Wildcat Wisdom

Wesley Chapel High School 4/14/21

Message from Mr. McDermott

Parents, as you are aware, this has been a tragic week for our Wildcat family. When this happens it is difficult for everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Warfel family. Please take some time to review the resource in the link below and reach out to us if you or your student need additional support. https://parents.au.reachout.com/skills-to-build/wellbeing/things-to-try-coping-skills-and-resilience/teach-your-teenager-coping-skills-for-wellbeing

When do I test?

Although changes have been made on the effect of testing on this year's students, underclassmen must still meet the graduation requirements of Algebra 1 FSA and English 10 FSA in order to graduate. We urge you to take advantage of all opportunities available for testing. We are taking all safety precautions possible to help keep our school community healthy.

For questions, email Mrs. Richter mailto:crichter@pasco.k12.fl.us

Week of 4/19-4/23- No testing

Monday 4/26/21 and Wednesday 4/28- 11th Grade Cambridge Testing for AICE General Paper Students. Please see your teacher with any questions.

Click below to learn how to set up parent notifications in myStudent portal

Setting up parent notifications will allow you to be notified if your student is absent or struggling in a course.

Mental Health and Teen Safety Modules

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your child will be engaging in classroom lessons mandated by Florida legislation for the remainder of the school year in the following areas: mental health education, child trafficking education, and substance use and abuse prevention.

Mental Health:

State Mandate:

“Tallahassee, Fla., July 16, 2019During the State Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to require school districts to annually provide a minimum of five hours of instruction to grades 6-12 students related to youth mental health awareness and assistance.” The instruction must include:

  1. Awareness of signs and symptoms;
  2. Process for getting or seeking help for themselves or others;
  3. Awareness of resources (i.e., Fortify Florida app and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255); and
  4. What to do or say to peers struggling with mental health disorders?


9th-12th grade students will receive this using the schedule below:

WCHS Mental Health Modules Schedule

Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23, 2021

Monday, April 19

1st period – Module 1 Introduction to Mental Health

Tuesday, April 20

2nd period – Module 2 What is Mental Health

Wednesday, April 21

3rd period – Module 3 Risk and Protective Factors

Thursday, April 22

4th period – Module 4 Community Resources

Friday, April 23

5th period – Modules 5 Coping Strategies and

6th period – Module 6 Human Trafficing

Child Trafficking:

State Mandate:

“Tallahassee, Fla., September 30, 2019 The State Board of Education unanimously approved a new rule requiring instruction in child trafficking prevention for students in grades K-12. With this approval, Florida will be the first state in the nation to address the need for instruction in child trafficking prevention. The new rule also establishes procedures for school districts to plan and document delivery of the required instruction.”


Florida is third in the nation for numbers of reported cases of human trafficking, and the average age of trafficked youth is 11 to 13 years old. In 2018, there were 767 human trafficking cases reported in Florida. Of those cases, 149 were minors. Up to 70 percent of sex trafficking and exploitation begins with predators connecting with youth online. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one out of eight endangered runaway youth is likely a victim of human trafficking.


9th-12th grade students will receive the mandated education using the following methods: If a student is enrolled in HOPE and/or through the Safer, Smarter Teens program that will be delivered through classroom instruction with the school counselors. WCHS will have students participate in this module on Friday, 4/23/21 during 6th period.

Substance Use and Abuse:

State Mandate:

“Tallahassee, Fla., August 21, 2019Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran applauded the State Board of Education for requiring accountability in the delivery of age appropriate substance use and abuse health education for students in grades K-12. This initiative builds on similar requirements for mental health education adopted by the State Board of Education last month. The new requirement takes effect this school year.”


“The State Board of Education is committed to putting the needs of students first,” said Chair Andy Tuck. “We firmly believe that a balanced education that includes instruction on substance use and abuse is absolutely essential to a student’s lifelong success.”


WCHS utilizes Red Ribbon Week activities

9th-12th grade students will have three options to receive this education. The first option is school participation in Red Ribbon week in the fall semester. The second option is education with the use of Everfi curriculum. The third option is with programs such as “Prom Promise”. The option is to be determined by the school administration.

If you have any questions related to this letter, you may contact Mr. McDermott at (813) 794-8701 For more information on the state mandates please visit: http://www.fldoe.org/

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Senior Activities

Dear Class of 2021 Families,

In an effort to keep you informed on upcoming Senior Activities, here is a list of events that will take place in the next few months. In addition, I have included information regarding graduation.

The approved events are:

  • Wednesday, May 12 at 4 p.m. Powder Puff Football Game on WCHS Athletic Field
    • 1st game Freshmen and Seniors
    • 2nd game Sophomores and Juniors
    • 3rd game Championship
    • Cost is $10 per player or cheerleader
    • Admission is $3
  • Monday, May 17 at 7 p.m. and staging starts at 6 p.m. PTA Advocacy Group Senior Car Parade at The Lagoon in Wesley Chapel (advertised but not hosted by the school)
  • Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. Senior Awards, by invitation, on the WCHS Athletic Field at 50% capacity
  • Thursday, May 20 Athletic Awards will be hosted virtually
  • Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26 Grad Practice during school hours
  • Tuesday, May 25 Field Day after grad practice
  • Wednesday, May 26 picnic or barbecue on the athletic field after grad practice
  • Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony on athletic field. Each senior is able to invite four attendees. The graduate and attendees will check in together at the field. There will not be paper tickets distributed. Two will sit on the field with the graduate and two will sit in the stands, practicing social distancing, and masks will be required.

With the exception of the Senior Car Parade, all events will occur on campus. On campus events will require a mask and social distancing. We cannot endorse or support events outside of those happening on our campus. Please call the school if you have any questions at 813-794-8700.

Senior events

Parents, it has come to our attention that a group is organizing an unofficial prom. Please know that this event is not sponsored by or endorsed by Wesley Chapel High School. All approved events are listed in the section above.

Class Ring information

If you are interested in purchasing your class ring, please visit the Herff Jones website at, https://herffjoneswestcentral.com/classrings/classrings.cfm

If your student is in AP U.S. History or DE US History, please see below.

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Emergency Card Information and Directions (Please read)

Parents, we currently have over 600 emergency cards that have not been updated. If you have not updated your student's emergency card, please download the step-by-step instructions below for completing the emergency card. If you have questions or need assistance, please email myStudenthelp@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Extended School Day

Extended School Day will be offered Monday-Thursday each week and starts Tuesday, February 16 from 3:00-4:30 and ends on Thursday, May 20. This is an opportunity for students who need to recover credits in English or Mathematics courses. It is also a great opportunity for students who have returned from MSOL to Traditional and need support with classes. Please see Mr. Yingling if you are interested in participating.

Need extra help in English or Math?

WCHS now has tutoring for English and Math available virtually on Wednesdays from 3PM-4PM. If you are struggling or need assistance on assignments, please use the following links for support.

Students must have their first and last name on their zoom as well as have their video on.

English support- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84521849162?pwd=aWhVa0FvZjZhYTNrSWYwOGY3KzlKdz09

Math support- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83133610259?pwd=ang5Y012VHJGYU55azRaK29nTDVJUT09

Class of 2021 Graduation is June 4 at 7 pm at WCHS. If you have not ordered your cap and gown, you can order through the link below

Graduation is scheduled for June 4, 2021 at Wesley Chapel High School. Don't be left out, make sure you have your cap and gown. Information on other senior activities will be announced when finalized.

Click here to order your cap and gown. Students' senior fees are now available for payment through myStudent.

Pay senior fees here

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WCHS College & Career Updates

Are you College and Career Ready? Check out Mrs. Faysash’s Smore for events, scholarships, and planning resources for all grade levels!


Prevention Methods for COVID-19

Please support our efforts to keep our students and staff healthy. Screen your student daily using the Student Screener and contact a medical provider for further guidance if your student develops symptoms or you need medical guidance. COVID-19 testing is available in the community. Contact the school nurse (RN) or administrator immediately if your student receives a positive COVID-19 test result.

Prevention measures for COVID-19:

o The best way to prevent illness is by limiting exposure to the virus.

o Maintain proper social distancing (about 6 feet).

o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

o If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

o Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

o Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.

Herff Jones 2021 Graduation ordering guide

Download the pdf below for ordering information on graduation products. Due to the pandemic, we have not been able to have a presentation for our seniors.

Vote for April Staff Member of the Month

Vote below for the STAFF Member of the Month! Don’t forget to tell us why they deserve a special treat! The staff member that wins will get a gift certificate to Glory Days and have their picture presented on the digital board in the restaurant.

Please vote for your favorite Teacher/Staff member now.


WCHS ABC Program

If your family needs supports or any needs from the WCHS ABC program, please fill out the following form. If you would like more information about the ABC program, the flyer is attached and/or call Iris Garcia in the front office, 813-794-8702.


Wesley Chapel Athletics Information

How to create a parent portal account in myStudent

College Application Process

Let's "meet" to discuss your plans! All grade levels!

Do you need help figuring out your next step? Do you have questions about the college application process? Are you wondering where you stand for your GPA and test scores for admission? Would you like to discuss trades, careers, or military service? Are you interested in seeing what you can do now to help yourself later? Email Mrs. Faysash at kfaysash@pasco.k12.fl.us so we can design a personalized plan for you!

Mask Procedures

When to Wear a Cloth Face Covering (Mask)

· The school district requires that all students, visitors, and employees wear a mask or other face covering while on school property and/or engaged in school activities, including outdoors when unable to maintain a distance.

· Transportation

· If you are a car rider, you should apply your face covering when you arrive at school before exiting your car in the parking lot.

· If you are a bus rider you should apply your face covering when you arrive at the bus stop. Face masks will be required on school buses.

When can I remove my Cloth Face Covering (Mask)

· You can remove your face covering when you are outdoors and able to maintain at least a safe distance from others, and at end of the day after you have exited the building.

· You can remove your face covering during meal and snack times. To the extent possible, maintain a 6 ft distance from others when you have your mask off.

· If occupying an office space by yourself, you can also safely remove your mask but should be ready to reapply as soon as others approach you.

Suspicious Activity Reporting App

Wesley Chapel High School

School Information

Mr. Matt McDermott

30651 Wells Road
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
Phone: (813) 794-8700
(352) 794-8700
Fax: (813) 794-8791

Office Hours:
M-F 7:00AM – 3:30 PM