Bulldog Bark

November/December 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

It is with truly mixed feelings that I announce to the community my retirement from Pasco County Schools. My final day as Principal of RBSMS will be January 3, 2022.

I have spent my entire career as an educator in Pasco County and I am fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful students, families, and educators. My career began as a Language Arts teacher at Raymond B. Stewart Middle School in 1984. Who would have thought that 36 years later, I would be retiring from the same school serving as Principal for the last nine years. Truly a full circle moment in time.

I am eager for the opportunity to spend more time with family, and for the chance to travel which I so love to do. However, I will miss my Bulldog Family and all of the special celebrations, events, and athletic games that are the heart of a middle school.

I am very pleased to announce that the next Principal of RBSMS has been selected and Mr. Josh Borders, RBSMS Assistant Principal, will be moving into the principal role upon my departure. He is ready to serve as Principal and I look forward to seeing exciting things to come. Congratulations Mr. Borders, we are proud of you!

Farewell Bulldogs,

Ms. Shae Davis, Principal

Welcome 7th Grade Counselor

We would like to welcome Brittany Dean, new 7th grade counselor, to RBSMS. Mrs. Dean graduated from Nova Southeastern University (go sharks!) with her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She has a real passion for working with children and mental health. Her strengths are thinking outside of the box and treating each child as an individual part of a cooperative team. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book! We look forward to getting to know you Mrs. Dean. Welcome to the Bulldog Family!

ELA Students of the Month

Each month, English Language Arts teachers nominate 2 individuals for outstanding performance in ELA for a total of 18 students being celebrated monthly. Outstanding performance may consist of high achievement on assessments, superior work ethic, amazing peer collaboration, perseverance, and much more. These students receive a water bottle filled with goodies from our Zephyrhills Wawa located on Gall Boulevard.

8th Graders of the Week

Some of our 8th graders have truly shown some great leadership throughout these first few months of school. We continue to spotlight certain students throughout the month of October and November that go above and beyond and have been great role models while here at Stewart Middle School. It is not always easy to balance academics, sports, social events and home life, but these 8th graders have been able to do just that! We are very proud of how much each of the following students do add to the great school environment here at Stewart! Keep up the awesome work!

8th graders for October and November were....

Madison Cummings

AJ Jackson

Kylie Graef

Colin O'Malley

Nikki Webb

Community Connection Night

Mark your calendars, Thursday, December 9th, our school will host our Quarter Two Virtual Community Connection event from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Once again, parents can participate in after-hours Parent Conferences. During Quarter one, 57 parents participated in a Parent Conference with their child’s teachers and we are hopeful to have a large turn out once again. All you need to do is complete this Mach Form to request a conference. Our Parent Involvement Coordinator will contact you to confirm your Parent Conference appointment as well as send the Zoom link for your meeting. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, your child’s teachers are wanting to meet with you.

8th Grade Yearbook Shout Out

Being an 8th Grader is a BIG deal! It means, your student is about to end their middle school journey and embark on something greater, in high school. What better way to have your 8th grader remember all of their accomplishments in middle school, then by recognizing them for their hard work and efforts in the 2022 yearbook.

For more information, visit our www.rbsms@pasco.k12.fl.us or

contact Amanda Schmidt at atrebour@pasco.k12.fl.us

AVID Academic Excellence Days

Every non-payday Friday is Academic Excellence Day at RBSMS. This day is an opportunity to not only wear college shirts and jeans, but a day to take time to talk to students about their future. We encourage you to open the dialogue with all RBSMS students during dog time. Share experiences, answer questions, go on virtual college tours... show students they have a future, many of our students truly do not know what is possible! Trade school, community college, four year university, with a little support ALL our students can succeed


All parents/guardians are encouraged to have a myStudent account in order to obtain student schedules, update emergency contacts and phone numbers, monitor student’s grades, assessment scores, assignments and attendance; as well as obtain progress report and report cards. You must have a parent account to obtain communication from the school or district that is sent through the myStudent system. In addition, by having a parent myStudent account, RYCOR access is directly available through this portal to pay for events such as field trips, dances, shirts, etc... Here's how to setup a parent account:

  1. Go to the the Parent information page on the district website (http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/parents).
  2. Select Check Grades link (top left).
  3. Click the link to register a new account or add another student to your account.
  4. Follow the appropriate prompts for Registering, Add a Child or Password help.
  5. You will be required to enter the Parent PIN #, Student ID and Students' Birth date

Click here to see how to set up the Parent Portal

Student Self-Screener:

In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should NOT be on a school campus or school district office. All three self-screeners – the Student Self-Screener, the Employee Self-Screener, and the Visitor Self-Screener – are accessible from the district’s COVID-19 protocols page and are posted on each school web page.

Report an Absence:

If your child is absent, or tardy to school, please complete the MACH form located on the school webpage using the REPORT AN ABSENCE OR TARDY tab. You will not need to submit anything else in writing once the MACH form is submitted

Quarantined, Now What?

If your child is going to be absent because they are ill, they have been quarantined, or family emergency, all of the students’ assignments, for each class, are posted online for them. Attached are the instructions for students to access their work if they are absent from school for any reason(Click Here). If your child is in need of a computer, the school will issue one to them. Please contact April Luneack aluneack@pasco.k12.fl.us or contact her at 813-794-6502.

Take Stock in Children Application

To apply and view eligibility requirements for this scholarship for 8th graders. You may click here or go to https://www.pascoeducationfoundation.org/tsic-scholarships/.

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Notification of Inspection for Asbestos Containing Materials in Public Schools

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule, 40 CFR Part 763, Asbestos Containing Material in schools, commonly referred to as AHERA. This rule requires all Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers.

All inspections for Raymond B. Stewart Middle School have been completed and a Management Plan describing the results of the inspection and the action plan to control any asbestos found during the inspection, where applicable, has been submitted to the governor for approval. A copy of this plan is located in the administrative office of this school and at the Pasco County Schools Maintenance & Facility Services Department and is available for review upon request.