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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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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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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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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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…)

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Welcome New IB Staff: Carolyn Turner

We invited new IB faculty and staff to introduce themselves to the SPHS IB community. 

I am happy to be in this position as I am a 1976 graduate of St. Petersburg High School.  I also graduated from the University of Florida in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a concentration in counseling.

I am the proud mother of two St. Pete High graduates, Oscar and Sakira Hadley.  Sakira graduated from the IB program and received her IB Diploma.  (more…)

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IB Booster Hospitality’s Cornucopia of Snacks and Box Lunches (gallery)

Cindee Connon, Chair of the IB Boosters Hospitality Committee, has been organizing parent donations of snacks, drinks and teaching supplies as pictured in the IB office.  Teachers have expressed much appreciation for these!

Also, on Friday August 17,  the Hospitality Committee bought box lunches from Panera Bread to cap off the first week of school for the IB staff and faculty.  If you are a member of the IB Boosters, this is a good example how your dues support our teachers and staff who work so hard for our students. (more…)

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Welcome to our New IB Coordinator Mrs. Kieonna Lane

Mrs. Kiennoa Lane, SPHS IB Coordinator

Mrs. Kieonna Lane has been an educator for 15 years, and has held positions as an Assistant Principal, Teacher Leader, Program Coordinator and Classroom Teacher. She most recently was an Assistant Principal at Tampa’s Hillsborough High School, which also has an IB program.  (more…)

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Ms. Farias’s Appreciation for her Retirement Gifts

At the May 2018 General Membership meeting, Ms. Farias received flowers and a cash gift from the IB Boosters in honor of her retirement.  This foreshadowed a wonderful presentation of gifts from the Class of 2018 and the parent community at large a few days later at the Senior Celebration.

The total amount raised for Ms. Farias’ Senior Celebration gifts was $4,070!  (more…)

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Remembering Carolyn Nelson

Carolyn Harris Nelson, the first full-time guidance counselor at SPHS, died peacefully on June 19, 2018 after suffering several years with a rare neurological disease.  “Carolyn was a great lady and the Nelsons are a great family,” said Ms. Farias.

An award in her name, the Carolyn Nelson (“Ideal IB Student”) Award, is given to a student every year at Senior Celebration.  The Nelson family continues to offer financial support to the IB Guidance Department at SPHS.  One of her grandsons graduated from IB, and two other grandchildren (Katherine and William) currently are enrolled.  (more…)

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A Farewell Interview with IB Coordinator Susan Farias (gallery)

Mrs. Farias at March IB Freshman Registration

After 25 years at St. Petersburg High School including 12 years as SPHS IB Coordinator, Susan Farias will retire on June 6, 2018.  At the IB Boosters General Membership Meeting and the Senior Celebration gathering, Ms. Farias received an outpouring of gifts and appreciation for her tireless, caring and expert leadership.  During her tenure here, approximately 2,100 students started the IB program with 1,406 seniors graduating. (more…)

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Introducing Your 2018-2019 IB Boosters Board

2018-2019 IB Booster Board

For those who came to the Annual General Membership Meeting on Wednesday May 16, 2018 – thank you for taking part and we hope you enjoyed it.

Meet your Board for the 2018/2019 academic year! Please feel free to reach out directly to any IB Boosters Board Member if you want to get involved. There are always exciting projects available if you want to help our IB Program at SPHS!

Thank you for all your support!

Maria Kast-Ondraczek, President

 

 

 

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WSJ Article Review: The Decision that Hurts Your Chances of Getting into Harvard

The Wall Street Journal recently published “The Decision That Hurts Your Chances of Getting into Harvard” (3/28/2018).  The article describes how early decision applicants are accepted at a rate two to three times higher than students who apply for admission later in the general admissions pool. Some schools accept as many as 40% to 50% of their admissions through early acceptance.  (more…)

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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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May 16 – IB Boosters Parent Panel and Annual Members’ Meeting

Wed May 16, 6:30 pm

The IB Booster Board, the parent volunteer organization that supports our IB Program, invites you to its Annual General Membership Meeting.    Enjoy snacks and desserts during an IB Parent Panel with Q&A, a program that was popular at last year’s meeting.

The annual election also will be held for new officers, and outgoing officers will be recognized.

We hope to see you there!

 

  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: SPHS Cafeteria
  • Who: All IB Parents
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April 12 – IB Boosters Parents’ Spring Social

SAVE THE DATE!

💚 What: IB Boosters Parents’ Spring Social
💚 When: Thursday April 12, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
💚 Where: Worlds’s Largest and Oldest Shuffleboard Club (559 Mirror Lake Dr. N)

The IB Boosters will host a brand new event for our wonderful IB parents who so generously support the teachers, students and the IB mission. We will provide shuffleboard space, soft drinks and the opportunity to connect with your fellow IB Parents. (more…)

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The new IB Advocate!

Welcome to The Advocate online! After years of being published as a print edition which consumed a lot of time and funds and paper, we decided to make SPHS IB news available immediately on your computer or mobile device.   The most recent Advocate news was provided last summer so we have some catching up to do over the next few weeks, but it won’t take long–the digital print mills are running at full speed now and we have unlimited barrels of pixel ink on hand. (more…)

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