Ninja Middle School News

February 1, 2023

From the desk of Mrs. Senior and Mrs. Mitchell.

Hello Middle School Families,

We hope that everyone has gotten off to a great start in semester 2. This week marks the end of our second semester grace period and all students should be at least 20% complete in their coursework. Our team is busy monitoring student progress and will be making calls to ensure students have scheduled DBA's and are on track. Don't let your student be a DBA dodger! Be sure to check in on your parent account (or in your student's account) to partner with our team in monitoring progress.

We have enjoyed seeing many new and seasoned middle school ninjas during our recent Ninja Cafe. Several students jumped into a session with one of our favorite eSchool volunteers, Mr. Al for a cooking lesson. There may have been a little history lesson and math hidden in the session and everyone enjoyed a sweet treat at the end. We love cooking with Mr. Al!

The next Ninja Cafe is scheduled for February 15th. Teachers will be posting a sign-up for this event on their announcement pages. We hope that everyone will be able to join in the fun that day!

Students can RSVP early by clicking on the link below.


All students will be rostered into a Youth Mental Health Course for the second semester. This course is state mandated. We are in the process of updating the course for students. If your student is in 7th or 8th grade, the course will look very similar to what they completed last year. We will provide more information in the coming weeks.

Mr. Vidal, Ms. Ferraro, and Mr. Englander have started working with students for the Extended School Day (ESD) program. This program is designed to support student learning and help students stay on pace with weekly virtual sessions. If your student is invited to participate in ESD, please make sure that they log in during the scheduled times to receive this important academic support.

Important Dates

February 15 - Middle School Ninja Cafe @ Crews Lake Middle School 9:00 - 12:00

February 23 - National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony 6:00 P.M. (Virtual)

February 24 - NJHS Member Meeting 10:30

Administrative Support

Rebecca Jarke - School Principal - Supporting K-12

Rachel Fowler - Assistant Principal - Middle/High School

Erin Senior - Assistant Principal - Elementary/Middle School

Marie Mitchell - Assistant Principal - Elementary/Middle School

Cooking With Mr. Al

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Meet our New Principal, Rebecca Jarke

We are very pleased to announce that Mrs. Jarke, our new Pasco eSchool principal, has begun her journey with us this month. Our school staff welcomed her to the team during our December 1st faculty meeting. Mrs. Jarke is excited to meet our eSchool ninjas and families during the upcoming school events!
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February Birthdays

Andriotis, Panayiota

Ayo, Jazmin

Betancourt, Lexanni

Bratz, Ivianna

Britton, Avery

Duarte, Jazmine

Evans, Faith

Grimmett Jr, Jeremy

Hallauer, Sarah

Holstein III, Ronald

Kremer, Emily

Lewis, SKY

Novak, Dakota

Serrano Baez, Abimael

Silva, Carlos

Sirmons, Charya

Struble, Ayvrie

Tran, Jada

Turner, Ella

Walmsley, Keandre

Camp Reach Out

This camp is grief focused and free for all students in Hernando, Citrus, Pinellas, and Pasco counties that have experienced loss. Students are invited to attend March 3 - 5, 2023. Please check out the flyer below to learn more.

Florida Required Instruction

The State Board of Education works with Florida school districts to develop and monitor plans to provide required instruction through section 1003.42 (2)(n), Florida Statutes. More information about the topics included, as well as Pasco County Schools' plan for implementation, please visit our district's website. A table listing topics, as well as grade levels required to have each topic presented, is attached below.

These topics are embedded into some subjects and courses, and others will be presented through homeroom announcements, special activities, and standalone modules.

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

In Pasco eSchool's secondary program attendance in class is demonstrated by submitting work within a 7-day period. Attendance is entered into our student tracking system, myStudent, every Thursday and parents will receive an automated call if a student has not completed at least one assignment in each class.

The goal of these calls is to share this information with parents so they can help students get back on track.

For students who have longer periods of time without work submissions, parents can expect our team to reach out through phone calls and emails, schedule parent conferences, require students to attend virtual extended school day, require students to work on our school's campus, and other attendance interventions.

Our goal is to work with families to ensure that all students are successful learners.

Below is a link to the excused absence form for students who may need an absence excused.

Absence Form Grades 6-12

Pasco eSchool

Expanding access for all Pasco County students to rigorous, relevant curriculum that incorporates skills and knowledge students need to succeed in the 21st Century.

The District School Board of Pasco County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, or age in its programs, services, and educational activities or in its hiring and employment practices. To report violations of this policy, contact: District School Board of Pasco County Equity Manager/Title IX Coordinator: Office for Employee Relations, (813) 794-2322,