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Monthly Events Of Wildcats: September 2021

Principals Message

Hello Wildcat families!


The 21-22 school year is in full swing! We are thrilled to have all of our Wildcats back on campus with us. There are great things happening at TEWMS and it is awesome that you and your student(s) are able to participate.


  • We have students joining our Happiness Grant program with the University of South Florida.
  • We have had 2200+ emails sent by Wildcat families for our Step It UP! fundraiser.
  • Students earning points in their PBIS rewards app through myPascoConnect, more details below


New TEWMS Wildcat families of all grades are joining our community daily, as evident by all the new developments and homes in the Wesley Chapel area. With that being said, we are looking to add a few teachers to our TEWMS staff soon to get some of our classes smaller. This will require that some students to have changes in their schedules and possible their teachers. Students and families will be contact when this occurs.


This week is our 1st Early Release day: Wednesday, Sept 8th. Students will be dismissed 2 hours early at 12:50pm and be expected to go home in the same manner as they do every school day. In addition, this week is 1st Quarter Progress Reports will be posted in myStudent on Friday, Sept 10th. Please make sure that you are reviewing your students grades through out the school year.


In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. The Student Self Screener is linked for you to review prior to your student coming on campus. As we learn and work through our current reality of COVID-19, please remember to use the self-screener and contact the school when your student isn't feeling well and keeping them home.

We need YOUR help!

Please talk with your student regarding their electronic device while at school. ALL students are to have their device silenced/powered off and in their back packs from 8:30am-2:50pm. Only 7th & 8th graders have the privilege of having access to their devices during lunch only. Please know that if a student if found with their device and/or headphones/earbuds during the school day, they could be taken away. An announcement was made this morning to remind students of this, as we are seeing a lot of students not following these expectations. Below is our electronic device policy for your reference.

Step It UP! @ TEWMS

Thank you SOO much for your participation in our Step It UP! Fundraiser!! Over 2,200 emails have been sent to friends and family members to support TEWMS Wildcats! Mrs. Fowler has a goal of 3000 emails, can TEWMS meet that challenge??


In addition to the prizes earned through Step It UP!, students can earn the following @ TEWMS:

  • Students who have $60+ donations will qualify for our Day of Awesome in Octoboer.
  • Students who send 30+ emails will be able to duck-tape Principal Fowler to the wall.
  • The 12 students with the highest donations will have lunch with Principal Fowler, lunch will be provided.
  • The student with highest donations, by grade level, will be grade level Assistant Principal for a day.

Students who have already sent 30+ emails:

Ivan B.

Leo B.

Christian C.

Jasaira D.

Gabriel S.

Jaxon B.

Dakota R.

Charity D.

Cailyn A.


If you didn’t yet have a chance to register and send donation invitations, click the link below and join our REVOLUTION of FUN! www.stepitupkids.com/WeightmanMS33545. Our Step It UP! fundraiser is open until Monday, September 13th.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) @ TEWMS

Our school is participating in an initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Students will be able to earn “Pawsitive Points” awarded by staff for meeting schoolwide expectations.


What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Support?

PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.


What is PBIS at our school?

We have adopted a unified set of schoolwide expectations. These rules define our expectations for behavior in our school. You will see these rules posted throughout the school and your child will be learning them during his or her first days at school. Our ROAR expectations, found in every classroom and non-classroom setting in the school, are as follows:

  • R – Respect – treat others, their beliefs, and belongings with kindness and fairness; use appropriate language and raise hand to speak
  • O – Ownership – take responsibility for your work making sure it is complete and on time
  • A – Academics – try your best on assignments and stay focused in class allowing others to do the same
  • R – Readiness – be prepared to meet the expectations of class


As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:


  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
  • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.
PBIS Rewards - Parent Education Video

Early Release Day(s)

This is the third year Pasco County Schools is utilizing 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. ​Why?

  • For students - increase in effective instruction and decrease in learning disruption on substitute days.
  • For staff - increased opportunity to learn and grow built in to the work schedule​.
  • For stakeholders - predictable schedule, fewer substitutes, higher quality, and more engaged staff. ​


Early release days will take place on the following dates:

  • September 8, 2021
  • October 6, 2021
  • November 10, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • January 12, 2022
  • February 2, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
  • April 13, 2022

On each of the early release days, students will be released two hours early. The bell times, including the early release times for each school, can be found here.

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Middle School information now available through Pasco County Schools

http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/oll/page/navigating-middle-school#pcs_dept_nav


Pasco County Schools' vision is for each student to achieve success in College, Career and Life. The Navigating Middle School webpage provides families important information as their student enters middle school as well as helpful information when planning for each student's transition to high school.

Mark your calendars, Save the date!

Bring your lawn chair/blanket & snack/drinks and enjoy a movie on us. We are working on getting food trucks to attend and will send updates as we get closer to the event date.


What: Family Movie Night @ TEWMS

When: Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • The field will open @ 6pm
  • Movie will start @ 7:15pm

Where: TEWMS back yard

Who: ALL TEWMS families

Why: Enjoy family time together

Cost: FREE to TEWMS families


If you are interest in attending our Family Movie Night, please complete this super quick form so that we can plan accordingly https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=57258

Attendance Awareness month

Did you know that at least one out of every 10 students in the United States misses 10 percent of the school year? That’s the point when absences—excused or unexcused—start to add up to academic trouble. These attendance gaps lead to achievement gaps. Starting in kindergarten, chronic absence leads to 3rd graders unable to read well. By 6th grade, it’s a warning sign that students will fail classes or even drop out of high school. This September, join the Attendance Awareness Campaign, and let’s all work together to make sure all kids attend today so they can achieve tomorrow.

https://www.attendanceworks.org/

Go Wildcats!

The Wildcat Cheer Team has dedicated their time and energy getting ready for the upcoming football season! Leading the Wildcat Cheer team this football season are Captains Destini Olivas and Madisyn Jackson and Co-Captains Valeria Ore and Ingrid Padilla-Sanchez. We are excited to support our football team and we hope you are too! Go Wildcats!

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Opportunity Hall @ TEWMS

Opportunity Hall, which is an afterschool tutoring program will meet on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm. New to Opportunity Hall this year will be support in organization and study skills. This year we are scheduled to begin offering this support on most Thursdays through the rest of the school year. During Opportunity Hall TEWMS will have teacher volunteers and some student peer tutors to provide as much individualized assistance as possible. The program does require students to be picked up by 4:30 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Eads at heads@pasco.k12.fl.us TEWMS' Opportunity Hall will run from September 8th to April 1st on Thursdays.

#WildcatsSTRONG

Let us know how a Wildcat has made a difference for you! Give them a shout out here.

Picture Day @ TEWMS

Fall Picture Day is October 8, 2021. Student photographs will be taken by Gigante Productions, in the gymnasium. Students will take their photo during their Science class on Friday, October 8th. Please check our school website for picture ordering information 2 weeks prior to picture day. For yearbook and school picture questions please contact Adam Zondor at azondor@pasco.k12.fl.us


*Make Up Picture Day is November 5, 2021.

Yearbooks are on sale now!

The 2021-2022 TEWMS yearbook is only $42.00. It can be purchased through your Student Quick Pay account (https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/). Buy online from now until January 31st, 2022. No extra yearbooks are available for purchase at the end of the school year. All yearbook must be pre-ordered.


For yearbook and school picture questions please contact Adam Zondor at azondor@pasco.k12.fl.us

When students quarantine

Pasco County has resources for families when a student quarantines due to being exposed to a positive COVID case. Such resources on what to do next can be found here: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/coronavirus/quarantine. If your student is needing to be quarantined, please make sure to communicate such with the school so that we can adjust attendance AND inform teachers that they will be completing work via myLearning. For some, this means completing the Mach form that is linked in the school notification email of potential exposure.


Student who are quarantined are to complete their class work in their myLearning courses if they are feeling well enough to do so (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.


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 myLearning. 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.

TEWMS documents

Upcoming Events:

Sept 7: FFA Show Animal Parent MTG w/ Ms. Benson

Sept 8: Bus Evacuation Drill

Sept 8: Early Release Day

Sept 8: PBIS event for students

Sept 8: Cheer Practice in Cafeteria from 3-5pm

Sept 9: Girls Vball vs. JLMS, 6pm

Sept 13: Cheer Practice in Cafeteria from 3-5pm

Sept 13: Girls Vball @ CCMS, 6pm

Sept 14: Football Game vs. RBSMS, 6:30pm

Sept 15: Cheer Practice in Cafeteria from 3-5pm

Sept 16: Girls Vball vs. PVMS, 6pm

Sept 20: Cheer Practice in Cafeteria from 3-5pm

Sept 20: Girls Vball @ CSRMS, 6pm

Sept 21: Football Game @ CCMS @ CCHS, 6:30pm

Sept 22: Cheer Practice in Cafeteria from 3-5pm

Sept 23: Girls Vball @ RBSMS, 6pm

Sept 24: SAC MTG @ 9am via Zoom

Sept 27: Cheer Practice in Cafeteria from 3-5pm

Sept 27: Girls Vball vs. PMS, 6pm

Sept 28: Football Game vs CNMS @ PHS, 6:30pm

Sept 29: Cheer Practice in Cafeteria from 3-5pm

Sept 30: Girls Vball vs. CNMS, 6pm

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