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#YouCantStopExcellence - Volume 2.5 - September 12, 2021

A Message from the Principal

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.


Unfortunately, I need to address multiple issues that have occurred this week on and off campus.


Parents, I am asking that you have a conversation with your child about vandalizing and stealing Pasco School Board Property. We have had student destroying bathrooms by pouring red Kool-aid in the toilets, ripping soap machines off of the walls, and trashing the bathrooms. Doing this is a crime and those who are found committing such acts will be disciplined and arrested.


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.


I am also asking that you have a conversation with your child about the dangers of posting inappropriate pictures online, especially when they are sent via cell phone text or chat messages and when they are of another individual. Doing this is a crime. Unfortunately, this is something that we have had to address this year on multiple occasions and we need your help.


Finally, we also need your help in reminding students that they need to behave and act appropriately in the community. Local businesses have contacted us that students are vandalizing property and loitering. Again, this is not something that I am sure that as parents you would allow your child to do, especially if it meant that there could be legal trouble coming from it. We need to be good citizens and support each other.


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 9/12

Read the highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call for the Week of September 12th here!

A Week in Review: September 13th to September 17th

Click here to look at all of our JWMHS Calendars!

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


Monday, 9/13

3PM WRS Club Conditioning @ Wrestling Room

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

4PM JWMHS Band PDQ Spirit Night

5PM Volleyball Practice @ Gym


Tuesday, 9/14

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

4PM Band Rehearsal

5PM Class of 2023 Spirit Night at Chipotle

6PM JV/V Volleyball vs. ZHS @ Gymnasium


Wednesday, 9/15

3PM WRS Club Conditioning @ Wrestling Room

315PM CHEER Practice @ Cafeteria

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

430PM Class of 2023 Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza

6PM BGSWM @ Fivay


Thursday, 9/16

3PM GGLF vs AHS

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

4PM Band Rehearsal

6PM JV/V Volleyball vs. SLHS at Gymnasium

7PM JV FTB @ WCHS


Friday, 9/17

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Volleyball Practice at Gymnasium

7PM VFTBL @ Leto


Saturday, 9/18

Enjoy your weekend!

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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.

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.

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.

Class of 2025 - FRESHMEN

Assistant Principal: TBA (email Ms. Schultz in the interim)

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.


If a student is taking an AP class online through eSchool/FLVS, please make sure that you stop by and see Ms. Chamberlin for the AP Exam Only code so an exam can be ordered for you. Students taking a class online will also have a separate code for their AP Classroom only and then the code to order the exam to take at JWMHS.

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.