IB Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Juniors

The August 30, 2017 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.

“What a wonderful event the Pinning Ceremony was,” shared Maria Kast-Ondraczek, IB Boosters President, about the event.  “It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and grit by the Class of 2019 to get to this point, and the best is yet to come!” (more…)

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Alumnus Dalton Nordquist (’17) – Scholarship Applications Pay Off

Dalton Nordquist (’17)

Dalton Nordquist (’17) attends the University of North Florida, Hicks Honors College.  Soon after he started the school year, his mother Erica Moulton wrote to IB Guidance Counselor Ms. La’Tina Johnson:

“Greetings!  Happy new school year!  Just wanted to take a moment to personally THANK YOU for all of the scholarship announcements!  It was a lot of additional writing and paperwork, but it paid off!

We have learned that with Dalton’s scholarships and Bright Futures – he will actually EARN about $200 per semester in refunds.  We are confident books and meal plans will devour that quickly, but our final bill for first semester arrived this week – what a joy to see $0 owed!”

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A Capella Pitchforks Include IB Voices

The following students auditioned and were selected for the 2017-2018 Pitchforks.  IB students and grade levels are in bold.

Ashlyn Hayworth, Vina Molleti (10), Isabelle Poole, Ally Schuenke (12), Maddie Winter (11), Natalie Cottrill (12), Sophie Doddridge (10), Michela Hendry, Sydney Jones (12), Maya Prater, Marnie Williams, Kelley Harris (11), David Eaton (11), Connor Mikuta (11), Donny Spurlock (10), Seth Yeager (11), Matthew Hyatt, and Chris Kelzer.

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After Irma, AP Calculus Students Stayed True to Math

They say time and tide wait for no one, and the same is true of the Advanced Placement Calculus exam that was held on May 15, 2018.   Students had been preparing for the exam since the beginning of the school year.

In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, AP Calculus teacher Robin Ladd instructed her students to prepare to study the material on their own in potentially adverse conditions depending on how long St. Petersburg High remained closed after the storm.

“Take home your textbook; print out your assignments before you lose power and Internet. If you evacuate, take your math with you!” she advised on the last day of class before the storm. (more…)

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Sophomores Rise to the Call for Puerto Rico!

Sophomores proudly hold up “Solidarios” signs exemplifying the IB Learner Profile trait: Caring!

Puerto Rico Se Levanta (Puerto Rico Will Rise up Again) became the motto for Puerto Ricans helping with the recovery from Hurricane María.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall just south of Yabucoa Harbor with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, making Hurricane Maria the first Category 4 storm to hit the island since 1932.

Sophomores in Mrs. Torres’ class quickly rose to the call for help.  Over 400 items were collected in a two-week period.  (more…)

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Fall Play: The Children’s Hour

Congratulations to the students who performed in the SPHS Fall play, The Children’s Hour, November 9 – 11, 2017 in the Auditorium.

Seven of the 16 roles were performed by the following IB students: Freshmen Katie Sebring and Logan Wilson, sophomore Isabella Myers, and juniors Dominika Dzurny, Mason Weaver, Jadyn Gonzales, and David Eaton Jr.

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Spanish Department Human Rights Activity Discussions

Historic photo of Madres del la Plaza de Mayo

Ms. Gisela Torres, IB Spanish teacher, informed faculty about a Spanish department human rights activity.   Students were tasked with talking with IB teachers about the Guerra Sucia (Dirty War) in Argentina, the Argentine Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, and the Arpilleras de Chile.  The presentations were required to be brief yet convincing.

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Alumni Notes: Caitlin Becker (’17) and Joshua Heller (’14)

Caitlin Becker (’17) emailed IB Math teacher Ms. Ladd:   “Coming to the University of Florida was the single greatest decision I have ever made. I love everything about the University and I’m so glad I decided to come here. IB was fantastic preparation for coming here. I’m taking Calc 3 and Physics 1 and I’m way more prepared than many of my classmates with the material and with studying and problem solving. I’m so grateful that I took HL Math. Calc BC was great, but I feel like IB HL Math truly prepared me for college math.”


Joshua Heller (’14) was admitted to Harvard Dental School.  He credits his IB education as the springboard to his academic success.

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May 21 – The IB Senior Celebration!

Monday, May 21

SENIORS and parents, save the date for the IB SENIOR CELEBRATION on Monday, May 21 from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. at the Coliseum.  This special evening is dedicated to the graduating IB SENIORS and their families and guests.  The event includes dinner, recognition of each student, entertainment from talented IB Seniors, IB Senior awards, video reflecting the 2018 IB Seniors’ high school years, photo booths and more.

The celebration is open to family and friends for $27.00 per person with no charge for the IB Seniors.

Learn more from the IB website https://www.pcsb.org/Page/22979 and at the Senior Celebration Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sphsib2018/

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May 12 & 19: Incoming Freshmen Boot Camp

Boot CampIB Boot Camp Description

This camp is designed to ensure, first and foremost, that incoming IB freshman have a solid mathematical foundation when they enter this rigorous program. The camp will also begin to introduce the incoming IB freshmen to one another. They will have the opportunity to begin forming friendships and a team spirit. These connections will help them in the transition from middle school to high school. (more…)

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National Merit Students Recognized

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT Qualifying Test.  The nationwide pool of 16,000 Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

The National Merit Semifinalists from St. Pete High are Rylee Hickman and Thomas Joyce, both IB seniors. (more…)

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Zach Tetreault Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Zachary Tetreault

On October 9 2017 Zachary Tetreault earned the highest honor in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout with Gold Palm distinction.  He is a senior in the IB Program.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by planning, organizing and carrying out an Eagle project that benefits the community. Zachary also earned the Eagle Gold Palm for merit badges. (more…)

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SPHS Marching Band and Individual Musicians Win Awards

Marching Band Leaders at East Lake Classic Competition (L-R) Justin Barlas*, Meara O’Connor*, Victoria Zamitalo*, Sierra Hinnant*, Clara Machado*, Zach Tetreault*, and Brandi Shugarts (*IB students)

The Green Devil Marching Band, directed by Cameron Vaadi, finished a successful season in November, and several musicians received individual awards in February. (more…)

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IB Freshmen Won Media Award for “Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide” Video

Beware! A Dihydrogen Monoxide molecule

Congratulations to IB Freshmen James Cadavos and Delaney Sirios-Morris. They were First Place Winners of the Florida Association for Media in Education 2017 Jim Harbin Award, presented in November 2017.

These students created the 1-minute public service announcement video “Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide” in 8th grade at Bay Point Middle School.  You can enjoy watching it at https://youtu.be/pY7TuJqKZ1A

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Robin Ladd Chosen as Lignell Outstanding Teacher

Mrs. Ladd (right) receives Lignell Award

Congratulations to Robin Ladd for receiving a 2018 Lignell Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award.  The prestigious Lignell Award Program recognizes outstanding contributions to pre-college education in Mathematics and Science by public high school teachers nominated across 12 Florida counties.  (more…)

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IB Cheerleaders appeared in Macy’s Parade and selected for All Star Football Classic

St. Pete High was represented in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by three Varsity Cheerleaders, IB Seniors Kirby Hall, Brooke Gephart and Sarah Rieth.  They participated in the parade with “The Spirit of America”organization.

They also were selected to cheer at the Pinellas All Star Football Classic game on December 13, 2017.

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