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    Sumner High School

    4248 Cottage Avenue
    St. Louis, MO 63113
    Office 314-371-1048
    Fax 314-531-9852 or 314-244-1917
    Principal: Dr. Sean Nichols
    Hours: 8:05am - 3:02pm
    Grades: 9-12

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     Dear SLPS Families and extended community,

    In our efforts to support CDC Guidelines for slowing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SLPS is announcing a Pre-K-12 Virtual Learning Plan. This plan is not intended to replace the face-to-face instruction our dedicated teachers provide each day, but it will allow for some continuity in teacher-student relationships and classroom instruction. It is our hope that these efforts will empower students, families, and educators to stay connected and continue teaching and learning while our schools are closed. In the meantime, please be sure to visit​ w​​ for updates as they happen.

    We are excited to start our Virtual Learning Plan on Monday, April 6th. This is a new initiative for all of us, and we recognize that there may be a few bumps along the way. Our belief is that we are rolling out with grace: we are in this together and are dedicated to providing ongoing support to teachers and families as we navigate virtual learning. We welcome your questions and feedback because we are committed to getting this right. Please reach out with questions or feedback on our website at​ w​​ and click on “Let’s Talk.”

    Other Announcements

    • Sumner class of 2020 Family:

      We truly miss our Sumner Family!!!

      Sumner Family and my Class of 2020are  working on how we can celebrate our students. As we know this is a tough time and we are preparing ideas and ways we can still celebrate them. Please email and call if you have creative ideas for our students!

      On Monday, March 23 we will be serving meals for students at 26 Saint Louis Public School sites to Saint Louis City students and families. The program serves bagged meals for breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to noon. The meals will be for any student, regardless of their school site (charter, public or private), and families will be able to collect food for the entire week if they choose. Please find the nearest location to your home out of those 26 schools and you can visit that site. No need to visit your child home school if the distance is far from your house. “Stay in Place” order issued by the city, county and Illinois DOES NOT prevent grab-and-go operations run by schools, as confirmed by these entities. We appreciate our Food Service Department, our vendor and our Student Support Services Department teams for leading this effort on behalf of public, private, parochial and charter schools.

      Academic Intervention:

      Our number #1 priority at Sumner is educating ALL of our students. While we know learning is an important aspect, safety of ALL is critical. As we are ensuring both our students and staff are safe, we are creating a system to allow our teachers to come and pick up essential items in regards to academics. We are currently working extensively with the district to ensure we get up and running online with more efficient ways of communication as it pertains to academics. Please be patient with us as we will be preparing instructional materials for your child and expect to hear back from us on April 6, 2020. While this process is taking place the district has provided instructional packets at the sites to pick up along with the bagged meals for all grad levels. If you would like to access the materials online please follow the link to access. No assignments should be submitted online at this time nor should teachers be assigning graded materials. Everything is for enrichment purposes only. Grades are not to be issued at this time. More information will be forthcoming regarding the issue of grading. In addition, at the link above you will find information on the Charter Spectrum offer of 60 days of free Internet and Channel 9 is also televising lessons.

      Social distancing concern/Other additional support:

      SLPS has developed a student and family help line to provide social work intervention, counseling and support. The District’s direct hotline for students and parents requiring social and emotional support is (314) 345-6900 or

      Medicine pickup:

      Parents if you need to pickup medicine Please call (314) 371-1048 to set an appointment to retrieve medicine. Parents must have identification and the name of the student’s medicine to pickup.

    Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Principal's Corner

  • Welcome to the Sumner High School Principal's Corner

     Sean Nichols

    Welcome, incoming 9th grade Sumner students and parents! Mwalimu Sean Nichols is inviting you to a mandatory orientation on July 17 and July 18, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Sumner High School.

    This Transitional Orientation will be very informative with the incoming principal Mwalimu Nichols and his team exploring new innovative, academic and cultural initiatives, which will be beneficial to assist Sumner students succeed beyond their high school experience. All students need to come with their parent(s) or guardian and bring with them a copy of their birth certificate, last report card and proof of residency (utility bill with current address).

    Please block in this date and time. Parents will receive a certificate upon the completion of this mandatory enrollment orientation. 

    Thank you for your attendance and we are looking forward to a new beginning and exciting 2018-2019 school year.




    Dr. Sean Nichols


Our Creed

  • Sumner’s Creed:

    I believe in the ideals of good citizenship
    Both in my school and in my community
    I resolve to obey the laws of the school
    To respect its traditions
    To be respectful and obedient to my teachers
    To be courteous and kind to my school mates
    To do my work as thoroughly as I can
    To be punctual in attendance
    And clean in mind and body.


    • Written by students under the supervision of Mrs. Ruby S. Scott, 1930







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    New Vaccination Required! Before our 7th grade and 11th grade students start 8th and 12th grade (respectively) in 2017-2018, they must receive a vaccine against meningitis, an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. 


    Students entering 8th grade must also receive the Tdap vaccine, so parents can get them done during the same visit to the doctor. If your student going into the 12th grade received the first meningitis immunization at age 16 or later, a second one will not be needed. Otherwise, two are required for 12th grade students. Please have this immunization done as soon as possible, and make sure your School Nurse receives a copy. Please contact your School Nurse or the Nurse Coordinator at 314-345-4401 for questions.


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