Spartan Update

March 20-24, 2023

Spoto High School Instructional Priorities 22-23

  • Design and implement lessons that are aligned to grade level standards.
  • Increase academic ownership through implementation of the gradual release model.

Thought of the week:

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." Mother Teresa

3rd Quarter Ends on Friday, March 24th!

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Spoto NJROTC is Not Done Yet!

By Allison Marcela Arellano

Many who remember Spoto's own NJROTC remember the multiple wins and back-to-back which would easily take them to states and later to the national competition. The 2019-2020 school year was the last year Spoto qualified to go to Nationals and defend their title as one of the nation's powerhouses NJROTC schools. Unfortunately, Covid-19 made all competitions virtual and Spoto has not made a national title yet. Like all things after covid everything became new and Spoto had to restart but luckily with proper motivation, guidance, practice and extra time our instructors Master Chief Green, Chief Dullum, Lieutenant Commander Lewis and our newest addition First Sergeant Bowman gave their heart and soul.

Last years (2021-2021) cadets were fresh from quarantine and were making the routine while these years (2022-2023) perfected the routine and made it their own. On March 4, 2023, at States, the academic exam, which is an hour long and 100 questions, which is a 4-year comprehensive exam of NJROTC curriculum from basic nutrition to history of the Navy and Naval battles. Next is the Athletic portion of the where our cadets compete who can do the most Push-ups and Sit-ups on cadence for the duration of 5 minutes, Congratulation's to Cadet Ensign Herandez who did 303 sit-ups and Cadet Ensign Workman who did 235.

Upon the completion of athletics, the most intense portion of the competition takes place, which is the Personnel Inspection which includes a question-and-answer period where active duty or retired military officers/enlisted ask questions from a list of knowledge needed to be memorized and answered back in military bearing. Always after Personnel Inspection we have drill portion which consists of Color Guard, Unarmed Exhibition/Basic, and Armed Exhibition/Basic which are all graded from a special rubric to ensure all movements and presentations are to the upmost perfection. At this point we prepare for Spoto to win the 100-yard relay!

This was a team effort and a full day of excitement.... Spoto High School brought home the following awards:

First Place Unarmed Exhibition

Second Place Armed Basic

Third Place Athletics overall

Second Place 100-yard relay race

Third Place overall team sit-ups

Second Place Personnel Inspection

Overall, in the meet 3rd place in the state!!

Next up is awaiting an invite to Nationals in Pensacola by Area 7 Manager Commander Thurman! Congratulation & Good luck SHS NJROTC

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"Mr. and Mrs. 300" (Spoto's 1st Bodybuilding Competition)

"Join us for Spoto's 1st Bodybuilding Competition. Sign up at and follow the Spoto Booster Club on Instagram for updated information. It's not too late to join!"

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HCPS Family Survey


You are the most important people in your child’s life, and we want to ensure that you have the opportunity to shape their school experiences. We’re asking that you participate in our 15-minute FAMILY SURVEY that will help our school improve our communication, academic programming, and overall experience for you and your child. The survey will close on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

The FAMILY SURVEY is designed to help us understand your experiences with our school and gain insight on how we can engage with you more effectively. Together we can create the best learning environment possible for your child.

We are working with TNTP to conduct the survey. Responses will be anonymous and only used to inform future family engagement strategies. Families should only complete one survey per child. If you have children at more than one school, please complete the survey for each school at which you have a child. If you have multiple children at one school, answer the questions with your eldest child in mind.

Please click on the QR code or the link:

Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your feedback. We value your input and look forward to working with you more closely in the future to ensure a great learning experience for your child.

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Parent School Partnership Parent Leadership Training

Spartan Families,

The Parent School Partnership Parent Leadership Training will be held virtually in Spanish every Thursday 6-7:30 pm from 3/23-5/18.

The goal of the program is to empower parents to be advocates and leaders in their schools and to build authentic parent-school partnerships. The PSP program prepares parents through a leadership seminar that ensures parents gain knowledge to:

  • participate in their children’s education by learning to navigate the educational system
  • effectively communicate & overcome language barriers & capitalize on cultural assets
  • gain an in-depth understanding of their children and parent rights and responsibilities

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Service Academy Fair 2023

Interested in attending a Service Academy?

Congressman Buchanan is hosting a Service Academy Information Fair on March 25th at 10:30am, targeted specifically for interested students/graduates in the FL-16 district. The Congressman will be there to speak about getting a nomination, and representatives from each academy will speak about their respective institutions. Please see the flyer above for more details. RSVP is encouraged 941-951-6643.

Looking for a Summer Job?

What a great way to gain work experience and make some spending money. Take a look below at this great opportunity for employment as a Summer Camp Leader.
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Career Resources- Phlebotomy Shortage provides complimentary career information for students interested in entering the healthcare profession through phlebotomy.

Our website is a phlebotomy career resource - we do not offer a phlebotomy training program ourselves. We offer all the information students need to get started on their journey - from how to choose the right school to applying for jobs and working as a phlebotomist.

Seeking more information click here:


Marcella Sanchez
Outreach Coordinator

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Prom Details- April 1st

Spoto's Prom will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 7 PM to 11 PM at the Regent - 6437Watson Road. Tickets can only be purchased by a Junior or Senior at Spoto High School for $75.00 each. Once you purchase your ticket, you MUST pick it up from Mrs. Mueller in room 210 before or after school.

You may invite an outside guest (19 or under) by filing out and submitting the guest form. Forms are available in Canvas, or you can pick one up in room 210. All forms are to be returned to Mrs. Mueller in room 210 and then be processed by the administration before you will be allowed to purchase the guest ticket. You will receive notification once your guest form has been accepted or rejected. At that time, you will be allowed to purchase your guest ticket.

Mrs. J. Mueller

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National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Tampa Bay Area Chapter

Now Accepting 2023 Scholarship Applications

Now accepting scholarship applications for African American high school senior girls graduating from schools within Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco County School District who are attending vocational/technical training and college/university. This scholarship is to assist students in paying for the cost of a post-secondary education. Students should visit our website at or complete application at

· Minimum G.P.A. 2.5
· African American Female
· Graduating High School Senior Reside in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Sarasota County
· 800 Word Essay
· College or University Acceptance
· Two Letters of Recommendation
·150 Minimum Community Service Hours

The DeBartolo Family Foundation Scholarship

The DeBartolo Family Foundation is providing $2,500 scholarships to current high school seniors in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk Counties who have achieved academic excellence despite obstacles and are dedicated to continuing their education. All applicants must have plans to continue their education at a University, Community College, or Technical School starting this summer or fall. Attached is the scholarship application and below is the link to their website. All applications must be postmarked by April 3, 2023. Please see PDF application below.

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Creme of Nature Legacy of Leadership Scholarship

Creme of Nature Legacy of Leadership
Deadline to Apply: Mar. 26, 2023
Award Amount: up to $5,000 for 20 students

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and Creme of Nature are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending one of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Twenty (20) scholars will be selected to receive a fall need-based scholarship up to $5,000 for 2023-2024 academic school year (which can only be applied to verifiable costs associated with average tuition and usual fees).

Flag Football vs. Armwood- Away

Tuesday, March 21st, 6:15pm

12000 U.S. 92

Seffner, FL

Spartan Softball vs. King - Away

Tuesday, March 21st, 7pm

6815 North 56th Street

Tampa, FL

Girls Tennis vs. East Bay- Home

Thursday, March 23rd, 3pm

8538 Eagle Palm Drive

Riverview, FL

Boys Tennis vs. East Bay- Away

Thursday, March 23rd, 3pm

7710 Old Big Bend Road

Gibsonton, FL

Spartan Track - Away- Sumner Manuel Griffin

Saturday, March 25th, 8am

10650 County Road 672

Riverview, FL