Introducing the 2019|2020 IB Boosters Board

 

A new school year also means a new IB Booster Board

The mission of the IB Boosters is to support the students, their families, faculty, and administration of the St. Petersburg High School International Baccalaureate program by providing financial and administrative support, disseminating information about this program, maintaining the IB Booster website, sponsoring social and study events, and performing alumni outreach.

Please welcome the following volunteers as they begin their new roles:

IB Boosters Board President: Amy Seeks 

IB Boosters Board Vice President: Curt Miller 

Secretary: Chris Klemawesch

Treasurer: David Pinto 

Membership Chair & Tee Shirt Coordinator: Beth Forys  

Senior Celebration co-Chairs: Janice Andoniades & Cathy McKytton 

Pinning Chair: Dana Gwaltney

Hospitality Chair: Cindee Connon

Advocate Editors: Hilary Stockdon & Emily Green 

If you would like to be a part of the IB Boosters or participate in related events, please contact us: sphsibadvocate@gmail.com

Volunteer Information

Welcome Back Volunteers!

There are many opportunities to volunteer at SPHS and within the IB Program. Examples include Mentor, Tutor, Speakers, PTSA, School Advisory Council, Business & Community Partnerships and Family Engagement. The students and the school benefit from the involvement of our families. Thank you for giving you time. We all appreciate and value your contribution.

Please don’t forget to use the online system to log hours you spend volunteering.

Returning Volunteers

Because PCS Volunteer profiles are marked “INACTIVE” during summer break, all returning volunteers must re-activate in the Volunteer System prior to volunteering.

To reactivate your account, sign into the Volunteer System (preferably using Google Chrome) and go to:  https://focus.pcsb.org/volunteer  

Enter your username and password: 

User ID: V. Last name, first initial

Example: Charkm

Password: Your Last name (Capitalize the first letter only) followed by the 4-digit Birth YEAR Example: Chark1990

Common last names may have additional characters or symbols as part of the user ID. If your user ID and password has not been confirmed to you by email, please contact Suzanne Pace, our school’s Family & Community Liaison. 

Please answer the criminal offense questions and be sure to click I AGREE with the confidentiality statement in order to SAVE your answers. You can update your personal information and log out in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

Do NOT re-activate using any mobile device.  To do so may inadvertently answer the criminal offense questions incorrectly, which would delay your clearance. 


New Volunteers

Please visit www.pcsb.org/volunteerregistration to complete the online registration and upload your driver’s license or a photo legal ID. If you cannot upload your driver’s license, please complete the application and contact Ms. Pace, who will scan and upload it for you. After your application is processed, you will receive an email with your User ID and password, which you will use to log your volunteer hours. 

   For questions please contact Suzanne Pace, Family and Community Liaison

727-893-1842 ext. 2045 or pacet@pcsb.org

IB Pinning Ceremony

The IB Pinning Ceremony commemorates the transition of IB juniors from the pre-diploma program to their official entry into the IB Diploma Program.  The IB Pinning Ceremony is scheduled for September 26th, 2019, at 7pm in the St. Pete High School Auditorium. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication for the class of 2021 to get to this point, and the best is yet to come!  

Please join us this memorable ceremony to honor our students on this wonderful success. Light refreshments will follow immediately afterwards. 

For questions or if you would like to volunteer, please contact our Pinning Chair, Dana Gwaltney 727-656-4850.

 

Green Devil Closet

Now in its 14th year of operation, The Green Devil’s Pantry and Closet serves any member of the SPHS family by providing students and families in need with school shirts, various clothing, undergarments, toiletries, cleaning supplies, food, and school supplies.  

For questions about what donations would be most helpful, please contact Tracey Keim at Keimt@pcsb.org or call 727-709-9841. She can share a list of current needs.

Drop off donations in the main office after school starts.  You may also have items shipped directly to Mrs. Keim at SPHS.  Follow on FB @GDPantry

Homecoming Week 2019

Homecoming week starts on September 30!

The fun begins with a week of costumes and fun outfits.  Each day carries a different theme where students are invited to dress the part and show their school spirit. Details on the themes will be released soon.

The football game is Friday night, Oct 4, at 7:30 pm vs. Tarpon Springs. We hope you can come to the game to support our team and see the recent renovations to Stewart Field. Finally, the festivities end on Saturday night with the Homecoming Dance which will be held at the school. 

 Go Green Devils!!

IB Friendly Faces

A special contribution by Makenna Myrick, SPHS IB Class of 2021 

The statement “next year I will make a change” is a quotidian declaration. It waltzes right out of the mouths of teenagers and adults alike, and just like a dancer with two left feet, it often ends up leaving the stage without any follow through. Last April, that same idea surfaced and spun around in my brain like a prima ballerina, but I was determined to give it a true opening night. 

The notion of IB Friendly Faces (IBFF) was born in an IB Student Leadership Team Meeting, which is a program headed by our IB coordinator, Mrs. Lane, in an attempt to tackle issues the IB student body deems truly important. It is no secret that the transition between eight grade and ninth grade in the IB curriculum can be a jolting experience. After I heard the anecdotes of the then-freshman representatives concerning their first few months, I realized a helping hand was imperative. My own personal adjustment to high school included many drastic mental and lifestyle changes (whether that be keeping up with my planner or working up the nerve to ask an administrator a question), and I hoped that through IBFFs those extra anxieties and moments of confusion could be reduced.

Freshman in the IB program face multi-faceted and unique problems, as they are presented with a heavier course-load, more confusing schedule, and a heightened level of responsibility compared to their traditional counterparts. In the past, there have been individuals who rose to the challenge, and others who struggled without asking for help. The purpose of IB Friendly Faces is to provide incoming freshman with immediate access to scholarly guidance, navigation information, possible tutoring opportunities, and a source of advice concerning the program or even specific assignments. Rather than the student receiving a tutor when a sub-par grade is earned, the implementation of a friendly voice to suggest tutoring or a new study approach at the onset of the year proactively creates an easy outlet for student success. Not only does this program harness the potential to decrease dropout rates, it hopefully will lead to increased interconnectedness between grades and a more amiable environment for the newcomers.

Each Freshman is assigned a Junior Mentor, who communicates with them at least once a week through email and who meets with them once a month in person. In addition, there are two optional activities on the agenda: a picnic in October and a school cleanup in November. As this program is largely self-directed, the freshman can receive as much or as little guidance as they need, but their Mentor will always be available. The optional activities also play into the social networking aspect of IBFFs. 

The principal goal is to maximize the potential for successful completion of the IB program, and we are hoping to make a difference early! Our Freshman are connected through Managebac, courtesy of our teacher liaison Marsha Carlson, and our Juniors are connected through a Facebook group as well as a planning application called Remind. Parents, if you have any questions concerning the program or would like to get involved, please join “IBFFs (IB Bffs)” on Facebook!

2019-2020 First Semester Important Dates

Important dates and events can be found below.

The Pinellas County School District 2019-2020 calendar can be viewed here.

The IB Advocate calendar can be viewed here.

Please note that all dates are subject to change.

  • Sept 12 Mid-term reports if needed (expect reports between 9/10-9/16)
  • Sept 26 IB Pinning Ceremony: IB junior class, 7pm Auditorium
  • Sept 30 Homecoming Week begins
  • Oct 4 Homecoming Game: Tarpon Springs @SPHS, 7:30pm
  • Oct 5 Homecoming Dance
  • Oct 14 School closed
  • Oct 17 CAS meeting: junior class, 6pm Auditorium

Announcing New Advocate Editors!

Hilary Stockdon and Emily Green

With our just-graduated IB daughter Meara O’Connor soon heading away to college, we will take off our Editor hats after publishing this most recent set of Advocate articles.  One of the rewards of four years of editing The Advocate has been learning about SPHS’ rich environment and traditions, especially its venerable IB program. We enjoyed working with many staff, faculty, and parents, and appreciate their news and photographs which help us all feel more connected with the school.  We are glad to have created the Advocate website and managed the transition to the Advocate‘s online format. It has greatly simplified the production efforts and newsletter costs, and allows us to share more and exciting pictures of our students and their activities. (more…)

Pre-IB English 2 Summer Assignment

1. Read The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang (ISBN: 978-0-14-312320- 0)

2. Write a one-page personal response to the text. Your response might include the answer to one or more of the following questions:

  • Which character in the novel are you most like? Why?
  • Were there any parts of the novel that surprised you? Explain.
  • Did the novel remind you of any other book(s) you have read? Which one(s)? Explain.
  • The acacia tree is important to Sprout. What do you think it represents? Explain.

3. Turn in your response on the first day of your freshmen English class.

IB Boosters New Online Store: Order Tees, Hoodies, and Mugs

IB parent volunteer Surya Sajnani and IB Booster Membership Chair Beth Forys teamed up to create a fabulous online IB Boosters shop offering t-shirts, hoodies, and mugs.  The store features Surya’s fun original designs and makes it easier for you to support the IB Boosters while getting your students the clothes they need and want.

The store is hosted by Threadless and can be found at https://ibboosterssphs.threadless.com/  Please note:  When accessing the store on a mobile device, click on “menu” when you get to the landing page. (more…)

IB Done With Exams: 2019 Version (gallery)

The Pinellas Technical College once again provided a convenient and perfect venue for the IB exams in May.  This year’s IB exam schedule included some grueling days for many students who had to take several exams in different subject areas on the same day.  As noted by the clock time in some of the photos below, such days might start with a 6 am arrival for the proctors, a 7 am exam start time for the students, with the day not ending until about 5 pm for many of those students. (more…)

Senior Celebration: Recap and Awards (gallery)

The annual IB Senior Celebration banquet at the Coliseum on May 20 was a success with 499 guests attending. The celebration committee went all out to make this a special night for the seniors.  SPHS Jazz Band entertained guests as they arrived.  The event’s photographer took family and individual photos, and guests perused IB memorabilia such as program scrapbooks and photos of seniors’ alumni family members. (more…)

Graduation Congratulations to the Newest SPHS Alumni (gallery)

Commencement exercises were held on Friday May 24th at 1:00 pm at Tropicana Field. The program included performances by the Pitchforks, and valedictory addresses by Catherine Lee and Taylor Redington. Principal Lebo provided welcoming comments and highlighted Class of 2019’s many accomplishments.

A recorded video of the event is available on YouTube.   Specific timing links are provided below. (more…)

Class of 2019 College Destinations (gallery)

Congratulations and safe journeys to our 102 graduating IB seniors as they expect to enroll in 29 different colleges!!

College Enrollment Counts

There are six colleges with expected enrollment counts of two or more:

University of Florida 39
Florida State University 18
University of South Florida, Tampa 15
University of Central Florida 3
Boston University 2
Florida Atlantic University 2

Twenty-three colleges and universities have an expected enrollment of one each.

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Farewell to Ms. Gianna Zengel

IB Math teacher Gianna Zengel will be leaving us!   She shared a note that explains her departure.

“After 13 years of teaching IB math at St. Pete High, I have decided to take a position teaching IB math at Palm Harbor HS. With three little kids under the age of 5, it has become really important that I am at a school closer to home. This is one of the most life changing decisions I have made in my adult life, and I am so sad to say goodbye to my St. Pete High family. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside the most talented staff and some of the best students in Pinellas County. Thank you for the love, support, and inspiration you have all provided me over the first half of my career. St. Pete High will always have a special place in my heart!”

Thank you Ms. Zengel for your dedicated and positive teaching. We will miss you!

Welcome Ms. Vickie Sweeney, Newest SPHS IB Faculty

Ms. Vickie Sweeney has joined the IB Math faculty and is very excited to be a part of the IB team. She is a former Green Devil, graduated from USF and has been teaching at Gibbs High School the past two years. This year she will be teaching Geometry/Trigonometry and SL Math at SPHS.

Outside of school, she loves paddleboarding around Treasure Island and trips to Disney World.

Ms. Sweeney, welcome back to St. Petersburg High School and we look forward to getting to know you!

Ethics Bowl Team Places 3rd in National Competition

In April, the St. Petersburg High School Varsity Ethics Bowl team traveled to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl. There were 24 schools and 22 states represented.

Our team fought valiantly and won 3rd place in the national competition, bringing home $2,500!! Congratulations to our National Ethics Bowl winners, all IB students: Camille Luong, Arielle Noah, Jack McKyton, Victor Xie and Kasha Tyranski.

Tennis Teams Finish Great Season

Girls and Boys Tennis Teams

The Boys and Girls Tennis Teams worked really hard this year and had a great season.  The Boys Tennis Team won the Pinellas County Athletic Conference, and IB freshman Roger Wang was undefeated in the regular season at #2 Singles and #1 Doubles. On the Girls Team, Anslee Long won #1 Singles at Districts and advanced to States.  The teams were coached by IB Math teacher Ms. Joan Simmons.   (more…)