Save the Date for the 2020 Senior Celebration!

Mark your Calendar for May 26, 2020 for the IB Senior Celebration!

Graduating SPHS IB seniors are invited to the IB Senior Celebration, one of two special events scheduled in May to honor our graduates.

The Senior Celebration for 2020 SPHS IB graduates will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 

The graduation ceremony and procession for all SPHS seniors will occur May 23, 2020 at Tropicana Field. 

What is the Senior Celebration?

The IB Senior Celebration Dinner is an exciting evening of events that honors graduating seniors of the IB program. It typically is held in the historic Coliseum and includes awards, student talent, elected senior member speakers, and live music.  New this year will be a DJ and dancing! All of our wonderful students, IB faculty, family members, and guests are invited to attend and join in the party.

Interested in Volunteering?

The IB Senior Celebration Committee invites parents to join in planning this event.  The volunteers meet once per month.  There are several sub-committees that need the support of new volunteers to join those who have served in previous years and will mentor new volunteers. Our next meeting is Monday January 13 at 6pm (location TBA on the IB Boosters Facebook page).  Please join us! We look forward to seeing new faces. Bring a friend!

Questions? Please contact committee chairs Janice Andoniades (janiceandon@yahoo.com) and Cathy McKyton (cmckyton@msn.com).
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SPHS Students and Staff join the 2019 St. Pete Santa Parade!

The SPHS community – students, staff, and families – are invited to participate in the Downtown St. Pete Illuminated Santa Parade.  Please join our school band, cheerleaders, and service clubs on Saturday November 30 to welcome the holiday season and enjoy the festivities and lights in our beautiful city.  

The parade will start at 6 pm at Albert Whitted Park and run along Bayshore Dr.  Participants are asked to gather at 5:00 pm. The Tree Lighting in North Straub Park will immediately follow the parade, approximately at  7pm. 

Additional details on meeting spot and timing will be provided as they become available. Questions or ideas?  Please contact Curt Miller at Curt@michellemillerdesign.com

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What a Night! IB Pinning Ceremony

The September 26, 2019 IB 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.

The Pinning Ceremony and refreshments were sponsored by the IB Boosters.   A special appreciation to the IB Pinning Committee chair Dana Gwaltney, all the volunteers, and our speaker Elliot Bedinghaus for this memorable evening.

Thank you to our volunteers: Marion Rawls, Kelly Ewert, Rachel Agustines, Silvia Hoyt, Jennifer Lindley, Cheryl Shaughnessy, Kellie Ranalli, Dan and Alicia Farber, Elizabeth Boyce, Mary Dunham-Giglio, Emily Giglio (student), Mia Moore (student), Steven Gwaltney (student), Payton Ratkiewicz (student), Alexandra Boyce (student), Cindee Connon & hospitality committee, Suzanne Verhulst, Mrs. Derrickson, Mrs. Lane and two very talented student keyboardists who provided the musical accompaniment.

Memories in the gallery below:

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Student News

Student News

SPHS IB students are involved in a wide variety of activities in addition to rigorous academics, such as arts, music, volunteering, sports, community activism, and more. The IB Advocate seeks to highlight stories of students’ creativity, activities, and achievement – both in school and in the community.

Please email the SPSHIBAdvocate@gmail.com with news you’d like to share. 

 

Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team had a strong and successful season, finishing 25-4 and earning a spot in the regional semi-finals.  

Caption:  Nicole Robison, SPHS IB class of 2021 and member of the SPHS women’s volleyball team, delivers a serve in a recent game. [Photo and news submitted by Tom Robison.]

Soccer

Soccer season has started!  Look out for game dates/times on the SPHS website and in the principal’s weekly messages and come out to support all of the teams!

2019-2020 SPHS boy’s varsity soccer team. [Photos and news submitted by Jennifer Bond.]

National Honor Society 

The SPHS chapter of the National Honor Society recently inducted its new members on the evening of October 23, 2019 in the school auditorium. Among the larger group of inductees were eight longtime friends (photo below) who have gone through many years of milestones and fellowship. Congratulations to all!

A group of SPHS IB juniors, friends since kindergarten at Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, gathers for a photo after the NHS induction ceremony.  [Photo and news submitted by Wendy Fruland.]

Music

Seb Newell, SPHS IB senior, is a member of two bands-the Part-Time Models (photo below) and Burning Days.  Burning Days recently played at the Meadowlawn Festival. You can catch them at their next show at Shopapolooza on Nov 30 at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM.

Seb Newell, SPHS IB 2020, singing with the Part-Time Models.  [Photo and news submitted by Bridget Newell.]

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2019-2020 First Semester Important Dates

Important dates and events are 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.

  • Nov 25 – Nov 29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 30 – SPHS walks in the Santa Parade, downtown St. Pete, 6pm
  • Dec 5 – Pinellas County Schools Discovery Night @ SPHS, 6pm
  • Dec 16 – Class of 2019 IB Breakfast (8am) and IB Diploma Ceremony (9:15am)
  • Dec 18 – SPHS IB Faculty Holiday Breakfast (details TBA)
  • Dec 20 – First semester ends
  • Dec 23 – Jan 6 – Winter break
  • Jan 7, 2020 – School resumes
  • May 26, 2020 – Save the Date – Class of 2020 Senior Celebration!
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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.

 

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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!!

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Portrait Sessions Dates for Rising Seniors

FOR RISING SENIORS.  At the Junior Assembly held on April 17, you received information about Senior portraits. If you would like your picture to be in the 2020 NoSoWeEa Yearbook, you MUST attend one of the following portrait sessions that will be held in the St. Pete High auditorium.  July 25, Aug. 21, Sept. 4, Sept. 20, or Oct. 9.  (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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Prom will be Friday evening, April 12

The SPHS Prom will be Friday evening, April 12, at the Coliseum from 8:00 to 12:00 midnight. The theme is “Havana Nights.” Presale tickets will be sold for 45.00 through April 5. Tickets the week of Prom (April 8-12) are $50. You can buy your tickets at 120-A Main Hallway during lunch.

Tickets for guests not attending St. Pete High must have a form filled out and signed by an administrator prior to purchasing tickets. Pick up forms in the Main Office or on the school website at https://www.pcsb.org/Page/233.

Voting for Junior Prince /Princess and Prom King/Queen will be held in English classes April 9-11.

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Announcing a Spectacular Music & Art Spring Concert!

The Music and Art Departments are collaborating for a spectacular multi-media Spring Concert! Art I and Art II students are creating fine art corresponding to musical selections. A slide show will be presented simultaneously of the art work for the viewing audience.

The concert and art event will be performed on April 23 at 7 pm in the auditorium. Refreshments will follow. It promises to be an event not to be missed!

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Meeting for Summer/Fall 2019 Marching Band

Anyone interested in Marching Band for next year should attend the parent meeting on April 15 at 7 pm in the band room.

Also, here’s a link to a recent post about the many band program activities which collectively last the entire school year. Musicians Shine in Band Ensembles; Strings May be in the Works.

Band Director Ms. Katie Aucremann can be contacted at aucremannk@pcsb.org

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Save the Date: Band Program’s Winter Concert Thursday, December 13

The Band program’s Winter Concert will be Thursday, December 13 at 7 pm in the Auditorium.

It will feature the Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and String Ensemble. The Jazz and String ensembles are new this year, and the newly formed Winter Guard might participate also.   (more…)

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Save the Date: Goldfever January 18, 2019

Goldfever is scheduled for January 18, 2019 at 7 pm in the Auditorium.  The theme this year is Goldfever Goes Gen-Z! Tickets are $8 in advance during school and lunch hours. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Goldfever is a high-energy dance and lip sync contest and is the annual fundraiser for the Theatre Department.  Many campus clubs and organizations participate and it has been a great success for over twenty years.

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Best Overall
  • Best Organization
  • Best Service Club
  • Critic’s Choice
  • Fan Favorite where the audience is the judge!
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Save the Date: Prom April 12, 2019

The Prom, for juniors and seniors only, will be on April 12, 2019 at the Coliseum.

Guests must be juniors, seniors, and under 20 years old as of April 12, 2019.

Tickets will go on sale March 18 through April 12 at school. No tickets are sold at the door.  More information will be available closer to the date.

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Save the Date: Senior Celebration Monday May 20, 2019

The Senior Celebration for 2019 SPHS IB graduates will be held on Monday May 20, 2019 from 5:45 pm – 9:30 pm at the the Coliseum.

More information as it becomes available about about tickets, tributes, and advertising will be posted to the The Advocate’s Senior Celebration website page and the SPHS IB Boosters Facebook page.

(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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