Sabre Nation Newsletter

November 2020 Issue

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Dear Families,

Sumner Academy students and families, welcome to November. I am excited to see both students and staff finding their groove in this virtual learning environment. I could not be more proud of our families and their continued partnership in seeing the success of all students at Sumner. Some families may have received notification in the mail from Spectrum if you are eligible for the internet services provided by our KCKPS Board of Education. Additionally we will be transitioning to our new learning management system, Canvas very soon. Teachers just received access and will begin merging content and information will be provided to get students and parents connected. Google Classroom has been beneficial for us but Canvas offers even more, to create a more robust learning environment. This transition is critical as our virtual learning will be a big part of our learning for the foreseeable future. Be on the lookout for some creative ways to support students with virtual homework help in the evenings with information coming out in the next couple of weeks. First quarter grades will be available the week of November 9th. Families, I encourage you to continue to monitor your student’s grades and reach out to teachers if you have any questions.

As always, thank you for all you are doing and continue to be safe and stay well!


Mr. Rick Malone


Resource for Classes

Monday, Nov. 2nd, 7:45am to Friday, Dec. 18th, 9:30am

1610 North 8th Street

Kansas City, KS


We planned ahead and distributed our resources for first semester. If you are still needing resources for your classes, please call the main office and schedule an appointment. This includes art resources, novels, other texts, and hotspots. Please make sure you call ahead of time. 913-627-7200/

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


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Sumner mask are available for sale in the front office. Stop by and pick up or if you’re having trouble picking a design buy all three. Masks are $10 a piece . All proceeds go toward Sumner Athletics and Activities. Call ahead or stop by the building to purchase. Ring the door bell and we will bring it out. If you have questions please email or call 627-7200.

If you need it mailed, we will mail it out. There is a mailing fee.

What is New in the Student Support Centers

Behavioral Health Team

Hello Sumner Sabre families! As we are well into the 1st quarter, the Behavioral Health Team would like to provide you with 5 tips for remote learning. We understand that school is very different and we want to help you adjust to our current circumstances


End of Quarter 1: November 5

Please make sure you turn in all your work from first quarter before this date so your quarter grades reflect the work you have done! Communicate with your teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers.


11th Grade: The PSAT has been postponed until January. The ACT is currently set for February. When we have official dates and times, we will let you know.

In the Stacks

  • Please remember we have so many resources that will help you succeed at Access eBooks, databases, English and Spanish language newspapers, and so much more! Contact Ms. Mandina or Mr. Bauman for research help!

  • Race Project KC is happening this year! We will have five field trips. They will be virtual unless things change by spring semester. This is a great program to learn about KC’s dividing lines and connect with other metro high schools and have the difficult discussions that our nation too often fails to hold. If any student is interested in joining Race Project KC (, contact Mr. Bauman in the library:

  • Sabres! Get your creative submissions ready for QuaranZine, a chronicle of our lives during these trying times through artwork, photography, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc. Stay tuned for more information. If anyone is interested in being part of the student editorial staff (CAS or CP points, anyone?), contact Mr. Bauman or Ms. Mandina (

  • Remember to access unbiased sources of news and monitor your social media use and stay healthy mentally!

  • Please vote if eligible and encourage family and friends to vote!

  • Remember the public library has many good resources, as well:

  • Follow us on social media (one of the few good uses of social media!).

  • Contact a librarian for any questions. Stay safe, Sabres!

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Membership is Needed!

Thank you to Rachel Russell who is serving as our PTSA president this year!

The Parent Teachers Student Association is pushing for higher participation for membership. There are currently some officer vacancies that need to be filled in this very important organization. The school is a community and this is one partnership that is vital. Please consider joining this team.

For more information please email

Vacant Officer Positions that are open: Treasurer/Secretary

o Secretary is responsible for taking minutes and sending out meeting reminders.

o Treasurer is responsible for the general PTSA account finances including keep accurate bookkeeping, reviewing statements, and reporting on the finances of the association

Sunflower House Child Protection Project

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Winter Conditioning

Sabre Parents and Student Athletes,

Our winter sports staff was excited to kick off offseason conditioning on Monday October 19th. The conditioning schedule is very similar to the fall with our workouts taking place Monday thru Thursday from 3:45pm to 5:30pm. You can check out the Sumner athletics webpage or the school’s social media for a more detailed schedule.

The KCKPS athletics staff is working hard to understand the considerations and recommendations released Kansas State High School Athletics Association for winter sports. The KCKPS board of education adopted the KSDE Gating Criteria and will be using this criteria as they make decisions related to winter sports. If you would like to monitor the gating criteria it can be found at The is a helpful video that explains the criteria at

As always remember KSHSAA and the district require all individuals to have a physical dated after May 1st, 2020 in order to participate in any conditioning, practice or competition. If you weren’t able to make our physical clinic at Sumner in August feel free to reach out and we can provide you with some resources that can make getting a physical more accessible.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns around athletics or activities here at Sumner Academy please feel free to reach out to or contact the main office.



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The Sumner Success Center is up and running at full steam!

Check out the Sumner FOCUS, our electronic newsletter. Weekly updates come out every Wednesday. Lots of great information about upcoming events, scholarships, FAFSA, testing, and SO MUCH MORE.

We also drop our weekly podcast Casual College Conversations. In our most recent episode, Taylor and DeVries discuss their experience with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) back in the day. Check out Sabre Nation TV on YouTube.

Students who are taking Concurrent Credit courses need to checkout their Google Classroom for Taylor Talks. Each Wednesday, Mr. Taylor, our College and Career Facilitator offers advice and strategies for keeping up with your college credit courses as well as important information about what you need to do in order to ensure your college credit is ready to transfer to your college or university.

Seniors and families,

Students really need to be working on their FAFSA now, but it can be really difficult, especially the first time through. We are here to help! Each week are there some new videos posted on the Sumner FOCUS to help families see the process of FAFSA, but we are happy to work with you individually to help you. Please use these links to set up a family appointment to complete the FAFSA.

Dr. DeVries –

Ms. Ramirez (can provide help in English or Spanish) -

Let us know if you need us to arrange a translator to assist in the process!


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For the Class of 2021

We have 28 seniors finishing their requirements for the IB full Diplomas Program. Students are working hard to finish their Extended Essay, a 4,000 word independent research project that is due in mid November. The full IB Diploma Class of 2022 has 26 students this year. They had their Junior IB dip can Retreat in late September. Senior members of the IB Student Advisory Board did a wonderful job of planning and running the retreat. Thank you IB Advisory Board members for your leadership!


The 2020 IB results were released in the July and Sumner Academy had some very good results. Eleven of the 22 seniors earned the IB Diploma. Of those 11, four were awarded the IB Bilingual Diploma, which is the most prestigious of the IB awards. In the IBCP program, 31 students earned the IB CP Certificate. Of those, 12 were awarded the CP Bilingual Certificate. To be eligible for the bilingual award in both the DP and the CP requires a student to be enrolled in 2 Language A subjects. For our students, the students take both English Literature IBH and Spanish Language and Literature IBH or IBS. Congratulations to all our Sumner Academy IB students!

Our IB and ACT scores also are used for the Kansas Seal of Biliteracy, awarded by the state of Kansas Board of Education. Sumner Academy earned 22 Gold Certificates and 34 Silver Certificates of Biliteracy. Congratulations to our World Language and English departments and the 56 students who earned this award, illustrating the importance of being proficient in 2 or more languages!


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What is PPS?

The personal and professional skills (PPS) in the IBCP Program at Sumner Academy is a course that aims to develop responsibility, practical problem-solving, good intellectual habits, ethical understandings, perseverance, resilience, an appreciation of identity and perspective, and an understanding of the complexity of the modern world. Emphasis is on the development of skills needed to successfully navigate higher education, the workplace and society. With that in mind the PPS will be very practical in nature. The CP core consists of four components: language development • approaches to learning • community and service • reflective project (All of which will be completed in personal and professional skills I and II)

Reminder: To be awarded the CP Certificate, students must:

1. complete all components of the CP core to a satisfactory level

2. earn a minimum score of 3 in at least two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses attempted (between 2 and 4 Standard Level or Higher Level DP courses)

3. complete a career-related study to the school’s satisfaction.

4. It is the school’s responsibility to determine the appropriate career-related studies which fulfill criteria set by the IB.

The CP core consists of four components: language development • approaches to learning • community and service • reflective project

National Honor Societies

Student Unions and Clubs

Yearbook Purchase

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Yearbook Pictures

We are still planning on ways to take yearbook pictures as well as Senior pictures. Here is the order form. We have also linked this form here for you as well.

Sumner Vocal Music Concert

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Be Inspired by Song!

At Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, we know that the Arts are a valuable part of our students' experience. Join us November 19th at 7:00 virtually to hear our beautiful vocal music program. Linked here is the flier for logging in.