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Ponte Vedra High School

September 30, 2013

Important Dates
  • October 3 - Blood Drive
  • October 3 - Ladies' Night Out, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Pusser's Grille.  
  • October 3 - Naviance Class, 6 pm, Media Center Computer Room.
  • October 4 - Coffee Chat, 9:30 am, Media Center.  Beth Jordan, Personal Trainer and Health Coach will present information on how nutrition and exercise can help reduce stress and give us some life management tips.    
  • October 7 - Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, room 575.
  • October 14 - "State of the Schools" by Dr. Joyner, 6 - 7 pm, School Board Auditorium, 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine. 
  • October 15 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • October 15 - Teens Read Event, Amy Freeman, 7 pm, Media Center. 
  • October 16 - PSAT Exam, 9 am.
  • October 22 - Naviance Class, 6 pm, Media Center Computer Room.    
  • October 23 - Coffee Chat, 9:30 am, Media Center.  Dr. Tiffany Shields will present information on allergies, fever blisters and the effects that academic stress can have on oral health.  (or other topic selected by the parents at the 9/25 session)  
  • October 25 - No School, Teacher Planning Day.
  • October 30 - Picture Retake Day
  • October 31 - Report Cards Issued.
  • November 4 - 9 - Homecoming Week
  • November 4 - Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, room 575.
  • November 6 - Coffee Chat, 9:30 am, Media Center.  Beth Jordan, Personal Trainer and Health Coach will present tips to make the holidays less stressful and ways to prevent those extra pounds from sneaking up on us.   Session will include recipes to help.  
  • November 14 - Naviance Class, 6 pm, Media Center Computer Room. 
  • November 19 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • November 20 - Coffee Chat, 9:30 am, Media Center.  Dr. Tiffany Shields (topic to be decided upon at the 10/26 session by the parents)  
  • December 2 - Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, room 575.
  • December 4 - Coffee Chat, 9:30 am, Media Center.  Beth Jordan, Personal Trainer and Health Coach will present information the latest research on sugar and how to read food labels so that you really know what you are getting 
  • December 11 - Coffee Chat, 9:30 am, Media Center.  Sheia Pleasant-Doine, Associate Director Financial Aid at Flagler College will give a presentation on planning for college expenses, what is new in Financial Aid, and other resources that can be used to pay for college.   
  • January 28 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • February 18 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • March 25 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.  
School News and Announcements
National Honor Society Tutoring Has Begun 
NHS members are now tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday morning, 8:30 until 9:10 am in the pod outside room 830.  (8:30 at 830).

Need Help in Math--Who Doesn't?? Right?? 
Mu Alpha Theta, the Math Honor Society, is offering free math tutoring in the 775 pod Monday and Wednesday 8:30 - 9:10 am EVERY WEEK!

Yearbook Information--Seniors Take Note!! 
All senior students who wish to be pictured in the 2014 Oceanic yearbook must be photographed by Cady & Cady Studios by SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 (EXTENDED DATE).

All senior ads will be purchased and created online, directly through Herff Jones.
Seniors Ads must be purchased and created online
by November 15, 2013 to make publishing deadlines.

DUE OCTOBER 18, 2013 
All directory and quote submissions will be made via email ONLY.

Yearbooks are sold online ONLY, directly through Herff Jones.
Sales are ongoing, until yearbooks are sold out.
We sell out every year, so don't delay. Pre-order your copy now!
Order Number 10532.

ADVERTISING is available for this year's Oceanic yearbook.
Contact Sierra Mann at sierramannpvhs@gmail.com to purchase an ad in this year's Oceanic yearbook.

The deadline is November 15, 2013.

Contact Jennifer Lee at leej3@stjohns.k12.fl.us with any questions or concerns.

Media Center:  Save the Date:  Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00pm 
In honor of the American Library Association's "Teens Read" week we are bring in local author, Amy Freeman.  Freeman grew up in Salt Lake City in a family of five siblings, one of which is an identical twin. She spent most of her time as a child daydreaming and creating stories. She wrote a stellar screen play at ten, her first full length book at age thirteen, and her second and third at age nineteen. She has been published in Meridian magazine, Moab Adventures magazine and has just released her debut novel SHINE the Knowing Ones -the award-winning first edition in the SHINE series. She is active in several writing and critique groups and maintains an online page for writers, as well as her own website http://vedunywriter.com and writing blog http://vedunywriter.blogspot.com. 

Attention Band Parents:   
The Band Boosters will be holding their next monthly meeting on October 1st at 6:30 pm in the band room # 350. All parents are encouraged to attend and become involved with the growth and development of the PVHS marching band "The Ocean of Sound" Hope to see you there!!!

Shark Kudos! 
Surfin Sharks:
Shealyn Cunningham and Nick Groshell, both freshmen at Ponte Vedra High School, won the girls and boys titles in the Eastern Surfing Association 2013 EasternsŪ Surfing Championships at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. The "Easterns" is an annual invitational only contest made up of the top regional surfers on the east coast. Shealyn and Nick also won their divisions in the qualifying South East Regional Championships earlier this year.

Singing Shark:
Allison Reade (11th grade) was accepted into the All State Women's Honor Choir!! The choir meets during the Florida Music Educators yearly convention in January in Tampa.

Upcoming College Visits 
The following is a list of current college visits scheduled for during the school day at PVHS. The visits are open to interested juniors and seniors and they must sign up ahead of time through their Naviance account. Students are responsible for making up missed work.

Please contact Jennifer Ashenfelder  if you have any questions.

Florida Institute of Technology - Guidance conference room 10/8/13 11:00 AM
Boston University - Guidance conference room 10/8/13 1:30 PM
University of Chicago - Guidance conference room 10/9/13 9:30 AM
Davidson College - Media Center Reading Room 10/9/13 2:00 PM
Piedmont College - Guidance conference room 10/10/13 10:00 AM
University of Florida - Auditorium 10/10/13 12:00 PM
Rollins College - Auditorium 10/10/13 1:30 PM - 10/10/13
College of Charleston - Auditorium 10/11/13 9:30 AM
Wake Forest University - Auditorium 10/11/13 11:00 AM
University of South Carolina - Auditorium 10/11/13 2:00 PM
High Point University - Guidance conference room 10/24/13 11:00 AM
University of Connecticut - Guidance conference room 10/29/13 11:00 AM 
Naviance Classes are here for Students and Parents!! 
Naviance College and Career Preparation program
Naviance is a computer software system with accounts for students, parents, faculty and administration that provide a multitude of opportunities including:

*    A variety of college searches
*    Special college matching features unique to the admission history of individual high schools
*    Scholarship banking and searching features
*    Resume building and storing programs
*    Personality, career and interest inventories and profiles
*    Online submission of school documentation materials in the college application process, like transcripts and school reports

Implementation of Naviance is providing our Ponte Vedra students with the leading software system to help them make the most informed and educated decisions about their educational and professional futures.  ALL STUDENTS WILL REQUEST COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS THROUGH NAVIANCE.. COME LEARN HOW

TO REGISTER:  please email Helene Isolica at:

In your email, state:
1.    Your name and the student's name
2.    The date of the class for which you want to register
3.    The year of your student

Thursday, October 3rd 6:00 pm in the Media Center Computer Room
Tuesday, October 22nd 6:00 pm in the Media Center Computer Room
Thursday, November 14th   6:00 pm in the Media Center Computer Room 
Lost Your Glasses? 
A pair of prescription sunglasses in a brown Nine West frame were left in Mrs. Leonard's classroom (room 340) during Open House.  If these are your glasses, please see the front desk lost and found to pick them up. 
Blood Drive  
Sign up on October 1 during lunch
Drive is on Thursday, October 3
All students must be at least 16 years old to participate.  All 16 year olds must have a signed consent form on the day of the Blood Drive.

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity!  If you donate twice during the year, you will be qualified to apply for the $1000 Scholarship.  See Mrs. Asplen for details!
Reading Lab Volunteers Needed 
Volunteers are needed to work with students 1 on 1 and in small groups as they use a computer program to enhance reading skills. 
 Period     TIME    
    1          9:15 am - 10:00 am    
    4         11:52 am - 12:37 pm    
    5          1:17 pm - 2:02 pm    
    7          2:57 pm - 3:45 pm 
OPENINGS: Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!  Training provided.
Email Yvonne Ratcliffe at y.ratcliffe@comcast.net or call her cell at 904-608-8783
PTO Update 

PTO Ladies' Night Out--THIS THURSDAY!

Please join us this Thursday, October 3, from 6:30-8:30 for the PTO Ladies' Night Out!

The evening theme, Christmas in October, will have local vendors: Beach Chic, Frenchy's Live , Laugh and Spa! and Natural Life Company on hand with unique gift ideas.  The evening will conclude with a holiday fashion show provided by A'propos.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door or online by clicking on this link:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=iqkrrzdab&oeidk=a07e81gbt5075ef9492 .   

Ticket price includes admission, food, two drink tickets, a raffle ticket and fashion show.

For more information please call Laura Rojahn at (904) 571-4998.   


Subscribe and Support Your PTO

 The Ponte Vedra Leader will give our Ponte Vedra High PTO $15 for every new one-year $32 subscription or $54 two-year renewal.

You can also subscribe online at http://beachesleader.com/subscribe/. All you have to do is put "Ponte Vedra High School" in the "comments" box for our school to get credit.
Shark Sports 
This Week at Home
  • Tuesday - Swim v. Nease, 5 pm.
  • Wednesday - Boys' Golf v. Nease, 3:30 pm.     
Girls' Basketball Tryouts

Last year the Girls Basketball Team finished its season with a 18 - 9 record, the first winning record in the history of our school.

This year we are looking for more dedicated, athletic, hardworking, and skilled players to add to our roster.  Do you have what it takes to be a part of a young, growing, and winning program?  Can you contribute to the Girls Basketball program?  Come on out and find out!

The girls' basketball team will be holding tryouts on Monday, October 21st, from 5:30PM - 7:00PM.  All girls interested in trying out should make sure that they complete the following forms prior to try-outs:

1-    (EL2)          Physical
2-    (EL3)          Consent and Release from Liability Certificate
3-    (EL3CH)    Concussion and Heat Injury Release Form
4-    (GA7)         Florida High School Clearance and Participation Form

These forms can be found on the PVHS Athletic website ( http://www-pvhs.stjohns.k12.fl.us/athletics/Athletic%20Forms/2013%20Athletic%20Partipation%20Forms.pdf )

If you have any questions contact Coach Piggott at Jpiggott@citystaug.com or call him at (904) 669-0765.  


Girls' Swimming:
It was a close meet for the girls on September 24 - Ponte Vedra against Fletcher - both undefeated for the season.  The Sharks swam to victory and kept their perfect record.
McKenna Johnson, Madison Michaels, Jenny Norenberg and Hannah Santillo won the 200 IM Relay (1:59:75).   Luiza Serrano, Emily Voytecek, Elizabeth Garcia and Kelley Hall came in 4th.
The 200 Free was won by Emily Grace Alfaro (2:09:60).  Brigid Morgan and Emily Benson took 2nd and 4th.
The 200 IM was won by Molly Voytecek (2:27:08).  Lily Norenberg and Jenny Norenberg took 3rd and 4th.
McKenna Johnson, Hannah Santillo and Emily Grace Alfaro placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the 50 Free.
Madison Michaels placed 2nd in the 100 Fly.
McKenna Johnson placed 2nd in the 100 Free.
The 500 Free was won by Emily Benson (5:50:24).  Brigid Morgan came in 2nd.
The team of Madison, Santillo, Alfaro and Johnson placed 2nd in the 200 Free Relay.  Lily Norenberg, Madison Martin, Mary Jacobsen and Jenny Norenberg took 3rd.
Michaels won the 100 Back (1:03:25). Molly Voytecek came in 3rd.
Jenny Norenberg won the 100 Breast (1:17:44).  Emily Voytecek placed 3rd.
In the 400 Free Relay the team of Morgan, Santillo, Benson and Martin took 2nd.  Molly Voytecek, Wendy Parkulo, Carly Voytecek and Carly Roberts placed 4th.

On Thursday September 19th, 3 PVHS divers competed in the meet against Bartram.  For the girl divers, Lora Frazier was 1st with a score of 184.125 and Pressly Pratt was 2nd with a score of 175.125.  For the boy divers, Wes Virtue was 1st with a score of 123.75.

The following Tuesday, September 24th, the divers competed against Fletcher at the Fletcher outdoor pool.  Despite the overcast weather, 3 PVHS divers competed and added points to the overall Aquatics Meet.  Meg Barnhorst, a sophomore, placed 2nd overall in the meet with a 186.6, Lora Frazier, a senior, placed 3rd overall with a 181.5 and Pressly Pratt, also a senior, placed 7th with a 108.75.

Boys' Swimming:
The Ponte Vedra Sharks boys swam well against Fletcher at the September 24 home meet.
In the 200 IM Relay Logan Teate, Danny Camacho, Chris Kennedy and Kadeem LaFargue took second place.
Danny Camacho placed 2nd in the 200 Free.
Chris Kennedy won the 200 IM (2:17:65) and the 100 Butterfly (1:00:35).
Kadeem LaFargue placed 2nd in the 50 Free and won the 100 Free (51:95).
In the 500 Free Danny Camacho and James LaCour placed 3rd and 4th.
The team of Eric Erhard, Logan Teate, Sean Hoffman and Thomas Snyder placed 3rd in the 200 Free Relay. Vasili Pleqi, Jackson Capelli, John Molm and Declan Ford came in 4th.
In the 100 Back Hoffman placed 4th.
In the 100 Breast Jonathan Magiske took 2nd.  The team of Kennedy, Jacob Shalz, Camacho and LaFargue placed 2nd in the 400 Free Relay. 

Ponte Vedra HS vs Fletcher HS
September 24, 2013
Hosted by Ponte Vedra

Swim and dive combined scores.

Girls - Team Scores
1 Ponte Vedra High School 158
2 Fletcher High School 157

Boys - Team Scores
1 Fletcher High School 191
2 Ponte Vedra High School 102

The Sharks next meet is October 1 at home against Nease. 
Cross Country:

Ponte Vedra High School hosted it annual Cross Country Invitational Saturday morning with almost 800 runners and the show went on despite nighttime rains drenching the course.  Over 26 teams from across North Florida ran in wet, muddy conditions which made an exciting event for spectators.  Athletes were covered in mud as they finished the 5K race and battled for position on the home stretch toward the finish line. Four races were held throughout the morning in cooler temperatures which was welcomed over the typical heat the athletes usually endure. The soggy course did not stop Ponte Vedra Teams from dominating the meet and taking home two new school records.


The morning started when Coach Kerry Mowlams' Ponte Vedra Boys Varsity Squad ran to a second place overall finish out of 24 Varsity Teams. Crisman Jones lead the way with a 5th place out of 195 athletes with Dustyn Johnson at his heels in 6th place. JP Mauriello and Connor Schramm were not far behind and Frank Blumenfeld followed to seal the 2nd place victory. The strong performances was enough to make a new Ponte Vedra Boys Team School Record. The top five Varsity Boys celebrated their last home meet as all will be graduating this year.  Bartram Trail Boys took the first place honors.


The Girls Varsity Squad, lead by Coach Amy Schottel, also ran for a new girls team school record and proved that they will be a formidable competitor at this years FHSAA District Championship on October 26 at Ridgeview High School.  With over 165 varsity girls competing, Bella Poole and Ashley Carpenter ran for an impressive sixth and 7th place with Abby Reimer and Casey Boland also taking ribbons for being in the top 25 runners. Courtney Henderson pulled in the final points for the team. Only sophomore Abby Reimer will return next season. The girls also took home a 2nd place overall finish with Providence School taking the first place prize and district rival Nease taking 3rd.


The excitement continued as the Boys Junior Varsity Team took another second place PV award. With over 221 JV Boys racing, Andrew Kessler had a strong race taking home a 5th place ribbon   Tyler Lowery and Perry Bechtle were right behind with 7th and 8th. Andrew, Tyler and Perry ran impressive times that were faster than many varsity runners showing the depth of talent of the JV team. Brett Greene, Palmer Mowlam, Johnathon Fennell and Mahi Sankar  also ran some of the best times this season. Bishop Kenny High School took first place while Johns Creek and Bartram Trail ran for third and fourth.


It seemed the morning could not get any better for Ponte Vedra when the girls JV Lady Sharks broke the days 2nd place school trend by happily taking home first place honors.

Kerri Wonsock, Alexa Burch, Stephanie Stroupe and Madison Santore all walked away with ribbons for placing in the top 15 runners.  Grace Kellaher, Caroline Bing and Fallon Farrell were not far behind to round out the JV squad. 

Volleyball: PVHS Wins Edgewater & Dr. Phillips tournament in Orlando  
The lady Sharks went 5-0 on the weekend and move to 19-1 defeating local rival Bishop Kenny in the gold bracket match final.

Scores from the weekend:


Sebastian River 25-21, 25-17

Deland 25-23, 25-15

Timber Creek 25-15, 25-21

Gulf Coast 20-25, 26-24, 15-12

Bishop Kenny 25-13, 16-25, 15-8

Bishop Kenny:
Ponte Vedra defeats Bishop Kenny AT Ponte Vedra


Ponte Vedra (12-1)

Addie Dirito - 9
Jenn Hayes - 7

Caitlin Dorsch - 18

Corinne Quiggle - 18

Service aces:
Addie Dirito - 3

Service Points
Amy Benton - 8

Ponte Vedra defeated Clay at Clay High School25-18, 25-11, 25-13


Ponte Vedra
Abbey Barnhard - 10

Corinne Quiggle - 30

Service aces:
Amy Benton - 3

Caitlin Dorsch - 25

Ponte Vedra improves to 13-1


Ponte Vedra
kills:  Addie Dirito - 8
Digs: Caitlin Dorsch 11
Assists: Corinne Quiggle - 21
Aces: Abbey Barnhard - 1
Service points: Sophia Erhard - 9 
In the Community                       
Teen Driving Course
The St. Johns County School District is pleased to announce its partnership with the St. Johns County Tax Collectors Office to offer the Teen Defensive Driving course at all high schools in the district. This 28-hour program focuses on teaching students to be a defensive driver with knowledge of the laws that relate to the operation of a motor vehicle and safe driving procedures.  The "behind the wheel" training includes braking, backing, parking and lateral control movements. Once a student can safely control a motor vehicle, 20 additional hours will be spent with other students driving on a variety of roadways, including I-95, with a certified instructor.
The reduced cost of the Teen Defensive Driving Program is $200 with a 10 percent discount for students who acquired their Learner Permit through their high school's course. Scholarships are also available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs.


For schedule information or to register, go to www.sjctax.us/DriverEducation.aspx or contact Ricky McIntyre at rmcintyre@sjctax.us or 904-209-2298.

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PTO Update
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