Spartan Update

Home of the Spartans 9/20-9/24

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Celebrate Hispanic History

Hispanic Heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage Week but then the commemorative week was expanded to a month from September 15 to October 15. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, who all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively. It is during this period that the United States recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans to the country’s history and culture. Today we are here paying tribute to generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Underclassmen Picture Day Wednesday, 9/22

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Paper 24/7 Tutoring for SPOTO STUDENTS

Does your student need extra support?

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 log in 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 log in 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

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COVID Vaccination Sites

The district will host additional vaccination clinics at the end of the month. Vaccination clinics will be held Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at three different school sites.

Vaccination teams will return to the same school sites on Saturday, October 16and Sunday, October 17 for each student’s second dose.

East Bay High School

7710 Old Big Bend Rd., Gibsonton

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Newsome High School

16550 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tampa Bay Tech High School

6410 Orient Rd., Tampa

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

  • First Dose, September 25 or September 26 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Second Dose, October 16 or October 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) will be available for parents and students starting October 1st. Don't delay start your FAFSA process right away!

College 101

There will also be a free online event titled: College 101 that runs from September 20-23, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on each night! This will be a great opportunity to hear from Florida’s experts on the steps you should take to explore your options and start your journey after High School. Please see the attached (below) flyer.

Registration link below:

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Senior Photos

Cady studios is coming to Spoto on October 7th to take senior photos (9 am-4 pm). Students will need to scan the attached QR code to sign up and let Ms. Lovely know they will need their photos taken. Next Cady will send a link to students so they can schedule the best time that works for them. On the day of, students will come to take their photos (cap & gown and traditional) during their chosen time and then go right back to class. If any students have questions, please message (rikka.lovely@hcps) Ms. Lovely or stop by before or after school (room 214).

Thank you,

Ms. Lovely

Spartan Swim- Swimming Federal Division Meet @ BSAC Brandon

Tuesday, Sep. 21st, 11am

405 Beverly Boulevard

Brandon, FL

Spartan JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Riverview- Home

Tuesday, Sep. 21st, 6:15pm

8538 Eagle Palm Drive

Riverview, FL

Spoto High Club Day- Gray @ 8:40am.

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 8:45am

Spoto High School

The following Clubs will meet for Gray Club Day on 9/23:

Anime Club


Thespians (Drama Club)

Art Club/NAHS


Yoga Club

National Tech Honor Society

Freshman Class

Sophomore Class

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