ZHS Weekly Update

December 12, 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!

December 12, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Bulldog families!

Student Grades:

We have only 5 school days until the end of Semester 1. District Finals, Quarterly Checks, NWEA and make up testing will be held this week. 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 continue to see an increase in student behaviors and an unwillingness by some to attend class or homeroom. We will 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 and 300 hallway have opened. We are waiting on some final touches and then the Media Center will be open as well.

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, Testing Window (FCLE, State EOC, District Finals, NWEA, Quarter 2 Checks)

Monday, 12/13:

•Student Dress up day: Merry Monday! Wear Holiday Socks, Flannels, and/or Sweaters

•Staff Dress up day: wear Bells and Lights with your Holiday gear

•District Finals testing on campus: periods 1 and 4, Quarter Checks

•ZHS CNA class student orientation at Advent Health

•Extended School Day (2-4:45 p.m.)

•G Varsity Basketball home vs PHS, Girls Soccer home vs WCHS (6 p.m.)

Tuesday, 12/14:

•Student Dress up day: Santa's Helpers! Dress up as Santa's Elves or Reindeer

•Staff Dress up day: Cabin comfort. Wear warm/cozy Flannel or Plaid

•District Finals testing on campus: periods 2 and 5, Quarter Checks

•CNA Class Health Screenings @ WES, FFA Skillathon Practice (2 p.m., Room 800)

•G Weightlifting home vs WCHS ( 4 p.m.), B JV/V Soccer away @ RRHS (6 p.m.)

•B JV/V Basketball home vs Lake Gibson (6 p.m.), G JV/V Soccer home vs RRHS (6 p.m.)

Wednesday, 12/15:

•Student Dress up day: Polar Express! Wear your PJ's

•Staff Dress up day: dress up as your favorite Holiday Character

•District Finals testing on campus: periods 3 and 6, Quarter Checks

•SAC meeting (7:45 a.m., Room 209), PERT after school

•Extended School Day (2-4:45 p.m.), B JV/V Soccer away @ GHS (6 p.m.)

•JROTC awards (5 p.m., ZHS Gym), G V Soccer home vs CHS (7 p.m.)

Thursday, 12/16:

•Student Dress up day: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dress up as your favorite Holiday character

•Staff Dress up day: Candy Cane/Be Cool. Wear red/white or blue/white

•Make up testing: Algebra 1 EOC day 1, AICE day 1, FLCE, Quarter Checks

•PLC meetings during Teacher Planning Periods

•9th grade meetings in Media Center, AP student pancake breakfast (period 2)

•FCA club meeting in 26-216 (2 p.m.)

•B JV/Varsity Basketball home vs PHS, RBSMS soccer home vs JLMS

•G V Basketball away @ CCHS (7 p.m.), Winter Chorus Concert (6:30 p.m.)

Friday, 12/17:

•Student Dress up day: Fa La La La Friday! Christmas Color Challenge: Seniors--wear Red, Juniors--wear Green, Sophomores--wear White, Freshmen--wear Blue

•Staff Dress up day: Sweater Weather (ugly or fave Holiday sweater)

•Make up testing: Algebra 1 day 2, AICE day 2, FCLE, Quarter Checks

•Testing Windows close @ 2 p.m., Wrestling away @ GHS

•G JV/V Basketball home vs GHS, G V Soccer home vs HHS (6 p.m.)

Saturday, 12/18:

•ZHS Cheer @ Chase the State VA Competition, Wrestling away @ GHS

•B Basketball away @ Carrollwood Day Tournament

Testing This Week:

Monday, December 13: District Finals (Periods 1 and 4), Quarter 2 Checks

Tuesday, December 14: District Finals (Periods 2 and 5), Quarter 2 Checks

Wednesday, December 15: District Finals (Periods 3 and 6), Quarter 2 Checks

Thursday, December 16: Make up testing: AICE General Paper Day 1, Algebra EOC day 1, FCLE, NWEA, Quarter Checks

Friday, December 17: Make up testing: AICE General Paper Day 2, Algebra EOC day 2, FCLE, NWEA, Quarter Checks

Soccer Parking Update!

Now that construction is nearly finished, we are moving all parking for soccer games to the practice football field. There will be no more soccer parking available in the gym parking lot. There will be no ticket taker there and gates will be locked at that entry point. Please plan to enter the stadium at the main gate by the concession area. Thank you!

Angel Tree @ ZHS AND WZES

If you would like to participate in providing Holiday presents for ZHS or WZES students in need, please take an Angel Tree ornament from the tree in the front office at either campus. Be sure to tell staff the tag number you took so we can make sure all tags are completed/returned. Thank you for ensuring the students in the Zephyrhills community have something to open this Holiday season!

ZHS Important Dates

Calendar/Save the date!

Monday, 1/3: Teacher Planning Day. No School for Students

Tuesday, 1/4: New start time begins for students! (10 minutes earlier), ZHS District Walkthroughs, Parent Meeting

Friday, 1/7: Cheer Competition (Best of Pasco)

Saturday, 1/8: Cheer Competition (Battle of the Bay), Wrestling Tournament

Wednesday, 1/12: Early Release Day, 9th and 11th Grade Hands-Only CPR

Monday, 1/17: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No School for Students. National Day of Service (volunteering)

Transportation Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Andrea Rowe, Senior Field Service Specialist

Transportation Southeast



Bell Schedule for 21-22 (Second Semester)

**Starting 10 minutes earlier as of January 4, 2022**

1st Period 7:10 – 8:05

2nd Period 8:10 – 9:00

Academic Period 9:05 – 9:25

3rd Period 9:30 – 10:20

Lunch A 10:20 – 10:50

Period 4A 10:55 – 11:45

Period 4B 10:25 – 11:15

Lunch B 11:15 – 11:45

5th Period 11:50 – 12:40

6th Period 12:45 – 1:36

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 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! She will be recognized at a School Board Meeting on December 14th!

Extended School Day

Extended School Day is ongoing! 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.

Extended School Day is 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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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.

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.

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

Thank you!

Thank you to Donnie Welsch and all the Zephyrhills community members who donated food and gifts for our Angel Tree and ABC students, as well as all those who donated food for our students for Thanksgiving Break. We were able to feed over 50 families!

Thank you to the Zephyrhills community businesses that donated pies, a turkey, and a gift card to our staff members to bless them during this holiday season!

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 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