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Monthly Events Of Wildcats: May 2022

Principals Message

Hello Wildcat families!


The end of the 2021-2022 school year is coming quick. Below you will find Middle School promotion requirements that have been identified by Pasco County Schools. Please make sure you are encouraging your student to keep up with their course work we have more than three weeks of school left. Each day that your student comes to school is a day for them to demonstrate their knowledge level to their teachers. In addition, our school wide behavior expectation, the Wildcat ROAR, will remain through the end of the last day of school: May May 25th. I ask that you please remind your student(s) of those expectations on a daily bases. In addition, each student has a copy of these expectations in their Wildcat Binder. If you need myStudent access: Pasco County Schools (focusschoolsoftware.com)


The week of May 2nd 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.

Pasco County Middle School Promotion requirements

Students in middle school have certain promotion requirements they must meet in order to be promoted to high school.


To be promoted to high school, all middle school students must successfully complete the following:

  • Grade 6 Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
  • Grade 7 Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
  • Grade 8 Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.
  • One course in career and education planning to be completed in grades 6, 7, or 8 is required for promotion.
  • One of the social studies courses must be Civics. There is a statewide, standardized end-of-course exam for Civics that must be taken and factored in as 30% of a student’s course grade.
  • One semester of physical education per year is required.
  • Students in grade 6 will be required to take one semester of M/J Health GR 6.
*Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies courses must have a minimum of a 60% D recorded on a students academic history


Additional information can be found on Pasco County Schools website: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/oll/page/middle-school-student-progression. As you plan for High School, Pasco County Schools has resources available for families: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/oll/page/navigating-high-school. In addition, the Florida Department of Education Standard Diploma Requirements contains all requiremen

National Junior Honors Society @ TEWMS

The following students were recently inducted into the Thomas E. Weightman Middle School chapter of the NJHS. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.


Brianna Aguay
Addie Alford
Madison Bahs
Liam Baker
Leah Batjer
Riley Berger
Shane Burgin, II
Jake Burns
Lucy Cavall
Kelvin Cruz
Ra’Kelle Davis
Kyleigh Doby
Abigail Donahue
Nicholas Fernandez
Jada Garcia
Caleb Gray
Gabby Hutchins
Eva Jimenez
Jordyn Knight
Aylin Leon
William Marsala
Ardan Mathurin
Marissa Morton
Penny Nerius
Lauren Opperman
Mariela Perez Martinez
Reese Reynolds
Javielise Sepulveda Albino
Lila Smith
Ava Spirides
Jasmine Swammy
Alan Tran
Makayla Wertman
Austin Wu

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The Wildcat Band @ Florida Bandmasters Association

This past weekend, our amazing TEWMS band students represent Weightman at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 5 Solo and Ensemble Festival.


TEWMS walked away with 23 Superior rated ensembles out of 25 entries.

  • Elijah Cuevas
  • Owen Monks
  • Lucas Ayende
  • Lexi Layton
  • Reeve Spitzer
  • Alexander Fones
  • Kayleigh Leon
  • Jeihlon Lewis
  • Logan Perez
  • Samuel Patino
  • Christopher Simpson
  • Reagan Spitzer
  • Bailee Pfost
  • Aubrey McGlon
  • Arikson Drullard
  • Leah Batjer
  • Jonathan Alers
  • Santiago Carrillo-Chabolla
  • Chase Yoder
  • McKenzie Rolle
  • Jeffery Berman
  • Amari Stevens
  • Daniel Leyton
  • Arona Tevaga
  • Abby Cook Franco
  • Lillian Capron
  • Joshuua Henry

School Safety @ TEWMS

There are a few things regarding school safety that I want to share:

  • All classroom doors are designed to automatically lock when closed.
  • Alert Campus: This status comes as a result of being informed by Pasco County Sheriffs office of activity going in the school general area, not necessary on our campus. This may be done more frequently @ TEWMS due to our campus layout.
  • Communication: Calls/emails/remind messages that will go out to families when a campus status has changed as a way to inform families.

Spring 2022 State Assessments

Monday, May 2nd kicks off our state assessment testing window. Please review the following schedule for when your student will test. Morning test sessions will begin promptly at 8:30 A.M. All small group test sessions will take place in the morning, due to our testing schedule the small groups test schedule may not match up to the grade level.


  • 5/2: Monday- Reading Session 1 for 6th graders, 7th graders and 8th graders on Cheetahs & Bengals
  • 5/3: Tuesday- Reading Session 2 for 6th graders, 7th graders and Reading Session 1 for 8th graders on Siberian Tigers & Leopards
  • 5/4: Wednesday- Reading Session 2 for 8th graders
  • 5/5: Thursday- Math session 1 for 6th and 7th graders
  • 5/6: Friday- Math session 2 & 3 for 6th and 7th graders
  • 5/9: Monday- Math Session 1 for 8th graders
  • 5/10: Tuesday- Math Session 2 & 3 for 8th graders
  • 5/11: Wednesday- Science FCAT for 8th graders
  • 5/16: Monday- Civics EOC
  • 5/18: Wednesday- Algebra & Geometry EOC Session 1
  • 5/19: Wednesday- Algebra & Geometry EOC Session 2


If you have any questions about your students group, please email your student’s ELA or Math teacher.


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.


For 6th Graders

If you or your student would like to review the materials, paper-based practice tests and answer keys are available at http://www.FSAssessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/paper-based-practice-test-materials/. For more information about the Florida Statewide Assessments program, please visit the portal at www.FSAssessments.org.


For 7th and 8th Graders

If you or your student would like to review the computer-based practice test at home, the practice tests and answer keys are available at http://www.FSAssessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/. For more information about the Florida Statewide Assessments program, please visit the portal at www.FSAssessments.org.

Center for Gifted Studies @ TEWMS:

Gifted Program orientation and EP meetings for incoming 6th grade gifted students and parents. This event will occur on May 12th in room 2022 from 6:30-8:00pm.

All families have been sent emails inviting them and will get confirmation emails this week with drafts of the EP. Questions can be email to Mrs. Meyer (smeyer@pasco.k12.fl.us) and Ms. Abercrombie (fabercro@pasco.k12.fl.us).

Pasco County Schools District Finals @ TEWMS

District Finals account for 10% of as student’s yearlong or semester grade. Attendance is imperative! Please read the attached PDFs for more information on District Finals. Below is our schedule:


Friday, May 13

  • 6th Grade Science
  • 6th Grade Social Studies (US History)
  • 6th Grade Small Groups

Tuesday, May 17

  • PE
  • Art
  • Band/Guitar
  • Intro to Arts A/V
  • Computer Application Business 1 and 2
  • Theater – (2nd period only)
  • 8th Grade Social Studies (World History)

Wednesday, May 18: 8th Grade Small Group

Thursday, May 19: 7th Grade Small Group

Friday, May 20

  • 7th Grade Science
  • Orientation to Agriscience/Career Clusters
  • Exploratory Spanish
  • Health
  • Research

Monday, May 23

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Agriscience Foundations

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Band Banquet

After two years, we are excited to share that the Band Banquet is officially back! This year, our Band Banquet will be on May 13th starting at 6pm in the TEWMS gym. The theme this is year is Mardi Gras with a jazz swing. Every band student will get recognized, awards will be given, superlatives, and tons of door prizes!! Tickets are currently on sale now through Student QuickPay (https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/). The price is $15.00 tickets include dinner/dessert and a chance to win an awesome door prize!!

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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. ALL guests (parents/family/siblings) who attend the promotion ceremony MUST have a ticket. Please know that 8th grade students will not need a ticket to attend. Students who are failing or are short in credits of more than semester of their core classes will not be allowed to participate in this event. An eligibility check and final decision will be made by Friday, May 20th.


Reserve your two tickets here: https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=45857.

Reserve tickets online by: 4pm on Wednesday, May 18.


Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Location: Wesley Chapel HS Performing Arts Center
Tickets: 2 per student

Times: by team
Team Siberian Tigers: 9:00-10:30am
Team Bengals: 9:00-10:30am


Team Cheetahs: 11:00-12:30pm

Team Leopards: 11:00-12:30pm

Team Panthers: 11:00-12:30pm


Rehearsal, Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (9-11am) @ WCHSPAC
ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE GOING TO WALK IN THE PROMOTION CEREMONY ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE REHEARSAL.

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Extended School Year (ESY)

Our district’s Extended School Year (ESY) program offers opportunities to remediate skills, satisfy promotion requirements to high school, to recover middle school core courses, and/or close gaps for “on track” status in the Early Warning System (EWS).


For ESY 2022, the program offers course recovery for students who have taken a mathematics, language arts, science or social studies course previously, but earned an F. Eighth grade students will receive priority placement to ensure that we maximize promotion opportunities. Seats will be filled by 7th and 6th-grade students when we have availability. The program will run from 9:45 am – 1:15 pm on the following dates: June 6-9, June 13-16, June 20-23, June 27-30, July 5-8.


Transportation will be provided for students who are bus riders during the school year. Students will receive bus information prior to the start of ESY.


Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) provides free meals during the summer to qualifying schools through the USDA Summer Food Service Program as required by the Willie Ann Glenn Act. Students attending ESY will have breakfast upon arrival, at 9:45AM, students will select a grab & go breakfast from the cafeteria and take it to their classroom for consumption. In addition, lunch will also be provided in the cafeteria 12:55PM-1:15PM.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding ESY, please email Assistant Principal Mrs. Mira.

Summer Student Registration

New student registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be done virtually, via email. You can find the registration packet located on our schools' website - https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us on the right hand side under the registration tab. Any questions can be directed to our Registrar Mrs. Lucy Ayende (layende@pasco.k12.fl.us). Once a family has completed the registration process, Mrs. Ayende will .........


assign a school counselor, whom will sent up a zoom meeting with the family to review academic history and select courses for the 2022-2023 school year.

GoPasco Summer Haul Pass

Hello! We at Pasco County Public Transportation are promoting our discounted “Summer Haul Pass” for all Pasco County students. The “Summer Haul Pass” is only $20 and includes unlimited bus transportation in Pasco. The pass is valid for three months. Its runs from June 1st through August 31st. The passes are available for purchase at the any Pasco County Library or at the Clerks Office in Dade City or New Port Richey. They are also available at our office at 8620 Galen Wilson Blvd. in Port Richey. If any student requires individual travel training to learn how to use the Pasco County Public Transportation Transit System I will facilitate their training at no charge and will actually ride the bus with them. This pass and service is available to students eight years old and above. If anyone requires any more information please contact Phillip A. Klimpel, pklimpel@gopasco.com or 727- 834-3200.

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TEWMS documents

Upcoming Events:

May 2: Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) begins

May 2: Cheer Try-outs

May 2: DE Brook Drop-off in Media, 3:45-6:30pm

May 3: Extended School Day, 2:30-4:30pm

May 4: Cheer Try-outs

May 4: DE Brook Drop-off in Media, 3:45-6:30pm

May 4: TOOLS in Media, 5-6:15pm
May 5: Extended School Day, 2:30-4:30pm

May 9: DE Brook Pick-up in Media, 3:45-6:30pm

May 10: FFA Meeting @ 2:45-3:30 in Rm 725

May 10: Extended School Day, 2:30-4:30pm

May 11: TOOLS in Media, 5-6:15pm

May 11: DE Brook Pick-up in Media, 3:45-6:30pm

May 12: Extended School Day, 2:30-4:30pm

May 12: 6th grade Gifted Parent Info Night

May 13: Band Banquet in Gym at 6pm

May 14: 8th grade Dance in Gym at 6pm

May 16: FFA Meeting @ 2:45-3:30 in Rm 725

May 17: FFA Meeting @ 2:45-3:30 in Rm 725

May 17: Extended School Day, 2:30-4:30pm

May17: Athletic Banquet @ 6:30pm in TEWMS Cafeteria

May 18:TOOLS in Media, 5-6:15pm

May 19: Extended School Day, 2:30-4:30pm

May 20: GradVenture Trip @ 2pm

May 19: FFA Banquet in Cafeteria @7pm

May 24: Rehearsal for Promotion Ceremony @ 9am

May 24: 8th grade yearbook signing party in Cafeteria @1:45pm

May 25: 8th grade Promotion Ceremony @ WCHSPAC

May 25: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

May 25: TOOLS in Media, 5-6:15pm

May 31- June 6: Theatre Camp, 9-3pm

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