WSHS Community Update

April 27, 2020

Dear Winter Springs High School Community:

Good afternoon and I hope this message finds all of you safe and healthy.  I can say this, we miss all of our WSHS students, teachers, and staff and cannot wait for this pandemic to come to a conclusion.  We say thank you to the people across our great country who are stepping up in a time of need for families everywhere.   I have a lot of information to share this week, so please read below.

WSHS School Access Schedule For Appointment ONLY until end of May

MONDAY: Schools Closed

TUESDAY: Open 10am-2pm by appointment only (i.e.; laptop issues, food pantry, appointments for pick-up, etc.)

WEDNESDAY: Schools Closed

THURSDAY: Schools Closed

FRIDAY: Open 10am-2pm by appointment only (i.e.; laptop issues, food pantry, appointments for pick-up, etc.)

Distance Learning Update: We just completed another week of distance learning and continue to be very proud of all of our WSHS students, teachers, and staff. Parents, thank you for continuing to come together to ensure our students are logging in and finishing up the 4th quarter strong.   We recently started a Distance Learning Student of the Week Program (Thank you to Mrs. Draus, AP,  and our teachers).  Take a look at the students from last week!  Congratulations to all the students who made the list!  J Keep working hard Bears! Would love to see your name as this list grows each week!

Congratulations to our WSHS Distance Learning Students of the Week:

Christin Harmon

Gabriela Colon

Saymi Lopez

Shawn Fincher

Tyler Michalak

Riley Hazel

Allie Nichols

Angel Williams

Ashley Pearce

Madeline Guzman

Krystal Maldonado

Matthew Stern

Isaiah Fisher

Cecilia Viloria

Dakota Finn

Lizbeth Rosado

AJ Spray

Jayde Harris

Leo Walters

Isabelle Cedeno

Matthew George

Angelina Ebanks

Emily Chowrimootoo

Oscar Sanchez

Anna Doss

Honey Glimmann

Cloey Belinger

Sarah Riddick

Shania Riley

Sydney Gillis

Aynslie Furbush

Jenna Krausman

Madeeha Mirza

Daimaris Ocasio

Ryan Monroe

Kylie Bernstein

Tyler Brones

Kristina Dunphy

Katie Bishop

Mariana Oza

Patrick Akins

Sylvia Smily

Liberty Dorn

Noelle Wood

Vianka Perez Colon

Tyrese Cooper

Madison Adams

Jaiden Cancel

Maria Patino Fernandez

Alex Head

Sara Arguello

Jehieliz Hernandez Soto

Daniel Malagon Lara

Kiara Montero Pena

Lydda Nieves Cardona

Paola Pacheco Albino

Vianka Perez Colon

Jarelis Rivera

Sara M. Aguinaga Pelaz

Henry Lugo Principe

Daimaris Ocasio Rivera

Evody Gouin

Michelle Hinds

Briyani S. Kerr

Esther R. Leiva

Vianka Perez Colon

Ayla M. Perez

Arianis Rios Rojas

Gabriella Lopez

Vivian M. Pacombe

AP Update: AP Students and Parents—quick clarification! ALL students in AP are automatically signed up for their AP tests because Mrs. Draus ordered one for you at the beginning of March. You do not have to register for your tests. All you need to do is make sure your email address on file with College Board is active and that you are receiving College Board emails because that is where you will get your link for testing when the time comes. Please contact Mrs. Draus with any questions regarding AP testing:

Summer School Update:  Registration is happening now! Please click the link below if you are making plans to attend summer school.  The district is making decisions soon regarding summer school whether or not it is going to be taught through distance learning. As soon as those decisions are finalized, we will communicate those plan with you

Summer School Dates: Monday, June 1 - Thursday, June 25, 2020 Times: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monday – Thursday. Summer School is designed for remediation only for the purpose of retaking courses in which the student earned a semester grade of D or F. Academic remediation courses will be offered via the PLATO online learning system in a computer lab, supported by certified teachers. NOTE:**Transportation is not provided for Summer School. Please contact Mr. Jarzynka, at or at 407-320-8704.

WSHS Summer School 2020 Student Application - Plato Registration

WSHS Class of 2020 Senior News:

  • Seniors Last Day of Distance Learning:  Seniors last day of school is Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • Class Orator Information: Attention Seniors! Are you interested in delivering a graduation speech to your class? If so, Class Orator auditions will be held on Monday, May 11th at 10:00am. Please reach out to Mrs. Lori Bowman at or 407-320-8726 for more information.
  • Caps and Gowns News: Our WSHS Class of 2020 caps and gowns are beginning to arrive! Pick up is scheduled for the week of Memorial Day at this time (Week of May 25).  Exact Date, location and procedures to be announced. We plan to have Herff Jones available once we release the date if you need to exchange your gown, or have any other issues or questions. We are coordinating our pick-up day with all the other SCPS high schools, so Herff Jones would be available for our SCPS students and families upon pick-up.
  • Senior Volunteer Hours:  Due this Friday, May 1, 2020, all student volunteer hours are due to your guidance counselor. See attached for more information.
  • Senior Transcripts Request: Seniors, please fill out the form below to request your transcripts be sent electronically to the school of your choice after graduation. You may also choose to have two transcripts printed for pick-up.

SCPS Student Volunteer Service Program Guidelines.pdf 

Volunteer Log.pdf 

20-21 Course Requests Can Now Be Reviewed Online: Attention All Students Attending Winter Springs High School Next Year! You can now see your course requests for the 20-21 via your Skyward Student Access Account.  Please take time to review your course requests for next year.  If you would like to change one or more of your course requests, you may make a change request by using the link below.  We will be accepting change requests up until Friday, May 22.

SCPS MEAL DISTRIBUTION UPDATE:  If asked by a family or student, here is the information you can provide. Meal Distribution Schools near WSHS Monday thru Friday from 10:30am – 1:00pm.  Layer Elementary is close to WSHS. Might be a great option for you! Also, remember that Casselberry Elementary and Winter Springs Elementary are also pick up sites if that is closer to your home. Go to SCPS website for more locations. GO BEARS!

WSHS Yearbook Update: Purchase Yearbook 2020 @ Use Code: Perez for a $5 Discount. Follow Yearbook on Facebook    ?WSHS Yearbook. Follow Yearbook on Twitter  WSHSYRBK2020

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week News: Message from our WSHS PTSA: Hello WSHS Families! Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is right around the corner! Help us to show our teachers and staff how much they mean to us...even if we cannot be at school with them! Make a sign! Take a selfie! Email it to Please share this post so other WSHS students and parents see it! Thank you

WSHS Athletics Update from FHSAA: Following Governor Ron DeSantis' announcement mandating schools continue distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, it is with heavy hearts that the FHSAA has decided to cancel all FHSAA affiliated events, inclusive of the state series and all championship events, for spring sports. The safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, and fans is our top priority. With the evolving threat of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), we must ensure that we do not contribute to the spread of this illness. We are deeply saddened for our student-athletes who have seen their seasons and/or high school careers end so abruptly. Our Association knows the impact and role high school athletics play in the lives of so many and will continue to work towards the betterment of high school sports. We know this is a trying time, but the health and safety of all is of utmost importance to this Association. Under the guidance of the Florida Department of Education regarding grade level retention, and upon review of the Florida Statutes and FHSAA Bylaws, no additional eligibility will be granted for spring sport athletes. For clarification regarding student-athlete eligibility

Thank you WSHS!  Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!  If you have any questions, please contact me

Mr. Gaffney


Winter Springs High School