Wildcat Wisdom 2022-2023
Wesley Chapel High School 08/17/2022
Wesley Chapel High School provides a community in which students become life ready citizens with confidence, empathy, and perseverance.
To ensure our students are college, career, and life ready, we are:
Message from Mr. McDermott
Wildcats, we are off to a great start to the school year. To help us ensure students are successful, we need your help in getting them to school on-time. First period classes begin at 7:10A.M. students who are not in class are marked tardy, consequences will occur for tardiness. Following the drop-off procedures will help speed up the line, however, if you are driving your student to school it is expected that they be in class by 7:10A.M. Students are consistently arriving over 10 minutes late, this equates to missing one day each week and the learning environment is interrupted when they arrive late.
Also, please be patient and safe when picking up your student in the afternoon. We are seeing many impatient and unsafe drivers. Please keep the safety of our students in mind. We appreciate your cooperation.
Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up
- First period begins at 7:10A.M. Students are expected to be in their classrooms prior to the tardy bell ringing. If your student is tardy, there are consequences. Normal traffic is not a valid excuse to be tardy so plan to arrive early.
- If your student has access to bus transportation, please encourage them to ride the bus. Our student drop off and pick line backs up quickly in the morning and takes quite some time to drive through.
- If you do not have bus transportation and are driving your student, please pull forward as far as possible as this helps speed the process of the drop off and pick up lines. Do not stop in front of the office to drop off.
- Please turn right out of the line to speed up the flow. Turning left will back the line up greatly.
Attendance Procedures (Student Code of Conduct)
All elementary, middle and high school students who are absent will be marked “unexcused” (U) until the parent/guardian notifies the school in writing and justifies the absence with one of the acceptable reasons as defined below. Failure to do so within three (3) school days will cause the absence to be recorded as “unexcused”. In the case of excessive or extended absences, which are claimed to be due to illness, upon request of the principal or designee, a parent must provide documentation (doctor’s statement) of a student’s illness. Excessive or extended absences are considered five (5) in one calendar month or ten (10) in one semester, or a history of excessive absences per period as defined below under Student Consequences for Unexcused Absences. Absences that meet this threshold as defined above will require a doctor’s note. If doctor’s notes are not provided, absences will be marked as unexcused.
Reasons for acceptable (excused) absences include but are not limited to:
• Illness of student
• Major illness in the immediate family of the student (immediate family is determined as parents, brothers,
sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, legal guardians or persons “in loco parentis,” or a member of one’s own
• Death in the immediate family of the student
• Religious holiday of the student’s faith (including Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Epiphany, etc.)
• Religious instruction (including Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, etc.)
• Religious institutes, conferences, or workshops, provided that the principal or designee approves the absence in advance
• Absences for trips or other parental requests: Requests must be approved at least one (1) week in advance
• In-school or out-of-school suspension
• Subpoena or forced absence by any law enforcement agency, a copy of the subpoena or court summons must be submitted to the school
• For purposes of attendance, school related activities would not be counted as absences from school
• Issues and occasions specific to military families
Student Code of Conduct
MySchool Bucks Breakfast and Lunch Money Account and Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Here is the link to add money to your student's breakfast and lunch account.
Here is the link to the application for free and reduced breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast and lunch for the 2022-23 are no longer free. If a student does not have funds in their MySchool Bucks account, an alternative meal will be provided.
For more information visit the district Food and Nutrition website
We sold out early last year. The only way to guarantee you get a yearbook is to preorder it early in the school year. This period will end March 3rd. Parents, if you purchase through the Student Pay portal, PLEASE double check your student's account. If you are not sure, email me (Mrs. Ingram) and I can tell you. Last year we had a number of seniors who thought their parent paid for a book, but the parent had paid for something else, like senior fees. It's heartbreaking to tell these seniors that we do not have a book for them. Before preorders end, we will post a list of everyone who has ordered. Please encourage your students to check this list to avoid this situation. Yearbooks can be purchased through Walsworth's site or through Pasco's Student Pay portal. If you are looking to pay by cash or check, please contact me directly. Current cost is $85, which will increase to $90 starting on September 1st.
If you have any questions regarding school photos or yearbooks, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Day will take place on Friday, September 9th. This is the photo that will appear on student IDs (which we usually get from Gigante a few weeks after Picture Day). For 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students, this is the photo that will appear in the yearbook. This photo will not appear for seniors in the yearbook. Students will go through their English class. Any student who is not enrolled in an English class on campus can arrive to the gym at any time during the day and check in at the front table for assistance. Picture Retakes will take place on October 7th. This day is for students who were absent on September 9th OR for students who purchased a package and are unhappy with the results. Orders will take place on Gigante's website. More info will be forthcoming as we get closer to that day.
Sales are now open on Walsworth's site, www.yearbookforever.com (where you can also purchase a book with extras like a name stamp on the cover or additional autograph pages). Within the next week we will have paper forms available for those who wish to pay by check or by cash. The deadline to purchase a senior ad is December 16th. We sold out of ad space last year, so please don't delay if you are planning to purchase an ad for your senior.
Early Release Days
Early Release Days 2022-2023! Mark your calendar
Early Release Day Bell Schedule
1st Period 7:10 a.m. – 7:44 a.m.
2nd Period 7:49 a.m. – 8:23 a.m.
3rd Period 8:28 a.m. – 9:02 a.m.
4th Period 9:07 a.m. – 9:41 a.m.
5th Period 9:46 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
6th Period 10: 25a.m. –10:59 a.m.
7th Period 11:04 a.m. –11:38 a.m.
SAVE THE DATE: PSAT OCTOBER 25
Please click HERE for a letter that was sent home with all 10th graders about the PSAT, requests for accommodations, and opt-out information.
Any 9th or 11th grade students interested in taking the PSAT can see Mrs. Faysash to sign up. The cost is $20.
Please contact Mrs. Faysash at 813-794-8717 or email@example.com with any questions.
Advertising Opportunity for Local Businesses
District School Board of Pasco County Intent to Advertise
Need more customers? Advertise with WCHS! Each year thousands of people come to events on our campus and see advertisements for local businesses. This is an opportunity to get affordable advertising and help out the students of WCHS. Banners are printed by the school using your artwork with several sponsorship options. The term of the advertisement is one full year.
Interested businesses may download and complete the form below.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Assistant Principal over Athletics, Mrs. Koslin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 813-794-8700.
Click below to learn how to set up parent notifications in myStudent portal
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.
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 the front office, 813-794-8702.