Seeking The Next Advocate Editor(s) – Helping IB Families Stay Informed

The SPHS IB Booster Board is seeking volunteers who are interested in learning more about Advocate editor duties and eventually taking on the role.  When our daughter graduates at the end of this school year, we will retire as co-editors of The Advocate.

It is a rewarding experience for those who like to edit, like to be involved, like to communicate, and who appreciate the benefits of sharing information. There also is a fun creative element of selecting pictures or clip art to highlight each article. It would be good for an editor(s) to be organized, detail-oriented, and able to meet deadlines that they set for themselves. (more…)

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IB Guidance – Updated List of Scholarship Opportunities (All Grades)

This is a recent list of 18 scholarship opportunities compiled by the Pinellas County School District Department of Guidance Services.   The deadlines vary from Dec 14 to Summer 2019.  Most scholarships are for seniors but some scholarships are eligible for all grades.  Download the Word document below for the list.  (more…)

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IB Guidance – Foot Locker Scholar Athletes – deadline 12/14

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university.

Applications are due on December 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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IB Guidance – Safety Harbor Rising Stars Award – deadline 12/28

The Safety Harbor Rising Stars Award is for Pinellas County High School students (public, private, or homeschool). Students will be recognized for achievement, excellence, and community contribution in Academic Achievement, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Science & Technology and Scholar Athlete.   Deadline: December 28, 2018.

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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…)

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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…)

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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.

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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!

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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…)

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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…)

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