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

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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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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!

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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…)

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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…)

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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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IB Exam Proctor Volunteers Needed!

Proctors are needed for this year’s IB examinations to be administered May 7 through May 24, 2019.    Generally, proctors assist with distributing and collecting exam materials, escorting students to restrooms, and quietly surveying the room.   IB International requires the presence of proctors during exams, and your presence can be supportive of the students and Mrs. Lane who serves as the examination coordinator.  Training will be scheduled.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lane at LANEK@pcsb.org

The Google Form at this link 2019 IB Proctor Sign up has the IB exam schedule showing proctor needs and you can indicate which sessions you can proctor.   The exams will be held on the P-Tech campus: 3548 11th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711. This is across 34th Street South from Gibbs High School. Please note: Google Maps or other GPS directions might take you to a non-public campus entrance.  The parking lot and public entrance are on 11th Ave South only.

 

A full house for IB Spanish exam.

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IB Senior Celebration Reservations & Forms & Deadlines

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.

Doors open at 5:45 pm with SPHS jazz band playing music. The a cappella Pitchforks will be introduced at 6:30 followed by the Roll Call of IB Seniors. Dinner will be served at 7 PM. Tables are pre-assigned to guests.

This special evening is dedicated to 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 IB Seniors’ high school years, photo booths and more.

More information is available about about tickets, tributes, and advertising on the The Advocate’s Senior Celebration website page  Please note that deadline dates range from Monday April 15 to Wednesday May 1.

 

 

 

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Hospitality Needs and Coming Events

Hospitality Needs

There is an urgent need for tissues in all classrooms! These will be very much appreciated.

Upcoming Hospitality Events

May 6th-10th Teacher Appreciation Week-
Many helping hands are needed for this week long celebration of for our much appreciated IB teachers!

June 3rd and 4th Incoming Freshmen Boot Camp
Freshman students attend 2 days of IB Boot camp and we will be there to support them with lots of delicious snacks, drinks and even pizza!

For more information regarding these events and others, please email Cindee Connon at cconnon@tampabay.rr.com.

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SPHS Class of 2018 officially has a 100% IB Diploma pass rate!

Mrs. Kieonna Lane, IB Coordinator, shared this great news:  “With the November IB exam retake results, the SPHS Class of 2018 officially has a 100% IB diploma pass rate! This is unprecedented!! I am extremely proud to work with such a talented and dedicated group of educators! Be sure to congratulate them when you see them 🙂  And spread the word, this is HUGE!”

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IB Boosters Hospitality News

The Hospitality team is restocking the IB office with teacher snacks, drinks and classroom supplies. Our teachers really enjoy these special treats! If you would like to help us, please send items to the IB office at your convenience.

Some teacher favorites are fresh fruit, granola/protein bars, individual bags of chips, pretzels, crackers and nuts, bottled waters, cans of diet/regular soda, La Croix, coffee k-cups for the Keurig, creamer and sugar packets, and of course chocolate and hard candies for the candy jars.

Also, the classrooms are in need of more paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, and sanitizer wipes. 

Thank you for your support of teachers, students and our school!

Cindee Connon

IB Boosters Hospitality Chair

cconnon@tampabay.rr.com

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A New SPHS IB Tradition is Born! (gallery)

Because of the incredible generosity of our IB Families, the team of IB teachers and staff (aka Team Awesome) had a real treat on December 20, 2018. A delicious lunch at the Vinoy Hotel was served, and the festive ambience made the event even more special. A lucky seven teachers won fun prizes in the surprise raffle but there were no losers at the event! (more…)

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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.

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IB Snapshot: Santa Parade (with video)

Several dozen SPHS students led by the Green Devil Marching Band and the band’s Winter Guard participated in the City of St. Petersburg’s annual Santa Parade on Saturday November 24.

The IB program and the marching band have participated in past parades but this year Curt Miller, VP of the IB Boosters, put out a call to have service clubs and other SPHS groups join the parade too.  (more…)

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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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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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