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Monthly Events Of Wildcats: March 2020

Principals Message

I am very excited to share all of the amazing things going on at TEWMS! In this newsletter, I am able to highlight our students who participated in National History Day (NHD), Odyssey of the Mind (OM), Pasco County Fair through FFA, and our team turn-around students!


As we move towards the end of the third quarter it is extremely important that students (and families) monitor student assignments and grades through MyStudent. I highly recommend that you set up an account NOW so that you have full access to these reports as well as your students attendance, grades, test scores and class assignments. Register for a "Parent MyStudent" account. Here is a step-by-step video to assist you with this process. Please communicate with your child's teachers when you have a question, are looking for help, or have a concern about an assignment or grades.


The "Pasco Parent Press" is a communication to share information of all things occurring within Pasco County schools. Check here for the latest information.



Readiness Re Coronavirus

Pasco County Schools has a comprehensive pandemic plan that includes preventative measures as well as strategies for a response in the event of a locally reported case. Pasco County schools is working to ensure adequate supplies so that students and staff are able to wash their hands frequently. Our school nurses, maintenance, food service, and transportation staff know their roles, and we are working to ensure they have the supplies they need as well. These preventative measures will help us to deal with the much more common occurrence of the flu, as well as the coronavirus.


Pasco County Schools' website has been updated to include a video from Superintendent Browning, as well as helpful links to CDC and Health Department information. Pasco county wants to make it clear to parents, staff, and the public that there is no immediate cause for concern, and that we are being proactive in protecting the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

Career Technical Education @ TEWMS

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with such a fabulous a tour of your school and in particular, your CTE classrooms. It meant a lot to us that you took the time to share your programs with us. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting each of your teachers and their students. Please tell the teachers, thank you for allowing us to interrupt their class time with students. It was so evident that you have amazing CTE teachers doing great things for students!

~Lori M. Romano, Ph.D. Director of CTE

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TEWMS FFA @ Pasco County Fair

February was a big month for Weightman Middle FFA!


At the Pasco County Fair, our swine exhibitors participated in showmanship, a record book contest, and the pig show and sale. Our rabbit exhibitors participated in showmanship, a record book contest, a skillathon, an ask-me booth and the rabbit show. These exhibitors had put in months of time into their projects and their hard work and dedication really paid off.


Finishing up the month, our dairy judging team participated in the Strawberry Festival. Earlier in the year, the team missed progressing to the state competition by one place. They didn't let that slow them down. They continued working hard; participating with an incredible team spirit and representing TEWMS proudly.


Swine Exhibitors

  • Lexie L.: Class Winner Youth Hog Show, Blue Ribbon Showmanship, Blue Ribbon Grand Drive, Red Ribbon Record Book
  • Emily S.: Blue Ribbon Record Book, Blue Ribbon Showmanship
  • Caitlynne K.: Red Ribbon Record Book, Blue Ribbon Showmanship
  • Alyssa T.: Blue Ribbon Record Book, Blue Ribbon Showmanship
  • Olivia F.: Blue Ribbon Record Book, Blue Ribbon Showmanship
  • Abbygail S.: Red Ribbon Record Book, Blue Ribbon Showmanship


Rabbit Exhibitors

  • Alexa A.: White Ribbon Record Book, Blue Ribbon Bunny
  • Payton F.: Participant Record Book, Participant Showmanship
  • Bradley B.: Best of Variety, Best of Breed, 3rd Place Intermediate Skillathon
  • Peyton C.: 2nd Place Intermediate Showmanship, Red Ribbon Record Book


Goat Show

  • Lillian T.: Assistant to Exhibitor


Strawberry Festival Dairy Judging Competition

  • Caitlynne K., Samantha S., Emily S.: 2nd Place Middle School Team
  • Emily S.: 2nd Place Individual

Campus Activities:

National History Day (NHD) Fair update


On Thursday, February 20th the following Wildcats were acknowledged for their NHD project which competed in the county level fair.


  • Anna G. won 3rd place in the county for the Individual Exhibit Category & won a special award for the Most Visually Appealing Exhibit.
  • Ezinaye I. won 2nd place in the county for the Individual Performance Category; she will move on to the State Competition.
  • Jessie R. and Ava B. won 1st place in the county for the Group Website Category; they will move on to the State Competition.

Celebrating our Turnaround Wildcats!

Each team has selected a student to celebrate based on their hard work and dedication. We will celebrate them at our Turnaround Breakfast is Tuesday, March 3rd at 8:45 – 9:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. Those students are:


  • Elijah P.
  • Ayham S.
  • Hayleigh C.
  • Jared B.
  • Carolina E.
  • Valeria R.
  • Sebastian D.
  • Rileigh M.
  • Derek W.
  • Madison P.
  • Peyton O.

TEWMS' Odyssey of the Mind (OM):

Seven very creative teams of Wildcats competed at the Gulf Coast Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 29 at Cypress Creek Middle High School. Sx of the seven teams finished in the top five of their problems and divisions. Three of those teams will also compete at the state tournament on April 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. We are very proud of all our team members and their hard working coaches!


The standings for our teams at the regional tournament were as follows:

  • Long Shot Solution: 1st and 3rd
  • Net Working: 4th
  • The Effective Detective: 2nd and 13th
  • Balsa Limbo: 1st and 5th

Track Try-outs

Dates & Times: Monday March 9th-Thursday March 12th; from 3:00-4:30 pm


What you need to do/bring:

A) Physical completed on FHSAA form EL2 by a Doctor - MUST BE DATED! We cannot accept any other physical forms.

B) Parental Release Form completed:

  1. Pasco County Athletic Participation Form - MUST BE NOTARIZED!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Consent and Release from Liability Waiver
  3. Concussion and Heat Related Consent and Release from Liability
  4. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Consent and Release from Liability

*If you have turned in this paperwork from cheer, volleyball, football or soccer, we have it and you do not need a new one.

C) A ride home (no later than 5pm)


Coaches:

Coach Vaile – Head Girls Coach

Coach Ackett – Head Boys Coach

Coach Nipps – Asst. Coach

Coach Mine – Asst. Coach


Participation Fees (If selected to team):

  • If 1st team selected to this year - $50.00
  • If played on ONE team this year - $30.00
  • If played on TWO teams this year - No Fee
  • There is no tryout fee.

TEWMS' PTSA Nothing Bundt Cake Fundraiser

TEWMS PTSA will kick off the Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser starting March 10th through March 31st. The PTSA would like to raise funds to support upcoming teacher appreciation events along with providing funds to the support the ABC program for low income students. We are very close to opening our clothing closet. We ask that you assist the PTSA and TEWMS to help support this program.

Fundraising packets will be delivered during your child’s study hall the week of March 10th. Funds collected should be delivered to the school Kat Shack on March 31 or April 1, 2020. Checks should be made payable to the PTSA. In return for your cake purchase, You will receive a voucher to redeem for your cakes at any Nothing Bundt cakes location. This is a great gift for Easter and Mother’s Day.

Thank you in advance for your support.

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

The TEWMS Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is now accepting applications. Students who earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher for semester 1 of this school year, attended TEWMS for the entire semester, and took at least six classes are eligible to apply. Students who are already members do NOT need to apply. Applications are available for pickup in the back office or for download from the school webpage. The deadline for turning in completed applications is Thursday, March 12. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Questions? Contact Ms. Abercrombie at fabercro@pasco.k12.fl.us. The spring induction ceremony is Wednesday, April 29th from 6-8pm at the WCHSPAC.

TEWMS' PTSA

As we all know, The school year is going very fast. The PTSA is currently on the search for a few great team members to join our board and help out with all things PTSA. Joining the PTSA is a great way to support the staff at TEWMS and advocate for the children. Studies have shown that children with parents active in school activities have children that often perform better in school. Please reach out to the PTSA via Facebook or email if you are interested. Contact info ptsawildcats@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting the PTSA

TEWMS News Show

Our students design and produce the morning new show that is shown during study hall. You can watch our morning news show by visiting here.

Go Fan @ TEWMS

Skip the lines, pay online! Come out and show your support for our Wildcats and skip the line to buy your tickets. Simply show your phone with your ticket at the door/gate and with a quick scan you’re in. Pay for TEWMS event tickets online, click here. https://gofan.co/app/school/FL72504

#WildcatsUNLEASHED

Let us know how a Wildcat has made a difference for you! Give them a shout out here.

Wildcat Gear!

We are excited to share that we have an online store! Please visit BB Sportswear and check out the Spirit Store. Follow the link, click Online Stores at the far right of the page and choose a Weightman store. You will find all the information you need on the website regarding purchase and delivery dates. Merchandise designs will change throughout the year. Flyers are available in the Front Office as well as merchandise samples are in the glass case.

Early Release days

Beginning in 2019-2020, Pasco County Schools will implement a monthly, two-hour-early release time to allow for staff to engage in professional development aligned with student needs and district and school priorities. ​Visit the link below for additional information.

http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/news/page/early-release-days


Early Release Dates: 3/11, 4/8

Opportunity Hall

Opportunity Hall is our after school program that meets on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm in our media center. During Opportunity Hall, we have teacher volunteers and student peer tutors to provide as much individualized academic assistance as possible. This also includes support in organization and study skills. In addition, students will have access to computers if need be.

This year we are scheduled to begin offering this support from August 28, 2019 through May 1, 2020. The program does require students to be picked up by 4:30 PM. A school snack is provided for attendees. If you and your child are interested in this support, please fill out the student agreement and permission form and return it to TEWMS as soon as possible. We look forward to helping your student flourish in their areas of need. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Eads.

Upcoming Events:

  • March 2-13: Quarterly Checks
  • March 4: Opportunity Hall in Media from 3-4:30pm
  • March 8: Day light saving
  • March 9-12: Priority Week during Study hall
  • March 9-12: Track Tryouts 3-5pm
  • March 10-28: PTSA Bundt Cake Fundraiser
  • March 11: Early Release Day @ 12:50pm
  • March 12: Opportunity Hall in Media from 3-4:30pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break, No School
  • March 23: Teacher Planning Day, No School
  • March 25: Opportunity Hall in Media from 3-4:30pm
  • March 25: CBI Trip to Wesley Chapel Airport
  • March 26: Student Club day
  • March 27: TEDx event @ TEWMS
  • March 31: 3rd Quarter Report Cards posted via MyStudent