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Athletic Corner

Coach's Handbook

Physical Packets

Sumner Academy Emergency Action Plan

Sumner Contact: Ms. Sherlice Wesson, 913-627-7212.

Athletic Department Email

Math Tutoring

Here is the math tutoring schedule for all students.  If you need help with your math class, please download the this PDF and see when and where you can receive this help.  

Graduation Tickets & Additional Opportunities

Currently each graduate will receive 12 tickets
March 1 thru May 4; Seniors can earn up to (6) additional tickets
At each event listed below, you must be present the ENTIRE event, be sure to sign in and out in order to receive credit for attending. Parents are NOT able to sign in for you. You must be present!  In order to pick up your graduation tickets, ALL check out information MUST be complete by the Senior Checkout Date (TBA) to collect graduation tickets.

Each validated/verified event submitted to Mr. Collins, 
by the date indicated, will earn (1) additional ticket:

Attend PTSA & GRAD NIGHT meeting from 6pm-8pm (March 4th)
As of March 1stst, students have already applied AND accepted to 5 schools. All letters MUST be turned in by Friday, March 8th (March 8th) 
Balance of zero with Jostens (March 29th)
Attend PTSA & GRAD NIGHT meeting from 6pm-8pm (April 1st)
WYCO/KCK Public Service Career Exploration Fair-Location Memorial Hall-KCK (April 4th)
Attend Sumner's Alumni Community Service Event- (April 6th)
Blood Drive Participant (April 18th)
Balance of zero with Ms. Steele (April 26th)
Senior Meeting Documents (FAFSA confirmation email, Acceptance letters, additional scholarships, financial aid award letters etc.) turned in to Mr. Collins/Ms. Stone by Friday, May 3rd (May 3rd)

Senior Check Out

Seniors check out- TBA
Senior Meeting April 25 in AEP - checkout process/packets
Obligations/Fees contact Mrs. Steele at 627-7210 or


Memorial Hall - 600 N. 7th Street
Mandatory Rehearsal - Thursday, May 23; 10am
Graduation - Thursday, May 23rd; 7pm
Doors open at 5:45pm /Seniors arrive no later than 6:00pm

Sumner Academy #1 in Kansas

Watch News Channel 41 to see Sumner Academy recognized as number one school in the state.

U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Sumner Academy of Arts and Science as the top high school in Kansas.

At Sumner Academy, for a majority of the students, two years of coursework comes down a single test.

The exam is part of the International Baccalaureate program, which forms the foundation of the curriculum for the school's nearly 800 students.

"It prepares them definitely with the thinking skills, the writing skills, being analytical, the rigor that they'll face in college," Sumner Academy's International Baccalaureate program coordinator Paula Biggar said.

Higher education is the ultimate goal for every student.

"The grit to keep going is what pushed me to graduate," Sumner senior Javen Betts said.

Betts and other Sumner students benefit from a plethora of resources are provided to students.

"We have a lot of students who might be first generation college-goers, so giving them access to college, ensuring that they have those experiences on what life is like outside of the city, outside of their own home — what that looks like," Sumner Academy Assistant Principal Rick Malone said.

Those lessons begin in the classroom.

"I spend a lot of time talking about subjects that maybe they don't need to cover in a traditional setting and we get to do a great in-depth study of topics that are real for our kids," Sumner Academy's College and Career Academy Facilitator Edward Gunter said.

Activities outside of school help make well-rounded students, including Sumner's award-winning forensics team.

"They have us do C.A.S — which is creativity, activity and service — so that's really forced me to go outside my comfort zone and try different activities," Sumner senior Morgan Dierks said.

U.S. News and World Report obviously noticed the lengths the school goes to in churning out well-rounded students.

Besides being ranked the number one high school in the state of Kansas and having a 100-percent graduation rate,

Sumner, which boats a 100-percent graduation rate as the top high school in Kansas, ranked 55th nationally and is 17th among magnet high schools nationwide. It's a rating for which the students are proud.

"Sometimes, I feel people don't see that we're actually able to succeed because of issues that we have around the community, so it's definitely great to have that recognition," Sumner senior Kasey Romo-Nieves said.

The school's faculty said the recognition and accolades are a collaborative effort.

"The ranking is a number; the kids do the work, and the staff supports that," Gunter said.


May Newsletter

Here is May's newsletter.

Science Scholarship

A local business has stepped forward with a major charitable contribution to provide full-tuition scholarships to increase the number of students entering careers where there is a critical shortage of qualified professionals.The scholarship will fund two years of technical training at the Institute of Science and Technology to help students develop professional career skills and earn a certificate. Rather than focusing on GPA, this scholarship is intended to reach the students who are serious about completing the program and intend to enter a career in the Kansas City metro.More information is available at the following link:

There are links below to information on our programs and to the scholarship application. The admissions application and scholarship application are integrated into one form. 

IST Program Info:

IST Scholarship Application:

College Credit for IB exams State of Kansas Policy Change

The Kansas Board of Regents, the organization that oversees the state universities, recently passed a policy revising their Credit by Examination for IB exams.

What does the policy state?

  • All Kansas public universities are required to award equivalent credit for IB exams, both SL and HL, for students scoring a 4 or higher.
  • All state universities listed below must follow this policy.
    • Emporia State University
    • Fort Hays State University
    • Kansas State University
    • Pittsburg State University
    • University of Kansas
    • Wichita State University
  • While the junior/community colleges in the state of Kansas are not required to adopt this new policy, they are highly encouraged by KBOR to follow.
  • This policy takes effect for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

What does this mean?

  • If a student scores a 4 or higher on an IB exam, for which the university has an equivalent course, the student will receive credit for that course.
  • If a student scores higher than a 4 on an IB exam, the student could receive more credit for additional courses, depending on the course and level.
  • “An equivalent” means a course that covers roughly the same content and outcomes that the IB course does.
  • The number of credits will vary according to the number of the equivalent course.
  • For example, at FHSU currently, they award a Biology SL score of 5 with either BIOL 100 or BIOL 180 credit. Starting in summer 2019, a 4 or higher would earn the same credit for either BIOL 100 or BIOL 180.

What is the IMPACT for Sumner Academy students?

  • BIG impact for Sumner Students!!  Last year, under this policy the class of 2019 could have received over 1100 college credits.

Timetable/Next steps

  • Universities have been advised to begin to update their policies on their website as soon as possible but the change on university publications will probably not be completed until summer 2019.
  • Look for the Credit for Prior Learning or Credit for Examination section on your university’s website.
  • Be aware that these websites are NOT UPDATED at this time, but should be before the start of the next academic year.
  • To ensure that you receive the credits you are entitled to, you should work closely with your admissions rep or advisor at your school.
  • IB will send (usually electronically) your IB scores after July 6, when scores are published, to the college you have indicated on your final checkout document.  

UMKC + K-State Design Career Discovery Programs (10th-12th grade students)

Up Coming Events

Infinite Campus Portal

What is the Campus Portal?

Campus Portal is our tool for parents and students to access instant, online, timely and secure student information: class schedule, assignments, attendance, discipline, course registrations for next year, report cards and transcripts.  Campus Portal is a means to further promote educational excellence by enhancing our program of communication with parents and students.
Who is eligible to have a Campus Portal account?

Parents of current students are eligible to activate a Parent Portal account, after agreeing to the terms and conditions of use.

How much does the Campus Portal cost?

Nothing. It is a free service to parents, and actually saves the district money by reducing paperwork and labor costs.  Parents can register for Infinite Campus Portal at this link.

Student Attendance

Attendance: 913.627.7233  Office: 913.627.7200

It is imperative to call ahead of time for early dismissals, as students may be in lunch or P.E.

Our lines are open 24/7 you may leave a message. Please allow one hour in advance to request passes to leave early.

Students MUST see attendance clerk before leaving Campus. Students may not be released after 2:45 p.m (12:30 on Wednesday)

Asistencia: 913.627.7233  Officina: 913-627-7200

Es de mucha importancia que nos llame de ante mano para recoger a su estudiante temprano, ya que él o la alumno/a puede estar en hora de lonche o en física. Líneas telefónicas están abiertas las 24 horas, puede dejar su mensaje. Favor permita una hora de anticipación cuando su estudiante necesita salir temprano. Los estudiantes no podrán salir de la escuela después de las 2:45 pm. (12:30 los miércoles)

Cherng Global Leadership Academy

The Honors College at the University of Missouri (Columbia) is now accepting applications from high school students, of all levels, for its Summer 2019 Cherng Global Leadership Academy (CGLA).

The program runs from June 16 through June 25, 2019. Participants in this 10-day residential program will explore what it means for them personally to be a leader and will be led through a series of activities, programs, workshops, and projects that will enhance their leadership traits and build their skills, while connecting them into a broad leadership network across numerous fields — from business to government, agriculture to education.

Hosted by the University of Missouri Honors College, the cost to attend the CGLA is just $400 and includes room, all meals, leadership activities, and study materials.  Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of participants.

For more information and to apply, interested students and parents should visit the following page:

Kansas works job search appKANSASWORKS recently rolled out a free mobile job search app for our job board.  In an effort to connect students to jobs/internships in Kansas, this information is being shared with students.  It is very important that students are aware of the job opportunities in Kansas so that they stay in our state.

Another great tool on KANSASWORKS is the Job Search Workbook which has many examples and can provide job search assistance.  A listing of offices can be found at