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.

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…)

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…)

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…)

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.

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…)

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…)

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!

Meeting for Summer/Fall 2019 Marching Band

Anyone interested in Marching Band for next year should attend the parent meeting on April 15 at 7 pm in the band room.

Also, here’s a link to a recent post about the many band program activities which collectively last the entire school year. Musicians Shine in Band Ensembles; Strings May be in the Works.

Band Director Ms. Katie Aucremann can be contacted at aucremannk@pcsb.org

Ethics Bowl Champions Advance to Nationals

Congratulations to our SPHS Varsity Ethics Bowl team for winning the Regional Championship in February! The Ethics Bowl is a form of debate, and our team debated the issues virtually over Skype in the Media Center. They went up against the same team that defeated them last year (James River High School in Virginia), this time sweeping all 3 judges to win.

The entire Varsity team is made up of these smart, dedicated and hard-working IB students: Arielle Noah, Camille Luong, Kasha Tyranski, Victor Xie, Jack McKyton, Tiffany Zhou, Hubert Pugzlys, and Lydia Silverstone.