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.

Summer Highlights: Gianna Zengel, IB Faculty

We invited IB faculty and staff to tell us about their summer highlights. Gianna Zengel provided this account. Ms Zengel teaches IB Math Studies (Grades 11 and 12) and IB Math SL (Grade 12).

This summer I had a blast hanging out with my two little girls (Abigail 2.5 and Elizabeth 4).  We spent the summer in our pool, at the beach, and visiting the local libraries for story time and crafts.


Summer Highlights: Dave Tennian, IB Faculty (gallery)

We invited IB faculty and staff to tell us about their summer highlights. Mr. Dave Tennian, IB Social Studies Teacher,  provided this account.

I had a fantastic summer filled with boating, fishing, and beaching.  My wife and I also spent a week at our lake house in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and a weekend visiting friends in Montreal, Canada.

One highlight of summer was when my buddies and I encountered a whale shark (picture below) 50 miles off the coast of Clearwater on our way in from a fishing trip.   (more…)

Summer Highlights: Kate Munkittrick, IB Faculty (gallery)

We invited IB faculty and staff to tell us about their summer highlights.  Kate Munkittrick provided this account. Ms. Munkittrick is a Theory of Knowledge/Inquiry Skills Teacher and IB CAS Coordinator.

This summer I had a chance to attend a conference at the University of Florida on Teaching Florida’s Climates (put on by the Florida Humanities Council; (more…)

IB Booster Hospitality’s Cornucopia of Snacks and Box Lunches (gallery)

Cindee Connon, Chair of the IB Boosters Hospitality Committee, has been organizing parent donations of snacks, drinks and teaching supplies as pictured in the IB office.  Teachers have expressed much appreciation for these!

Also, on Friday August 17,  the Hospitality Committee bought box lunches from Panera Bread to cap off the first week of school for the IB staff and faculty.  If you are a member of the IB Boosters, this is a good example how your dues support our teachers and staff who work so hard for our students. (more…)

August 2018: Choosing a Locker for Next Year!

LockerALL students who want to use a school locker must purchase an SPHS lock.  You cannot use a lock from middle school or one purchased from a store.

Locks are for sale in the IB Office for $5 (CASH ONLY PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE) and can be re-used each year.

Lock sales and locker assignments will take place in the IB Office (Room 157) from 10am-1pm on the following dates:

  • Seniors (Class of 2019) Monday, August 6 (noon to 2:30 pm – New time period!)
  • Juniors (Class of 2020) Tuesday, August7 (10am-1pm)
  • Sophomores (Class of 2021) Wednesday, August 8 (10am-1pm)
  • Freshman (Class of 2022) Thursday, August 9 on this date freshman can select* a locker on 2nd floor (10am-1pm)


Ms. Farias’s Appreciation for her Retirement Gifts

At the May 2018 General Membership meeting, Ms. Farias received flowers and a cash gift from the IB Boosters in honor of her retirement.  This foreshadowed a wonderful presentation of gifts from the Class of 2018 and the parent community at large a few days later at the Senior Celebration.

The total amount raised for Ms. Farias’ Senior Celebration gifts was $4,070!  (more…)

Remembering Carolyn Nelson

Carolyn Harris Nelson, the first full-time guidance counselor at SPHS, died peacefully on June 19, 2018 after suffering several years with a rare neurological disease.  “Carolyn was a great lady and the Nelsons are a great family,” said Ms. Farias.

An award in her name, the Carolyn Nelson (“Ideal IB Student”) Award, is given to a student every year at Senior Celebration.  The Nelson family continues to offer financial support to the IB Guidance Department at SPHS.  One of her grandsons graduated from IB, and two other grandchildren (Katherine and William) currently are enrolled.  (more…)

Marching Band Starts Soon with New SPHS Band Program Director

Ms Katie Aucremann and Mr. Cameron Vaadi

New Director to Lead SPHS Band Program

The new SPHS Band Director, Ms. Katie Aucremann, was recently introduced to the Band Booster Board by outgoing Band Director Cameron Vaadi.  She is thrilled to be joining the St Pete High community and leading the Green Devil Bands.  She spent the last six years working with the state champion marching band at Northside Christian School.  A native of St. Petersburg, Ms. Aucremann studied at Wheaton College and Northwestern University.  (more…)

IB Students Win Kiwanis Awards

Caolifhinn McCormack, Jamia Washington (’17), and Maya Thompson

At a Kiwanis Club luncheon at Orange Blossom Catering in May 2018, seniors Caolifhinn McCormack and Maya Thompson received Al Muter Scholarship awards.   Jamia Washington (’17) was selected for this last year.  She attended the luncheon this year and spoke to the group and appears in the photo with Caolifhinn and Maya.  (more…)