An Open Invitation to IB Booster Board Meetings

The next IB Booster Board meeting will be: Monday Nov 5 at 6:30 pm.

Meetings usually are held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month in the IB Office.  Due to schedule conflicts, the dates sometimes vary.  Meeting dates appear on the calendar.

Find out about the breadth of  IB boosters volunteer activities and how you could be involved. We are a friendly group!  Joining a committee or helping with an activity are great ways to connect with other IB parents and the IB program and staff.

We hope you can join us at an IB Booster Board meeting!

SPHS Fall Play Performance Scheduled November 8th-10th

The SPHS Fall Play, Lauren Gunderson’s  Silent Sky, will be performed Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10 at 7pm, Auditorium Theater.  Silent Sky, much like the movie “Hidden Figures,” shines a light on the women who made critical, groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of space with both warmth and humor.

Tickets are $8 for students, $12 for adults, I.T.S. Honored.  Disabled and preferred seating are available. (more…)

HUGE THANK YOU for Classroom Supplies & Teacher Treats This Year

IB parents are AMAZING!  A HUGE THANK YOU for all of the classroom supplies and teacher treats sent in this school year! Our teachers are so appreciative of your kindness and support!

We will continue collecting teacher treats and wish list items throughout the year.

A few teacher snack favorites are fruit, mixed nuts, low-carb snacks, protein bars, popcorn, pretzels and chips, bottled water, cans of soft drinks and any kind of candy, especially chocolate!  Coffee K- cups for the Keurig machine in the IB office are also appreciated.

Other teacher wish list items right now are sheet protectors and office store gift cards to be used to purchase printer ink cartridges for classroom printers.  (more…)

IB Pinning Ceremony Recognizes IB Juniors

The September 6, 2018 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. It took a lot of perseverance and dedication by the Class of 2020 to reach this important milestone.  The ceremony also recognized new IB faculty and staff by awarding them with pins too. 


Two Named National Merit Semifinalists

Catherine Lee and Alexandra Debure with IB Coordinator Kieonna Lane and SPHS Principal Darlene Lebo

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.   We are proud to announce that two St. Petersburg High School students were named as National Merit Semifinalists.  Congratulations to Catherine Lee and Alexandra Debure. Both are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. They will be eligible to compete for some 7500 scholarships valued at $32 million that will be offered next spring. (more…)

Jennie Jamison Retires

Ms. Jamison at Big Cat Rescue

Ms. Jennie Jamison retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  She was the last active member of the original SPHS IB program.

She worked with the IB program for 32 years, teaching IB psychology that entire time and the Theory of Knowledge for 9 years.

She authored six texts for IB psychology and has  been a teacher trainer since 1995 and examiner since 1992.

She plans to spend her retirement hiking, continuing to volunteer at Big Cat Rescue, and practicing Tai Chi and yoga. She also stepped up her role as a teacher trainer for IB.

Ms. Jamison is pictured here at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.  Andre the tiger is one of the cats she sponsors.

Thank you for your decades of dedication and best wishes Ms. Jamison!

IB Teacher Supplies Needed!

IB Boosters Hospitality helps our teachers stock up with classroom essentials! We are in need of boxes of tissue, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. We are also collecting school supply items that our teachers and students go through quickly.  Items such as pens, pencils, Sharpies, all sizes of post it notes, whiteboard markers, highlighters, etc.

Office store gift cards to purchase printer ink cartridges are also greatly appreciated as most of our teachers fund and maintain their own printers in their classrooms. (more…)

Vivienne Dumas Wins Scholastic Art Award

Vivienne Dumas and AP art teacher Brianne Gates

Vivienne Dumas (IB Junior) traveled to New York City to participate in the Art and Writing Scholastic Competition awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6, 2018.  Vivienne submitted 5 pieces, and all 5 where recognized. However, her pen drawing titled “Florida Girls” (pictured below) was a gold medal winner!  (more…)

Recruiting Musicians for Wind Symphony and Jazz Band

Ms. Katie Aucremann, the new SPHS Director of Bands, wants students to
know that if their schedules don’t allow them to take Band class, they
are still eligible to participate in Wind Symphony.   Wind Symphony
practice will start no later than November, and there will be on-campus
performances and off-campus performances at the MPA (Music Performance Assessment).

She also has announced the formation of a Jazz Band with expected practice start
no later than November.

Both bands will rehearse after school.

Any students who might be interested in either band should contact Ms.
Aucremannn at

Welcome New IB Staff: Carolyn Turner

We invited new IB faculty and staff to introduce themselves to the SPHS IB community. 

I am happy to be in this position as I am a 1976 graduate of St. Petersburg High School.  I also graduated from the University of Florida in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a concentration in counseling.

I am the proud mother of two St. Pete High graduates, Oscar and Sakira Hadley.  Sakira graduated from the IB program and received her IB Diploma.  (more…)

Welcome New IB Faculty: David Tennian

We invited new IB faculty and staff to introduce themselves to the SPHS IB community.  Mr. Tennian currently is teaching Psychology 1 and 2 and Pre DP Government/Philosophy.

I was born and raised in Clearwater and spent my free time as a youth playing soccer and baseball and exploring and fishing the salt and fresh waters of Pinellas County.  I graduated from Clearwater High in 1984 and FSU in 1988 where I majored in Psychology.  I later got my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from USF.


Welcome New IB Faculty: Rob Tarrou

We invited new IB faculty and staff to introduce themselves to the SPHS IB community.

After teaching at St. Petersburg High School for the last 22 years I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to teach in IB for the first time this year.

This is the only school I have worked at since graduating from USF with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education Degree.  I also went to Bay Point Elementary and Middle School, Lakewood High School, and St. Petersburg Junior College (as it was known when I attended).  I worked at Publix for nine years as I finished high school and attended college at SPC and USF.  So I have been around for awhile!  I have great pride in telling people I work at SPHS! (more…)

Summer Highlights: Alvaro Cano, IB Faculty

Mr. Cano is in the center of the back row.

We invited IB faculty and staff to tell us about their summer highlights.  Alvaro Cano provided this account. Mr. Cano is IB World Languages teacher and Spanish National Honor Society Sponsor.

I attended the iFLT (International Forum on Language Teaching) conference in Cincinnati, OH, with colleagues from other Pinellas County schools. It is sponsored by Fluency Matters and next year’s conference will take place here in St. Petersburg. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun learning new ways of teaching and sharing with the other teachers. It was a really great experience and I am very thankful PCSB gave me the chance to attend.    (more…)

Summer Highlights: Karen Vann, IB Faculty (gallery)

We invited IB faculty and staff to tell us about their summer highlights. Ms. Karen Vann provided this account.

Hi. I am Karen. I am the senior teacher and the senior member on the faculty. That means I have most likely taught your neighbors, friends, cousins, siblings— and perhaps even your parents   I am fortunate to love what I do. Stories, connection, communication— it all matters! (more…)

Summer Highlights: Brandon Rader, IB Faculty

We invited IB faculty and staff to tell us about their summer highlights. Mr. Brandon Rader provided this account.  Mr. Rader is IB History of Americas teacher and Young Feminist Club and GSA Sponsor.

My family and I took a Caribbean cruise to Grand Turk and Puerto Rico.  It was our 4 year old daughter’s first cruise, and she had a blast.  I spent the rest of my summer taking her to swim lessons every day and preparing for new classes at SPHS this year.