IB Seniors Decision Day 2020 | Congratulations Students!

Congratulations, Seniors! We wish you the very best!

Class of 2019 IB Diploma Breakfast and Ceremony

The SPHS IB Class of 2019 is invited to campus Monday, December 16, 2019 for a special ceremony recognizing their achievements in the International Baccalaureate Program. 

At 8:00 am,  students from the Class of 2019 will have a chance to reconnect over a catered breakfast in the cafeteria.  At 9:15 am, the IB Diplomas will be presented in the auditorium during a program-wide ceremony. Parents are invited to attend the ceremony and join SPHS staff and students in honoring and celebrating our recent grads!

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

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. 



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 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.]


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.]

Hospitality News

Hospitality News

The IB Hospitality Committee is still collecting boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes for the classrooms. We are also asking for individual grab-and-go snacks and drinks for our teachers. Donations can be dropped off in the front office, please mark them IB office. 


Looking Ahead

Once again our Hospitality committee is excited to continue the IB parent tradition of Holiday Cookie Boxes for the teachers! For the past 8 years we have filled gift boxes of home-baked and handpicked cookies for our teachers to enjoy with their families over the holiday break. They absolutely LOVE these boxed treats and look forward to them every year! The packed cookie boxes will be given to the teachers during their holiday luncheon at the Vinoy.  

If you are interested in helping our Hospitality committee fill these boxes with some of your favorite family holiday sweets, please email Cindee at cconnon@tampabay.rr.com for more details.

Volunteer Information

Welcome Back Volunteers!

There are many opportunities to volunteer at SPHS and within the IB Program. Examples include Mentor, Tutor, Speakers, PTSA, School Advisory Council, Business & Community Partnerships and Family Engagement. The students and the school benefit from the involvement of our families. Thank you for giving you time. We all appreciate and value your contribution.

Please don’t forget to use the online system to log hours you spend volunteering.

Returning Volunteers

Because PCS Volunteer profiles are marked “INACTIVE” during summer break, all returning volunteers must re-activate in the Volunteer System prior to volunteering.

To reactivate your account, sign into the Volunteer System (preferably using Google Chrome) and go to:  https://focus.pcsb.org/volunteer  

Enter your username and password: 

User ID: V. Last name, first initial

Example: Charkm

Password: Your Last name (Capitalize the first letter only) followed by the 4-digit Birth YEAR Example: Chark1990

Common last names may have additional characters or symbols as part of the user ID. If your user ID and password has not been confirmed to you by email, please contact Suzanne Pace, our school’s Family & Community Liaison. 

Please answer the criminal offense questions and be sure to click I AGREE with the confidentiality statement in order to SAVE your answers. You can update your personal information and log out in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

Do NOT re-activate using any mobile device.  To do so may inadvertently answer the criminal offense questions incorrectly, which would delay your clearance. 

New Volunteers

Please visit www.pcsb.org/volunteerregistration to complete the online registration and upload your driver’s license or a photo legal ID. If you cannot upload your driver’s license, please complete the application and contact Ms. Pace, who will scan and upload it for you. After your application is processed, you will receive an email with your User ID and password, which you will use to log your volunteer hours. 

   For questions please contact Suzanne Pace, Family and Community Liaison

727-893-1842 ext. 2045 or pacet@pcsb.org

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.


Green Devil Closet

Now in its 14th year of operation, The Green Devil’s Pantry and Closet serves any member of the SPHS family by providing students and families in need with school shirts, various clothing, undergarments, toiletries, cleaning supplies, food, and school supplies.  

For questions about what donations would be most helpful, please contact Tracey Keim at Keimt@pcsb.org or call 727-709-9841. She can share a list of current needs.

Drop off donations in the main office after school starts.  You may also have items shipped directly to Mrs. Keim at SPHS.  Follow on FB @GDPantry

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!

Students Work on Next Moves for Gun Reform

IB junior Sydney Soskin and IB sophomore Nina Greenberg attended the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. in March 2018. They and the teens who helped organize local March for Our Lives events were invited to a roundtable discussion with Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Kathy Castor, and several Hillsborough County School Board members and superintendent Jeff Eakins.

After the conference, they participated in a social action forum focused on gun reform at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg.  (more…)