Sumner High School & Academy 2027

The Week Ahead (8/15/22 - 8/19/22)

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Students’ thinking will be consistently developed through our shared instructional principles: close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher order questions, and academic conversations.


Sumner High School and Academy will establish a community of excellence that inspires belonging and respect while honoring individuality and diversity.


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2022 AICE Scores Released

AICE Results were released this past week. Students had the opportunity to review them. Below are some general performance notes:

  • Sumner gave an additional 1241 exams (approx. 2300 total exams) and offered an additional 11 AICE courses compared to 2021.
  • Overall, our students passed an additional 478 exams (1291 [2022] and 813 [2021]) this year.
  • A number of our new AICE courses exceeded expectations in their first year, such as AICE Drama, AICE Global Perspectives, and AICE Music to name a few.
  • A number of our second-year AICE courses continue to maintain a high pass percentage as we have increased participation, such as AICE Gen. Paper, AICE Eng. Lang, and Spanish Lang. to name a few.
  • Our overall AICE participation has increased to approx. 3390 exams for this year which is an additional 1100 exams from last year.
  • We are implementing a new initiative of every 11th grader taking AICE General Paper (if they have not already taken it) to expose them to a higher level of rigor and give them an additional accelerated opportunity.

We are extremely proud of our teachers and staff and the direction of the program. Thank you to Mandy Miller, our former AICE lead teacher, for her leadership during the inception of the program. We will continue to analyze the data, build in additional student support sessions, and find ways to enhance the program.

Ms. Baker, our new AICE lead teacher, is available at to answer any questions regarding these results.

Stingrays that need to make-up semester 2 exams from last school year need to arrange for transportation.

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Student Likeness Release Form-- PLEASE COMPLETE

Our school has been asked to participate in a pilot for an online form this year, and we need your help.

The form is available in both English and Spanish and should be submitted as soon as possible. It can also be accessed by visiting:

Thank you for your help in completing the form.

Please complete the 2022-2023 Student Likeness Release Form by scanning the QR code below
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School Health Services Form-- PLEASE READ

Parents & Guardians,

The attached forms below, in English and Spanish, should ONLY be completed if you are declining school health services. In accordance with Florida House Bill 1557, Parental Rights in Education, each school district, at the beginning of the school year, must notify parents/guardians of each health care service offered at their child’s school and provide parents the option to withhold consent or decline any specific service. More details are included in the attached documents.

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Sumner PTSA-- Join Now!!

The Sumner PTSA will be an integral part of the success of Sumner HS & Academy 2027. Mr. Nelson and our PTSA will conduct monthly meetings to keep our stakeholders up-to-date with "all-things" Sumner. Additionally, the Sumner PTSA provides support to our students and faculty with incentives, resources, and scholarships to ensure a positive culture ripe with high expectations and high student achievement.

Strong Schools, Stronger Hillsborough

You can find more information on our dedicated webpage or click on this video link which shares my interview with Laura Byrne, editor of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, discussing some of the most frequently asked questions about the millage

We have a couple of attachments (Referendum Condensed Flyer [English and Spanish]) are below for additional information.

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Student Parking Tags/Academy Parent Parking Spots (Lottery)


Parking Hangtag registration is now open. This year, students will be submitting all paperwork online through CANVAS and MyPaymentsPlus. Students should visit the school website to find the CANVAS Course enrollment link. There, they will be able to submit all necessary documents. Parking is first come, first served so students are encouraged to complete the process before school starts to lock in a parking pass.

Additionally, hangtags can be picked up August 1st, 3rd, and 8th from 9-11 in the main office. During the school year, passes will be given out during lunches and before/after school in Student Affairs. You must have received a Complete submission to obtain a pass.

Should you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wright at

Seniors who are interested in painting a parking spot must purchase a hangtag first and then print off the senior design request form found on the school website and bring into the main office with $25 cash. All information can be found on our Sumner school website.

Academy Parents: Due to the influx of student drivers at Sumner, we have to limit the amount of Academy parking spots. As of today, we have 50 parking spots available. The administrative team will conduct a lottery-based drawing to assign new parking passes to Academy families. Families will be notified Friday, July 29, 2022, via email with further instructions on how to pick up your parking pass. Please click the below link (Academy ONLY) if you want to be entered into the lottery.

*** If we are able to increase the number of Academy Parking Passes, families will be notified in our Stingray Newsletter/Parent link**

Academy ONLY parking lottery link:

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Fall FAST Progress Monitoring 1 Student Assessments

Our students will be taking the fall FAST Progress Monitoring 1 student assessments in Reading and Math, and/or state-assessed content (Algebra, Geometry, Biology, US History, and/or Grade 8 Science) in the coming weeks. Results will soon be available after the testing is completed at school. To help prepare your child(ren), please make sure they get a good night's rest, eat breakfast, and are reminded not to rush.

Please read the attachment (PM Testing Letter Eng Spanish) below for more information.

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Jostens is the NEW graduation company for the Class of 2023

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Stingray Spotlight

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UPCOMING Theatre Productions-- Get Involved! (Dates are Tentative)

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Sumner Apparel-- Online Shop

Please check our NEW online spirit wear shop. 1st Place Spiritwear is our new online shop and they have hundreds of styles and combinations for youth and adults. The sprit wear will be directly shipped to your residence. Some proceeds come back to the school, so please get your Sumner gear here.

Please click on the below link to get your Sumner gear:

Sumner spirit wear, Riverview, FL, Stingrays | 1st Place Spiritwear

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22/23 School Counselors

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ACT Test Information

Please review the ACT testing dates. The ACT can be used for college entrance measures, possible scholarship qualifications, and as a high school graduation benchmark. Please consider taking both the SAT and ACT this year.

The SAT and ACT generally cover the same topics. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other. Neither the SAT nor ACT is harder than the other. Different students tend to do better on one test over the other.

Students are increasingly taking both the SAT and ACT. The best way to decide if taking the SAT, ACT, or both tests is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test of each type. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit.

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch may be eligible for a testing fee waiver. Please visit Student Services on WAIVER WEDNESDAYS to request a waiver. Students with waivers can register by the late registration deadline with no late fee.

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Sumner Athletic Booster Club

A strong, successful, and positive athletic program is critical to the success of any school. We are building something GREAT at Sumner, so come be a part of our Athletic Booster Club. Your support is wanted and needed this year. Join Us.
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Interested in Sumner Athletics? Get Involved!

Please click on the link to learn about HS & MS Athletic Eligibility:

H09 What You Should Know about MS and HS Athletic Eligibility.docx (

Please open the BELOW ATTACHMENT (FALL ATHLETICS SUMNER 2021.22) for our fall athletics schedule.

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Academy 2027 Updates

Please read below for some general Academy 2027 updates:

HOST INFORMATION (more info below):

Academy 2027 will provide before school care beginning at 6:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. and after school care ending at 6:00 P.M. through HOST. If you wish to sign up for this service or need additional information, please go to:


Students enrolled in Academy 2027 are required to wear a school uniform. The collared shirt must be Kelly green, Navy blue or gray shirt and is expected to be worn Monday – Thursday, while the school’s spirit shirt or a college shirt can be worn on Fridays. The pants must be black, khaki or Navy blue. Denim, leggings and tights are not allowed to be worn in the Academy. If there’s a designated jean day – jeans can be worn without any holes or frays.

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Do You Ride a School Bus? Do You Need to Find a Bus Stop?

Bus Route Availability

The information available below represents bus routes for students attending their attendance-area school.

If you are attending a school via "school choice" and you are bus eligible, look under your choice school for bus route information.


  • These routes are current as of the date printed. However, they are subject to change. Please check back periodically.

    • Parents are responsible for getting their child to and from the bus stop safely.
    • Please be sure to choose the bus stop closest to your home that provides the safest walk path.
    • Bus stops are for bus-eligible students only. Eligibility is determined based on the child’s home address on record at the school.
    • If you have moved, please make sure to update your address with your child’s school immediately.

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We NEED Volunteers! Say Y.E.S!

Sumner needs your HELP. Please consider volunteering at Sumner. It takes a village to build success. ALL volunteers must complete a volunteer application (and be approved by HCPS) before participating in school events. Please review the BELOW FORM (2122 Volunteer Application FIRST DAY) for more information and application.

You can apply or get more information at this link: Volunteer Services / Overview (

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Sumner Student Handbook-- PLEASE READ

Parents and Students,

Please take time to read the 2022/2023 Sumner Student Handbook. The handbook is a resource guide that contains personnel contact, academic, student affairs, athletic, and club information.

Please check the attachment (Sumner Student Handbook) below for the entire handbook.

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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 ext.4000.

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 8:40 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 22/23. The BELOW LINKS provides parents and guardians with helpful information for using Canvas to support and monitor student academic progress.

To access the Canvas Family Guide, please click one of the following links:

Student Guide

To Log in

Family Guide

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