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									The Advocate
Offical Newsletter of the St. Petersburg High School International Baccalaureate Program • October, 2009

SPHS IB Has Two Perfect ACT Scores
Two St. Petersburg High International Baccalaureate (IB) students have achieved perfect ACT Test scores. Seniors Alex Jablonski and Wendy Yin recently scored a perfect (36) on the national college entrance exam. Less than one-tenth of one percent of 2009 students who took the test had a perfect score. The test assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work in the skill areas of English, mathematics, reading and science. Alex, whose interests lie in math and science, is a member of Youth in Government, Debate Team and the Honor Society. He plans to major in engineering and then attend law school. Wendy, also interested in math and science, is an Honor Wendy Yin Alex Jablonski Society member and plays in the orchestra. She plans to major in engineering and attend medical school. The IB magnet program provides highly motivated students with a challenging and rigorous college-preparatory liberal arts curriculum.

Letter from the IB Director
Dear Parents,
Welcome back! This year has brought many changes to the school district and to the IB Program. These changes include a new modified block schedule, changes in academic coaching, as well as new attendance, tardy and cell-phone policies. The students and teachers continue to adjust to the new seven period day. The IB Booster Organization is in full gear. I encourage you to join one of the standing committee’s. It is a great way to meet new people and to learn more about the IB Program. The annual IB Family Picnic will be held on November 1st at Fort DeSoto Park Save the date; it was great fun for students and parents last year. If you have not joined the IB Boosters, I encourage you to do so. In these times of change and budget cuts, the IB Boosters are being called on more often to support the program, the teachers, and the students. The most recent membership report indicated that out of nearly 600 families only 175 were IB Booster members! Our goal is to have 100% participation. Your membership dues are used to enhance the IB the program. It is a great way to support the world class education your students are receiving. Thank you in advance for your commitment to IB at St. Pete High. I look forward to seeing you at our Fall Parent Meeting on October 20th. Please note the different agenda for parents of IB juniors.

Susan Farias
International Baccalaureate Coordinator Assistant Principal St. Petersburg High School

The IB Mission
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Letter from the Editor
Dear Parents, I want to thank all the wonderful volunteers that support the IB Office and Boosters. We could not do everything we do for the students, teachers, and staff without your dedication, hard work and financial support. I was talking to another IB parent last week, who said she received an email from an IB Booster Committee that needed some volunteer assistance (those boxes you check on the form when you join Boosters puts you on that particular committee’s distribution email list). She said, “I read that email and saw the number of people it went to, and thought to myself, they won’t need me, so I shouldn’t reply”. Thank goodness for that committee that she changed her mind. As it turned out she was the ONLY person who responded to that request and subsequently the only volunteer they had. We always need people who can help out in any and all aspects. In the 4 years that I have been a part of this program, never has an IB parent been turned away because we had too many volunteers. Please remember, EVERY persons contribution is needed and appreciated. Whether in the form of a check or services the IB Boosters rely heavily on your support to keep the IB Program at SPHS the best it can be. Tammie Ballentine IB Advocate Editor

Fall Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 20th
Please join us for our Fall Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 20th. This meeting will provide you with the opportunity to meet your students’ academic coach and to learn more about the coaching process.

Parents of Juniors schedule:
6:00 - 7:00pm – Report to cafeteria for presentation about Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) “Everything you ever wanted to know about CAS” presented by Ann Murphy – CAS Coordinator 7:00 - 7:30pm – Report to classroom of academic coach

Parents of Freshmen, Sophomores and Seniors schedule:
6:30 - 7:00pm – Report to the auditorium for general meeting. Special guests are SPHS-IB alumni. 7:00 - 7:30pm – Report to classroom of academic coach (ask your child for name and room #)

October 1st ......... Pinellas Education Foundation Scholarship for Seniors opens on-line (pinellasfoundation.org) th October 6 ......... End of first 6 weeks October 7th ......... Performing & Visual Arts College Fair/USF Tampa 7-9pm October 12th ......... Financial Aid Seminar at Northeast High School 7pm October 14th ......... PSAT test at SPHS, mandatory for IB Juniors (cost $14) October 14th ......... Report Cards distributed October 16th ......... Pro-Ed Day – School Closed October 20th ......... Meet Academic Coach IB Parent Meeting November 1st ......... 2nd Annual IB Fall Picnic – Ft. DeSoto November 5th & 6th ......... Fall Play November 9th – 13th ......... Homecoming Week November 14th ......... Homecoming Dance at The Coliseum November 18th ......... End of second 6 weeks November 23rd – 27th ......... Thanksgiving Holiday – School Closed December 1st ......... Bright Futures Application opens for Seniors Seniors must apply at floridastudentfinancialaid.org prior to Graduation in order to receive aid next fall th ......... Report Cards distributed December 4 December 11th ......... Pinellas Education Foundation Scholarship for Seniors closes on-line (pinellasfoundation.org) rd th December 23 – 27 ......... Winter Holiday – School Closed January 15th ......... Mid-Term Exam 7th Period January 18th ......... Martin Luther King Holiday – School Closed January 19th – 21st ......... Mid-term Exams – Periods 1-6, two exams per day January 21st ......... End of first Semester January 25th ......... Second Semester begins January 27th ......... IB Pinning Ceremony February 1st ......... First Semester Final Report Cards distributed
*Dates are tentative and subject to change*

College Admission Reps are visiting SPHS on a weekly basis. For a list of colleges and dates, please go to the prepHQ sidebar on the www.stpetehigh.com website.

2009-2010 Test Dates
PSAT/NMSQT - October 14 & 17, 2009 SAT: October 10, 2009 November 7, 2009 December 5, 2009 January 23, 2010 March 6, 2010 May 1, 2010 June 5, 2010 ACT: October 24, 2009 December 12, 2009 February 6, 2010 April 10, 2010 June 12, 2010

ATTENTION UNDERCLASSMEN PARENTS! The Graduation Celebration Committee Needs You!
The Graduation Celebration Committee is looking for parent volunteers from the Underclassmen. This committee is responsible for planning and hosting the Graduation Celebration every spring. It is a memorable evening of celebration, entertainment, and a banquet honoring the IB Seniors and their families. Graduation Celebration is a wonderful culmination to four years in the IB Program at SPHS. We have several returning committee members this year, many of whom are senior parents. Each year we invite parents of the underclassmen to participate in the planning and hosting of Graduation Celebration to ensure that the wonderful tradition of this very special night will be continued in the years to come. There are several different subcommittees to choose from depending on your interests and availability. You will work with an experienced volunteer to learn from them so that you can help preserve this tradition. Please consider investing your time in this important event celebrating our students’ successes in the IB Program. This committee is also a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and learn about upcoming events. Please call Co-Chair Leslie Vasbinder at 527-2916 or send her an email at: vasbinderstp@aol.com.

IB Graduation Celebration is looking for vendors (or referrals) for printing, catering, florists, videographers, and corporate sponsorships. If you know a business that can help in these or other areas, please let us know. Contact Co-Chair Leslie Vasbinder at 727-527-2916 or email at: vasbinderstp@aol.com.

9th Grade Winners & IB Phone Directory
Congratulations to the IB Freshman Class. They had the most members sign up this year for IB Boosters and are the winners of an Ice Cream Social, compliments of the IB Booster Organization. Details will be announced at a later time. Thanks to all the families who joined the IB Booster Organization. The 2009-2010 Phone Directory will be available for pick up October 20that the Fall Parent Meeting. Di Schluter IB Booster Secretary

Want to Stay Informed?
In addition to the St. Pete High IB web site and the IB Advocate newsletter, the IB Boosters Executive Board has created a moderated and closed mailing list for broad communication of events and information sharing related to the IB Boosters. This email mailing list is open to anyone associated with the St. Pete High IB Program, including students, faculty, parents and alumni of St. Pete High IB. If you are interested in joining this email list, you can subscribe by sending an email to: sphsib-subscribe@yahoogroups.com stating you would like to join. Include in your email your interest in the IB, such as “my daughter attends as a junior” or “I am former student.” Please include relevant information, such as your student’s name.

St. Pete High IB students write for tb-two
By Charmaine Carter, MD
The St. Petersburg Times has utilized two of our IB students to launch the new teen-produced, teenfocused newspaper: tb-two. Both Tori Creighton and Mina Asayesh-Brown are excited to be writing for this newspaper produced by high school students in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, targeting students ages 13-18. Both students enjoy writing. Asayesh-Brown has previously interned with St. Pete Times music critic Sean Daley. Although she is not sure about pursuing a career in journalism, she hopes to become a critic for a major newspaper in the future. Creighton learned about the opportunity to write for tb-two as a result of her participation in the Poynter’s High School Journalism Program during her junior year. She is also currently working as a correspondent for the Times, covering high school football games – which she “absolutely loves”. She is interested in a career in journalism. Albeit time consuming, both Creighton and Asayesh-Brown believe that by working with tb-two they will acquire skills that will benefit them in the future. Creighton considers the Tori Creighton opportunity to work with professional journalists at the St. Pete Times on writing, editing, and leading the operations of tb-two invaluable. She feels she is getting a richer experience compared to working with the school newspaper. She is looking forward to the challenge of stepping out of her comfort zone each time she has to contact someone for a story, as when she contacted Mari Mercado. (Mari Mercado is the Gulf High School student in Pasco County who recently won Mina Asayesh-Brown the right to not have to read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a sexually explicit novel required by the IB Program in which she is enrolled.) The goal of tb-two will be to provide stories and information the target audience finds most valuable. Tbtwo is designed to be a newspaper that is fun, providing light entertainment for its readers. Among other features, it will include college Q & A’s. Movies, baseball and Bruce Springsteen are Aseyesh-Brown’s favorite topics and she very much wants to see articles relating to them. She believes, however, that the paper will run some issues that focus on more serious, important topics that directly or indirectly affect teens. Creighton hopes that with more media forms targeting a younger audience, students will become more aware and better informed about the issues of the day. Both students encourage other high-school students to consider working with tb-two in the future – especially if they have an interest in writing, photography, or journalism. They agree that only a teen can relate best to another teen regarding issues that affect them. They are looking forward to interviewing and getting feedback from their friends and other students in their age group. Creighton and Aseyesh-Brown are hoping that tb-two will be a hit, and that their fellow students will look forward to each Thursday’s edition, which will be delivered to all the high schools in the Tampa Bay area.

SPHS Thespian Fall Play
The St. Petersburg High School Thespians will be presenting their Fall Play sometime in November. Tickets will be $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $7 for senior citizens. Stay tuned to the St. Pete High web site for play information, dates and times.

Here’s a look at what counselors are doing with IB students this fall: Seniors:
Seniors are busy with college applications: finalizing their college lists, completing applications, retaking SATs/ACTs, writing essays, and requesting teacher/counselor recommendations. Each senior will meet individually with Ms. O’Kelley for a college planning session as well as attending periodic Senior Seminars. Students are finishing up their Bright Futures hours and beginning to apply for financial aid & scholarships using the scholarship drawer & bulletin board in the Guidance Office, the school district’s monthly scholarship list, and online resources.

Juniors are beginning their college process, exploring schools to put on their “maybe” lists by attending information sessions from college admissions representatives in the SPHS Media Center & in the community, using online & other resources for information, and visiting college campuses. Lots of information about the college process will be shared with juniors in classroom sessions this year, especially during the Beyond IB Mini-series in Research Skills class this fall. Junior Night will be held for parents & students in early spring, and there will also be a late spring SPHS College Night for all SPHS parents. Juniors will begin college entrance testing (ACT & SAT) during the winter & spring of 2010.

Sophomores are working on completing their seventy-five community service hours for Bright Futures, strengthening their GPAs, and continuing involvement in school activities. Selection of their IB Higher & Standard Level courses will be finalized in the spring.

Freshmen are focused on becoming part of the SPHS & IB communities and strengthening their time management & study skills. They will be introduced to Bright Futures projects in their Inquiry Skills class during second semester. In Freshman Seminars in November, freshmen will work with Ms. McCoy to update their Electronic Person Educational Planner (ePEP). Sophomores will be taking the ACT PLAN test in October and will receive specific, individual information about the results in December. All IB juniors will take the PSAT on October 14. Results and information from both tests can be useful in preparing for future SAT and ACT tests. Please encourage your student to see his/her guidance counselor with questions or concerns and let us know if you feel that your child needs extra support. It’s always a pleasure to work with our wonderful IB students and their families and we have many resources in Guidance that we love to share . Thank you, Cathy O’Kelley, IB Counselor Grades 10-12, okelleyc@pcsb.org Ann McCoy, IB Counselor Grade 9, mccoya@pcsb.org

2nd Annual IB Fall Picnic
All IB Social Event
Sunday, November 1st, is the second Annual IB Fall picnic event at Ft. DeSoto. We hope you will all come and join in the day’s festivities. The event begins at 12:00 p.m. and lasts until 5:00 p.m. at Shelter #14. There will be plenty of food and drink as well as volleyball, tug of war, horseshoes and other fun games for everyone. The IB faculty and staff are looking forward to spending the fun day together with all of the IB students and family members. There will be a DJ with great music for your enjoyment. The cost is only $5.00 per person if you pre-order, and $10.00 the day of the picnic. Children under the age of 5 are free. Please complete the form on the bottom portion of this page and return to the IB Office no later than October 24th. Don’t forget to get them in early. Per school policy a permission slip will need to be signed before any student can register for this social event and those are included in this edition of The Advocate. You can also pick them up anytime at the IB Office. If anyone is interested in helping out in preparation for the picnic, clean up, or donating any items, please contact me by emailing me at dschlute@tampabay.rr.com. Also, remember to bring cash for the Silent Auction, we have several very nice items available this year! Di Schluter Secretary IB Booster

IB Picnic Meal Pre-Order Form
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
Ft. DeSoto Park Shelter #14 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Number of Meals _______ at $5.00 each


Total $______________________

Name: ______________________________________________________________________ Wrist badges will be handed out at check in, meals will only be given to those with badges Children under the age of 5 are free Please make check out to IB Boosters and return with this form to the IB Office Paid via: l Cash or l Check

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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. The following students from the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School were named Semifinalists:

Amand Carr Jacob Forney Maxwell Gough Zacharia Hartman Alexander Jablonski

Thomas Ladd Alex Mucci Devon Papandrew Wendy Yin Andrew Yuan

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