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!

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 ( and Cathy McKyton (

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

What a Night! IB Pinning Ceremony

The September 26, 2019 IB Pinning Ceremony commemorated the transition of IB juniors from the pre-diploma program to their official entry into the IB Diploma Program at the start of their junior year.

The Pinning Ceremony and refreshments were sponsored by the IB Boosters.   A special appreciation to the IB Pinning Committee chair Dana Gwaltney, all the volunteers, and our speaker Elliot Bedinghaus for this memorable evening.

Thank you to our volunteers: Marion Rawls, Kelly Ewert, Rachel Agustines, Silvia Hoyt, Jennifer Lindley, Cheryl Shaughnessy, Kellie Ranalli, Dan and Alicia Farber, Elizabeth Boyce, Mary Dunham-Giglio, Emily Giglio (student), Mia Moore (student), Steven Gwaltney (student), Payton Ratkiewicz (student), Alexandra Boyce (student), Cindee Connon & hospitality committee, Suzanne Verhulst, Mrs. Derrickson, Mrs. Lane and two very talented student keyboardists who provided the musical accompaniment.

Memories in the gallery below:

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 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 for more details.

2019-2020 First Semester Important Dates

Important dates and events are found below.

The Pinellas County School District 2019-2020 calendar can be viewed here.

The IB Advocate calendar can be viewed here.

Please note that all dates are subject to change.

  • Nov 25 – Nov 29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 30 – SPHS walks in the Santa Parade, downtown St. Pete, 6pm
  • Dec 5 – Pinellas County Schools Discovery Night @ SPHS, 6pm
  • Dec 16 – Class of 2019 IB Breakfast (8am) and IB Diploma Ceremony (9:15am)
  • Dec 18 – SPHS IB Faculty Holiday Breakfast (details TBA)
  • Dec 20 – First semester ends
  • Dec 23 – Jan 6 – Winter break
  • Jan 7, 2020 – School resumes
  • May 26, 2020 – Save the Date – Class of 2020 Senior Celebration!