IB Guidance – A New Feature on The Advocate

A new feature has been added to The Advocate:  IB Guidance notices and announcements provided by Mrs. La’Tina Johnson, IB Guidance Counselor.  Because many of these announcements are timely and affect all four grades–not just seniors–, you might start seeing more frequent Advocate snippets in your mailbox to keep you better informed.

The headline of each post will be tagged to identify which are from IB guidance, and the title will indicate if a post pertains to a subset of students.  If a deadline exists, it will be mentioned in the title.  Also, “IB Guidance” is a new menu item to make it easier to find and browse all of these posts at once. (more…)

Can You Help Plan the IB Senior Celebration Graduation Event?

Graduating SPHS IB seniors participate in two graduation events in May:  The schoolwide graduation procession, and the IB Senior Celebration.  The Senior Celebration is an extensively-planned banquet that honors the graduating seniors.  It typically is held in the historic Coliseum and includes awards, skits, speeches,  and music.  Our faculty and staff and families and guests of the seniors attend.  Past pictures of the decorated venue are included below.

The IB Senior Celebration Committee invites parents of Underclassmen, Juniors, and Seniors to join us in planning the Senior Celebration.  We meet once per month to party plan the event. (more…)

Join an Instrumental Ensemble or Winter Guard!

The number of SPHS Band Program ensembles is expected to grow this year, and there’s time to join a Green Devil instrumental ensemble !

Jazz Band– Informational meeting October 30, Lunch

Wind Ensemble – First Rehearsal November 5, 2 pm in the band room

Chamber Strings – Rehearsals begin in November

Auditions are not required.

Coming Soon: Winter Guard!  Informational meeting October 29, 2 pm in the band room.

Winter guard is a competitive dance and color guard ensemble that performs throughout Tampa Bay.  Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning November 6.

Please email Band Director Ms. Aucremann (aucremannk@pcsb.org) with any questions.

An Open Invitation to IB Booster Board Meetings

The next IB Booster Board meeting will be: Monday Nov 5 at 6:30 pm.

Meetings usually are held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month in the IB Office.  Due to schedule conflicts, the dates sometimes vary.  Meeting dates appear on the calendar.

Find out about the breadth of  IB boosters volunteer activities and how you could be involved. We are a friendly group!  Joining a committee or helping with an activity are great ways to connect with other IB parents and the IB program and staff.

We hope you can join us at an IB Booster Board meeting!

SPHS Fall Play Performance Scheduled November 8th-10th

The SPHS Fall Play, Lauren Gunderson’s  Silent Sky, will be performed Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10 at 7pm, Auditorium Theater.  Silent Sky, much like the movie “Hidden Figures,” shines a light on the women who made critical, groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of space with both warmth and humor.

Tickets are $8 for students, $12 for adults, I.T.S. Honored.  Disabled and preferred seating are available. (more…)

HUGE THANK YOU for Classroom Supplies & Teacher Treats This Year

IB parents are AMAZING!  A HUGE THANK YOU for all of the classroom supplies and teacher treats sent in this school year! Our teachers are so appreciative of your kindness and support!

We will continue collecting teacher treats and wish list items throughout the year.

A few teacher snack favorites are fruit, mixed nuts, low-carb snacks, protein bars, popcorn, pretzels and chips, bottled water, cans of soft drinks and any kind of candy, especially chocolate!  Coffee K- cups for the Keurig machine in the IB office are also appreciated.

Other teacher wish list items right now are sheet protectors and office store gift cards to be used to purchase printer ink cartridges for classroom printers.  (more…)

IB Pinning Ceremony Recognizes IB Juniors

The September 6, 2018 Pinning Ceremony commemorated the transition of IB juniors from the pre-diploma program to their official entry into the IB Diploma Program at the start of their junior year. It took a lot of perseverance and dedication by the Class of 2020 to reach this important milestone.  The ceremony also recognized new IB faculty and staff by awarding them with pins too. 

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Two Named National Merit Semifinalists

Catherine Lee and Alexandra Debure with IB Coordinator Kieonna Lane and SPHS Principal Darlene Lebo

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.   We are proud to announce that two St. Petersburg High School students were named as National Merit Semifinalists.  Congratulations to Catherine Lee and Alexandra Debure. Both are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. They will be eligible to compete for some 7500 scholarships valued at $32 million that will be offered next spring. (more…)

Jennie Jamison Retires

Ms. Jamison at Big Cat Rescue

Ms. Jennie Jamison retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  She was the last active member of the original SPHS IB program.

She worked with the IB program for 32 years, teaching IB psychology that entire time and the Theory of Knowledge for 9 years.

She authored six texts for IB psychology and has  been a teacher trainer since 1995 and examiner since 1992.

She plans to spend her retirement hiking, continuing to volunteer at Big Cat Rescue, and practicing Tai Chi and yoga. She also stepped up her role as a teacher trainer for IB.

Ms. Jamison is pictured here at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.  Andre the tiger is one of the cats she sponsors.

Thank you for your decades of dedication and best wishes Ms. Jamison!

IB Teacher Supplies Needed!

IB Boosters Hospitality helps our teachers stock up with classroom essentials! We are in need of boxes of tissue, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. We are also collecting school supply items that our teachers and students go through quickly.  Items such as pens, pencils, Sharpies, all sizes of post it notes, whiteboard markers, highlighters, etc.

Office store gift cards to purchase printer ink cartridges are also greatly appreciated as most of our teachers fund and maintain their own printers in their classrooms. (more…)

Vivienne Dumas Wins Scholastic Art Award

Vivienne Dumas and AP art teacher Brianne Gates

Vivienne Dumas (IB Junior) traveled to New York City to participate in the Art and Writing Scholastic Competition awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6, 2018.  Vivienne submitted 5 pieces, and all 5 where recognized. However, her pen drawing titled “Florida Girls” (pictured below) was a gold medal winner!  (more…)