Around the RANCH

#YouCantStopExcellence - Volume 2.8 - October 2 , 2021

A Message from the Principal

It is Homecoming Week! Hooray!


But we want you to keep working hard, Mustangs! The first quarter of the school year is almost over and I challenge you to finish #MustangSTRONG.


Our Early Release Day will be Wednesday, October 6th and this will also be our Underclassmen Make Up Picture Day.


Congratulations to Mustang Volleyball who is undefeated this season, as well as Girls Mustang Golf who is 6-1! Way to go Girls Mustang Cross Country who placed 4th out of 35 teams and Boys Mustang Cross Country who placed 10th out of 30 teams at the Hoka Florida Invitational!


Our Homecoming Week will be October 4th to October 8th and our theme is Party in the USA. Our game will be held on Friday, October 8th and our dance will be held on Saturday, October 9th from 6PM to 10PM. Please review our website as it has all of the information that you could want to know about Homecoming 2021, including bell schedules, daily activities, and game and dance information. (https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/homecoming-2021-party-in-the-usa/)!


JWMHS Student Behavior Agreements are online on our website, as well as guest request forms. Guest request forms are due on Friday, October 8th at 12PM. These are for NON-JWMHS students. Do not miss the deadline! If you are bringing a non-JWMHS guest, please know that you will not be able to purchase the guest dance only wristband unless you have received an approval code. I am giving these to students who have submitted guest request forms beginning tomorrow in RANCH.


Wristband sales have begun and will only be sold where your purchase your yearbooks and pay for other fees via Rycor (https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/). You can purchase either an all-inclusive wristband for $40 or individual event tickets for daily activities for $3 each and a dance wristband for $35 each. When you pick up your all-inclusive wristband or dance only wristband, you will need to submit your JWMHS Student Behavior Agreement. You can pick up your wristband with Mrs. Van de Boe in the front office. If you are purchasing individual daily activity tickets, they can be purchased at the front office or during lunches. See our website for more information!


Parents/Guardian will need to make sure that they have completed the Dance Expectations Meeting for Parents/Guardians. I am currently going through my emails regarding concerns or issues with Dance Numbers and am continuing to answer them throughout the evening. Thank you for your patience. Of note, we have been passing out dance numbers to students via RANCH each day. Please make sure that you have your child ask his/her RANCH teacher if they have received any updated sheets. Also, please check Rycor (https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/) and see if the wristband option populates to let your purchase the wristband. We have been updating Rycor frequently and you may be able to purchase it as a result of this update.


If you are concerned about your dress or outfit, please make sure that you email Ms. Schultz (jschultz@pasco.k12.fl.us) so that she can review the outfit and give approval.


If you have an eSchool placeholder, on campus or off campus, please sign up for your classes as soon as possible. Directions can be found on our website. All students must have SIX (6) classes in order to be considered a full-time student.


Freshmen! Please make sure that you order your FREE MustangU Class of 2025 t-shirt by visiting our Spirit Store: https://accounthub.imagedepotexpress.com/jwm_freshman_u_tees/shop/home! Enter your code: jwfresh21 to get your shirt and it will be delivered directly to the school.


Please make sure that you can pass the Covid-19 screener (Student Covid-19 Screener) each morning that is found on our website. If you cannot, please stay home. If you are positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to someone who is positive for Covid-19, please stay home and contact your administrator so that we can help you with your school work.


Please read our JWMHS Electronic Newsletter, Around the RANCH. You can find it here: https://www.smore.com/qf3tu and we will be putting a lot of information in this newsletter that can assist you throughout the year.


The best way to be successful at JWMHS is to listen to the things we say and read the information that we put out. We communicate in a variety of ways and ask that you make sure that you are paying attention and following us on social media.


We want to remind you that you need to respect each other and just be nice. Calling each other names, posting negative things online, and acting inappropriately towards each other is uncalled for and unnecessary. Again, just be nice. And if you can’t find something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.


Parents, allegedly the next TikTok Challenge is a Slap a Staff Member in the Backside Month. I highly recommend that students not participate in this as this is considered battery and a felony. Please speak with your child about behaving appropriately.


You can expect weekly newsletters to keep you up to date as to what is happening at JWMHS around the ranch, as well as a weekly School Messenger call on Sunday night around 6:30PM. A good way of staying up to date on school information is to visit our website at https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/ and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (both @JWMHS), as well as like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jwmitchellhighschool! From there you can find several sources of information that will keep you informed of all the happenings at JW Mitchell High School.


We will strive to provide the best education possible for your child. If at any time during the school year you feel the need to contact me, please email me at jschultz@pasco.k12.fl.us or call (727) 774-9202.


We hope that you have a great week! Go Mustangs!

Highlights from the Weekly Call for the Week of 10/3

Read the highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call for the Week of October 3rd here!

2021 Homecoming - Party in the USA

https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/homecoming-2021-party-in-the-usa/


ACTIVITIES & DRESS UP DAYS


Each morning we will meet in the courtyard at 8:15AM for a group picture.

Tickets for in – school activities can be purchased during lunches and in the main office for $3 each.


All-inclusive wristbands (which include all activities and the dance will be sold for $40 each on Rycor. See below under the Dance ticket sales section for more information.


Bell Schedule for Homecoming Week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

RANCH/Parades: 8:29AM - 8:49AM

Parades 8:29AM - 8:39AM / RANCH 8:44AM - 8:49AM (counts and attendance)

Period 1: 8:54AM - 9:39AM

Period 2: 9:44AM - 10:24AM

Period 3: 10:29AM - 11:09AM *Go directly to lunch

Period 4: 11:14AM - 11:54AM *Go directly to lunch

Period 5: 11:59AM - 12:39PM *Go directly to lunch

Period 6: 12:44PM - 1:22PM

Period 7: 1:27PM - 2:05PM

Activity: 2:06PM - 2:56PM * will release via intercom


Bell Schedule for Homecoming Week Early Release Day – Wednesday

RANCH/Parades: 8:29AM - 8:49AM

Parades 8:29AM - 8:39AM / RANCH 8:44AM - 8:49AM (counts and attendance)

Period 1: 8:54AM - 9:24AM

Period 2: 9:29AM - 9:59AM

Period 3: 10:04AM - 10:34AM*Go directly to lunch

Period 4: 10:39AM - 11:09AM*Go directly to lunch

Period 5: 11:14AM - 11:44AM *Go directly to lunch

Period 6: 11:49AM - 12:19PM

Period 7: 12:24PM - 12:56PM


Monday, October 4th – Now Boarding Monday (Dress up in your Pajamas )

Activity: Four Square (attend if ticket was purchased) $3


Tuesday, October 5th – Aloha Mustang Tuesday (Dress up in your Tropical wear )

Activity: Rock-Paper-Scissors (attend if ticket was purchased) $3


Wednesday, October 6th – Walk of Fame Wednesday (Dress up in your class decade)

Early Release Day


Thursday, October 7th – Texas Rodeo Thursday (Dress up in your best Western Wear)

Activity: Rodeo Games (attend if a ticket was purchased)


Friday, October 8th – R’ We “Home”coming Yet? Friday (Black and Gold)

Activity: Homecoming Pep Rally


Homecoming Game: vs. Hudson at 7:30PM with the King and Queen crowned before the game.


Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 9th at 6PM at the JWMHS Gymnasium


DANCE EXPECTATIONS & PERMISSION SLIPS

In order to attend the dance, each student must complete the following and meet the Dance Meeting Expectations.


Dance Expectations Parent Meeting – This meeting is an expectation that must be completed and/or attended by a student’s parent/guardian. Please email Ms. Schultz (jschultz@pasco.k12.fl.us) if your parent/guardian needs to complete the virtual webinar. Please include the student name and student ID number. If your parent/guardian has completed a course for an older sibling, the course does not need to be taken again. Please email Ms. Schultz (jschultz@pasco.k12.fl.us) with the student name, student number, and older sibling’s name.

Dress Code – Students need to make sure that they are in dress code for this event. If there is a concern about an outfit or dress, please email Ms. Schultz (jschultz@pasco.k12.fl.us) with a picture of the outfit or dress and she can let you know the decision. Please see our website here:


JWMHS Student Expectations Agreement – This form needs to be completed if you are a JWMHS Student. Students must have a student signature, parent signature, and dance number in order for this to be filled out correctly. You will need to submit this form when you pick up your dance ticket/wristband.

Download the JWMHS Student Expectations Agreement here.


Guest Request Form – This form needs to be completed if you are a non-JWMHS student. Students must have a student signature, parent signature, and copy of a PHOTO ID in order for this to be filled out correctly. Middle school students and people 21 or older on the day of the dance cannot attend. You will need to submit this form by Friday, October 8th at 12PM to Ms. Schultz.



Download the Non-JWMHS Guest Request Form here.



WRISTBAND SALES


ALL-INCLUSIVE Ticket SalesAll-inclusive ticket sales are available via Rycor. They are $40 each until 2PM on Monday, October 4th. After that, individual tickets can be bought for the activities and the dance.

Dance ONLY Ticket SalesDance ONLY ticket sales are available via Rycor. Dance ONLY tickets are $35 each until 3PM on Friday, October 8th. We will sell tickets to JWMHS student ONLY at the door on the night of Homecoming for $40 each.

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A Week in Review: October 4th to October 9th

Click here to look at all of our JWMHS Calendars!

https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/school-calendars/


Monday, 10/4

3PM BGLF vs GHS and Alonso HS

3PM GGLF vs Alonso HS

3PM Common Application Help for Seniors at Media Center

3PM WRS Club Conditioning @ Wrestling Room

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

5PM Volleyball Practice @ Gym


Tuesday, 10/5

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

4PM Band Rehearsal

5PM Volleyball Practice @ Gym


Wednesday, 10/6

3PM WRS Club Conditioning @ Wrestling Room

315PM CHEER Practice @ Cafeteria

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

6PM JV/V VLB vs. AHS @ Gymnasium

6PM BGSWM @ SLHS


Thursday, 10/7

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

4PM Band Rehearsal

6PM JV/V Volleyball vs. NCHS at Gymnasium

7PM JV FTB @ HHS


Friday, 10/8

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Volleyball Practice at Gymnasium

7PM VFTBL vs. Hudson HS - Homecomingt


Saturday, 10/9

6PM to 10PM Homecoming Dance @ Gymnasium

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Click here to review our SECURITY PROCEDURES!

This procedures will be in effect at all games and events held on campus. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Click here to review our 2021-2022 Bell Schedule

These are the Bell Schedules that we will use for the 2021-2022. It also includes the Early Release Days.

Student Attendance Guidelines

School attendance and active participation in class are extremely important to learning and success and making good grades. Each teacher shall establish a set policy for make-up work and a grading system and shall submit a written description of his/her grading system to the principal and students at the beginning of the course.


Procedures for Checking In or Out of School
Students need to arrive on time and stay through dismissal so they will receive important directions, class instruction and avoid disrupting other students. Parents can set a good example by encouraging students to follow the school’s time schedule. (Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)
Students who come to campus late or need to leave campus early MUST provide parental permission.

Procedure for checking IN to school

  • Students should report to Student Services upon arriving at school.
  • Students should provide documentation for excuse of tardiness. Determination of the type of absence will be done by the Attendance Secretary.
  • An excused/unexcused tardy pass will be issued by Student Services.
  • Student should give pass to teacher when they get to the classroom.


Procedures for checking OUT of school

  • No students will be dismissed after 2:15pm.
  • Students are checked out at Student Services. ID must be shown when checking out a student.
  • Students who drive themselves MUST provide parental permission in the form of a note with a contact phone number to the Attendance Secretary no later than 11:00AM.
  • A check out pass will be issued by the Attendance Secretary with the time and date of early release.
  • Students should present this pass to their teachers at the time of release.


Rules of School Attendance

It is the belief of the District School Board of Pasco County that academic success requires continuity of instruction and active classroom participation. Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled in the schools during the days and hours that the school is in session. School attendance shall be the responsibility of parents and students.(Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)

The following are acceptable reasons for a student’s absences from class:

  • Illness of student
  • Major illness in the immediate family of the student (immediate family is determined as parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, legal guardians or persons “in loco parentis,” or a member of one’s own household.)
  • Death in the immediate family of the student.
  • Religious holiday of the student’s faith (including Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Epiphany, etc.)
  • Religious instruction (including Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, etc.)
  • Religious institutes, conferences, or workshops, provided that the principal or designee approves the absence in advance.
  • Absences for trips or other parental requests. Requests must be approved at least one (1) week in advance.
  • In-school or out-of-school suspension.
  • Subpoena or forced absence by any law enforcement agency. A copy of the subpoena or court summons must be submitted to the school.
  • Issues and occasions specific to military families.


For purposes of attendance, school related activities and testing will not be counted as absences from school.


To Report an Absence

All students who are absent will be marked “unexcused” (U) until the parent/guardian notifies the school in writing or through the website and justifies the absence with one of the acceptable reasons as defined in Section 2. Parents should notify the school of a student’s absence and the reason for the absence with the appropriate note within three (3) school days of a student’s return to school. The form to report an excused absence can be found at http://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=12087. Types of appropriate notes include parent notes, doctor notes or court paperwork.


Make-up Work

Students may make up any and all assignments, tests or related work assigned on the day(s) of any excused or unexcused absence at full credit. The student is responsible for asking the teacher(s) for make-up tests, assignments and related work. Students will be given a minimum of two (2) calendar days per day or period of absence to make up all tests, assignments and related work. Students may be given additional time as stipulated on their IEP or based on teacher discretion. Work due to be turned in on the day of the absence will be turned in upon return and be given full credit. Students who have been assigned out-of-school suspension (OSS) may make up all tests, assignments and related work for full credit. (Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)


Unexcused Absences, School Related Activities and Parking

At the secondary level, attendance is marked per period. If a student has five unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, in any one course within a calendar month or ten unexcused absences or absences for which the reasons are unknown, in any one course within a semester, the student may lose privileges as follows:
They may be excluded from attendance reward incentives as defined at the school level.
•Lose the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities. These include but are not limited to dances, special events, club activities and athletics, until the end of the following grading quarter. Absences accumulated in the fourth quarter will result in loss of privileges during said grading quarter only and will not carry over to the following year.
•Lose of privilege to drive to campus until the end of the following grading quarter. Absences accumulated in the fourth quarter will result in loss of privileges during said grading quarter only and will not carry over to the following year.

The principal or designee may review extenuating circumstances brought forth by a parent/guardian. The principal’s decision is final.


Attendance & ExtraCurricular Activities/Athletics

Students must be present for the majority of the school day to participate in extracurricular activities unless otherwise approved by school administration. These include but are not limited to dances, special events, club activities and athletics. (Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)


Attendance & Driving to School

Driver License Penalty – Students who accumulate fifteen (15) unexcused absences or absences for which the reasons are unknown, in a period of ninety (90) calendar days may face suspension of their driver license or, for students who are under the age sixteen (16), having their application for licensure denied. Please see section of Florida Driver License Law (F.S. 322.091)

Schedule Change Requests / Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences / Plans for Success

At this time, we have completed schedule changes for Semester 1. Please plan on developing a Plan for Success with your child and his/her child's teacher in order to find success in the class. To set up a Zoom Parent/Teacher/Student Conference, please call (727) 774-9200 and ask to speak with Mrs. Gaynor.


All conferences will be held via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

GRADUATING CLASS INFORMATION

Class of 2022 - SENIORS

Assistant Principal: Mr. Quina

School Counselor: Mrs. Ruconich & Mrs. Harlan

Class Sponsors: Mrs. Daniel and Mr. Alas


Schedule your Senior Graduation photos now so you don't miss out being in the Senior section of the 21-22 Yearbook. Go to giganteproductions.com to schedule your formal yearbook picture. Only pictures from Gigante will be use for the senior section of the yearbook.


Due to overwhelming demand Mrs. Chamberlin will be hosting one more College Application Help sessions for seniors on Monday, September 27th. 3:05 PM to 5:00 PM in the Media Center! Please register for the event so Mrs. Chamberlin knows how many will be in attendance (see the QR Code above)! She will also cover essays, the SSAR, and how to submit your applications!! Remember the CRC is open during lunches as well for questions and support!!


If you are driving on campus, please make sure that you've been approved for a parking space and your parking tag is properly displayed. If someone is parked in your assigned spot, please use the mach form on our website to report it and park along the curb until you are notified by Ms. Cortier.

Class of 2023 - JUNIORS

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Tricozzi

School Counselor: Mr. Crouch & Mrs. Harlan

Class Sponsors: Mrs. Herring & Mrs. Mattos


Keep working hard, Mustangs! Progress Reports were released on Friday, September 10th! Students, if you are not satisfied with your grades, now is the time to speak with your teachers, turn in work, be in all of your classes, and finish the quarter #MustangSTRONG. You still have time to improve your grades before the end of the quarter.


If you are driving on campus, please make sure that you've been approved for a parking space and your parking tag is properly displayed. If someone is parked in your assigned spot, please use the mach form on our website to report it and park along the curb until you are notified by Ms. Cortier.

Class of 2024 - SOPHOMORES

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Cortier

School Counselor: Mrs. Gaidosh & Mrs. Harlan

Class Sponsors: Ms. Hoskins & Ms. Struble


Keep working hard, Mustangs! Progress Reports were released on Friday, September 10th! Students, if you are not satisfied with your grades, now is the time to speak with your teachers, turn in work, be in all of your classes, and finish the quarter #MustangSTRONG. You still have time to improve your grades before the end of the quarter.


We know that many 10th graders are starting to get their driver's licenses. At this time, unfortunately, we don't have any parking spaces for 10th graders. Please fill out the Parking Application to be placed on the waiting list just in case we have spots that become available.

Class of 2025 - FRESHMEN

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Baldwin

School Counselor: Mrs. Lea

Class Sponsors: Mr. Koslin


Keep working hard, Mustangs! Progress Reports were released on Friday, September 10th! Students, if you are not satisfied with your grades, now is the time to speak with your teachers, turn in work, be in all of your classes, and finish the quarter #MustangSTRONG. You still have time to improve your grades before the end of the quarter.

Please make sure that you order your FREE MustangU Class of 2025 t-shirt by visiting our Spirit Store: https://accounthub.imagedepotexpress.com/jwm_freshman_u_tees/shop/home! Enter your code: jwfresh21 to get your shirt and it will be delivered directly to the school.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT & DUAL ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Advanced Placement

By now, all AP students should be enrolled in the AP Classroom for each AP course. This is important as it is how AP exams are ordered for the students to take in May.


If a student is taking an AP class at JWMHS, please see your AP teacher to get the code if you are not already in.


All students who are taking in an AP course online, either through FLVS or Pasco Eschool need to request an AP exam. In order to receive the AP Exam only join code they must complete the following form by November 1st. Here is the link for the form. See the flyer below as well with the QR code https://forms.office.com/r/ZENH1bSkRU. If students have any questions, please encourage them to come talk to Mrs. Chamberlin ASAP!

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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment for the Fall semester has closed. Students in off campus DE classes should have also picked up their textbooks.


Please watch the district Dual Enrollment website (http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/oll/page/dual-enrollment) for updated information or to see what Dual Enrollment offers. There are several DE classes that are also offered online via Pasco eSchool. Registration for the Spring Semester will begin in November.


It is important that DE students join the Remind for their specific situation so they don't miss important DE information. Send a text to 81010 with the appropriate code:

Class of 2022 On Campus DE: @deon2022

Class of 2023 On Campus DE: @deon2023

Class of 2024 On Campus DE: @deon2024

Class of 2025 On Campus DE: @deon2025

All OFF Campus DE Students: @mhsdeoff


Please reach out to Mrs. Cortier or your grade-level counselor if you have any questions.