, students without consent will not be screened at school this year.

Title 1 Annual Letter 2022-2023

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Title 1 Parent & Family Engagement Plan 2022-2023

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Title 1 Family School Compact 2022-2023

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USF Promoting Well-Being Project

We are working with USF to support students’ social-emotional well-being. For your child to be included in a school-wide screening of well-being, you must complete and return a form titled “Notification of Screening” (the green form). Please send the completed form to school with your child. You can also take a picture of the signed form and text it to (813) 738 3352 or email it to kmahony@usf.edu.

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School Rotation Schedule

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Pirate P.R.I.D.E. Schoolwide Expectations

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Message from Superintendent Browning about Behavioral Expectations

Secondary Student Discipline Update

Dress Code

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Parent Pirate Crew

Please join our Parent Pirate Crew, a volunteer program where parents can support our school in various ways throughout the school day. To sign-up to attend our parent information session on Tuesday, September 6th @ 6pm in our auditorium, please follow this link! Sign me up for Parent Pirate Crew!

Join Our School Advisory Council (SAC)

Please join our School Advisory Council! We will meet on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:30am-8:30am. To sign-up, please click this link

Parent Access with the PBIS Rewards Parent App

Imagine being able to extend positive behavior reinforcement beyond school grounds! With the PBIS Rewards Parent App, you can do just that. As part of the PBIS Rewards suite of apps, the free Parent App allows parents to view student point totals, the number of referrals (aka consequences), items purchased with points, and upcoming events for which points can be used. Through the app, you can communicate directly with your child's teachers and they can communicate with you too!

Student Screener

Students will still have to go through the screener every morning prior to coming to school. We appreciate your assistance with this as we continue to do our part to make sure all students and staff are healthy. The link to the screener is below and will be a button in every Pirate Press this year.

Student Screener

NEW Staff of the Week Recommendation!

Here is the link to positively recognize a staff member on our campus!


Report an Absence

You can now report an absence online. The link is below and is also on our school website.

Report an absence

2022 - 2023 PE Waiver


Florida state legislation requires students in grades 6-8 to take at least one semester of physical education - PE each year. The legislation allows parents to waive the requirement if the student meets at least one of the following:

- The student is enrolled or required to enroll in a remedial course (waiver not required).
- The parent requests that the student enrolls in another elective course offered by the school at that grade level.
- The student is participating in equivalent physical activities outside of the school day.

***A student may still be assigned to PE unless there are documented health conditions & the waiver is completed.

Free and Reduced Meal Application

The Free and Reduced Meal Application is now available at www.PascoSchoolMeals.com.

Currently, all 2022-2023 students will receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of eligibility. However, we strongly encourage you to complete the new free and reduced meal application, as schools receive a portion of their funding based on the percentage of students who qualify.

To review the eligibility guidelines and complete an application, please visit www.pascoschoolmeals.com.

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