Sumner High School & Academy 2027

"The Week Ahead" (1/4/22 - 1/7/22)



Sumner HS & Academy 2027 Schoolwide:

Students will authentically engage in rigorous, student-centered instruction that is responsive to ongoing student assessment data, utilizing the shared instructional principles.

Sumner High School:

Student achievement will be enhanced through the use of differentiated collaborative structures, student-centered discourse, and relevant rigorous text built upon clear learning intentions and success criteria.

Academy 2027:

Sumner students will utilize WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) to critically analyze text aligned to grade-level standards on a daily basis.

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Happy New Year Stingrays!!

Happy New Year 2022!! We are excited to welcome back our Stingrays for the second semester. It will truly be a fun and magical second semester as we will graduate our FIRST class in school history. A few items as we start back:

1. Students return on Tuesday, January 4th, and will report to their homeroom (second period) to pick up their OFFICIAL second-semester schedules.

2. Our school counselors will make any necessary student schedule corrections during the first week in January.

3. Our bell schedule will be modified for the second semester as students will meet in an extended homeroom/advisory period (second period on student schedules) first thing in the morning. Please read the "Message from the Principal" below for more information. It is extremely important students arrive ON TIME each morning as our school-wide attendance will be taken during this time.

4. Our 18 modular classrooms will be in use on Tuesday, January 4th for teachers and students. Portable numbers (with the appropriate teacher) will be on student schedules on January 4th. School personnel will be present during passing periods to assist students with our new classrooms. The modular classrooms were put in place to help alleviate our student enrollment capacity and lower/balance some of our class sizes.

5. SENIORS need to order their CAP and GOWN ASAP. Please read the message below from Balfour and follow the link. All graduating seniors who are participating in the graduation ceremony will have to purchase a CAP and GOWN. Please see Ms. Wines (Senior sponsor), the administration, and/or your school counselor for any financial assistance concerns.

6. BRING your CHAMPA BAY mindset each day!! It ALWAYS matters!

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Second Semester Bell Schedule Change (PLEASE READ)

Students, Parents, and Families,

We have been working with the school district on our school bus transportation challenges for many weeks. Unfortunately, our school district has many school bus driver vacancies. Our school district continues to host hiring fairs and is trying to fill those vacancies as quickly as possible. However, the considerable number of vacancies has affected the consistency of some of our school bus routes to arrive on time for first-period instruction. Unfortunately, no quick solution exists at this time, so we have looked for ways to solve and/or amend this issue on our school end.

We have worked with our school leadership and district and have made the decision to slightly amend the bell schedule for the second semester due to this issue. We are adding 7 minutes to our homeroom/advisory period for an overall total of 16 minutes per day and moving our homeroom to 8:30 am (start time) every day. Our first period will be moved back to a start time of 8:46 am on regular school days (and our amended for early release days). Most, if not all, of our school bus routes, arrive at school by 8:45 am. Our instructional class periods will be reduced by one minute per period per day. We feel this change is critical for our students who miss some first-period instruction due to late buses and our teachers who are focusing on instruction each class period.

Homeroom/Advisory is an essential period for our school-wide attendance, pledge of allegiance, a moment of silence, morning show, social-emotional lessons (that will be incorporated throughout the second semester) and will allow for our students to set up their day for success. As stated, school-wide attendance will take during this period, so ALL students are expected to be ON-TIME at the 8:30 start time.

The amended second-semester bell schedule will start on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, as students return for the second semester. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we tackle this challenge for the benefit of our students and teachers. A copy of the new bell schedule is below (attachment), titled SHS Bell Schedules 21-22 SECOND SEMESTER.pdf.

-- Robert Nelson, Principal, Sumner High School and Academy 2027

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12th Grade Class Rank Freeze-- IMPORTANT

Class rank will be designated on Friday, February 11th, 2022. (Rank Freeze)

The issue date on final official grade reports or transcripts must be on or before Friday, January 7th, 2022, to count in the class rank calculation.

It is important to remind our students that if they are taking virtual courses from HVK12 or other online providers, that the official grade report or transcript must be issued on or before Friday, January 7th, 2022 to count in the class rank calculation. Course results dated January 8, 2022 or after will be added to semester two, after class rank is determined.

For more detailed information on class rank refer to the Student Progression Plan available on the HCPS website.

SENIORS: Order your CAP & GOWN and Announcements (Review the below Attachment for Details)

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Extended Learning Program (ELP): TAKE ADVANTAGE

Does your child need extra assistance in an academic subject? Please take advantage of Sumner's Extended Learning Program. ELP tutoring occurs in the morning, afternoons, and Saturdays. We can provide assistance in almost every subject. Please check the attachment (below) ELP schedule. All students are invited to attend the Extended Learning Program.

UPDATED: Academy ELP dates and times are listed in the attachment as well.

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Paper 24/7 Tutoring for SUMNER STUDENTS

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 (video link below)

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Meet with the HCC Rep

Sign up for an appointment with our HCC rep to learn more about HCC programs and Dual Enrollment.

Wednesdays Media Center 10am - 3pm


Please check the attachment (below) flyer.

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There will be a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) training available for parents and students on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Please click on the link below for more details.

FAFSA training for students and parents

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Have you applied for a scholarship yet?!

An estimated $100 million in scholarships goes unawarded each year. This is mostly due to a lack of applicants. National Scholarship Month is a national campaign, sponsored by NSPA, to raise awareness of the vital role scholarships play in reducing student loan debt and expanding access to higher education.

Find student resources for scholarships here:

Also, please check the below attachment (december-2021-scholarship newsletter).

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Upcoming Academy Soccer Tryouts

Academy Soccer tryouts for boys and girls will be on January 24th. All paperwork must be completed and uploaded to Planet HS for approval by Ms. Robinson prior to tryouts.
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AICE Course Spotlight! Is your student in AICE English General Paper? Do you have questions? Please see the attached frequently asked question document (below) for more information on how you can support your student.

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Cambridge International has released the dates of the 2022 Exam Series

The culminating assessment for an AICE course is the AICE Examination, therefore all students are required to sit for the examination.

Examination dates are set by the University of Cambridge and cannot be changed or modified by Sumner High School.

HCPS pays for every student's initial AICE exam. However, any student who fails to sit for the AICE exam will result in the student being charged the testing fee. In addition, failure to sit for the AICE exam will result in the student not receiving the extra weight in their GPA for taking a college-level course. Cambridge does not have make-up dates or times for exams.

Exam Fees

$110.06 per subject except AS Global Perspectives

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Miller:

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Please submit your Household Meal Benefit application

Please review the two BELOW FORMS (21/22 ALL SNS Information & SHS Apps Benefits Poster) for Student Nutrition Services updates, protocols, and information.

Parents are encouraged to submit a household meal benefit application either online at, or via a paper application. A household application means that parents complete only one application for all children in the same home. Parents can learn about the status of their application by calling 1‐866‐544‐5575. Parents are expected to pay for all meals until an application is processed and approved.

Sumner Athletics

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When does it start?

We start conditioning in January.

When are Try-outs?


What do you have to do for try-outs?

When is the season?

The season is February to early May.

What do I need to do to participate?

You must complete clearance paperwork BEFORE you can participate.

Where do I complete Athletic Clearance?

The Athletic Clearance website:

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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.400.

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 8:30 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 21/22. The BELOW ATTACHMENTS (2122 ALL CANVAS) provides parents and guardians with helpful information for using Canvas to support and monitor student academic progress.
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