ZHS Weekly Update

October 11, 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!

October 11, 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 Algebra retakes, as well as the SAT for Seniors on Wednesday. These tests are part of the graduation requirements (or count as concurrent scores that meet grad requirements). MSO students are also included in these opportunities.

Attendance is important. MSO students are expected to follow the ZHS bell schedule every day and log into all Zooms with their teachers and classes. Traditional students are expected to attend all classes and follow all procedures when checking out of school.

Your student may be in danger of losing their license and receiving a warning letter if they have exceeded the amount of allowed absences. Please be sure to turn in all copies of doctors notes or other excuse notes so we can be sure to have the most correct information.

When we return to having dances and events for students, we will be using grades, attendance, and behavior as means of determining student eligibility for the event. Please encourage your student to attend all classes and be the best version of themselves as they work hard on their academics.

The mask/face covering mandate is still in place on any Pasco campus during the school day 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.

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.

We will continue to navigate the challenges we face this year.

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, 10/12:

Spirit Week: Dress up day theme—Pajama Day (dress code applies)

Quarterly Check make ups in Bio, USH, ELA, Math classrooms

Boys Soccer meeting: New dining room immediately after school Monday, 10/12

Girls Soccer tryouts 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Girls Weightlifting Tryouts(must have completed physical packet on file to try out)

Boys/Girls Cross Country Relays @ GHS

V Football away @ Tarpon Springs

Tuesday, 10/13:

Spirit Week: Dress up day theme—Trick or Treat Tuesday (dress code applies)

Quarterly Check make ups in Bio, USH, ELA, Math classrooms

Gallup survey for students: ELA (9), Social Studies (10, 11, 12)

Girls Soccer tryouts 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

FFA Meeting at the Barn

Volleyball Districts home vs Lake Wales

Wednesday, 10/14:

Spirit Week: Dress up day theme—Welcome to the Jungle (dress code applies)

SAT School Day Testing: Seniors Only

Girls Soccer tryouts 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, 10/15:

Spirit Week: Dress up day theme—Music Thursday (dress code applies)

Gallup survey for students: ELA (9), Social Studies (10, 11, 12)

ALG 1 FSA Day 1 Retake: Seniors Only

Teacher PLC meetings during planning periods

Girls Soccer tryouts 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

JV football home vs. LOLHS

Friday, 10/16:

Spirit Week: Dress up day theme—Bulldog Spirit Day

Gallup survey for students: ELA (9), Social Studies (10, 11, 12)

ALG 1 FSA Day 2 Retake: Seniors Only

Last Day of Quarter 1

Cheer Comp Team practice in the commons 2:30 p.m.

Varsity Football home vs. AHS (7:30 p.m.), Homecoming recognition for alumni

Senior Night for Band, Cheer, Football

Saturday, 10/17:

Boys/Girls Cross Country @ PHS

Wrestling Clinic (ZHS gym, 9 a.m.)

**Masks/face coverings must be properly worn (over the mouth and nose) for all INDOOR events by any visitors, fans, students, spectators, and parents at all times while on campus, unless eating or drinking at that moment.

**Masks/face coverings must be properly worn (over the mouth and nose) for all OUTDOOR events unless seated. Masks must be worn when arriving at the event, while walking to the stands, when leaving your seat to go to concessions or to the restroom, and when leaving.

**Visitors, fans, students, spectators, and parents who refuse to comply with these requirements will be asked to leave the event.**

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.**

**Visit www.nfhslearn.com to complete the videos on Cardiac Arrest, Heat Illness, and Concussion protocol. Take a screen shot of your completion certificate!**

Tryout dates:

Girls Weightlifting: 10/12

Boys Soccer Informational Meeting: After school 10/12 (Coach Soellner, jsoellne@pasco.k12.fl.us)

Girls Soccer tryouts: 10/12, 10/13, 10/14, 10/15. Practice starts 10/19

Boys Soccer tryouts: 10/19

Girls Basketball: 10/26-26, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the gym (Coach Chris 813.312.6186)

Boys Basketball: 11/2-4, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gym

Wrestling: 11/09, after school in the gym

Contact our ZHS Athletic Director Bruce Cimorelli at bcimorel@pasco.k12.fl.us if you have any questions.

Homecoming 2020 Update

**Due to COVID-19, the Zephyrhills High School Student Council has decided to postpone Homecoming until the beginning of March. Their decision was made with CDC restrictions put into place that they would not have a full Homecoming experience in October. Due to social distancing measures, they would be unable to have a Homecoming Dance, Pep Rally, and a Downtown Parade.

**At the moment, Student Council is planning for a Parade, Dance, Spirit Week, and Homecoming Royalty to be crowned at a Powder Puff Football game in the beginning of March.

**During the original Homecoming week, October 12-16, the students will have a Halloween theme, a Spirit Week, and a hallway decorating contest for each class. During halftime of the football game, they will recognize all Seniors in Band, Cheer, and Football--as well as the ZHS Alumni present in the crowd.

**ZHS Student Council will announce the times of the events, at a later date.

No School for Students 10/19/2020

No school for students on Monday, 10/19/2020.

That day is Teacher Planning and is student-free.

Quarter 2 starts on Tuesday, 10/20/2020.

November 13 is the last day to update your choice for 2nd semester

If you are a traditional student wanting to go MSO for 2nd semester...


If you are a MSO student wanting to go back to ZHS for 2nd semester...

November 13 is the last day to update your preference for 2nd semester.

Email your student's grade level administrator to determine next steps.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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)

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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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:

  • 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 our SAC for funding items for students in our PRIDE store! Students redeem their HERO points for all sorts of Bulldog gear and treats.

Thank you to Judy Williams for her work with fundraising and volunteers in the Zephyrhills community.

Your kindness, generosity, and support is a blessing!

The Bulldog Community is unlike any other! #BulldogPRIDE

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