Sumner High School & Academy 2027

The Week Ahead (9/19/22 - 9/23/22) Newsletter/Resource Guide

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Students’ thinking will be consistently developed through our shared instructional principles: close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher order questions, and academic conversations.


Sumner High School and Academy will establish a community of excellence that inspires belonging and respect while honoring individuality and diversity.

Upcoming Conference Night (First Nine Weeks)

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Homecoming Dance Details

Sumner HS:

The Sumner 2022 Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, October 8th, at the Pepin Hospitality Center located at 4121 N. 50th St Tampa, FL 33610. The dance will take place from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Homecoming Dance tickets will go on sale beginning with Seniors on Monday,
September 19, 2022. The tickets will be sold in a gradual release model by class to allow the upperclassmen the opportunity to purchase tickets first.

Tickets will be sold to each class as follows:

Seniors: 9/19
Juniors: 9/20
Sophomores: 9/22
Freshman: 9/23

Each class will still have the ability to purchase tickets until they are sold out once their ticket window begins. Tickets are limited to 900 (due to the capacity of the venue) and guests will NOT be permitted from other schools at this time. ALL 900 tickets are reserved for Sumner High School students ONLY to ensure our students have the full opportunity to attend the event. Additionally, any student who has been suspended out of school or to the EPIC center will NOT be allowed to buy a ticket or attend the homecoming dance.

To purchase a ticket, please visit Once logged in, go to activities, and select 2022 Sumner High School Homecoming ticket. The price is $50. The theme for the 2022 Homecoming dance will be announced this Friday! #RAYSup
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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinos in Action along with SGA and Ms. Gervais are planning the following celebration activities:

1. Dance lessons - On Fridays, during the last 20 minutes of lunches, students will teach how to dance different Spanish dances like Salsa, merengue, bachata, and cumbia.

2. Heritage Day - On October 12th, we want students to show their heritage spirit by dressing in their country's colors. Latinos in Action will be making a video in celebration of Hispanic heritage.

3. Class projects exhibition - Throughout the month, students will work on different cultural projects, and some will be exhibited in our hallways.

4. Parada de Celebridades - To close the month, on October 14th, students are working on a show that will be presented in the auditorium during all periods.

We will have students performing in the show.

5. Academy 2027 - Academy has additional activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Specifics to come...

We are excited to celebrate all month long!!

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Extended Learning Program (ELP) available to students

Students and Parents:

Our Extended Learning Program (ELP) has started. Please see the schedule and/or below attachment (Sumner Semester ELP Schedule (2)). 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.

NEW: Due to our longer lunches, we have tutoring during Periods 3-7 in Room 309. Students can get their lunch and then participate in tutoring next to the cafeteria. We continue to secure additional teachers for Period 7.

All students are highly encouraged to attend ELP before, during, and/or after school (or Saturday sessions) if they need that extra assistance. Please reach out to your teachers and/or our ELP facilitators (Ms. Killough or Ms. Pirotta) with questions.

Academy students may utilize high school ELP teachers in their specific requested subject. Please speak with your specific Academy teacher and/or Ms. McClain if interested.

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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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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.

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, personalized practice on Khan Academy.

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Sumner PTSA-- Join Now!!

The Sumner PTSA will be an integral part of the success of Sumner HS & Academy 2027. Mr. Nelson and our PTSA will conduct monthly meetings to keep our stakeholders up-to-date with "all-things" Sumner. Additionally, the Sumner PTSA provides support to our students and faculty with incentives, resources, and scholarships to ensure a positive culture ripe with high expectations and high student achievement.
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Senior Pictures


If you did not take your formal senior picture... Senior Roadshow with Cady studios will be on campus Tuesday, September 20th from 9:30 am until 6:00 pm. You can go to to schedule an appointment for your pictures.

Senior Sunrise (last week)

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Sumner Apparel-- Online Shop

Please check our NEW online spirit wear shop. 1st Place Spiritwear is our new online shop and they have hundreds of styles and combinations for youth and adults. The sprit wear will be directly shipped to your residence. Some proceeds come back to the school, so please get your Sumner gear here.

Please click on the below link to get your Sumner gear:

Sumner spirit wear, Riverview, FL, Stingrays | 1st Place Spiritwear

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22/23 School Counselors

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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 visit Student Services on WAIVER WEDNESDAYS to request a waiver. Students with waivers can register by the late registration deadline with no late fee.

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Upcoming Athletic Events

CONGRATULATIONS to Volleyball for winning the Palmetto Classic this weekend!!

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Sumner Athletic Booster Club

A strong, successful, and positive athletic program is critical to the success of any school. We are building something GREAT at Sumner, so come be a part of our Athletic Booster Club. Your support is wanted and needed this year. Join Us.
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Interested in Sumner Athletics? Get Involved!

Please click on the link to learn about HS & MS Athletic Eligibility:

H09 What You Should Know about MS and HS Athletic Eligibility.docx (

Please open the BELOW ATTACHMENT (FALL ATHLETICS SUMNER 2021.22) for our fall athletics schedule.

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Academy 2027 Updates

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Academy B/G Basketball at Barrington MS-- Wed., 9/21 at 6 pm

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Sumner Student Handbook-- PLEASE READ

Parents and Students,

Please take time to read the 2022/2023 Sumner Student Handbook. The handbook is a resource guide that contains personnel contact, academic, student affairs, athletic, and club information.

Please check the attachment (Sumner Student Handbook) below for the entire handbook.

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Social Media Expectations/Policy

Parents and Students,

We wanted to remind our students and families that any type of social media disruption and/or degradation will NOT be tolerated at Sumner. We are requesting that parents review the below HCPS social media policy with their children. Any student found in violation of the social media policy is subject to a consequence. We ask that you support this important initiative. Thanks.

Per HCPS Student Code of Conduct--

Social Media Disruption (SMD):

• This section was added to assist schools in addressing the increasing volume of disruptions and behavioral offenses related to the use of social media.

• SMD is defined is the intentional use of digital devices such as cell phones, computers, tablets etc. to send, post, or share negative/harmful content that creates an adverse impact on a school’s learning environment. Negative/harmful content can in turn cause discomfort or humiliation, or unreasonably interfere with the school’s ability to maintain routine safety and order on campus.

• This offense includes the transmission of negative/harmful content regardless of who the initial recorder was; i.e. if a student is sent the information and then, in turn, sends out the same information, they too are held accountable.

• This offense includes the intentional posting or sharing of messaging that is insensitive, inappropriate, harmful, and/or slanderous to individuals and/or to groups.

• This offense is not dependent upon the subject(s) awareness of being recorded. Negative/harmful content includes, but is not limited to:

o School fights
o Bathroom incidents
o Vaping/smoking
o Hazing
o Intentionally creating a disturbance
o Destruction of property
o Sexual conduct

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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.4000.

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

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