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.

Hello Jaguar Families!

Included is information and reminders for Monday 5/3- Saturday 5/15.

Parents and students, the end of the school year is fast approaching. We have less than 20 school days left of the school year and the 4th qtr. Parents, please review myStudent grades with your child and work with them on completing assignments in order to finish the school year strong. If you have any questions, have your child work with their teacher or please communicate via email to the teacher with further questions. As a reminder, all students are required to pass all core classes during middle school in order to be promoted to high school. If students fail a course, they must engage in our recovery program for the courses failed. 8th graders who are not meeting these standards will be invited to extended school year (ESY- summer school) and must fully recover to be promoted to HS. First priority will be for 8th graders and there will be some opportunities for identified 7th and 6th graders during the summer. Communication regarding these programs and invitations will be sent out soon. Thank you.

State Testing & District Testing: Testing begins this Monday 5/3, starting with 6th grade ELA Reading and 8th grade math (this is for all students enrolled in 7th grade accelerated Math or 8th grade pre-algebra). Please review the testing calendar for further details. Specific testing details per student can be found on MyLearning and school wide schedules are found on our school website. We have linked all the testing rosters on mylearning and students can find their name and testing dates, times, locations for all test. For any questions, have your child reach out to one of the teachers on team. https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/testing-basics/

NJHS Virtual Induction Ceremony: Our first virtual NJHS Ceremony was a success. Thank you to all those involved to create a great event. We will have our Virtual NJHS Induction Ceremony for those accepted this year for 21/22 on Thursday, 5/6 at 6:30pm. The link will be posted on our School Website main page and on Facebook (we will make a post with the link). If you have questions, please contact our NJHS Advisors, Mrs. Burton mburton@pasco.k12.fl.us and Mrs. Paus apaus@pasco.k12.fl.us

Teacher & Staff Appreciation is May 3rd- May 7th. We are looking forward to having a great week celebrating our staff! A huge thank you for those of you who have donated to the PTO! You have helped us make this upcoming week a success and filled with so many special events.

Yearbooks– If you have not purchased your yearbook yet, please do! Details on our school website and order right through RYCOR. The price is $50.

SSMS PTO 21/22: We are looking for parents and community members in joining our PTO for the upcoming school year! There are many different ways to support our school, if you are interested, please review this letter and fill out the form PTO Letter and application  and submit to: ssmsptso@gmail.com

Birthday Gram Fundraiser: We are excited to announce the launch of a school wide fundraiser that will run April 1st through May 26th. If a Jaguar student has a birthday between now and the end of the year, send them a Birthday Gram to make their day extra special. For $5 students will get a personalized birthday gram, a happy birthday song and a piece of candy delivered to them during lunch by our staff. For $7 we can email you a video of the birthday gram experience. If you would like to purchase a birthday gram for a student at SSMS please check out our website for purchase and detail submission. https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/ Any questions, reach out to Kelly McCormick at: kmccormi@pasco.k12.fl.us

8th grade activities and information – We are excited to announce that we have planned some great events and celebrations for our 8th graders. All 8th graders received this information in class and it is posted in myLearning under the ELA course. It is all linked on our Website too (click link below).
8th grade slide show: Pictures due to Ms. Justice by 5/7, ajustus@pasco.k12.fl.us
8th grade Field day: $25 – Pay through RYCOR anytime or payment days are 4/20 and 4/27 8:10-8:30am on team, ELA teachers.
All letters and information is found on our website: https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/8th-grade-information/

Calling All 8th Grade Parents! Ready to celebrate your student on their promotion to HS and their time as a Jaguar?! Show your Jag pride and support the school by purchasing a yard sign! Please complete the form, submit payment by choosing one of the options listed and we will deliver your sign in May! Please share this post so we can spread the word to all our 8th grade families!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ePjDEXmt_qRb3OSNcv38EkXz6AbP2gUEsFyWYrw3lsI/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbclid=IwAR1nN-_St-rz8Xur76sCROmmajwTirCtVdTIrlDJydY_3r2FhpP0SXmwuy8

After School activities this week – Saturday 5/15:
~5/3 State Testing begins!
~Track and Field  Conference (select students athletes only): 5/4 @Fivay HS – Confirm with Coaches
Here is the schedule for parents and athletes (found on our website too):
https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/ssms/2021/04/2021-TF-Schedule.pdf
Extended School Day Monday -Thursday directly after school until 5pm. 5/8/21 & 5/15/21  9-12pm– Saturday Extended School Day. Wednesday 5/12– After School Success with Ms. Hoefling and Ms. Angelo until 5:30pm
~Virtual NJHS Induction Ceremony – 5/6 6:30 pm.
~ SAC Meeting Friday 5/14 745am via ZOOM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84722034442?pwd=WDR2bjd3RXBPOWROWk5rRS81V1kwQT09

Dress Code: Parents and Students, with the weather is getting warmer, we have reminded students of our dress code that is outlined in the student code of conduct, starting on pg 15. We appreciate you reviewing these requirements with your student. Hats and hoods should not be worn on campus and shorts, tears in pants & skirt length should not be shorter than 4”above the knee. Thank you, http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/student_services/conduct/csc_eng.pdf

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.

We put a lot of communication on our social media sites, please be sure to like our Facebook pagefollow us on Twitter and check our website weekly!

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