Calling all 8th Grade Algebra students

The Land O’Lakes IB Assistant Principal and Counselor will be at our school 5th period on _10/19_ to tell you about this opportunity.  A Parent Night will be available on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at TEWMS from 6:30- 7:30 pm.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) offers high-achieving, high-performing students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous program of studies during their high school years. The academic requirements of the IB program are demanding. However, the student with an IB diploma or certificate may be awarded college credit and advanced standing at colleges and universities throughout the world.

The IB Program at Land O’Lakes High School serves east side and central schools in Pasco County. Community IB Information Nights will be held in November and are open to the public. A link to the application will be available on line at at the International Baccalaureate link beginning October 5, 2015.

Studying via Brain Science

What this article says is that when you study, testing yourself on an idea or concept you’re learning helps you remember it. Every time you remember something, a new connection is formed to new sensations and contexts. “The more things you have connected to the information, the easier it is to pull the material out, because lots of different ideas can lead you to that particular material”.  Studying in several different ways, making quizzes for yourself, using tools like, and reviewing Cornell notes are great ways to be sure that not only are you LEARNING the lesson material, but able to REMEMBER it during the test!

Counselors in the Classrooms

The first classroom lessons by the counseling department will take place in September:

  • Ms. Northcutt will teach 6th graders 9/8-9/11
  • Ms. Holzum will teach 7th graders 9/14-9/18.
  • Ms. Pinsky will teach 8th graders 9/21-9/25.

These lessons will focus on handling unkind words and actions, accessing support, as well as other items required by district.

First Student Day

Bulldogs, our first day of school is Monday, August 24th.

School begins at 8:31 a.m. and ends at 2:55.

All RBSMS students are welcome to have free breakfast in our cafetorium prior to the start of the school day.

DRESS CODE criteria:   Arrive at school appropriately dressed and remain so throughout the day.

  • Bikinis, tank tops, pajamas, muscle shirts and spandex clothing are not permitted.
  • Pants shall be worn securely at the waist.
  • No abdomen skin or underwear is to be exposed.
  • Tops must be long enough to clearly overlap the belt line.
  • Hats and head coverings shall not be worn on school campus unless approved by the principal for medical, health, or religious reasons.
  • Shorts and skirt bottoms must be no higher than 4” above the knee.
  • Blouses, shirts, and sweaters cannot dip below a line formed between the right and left armpit and must have sleeves.
  • Clothing that advertises tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gangs, or anti-social groups are not permitted.
  • Jewelry shall be worn in a way that does not permit a safety of health hazard or cause a disruption to the educational process.
  • Wallet chains and dog collars are not permitted.

Requirements for Registration


  1. PARENT/GUARDIAN’S DRIVER’S LICENSE (can serve as Proof of Residency)
  2. PROOF OF RESIDENCY IN THE STEWART MIDDLE SCHOOL ZONE – current utility bill, lease agreement, house contract etc. showing parent/guardian’s name and physical address (PO Boxes are notacceptable)
  3. SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS (if applicable) – current IEP & Psychological report.
  4. REPORT CARD/TRANSCRIPT FROM LAST SCHOOL ATTENDED – If entering during the school year a WITHDRAWAL FORM from the previous school is required.

IN-STATE (but not Pasco County) TRANSFERSStudents transferring from another Florida school must present these additional items upon registration:

4 DPT + 1 booster 3 POLIO + 1 booster
2 MMR Hepatitis B Series
TDAP Booster (7th Grade) Variciella (chicken pox) – (2 vaccines for 6th grade)

OUT-OF-STATE TRANSFERSStudents entering a Pasco County School for the first time must have all 5 of the above items PLUS  the following items:

  1. CURRENT PHYSICAL – dated and signed by a physician within the last 12 months and specifies heart, lungs and blood pressure.  Needs to be more than a statement that reads “child is in good health or normal”.
  2. VERIFICATION OF BIRTH – Birth Certificate

Education, Articulation & Registration: Oh My!

RBSMS School Counselors are running full speed teaching our 2nd round of classes to all students, preparing for articulation of our 8th graders transitioning to high school and incoming 5th graders joining us as RBSMS Bulldogs next year, and assisting our 6th & 7th graders in registering for courses next year.  January and February sure are busy!

2/4                                        Registration at RBSMS for zoned WCHS 8th graders
2/18/15    5th period         Course Card presentation to current 6th graders
2/20/15    5th period         Course Card presentation to Duke Dogs & Georgetown Growlers
2/20/15    6th period         Course Card presentation to Harvard Hounds & Infinity 7th
2/20/15                                NAEP test for 8th graders
2/24/15        6:00 pm        5th grade AVID/INFINITY Parent Night at RBSMS
2/25/15       8:50am          ZHS Counselor with West Point C.C. & Georgetown Growlers
2/25/15        9:50 am        ZHS Counselor with  Yale Yorkies & Infinity
3/3/15          6:00pm         8th Grade @ ZHS Parent/Student Night Jamboree
3/4/15           10:15 am       Register  5th Graders at West Zephyrhills Elem.               3/5/15           10:00 am      Register  5th Graders at Woodland Elementary                    3/6/15           10:00 am     Register  5th Graders at Chester Taylor Elementary
3/6/15           TBD                ZHS Pep Rally
3/9/15           10:00 am      Register  5th Graders at New River Elementary
3/12/15        6:00 pm         5th grade Parent University Night  at RBSMS

See our Calendar for more details.

National Random Acts Of Kindness Week

This week, we’re kicking off the kindness!!! Monday 2/9 is the first day of Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week which is being celebrated all over the world from February 9-15.

Random Acts of Kindness week challenges us (students and staff) to go out of our way to help others or make another person’s day special, and not expect anything in return.
Let’s use this week to step out of our normal routine and attempt a new random act of kindness each day this week. We are collecting the following items for the SPCA:
SPCA Wish List
– Sheets, Towels, Blankets (Old or New)
– Garbage Bags (large and kitchen)
– Liquid Laundry Detergent
– Antibacterial Dish Soap
– Dog and Cat Food (canned or dried, any kind)
– Sturdy Rubber Chew Toys
– Soft, Squeaky Dog Toys
– Paper Towels
– Sanitizing Wipes
– Crates and Carriers: All Sizes, New or Gently Used

ZHS Night for 8th Grade Parents/Students


ZHS will be holding a special night for 8th grade students and parents on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 P.M.  This will be a great opportunity for 8th grade students and parents to tour ZHS and learn about all of the opportunities and choices students will have in high school.  Please mark your calendars and be sure to attend!  Additional details will be available soon!

Erase The Hate Week

This week we celebrate Erase The Hate Week to heighten  awareness of the consequences of hate-filled choices and promote a school climate of tolerance for all.

Monday’s video:  Hands

Tuesday’s video (2 min 44 seconds):  Tolerance & Acceptance
Wednesday: Kid President

Gina Torres/Characters Unite 1min15sec:
Macklemore/Ryan Lewis’ PSA /song: 41 sec:
Thursday: The Making of Characters Unite videos, 2 min46sec:
Friday: Characters Unite PSA 43 sec: