On Senior College Day, IB and Traditional seniors wore shirts from their chosen colleges. The featured picture includes seniors Nadya Riley, Renee Veleva, Carter Page, and Meara O’Connor. They attended school together from 6th through 12th grades.
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|
|Florida Atlantic University||2|
Twenty-three colleges and universities have an expected enrollment of one each.
IB Math teacher Gianna Zengel will be leaving us! She shared a note that explains her departure.
“After 13 years of teaching IB math at St. Pete High, I have decided to take a position teaching IB math at Palm Harbor HS. With three little kids under the age of 5, it has become really important that I am at a school closer to home. This is one of the most life changing decisions I have made in my adult life, and I am so sad to say goodbye to my St. Pete High family. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside the most talented staff and some of the best students in Pinellas County. Thank you for the love, support, and inspiration you have all provided me over the first half of my career. St. Pete High will always have a special place in my heart!”
Thank you Ms. Zengel for your dedicated and positive teaching. We will miss you!
Ms. Vickie Sweeney has joined the IB Math faculty and is very excited to be a part of the IB team. She is a former Green Devil, graduated from USF and has been teaching at Gibbs High School the past two years. This year she will be teaching Geometry/Trigonometry and SL Math at SPHS.
Outside of school, she loves paddleboarding around Treasure Island and trips to Disney World.
Ms. Sweeney, welcome back to St. Petersburg High School and we look forward to getting to know you!
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.
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…)
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
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…)
In February 2019, SPHS Traditional student Tyler Barnett and IB junior Rachel Bean (pictured here with Principal Lebo) were named PTSA Students of the Month sponsored by the Historic Kenwood Association.
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…)
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!
Proctors are needed for this year’s IB examinations to be administered May 7 through May 24, 2019. Generally, proctors assist with distributing and collecting exam materials, escorting students to restrooms, and quietly surveying the room. IB International requires the presence of proctors during exams, and your presence can be supportive of the students and Mrs. Lane who serves as the examination coordinator. Training will be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lane at LANEK@pcsb.org
The Google Form at this link 2019 IB Proctor Sign up has the IB exam schedule showing proctor needs and you can indicate which sessions you can proctor. The exams will be held on the P-Tech campus: 3548 11th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711. This is across 34th Street South from Gibbs High School. Please note: Google Maps or other GPS directions might take you to a non-public campus entrance. The parking lot and public entrance are on 11th Ave South only.
The Senior Celebration for 2019 SPHS IB graduates will be held on Monday May 20, 2019 from 5:45 pm – 9:30 pm at the the Coliseum.
Doors open at 5:45 pm with SPHS jazz band playing music. The a cappella Pitchforks will be introduced at 6:30 followed by the Roll Call of IB Seniors. Dinner will be served at 7 PM. Tables are pre-assigned to guests.
This special evening is dedicated to graduating IB seniors and their families and guests. The event includes dinner, recognition of each student, entertainment from talented IB Seniors, IB Senior awards, video reflecting the IB Seniors’ high school years, photo booths and more.
More information is available about about tickets, tributes, and advertising on the The Advocate’s Senior Celebration website page Please note that deadline dates range from Monday April 15 to Wednesday May 1.
There is an urgent need for tissues in all classrooms! These will be very much appreciated.
Upcoming Hospitality Events
May 6th-10th Teacher Appreciation Week-
Many helping hands are needed for this week long celebration of for our much appreciated IB teachers!
June 3rd and 4th Incoming Freshmen Boot Camp
Freshman students attend 2 days of IB Boot camp and we will be there to support them with lots of delicious snacks, drinks and even pizza!
For more information regarding these events and others, please email Cindee Connon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for the birthday gifts and cards. I am humbled and extremely grateful to be a part of such a supportive IB family! This was the best post-surgery birthday surprise ever. Thank you for making my 40th birthday special!
❤️ Mrs. Lane, Assistant Principal/IB Coordinator
The SPHS Prom will be Friday evening, April 12, at the Coliseum from 8:00 to 12:00 midnight. The theme is “Havana Nights.” Presale tickets will be sold for 45.00 through April 5. Tickets the week of Prom (April 8-12) are $50. You can buy your tickets at 120-A Main Hallway during lunch.
Tickets for guests not attending St. Pete High must have a form filled out and signed by an administrator prior to purchasing tickets. Pick up forms in the Main Office or on the school website at https://www.pcsb.org/Page/233.
Voting for Junior Prince /Princess and Prom King/Queen will be held in English classes April 9-11.
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!
The St. Pete High Swim and Dive Team is getting ready for a successful season next year. They are excited to be competing in the 3A Division next year and hope to add more swimmer names to their new Record Board.
In March, Coach Montoya and Coach Vinciguerra announced the new season’s Swim Team Captains.
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 email@example.com
Congratulations to our Class of 2019 valedictorians and salutatorians!
IB Program: Valedictorian Catherine Lee, Salutatorian Justin Barlas
Traditional Program: Valedictorian Taylor Redington, Salutatorian Matthew Wohlwend
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.
IB junior Sophia C. Vesely, co-captain of the varsity soccer team, is the first player to verbally commit to Swarthmore College women’s soccer team for the class of 2024. This liberal arts college, founded in 1864, is located near Philadelphia and known for academic excellence. Swarthmore has a competitive 9% acceptance rate, ranks third for National Liberal Arts Schools by U.S. News and World Report, and ranks first as the most ethnically diverse college by Best College Reviews.
Soccer coach Rui Farias is very proud, noting that Sophia helped lead the team to two state finals in her first three years at SPHS.