ZHS Weekly Update

November 14, 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!

November 14, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Bulldog families!

Student Grades:

We have only four school weeks until the end of Semester 1. Parents, Guardians, and Students: please review your student's academic progress on the MyStudent parent portal. You can view your student's grades, missing assignments, attendance and tardies, and discipline. Now is the perfect time to contact your student's teachers or for a parent, teacher, grade level admin conference so we can help support you and your student.

Student Discipline and Dress Code:

We are seeing an increase in student behaviors and an unwillingness by some to attend class or homeroom. We will continue to hold students accountable for their behavior choices, will continue with normal dress code expectations, class attendance and hall pass expectations, and behavior expectations. We are following the Pasco County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code guidelines for all students. We encourage all students and parents to review the Pasco County School Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code.


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 have opened, and 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:

ZHS Cheer Practice, ongoing fundraisers, 300/Media furniture delivery and installation

Monday, 11/15:

•Extended School Day (2-4:45 p.m.)

•Boys JV/V Soccer away @ PHS, Girls JV/V Soccer away @ WCHS (6 p.m.)

•ZHS FFA Meeting @ Ag room 800 (6.30 p.m.)

Tuesday, 11/16:

•ZHS Faculty/Staff Meeting (2 p.m.)

•FFA Skillathon Practice (2 p.m., Room 800)

•Boys Basketball (Preseason) home (2 games, start @ 6 p.m.)

•Girls JV/V Soccer away @ WWHS, Centennial MS Soccer @ ZHS (6 p.m.)

Wednesday, 11/17:

•SAC mtg (admin conf room, 7:45 a.m.)

•Extended School Day (2-4:45 p.m.), PERT test after school (2 p.m.)

•Girls JV/V Soccer home, Boys Basketball (Preseason) home (6 p.m.)

Thursday, 11/18:

•PLC meetings in Ag room 800 during Teacher Planning Periods

•FCA club meeting in 26-216 (2 p.m.)

•Pasco Pathways Expo (Virtual, 5-8:00 p.m.)

•Centennial/RBSMS Soccer @ ZHS (6 p.m.)

•Boys V Soccer away @ Tenoroc (7 p.m.)

•Girls V Basketball home vs CCHS (7 p.m.)

Friday, 11/19:

•JROTC field day, Environmental Science Field Trip to EMC

•ZHS V Cheer away @ Hudson Cobra Classic Comp

•Girls Weightlifting away @ Leesburg

•Girls JV/V Basketball away @ LOLHS (6 p.m.)

•Boys V Soccer home vs HHS (7 p.m.)

Saturday, 11/20:

•ZHS Cheer @ Fall Bash Cheer Competition

ZHS Important Dates

Calendar/Save the date!

Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Break/No School for Students

Monday, November 29: State EOC retake/FCLE testing window opens

Tuesday, November 30: Financial Aid/FAFSA night

Thursday, December 2: College and Career Fair in ZHS gym

Saturday, December 4: SAT on campus @ ZHS, ZHS Cheer @ Competition, Zephyrhills Christmas Parade (downtown Zephyrhills)

AP students! Make sure you read this!

The final day for any Advanced Placement (AP) student to sign up for their AP test is November 15.

If you do not sign up for the test, one will not be ordered for you.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Hayes or your AP teacher.

Upcoming Testing

Monday, November 29: Florida Civic Literacy Exam and State EOC Winter Testing Windows open.

Saturday, December 4: SAT on campus @ ZHS

Monday, December 6: District Finals and Quarter 2 Check Windows open.

SAT/ACT Bootcamps!

SAT/ACT Bootcamp Sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday from 2pm-3pm. Snacks are provided. See Mr. Santiago if you have any questions.

Congratulations to William Poe and our ZHS XC coaches!

Our ZHS Bulldog William Poe placed 26th at the FHSAA Cross Country State Finals in Tallahassee with a time of 16:35.5!

Congratulations to the 21-22 Outstanding Senior!

This year's ZHS Outstanding Senior is Kamil Mehrab!

He will be interviewed at the District Office on November 17 for the opportunity to be selected as the Pasco County's Outstanding Senior. We are so proud of you!

Congratulations to ZHS Senior Caitlyn Regan!

She was chosen to represent all of Pasco County as the U.S. Presidential Academic Scholar nominee for our area! She will move on to the Florida Department of Education level for consideration as a State nominee!

In order to qualify, Caitlyn had to demonstrate excellence in Career/Technical Education coursework, community service and involvement, academic scholarship, rigorous coursework, and and an exemplary SAT/ACT score.

Good luck at the state level, Caitlyn! We are so proud of you!

Extended School Day

Extended School Day has begun! 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 10/25/21, every Monday and Wednesday through 3/11/21, 2:00-4:45pm, excluding non-school days.

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.

Outside food, candy, chips, beverage sales PROHIBITED

Students are not permitted to sell food, candy, chips, 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.
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ZHS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Donations for the ZHS ABC Program:

Who? You!

What? Thanksgiving Food Drive

Where? Bring your donation to ZHS

When? Now!

Why? Last year we were able to provide a holiday meal to 57 ZHS families. If you would like to contribute to or create a box, we would be so grateful.

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

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!

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Transportation Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Andrea Rowe, Senior Field Service Specialist

Transportation Southeast



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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.

Bell Schedule for 21-22 (First Semester)

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.

*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 by Ms. Ashley.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

Thank you!

Thank you to Suellen Smith for ensuring we had everything we needed for Homecoming and that it ran smoothly. You are the best! Thank you for loving our kids!

Thank you to the ladies at the Rustic Pearl Boutique for helping ZHS and the ABC program by collecting food for the holidays. Thank you to Amber for your donation of a gift card for our families!

Thank you to the HOCO parade float judges:

Mickey McPhee (manager of the ZHills Publix and a ZHS graduate)

Lynn Fountain (MBA Senior Coordinator for St. Leo School of Business),

Karen Knight (ZHS graduate, former principal's secretary at ZHS, and wife of ZHills City Councilman Alan Knight

Teresa Kinsman (retired school employee, ZHS graduate, and co-owner of Martin Electric)

Thank you to Billy Poe and the City of Zephyrhills for hosting our HOCO 21 parade!

Thank you to Roger and Judy SIbley, Fellowship Bible Church, Thomas Promise, Carmel Friendship Church, Outreach Ministries, Dawn at Sundance Mobile Home Park, 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 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