The Weightman M.E.O.W.

Monthly Events Of Wildcats: May 2021

Principals Message

Hello Wildcat families!


The 20-21 school year has been a year like no other (and I hope to keep it that way). The Teachers and Staff at TEWMS have made phone calls, sent emails, posted remind message, held zoom meetings, adjusted assignments and time lines. They have collaborated, problem solved and made necessary changes all because they care about each one of our students and families. They have done all this while they themselves have been living through the pandemic and COVID-19. The week of May 3rd is Teacher and Staff appreciation at TEWMS. Please consider recognizing a teacher or staff member for their hard work and dedication to the success of Thomas E. Weightman Middle School. Click here to give a shout out for a Wildcat.


For any Wildcats who has a laptop, iPad, hotspot (or any other device, including the charger & cords) signed out from the TEWMS, it will need to be returned on May 27th between the hours of 7:30am & 4pm OR on May 28th between the hours of 7:30am-12pm. All devices MUST be returned no later than 12pm on May 28th. Devices can be dropped off at the front office.


Families are using the self-screener and contacting the school when your student isn't feeling well and keeping them home. Many of you are taking advantage of the district COVID testing sites that are set up just for Pasco County students.

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The Spring 2021 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) starts Monday, May 3, 2021

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FSA Testing information cont.

•Students should bring pencils, face covering, bottle water with them.


•MSOL students need to be dropped off by the gym between 7:50 - 8:10am each morning that they are testing. Please not drop your child off prior to 7:50 as there will not be supervision. Students can be picked-up by the gym around 11:30am; except for Civics, pick up is around 12pm. Please know that this is an estimated pick-up time.


•Any students taking Algebra I or Geometry will NOT take their grade level FSA Mathematics dates. This test sessions for Algebra I/Geometry is 90 minutes, students who need additional time after 90 minutes may continue working up to half of a typical school day.


•The Civics EOC is for 7th & 8th graders currently enrolled in Civics course. This test is 160 minutes. Students who need additional time after 160 minutes may continue working; however, testing must be completed within the same school day. *MSOL students should speak with their Civics teacher to determine their specific test date.


We have had some families contact us regarding "opting-out" of state assessments. Please know that per Florida Statute 1008.22, as a Florida public school, we are required/mandated to administer statewide assessments to our students and all students in specified grade levels/courses are required to participate in State testing. As such, it is our obligation to use due diligence to comply with this requirement. Therefore, all students present and on campus on any testing or makeup testing days will be required to sit for the assessment. Florida has no opt-out policy for state assessments. The test results provide parents, students, and teachers information about student performance. Teachers use this data to provide targeted instruction and supports to students. The school and district use the results to help target resources and supports. 1008.22 Student assessment program for public schools.

8th grade T-Shirts

All shirts are $12 and available in adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL,3XL


Orders MUST be placed by 11:59pm on May 9th: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/


We are asking all 8th graders to wear their official 8th grade shirt to the ceremony since it will be in the gym.

8th grade Promotion Ceremony

Please complete this form to reserve your tickets for our face to face promotion ceremony. Each student can have up to TWO tickets for their guest to attend the in person ceremony. Please know that 8th grade students will not need a ticket to attend.

Reserve your two tickets here: https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=45857.
Reserve tickets online by: 4pm on Wednesday, May 19.


Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: TEWMS Gymnasium
Tickets: 2 per student

Times: by team
Team Cheetahs: 9:00-10:15am

Team Leopards: 9:00-10:15am
Team Panthers: 11:15-12:30am

Team Siberian Tigers: 11:15-12:30am

Rehearsal, Tuesday, May 25 (9-11am)
ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE GOING TO WALK IN THE PROMOTION CEREMONY ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE REHEARSAL.

  • Masks must be worn.
  • Social distancing will be followed.
  • Tickets will be given to your student at rehearsal.
  • We are asking all 8th graders to wear their official 8th grade shirt to the ceremony since it will be in the gym.

Reserve tickets online by: 4pm on Wednesday, May 19

30th Annual TEWMS TALENT SHOW!!!

COVID can’t stop us! We have too much talent!!!!

We’re giving our singers, dancers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, and musicians the year off. This year we’re looking for our creative writers and visual artists: POETS! STORY TELLERS! PAINTERS! SKETCHERS!

Enter by May 12th. You can only enter once. Find out details and sign up online by following this link: https://forms.gle/J4mzytvdgRDfuSZd9 or go to our school website.


Win Cash!!! $50 for 1st Place $25 for 2nd Place $15 for 3rd Place

Communication from Superintendent Browning:

We all agree that we would like to discontinue the requirement for wearing masks or face coverings as soon as possible. However, in Pasco County Schools we are following the CDC guidance that continues to recommend the “correct use of masks” as a prevention strategy in schools.


School Board Policy 8450.01 gives the Superintendent the authority to require masks or face coverings due to the “immediate and continued danger of the spread of COVID-19.” That rule expires “no later than the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year.” So, there is no rule in place to authorize the use of masks at the start of next school year, and we are optimistic – and we expect – that in the fall it will no longer be necessary to require masks or face coverings.

At this time, there is no change to our school district’s mask requirement, which has been in place all school year. We urge everyone to please be patient and to continue to exercise basic prevention strategies so we can put masks and COVID-19 behind us.


Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/RPpq_G2oc7s

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PHSC’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP)

PHSC’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is a state-sponsored educational program that encourages first generation college students to attend a post-secondary institution after high school graduation. See PDF below for more information.

Curbside Meal Pick-Up @ TEWMS: Fridays 9-9:30am

WHO: Pasco County Schools will be offering curbside meal pick up to children not attending school brick and mortar. At this time, meals will be FREE for all children per the most recent USDA school nutrition meal program waivers. The menu and nutrition information can be reviewed here: Curbside Menu.


WHERE: @ TEWMS, meals are served in the carline at the front of the school Meals will be served curbside in a drive-thru style (Do not get out of your car).


WHEN: @ TEWMS, pickup is 9-9:30am. Pick up times do vary by location and can be found HERE.


HOW: In order to serve you better, a MEAL RESERVATION FORM should be filled out weekly.


Additional information can be found here: https://connectplus.pasco.k12.fl.us/do/fns/?page_id=6886

When students have to quarantine

When a student has to be quarantined due to being exposed to a positive COVID case, they are to complete their class work in their myLearning courses (http://launchpad/classlink.com/dsbpc). Each course has "Smarthinking Online Tutoring" to assist students with completing their work; this tutoring is free and available 24/7 for ALL secondary courses. IF a teacher has a zoom session for the students class period, they are welcomed to join. Please know not all classes have zoom sessions through out the day.


Please ask your child to follow these instructions:

  • If you are feeling well enough to do your schoolwork at home, you are welcome to continue your classes and classwork.
  • Your schedule will not change. You will not be moved to a MySchool Online schedule. You will stay with your current teacher(s), but your work will be completed through the MyLearning App.
  • Log in and complete whatever work you feel well enough to do.
  • To submit your completed work, snap a picture, upload it, and submit it through MyLearning.
  • Work packets will not be sent home. Please go in MyLearning to complete your classwork.
  • If you get stuck, email your teacher through your Outlook app or within Canvas. Under “Help” click the button labeled “Ask Your Instructor (Teacher) a Question”.
  • If you don’t have a computer, or you are not feeling well enough to do work, don’t worry, your teachers will help you get caught up when you return.


Parents, for more information and tips on accessing your child’s online instruction portal please visit: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/oll/page/parent-university

TEWMS documents

Upcoming Events:

AMY 1: Saturday School, 8am-12pm

MAY 3: Florida Standards Assessments start

MAY 3: Advanced Band concert, 6pm in WCHSPAC

MAY 7: FNS Food distribution, 9:30am in car loop

MAY 8: Saturday School, 8am-12pm

MAY 9: 8th grade T-shirt order is due

MAY 12: Talent Show entries are due

MAY 14: FNS Food distribution, 9:30am in car loop

MAY 15 Saturday School, 8am-12pm

MAY 19: Ticket Reservation closes for 8th grade Promotion Ceremony

MAY 21: FNS Food distribution, 9:30am in car loop

MAY 22: LAST DAY of Saturday School, 8am-12pm

MAY 25: Promotion Rehearsal at 9am in gym

MAY 26: 8th grade Promotion Ceremonies

MAY 26: Last day of the 20-21 SY

MAY 27 & 28: Laptop & device return @ TEWMS

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation @ TEWMS

The week of May 3rd is Teacher and Staff appreciation at TEWMS. Please consider recognizing a teacher or staff member for their hard work and dedication to the success of Thomas E. Weightman Middle School.


Click here to give a shout out for a Wildcat.