Wildcat Wisdom 2022-2023

Wesley Chapel High School 08/17/2022

WCHS Vision

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:

Accountable

Resourceful

Compassionate

Principled

Inspirational

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.



Thank you,

Mr. McDermott

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.
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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

household)

• 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

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MySchool Bucks Breakfast and Lunch Money Account and Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Hi Wildcat Families,


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

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Teen Court

Teen Court is starting up again. It is a great way to earn volunteer hours, learn about our judicial system and participate as a citizen. If you have questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Geiger fgeiger@pasco.k12.fl.us. Applications for the program are available before or after school in room 208.

Yearbooks

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 pingram@pasco.k12.fl.us

Picture Day

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.

Senior Portraits:

We have a contract with Gigante, and seniors must have their session with them no later than November 3rd in order to make it into the senior section of the yearbook. Students will take a formal pose and a "personality" pose, and we include both of these in the yearbook. Also, any senior who gets their photo taken before September 1st OR who makes their appointment with Gigante by September 1st (meaning you have booked your appointment by 9/1 even if the session doesn't actually happen until September or October) will be entered into a drawing for a free half page senior ad (valued at $200). We will randomly select two winners.

Senior Ads

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.

Senior Panorama

Gigante will take the senior panorama (the big group photo of the Class of 2023) on October 7th. More information (time, what to wear, what not to wear) will be sent out prior to this date.

Early Release Days

Early Release Days 2022-2023! Mark your calendar



September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd

December 7th

January 11th

February 1st

March 8th

April 12th

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

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to all sophomores on October 25th. The PSAT serves as a great opportunity to meet Algebra graduation EOC requirements (if a student did not pass), record a baseline for SAT college entrance exams, and give students an opportunity to receive information related to future college and career plans.


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 kfaysash@pasco.k12.fl.us with any questions.

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Lift up Pasco

Please use this link, https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/lift-up-pasco for information
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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 skoslin@pasco.k12.fl.us or call the school at 813-794-8700.

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WCHS COLLEGE AND CAREER S'MORE

Are you College and Career Ready? Check out Mrs. Faysash’s Smore for events, scholarships, and planning resources for all grade levels!

https://www.smore.com/vgxh7
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Free SAT prep available through Khan Academy

Click on this link, https://www.khanacademy.org/SAT, for free SAT prep.

Click below to learn how to set up parent notifications in myStudent portal

Setting up parent notifications will allow you to be notified if your student is absent or struggling in a course.

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.

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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.

https://wchs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=93604

How to create a parent portal account in myStudent

Suspicious Activity Reporting App

Wesley Chapel High School

School Information


Principal:
Mr. Matt McDermott

30651 Wells Road
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
Phone: (813) 794-8700
(352) 794-8700
Fax: (813) 794-8791

Office Hours:
M-F 7:00AM – 3:30 PM