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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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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Join the Green Devil Marching Band This Summer; Need String Players Later

It’s not too late to join the Green Devil Marching Band! We welcome anyone to join, and have a particular need for a tuba player and front ensemble percussion.

The Green Devil Band had a fantastic season last year and is looking forward to a great season performing music from “Wicked.”

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Pre-IB English 2 Summer Assignment

1. Read The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang (ISBN: 978-0-14-312320- 0)

2. Write a one-page personal response to the text. Your response might include the answer to one or more of the following questions:

  • Which character in the novel are you most like? Why?
  • Were there any parts of the novel that surprised you? Explain.
  • Did the novel remind you of any other book(s) you have read? Which one(s)? Explain.
  • The acacia tree is important to Sprout. What do you think it represents? Explain.

3. Turn in your response on the first day of your freshmen English class.

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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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IB Done With Exams: 2019 Version (gallery)

The Pinellas Technical College once again provided a convenient and perfect venue for the IB exams in May.  This year’s IB exam schedule included some grueling days for many students who had to take several exams in different subject areas on the same day.  As noted by the clock time in some of the photos below, such days might start with a 6 am arrival for the proctors, a 7 am exam start time for the students, with the day not ending until about 5 pm for many of those students. (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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Class of 2019 College Destinations (gallery)

Congratulations and safe journeys to our 102 graduating IB seniors as they expect to enroll in 29 different colleges!!

College Enrollment Counts

There are six colleges with expected enrollment counts of two or more:

University of Florida 39
Florida State University 18
University of South Florida, Tampa 15
University of Central Florida 3
Boston University 2
Florida Atlantic University 2

Twenty-three colleges and universities have an expected enrollment of one each.

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Ethics Bowl Team Places 3rd in National Competition

In April, the St. Petersburg High School Varsity Ethics Bowl team traveled to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl. There were 24 schools and 22 states represented.

Our team fought valiantly and won 3rd place in the national competition, bringing home $2,500!! Congratulations to our National Ethics Bowl winners, all IB students: Camille Luong, Arielle Noah, Jack McKyton, Victor Xie and Kasha Tyranski.

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Tennis Teams Finish Great Season

Girls and Boys Tennis Teams

The Boys and Girls Tennis Teams worked really hard this year and had a great season.  The Boys Tennis Team won the Pinellas County Athletic Conference, and IB freshman Roger Wang was undefeated in the regular season at #2 Singles and #1 Doubles. On the Girls Team, Anslee Long won #1 Singles at Districts and advanced to States.  The teams were coached by IB Math teacher Ms. Joan Simmons.   (more…)

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Angeline Friel named 2018-19 SPHS Female Athlete of the Year

Angeline Friel with Lincoln Yates, SPHS AVP and Rui Farias, Head Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer

After returning from a serious knee injury that sidelined her last year, IB senior Angeline Friel co-captained the varsity girls’ soccer team during their 2018-19 season. The Lady Green Devils won a District Championship, Regional Championship and a spot in the State Final Four.  Angeline’s leadership played a critical role in turning the team into a cohesive squad and she received the SPHS Female Athlete of the Year

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SPHS Student Ambassadors Selected for Takamatsu, Japan

Layla Sumilang and Eleanor Anderson (prom pic)

Three St. Petersburg students will represent the city of St. Petersburg as student ambassadors to Takamatsu, Japan, during a cultural exchange visit July 1-11. SPHS IB juniors Layla Sumilang and Eleanor Anderson (pictured) and Taylor Johnson of St. Petersburg Collegiate High School were chosen by St. Petersburg’s Sister Cities Committee in April 2019. (more…)

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Simone Till Receives BOA Leadership Award

Simone Till (center)

IB junior Simone Till was one of four Tampa Bay Area students to receive the Bank of America (BOA) Leadership Award for the summer.  The Bank of America Student Leaders program annually helps to connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development (e.g. in personal finance) and service. (more…)

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Class of 2023 Freshman Boot Camp (gallery)

Photos from the freshman boot camp session held in early June.  The camp is designed to verify that incoming IB freshman have a solid mathematical foundation when they enter this rigorous program. The camp begins to introduce incoming IB freshmen to one another and to form connections that will help them in the transition from middle school to high school.

The IB Boosters  Hospitality Committee supported the boot camp by providing lots of delicious snacks, drinks and even pizza!

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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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