Howler Hub

Week of October 12, 2020 - Parent and Community Edition!

Welcome to Cypress Creek Middle School's Howler Hub

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Students of the Week


Students of the Week

Cooper Federman

Zerah Jones

Lina Santana

Victoria Rivera-Diaz

Kaitlin Jaris

Johnathan Parrilla

Brianna Regan

Griffin McLeod

Riley Mathey

Megan Holley

Nathaniel Schaeffer

Taylor Inthirath

Christian Bryan

Olivia Gayle

Jalen Medina

Noah Fancois

Dezerrae Brown-White

Hazel Macca

Jayden Duckworth

Juliana Tessier

Antonio Gonzalez

Madeline Feldman

Caden Fortwangler

Constantine Tsourakis

Brianna Serrano

Elijah Fortenberry

Collin Pointer

Gabrielle Rincon

Sophia Jones

Luc Roberge-Pierce

Luis Sanchez

Stefan Hunter

Noah Andre

Casson Corrao

Staff of the Week

CCMS Calendar Weekly

Monday

Hispanic Heritage Month

National School Lunch Week

Happy Monday! School is in session today

3:30 - 5:30 - Cheerleading Practice

3:30 - 5:30 - Football Practice

6:00 - Girl's Volleyball Game @ Cypress Creek v. PVMS


Tuesday

3:30 - 5:30 - Volleyball Practice

6:30 - Football Game CCMS @ TEWMS


Wednesday

3:10 - 4:10 - After School Tutoring

3:30 - 5:30 - Volleyball Practice

3:30 - 5:30 - Football Practice


Thursday

3:10 - 4:10 - Jr. Thespians

3:30 - 5:30 - Cheerleading Practice

3:30 - 5:30 - Football Practice

6:00 - Girl's Volleyball Game @ Centennial


Friday

3:30 - 5:30 - Football Practice

Happy Friday!! Have a fantastic weekend!

Thanksgiving Drive-By Food Drive

We are holding a drive by food drive to help our Coyote families in need for Thanksgiving to be held Saturday, Oct. 10th from 9 am to 11:30 am in our car loop. We are asking you to load your car trunks with donated food items and drive to our campus where our staff will unload your donated items. You can find the specific food items requested in this week’s Howler Hub. We have also created Get Help and Give Help buttons on our webpage to make giving or receiving easier. Making a difference and shining blessings on others makes us one Coyote nation! We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 10th!

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CCMS Blood Donation

Please be a donor during our blood drive. Scheduled visits are appreciated and can be scheduled at the link below. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Donor Link: CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

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Gifted Parent Night

All Pasco County parents of gifted-identified students are invited to join us for a district virtual evening full of informative sessions on social-emotional support, time management strategies and gifted personalities. Flyer for this event is attached and registration information is below. Please contact Kristin Ingold or your Gifted Resource Teacher with any questions.


Event: Gifted Parent Night

Date: 10/14/2020

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Register Here: https://ryu.pasco.k12.fl.us/oll-mform/view.php?id=45029

Important Information - Learning Model Requests

November 13th is the last date to notify CCMS of any learning model change requests for second semester. This will allow ample time to make schedule adjustments prior to winter break.

National Gallup Student Poll

Students in grades 5 - 12 will be invited to participate in the Gallup Student Poll in late September. The Gallup Student Poll provides students with a forum to express the opportunities and challenges in their daily lives. The Gallup Student Poll is designed to aid educators in providing a more focused education -- one that builds engagement creates hope for the future, fosters talent and prepares students to participate meaningfully in our nation's economy by finding or creating a good job.


Gallup administers the poll and then aggregates and analyzes the results. The 24 core survey questions, demographic items, and additional index items will take the average student about 10 minutes to complete. The survey will be accessible through myPascoConnect. There will be a gray Gallup icon that will be pushed out to all students’ dashboards on Monday, September 28, 2020. This year, students will be taking the survey during schools hours from September 28 - October 26.


The 24 core items on the Gallup Student Poll measure and provide actionable data on four dimensions of student success:


  • Engagement: The involvement in and enthusiasm for school. Engaged students are excited about what’s happening at their school and what they’re learning. Engaged students contribute to the learning environment, and they are psychologically committed to their school.


  • Hope: The ideas and energy students have for the future. Hope has also been linked to student success in school. Hopeful students are positive about the future, are goal-oriented and can overcome obstacles in the learning process, enabling them to navigate a pathway to achieve their goals.

  • NEW Belonging: Feeling accepted and included as part of the school. Students with a sense of belonging know there is an adult on their side and feel like valued members of their learning community.


  • NEW Social and Emotional Learning: How people learn to understand and manage emotions and establish positive relationships with others.


A schedule will be created and publicized for students to take this survey during the school day. We are requesting that all mySchool Online students please take the survey when it becomes live on September 28th. On this date, all students will have access to the survey from the myPascoConnect dashboard.


Please see the attached letters below, from the Pasco County School District, for more information regarding this survey.

Fall Sports

Due to COVID-19, there will a reduction in the amount of spectators permitted to attend Pasco County Middle School athletic competitions. Here are the school district's athletic procedures that will be applied to home Cypress Creek Middle School games:


Home Football Games


  • Stadium Capacity reduced to 50%
  • 1,000 fans permitted for Home Stands / 250 fans permitted for Visitor Stands



Home Volleyball Games


Please follow the volleyball procedures stated below in the flyer. Only those with a voucher are permitted into games. This is so the athlete's family can watch them play. Each athlete will receive four vouchers to give to her family.


Social Distancing and Masks


  • All spectators will be required to wear a mask and social distance while in the venue and stands.
  • Those who do not comply with these rules will be kindly asked to leave.
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Yearbooks Are On Sale!

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mySchool Online Guidance for Parents

Parents of mySchool Online Children,


Below is a document that the district created to provide you with guidance with your mySchool Online student.


Important Reminders:


Please make sure that your child logs in to the zoom session when the course begins, and is not late to class.


Please make sure that your child is actively engaging in the class to be marked present.


Please make sure that your child turns on the camera when instructed to do so by the teacher.


Please make sure that you are not visible in the camera view (confidentiality purposes).


Please make sure that you do not interrupt the instruction.


Please coordinate snack and lunch times with your student's schedule, so instruction is not interrupted.

Updated Pasco County School District Calendar

Tutoring Information

Attention Coyotes,


Do you need help with that assignment, or need further explanation on that equation? Well, we got your covered! Starting Wednesday, September 16th, the Cypress Creek Middle School NJHS and our Pack Leaders will be holding weekly tutoring sessions for all Cypress Creek students in our media center directly after school until 4:10 PM.


These tutoring services are completely free and will be provided by Cypress Creek teachers, Pack Leaders and National Junior Honor Society members. Take advantage of this free opportunity!

NJHS Tutoring via Zoom!

NJHS tutoring is every Wednesday from 3:10 until 4:10

Join Zoom Meeting here

Meeting ID: 846 5837 9111

Passcode: NJHS

Pasco Announces Major Changes to School Meal Program

Changes to Federal Rules Mean School Meals are Now Free


Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 11, 2020) – Due to changes in the rules governing the federal school lunch program, Pasco Schools is making it easier than ever for students – and children 18 and under – to receive free meals.


Starting on Monday, September 14, students who attend class on campus will still be able to get meals in the school cafeteria, and now those meals will be free. Also starting on Monday, September 14, students who attend school remotely will still be able to receive school meals on a drive-through basis. Those meals also will be free.


Here’s how the program will work for students who are learning remotely through mySchool Online or Pasco eSchool:


    • Monday, September 14 through Thursday, September 17, the daily drive-through meal distribution will continue at the designated site time – and meals will now be free. Designated locations and times are listed here.
    • On Friday, September 18, the school district will serve a week’s worth of meals (breakfast and lunch) curbside to mySchool Online students, quarantined students, and children in the community 18 years and under. That includes Pasco e-School students. We will keep the same times already established for curbside feeding. Curbside meal distribution will continue once a week on Fridays.
    • We encourage families intending to participate curbside to complete the Meal Reservation Form so we can be best prepared for curbside participation. Parent/guardians no longer have to go to their child’s school; they can pick up meals from the site that is most convenient.


For more information on Pasco’s school meal programs, visit the Food and Nutrition Services web page at: https://connectplus.pasco.k12.fl.us/do/fns/

Staff of the Week Nomination

Did someone exemplify our H.O.W.L. mission this week? Recognize them here:

Car Loop Reminder

This is a reminder to parents who pick up and drop off their students in the car loop. Please snake through the non-painted areas of the parking lot. Please do not cut through painted parking spaces, this will help with making sure everyone is in the position they arrived in. It will also help with the line backing up into the loop we share with Cypress Creek High School.

ABC Program Information

Please see the information about the ABC Program below. If you need assistance please click on the link below to apply and our ABC advisor will contact you.

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Positive Behavior Intervention System - Coyote Cash

Please view the pdf to see what PBIS is all about!

Overpass Road Closure

Overpass Road will be shutting down for possibly an entire year, starting on or around February 1st. This is so an exit ramp can be built for this road off of Interstate 75.

Medication Drop-Off

Please call the clinic OR email Kelsie Woop kwoop@pasco.k12.fl.us (Clinic Assistant), or Jen Oyer joyer@pasco.k12.fl.us (School Nurse) at 813-346-4600 to set up an appointment for medication drop off. Medication will not be accepted if brought in by your child.

Lunch Informational for Traditional Students

Seating

Seating has been marked inside the Cafeteria and outside the Cafeteria. All seats are clearly marked where students can/cannot sit. Students will be escorted to lunch by their teachers to ensure social distancing. At the end of lunch, students will be picked up by their teachers. Students will always make a reservation once they have selected his or her seat using our CCMS Lunch Reservation URL Code. This helps us keep track of our students location while dining in our cafeteria each day. Students that do not have a device to scan the URL code can ask adults in the lunchroom for help.


Free & Reduced Lunch

The Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2020-2021 school year is now available online at www.pascoschoolmeals.com. If you are unsure if you qualify, you can also review the income eligibility guidelines on our website.


MySchool Bucks

School meal accounts can be funded through the MySchoolBucks meal payment service starting on August 15th. Just visit MySchoolBucks.com. You also have the option of paying directly in the cafeteria with cash, check, credit or debit. Contactless pay will be available at registers where credit cards are accepted. Students can use contactless cards, or Google Wallet, Android Pay and Apple Pay from their phones.


Please contact Food and Nutrition Services with any questions by emailing fns_finance@pasco.k12.fl.usor calling 813-794-2522.

Checking Out a Student or Dropping a Student Off?

Checking Out Students:

When you arrive please come to the front office and ring the bell. Please have your ID ready to show one of our front office staff through our camera system. Students will be the only ones permitted in the front lobby. The staff member will contact the student's teacher to have them come down to be checked out.


Dropping Off Students Late to School:

All of our gates will be locked. Please drop your student off at the front office. If your child's tardiness is excused, please send a note in with them. Only students will be permitted in the front office for Drop-Offs. Our front office staff will check them in and get them to their class.

Deliveries to our Campus

Please note that we do not permit deliveries from outside services. Please do not order or send items to be delivered by the school. Any delivery that does appear will be sent away. Please also note that we will not deliver balloons, or any other items to students for celebratory purposes. Please also do not personally deliver fast food items to your child for lunch.The only items that will be delivered would be something a student needs for instructional purposes. Please understand that we will not interrupt instructional time for students to pick up items - students will be only be called down during lunch time to secure any instructional items dropped off for them.

MyLearning Announcements Through Pasco Schools Email Only!

As of the 2020-2021 school year, all students will receive their myLearning announcements, Office 365 notifications, etc. through their Pasco County Schools student email account (123456@student.pasco.k12.fl.us) which is located in myPascoConnect, then click Office, then click 365Outlook.



Click Accessing Outlook Through Office 365 for step-by-step directions.

The Covid-19 Response Guide, Student & Visitor Daily Screener Questions

Please always stay tuned to the Pasco County Schools ReOpening Website. CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO THE REOPENING WEBSITE! and Click here for The COVID-19 Response Guide


DAILY STUDENT SCREENER QUESTIONS:

Students must ask themselves these questions every morning prior to coming to school. If they answer "Yes" to any question they should NOT come to school. CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THE STUDENT SCREENER


Visitor Screener Questions:

Please note that we are only permitting visitors to campus by appointment only. Please call 813-346-4600. All Visitors with an Appointment Must:

  • Complete the Visitor Self-Screener - CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK!
  • Come to the Front Office to check in.
  • Remain in designation location as directed (ex. front office, on bench outside front office)

Payments, Fees and Mask Purchases

  1. Fees may be paid online via Rycor.
  2. Hallway Lockers & PE Lockers will not be sold this year.
  3. Masks may be purchased online via a Rycor button or students can buy a mask with cash or check. The cost of a neck/buff is $10.00 and they will be sold on Fridays during lunch.
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