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)

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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…)

IB Done with Exams (gallery)

Examosaursus with captured treasury tag prey

After years of needing to relocate to different locations in the area for IB exams, for the second year in a row the Pinellas Technical College has provided a convenient and perfect venue for the exams.  Mrs. Farias extends her thanks to Mr. Boe Norwood, Director of Pinellas Technical College, for making his campus available to the SPHS IB program for these critical exams.  Mrs. Farias adds, “His secretary who organizes the whole thing is Wanda Rottloff–she is amazing and so helpful!” (more…)

A Farewell Interview with IB Coordinator Susan Farias (gallery)

Mrs. Farias at March IB Freshman Registration

After 25 years at St. Petersburg High School including 12 years as SPHS IB Coordinator, Susan Farias will retire on June 6, 2018.  At the IB Boosters General Membership Meeting and the Senior Celebration gathering, Ms. Farias received an outpouring of gifts and appreciation for her tireless, caring and expert leadership.  During her tenure here, approximately 2,100 students started the IB program with 1,406 seniors graduating. (more…)

Summer Assignments for IB Chemistry for Juniors & Seniors

Class 2020 – Rising Juniors: IB Chemistry 1

Students should review rules for writing chemical names and formulas, including brushing up on ions.  There will be a quiz during the first class meeting.

Class 2019 – Rising Seniors: IB Chemistry 2

Background, safety, materials list and procedure for individual investigation will be due, uploaded to Manage Bac, prior to the start of school.  Check the class calendar in Manage Bac for the exact deadline.

July 25 Athletic Physical Exams & Notary

Many SPHS sports and some extra curricula activities require physical examinations and at least one school district form that has to be notarized by parents.

For parent and student convenience, physical exams will be conducted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 5-7 pm in the SPHS Media Center. All athletic paperwork can be completed and notarized on this date.

Parents please plan to attend with your student.   The cost of the physical exam is $20.00 … CASH ONLY!

Victory at the Great Debate…Yet Again! 5 Years in a Row.

Congratulations to the IB students who represented SPHS as both 1st Place Winners and 1st Runners Up at the April 25th Great Debate sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association.   This event was a follow-up to the preliminary Great Debate that occurred in April 20 and reported here.

This is the fifth year in a row that SPHS has won the Fogle Trophy, which is like the Stanley Cup of Debate.  All the students won cash prizes and plaques. The winning team has a newly engraved plaque on the Fogle Trophy. (more…)

Sophomores Connect with Spanish Pen Pals in Galicia, Spain (gallery)

Ms. Gisela Torres’ sophomores enjoyed a Pen Pal project this year.  After an HL Spanish student had been pen pals with someone in Ireland for CAS, she reached out to Ms. Torres to attempt to add someone from a Spanish-speaking school.  They tried for months without success to establish correspondence with various schools in Spain, Argentina, and Chile.  They finally found a school in Galicia, Spain that was willing to correspond. (more…)

Band Banquet includes Awards, Announcements, and Farewells

Band Seniors & Mr. Vaadi at Band Banquet

The annual Band Banquet on May 4, 2018, commemorated this year’s marching band season and concert band performances.  At the banquet, Mr. Cameron Vaadi, Director of Bands, said farewell to the SPHS band community.  He is leaving SPHS and will start advanced graduate studies in French Horn performance at the University of Florida next Fall.

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