Spartan Update

Home of the Spartans- Back to School 2021-22

Welcome Back Message from Dr. Haggins

Spoto High School Parents & Students:

I hope you all have enjoyed your summer break. The administrative team, faculty, and staff of Spoto High School are excited for you to join us for the 2021-2022 school year, and we are pleased to welcome you back! We are preliminarily slated to have the highest Graduation Rate and College/Career Readiness Rate in the history of Spoto High School. These monumental accomplishments are a direct reflection of our teachers and your child’s hard work and dedication to their education. We have the right individuals in the classroom to educate our students. This school year, we will continue to move the needle to improve academic rigor and ownership, athletics, college and career readiness, leadership, and citizenship within our students and school community. Our students performed exceptionally well on the end of the year Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course Exams in all content areas. I am proud to say that our school, Spoto High School, increased in overall total performance points on state exams. We are on our way to earning a “B” school grade and continuing to raise our graduation rate with a goal of 100%. Thank you for entrusting the administration, faculty, and staff of Spoto High School to educate your child. We will make it a great year in the Home of the Spartans!

Spartan Administrative Team

We would like to extend a warm welcome from our Administrative Team.

Mrs. Shelby Stern, APC

Mr. Rory Beauford, APA

Mr. Napolean Wade, Dean of Student Affairs

Ms. Kaprilla Jennings, At-Risk Coordinator

Mrs. Kimberlyn Davis, Student Success Coach

Ms. Heather Green, Climate and Culture Resource

Deputy Nieves

Spartan Guidance Department 2021-2022

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Do You Ride a School Bus? Do You Need to Find a Bus Stop?

Bus Route Availability

The information available below represents bus routes for students attending their attendance-area school.

If you are attending a school via "school choice" and you are bus eligible, look under your choice school for bus route information.


  • These routes are current as of the date printed. However, they are subject to change. Please check back periodically.

  • Parents are responsible for getting their child to and from the bus stop safely.
  • Please be sure to choose the bus stop closest to your home that provides the safest walk path.
  • Bus stops are for bus-eligible students only. Eligibility is determined based on the child’s home address on record at the school.
  • If you have moved, please make sure to update your address with your child’s school immediately.

How to Contact Student Services

We have one of the best student services teams in the district. Please reach out as needed as we are here to help students navigate the academic, social, and personal hurdles that arise throughout their high school years.

Please email and/or contact our student services team with any questions and/or concerns. Standard form email address to reach our faculty members is the first name.last Also, students or parents can call our main number and/or send a message through CANVAS.

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The Spartan PTSA is an integral part to the success of Spoto High School. Mrs. Watson and our PTSA will conduct monthly meetings to keep our stakeholders up-to-date with "all-things" Spoto. Additionally, the Spartan PTSA provides support to our students and faculty with incentives, resources, and to ensure a positive culture with high expectations and high student achievement. Please go to the link and join today, WE need YOU!

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We NEED Volunteers! Say Y.E.S!

Spoto High School needs your HELP. T.E.A. M. Together Everyone Achieves More, It takes a village to build success! ALL volunteers must complete a volunteer application (and be approved by HCPS) before participating in school events. Please review the BELOW FORM (2122 Volunteer Application FIRST DAY) for more information and application.

You can apply or get more information at this link: Volunteer Services / Overview (

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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 in every 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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Spartan School Supply List

Each individual teacher will provide a class supply list at Open House, on CANVAS, and during the first few days of school.
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Back to School Bash- August 7th

The Bullard Family Foundation is hosting a Back to School Bash at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, August 7th from 9 am - 1 pm. Please read the BELOW ATTACHMENT ( BACK TO BASH flyer) for more information.
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Hillsborough County Schools Spirit Night

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are hosting a Hillsborough County Public Schools Spirit Night on September 11th at 7:30 pm. Please read the BELOW ATTACHMENT ( TB ROWDIES School Spirit Game) if interested.
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IMPACT PROGRAM - Providing mental health services in the school setting.

We are in some challenging times. There are more stressors for our teens to deal with than ever before; social media bullying, a pandemic, and a rapidly changing society. The stress our teens can experience if left unchecked can build and build until it becomes a chronic issue. This can lead to excessive worry, withdrawal, and aggressive behavior to name a few. Sometimes teens are dealing with even more on top of that such as the loss of a loved one, past trauma; an issue that rocked that student's sense of safety and worth (i.e. divorced parents, blended families, moving to another place, or a hard break up that one just can't get over).

At times, teens just need someone other than their parents to talk to, parents sometimes need an expert in the area of mental health to assist. The services offered by IMPACT equip the youth with the skills to assess, alter and maintain healthy living and learning styles at school, home, and the community. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact your child's school counselor at 813.672.5405.

HCPS Academic Calendar (21/22)

Please click on the BELOW FILES for the 21/22 HCPS Academic Calendar.

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Student Nutrition Services

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.

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Finally....Class of '22!!! SENIORS!!!

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Spoto High School Dress Code 2021-2022

  • Shoes shall be worn. Skate tennis shoes and bedroom slippers are unacceptable and are not allowed.
  • Clothing that exposes the entire shoulder, tube tops, spaghetti straps, or similar types of clothing may only be worn with a blouse or shirt. Clothing exposing the torso or the midriff, either front, back, or sides shall not be worn. Underwear shall not be visible. Clothing shall not expose the mid-chest area. Clothing not properly fastened or with tears that are indecent shall not be worn. Clothing traditionally designed as undergarments or sleepwear shall not be worn as outer garments. All pants and shorts shall be secured at the waist. Boys’ shirts shall have sleeves. Mini-skirts, mini-dresses, and short shorts shall not be permitted. Hemlines shall be no shorter than fingertip length.
  • Head coverings shall not be worn in the building unless required for religious observance or health-related reasons.
  • Garments and/or jewelry that display or suggest sexual, vulgar, drug, gang, weapons, or alcohol-related wording or graphics, or that provoke violence or disruption in the school, shall not be worn. Wallet chains shall not be worn.

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