ZHS Weekly Update

September 27, 2020

Zephyrhills High School is the home of the Bulldogs!

The mission of Zephyrhills High School is to prepare students to become productive, responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

Our vision is that all of our students achieve success in college, career, and life.

Our theme for the 2020-2021 school year is Next Level!

September 27, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Bulldog families!

Thank you for your involvement and partnership in your student's education. Please make sure to check the MyStudent parent portal at least once every week for information on your student's grades and attendance. The end of Quarter 1 is October 16. Please reach out to your student's teachers with any concerns you may have.

This week, we will continue to run testing for FSA ELA and Algebra retakes, as well as offering the SAT and ACT in October. These tests are part of the graduation requirements (or count as concurrent scores that meet grad requirements). Lists will be posted on campus each Monday and calls/emails/texts sent out to parents so students will know who is testing and where to report. MSO students will also be included in these opportunities.

The mask/face covering mandate is still in place on any Pasco campus--inside and outside of buildings. Please talk with your student(s) about the importance of properly wearing their masks over their mouth and nose, washing their hands, and following the social distancing guidelines. Masks/face coverings must be worn on campus at all times--even when outside on campus.

We continue to follow precautions for student and staff safety that include directional/one-way hallways, cleaning supplies in every classroom/work area, social distancing, masks/face barriers worn at all times, Public Service Announcements (in this newsletter, on the daily School Announcements, and more), hand sanitizer all over campus, and more.

Please do not use the front bus loop to drop off students. All student drop off should be in the gym parking lot. Thank you for watching out for student traffic in the gym parking lot and pulling all the way forward toward the gym lobby doors.

We will continue to navigate these challenges. We are resilient. We are committed. We are determined. We are Bulldog STRONG!

--Dr. Christina Stanley


@ZHS_DrStanley on Twitter

This Week at ZHS

Monday, 9/28:

· Volleyball home vs. Mitchell HS (6 p.m.)

· JV football home vs WCHS (7 p.m.)

Tuesday, 9/29:

· Testing: FSA ELA Writing (Day 1 of this week’s window)

· B Golf away at SLHS, G Golf home vs SLHS

Wednesday, 9/30:

· Wear your College/Career, AVID, Academy, or Bulldog gear

· Testing: FSA Reading (Day 1 of this test, day 2 of this week’s window)

· Cheer in the commons after school, wrestling open gym after school

· Boys Golf home vs CCHS, Girls Golf away at CCHS

· Swim meet away at GHS (6 p.m.)

Thursday, 10/1:

· Teacher PLC meetings during planning periods

· Testing: FSA Reading (Day 2 of this test, day 3 of this week’s window)

· Volleyball home vs GHS/Senior Night (6 p.m.)

· JV football home vs PHS (7 p.m.)

Friday, 10/2:

· Wear your Bulldog colors or Spirit gear

· Testing: Makeups for this week (if needed)

· Varsity Football away at Tarpon Springs (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, 10/3: Boys/Girls Cross Country at Land O'Lakes Gator Invite (Crews Lake Park)

**Masks/face coverings must be properly worn (over the mouth and nose) for ALL events by any visitors, fans, students, spectators, and parents at all times while on campus, unless eating or drinking at that moment. Visitors, fans, students, spectators, and parents who refuse to comply with this requirement will be asked to leave the event.**

Flu Shots on October 8 for all ZHS Traditional/Brick/Mortar Students

Pasco County Schools is partnering with Health Hero Florida to provide NO COST flu vaccine to students with parental consent. The Centers for Disease Control recommends use of injectable influenza vaccine only; the nasal spray flu vaccine ("flu mist”) is not available and will not be administered. Qualified Health Hero Florida professionals will ONLY administer the injectable influenza vaccine.

Consent forms will be sent home by ZHS, will be posted here and on the ZHS website, and are available on the school district website. In order for your student to receive the flu vaccine shot on October 8, parents must complete and sign the consent form and return it to the school. If the form is incomplete or unsigned your child will not receive the flu vaccine. Since this is a voluntary service, if you do not want your child to receive this vaccine, please DO NOT complete the consent form.

The flu shots will be available to students attending school in the Traditional bricks and mortar learning model. It will not be available to students attending school remotely (mySchool Online and Pasco eSchool) due to logistical issues.

Consent forms are also available in English and in Spanish and right beneath this message. These can be printed out, completed, signed and returned to the school. For more information, please visit HealthHeroFlorida.com

Free Meals for All Students!

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a waiver and new guidance, and we can now feed ALL students and children in the community 18 years and under for free. This USDA waiver is through December 31, or as long as funding lasts.

  • ALL students and children in the community 18 years and under (Including Pasco e-School students) will be provided the opportunity to receive free meals:
    • Students who are attending brick and mortar will receive free meals from the cafeteria regardless of their current status. Students will still need to provide their student ID number at the point of sale. Each student is eligible for one free breakfast and lunch daily. Any items selected outside of the offered meal(s) will be charged a la carte pricing.
    • We encourage families to continue to fill out Free and Reduced Meal Applications if their financial situation changes because when this waiver ends the status (free, reduced, paid ) will resume. In addition, there are other benefits that students receive from their status.
    • We will serve a week’s worth of meals (breakfast and lunch) curbside to mySchool online students, quarantined students, and children in the community 18 years and under (includes Pasco e-School students). This will be at all school sites per state guidance and we will keep the same times already established for curbside feeding. After this point, curbside meal distribution will be once a week on Fridays.
    • Any child 18 years and under in the community can be provided a meal. Children do not have to be present, but a student Name / ID or Name /Home Address will be required to be provided curbside meals. Curbside feeding is not intended for students attending brick and mortar (since they have access to free meals in the cafeteria) unless they are quarantined.
    • We encourage families intending to participate curbside to complete the Meal Reservation Form so we can be best prepared for curbside participation. They can pick up meals for all of their children from the site most convenient for them. They no longer have to go to their child’s enrolled site.
    • The Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2020-2021 school year is available online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application.

Yearbook Pictures! Save the Date!

MSO Students:

Save the Date! October 10 is your day to get your yearbook photos taken.

Underclass retakes:

Save the Date! November 16 on campus is the last day to get your pictures retaken.

Email Mr. Fernandez if you have any questions (tfernand@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Yearbooks are $55

Yearbooks are currently on sale for $55.

You can purchase one through the ZHS website (click Students, then click Yearbook) or visit yearbookforever.com to make your purchase.

Seniors! Buy ANY size Yearbook dedication page and get a FREE Yearbook!

FULL PAGE Dedication/AD-- $250




HALF PAGE Dedication/AD-- $175




QUARTER PAGE Dedication/AD--$125




Check out the ZHS website, click Students, then click Seniors - C/0 2021 for more info.

Email Mr. Fernandez at tfernand@pasco.k12.fl.us if you have any questions.

Purchase your Athletic Tickets here!

Reduce the length of time you wait in line and ensure you have a spot in the cheering section!

Two ways you can get tickets:

1. Visit https://events.ticketspicket.com/agency/bb01763e-2c6f-4b59-af0c-7822e86456da. You can click on the sporting event for which you'd like to purchase tickets and follow the directions.

2. Go to the ZHS website: click Athletics, click Order Sports Tickets, and you will be taken to the ZHS Ticket Spicket website to complete your ticket purchase.

**Do not click the button that tears the ticket in half until you are in front of the ticket taker on site, or you will not be able to enter the event.**

Thank you for your continued support of our Bulldogs!!!


High school can be an overwhelming and difficult adjustment, especially with the emergence of COVID-19. These challenging times can create an array of emotional and mental health concerns in our youth. PACE Reach can help support girls and their families.

This is a unique program that provides FREE weekly counseling that is strengths-based and gender responsive to girls under the age of 18 who attend Zephyrhills High School (ZHS) and for girls who have opted for MySchoolOnline (MSO). The Pace Reach therapist meets with girls once a week for face to face sessions at ZHS typically during a girl's elective class period and/or virtually.

For questions regarding enrollment or to schedule an assessment, please call or email our ZHS PACE Reach therapist Brittany Fecht at 813.285.2793 or Brittany.Fecht@pacecenter.org.

Opt-In to Text Messages

Text "Y" or "YES" to 67587 on your mobile phone to receive important information from ZHS and Pasco County Schools via text message. This year, staying connected is more important than ever! You can opt out at any time by replying to one of our messages with "STOP".

Dress for Success and Show your School Spirit!

At ZHS on Wednesdays, all students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite College and Career attire, AVID gear, Academy or Bulldog gear. Take your post-high school plans to the Next Level!

On Fridays at ZHS, all students and staff are encouraged to wear Bulldog gear or Bulldog colors (Orange and Black). Show your school spirit!

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Need help with your Senior? Contact a member of the 12th grade team!

Assistant Principal: Jennifer Yonkof (jingerso@pasco.k12.fl.us)

School Counselor: Julie Moore (jscarcli@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Graduation Coach: Kim Pardo (kpardo@pasco.k12.fl.us)

SOS Instructor: Darlene Lyman (dlyman@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Instructional Assistant/Student Discipline: Rosa Diaz-Martinez (rdiazmar@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Student Services/Attendance Support: Brittany Kerr (bkerr@pasco.k12.fl.us)

College and Career Specialist: April Simons (asimons@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Dropout Prevention Specialist: Lizette Ramos (lsabater@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Need to talk to a member of the 11th grade team? Contact info below.

Assistant Principal: Matt Hayes (mhayes@pasco.k12.fl.us)

School Counselor: Shay Jackson (ldjackso@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Graduation Coach: Bryan Thomas (bthomas@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Instructional Assistant/Student Discipline: Rosa Diaz-Martinez (rdiazmar@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Student Services/Attendance Support: Brittany Kerr (bkerr@pasco.k12.fl.us)

College and Career Specialist: April Simons (asimons@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Dropout Prevention Specialist: Lizette Ramos (lsabater@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Reach out to your 10th grade team! We are here for you!

Assistant Principal: Camille Watkins (cwatkins@pasco.k12.fl.us)

School Counselor: John Metzger (jmetzger@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Graduation Coach: Chris Barrick (cbarrick@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Instructional Assistant/Student Discipline: Ashley Thompson (aathomps@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Student Services/Attendance Support: Myrtle Blevins (mblevins@pasco.k12.fl.us)

College and Career Specialist: April Simons (asimons@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Dropout Prevention Specialist: Lizette Ramos (lsabater@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Get to know your 9th grade team!

Assistant Principal: Amanda McCoy (amccoy@pasco.k12.fl.us)

School Counselor: Kristen Gillies (kgillies@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Graduation Coach: Troy Hochstetler (thochste@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Instructional Assistant/Student Discipline: Ashley Thompson (aathomps@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Student Services/Attendance Support: Myrtle Blevins (mblevins@pasco.k12.fl.us)

College and Career Specialist: April Simons (asimons@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Dropout Prevention Specialist: Lizette Ramos (lsabater@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Congratulations to your 20-21 ZHS Student Council!

Class of 2021

Madison Aguilera, President

Khyarra Grant, Vice President

Gisele Navarra, Secretary

Taija McCullough, Treasurer

Class of 2022

Emily Kirk, President

Kamil Mehrab, Vice President

Zy'Tierra Milton, Secretary

Savannah Baptist, Treasurer

Class of 2023

Caitlyn Eudy, President

Dustin Day, Vice President

Nevaeh McCullough, Secretary

Alexis Martin, Treasurer

Class of 2024

Sharibel Vasquez, President

Jaycee Simmons, Vice President

Kaylin Miller, Secretary

Jasmine McAuley, Treasurer

Directional and One-Way Hallways

Students and Staff:

Go With the Flow and Follow the Signs!

  • The flow of traffic in the hallways is going to be directional/one way. Please follow the signs at all times.
  • It is important that you plan your route before you walk.
  • We know that construction impacts moving around campus and will work with teachers to ensure students have enough time.
  • Check out the directional map below to determine how you be able to access your classes.
  • The stairwells in Bldg. 26 and B Bldg. (Bldg. 25) are directional/one way as well.

Social distancing will be expected at all times.

Students and staff are expected to follow the signage on all doors and in all hallways.

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ZHS Sports Information

**All student-athletes MUST have a fully completed physical packet turned in and cleared BEFORE you may tryout or practice. This packet is found on the ZHS website under the athletics tab. No completed, cleared packet? No tryout. No exceptions.**

Contact Coach Carroll for more information at ncarroll@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Volleyball: Contact Coach Galyan for more information at bgalyan@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Cross Country: Contact Coach Cimorelli for more information at bcimorel@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Boys' Golf: Contact Coach JT Kirk for more information at jkirk@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Girls' Golf: Contact Coach Baldus for more information at gbaldus@icloud.com.

Swim: Contact Coach Cooley at kcooley@pasco.k12.fl.us.

**All student-athletes MUST have a fully completed physical packet turned in and cleared BEFORE you may tryout or practice. This packet is found on the ZHS website under the athletics tab. No completed, cleared packet? No tryout. No exceptions.**


*You can pay all fees online through Rycor including parking, school lockers, class fees, Grade Level fees, and PE lockers.

You will need an active MyStudent parent portal account to be able to participate.

1. Navigate to Pasco County Schools website at www.pasco.k12.fl.us

2. Click on the Parents tab.

3. Under Parent Links/Academic, click on CheckGrades/Attendance.

4. Click the yellow link to create a new Parent Portal.

Masks Required

*Our school district requires that all students, staff, and visitors properly wear masks or face coverings when on a school campus, school bus, or other school district property.

*Accommodations will be made for students or staff who have a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a mask/face covering. Please contact your student's grade level administrator for more information.

Arrival to School in the Morning

Our mornings at ZHS this year will look a bit different.
  • Buses will drop off in the front bus loop off of 12th Street. This loop is CLOSED to all car traffic from 6:45 to 7:25 a.m.
  • Student drop off is in the Gym parking lot off of Henry Street. Please pull all the way forward to drop off your student in front of the doors leading to the gym lobby.
  • Upon arrival from a car or bus, students must head directly to get their breakfast from the nearest mobile cart or cafeteria line and then to their 1st period class to eat.
  • Students who do not eat breakfast at school will be expected to go directly to their 1st period class as soon as they arrive on campus.
  • There will be no gathering in the commons, hallways, courtyard, or inside and outside of the cafeteria.

Seating Charts and Sign in Sheets

This year, all students will have assigned seats in their classes. The teacher will determine all classroom seating assignments and students are expected to remain in their seats.

When in another classroom not on their schedule, students will need to sign in and take a seat as directed by the teacher.

If you have any questions about this, please reach out to your grade level administrator.

Classroom Expectations

  • Each student and staff member will help keep ZHS as clean as possible. Inside the classrooms, teachers will have a procedure for the beginning and end of class, as well as a cleaning station with materials.
  • Students will have assigned seats in each classroom and are expected to sit in their assigned seat every day.
  • Students and teachers will utilize a sign in sheet when inside a classroom or area that is not covered by a seating chart.
  • Mask breaks will be permitted by teachers and will be reviewed in class during the first week of school.

Cafeteria and Lunch Expectations

Serving lines:

  • Multiple carts and lines will be available for student use.
  • Q-tips will be provided so students do not need to touch the keypad to input their number.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

  • Students will be eat inside the cafeteria and in the commons. Some teachers will allow students to eat in their classrooms (utilizing the sign in sheet) and will assign seating.
  • Seats will be marked in the cafeteria to encourage proper distance. Students should only sit in seats not marked with an 'X'. If students choose to eat in the commons, it is expected that they are seated while eating and maintain 6ft of social distancing.
  • All students will be required to be seated if eating. No one is permitted to be standing up or walking when eating their food or snacks. When students are moving, walking, or standing anywhere, students must have their masks on.

ZHS School Advisory Council (SAC)

What is a School Advisory Council?

  • The school Advisory Council is the means for community and parent involvement in and support of the schools.

How can I become a SAC member?

  • Elected members of the School Advisory Council include teachers, educational support personnel, parents, and secondary students.

Any parent, community business member, teacher, or student interested in serving on our SAC committee for the 2020-2021 school year should contact Mrs. McCafferty at (813) 794-6102.

This is a great way to get involved and stay connected to your Bulldog family.

To complete a yearly volunteer application, please visit: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/volunteer/

SAC Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:45 a.m.
Scheduled dates for the 2020 – 2021 SAC meetings:

  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2
  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5

Want more information on the reopening Pasco County Schools?

Click here for the Pasco County Schools NOW Website:


Thank you!

Thank you to Leanne John and the Cattlemen and Cattlewomen for sponsoring lunch for the ZHS admin team.

Thank you to J Hoops Basketball Training for your support of our IND Entrepreneurship Business plan! (**If you'd like more information for your student on J Hoops Basketball training: email jhoopstraining@gmail.com!**)

Thank you to the Zephyrhills Free Press for always supporting ZHS in covering our students and staff in the paper and on social media (and sharing the photos!).

Your kindness, generosity, and support is a blessing!

The Bulldog Community is unlike any other! #BulldogPRIDE

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