Sumner High School & Academy 2027

"The Week Ahead" (3/22/22 - 3/25/22)



Sumner HS & Academy 2027 Schoolwide:

Students will authentically engage in rigorous, student-centered instruction that is responsive to ongoing student assessment data, utilizing the shared instructional principles.

Sumner High School:

Student achievement will be enhanced through the use of differentiated collaborative structures, student-centered discourse, and relevant rigorous text built upon clear learning intentions and success criteria.

Academy 2027:

Sumner students will utilize WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) to critically analyze text aligned to grade-level standards on a daily basis.

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NO School-- Monday, March 21st. School will resume on Tuesday, March 22nd.

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Upcoming AICE Exams Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed!!!

Sumner High School will be administering over 4000 AICE Exams over the next few months. Adult volunteers are needed to assist in proctoring and monitoring during AICE Exams. Volunteers will need to attend a short training meeting via Teams and complete district volunteer paperwork. Please reach out to the AICE Lead, Amanda Miller with any questions:

Approximate Times:

AM Sessions: 8 am-12pm

PM Sessions: 12 pm -3:30pm

Sign Up Here:
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Nominate Greatness: Faculty Honor Roll and Irish 31

Students and Families,

Please tell your teachers and faculty members how much you appreciate them by writing them an special note. February is Kindness Month and our faculty is working extremely hard to build relationships and give the best education to our students. Faculty Honor Roll cards are located in the main office vestibule. Please write that Stingray Shoutout, leave with the main office secretaries, and we will get that special note to our teachers and faculty members. #RAYSup


Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery invites friends, family, fellow educators, parents, and students to nominate a teacher that has made a true difference in their life, or the life of their loved one, for a 2022 Cheers to PUBlic Service Award by submitting the form found in the link below before midnight on April 8th, 2022.

Cheers - Irish 31

Our judges look to the teacher’s story for signs of the I.R.I.S.H. character traits found in our most impactful leaders: Influential, Reliable, Impassioned, Selfless & Humble, so please be detailed in your submissions and best of luck to your nominees!

Upcoming SENIORS ONLY Events

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Sumner Senior Prom

SENIORS ONLY: We have received phone calls and emails regarding some upcoming SENIOR events, so we wanted to send out some preliminary information. Prom and Grad Bash tickets will soon go ON SALE through mypaymentsplus.

The hyperlink that will be used to pay is MyPaymentsPlus:

PROM (MAY 7th) tickets will be on sale from 4/28-5/3.

Prom: We will allow SENIORS to bring ONE Non-Sumner Guest (if interested) to accompany him/her, but all guests will have to have an APPROVED (by administration) guest form. Further details will be forthcoming.

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Senior Blue Letters

SENIOR Families and Friends,

A new tradition is being started with our very first graduating class of 2022. Please reach out to family and friends both near and far as we honor our Seniors by sending them letters of congratulations. This is an excellent way to show them how proud you are of their achievements through the years. Please check the flyer for more info.

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Khan Academy-- Take Advantage


We're excited that you're helping your child find the best practice available for the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT®. With Official SAT Practice, students get a 100% free, personalized practice program for the SAT through an exclusive partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board, the makers of the SAT.

With Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, your child will:

  • get a personalized plan tailored to their strengths and areas of focus as indicated on their PSAT/NMSQT® or SAT results
  • hone their skills with thousands of practice questions, hints, and video lessons;
  • take up to eight official full-length practice tests online or on paper;
  • receive instant feedback and adaptive recommendations for what to practice;
  • set a personalized practice schedule to get reminders for when to practice; and
  • review ​expert tips and strategies for the test.

Students who prepare using Official SAT Practice see substantial improvement in their SAT scores. In order to receive personalized practice plans based on their PSAT/NMSQT results, students will have to link their Khan Academy accounts and their College Board accounts.

Please see the video link for support with linking accounts.

How to Link Your College Board + Khan Academy Accounts

Now that you have your PSAT/NMSQT scores, you can link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access free, personalized practice on Khan Academy. By...

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Extended Learning Program (ELP): TAKE ADVANTAGE

Does your child need extra assistance in an academic subject? Please take advantage of Sumner's Extended Learning Program. ELP tutoring occurs in the morning, afternoons, and Saturdays. We can provide assistance in almost every subject. Please check the attachment (below) ELP schedule. All students are invited to attend the Extended Learning Program.

UPDATED: WINTER/SPRING ELP dates and times are listed in the below attachment.

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Paper 24/7 Tutoring for SUMNER STUDENTS

Help is Here. Anytime. Anywhere.

Hillsborough students grade 6-12 have unlimited, on-demand access to free academic support through Paper. Need someone to talk through a particularly tough math problem? A Paper Tutor will be there to assist students within seconds. Need someone to read an essay and make suggestions on how you can improve it before submitting? A Paper Tutor will be there to assist students.

No matter what a student's academic needs are, Paper’s expert learning assistants are available to help 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Just log in and ask a question! Students can login through Clever by clicking on the Paper icon.

Unlimited, Expert Support for Students, No Costs for Families.

Paper is a free resource for all Hillsborough students grades 6-12. Any student can connect and speak with a tutor for 30 minutes or 6 hours. Their usage will never be capped and families will not have to pay a cent for seeking assistance.

When working with a Paper Tutor, students should not expect to receive answers. Instead, their tutor will ask them guiding questions to get students thinking critically about what they know, what they’ve tried, where any misunderstandings are, and how to move forward.

Try It Now or RSVP

To speak to a tutor immediately, students can login to their Clever accounts and click the Paper icon.

To learn more about how Paper works, parents and guardians can sign up for Q&A sessions in English and Spanish and speak with a member of the Paper team directly. Should you have any immediate questions, feel free to reach out to (video link below)

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Military Family Counseling

Greetings Sumner Military Families!

Due to recent events occurring with the Russia-Ukraine conflict, supportive counseling and resources will be available to our military-connected families and Sumner Staff members. Counseling and resources will be provided to students experiencing difficulty in deployment transitions, stress, and anxiety. Please see Allison Terrell - Sumner's Military Counselor - in Portable #1 to pick up a consent form and to schedule an appointment. This may be a confusing and stressful time for many students and providing an emotionally safe environment is our priority.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Allison M. Terrell, MSW, LCSW

CYB - Military & Family Life Counselor

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Virtual College Fair

Registration is now open for the NACAC Virtual College Fairs! NEW year, NEW platform, NEW experience! NACAC Virtual College Fairs are a fantastic opportunity to connect with colleges and they allow your students to pursue their college dreams.

You and your students can sign up for free at

Meet with the HCC Rep

Sign up for an appointment with our HCC rep to learn more about HCC programs and Dual Enrollment.

Wednesdays Media Center 10am - 3pm


Please check the attachment (below) flyer.

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There will be a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) training available for parents and students on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Please click on the link below for more details.

FAFSA training for students and parents

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Use this convenient online form to send AS & A Level grade transcripts and/or AICE Diploma notification to US colleges and universities.

Institutions will receive your transcript within 14 days of your request or, if you select a future series, within 14 days of results release.

US Transcript services (

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Cambridge International has released the dates of the 2022 Exam Series

The culminating assessment for an AICE course is the AICE Examination, therefore all students are required to sit for the examination.

Examination dates are set by the University of Cambridge and cannot be changed or modified by Sumner High School.

HCPS pays for every student's initial AICE exam. However, any student who fails to sit for the AICE exam will result in the student being charged the testing fee. In addition, failure to sit for the AICE exam will result in the student not receiving the extra weight in their GPA for taking a college-level course. Cambridge does not have make-up dates or times for exams.

Exam Fees

$110.06 per subject except AS Global Perspectives

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Miller:

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Please submit your Household Meal Benefit application

Please review the two BELOW FORMS (21/22 ALL SNS Information & SHS Apps Benefits Poster) for Student Nutrition Services updates, protocols, and information.

Parents are encouraged to submit a household meal benefit application either online at, or via a paper application. A household application means that parents complete only one application for all children in the same home. Parents can learn about the status of their application by calling 1‐866‐544‐5575. Parents are expected to pay for all meals until an application is processed and approved.

Sumner Athletics

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Attendance MATTERS Every Period Every Day!

REMINDER: Attendance Matters Every Period Every Day. We cannot educate our students at an optimal level if they are not present and/or late to school.

Attendance of every student enrolled at Sumner HS is required in order to benefit from the continuity of instruction and classroom participation. School attendance shall be the responsibility of parents/legal guardians and students. Absences shall be reported to the school attendance office by the parent/legal guardian on the day the absence occurred. The number to be called to report an absence on the day of the absences is 813-378-8626 and Press "2" for the attendance line.

The following factors are reasonable excuses for time missed at school:

A. Personal illness of the student

A student who has demonstrated a pattern of absences due to illness may be required to present medical verification the principal.

B. Court appearance of the student

C. Medical appointment of the student a note from a health care provider may be required.

D. An approved school activity. Absences will be recorded but not reported.

E. Emergencies that are acceptable to the principal

F. Other absences as approved by the principal. A written request from the parent/legal guardian is submitted to the principal at least three days prior to the date of absence. The parent will be notified of the decision.

G. Attendance at a center under Children and Families Services supervision

H. Accident resulting in injury to the student

I. Significant community events with prior permission of the principal

When more than one school is involved, the Area Superintendent will determine the status of the absence.

J. Observance of an established religious holiday

K. Death of a close relative. For purposes of this policy, close relatives shall be defined as the father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter (or in-law), stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, stepsister, half-sister, half-brother, stepchild, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, grandparents, grandchild, or members of his/her own household.


State Law requires that students, 14 to 18 years of age, who have not earned a high school diploma, who have 15 unexcused absences in any period of 90 calendar days, be ineligible for driving privileges. School districts are required by this legislation to report to the State of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), the names of any students who have accumulated 15 unexcused absences in any period of 90 calendar days. The student who is reported will be informed by the DHSMV that his/her name has been received and he/she may lose the privilege to drive. Should a student be contacted by DHSMV with information, he/she may initiate a request for a hardship waiver or a request for reinstatement of driving privilege through the Office of Student Affairs.

A hardship for employment is based on verification of need. The factor to be considered is the extent to which a student provides a substantial financial contribution for his or her livelihood or his or her family’s needs. A hardship for medical care is based on the need for transportation, for the student or his or her immediate family members living in the same household, to access required treatment. Consideration should be given to whether there are any other licensed drivers residing in the household.

Students who accumulate 15 unexcused absences in any period of 90 calendar days will be reported by the school to the DHSMV. Please follow the attendance procedure that has been established in order that students not be reported unexcused when they should be excused. Please reach out to our Student Services Team and/or Administration with questions and/or concerns.

Whenever any student has a total of 15 days of unexcused absence from school during any semester, the student will be considered habitually absent. The school will inform the parent of excessive absences and the district’s intent to notify the Department of Highway Safety of Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) of the student's excessive absences.

Tardiness to Class: A student is tardy when the student arrives after the beginning of the school day or when he/she is not in his/her assigned seat or station when the tardy bell rings. A student’s tardiness shall be excused when the reason given is acceptable to the principal or designee. Examples of acceptable reasons for tardiness are the same as the examples of acceptable reasons for excused absences.

Sign-in Procedures: Any student arriving to school after the session has begun at 8:30 must report to the Main Office or Office of Student Affairs. An admit shall be issued indicating excused or unexcused tardy or absence. For the student to receive an excused sign-in, a parent or guardian must accompany the student to the Main Office and give an excusable reason. More than two sign-ins in a grading period shall require medical or other documentation. Students will not be allowed to sign out later than 3 PM Tue-Fri and no later than 2 PM on Mondays. Please understand that students are close to dismissal and sign-out at these times disrupt the learning and dismissal process.

Secondary Students: Once students arrive on campus, they may not leave without permission from the assistant principal for Student Affairs. Students who must leave school during school hours must have their parent/guardian request this release by phone or in-person to the Office of Student Affairs in order to obtain pre-approval. More than four sign-outs’ in a grading period shall require medical or other documentation and/or a parent/guardian must be present in order to be considered excused.

All students need to take hold of their commitment and potential to be the best they can be for themselves...and that commitment and potential starts with being on time and present to each class Every Day.

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HCPS will continue to use Canvas as a learning and communication tool in 21/22. The BELOW ATTACHMENTS (2122 ALL CANVAS) provides parents and guardians with helpful information for using Canvas to support and monitor student academic progress.
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