Spartan Update

Home of the Spartans 9/12-16


  • 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:

" Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."

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Parent Teacher Conference Night, Thursday, 9/15- 4:00-6:30 p.m.- Quarter 1

It is the perfect time to check in with your student's teachers. To schedule a conference, please email/ CANVAS message each teacher to schedule.
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24/7 paper tutoring for SPOTO STUDENTS

The help is here. Anytime. Anywhere.

Hillsborough students in grades 6-12 have unlimited, on-demand access to free academic support through Paper. Do you need someone to talk about a particularly difficult math problem? A paper tutor will be there to help students in a matter of seconds. Do you need someone to read an essay and make suggestions on how you can improve it before submitting it? A paper tutor will be there to help the students.

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

Unlimited expert support for students, at no cost to families.

Paper is a free resource for all Hillsborough students in grades 6-12. Any student can connect and talk to a tutor for 30 minutes or 6 hours. Their use will never be limited and families won't have to pay a dime to seek assistance.

When working with a Paper Tutor, students should not expect to receive answers. Instead, their tutor will ask them guiding questions so that students think critically about what they know, what they have tried, where there are misunderstandings, and how to move forward.

Try it now or RSVP

To talk to a tutor right away, students can log into their Clever accounts and click on the paper icon.

To learn more about how Paper works, parents and guardians can sign up for question and answer sessions in English and Spanish and speak directly with a Member of the Paper team. If you have any immediate questions, please feel free to contact parents@paper.c om. (video link below)

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Khan Academy- What a great opportunity


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

With the official SAT practice at Khan Academy, your child:

  • get a customized plan tailored to your strengths and areas of focus as indicated in your PSAT/NMSQT® or SAT results
  • hone your skills with thousands of practice questions, suggestions, and video lessons;
  • take up to eight completed official practice tests online or on paper;
  • receive instant feedback and adaptive recommendations on what to practice;
  • establish a personalized practice schedule to receive reminders of when to practice; and
  • review the experts' tips and strategies for the exam.

Students who prepare using official SAT practice see a substantial improvement in their SAT scores. To receive customized practice plans based on their PSAT/NMSQT results, students will need to link their Khan Academy accounts and their College Board accounts.

See the video link for help 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 and personalized internships at Khan Academy.

School Picture Day

September 20th!
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Scan the QR Code to join Spoto High School's PTSA

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University of North Florida- Seniors

Come see what makes us Uniquely UNF! Join us for our Explore UNF event, Saturday, Oct. 1.

Click the button below or register at

HCC Rep on Campus

Questions about applying to HCC or need help with FAFSA? Our HCC rep will be on campus every Tuesday in the College Success Lab from 10:30 am-3:30 pm. She is available to meet with seniors regarding admission, FAFSA, etc.

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HBCU Week 2022- Register for this event!

What does it take to get admitted to a Florida state university?

Take a look at the SUS (State University Systems) video!

You may downloaded the documents from :

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.

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Scholarship Matrix- September 2022

Please see the PDF attachment below for the month of September Scholarships.
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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 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.

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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