Ponte Vedra High School
Important Dates
  • December 2 - Music Performance, 6:30 pm, Ponte Vedra Library. 
  • December 2 -  Booster Club Meeting, 7 pm, room 575.
  • December 5 - Coffee Chat, 6:30 pm**new date and time, 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 and handouts.    
  • 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.
  • December 12 - Sharksgiving Booster Club Fundraiser, 6:30 - 11 pm, PV Concert Hall. 
  • January 14 - AP Forum, 6:30 pm.. 
  • January 28 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • February 1 - Practice SAT/ACT.  
  • February 6 - PVHS Academy Night
  • February 18 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • February 18 - PVHS College Fair, 5 - 7 pm. 
  • March 25 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • May 3 - Relay for Life, 3 pm
PTO Supply Drive
The winner of the PTO Supply Drive drawing for a restaurant gift card is...Julie Podany!  Thank you to everyone who donated supplies or funding for the annual Supply Drive!
Sharks Music Performance
On Monday, December 2, PVHS's new orchestra group, Pro Arte Ponte Vedra, and PVHS's acapella group, Sharkapellas, will be holding a performance event at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library at 6:30 to promote music in the community. Admission is free and everybody is invited. Spread the word to friends and family, and come support the arts! 

All State Musicians
Congratulations to four of our students who made Florida All-State this year! Freshmen Adam Snowden made the Concert Band on clarinet, Sophomore Cassia Wang made the Concert Orchestra on violin, Junior Charis Wang made the Symphonic Orchestra on cello and Junior Allison Reade made the Women's Choir singing soprano. All four will be traveling to Tampa in January for a weekend of practice and performance with the top musicians in the state.

Semester Exam Schedule

Ponte Vedra High School Exam Schedule
Semester 1,  2013-14

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 
9:15 - 10:45        EXAM  Period 1
10:45 - 10:55      Break
10:55 - 12:25      EXAM  Period 2
12:30 - 1:00        Lunch
  Buses depart at 1:00

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
 9:15- 10:45      EXAM Period 3
4th period:      A lunch:       10:50-11:20
                       A class:       11:25-1:10  (105 minutes)
                       B class:       10:50-11:40  (50 minutes)
                       B lunch:       11:45-12:15
                       B class:       12:20-1:10 (50 minutes)
                       C class:       10:50-12:35  (105 minutes)
                       C lunch:       12:40-1:10           
1:15-2:45         EXAM Period 5

Thursday, December 19, 2013
9:15 - 10:45      EXAM  Period 4
10:45 - 10:55    Break
10:55 - 12:25    EXAM  Period 6
12:30 - 1:00     Lunch
  Buses depart at 1:00

Friday, December 20, 2013
9:15 - 10:45    EXAM  Period 7
10:45 - 2:45    Make up
11:00 -12:00   Lunch - Book Return
  Buses depart at 12:00

Make up exams can be administered by appointment after the winter break. No exams may be taken early.
Homecoming Queen and King

Congratulations to the 2013 Homecoming Queen, Haley Baxter and the 2013 Homecoming King, Ben Ohno, who were announced during halftime, at the last PVHS Home Football game.

Haley Baxter is the daughter of Chuck and Kathleen Baxter.  Haley is the Senior Class Vice-President, an Ambassador at PVHS, a Member of "The Splash" Dance Team, the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society,  the Science National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and a 4-year member in the International Marketing Academy.  She has served for the past 10 years in Miss Felicia's Dance Ministry for the Dreams Come True Foundation and also participates in many service clubs at PVHS. Outside of school, Haley works at Vicar's Landing and enjoys playing the piano.  Haley plans on attending the University of North Florida in the Honors Program, majoring in nursing.

Ben Ohno is the son of Rob and Pam Ohno and has one younger brother, Sam.  He is ranked in the top ten in his class, and was one of the recipients of the American Youth Character Award.  Ben has been part of the Ponte Vedra Baseball Program for all four years and was a proud member of the State Championship team last year.  He is also President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of Chinese Honor Society, former Treasurer of National Science Honor Society, and a PV High Ambassador.  Ben has been a standard bearer at the Player's Championship for the last three years, and walked with Tiger Woods in 2012.  Outside of school, Ben likes to surf, play guitar, and play pick up football on Sundays.  Ben hopes to go to college out of state and plans to major in engineering or economics.  

Front Desk Volunteer Openings
Every other Thursday afternoon

Every other Wednesday morning

If you are interested in volunteering please email Donna Adriano, Front Desk Receptionist, at  donna.adriano@stjohns.k12.fl.us 
Early Departure Procedures
As you plan your activities for the holiday season please be mindful of the front office procedures below:

Students may not leave with other students during school hours - only siblings may leave together as long as each sibling has written permission

Another parent, friend or relative over the age of 18 may pick up your child if they are not on your pick up list as long as the parent has written and signed a note allowing such. Please be sure to include a contact phone number as the front office will verify the note. You may contact the front office if you have questions regarding who is on your pick up list.

Safety of your students is our main goal and we thank you for your cooperation.
You are invited to attend the second annual "SharksGiving" Concert/Party being held Thursday Dec. 12th at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, doors open at 6:30 pm and close at 11:00 pm.
What is it?    It's a Party featuring  Live music from Pro Bono & The Boogie Freaks.
Is this a fund raiser? Yes.
Will I be asked for money or asked to buy something when I get there?   NO, it's a party.
Who benefits from the ticket sales?  All PVHS Sports.
Who is going? 300-400 of your closest PVHS friends, old and new.
How much? $40

Where do I get a ticket? From your local PVHS Athlete, every sport was given tickets to sell, some have sold out already but there are still tickets available.

Hope to see you there.
Thespian Festival
District 2 International Thespian Festival  was held at PVHS on Friday and Saturday. Over sixteen schools from Duval to Allachua county  presented one act plays. St Johns County Schools did extremely well, again showing our district's dedication to theatre, as well as the dedication of the students, parents and teachers who keep theatre alive in St. Johns County.

St. Augustine High School received Straight Superior Ratings for their play, Patter For the Floating Lady.

Ponte Vedra High School received Straight Superior Ratings for their presentation of their Devised Theatre Piece.

Creekside High School received a Superior Rating for their piece Why Do we Laugh.

Bartram Trail High School received a Superior rating for their play, Fearful Symmetry.

Nease High Received an Excellent rating for the piece, Hard Candy.

St Augustine High and Ponte Vedra High School were chosen as the plays to represent the area at the Thespian festival in March.  Creekside was chosen as the alternate.

Of the 5 Superior rated plays presented at the festival, St. Johns County presented 4 of those plays.

Many of the students won individual awards too numerous to mention here.

Nicole Miller won Best Stage Manager.

The Cast of our One-Act won Best Ensemble.

Jack Dunnaway represents our troupe in the  All-star cast.
Senior Ads
Contact Jennifer Lee at leej3@stjohns.k12.fl.us if you have any questions about the Herff Jones online ad creator or to make an appointment to visit the yearbook class and get help creating your ad. Use Order Number 10532 on the Herff Jones site.


Support our College-Bound Sharks
College Fair PLUS Tuesday, February 18 5pm -7:00pm
The PTO and SEA (Seeking Excellence in Academics Committee) are working to bring over 70 colleges to PVHS for the College Fair PLUS.
Show your pride for our college-bound Sharks and support College Fair Plus! with a $25 listing in our program.  Your name will appear on our "We Support Our College-Bound Sharks" page, and monies received will help defray the costs associated with the fair including showcasing our great campus.  

To make a payment send a check made payable to PVHS-PTO, in the memo line write "College Fair-family sponsor" and add a note stating how you would like your family to be listed.  Send to: Ponte Vedra High School PTO, Attention: College Fair- 460 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081.

Questions?  Want to be a business sponsor? Email Lisa Crouch at lisa423@comcast.net or Willow Logue at kylogus@bellsouth.net.
Art Show and Sale
PVHS/National Art Honor Society is having an Art Show & Sale!
Hosted by: Youth Crisis Center

*    Date: December 14
*    Time: from 2-5 P.M
*    Place: Touchstone Village Club House. 3015 Parental Home Road Jacksonville, FL 32216

You can do your last minute shopping and buy local and one-of-a-kind art!


SAT Prep Course
Be prepared for the March SAT!  The Tutoring Club in conjunction with the PVHS PTO is offering a group class held weekly for 8 sessions AT PVHS.  The deadline to register is December 20, 2013-no late registrations accepted.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the PVHS PTO.  Click here to view a flyer.
Sharks Sports
This Week at Home
  • Monday - Boys' Basketball v. Bishop Kenny, 6 pm.
  • Monday - Girls' Varsity Soccer v. Palatka, 6 pm.
  • Tuesday - Boys' Soccer v. Spruce Creek, 5:30 pm.  



 Boys' Basketball:

    Ponte Vedra's much improved basketball team will take a two-game winning streak into Monday's home opener for the 2013-14 season when they host Bishop Kenny.

    The challenge to remain undefeated will be extremely difficult for the Sharks as Bishop Kenny, coming off a season which saw the Crusaders reach the state final four, are also sporting a 2-0 record following a pair of convincing early season victories.

    The varsity game will follow the 6:00 PM scheduled start for the Junior Varsity contest between the two rivals, with a large crowd expected to watch the action at 'The Shark Tank'.

    The Sharks followed up their two victorious pre-season tune-ups with a pair of wins this past week to set up Monday's battle of the unbeatens.

    Coach Bud Beech's cagers made the short jaunt to Episcopal Tuesday night and rallied from a seven-point third quarter deficit to defeat a veteran laden Eagle squad 52-41.

      The Sharks saw Episcopal deploy a box and one defense to contain high scoring Shark point guard Jackson Johnson but other Shark players came through in the closing stages of the contest.  

    The Sharks trailed 21-19 at halftime but a late third quarter spurt saw the Sharks go into the final stanza tied at 34-34.  The final period belonged to Ponte Vedra as they outscored Episcopal 18-7 with Quinn Carey, who led all scorers with 14 points, leading the way for the Sharks.

    Donovan Garrard chipped in 13 points and added 9 rebounds for the victors while Johnson directed the offense with 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals while tallying 9 points.  Isiah Gibson paced the host Eagles with 13 points with Danny Voss adding 10.  

    No such comeback was needed in the Shark's second tilt of the season as they raced out to a commanding 18-5 first quarter lead against Fletcher Saturday night and then cruised to a convincing 63-45 win.

    Jackson Johnson and Quinn Carey combined for 41 of the Sharks total points as coach Bud Beech was able to utilize all of his 12 man roster during the game.

    Johnson filled up the stat sheet by adding 7 assists, five rebounds; a school record 8 steals, and netted 20 points while committing but one turnover.  Carey had an outstanding shooting night from the field by connecting on 9 of 11 shots from the field including a perfect 3-3 from 3-point range.

    After a pair of pre-season contests and the two regular season tilts, coach Beech's 2013-14 edition has flashed signs for what could very well be a promising season throughout the current campaign.

    Beech, and his experienced assistant coach Marcus Perez, is encouraged with the depth of this year's squad as they continue to search for a solid rotation.

    Beech welcomed a pair of juniors off the football team for the start of the regular campaign in Pat Boylan and Corey Russi and each have made an early positive impact.

    Returning starter James Crowther has given the team some much needed energy while 6'4 junior Ross McCarthy continues to improve his play from game to game.

    Although the Sharks looked very impressive in the opening stanza Saturday night at Fletcher, they did experience some sloppy moments during the contest that contributed to 18 turnovers, many of those being of the unforced variety that Beech and Perez are confident of correcting in the coming weeks.

    To keep up to date for more complete news and stats for Ponte Vedra Boys basketball, both for the varsity as well as the Junior Varsity teams, followers of PVHS hoops are encouraged to log on to the Sharks' web site at:


    For those relative and fans who cannot attend Ponte Vedra home basketball contests, one can catch the games streamed live on the internet at www.planeths.com



Feel free to contact me with information that may interest the PVHS community.  All submissions are subject to approval by the PVHS administration, and must be received by Friday for inclusion in Monday's newsletter.  Please submit your information exactly as you would like it to appear to Pat Forsythe, forsytp@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Leslie Santillo
PVHS Shark Bytes Editor