Now Available! 2020 Senior Celebration Tickets and More!!

The Senior Celebration Committee is pleased to announce you may now visit the International Baccalaureate (IB) Senior Celebration webpage where you’ll find details of the exciting event planned for the Class of 2020!

The IB Senior Celebration is an annual special tradition where families and guests honor the graduating seniors and faculty of the IB program. It includes dinner with entertainment from students, elected speakers, awards, and learner profiles, followed by DJ and dancing, new this year! A photographer will be on site, as well as the popular IB photo booth.

We encourage you to visit the website where you can find information about …  

  • Tickets! You can purchase your dinner tickets and order a keepsake advertisement of your senior that will appear in the program! Click on the ‘IB Booster Square Payment Page’ for details.
  • Sponsorship! You may also purchase a business sponsorship
  • Senior Dues! Pay your IB senior dues.
  • T-shirt Design Contest!  Students are encouraged to enter the IB T-shirt design contest.  The winning design, as decided by the students, will be printed on the Class of 2020 t-shirt.  The winner will be recognized at the Senior Celebration, and each 2020 senior will receive a free t-shirt with the winning design.
  • Student Talent! We are seeking student talent for the night’s program.  Information on how to audition is on our website.   
  • Legacy Table!  We are in search of SPHS family graduates for display at our legacy table. It’s a wonderful tradition that everyone enjoys.

 

Additional Information about Tickets

For your convenience, you can pay for tickets online (via the “IB Booster Square Payment Page’ link on the website), with cash, or by check made out to SPHS IB Boosters. 

*Regardless of how you pay, please complete the Senior IB Graduation Activities form (available online) and return to the IB office or via email (ibcelebration2020@gmail.com). 

 

We hope all our wonderful IB students and faculty, families, and guests will join us for an amazing evening together!

Any questions please contact ibcelebration2020@gmail.com

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CAS Projects Encourage Giving from Students

The CAS Project, a required component for graduation in the IB Diploma Program, encourages students to be involved in Creative thinking, Action that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and Service that is a voluntary exchange with learning benefits for the student.  Students complete activities that allow their learning to extend beyond the classroom.  Many students fulfill their CAS requirements through service projects.   

Mrs. Torres recent shared these two stories of giving with the Advocate.

Gratitude Abounds Amongst IB Seniors 

Seniors in the IB Program at SPHS extended their sincere gratitude to teachers and administrators in appreciation for the hard work they do to ensure that students are successful in their academic pursuits. Mrs. Torres, coordinator of this CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) Activity, selected seniors to write personal thank-you notes to a teacher or administrator who had made an impact in their education.  The notes of appreciation, accompanied by a pair of fun socks, were presented to the teachers at Thanksgiving. 

Knots of Love 

St. Pete High students in 10th, 11th, and 12th  grades, from both the Traditional and the IB Programs, made 32 knot blankets to donate to the Wimauma Refugee Center. The project, initiated by Mrs. Torres as her own personal ‘CAS’ project, was designed in the spirit of motivating students to help their community.  The Rojans, Interact, and Key clubs also got involved, donating their time to make blankets and earning service hours for their members’ participation.

Blankets are handed out at the Wimauma Refugee Center. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Torres

 

 

 

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Once Upon a Time at Saint Petersburg High – Prom 2020!

Saint Petersburg High will celebrate Prom on April 3, 2020 at the Coliseum from 8 P.M. – 12 A.M. The theme is “Once Upon a Time” and tickets will go on sale Monday, March 2nd in room 120-A and the Main Hallway.

Ticket information

  • Presale Tickets (March 2nd – March 27th) $45.00
  • Tickets the week of Prom (March 30th – April 3rd) $50.00

Guests who do not attend SPHS must have Guest form completed and signed by administrator PRIOR to purchasing tickets. Pick up forms in the Main office, School Website, and online.

Prom Court
Students running for Prom Court will be posted on March 4, 2020. Voting will take place in English classes March 10-12. Prom Court will be announced on March 24.

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SPHS IB Class of 2019 Honored in Special Diploma Ceremony

The SPHS IB Class of 2019 was honored for their achievements in the International Baccalaureate Program during a special ceremony hosted on campus December 16, 2019.  Former students reconnected over a catered breakfast and then were presented with their IB diplomas in a program-wide ceremony. Following the presentation, a panel of 2019 graduates answered questions from current students about life after high school, including tips on preparing for, succeeding in, and enjoying your first semester of college.  Congratulations again to our IB Class of 2019!

Photo courtesy of Dana Gwaltney

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Dana Gwaltney

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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!

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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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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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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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