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October 14, 2013

Important Dates
  • 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.  The effects that academic stress can have on oral health.  
  • 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. Tips to make the holidays less stressful.
  • 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. 
  • December 2 - Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, room 575.
  • December 4 - Coffee Chat, 9:30 am, Media Center.  The latest research on sugar. 
  • 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.
  • January 28 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • February 1 - Practice SAT/ACT
  • February 18 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • March 25 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.  
School News and Announcements
PVHS HOBY Essay Contest 
Attention all Sophomores!  Are you a natural leader who wants to make a difference in your community?  If so, then the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program (HOBY) may be for you.

PVHS is able to nominate one 10th grade student to represent the school and the state as a HOBY ambassador.  There will be an application and selection process.  If selected, the PVHS HOBY ambassador commits to attending a Youth Leadership Seminar next summer.

How to apply?  All interested 10th graders should see Ms. Mitchell in the guidance office to obtain an application and the essay topic.  Completed applications are due to Ms. Mitchell no later than November 6, 2013.  All essays will be evaluated by a team at the school.  The PVHS HOBY student ambassador will be chosen based on leadership ability and outstanding written communication skills.  For more information please visit www.hoby.org.

NEW! Shark Apparel is on Sale Now! 
Check out the catalog here: PVHS APPAREL CATALOG FALL 2013 or click "2013 Shark Apparel" under PVHS Links at the right.

Reading Lab Volunteers Needed  
Ponte Vedra High has a solution to help its students!  We have a reading lab that works one on one with a parent volunteer to help our students get organized, go over unknown words, help think test questions through and more.  These students need a little specialized attention in order to give them a wider skill set or confidence level and build a stronger foundation with reading skills. You can make a difference to one of them.  You don't have to know the topic or be a doctorate candidate, you just have to want to make the difference in someone's life - a difference that could change their life!  Please do!

Contact Yvonne Ratcliffe at y.ratcliffe@comcast.net.  Thank you!

All Call for Cafeteria Volunteers!
Our Food & Nutrition Services Manager, Susan Johnson, really needs some volunteers for serving lunch in the cafeteria. We have so many kids to serve in a very short time. It really makes everything so much more efficient with the help of the volunteers. Unfortunately the county cannot afford to give us any more hired hands. Even if your kids bring their lunch it is a really great way to
see the kids and be a HUGE help! The commitment is about 2 hours per shift.

We are looking for as many helpers as we can so that we can do a rotating schedule for Susan.

Times: Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to allow check in at the front office . Shift times are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:30 - 1:45
Wednesday 11:15 - 1:15

The dress is casual. Closed toed shoes(tennis shoes) hair in a ponytail and wear a hat. Please let me know your availability so that we can continue to keep PVHS the best in all areas for our kids.

Please contact Suzanne Franco to get involved.

St. Johns River State College Tour 
On November 8  Juniors and Seniors are invited to tour St. Johns River State College from 10-1:30.    Students must provide their own transportation, but lunch will be provided.  Registration is required.  Please contact Mrs. Asplen to confirm your spot.

Seniors in the Yearbook  

All directory and quote submissions will be made via email ONLY.

PURCHASE A YEARBOOK AND SENIOR AD online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/

Order Number 10532.

Seniors Ads must be purchased and created online by November 15, 2013 to make publishing deadlines.

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

Local Author to Speak in the Media Center Tomorrow
In honor of the American Library Association's "Teens Read" week we are bring in local author, Amy Freeman Tuesday, October 15th at 7 pm.  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.

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.

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 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

Tuesday, October 22nd 6:00 pm in the Media Center Computer Room
Thursday, November 14th   6:00 pm in the Media Center Computer Room 
Shark Sports 
This Week at Home
  • Wednesday - Volleyball v. Bartram Trail, 5:30 pm.
  • Thursday - JV Football v. Ridgeview, 6:00 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 - 7:30PM.  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.   


Volleyball Senior Night

The Senior Night Volleyball Game is Wednesday, October 16th v. Bartram Trail High School.  The JV game is at 5:30 and Varsity is at 6:30.  The senior night recognition will take place right before the varsity match around 6:00 p.m.  


Swim results  - no dive results available

Ponte Vedra HS vs Creekside HS
October 8, 2013
Hosted by Ponte Vedra

Scores - Women
1. Ponte Vedra High School - 156
2. Creekside 129

Scores - Men
1. Creekside 182
2. Ponte Vedra High School - 103

The Lady Sharks are undefeated for the season!

This was a "PinkOut" meet in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both
teams wore pink caps and together they raised over $600 for The Little
Pink Houses of Hope.

Ponte Vedra Sharks will swim again in Gainesville for the district meet on
October 25.

Girls' Swimming:
The Ponte Vedra High Lady Sharks headed into the last regular meet of the season undefeated.  With their perfect record on the line, they swam hard and crushed Creekside at the October 8th swim meet! 

Molly Voytecek, Jenny Norenberg, Lily Norenberg and Hannah Santillo once again won the 200 IM Relay in 2:03:31.   Mary Jacobsen, Emily Voytecek, Elizabeth Garcia and Carly Voytecek came in 4th.

Emily Grace Alfaro placed 2nd in the 200 Free with Emily Benson taking 4th.
Molly Voytecek and Jenny Norenberg took 2nd and 4th in the 200 IM.

In a repeat of last week, sprinters McKenna Johnson (26.19) and Hannah Santillo (26.66) took the top spots in the 50 Free.

Madison Michaels won the 100 Fly in 1:00:95. Elizabeth Garcia finished 3rd.
McKenna Johnson, Emily Grace Alfaro and Carly Voytecek swept the top places in the 100 Free.  Johnson's winning time was 58:29.

Distance swimmer Emily Benson placed 3rd in the 500 Free.

The team of Santillo, Alfaro, Michaels and Johnson again won the 200 Free Relay (1:46:83).  Jenny Norenberg, Carly Voytecek, Lily Norenberg and Madison Martin took 3rd.  Kelley Hall, Emily Voytecek, Elizabeth Garcia and Mary Jacobsen placed 4th.

Madison Michaels won the 100 Back in 1:03:85 and Molly Voytecek placed 3rd.
Jenny Norenberg won the 100 Breast in 1:17:86.  Lily Norenberg touched the wall just after in 1:17:90 to take 2nd place.

Alfaro, Santillo, Johnson and Michaels teamed up to win the 400 Free once again.  This time nearly 4 seconds faster than last week in 3:54:14!  Brigid Morgan, Madison Martin, Molly Voytecek and Emily Benson placed 3rd.  
What a great meet and an amazing season the girls had! 

Boys' Swimming
Despite coming up short against Creekside, the Ponte Vedra boys' swim team had some great performances.

In the 200 IM Relay Chris Kennedy, Jacob Shalz, Eric Erhard and Logan Teate placed 3rd.  Sean Hoffman, Vasili Pleqi, James LaCour and Thomas Snyder placed 4th.

Danny Camacho placed 3rd in the 200 Free.  Jacob Shalz placed 4th in the 200 IM.   Kadeem LaFargue again won the 50 Free (23:48) and Eric Erhard placed 4th.  LaFargue placed 3rd in the 100 Butterfly.

Shalz, Erhard, and Teate placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the 100 Free.
Distance swimmers James LaCour and Thomas Snyder placed 3rd and 4th in the 500 Free.

The team of Eric Erhard, Danny Camacho, Chris Kennedy and Kadeem LaFargue placed 2nd in the 200 Free Relay.  Logan Teate, Vasili Pleqi, Sean Hoffman and Jonathan Magiske came in 4th.

In the 100 Back Teate placed 4th.  Danny Camacho placed 3rd and Vasili Pleqi took 4th in the 100 Breast.  The team of Kennedy, Shalz, Camacho and LaFargue placed 2nd in the 400 Free Relay. 

Cross Country:
The Sharks traveled to Middleburg Saturday for the Bronco Bob Invitational in their final tune-up in advance of next week's JV championship @ Bishop Kenny and a bye week for the Varsity before they participate in their State Championship series.  A nice course and cool, sunny weather  greeted your Sharks along with 27 other teams on a great morning for running after the heat and rain from weeks past. Hard work and cool temperatures resulted in a slew of season and personal bests times.

The Varsity boys started off the morning finishing 5th out of 24 teams in spite of injury's to some key runners. Senior Crisman Jones led the Sharks with a strong  8th place finish out of 195 runners.  The team had a poor starting chute position and had to merge into  a narrow path through trees that had Crisman  and the other PV runners in approx. 100th  place. The boys emerged and had a clear area to start passing and came out with some great performances. Coming in next for the Sharks were seniors Dustyn Johnston, nursing a hamstring injury in 19th followed by John Paul Mauriello and Connor Shramm in 33rd and 34th place. Junior Tyler Lowery, sophomore Andrew Kessler and freshman Perry Bechtle finished the scoring for the varsity.

The  Varsity girls teams finished 4th out of 23 teams despite some key runners resting due to injuries. Leading the way out of 148 runners and taking  6th place and a medal was senior Bella Poole. Right behind was senior Ashley Carpenter in 9th also taking a metal and running for a personal record (PR).  Sophomore Abby Reimer ran a strong race to finish in  21st, senior Courtney Henderson, junior Sara Lindell, freshman Madison Santore and Caroline Bing along with junior Grace Kellaher all had PR's or season best times in an excellent team performance. Both Caroline and Grace had their first Varsity appearance and showed their hard work during the season has paid off!

The Shark JV boy's team welcomed some runners back and finished 5th out of 18 teams. Senior Evan Weiner led the Sharks with a 9th place performance followed by junior Johnathon Fennell in 23rd, sophomores Mahi Sankar in 26th with a PR and Palmer Mowlam in 30th were next for the Sharks. Back from injuries or with breakout races, freshman Mark Davey, Greg Kearney and  Ryan Quintal all had strong races with PR's. Juniors Nathan Worrell, Kevin Kellaher, Dylan O'Shea and senior Carson Foster, sophomores  Cameron Rumsey and Brandon Blackwelder also had strong performances for the Sharks, as did freshman Davis Massey, Sean Minchin, Harrison Crowley, Alex Lazzara, Mathew Crawford and Marshall Frye most of which who had PR's or season best performances.

The girls JV team finished 8th and were led by ribbon winners junior Alexa Burch in 14th and freshman Fallon Farrell in 16th place. Sophomore Mollie Bondra along with freshman Heather Frank, Hannah Lilley and Katherine Scott rounded out the scoring for the Lady Sharks.

Next week the Varsity is off as the JV head to BK for the JV championship. Good luck Sharks! 


 Ponte Vedra 25-5,25-18,23-25,25-16
STAT LEADERS PONTE VEDRA (21-1, 8-0 district)
Abbey Barnhard - 12
Sophia Erhard - 11
Caitlin Dorsch - 24
Abbey Barnhard - 14
Corinne Quiggle - 38
Service Aces:
Addie Dirito - 5
Service points:
Corinne Quiggle - 12 
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