The Weightman M.E.O.W.

Monthly Events Of Wildcats: FEBUARY 2021

Principals Message

Hello Wildcat families,


This is the time of year we start prepping for the next school year. Below is information for each grade on what that will look/feel like for your Wildcat student. In addition, you can find the 21-22 course cards for each grade level. All course descriptions can be found here: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/course_catalog/middle_school_categories


INCOMING 6TH GRADE:

Week of February 8th, TEWMS will Zoom with feeder elementary schools and present TEWMS Wildcat information. We will record the presentation and share on school website. Traditional students will complete a course selection card (see attachment below). MSO (mySchool Online) Wildcats will complete their course selection using this link starting February 9th: https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=42064. Contact Ms. Foti for questions.


6TH GRADE GOING TO 7TH GRADE:

Traditional students will received course cards on February 3rd. All 7th grade course cards are due back on February 5th. The week of February 11-16, ELA classes will be called to the media for student to enter their course selections into myStudent (Traditional only).

MSO (mySchool Online) Wildcats will complete their course selection using this link starting Feb 11th: https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=42975. Mrs. Ware, Ms. Joyner and Mrs. Leonard will enter these course selections into myStudent. Contact Mrs. Leonard for questions.


7TH GRADE GOING TO 8TH GRADE:

February 9th: During Study Hall, all current 7th graders will watch a presentation (via zoom) to review the course card, how to complete it, and due dates for both Traditional and myStudent Online (MSO) students. Traditional students will receive a course card (see attachment below) through their 2nd period teacher. MSO Wildcats will complete their course selection using this link, starting Feb 9th: https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=43709

All 8th grade course cards are due back by Friday, February 19th. The recorded presentation will be posted in every ELA myLearning course for all students/parents to access. Contact Mrs. Irving for questions.


8TH GRADE GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL:

Week of February 16th, all 8th graders will watch a presentation from WCHS, fill out course cards. Completed course cards are due to Ms. Foti by February 26th.

Dates by grade
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Student Honor Roll

TEWMS will award honor status each semester to students who qualify for one of the following three levels of honor roll designations. Calculations will be carried to the 5th decimal place and rounded to the 4th decimal place. We will be posting our Honor Roll video on Friday, February 5th at www.tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us


  1. Straight A Honor Roll: Awarded to students who have an “A” in all of the courses completed during the semester, with grades documented in the student information system. Students must have a minimum of six grades or a number of grades equivalent to three (3) credits posted for the current semester to be eligible.
  2. A/B Honor Roll: Awarded to students who have an “A” or a “B” in all of the courses completed during the semester, with grades documented in the student information system. Students must have a minimum of six grades or a number of grades equivalent to three (3) credits posted for the current semester to be eligible.
  3. Honor Roll: Awarded to students with a semester weighted GPA at or above 3.2000 based on grades documented in the student information system. Students must have a minimum of six grades or a number of grades equivalent to three (3) credits posted for the current semester to be eligible. Students cannot have earned a grade of D or F in any of their semester courses to be eligible.


All grades posted for the semester will be used in the honor roll calculation. Students enrolled in one or more courses through Pasco eSchool, virtual or dual enrollment courses may be eligible for honor roll recognition provided that grades are received and entered into the student information system by the time report cards are issued for brick and mortar courses. Students must have at least six (6) grades or a number of grades equivalent to three (3) credits posted for the current semester to be eligible for the semester honor roll designation.


TEWMS will be celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of our Wildcats during our Honor Roll. Families will be notified by Friday, January 29th and we will be posting our Honor Roll video on Friday, February 5th at www.tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us

6th Grade Honor Roll

7th Grade Honor Roll

8th Grade Honor Roll

Early Release Days: 2/3, 3/3 & 4/7

Beginning in January, our schools will be implementing a two-hour early release day every month. Each of the four early release days (see schedule below) will fall on a Wednesday. There will be no early release day in May.


On each of the early release days, students will be released two hours early. The bell times, including the early release times for each school, can be found here. The early release days, which were implemented for the first time last school year, provide teachers with an opportunity to complete professional development and experience training that will help increase effective instruction and ultimately will benefit students.


Students who are registered in the district’s PLACE program will be able to stay the extra two hours with no additional charges. School buses will operate two hours earlier during early release days. The routes and bus stops will not change.


The early release days are as follows. All are on Wednesdays:

January 13 - February 3 - March 3 - April 7

GAME-ON Fundraiser

Thomas Weightman Middle School is hosting an exciting,-school wide fundraiser, GAME ON, starting Wednesday, February 10th! We are so excited for this fundraiser, because not only will it provide our school with much-needed funds…but we will also earn new PE & Recess equipment for our students!


A few things to note:

  • This fundraiser will be very easy for you. It only requires about 10 minutes maximum from you.
  • Your students are going to earn great rewards, just for their effort. No money required!
  • This is an online, donation-based fundraiser, and the link can go to people you know anywhere in the world. That means, no direct pressure for your family.


We are asking you to mentally SAVE THE DATE of our GAME ON kickoff – Wednesday, February 10th! Your students will be so excited to complete their Golden Ticket with you, and earn their rewards. This assignment must be done that night.


I will be sending a few more emails throughout the two-week fundraising period.

Thank you in advance for your support of Thomas E. Weightman Middle School!

TEWMS' Device/Electronics Policy

At Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, students are allowed to bring cell phones and other devices (WCD) on campus. Students will not be permitted to carry their cell phones and other devices (WCD) on them. All cell phones and other devices (WCD) need to be silenced/powered off and placed in students’ book bag during school hours: 8:30am - 3:08pm. Students in grades 7th & 8th will be allowed to access cell phones and other devices (WCD) during their lunch time. Teachers may, at their discretion have students use their personal devices for academic reasons. Upon completion of the lesson, students will be expected to silence/power off the device and place the device back into their book bag prior to leaving that classroom.


When families need to communicate with their student, they are welcome to call the front office (813) 794-0200, and we will get a message to the student. In addition, if your student needs to contact a family member, students will be permitted to use the school phones, when appropriate.


*A Wireless Communication Device (WCD) includes: cell phones, tablets, electronic readers, telephone paging devices and/or other web-enabled devices of any type.


Device Confiscation Procedures:

  • 1st Offense: Teacher gives the student a warning.
  • 2nd Offense: Teacher confiscates the student's electronic device for the entire class period.
  • 3rd Offense: Teacher sends student to the office to lock up the electronic device for the entire day.
  • 4th Offense (and each time afterwards): Teacher sends student to the office to lock up the electronic device for the entire day. Parents will have to pick up electronic device from the office. Disciplinary Referral may be written.

Face Covering Expectations

The school district requires that all students, visitors, and employees wear a mask or other face covering while on school property and/or engaged in school activities, including outdoors when unable to maintain a distance. A face covering is defined as a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person' nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one's hands, whether store bought or homemade.


If a student becomes non-compliant, the following steps are taken.

  • Provide the student with at least one (1), but not more than three (3), verbal warnings or reminders to the student by staff.
  • If after those reminders the student is continues to not comply, then conduct an in-person, telephonic, or virtual conference with both the student and the parent/guardian(s) simultaneously;


  • During the conference, the student and parent/guardian(s) will be required to review/discuss the daily announcements related to face coverings, review the current CDC guidelines, b

    e notified that continued noncompliance with the emergency rule and procedures may result in the student being removed from the brick and mortar school, and being educated utilizing one of the virtual or distance learning opportunities made available by the School Board.

TEWMS Wildcat @ Jr. Thespian Conference!

The following students will be representingTEWMS this March at the Florida State Junior Thespian Conference:

  • T. Groomes
  • D. Vasquez
  • M. Trenkle
  • P. Cullum
  • S. Morris
  • I. Witt

This is a huge honor and all of these students worked very hard to advance to the state level. This is the first time TEWMS will be represented at this prestigious festival which will take place virtually in March. Let’s cheer them on and wish them luck!

Congratulations to the 20-21 TEWMS Girls Soccer Team:

  • CHLOE GEISLER
  • MADISYN HILL
  • JESSENIAH JOSEPH
  • ALI GOINES
  • JADA LINDO
  • LANA YETTER
  • MORGAN KREILEIN
  • KAYLA LEONARD
  • HAILEY HENDERSON
  • SAGE BARCELONA
  • LYLA MARCANTONI
  • ANASTASIA ALVAREZ
  • ABBY DONAHUE
  • MADELYN RENO
  • PAIGE KISER
  • YAIRAH HEIMBACH
  • SARIYAH SMITH
  • AMYA RAMSEY
MANAGERS: ANDREA MONKS, BRIE-ANNA LEE & CALISSA LYONS

Congratulations to the 20-21 TEWMS Boys Basketball Teams:

Jr. Varsity Team w/ Coach R.Howard

  • Cooper Peat
  • Tavion Cousin
  • Zorre Wright
  • Turen Aguilar Cortes
  • Lewis Williams
  • Elijah Mack
  • AJ Arca
  • Nathaniel Rees
  • Xavier Gonzalez
  • Jayden Clark
  • Alvin Mireles-Vazquez
  • Jose Segura
  • Bryce Flemming


Varsity Team w/ Coach W. Ackett

  • Serious Stinyard
  • Anthony Joseph
  • Andres Flores
  • Nick Jenkins
  • Chase Flemming
  • Christopher Rodriguez
  • Ryder Sokolski
  • Sanjay Patel
  • Jeffrey Huntington
  • Maliq Moragne
  • Devan Deokarran
  • Aidan Sutherland
  • Angel Segura

Junior Achievement Virtual Inspire Career Exploration Expo

All Middle and High school students are invited to participate in JA Inspire Career Expo,


Junior Achievement’s interactive, VIRTUAL Career Exploration Expo on February 2nd, 2021.

Students may attend live on this day (or choose to interact on another date)

  • JA Inspire Virtual offers Tampa Bay Area students the opportunity to learn about Florida’s high-wage/high demand jobs, career opportunities and the education required to be successful at no cost to your school!
  • Students can explore as many different career cluster booths as they like to view videos, flyers, pamphlets and collect information to review later via their virtual backpack.
  • The suggested time to visit JA Inspire Virtual is 2-3 hours (this can be done over several visits between February 2nd-May 1st)
  • The platform will contain gamification to motivate and entice students to learn more about careers from each of the different career Clusters.
  • Here are some other helpful links: JATB Inspire Career Expo Educator Flyer JATB Inspire Career Expo Educator Brochure

ELA Adoption District Literacy Panel Discussion & Open Vendor Night

SAVE THE DATE!

On Tuesday, February 2, the Office of Leading and Learning will be hosting a Virtual District Literacy Panel Discussion & Open Vendor Night as part of the current ELA Adoption. This event is for all interested stakeholders impacted by the adoption including teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, parents, community members/ organizations, and extended learning partners.


The event will open with the literacy panel discussion from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by vendor presentations and Q & A from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We encourage all to attend. Details in the table below.


Date/Time: TUESDAY, February 2nd, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. *PLEASE NOTE: This date has been changed from the original correspondence


Event Details

Part 1: District Literacy Panel Discussion

  • Goal: To provide an overview of what quality literacy instruction looks like the classroom, including the science of reading, & why curriculum matters.
  • When: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Part 2: Vendor Presentations

  • Goal: To provide stakeholders the opportunity to hear directly from the vendors with Q&A.
  • When: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Target Audience

  • Internal stakeholders: teachers, coaches, school leaders
  • External stakeholders: Families, community members, community partners, extended learning partners


Zoom Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85208933955

All stakeholders will join the main zoom line @ 5:00 p.m. for the literacy panel discussion and receive level & audience specific zoom lines at the closure of the panel discussion

  • Levels: Elementary & Secondary
  • Audiences: PCS Employees & Parents/ Community


Please reach out to Tonia Shook, Secondary Program Coordinator with questions.

Curbside Meal Pick-Up @ TEWMS: Fridays 9-9:30am

WHO: Pasco County Schools will be offering curbside meal pick up to children not attending school brick and mortar. At this time, meals will be FREE for all children per the most recent USDA school nutrition meal program waivers. The menu and nutrition information can be reviewed here: Curbside Menu.


WHERE: @ TEWMS, meals are served in the carline at the front of the school Meals will be served curbside in a drive-thru style (Do not get out of your car).


WHEN: @ TEWMS, pickup is 9-9:30am. Pick up times do vary by location and can be found HERE.


HOW: In order to serve you better, a MEAL RESERVATION FORM should be filled out weekly.


Additional information can be found here: https://connectplus.pasco.k12.fl.us/do/fns/?page_id=6886

Assist, Believe & Care program @ TEWMS

If your family needs support or any needs from the TEWMS ABC program, please fill out the following form. If you would like more information about the ABC program please click on the link for the flyer. You may also reach out to Ms. Foti at mbova@pasco.k12.fl.us or 813-794-0200.

https://tewms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=41529

Upcoming Events:


  • FEB 1-5: School Counselor Appreciation Week
  • FEB 1: Boys Basketball vs. CCMS @ 6pm
  • FEB 1: Girls Soccer vs. JLMS @ 6pm*
  • FEB 2: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 3: Early Release Day, dismissal @ 1:08pm
  • FEB 3: Boys Basketball @ PVMS, 6pm
  • FEB 4: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 4: Thespian Rehearsal, 4-6pm in Rm 533
  • FEB 4: Girls Soccer vs CSRMS @ 6pm
  • FEB 5: Food Distribution in car loop 9-9:30am
  • FEB 5: Semester 1 Honor Roll Celebration
  • FEB 8: Boys Basketball vs. CSRMS, 6pm
  • FEB 9: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 9: Girls Soccer vs CCMS @ 6pm
  • FEB 10: GAME-ON Up Fundraiser Kick-off
  • FEB 10: Thespian Rehearsal, 4-6pm in Rm 533
  • FEB 10: Boys Basketball vs RBSMS @ 6pm
  • FEB 11: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 11: Thespian Rehearsal, 4-6pm in Rm 533
  • FEB 11: Girls Soccer @ PMS, 6pm
  • FEB 12: Food Distribution in car loop 9-9:30am
  • FEB 15: Presidents Day, No School
  • FEB 16: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 17: Thespian Rehearsal, 4-6pm in Rm 533
  • FEB 18: School Advisory Council MTG @ 9am
  • FEB 18: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 18: Thespian Rehearsal, 4-6pm in Rm 533
  • FEB 18: Girls Soccer vs RBSMS @ 6pm
  • FEB 19: Food Distribution in car loop 9-9:30am
  • FEB 22: Boys Basketball @ CNMS, 6pm
  • FEB 23: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 23: Girls Soccer @CNMS, 6pm
  • FEB 24: Boys Basketball vs. JLMS @ 6pm
  • FEB 25: Cheer Practice 3:15pm in Cafeteria
  • FEB 25: Girls Soccer @ PVMS, 6pm
  • FEB 26: Food Distribution in car loop 9-9:30am
  • March 2: Girls Soccer @ JLMS, 6pm
  • March 3: Early Release Day, 1:08pm