Community Wildcat Weekly

23-24 Students & Parents Vol. 2 Edition 7


Monday 9/11

2:50pm - 5:00pm Football Practice (FB Field)

2:50pm - 4:30pm Cheer Practice (Gym Lobby)

2:55pm - 5:00pm Drumline Rehearsal (Rm 310)

6:00pm - 9:00pm Volleyball @ PMS (PMS)

Tuesday, 9/12

2:50pm - 5:00pm Volleyball Practice (Gym)

3:00pm - 4:00pm 1 Act Rehearsal (Rm 533)

3:00pm - 4:30pm Opportunity Hall

6:30pm - 9:00pm Football vs PMS (WCHS)

Wednesday, 9/13

2:50pm - 5:00pm Volleyball Practice (Gym)

2:50pm - 4:30pm Cheer Practice (Gym Lobby)

2:50pm - 5:00pm Football Practice (FB Field)

2:55pm - 5:00pm Band Practice (Jazz/Pass-Offs/Intermediate - Band Rm)

3:00pm - 4:00pm 1 Act Rehearsal (Rm 533)

5:00pm - 6:15pm TOOLS (Media)

Thursday, 9/14

Fundraiser Launch

2:50pm - 5:00pm Football Practice (FB Field)

3:00pm - 4:00pm 1 Act Rehearsal (Rm 533)

6:00pm Volleyball vs RBSMS (TWEMS)

Friday, 9/15

2:50pm - 5:00pm Football Practice (FB Field)

2:50pm - 5:00pm Volleyball Practice (Gym)

Saturday, 9/16

8:00am - 4:00pm FFA President Conference (Orlando)

Fundraiser - Save the Date, the Awesomeness is coming! (Updated Date)

We are excited to offer a way to give back to Thomas E Weightman Middle School! On 9/14/2023 we will be kicking off an event to help raise funds that will benefit all of our students and staff, focusing on classroom furniture. Our Next Level program will help with funding resources to support students, teachers, and our community.

It is going to be AWESOME; we are excited to get started!

A few things to note:

  • This program will be extremely easy for you. It only requires about 10 minutes of your time.
  • Your students can earn great rewards, just for their effort. No money required!
  • This is an online, donation-based fundraiser, and the email and text message donation requests can go to people you know anywhere in the world. That means no direct pressure on your shoulders.

Students will be bringing home more information next week after our Launch Party presentation. Please help your student register and complete the Golden Ticket assignment that very night! All students who complete the Golden Ticket assignment will receive fun PRIZES and it does not require any money to register. We will also have awesome drawings for a $250 Amazon Gift Card and Mini-Party Fridges stuffed with CASH!

I will be sending more information throughout the two-week program. Please contact me, Donna Gricoski by clicking HERE if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Open House Message from Superintendent Browning

Below is a link to the open house video from Superintendent Browning, welcoming parents and students for the 23-24 school year. Although Open House has already taken place for TEWMS, Superintendent Browning would still like his message to be shared by all schools.

Opportunity Hall

Opportunity Hall, is an afterschool academic program that meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 603. Opportunity Hall offers student support in organization and study skills, assistance with school work students may be struggling with, time to complete missing/make-up assignments, or just a quiet place to study. Opportunity Hall will run on Tuesdays from 9/12/23 through 5/7/23. During Opportunity Hall, we will have teacher volunteers and some student peer tutors to provide as much individualized assistance as possible. If you and your child are interested in this support, please fill out the attached student agreement and permission form and return it to Mrs. Ware as soon as possible.

Click HERE to register.

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TEWMS Sunshine Committee Needs Your Support

Our Sunshine Committee invites you to support our teachers! We are a group of Thomas E. Weightman Middle School teachers who believe that teacher appreciation should be year-round. Teachers are the heart of the school and need the occasional treat or activity to boost their morale!

We organize a fall treat and activity, and other small treats and activities throughout the year. Our biggest task is to give the teachers a great Holiday party in December! We love to give gifts, games, and treats during this event.

If you are so inclined to donate supplies, a treat, a discount or an activity to the teachers of TEWMS, please contact Mary Beth Foti at

Shine On, Wildcats Community!

Attendance Awareness Month

With September being Attendance Awareness Month, Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools, wants to talk to students about the importance of having good attendance. #ShowUpWalkProud #SchoolEveryDay

Click HERE to view Superintendent Browning's message.

ROAR-OUT - Staff of the Week

Our staff of the week Roar-Outs are how we recognize our staff for exemplifying our ROAR mission - Respectful, Open-minded, Achievers, Rising Together. We submit Roar-Outs internally as a staff, but like to extend the opportunity to our families and students. Whenever you would like to recognize a staff member for going above and beyond, just click the button below and submit a Roar-Out.

We have an internal recognition system that is put out to our staff each week for Student of the Week Roar-Outs! When your child is recognized, we will announce their name on the intercom on Monday morning and take their picture in the courtyard! All submissions from the week prior will be published in the Wildcat Weekly (staff & student) each Friday.

Yearbooks are on Sale Now!

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School Pictures

The fall picture day is currently scheduled for 9/29/23 and the make up picture day is scheduled for 11/3/23. Students are scheduled to have their pictures taken on picture day through their Social Studies classes this year.

Heiken - No Cost Eye Exams for Children

Heiken will be coming to WCES on 10/18/23. Students from TEWMS and WCHS are encouraged to also use this service. They will perform student's complete eye exams (including dilation), and if found in need, will fit glasses right then. The whole service is at no cost for families that qualify. Apply online at to determine eligibility.

See the flyer below for more information.

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All Things Athletics!

ALL FHSAA/PASCO ATHLETIC FORMS MUST BE UPLOADED TO: before your student is allowed to participate in tryouts or off-season conditioning. Please reach out to your school's Athletic Director if you have issues uploading forms.

Parents & Students: Athletic Clearance instructions and FAQs

MIDDLE SCHOOL Athletic Participation Forms:

See below flyers for cheer, football, and volleyball tryout information.

School Policies

SCHOOL POLICIES - Outlined below are our policies for Wireless Communication Devices (Cell Phones), Dress Code, and Tardies. Please make sure you/your child have read our policies and procedures as these are our expectations and consequences that will be enforced.

TARDIES- Students will log in for tardies via our Kiosk. Once students log in, the tardy will automatically show in mystudent under attendance. The first tardy will enter in as warning to students. Consecutive tardies will result in a discipline event with a consequence. After a students’ 4th tardy, a referral will automatically be generated and processed. A printout with the consequence will be handed to the student. It is the student's responsibility to complete the consequence within the required timeframe or another referral will be written. It is the parents' responsibility to check myStudent to view their student's tardies and referrals for tardiness.

DRESS CODE - The Pasco County Schools Dress Code has had numerous updates. Please read the attached dress code so you are fully aware of all of the changes. If a student violates dress code, they will be expected to change into appropriate clothes before returning to class. Consecutive dress code infractions will result in a discipline event with a consequence. After a students’ 3rd infraction, a referral will be processed. It is the student's responsibility to complete the consequence within the required timeframe or another referral will be written.

Wireless Communication Devices (Cell Phones)- Students in grades 6 thorough 8 who bring WCDs to school must ensure that they remain on silent mode and completely out of view for the entire school day except for the student’s lunch period or as expressly authorized by the classroom teacher for a specific instructional activity. Classroom teachers may also provide, and student may utilize, a cell phone storage area in their classroom. Students who violate the Wireless Communication Devices policy will turn their device into their grade level admin until the end of the day. After the 1st offense, a referral will be processed and the student will check in their device with their grade level admin.

Note: Students are permitted to use their cell phone to contact parents about late buses or while waiting for their bus to arrive.

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