IB Boosters New Online Store: Order Tees, Hoodies, and Mugs

IB parent volunteer Surya Sajnani and IB Booster Membership Chair Beth Forys teamed up to create a fabulous online IB Boosters shop offering t-shirts, hoodies, and mugs.  The store features Surya’s fun original designs and makes it easier for you to support the IB Boosters while getting your students the clothes they need and want.

The store is hosted by Threadless and can be found at https://ibboosterssphs.threadless.com/  Please note:  When accessing the store on a mobile device, click on “menu” when you get to the landing page. (more…)

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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Farewell to Ms. Gianna Zengel

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!

Welcome Ms. Vickie Sweeney, Newest SPHS IB Faculty

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!

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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IB Exam Proctor Volunteers Needed!

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.

 

A full house for IB Spanish exam.

IB Senior Celebration Reservations & Forms & Deadlines

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.