Sumner High School & Academy 2027

"The Week Ahead" Newsletter (FINAL Edition for 20/21)

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A Year-End Message from Mr. Nelson

I want to thank our faculty, students, families, and community for an outstanding, yet challenging 2020-2021 school year. Words cannot explain how proud I am of this entire school. Working through a pandemic year has not been easy for all of us, but I have been impressed with the flexibility, positivity, and resilience shown by all during these crazy times. I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support our students—both at home and at school. Many of you went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ already rich school experience.


That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Sumner High School and Academy 2027 faculty. The commitment and perseverance of our entire faculty in educating children through a pandemic school year has been truly amazing. Thank you and job well done to an incredible group of professionals.


For my students, I know this school year has not been easy. There are so many expectations and much excitement over the start of a brand new school. I know you are feeling a bit more elated as the summer has arrived, but I want you to know something. I want you to know that as we embrace the blur of crazy school year that this time of year brings, I’m feeling a bit bittersweet. I look at you and realize that a school year goes extremely fast. Since my appointment in January, You’re all already a couple inches taller. some of you have a different haircut. Your style has changed a little as you’ve grown into yourself a tad bit more. I think of how you’ve learned, grown, and matured, through brick and mortar and/or e-learning. Hopefully, you can speak with a confidence you didn’t possess in August after going through challenging times. You’re not that same kid we met; you’re different, and that excites me as we going into next year. I know I am *just* your principal, but we’ve spent five days a week together for the last four months and change is never easy. I hope my discipline made you stronger. I hope my kindness made you feel safe. I hope that our school was a place that you learned many things and made many friends; I hope it was a place you genuinely like to be. I’ll think of how you’ve grown and how you’ll continue to do so. And I’ll not only think of how much you’ve learned but also how much you’ve taught me as we’ve grown together in a new school.


I want to thank our families for placing your children in our care. Please know I take that role very seriously and am thankful that you trust me with responsibility. A special thanks to our Athletic Boosters and PTSA for your unending commitment to supporting our students, faculty, and programs. We will only get better and I can promise you that I will spend endless hours trying to give your children the best experience possible.


Last, I want to thank Mr. Dave Brown, our inaugural Sumner principal, for his incredible faith in my leadership to take over an educational institution that he built last year. He has established a wonderful foundation for many years to come.


I believe that our students are attending the best high school in America. Our faculty is second to none. Our AICE program will continue to provide enormous opportunities to our students. Diversity will be our strength into the future as evidenced by our new motto "Unity through Diversity." Sumner High School and Academy 2027 will continue to build a longstanding tradition of excellence. We will challenge every student to take the most demanding academic program and get involved in the school. We are tremendously proud of our academic success, and we are certain that we will continue to build upon that success. For my Class of 2022, I am in pure hysteria to spend a senior year with you. It will be our first graduating class in school history and I plan on making it an awesome senior year.


As for right now, I want each of you to enjoy the summertime! I will miss you all very much for the next few months. We will continue to be working behind the scenes to get ready for an outstanding 21/22 school year as we welcome approximately 3200 students to Sumner High School and Academy 2027. Please reach out to the school if you need anything. I hope you have a wonderful summer!! You deserve it!!

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Sumner FAST Camp coming in July (for new HS students to Sumner & HS and Academy elearners)

Sumner HS and Academy 2027 elearners: We are providing a 1 day orientation for you as you acclimate back to the Sumner HS and Academy campus. Please register at the link or scan the above QR code if interested. This camp is for returning Sumner HS and Academy 2027 elearners ONLY. Please call the main office with questions.
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eLearner Laptop/Chargers/Equipment/Textbook Returns-- PLEASE READ

Sumner still has approx. 200 laptops that have not been returned to the school. We have set up a second return date. PLEASE READ BELOW.


Tuesday, June 1st – eLearner Item Pick Ups & Returns eLearning students and families may pick up and return items on Tuesday, June 1st during (8 am - 11 am).


This will be a drive-through process. Please enter campus through the gate by the main office (gate closest to the main entrance).


Possible Items for Pick Up:


✓ Pre-ordered Yearbooks (not available for purchase)

✓ Pre-Ordered Spring Pictures (not available for purchase)

✓ Pre-arranged items from individual teachers


If your student borrowed any of these items from Sumner, please plan to return them on 6/1:


✓ Laptop and Charger

✓ WiFi Device

✓ Textbooks

✓ Library Books

✓ Band and Orchestra Instrument


If a student does not return their assigned laptop and charger, then the student will be put on the debt list until the laptop is returned and/or paid for at the school.

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Sumner HS AICE Information-- PLEASE READ

AICE testing is not quite over yet! Good Luck!!


Tuesday, June 1st, 11:45 am AICE Environmental Management

Thursday, June 3rd, 11:45 am AICE Environmental Management

Thursday, June 10th, 8:30 am AICE Biology


All testing will take place in the media center.

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Summer Meal Box Distribution (June 2nd - August 5th)

We know many of our learners rely on our schools for access to nutritious breakfast and lunch during the academic year. The needs of our children do not go away once the school year ends. That is why I am excited to announce Hillsborough County Public Schools will continue to provide grab-and-go meals at no cost to children throughout the summer at 36 district sites.


Anyone 18 years of age and younger will be eligible for meals every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. beginning June 2nd through August 5th. Both Monday and Wednesday meals will include breakfast and lunch for two days to ensure students have food for the week. The summer grab-and-go sites are as listed below:



Summer Curbside Distribution Sites (6/2/21—8/5/21) 36 sites:

Armwood, Lutz, Barrington, Madison, Benito, Mann, Blake, McDonald, Bowers/Whitley,

Middleton, Buchanan, Mulrennan, Bloomingdale, Oak Grove, Clair Mel, Plant City, East Bay, Reddick, Gaither, Riverview Elementary, Giunta, Sligh, Greco, Smith, Hillsborough, Spoto,

Hill, Steinbrenner, Jefferson, Turkey Creek, Kenly, Webb, King, Wharton, Lennard, Woodson



It is also important to note that all brick and mortar sites offering extended learning programs will be serving breakfast and lunch to students enrolled in the programs Monday through Thursday.

Class of '22 Cap and Gown & Regalia

Our new Senior Class officers and faculty decided on the SHS graduation cap and gown & regalia. It looks fabulous and we cannot wait until our first graduating class walks across that stage next year. CONGRATS C/O '22 on being Sumner's first senior class!!

Academy 2027 Athletics Update

After ongoing discussions, Academy 2027 will add the extramural program in 21/22. Additionally, we will be adding a Girls on the run program at Sumner as well. We are excited to see our Academy students compete on the athletic fields next year. Ms. Ebony Robinson, assistant principal, will oversee our Academy athletics program for the next school year. Details will be coming this summer.

Summer Items to Remember

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Open House 21/22 (Mark the dates)

A summer newsletter will be sent out as we approach closer to August, but we wanted to send out a few important dates for you to mark down for the 21/22 school year.


August 2nd: Teachers Return

August 4th: Academy 2027 Open House (5 - 6:30 pm)

August 5th : 9th/10th Grade Orientation/Open House (4 -5:30 pm)

August 5th: 11th/12th Grade Open House (6 - 7:30 pm)

August 10th: First Day of School

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