ZHS Weekly Update

November 29, 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!

November 29, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Bulldog families!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! It was a quiet day at my house but I did take advantage of some of the time to start decorating for Christmas. I hope your time with family and friends was memorable.

Students and staff return to school tomorrow (Monday, 11/30). We have only three weeks until Winter Break and the end of Semester 1. Please log in to the MyStudent Parent (or Student) portal and talk with your student about his/her progress and how he/she can finish strong.

A message from the Superintendent:

With the recent surge in local, state, and national COVID cases, the positivity rate in Pasco has risen to 9%. Effective Monday, November 23, 2020, all athletic activities will be restricted to participating students and their coaches only. All athletic, fine arts, and extracurricular events in District facilities (indoor and outdoor) will be closed to spectators until the local positivity rate drops below 5% for a rolling 7-day period.

Your Bulldog administrative team will keep you updated regarding this policy, changes to the positivity rate, and impacts to campus events.

We do continue to experience positive COVID cases at ZHS, even with all we are doing to socially distance, clean, and communicate with families during these unprecedented times. Through contact tracing, use of seating charts in classrooms and buses, and use of sign-in sheets, we work with our Bulldog staff and families to help maximize student learning opportunities while we work to minimize the impact of COVID-19, isolation, and quarantine.

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 must be worn on campus at all times--even when outside on campus. Many students are not wearing their masks properly over their mouth and nose. Please encourage your student to use hand sanitizer, wash hands often, and help minimize risk by properly wearing his/her mask at all times.

Testing resumes this week with the ELA FSA, Achieve 3000, Algebra 1 Realize, Geometry NWEA. Thank you for your support in helping your student meet these graduation requirements.

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, 11/30:

Testing: ELA FSA Writing AM (periods 1-3)

ZHS Cheer in the Commons (2-4 p.m. ALL WEEK)

Girls JV/V Soccer away @ RRHS

Tuesday, 12/1:

Testing: *Achieve 3000 ELA and Reading (all day), *ELA FSA Reading PM (periods 4-6)

Pert after school in Room 209

Girls Weightlifting home vs Lake Minneola (4 p.m., no spectators)

Wrestling home vs. WRHS (6 p.m., no spectators)

Girls JV/Varsity Basketball away @ SLHS

Wednesday, 12/2:

Wear your College, Career, AVID, Academy, or Bulldog gear!

Testing: *Algebra 1 Realize (all day), *ELA FSA Reading AM (periods 1-3), *ELA FSA Reading PM (periods 4-6)

SAC mtg via Zoom (7:45 a.m.)

HOSA club meeting after school (2:30 p.m., room 220)

Boys JV/V Basketball home vs RRHS (6 p.m., no spectators)

Thursday, 12/3:

Teacher PLC meetings during planning periods

Testing: *Geometry NWEA testing (all day), *ELA FSA Reading PM (periods 4-6)

Girls JV/Varsity Basketball away @ GHS

Boys Soccer home vs CCHS (7 p.m., no spectators)

Friday, 12/4:

Bulldog Spirit Day: wear your Bulldog gear or colors!

Testing: Makeups

Boys JV/Varsity Basketball home vs LOLHS (6 p.m., no spectators)

Wrestling away @ WWHS

Saturday, 12/5:

SAT in the gym (7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Wrestling away @ TBA

ZHS Cheer @ UCA Florida Central Regionals

Congratulations to the ZHS Varsity Football Team

Even though our playoff run ended Friday at Jones High School, we have much to celebrate! Our team and coaches overcame limited summer opportunities, multiple COVID quarantines, cancelled/postponed/moved games, and more. They emerged from each of these challenges stronger, hungrier, and more determined. Congratulations on a fantastic season!

ZHS Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

Thank you to all who helped feed the ZHS student community.

This year, 230 total items were collected!

Special thanks to the Women's Club of Zephyrhills and the NHS Club at ZHS.

Thank you for partnering with us!

Traditional or MSO for your student for 2nd Semester

If your student is a traditional student and you wanted him/her to go MSO for 2nd semester...


If your student is an MSO student and you wanted him/her to go back to ZHS for 2nd semester...

Please complete this form to indicate your preference for 2nd semester: https://zhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=38592

COVID-19 reminder

Please support our efforts to keep everyone healthy.

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

*Practice social distancing as much as possible when feasible.

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

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

*Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

*Properly wear a mask or face covering over your mouth AND nose when around others.

Bulldog families, we are really struggling with students not wearing their masks properly over their mouth AND nose. We remind students multiple times each day.

Please reinforce the message with your student(s) and family about how we can all help limit the spread of this virus by consistently and properly wearing masks/face coverings, washing our hands, and practicing social distancing.

Front Bus Loop

The front bus loop is closed to through traffic in the morning from 6:50 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. and in the afternoon from 1:40 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

The buses must be able to pull through and drop off/pick up their students.

Parents/guardians, please DO NOT use the front bus loop for any type of student drop off or pick up during these times.

Please use the student parking lot or the gym parking lot to drop off or pick up your student during these times.

DO NOT pass the buses and drive through the loop. It is unsafe for all when this occurs.

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ZHS 20-21 Outstanding Senior

Congratulations to Madison Aguilera!

She is the ZHS Outstanding Senior for 20-21.

We are so PROUD of you!

#BulldogStrong #BulldogPRIDE

PERT information--

**We are offering the PERT test after school 4 times after school this semester starting Tuesday, October 27!!**

1. Seniors:

If you need the Algebra 1 EOC to get the concordant score to meet the graduation requirement, you can sign up for the PERT math test using the PERT Sign Up Form on the ZHS website under the Students tab.

2. Dual Enrollment Students:

You can sign up for one or more sessions using the PERT Sign Up Form on the ZHS website under the Students tab. Dual Enrollment students must pass the PERT test for admission into PHSC for Dual Enrollment classes for the Spring Semester.

Any questions?? Please contact Mrs. Yonkof at jingerso@pasco.k12.fl.us.

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Yearbooks are $65

Yearbooks are currently on sale for $65.

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.

Congratulations to Mrs. Katie Dorkowski!

She is the ZHS Teacher of the Year for 2020-21!

Congratulations to Mrs. Nancy Reese!

She is the ZHS SRP of the Year for 2020-21!

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:

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

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.


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!

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)

Instructional Assistant/Student Discipline: Jennifer Capriglione (jcaprigl@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: Jennifer Capriglione (jcaprigl@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.

Want more information on the reopening Pasco County Schools?

Click here for the Pasco County Schools NOW Website:


Thank you!

Thank you to the Women's Club of Zephyrhills and the NHS Club for your work on the Peanut Butter/Jelly Drive.

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

Thank you to Mickey McPhee (manager of Publix), Kevin Brash (manager of Dade City Walmart), and Brian from Village Inn for your donations to the staff at ZHS. Thank you for being a blessing to us!

Your kindness, generosity, and support is a blessing!

The Bulldog Community is unlike any other! #BulldogPRIDE

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