Home of the Spartans 9/19-9/23
SPOTO HIGH INSTRUCTIONAL PRIORITIES FOR 2022-2023
- 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 change your mindset, you have the ability to change your whole world."
Extended Learning Program (ELP) available to students
Students and Parents:
Our Spartan Tutoring Extended Learning Program (ELP) has started. Please see the schedule above. Check your CANVAS and talk to your teachers about the MANY opportunities we offer tutoring throughout the day. No excuses exist for our students to not attend tutoring if needed.
All students are highly encouraged to attend ELP before, during, and/or after school if they need that extra assistance. Please reach out to your teachers with questions.
Paper 24/7 Tutoring for SPOTO SPARTANS
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 email@example.com.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/WT1wB26qb9k (video link below
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.
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.
Attending an SHS Sporting Event?
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
Come see what makes us Uniquely UNF! Join us for our Explore UNF event, Saturday, Oct. 1.
Click the button below or register at https://www.unf.edu/visit/explore-unf.html.
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 see Mrs. Kentish to request a waiver. Students with waivers can register by the late registration deadline with no late fee.
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 Spoto High School 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 813-672-5405 ext.231.
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.
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 https://sdhc.instructure.com/courses/36524
Family Guide https://bit.ly/canvasfamilyguide