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 campus. Access the Visitor Screener or the Student Screener online. Employees should use the Employee Self-Screener.

Hello Jaguar Families!

Here are the weekly updates for the week of 3/1.

Reminder: Wednesday March 3 is an Early Release Day; our school day ends two hours early. Dismissal is at 1:13pm. Thank you. The bell schedule is here : Early Release Day Bell Schedule

Every ROAR matters! We value your opinion and encourage you to complete this short survey. Your anonymous opinion gives us feedback to improve SSMS, identifies things that are working well at SSMS, and helps us plan for the future. This survey will be open through today, Sunday 2/28. Thank you!

UPDATES to our Morning Procedures beginning Monday 3/1 (Car line and breakfast): Reminder staff supervision begins on our campus at 8:10 am and that is the time students should begin arriving on campus. At this time they report to the cafeteria area. Beginning at 8:15 am they can report to first period. If they arrive after 8:30 they report to the office for a late pass.
Car Loop ARRIVAL procedure In order to safely and efficiently get our students to school, we have made some adjustments to the morning car loop. Please follow the SSMS staff directions at the loop in the morning to promote this new procedure. The change is simply that you are to move all the way forward to the car in front of you and drop off your child where your car stops. Also, please wait for all cars who have dropped off their child to leave our car line area and watch for the SSMS staff direction to pull all cars forward before beginning to unload the next group of students. There are no specific morning drop off locations for 6th, 7th, or 8th graders, wherever your car stops and you are directed to unload, is where your student gets out and walks to the cafeteria area at 8:10 (or if they want breakfast) or to 1st period 8:15-8:30. This will allow for many students to be released at one time and for us to efficiently and safely get student on campus. Student’s must be dropped off at the curb and not crossing through traffic and do NOT pass the car in front of you, this is dangerous and not permitted. Please watch this video which explains everything visually.  car loop drop off 3.mp4

Breakfast procedure: All students wanting breakfast will report inside the cafeteria for breakfast:  Just a reminder, breakfast is available and free for all students. The cafeteria will be set up for half seating capacity on this side closest to the classroom buildings. Students are to use this door for entry (opposite of lunch entry). Students are to go through the line as they would during lunch, but will not need to enter their student number. They should then find a seat, eat in the cafeteria, and then clean up and make it to first period between 8:15am but no later than 8:30am. First period promptly starts at 8:30am. Grab and go will only be reserved for those coming in 1-2 minutes ahead of the period 1 bell. Breakfast routine.MP4   Thank you for your support.
We have only 10 days left in quarter 3. Please log in and check your child’s grades and assignments.  You can have your child log in and show you as every student knows how to log into myStudent. We have many, many students who are failing courses due to lack of work completion.  They are simply not turning in their assignments. We will have quarterly incentive at the end of the day 3/12 for those caught up and passing their classes. Students who are failing their core courses must be present to make up the work with their teacher during the quarterly incentive period on Friday 3/12. As a reminder, students must pass ELA, math, science and social studies all 3 years in middle school. Spend this weekend helping your child get back on track for promotion. If you have questions about your student’s grade or they need support, please email the teacher directly, this can be done  through myStudent and  encourage your student to talk with their teachers directly in class. If your child needs some extra help, please contact Ms. Hoefling, ( who leads our Wednesday and Saturday Success program. Thank you.

In house articulation and registration: This week 6th and 7th grade students will be registering for the 2021/22 elective courses through their science classes. Schedule below. If you have questions reach out to your child’s school counselor. Thank you

3/1/21 – 7th–8thgrade registration (Teams 7A and 7B )
3/2/21 – 7th–8thgrade registration (Teams 7E and 7L )
3/4/21 – 6th–7thgrade registration (Teams 6H and 6K )
3/5/21 – 6th-7th grade registration (Teams 6G and 6J )
Make ups for absent students will be done on 3/8 & 3/9 – Counselors will call the students out of class to complete this when appropriate.

Athletics this week: Girls Soccer and Boys basketball finish out their seasons with home games! Both play on Monday 3/1 against CHMS and Wednesday 3/3 against BPMS. Attendance is still limited but has increased from the original 2 tickets to now 4 tickets per rostered athlete and coach. We will be verifying this at the gate. Please review the policies below to ensure safety during our extracurricular activities:

•     Spectators should not enter an event if they are feeling ill or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 with the last 10 days. (Post signage with screening questions)
•     Spectators must wear a facemask/covering at all times during indoor athletic events.
•     At outdoor athletic events, spectators may remove masks when seated at the eventSpectators are still required to wear masks when arriving at the event and while walking to the stands.
Masks also are required when spectators leave their seats to visit the concession stand, restroom, and when leaving the event.
•     Spectators must be restricted from direct competition areas and from visiting with student-athletes and personnel before, during, and after events.
•     Spectators should not congregate in walkways, hallways, common traffic areas, or gymnasiums.
•     Spectators must always practice physical distancing with those outside of their direct families, and sit in family pods at all events.

Please review the Pasco County Patron Code of Conduct.  Only bags that are clear plastic, clear vinyl, clear Ziploc bags, small clutch-type purses no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches, diaper bags, and medically necessary items are permitted inside an event venue. No other bags of any kind are permitted.  Please make sure to share these expectations with anyone who you have invited to the games.

COVID Reminders:  In order to protect the health of our employees, staff and students, students & visitors must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If your child answers yes to any of these questions they should not be on campus.  Student Self Screener Please remember, if you take your child for a COVID test, please communicate with our clinic (Mrs. Copeland or Mrs. Cefalu) and students are NOT to be on campus as they await their COVID test results. If they are well enough to continue with their learning, they can access ZOOM or continue working through myLearning and email their teacher with questions. A face covering is required on all school buses, in all District buildings, in all school buildings and during all school-sponsored events and activities. This requirement is applicable to all students and to all employees, parents, and visitors entering the buildings and/or attending a school event. The face covering must cover your nose and mouth completely. The SSMS staff continue to remind our students of the proper way to wear masks in class and as they move through our campus, if students do not adhere to these district policies progressive discipline will be implemented. We appreciate your support with reminding your students of these policies.

Thank you for your continued partnership. Have a great week.
Mrs. Figliomeni