ZHS Weekly Update

October 3, 2021

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 2021-2022 school year is Building Excellence!

October 3, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Bulldog families!


Tickets for the Homecoming Dance go on sale Wednesday, October 6 during lunches. Students must have a completed and approved form on file. These forms will be available in the commons during the day. All guest passes must be approved and forms submitted before a guest ticket can be purchased. Tickets are $20 this week.

Dress Code:

We are following the Pasco County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code guidelines for all students. Additionally, hats, hoods, and beanies are not to be worn when inside a building or classroom. The dress code is posted below. If your student is out of dress code, we will work with them to resolve the concern. We encourage all students and parents to review the Pasco County School Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code.

COVID-19 update:

The District's COVID response plan is posted on the Pasco County Schools website. Parents can check the district dashboard for updates on positive COVID cases.

  • The COVID-19 Daily Report will be updated on the district website each school day. It will report the number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Parents are encouraged to review the Daily Report to stay up to date regarding COVID-19 cases at their student’s school.
  • Direct notification will be limited to students or staff who are required to quarantine.
  • Students will NOT need to quarantine until/unless they develop symptoms or become unable to pass the self-screener found on the the ZHS and Pasco County Schools websites.

  • Please monitor your student for symptoms and use the self-screener. If your student is not feeling well, please do not send them to school.

We continue to take many precautions for student and staff safety that include cleaning supplies in every classroom/work area, social distancing, optional wearing of masks/face barriers, Public Service Announcements (in this newsletter, on the daily School Announcements, and more), hand sanitizer all over campus, and more.

Construction updates:

The locker rooms are scheduled to open this coming week once all final inspections have passed. The 300 hallway and Media Center are on track to be open when students return from Winter Break.

Closed Campus:

ZHS is a closed campus for lunch. Students are expected to remain on campus for the entire school day and do not have permission to leave campus for lunch. Additionally, outside food, food delivery, and food sales is not allowed, as it jeopardizes our Free and Reduced Meal status. These deliveries will be refused.

We will navigate these challenges and we will have a GREAT year!

We are resilient. We are committed. We are determined. We are Bulldog STRONG!

--Dr. Christina Stanley

This Week at ZHS

All Week:

All week: ZHS Cheer Practice, Boys Basketball Open Gym, Girls Basketball Open Gym, Gallup Student Survey Window, Gallup Staff Survey Window

Monday, 10/4:

•ELA FSA makeups (Portable 3, Room 209)

•ZHS Priority School Walkthroughs with District Staff

•Environmental Science Field Trip to the EMC

•SIT team meeting 5th period (room 209 if testing is done, Zoom if not)

•ZHS Admin Meeting (2 p.m.), ZHS Boys Golf home vs Pasco

Tuesday, 10/5:

•ELA FSA makeups (Portable 3, Room 209)

•Picture retakes (last chance!) in the ZHS Gym

•Site-Based Leadership Team Meeting (2:00 p.m., via Zoom)

•FFA Skillathon Practice (Room 800)

•ZHS Girls Golf away @ WCHS, JV/V Volleyball away @ Pasco

•Stewart Middle School home football game vs Rushe MS (6 pm)

Wednesday, 10/6:

•Wear College/Career/AVID/Academy gear

•Early Release Day/Staff PD, ZHS Construction meeting (11 a.m.)

•ZHS Swim away @ RRHS, JV/Varsity Volleyball home vs RRHS

Thursday, 10/7:

•PLC meetings during Teacher Planning Periods

•Freshmen presentations in the Dining Room (pds 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

•CNA students @ WZES for health screenings

•Student Summit during lunches (Santiago/Ljohn’s rooms)

•ZHS G Golf home vs WRHS, JV Football home vs SLHS

Friday, 10/8:

•Wear Bulldog spirit gear or Black/Orange

•USH Quarter Checks

•Student Summit during lunches (Santiago/Ljohn’s rooms)

•ZHS Swim away @ County Meet

•ZHS V Football home vs WRHS (Hippie/Tie Dye Game)

Saturday, 10/9:

•ZHS Cross Country away @ LOLHS Invitational

•JROTC Ranger Day, ZHS FFA @ Pioneer Florida Museum

Testing Schedule

THIS WEEK (10/4 to 10/8):

Monday, 10/4: ELA FSA makeups

Tuesday, 10/5: ELA FSA makeups

Friday, 10/8: US History quarter checks

Your student will receive notification of his/her assigned testing location via ticket. You will receive notification of your student's testing location, time, and date via email. Additionally, rosters have been posted on campus, and teachers have notified students in class.

The announcement of the BEST assessment change does NOT affect this year's testing. All students are expected to meet the assessment portions of the graduation requirements. We are still required to test all students in order for them to have opportunities to meet their graduation requirements.

Photo Retakes

Calling all ZHS Students!

The last day for Picture Retakes is Tuesday, October 5.

This is the last day for all student photos be taken so you can be included the Yearbook!

We will have one station specifically for Senior Photos.

Questions? Reach out to Mr. Fernandez (tfernand@pasco.k12.fl.us).

SAT/ACT Bootcamps!

SAT/ACT Bootcamp sign-ups will be this week during lunch!

A sign-up sheet will be available in the commons at the guidance table.

Sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 2pm-3pm beginning Monday, September 27th in Room 26-217.

Snacks will be provided.

See Mr. Santiago if you have any questions.

Homecoming Dance Update

Homecoming Dance:

When: Saturday, October 30

Where: ZHS gym

Cost: $20 for the week of Oct. 6 to 12. (Prices will increase October 13th.)

Time: 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Ticket info: Will go on sale Wednesday, October 6. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Other info: Students must have 80% or better attendance, no level 3 referrals, and a 2.0 or better GPA to attend. All students will comply with these requirements or meet with admin/SSAP to create a plan regarding areas of deficiency. All guests must be cleared and approved.

Gallup Poll

ZHS students will participate in Pasco County School's Gallup Poll.

Student Gallup Plan (October 4 to 8):

9th grade: Gallup done via HOPE classes

10th grade: Gallup done after Biology quarter check

11th grade: Gallup done after USH quarter check

12th grade: Gallup done via Econ/Govt classes

ZHS Important Dates

Monday, October 11: USH quarter check makeups

Tuesday, October 12: Biology quarter checks, Grade Level Team meetings, Academic Awards Night (ZHS gym)

Wednesday, October 13: SAT School Day for seniors

Thursday, October 14: Biology quarter checks, Senior Meeting

Friday, October 15: Quarter check makeups, Hispanic Heritage Month Closeout Celebration

ZHS Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

Donations for the ZHS ABC Program:

Who? You!

What? Peanut Butter, Jelly, Bread, Crackers, or Almond Butter

Where? Bring your donation to ZHS

When? Now!

Why? Many of our ZHS Bulldog families may not have access to food sometimes. Peanut Butter and Jelly is a rich source of protein, affordable, has a good shelf life, and can be used in many ways.

**A little goes a long way! Helping others is sweet!**

Extended School Day

Extended School Day starts October 20th. If your student needs to recover classes and/or bring up their GPA, please have them see their grade level administrator, school counselor, or graduation coach. All grade levels are invited. Transportation and snacks will be provided.

Day 1 is 10/20/21, every Monday and Wednesday through 3/11/21, 2:00-4:45pm, excluding non-school days.

ZHS Girls Basketball Tryout Information

Girls Basketball Team Tryouts are October 25th from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

All athletes must have a completed and current physical packet on file in order to be able to tryout.

Student Flu Shots available!

Health Hero Florida will be coming to Zephyrhills High School on October 29th to administer the flu vaccine to the students. Consent forms are available as a link in this newsletter, can be found on the ZHS website, and are available in the front office.

If you would like for your student to receive the vaccine at school, please complete the consent form and return it to the school clinic by October 22nd, 2021. If you do not want your student to participate, you do not need to return the consent form. Only those students with a completed consent form will receive the flu shot.

Please contact the ZHS school nurse if you have any questions.

Outside food, candy, beverage sales PROHIBITED

Students are not permitted to sell food, candy, or beverages on campus. We do have fundraisers ongoing, but they are not during the school day. Many of our students and staff have allergies and we cannot compete with the cafeteria. No outside food, candy, or beverage sales are allowed. Students who do not follow these procedures are subject to school discipline.

Celebrating our Bulldog staff

Congratulations to Dustin Rowe and Angela Huffman!

Dustin Rowe was voted ZHS Teacher of the Year for the 21-22 school year!

Angela Huffman was voted ZHS SRP of the Year for the 21-22 school year!

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Transportation Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Andrea Rowe, Senior Field Service Specialist

Transportation Southeast



Outside Food/Food Deliveries

Students are not allowed to have outside restaurant food on campus and are not allowed to have food delivered to campus. DoorDash and other food delivery services are NOT allowed. We jeopardize losing our status as a Free/Reduced Breakfast and Lunch school if we have unauthorized competition with the cafeteria. We are a closed campus for lunch and during the school day. Students may not leave campus and get food. If you have any questions about these requirements, contact Dr. Stanley at cstanley@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Hats, Hoodies, Beanies inside buildings

Please talk with your student about removing their hat or head covering when entering a building and keeping it off when inside the building. Thank you!
Big picture

Pasco County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code

Please review the Pasco County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code documents.

myStudent Parent Portal Emergency Card information updates

Parents: Please log into and update your myStudent Parent Portal account with the most current phone numbers and email address information so that we can contact you regarding your student's progress and/or in the event of an emergency.
Big picture

Bell Schedule for 21-22

1st Period 7:20 – 8:15

2nd Period 8:20 – 9:10

Academic Period 9:15 – 9:35

3rd Period 9:40 – 10:30

Lunch A 10:30 – 11:00

Period 4A 11:05 – 11:55

Period 4B 10:35 – 11:25

Lunch B 11:25 – 11:55

5th Period 12:00 – 12:50

6th Period 12:55 – 1:46

Student Fees and Lockers

Fees and Lockers

*You will also be able to pay all fees online through Rycor. All fees including parking, lockers, class fees, Grade Fees, and PE lockers can be paid online.

*Students will be assigned school lockers & parking spots during the first two weeks of school via lunches. Students will be assigned PE lockers through their PE classes. Need a locker? Reserve one here: https://zhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=36069

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.

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".

Purchase Tickets to ZHS Athletic Events

Want to save time in line?

Visit https://gofan.co/app/school/FL6109

Search for the ZHS athletic contests you'd like to attend and purchase your tickets!

ZHS Sports Tryout 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 Cimorelli for more information at bcimorel@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Student Parking Passes 21-22

1. You must purchase a 21-22 student parking pass online when you pay your fees.

2. All parking passes will be processed and distributed during student lunches in the commons by Ms. Ashley during the first two weeks of school. Please do not go to Student Services.

3. You must have copies of your driver's license, current registration, and current proof of insurance to receive your parking pass during lunches.

4. All students, including students who drove last year, must purchase a new parking pass each year and provide updated vehicle information. Parking passes are only good for the school year.

**Students who drive will be permitted to drive and park without a pass for the first week of school.**

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, or Academy 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!

Masks Optional (as of 8/1/21)

*Masks are optionals for all students, staff, and visitors when on a school campus, school bus, or other school district property this fall.

*Please contact your student's grade level administrator if you have questions.

Arrival to School in the Morning

  • 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. DO NOT PASS THE BUSES.
  • 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 can get their breakfast from the nearest mobile cart or cafeteria line and then head to the cafeteria or 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.

Student and Staff Hallway Guidelines

Social distancing will be expected at all times.

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

Seating Charts and Sign in Sheets

Again 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.
  • 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/sign out sheet when leaving or entering a classroom or area that is not covered by a seating chart.

Cafeteria Expectations

Serving lines:

  • Multiple carts and lines will be available for student use.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

  • Students will be permitted to 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.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged while in the cafeteria, commons, and dining room areas.

School Lunch Questions?

The Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2021-2022 school year is now available online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application.

If you are unsure if you qualify, you can also review the income eligibility guidelines on the Pasco County Schools website https://connectplus.pasco.k12.fl.us/do/fns/.

Pasco County Schools Covid-19 Protocols

Click here for more information on the 21-22 Pasco County Schools Covid-19 Protocols:


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.
  • The School Advisory Council is composed of the principal, teachers, school staff, parents, business and community representatives, and secondary students.

How can I become a SAC member?

  • Elected members of the School Advisory Council include teachers, educational support personnel, parents, and secondary students.
  • Members are also appointed to the council by the principal to represent business and the community.
  • Students serve as SAC members for a one year term.
  • A chairperson is elected annually by the SAC membership.

Any parent, community business member, teacher, or student interested in serving on our SAC committee for the 2021-2022 school year--please email Mrs. McCafferty at cmccaffe@pasco.k12.fl.us for a nomination form. 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 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:45 a.m.
Scheduled dates for the 2021-2022 SAC meetings.

  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15
  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 23
  • April 20
  • May 18

Thank you!

Thank you to Bonnie, Lee Reed Insurance, Martin Electric, Ben Hudgins Law Firm for your donations to the ZHS ABC (Assist, Believe, Care) program that directly supports ZHS students and families!

Thank you to Dave Walters and the Zephyrhills Free Press for all the great photos and positive coverage of our students' amazing accomplishments!

Thank you to Kim Poe, Sgt. Smith, and Mrs. Simons for sending in great photos of our amazing students in action!

Thank you to Steve Lee and the Zephyrhills News for supporting our programs!

The Bulldog Community is unlike any other! Your kindness and generosity is a blessing! #BulldogPRIDE