Ponte Vedra High School
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Ponte Vedra High School

April 28, 2014


Important Dates
  • May 1 - Spring Ladies' Night Out PTO Fundraiser. 
  • May 3 - Relay for Life, 3 pm.     
  • May 13 - PTO General Meeting.  
  • May 14 - Volunteer Appreciation Tea/Luncheon, 11:30 - 1.  
  • May 15 - Premium Graduation Seat Sale, 7:30 am, Front Office. 
  • May 17 - Practice SAT Fundraiser, 9 am, PVHS Auditorium. 
  • May 24 - Sharkfest, PV Concert Hall. 
  • May 26 - No School, Memorial Day.
  • May 27 - Baccalaureate, 6 pm, Christ Episcopal Church. 
  • May 31 - Graduation.
  • June 5 - Last Day of School
School News and Announcements
Last Blood Drive
Thursday and Friday, May 1 & 2, will be the last blood drive of the year.

Please sign up online (igiveblood.org) or Tuesday at lunch!

Guidance Announcements for the class of 2014
Bright Futures Scholarship:
The Bright Futures Scholarship application is now open. All seniors, regardless of their plans for after high school, should apply by May 30, 2014. The counseling department strongly recommends that students visit the Bright Futures website to become familiar with the program and to make sure they are on track to qualify.

Final Transcript Request:
Seniors may now begin requesting final transcripts. The final transcript is sent to the college you are planning to attend to confirm graduation. Final transcripts should be requested through Naviance using the directions that follow, which are also available on the PVHS website, class of 2014, Guidance link. Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

Seniors:  Reporting your College Search and Requesting Final Transcript 
1. Go to the Ponte Vedra High home page and click on Naviance, listed under the FOR STUDENTS section of the column on the left. Log in with your username and password.

2. Your username is your email address. If you aren't sure about your password, try a few of your favorites. The system will not lock you out for multiple failed attempts. You can also use the "forgot password" option on the sign in page.

3. From the Naviance welcome page, click on the Colleges Tab

4. In the My Colleges box, click on the Colleges I'm Applying to Link. Make sure that all of the colleges you applied to are listed. If the list is current, go to step 7. If not, click on +add to this list and go to step 5.

5. Using the +add to list feature; enter ALL of the colleges to which you applied. Be sure to click on the blue lookup link to add colleges. Don't just type the name in.

6. Once you have entered all of the colleges to which you applied, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ADD COLLEGES.

7. Very important! You must update the results of every college you applied to before you can request final transcripts. From the Colleges I'm applying to list, on the far right hand side of the table is a picture of a little pencil. This is under the "results" part of the column. Please click on the pencil, and then scroll through the list of all of your schools to indicate the result of your application. Don't forget to click on the UPDATE APPLICATIONS box when you are done.

8. Please select from the pull down menu the college that you are attending.

9. The school you are planning to attend will need a final transcript. Request it now.

Under the title of Colleges I'm Applying to, you will see a "request transcripts" link. Click on this and a list of all the schools that you indicated as having accepted you will appear. You will be instructed to click on the box where you want your final transcript sent. This, of course, is the ONE College you are planning to attend. Click on the box and then on the Request Final Transcripts box.

Congratulations and Good Luck Class of 2014!!!!

Testing Volunteers Still Needed for EOC and AP! 
PV High Students' testing season is not over yet!  Many of our students will be taking End of Course (EOC) and/or Advanced Placement (AP) exams in April and May and we are in need of additional proctors.  Proctoring is an important responsibility and invaluable to the testing process. Up to 8 volunteers are required daily.  Reserved parking, hot coffee in the media center, and a significant savings in substitute teacher costs are your reward!!

Please consider volunteering for one or more time slots.  High school proctors may bring in books/ipads/etc to read during the testing.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!!

You must be an approved volunteer in order to help.  If you are not currently approved, visit the PVHS website and click the "Volunteer App" link on the left hand side.  If questions, contact Susan Snyder: bssnyder12@aol.com

EXAM DATES:  April 14-May 23

Please click the link below to view dates and times of exams and sign up to proctor.  


Craig Speziale Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Craig Speziale Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the Community Foundation of Jacksonville.  An online link has been set up for donations, and the Foundation will provide the necessary paperwork to donors as all of the contributions are tax deductible.  Let's continue to honor Mr. Speziale in the way that he chose to dedicate his life--investing in the education of children.




Parents of Students taking US History, Biology, Algebra 1, and Geometry 
Please read the letters regarding the End-of-Course (EOC) Exams for these subjects. Dates for these tests are determined by the Florida Department of Education and are not subject to change.  The testing schedule follows--please click on the subject to view the associated letter.

EOC Testing Schedule: 
ALGEBRA 1 - MAY 12 - 16

Attention Seniors!  Reserved Premium Seating Sale for Graduation  

Looking forward to Graduation?  Want to make it stress free?  Reserve your Graduation Seats, and support PVHS PTO with a 501c3 tax deductible contribution.

Reserve the best seats in the house - closest to the stage!  The seats in the first four rows of Sections 6 and 13 can be reserved for a $25 per seat donation to the PVHS PTO.

*$25 per ticket (cash or check only), 128 seats are reserved.
*All seats offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
*No limit on the number of seats you can purchase.

Questions about these premium seats?  Please contact Brooke Bishop @ bcbpvb@comcast.net

FAQ's about the general non-reserved seats:
*All Seniors get 2 General Admission tickets.
*Those who paid Senior Dues may have more tickets if you need them.  You just need to know how many on the day you pick up your cap and gown at school.  
*If you are unsure if you paid your dues, contact Ms. Collazo, Ms. O'Brian, or Ms. Fryer.

Tropical Smoothie Fundraiser Update 
Thanks from Tropical Smoothie for a successful PVHS DAY Fundraiser, on 4/24. 
PVHS received a check in the amount of $250.00 from Tropical Smoothie.
Congrats to Evan Heffner, PVHS Senior, winning the $50.00 TS gift card!!


Sharkfest 2014
Updated 4/28 
It's a night of good food, good music and good friends...plus some great live and silent auction items! This year's Sharkfest is May 24th at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Reservations are $100 p/person and you'll have the opportunity to bid on live items like a 4 day/3 night cruise on an '82 yacht, a 4 day/3 night stay at Atlantis and the always popular parking spots. There's also a special Jags home game package, a Big Apple excursion, tickets to the USA-Nigeria soccer game at EverBank Field, and tickets to an Alahambra Theatre show of your choice.  That's just a start. If your business would like to sponsor a table, Kevin Hanney has all of the details. khanney 62@yahoo.com   
Practice SAT/ACT Fundraiser
on May 17th @ 9:00 in the PVHS Auditorium 
Anxious about SAT or ACT testing? The Tutoring Club St. Johns is providing local high school students with an excellent opportunity to experience a full-length practice SAT or ACT Test in a simulated testing environment without the fear of this score going on a transcript. Parents will receive a full score report and consultation to discuss the student's strengths and weaknesses within 10 days following the test.

The cost of this practice SAT or ACT test is $40 before May 8th. After the 8th the cost is $45 up until the deadline of May 15th; and the event is open to all high school students.

A portion of each fee will go to the PVHS PTO.  Over the past two years of having this fundraiser, The Tutoring Club, St. Johns has contributed $4,800 to support our school.  Thank you Tutoring Club, St. Johns!

Call Tutoring Club St. Johns at 230-2855 to reserve a seat! Make sure to mention PVHS PTO!

Attention Volunteers!
This year's Volunteer Appreciation Tea Luncheon will be held on May 14 from 11:30 - 1:00 in the Media Center.  Please RSVP to Pat Forsythe by May 7 at forsytp@stjohns.k12.fl.us or (904) 547-7353.  
PTO Update
Last Call for Tickets for PVHS LNO!!!!
"Primero de Mayo"will be held this Thursday, May 1 from 7-9 pm at Mezcal Cantina, located at 880 A1A #18b, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo four days early and support the Ponte Vedra High School PTO.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online by clicking the link below with an additional processing fee. Tickets include: admission, food, two drink tickets, a raffle ticket and fashion show provided by A'propos and Brooke's Brothers. You can also drop off your check made payable to: PVHS PTO, to the front office attention Brooke Bishop, PTO.

Tickets will be sold at the door, however, walk ups are not guaranteed PTO Swag bags.  

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



Support the PTO and Purchase Players Tickets!  
Please purchase your Players tickets through the PVHS PTO! Good Any Day grounds tickets are available for only $47.70 each The PTO will receive $25 for each ticket sold! Visit www.chipinforyouth.com to order tickets, use code PUBLIC.

Deadline for Ordering Graduation Signs
Extended to Thursday, May 1!
These custom signs with your senior's name and graduating year are only $20 and could be as low as $14 if you order 3 or more!
Don't let your senior miss out on the fun of knowing how proud you are ... and don't forget grandparents, churches or special organizations may want one too!
Click below to order online (a small additional charge is added to cover PayPal fees):

Or go to the front office to pick up a flyer and pay by check.  Deadline to order is Thursday, May 1. 

The proceeds of each sign support the Ponte Vedra High PTO, where we fund over $50,000 in school enhancements that enrich our students' lives!
Contact Brooke Bishop if you have any questions at bcbpvb@comcast.net
Shark Sports 
PVHS XC Informational Meeting 
Tuesday, May 27th, 6PM at the Ponte Vedra HS Room 575.


Coming off a great season last fall, the Ponte Vedra High School Cross Country team will hold its first organizational meeting for the 2014 season.



All rising 9th graders either zoned for PV or enrolled to attend PVHS, and any other Ponte Vedra athlete who is interested in running XC next year should attend this meeting.  Items that will be discussed include:



    Summer conditioning schedule


    Summer races


    Running Camp dates


    the upcoming 2013-14 season
    Upcoming fundraisers
    Uniforms (please bring checkbook)

Parents and students are welcome to attend!  And yes, dual sport athletes are welcome, we have several Lax/soccer players at XC last season.

For more information for Girls XC contact Coach Schottel at aaschottel@yahoo.com or Boys XC contact Kerry Mowlam at kmowlam@stellar.net


PVHS Girls' Basketball Organizational Meeting
Tuesday, May 6th, 6PM at the Ponte Vedra Gymnasium.

Coming off their second best season in school history, the Ponte Vedra High School Girls Basketball team will hold its organization meeting on Tuesday, May 6th at 6PM in the Ponte Vedra Gymnasium.

All rising 9th graders either zoned for PV or enrolled to attend PVHS, and any other Ponte Vedra female athlete who is interested in playing basketball next year should attend this meeting.  Items that will be discussed include: 
  • Summer basketball practice schedule
  • City Summer league schedule
  • UNF, Rollins College,  and Embrry Riddle Team Camp dates
  • the upcoming 2013-14 season
  • Christmas basketball tournament at Disney
  • Upcoming fundraisers 
If you are interested in playing basketball for the Lady Sharks next season do not miss this meeting!  Please visit our team website (http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?cmenuid=1&url=pvsharksgirlsbasketball&sid=538284985) .

For more information or contact Coach Piggott at Jpiggott@citystaug.com or by calling him at 904-669-0765.  


Girls' Lacrosse: 
The Ponte Vedra Girls Lacrosse team capped off a winning season with a huge victory over County rival Bartram Trail High School to capture the 2014 District Championship!  The Sharks solidly beat the Bears to the cheers of a great crowd in the Shark Tank.  Seniors Katie Mauro and Abby Walker, and Sophomores Emma Dotsikas and Jade Gordon each scored 3 goals a piece.  Freshman Tess Reiman tallied 2 goals.  Solid defense by Lauren Barnhorst, Erin Woods and Jordan Grune, and six strong saves by Taylor Kimes, kept the Bears at bay.

In Regional playoff action, the Sharks battled other District champs for two big wins this past week.  In their first round of Regional play, the Sharks beat St. Augustine High's Yellow Jackets 17-3.  Seniors Katie Mauro and Abby Walker scored 4 goals a piece, and each had 1 assist.  Sophomore Emma Dotsikas scored 3 goals, and helped boost the score with 6 assists.  Sophomores Jordan Grune and Jade Gordon, and Freshman Tess Reiman, each tallied 2 goals a piece.  Sharks goalies had a strong night, with 5 saves for Senior Taylor Kimes and 3 saves for Tatiana Lathion.

The Sharks traveled to Lake Brantley High on Friday and brought their tenacity with them, beating the Patriots by a score of 15-14.  In the second round regional playoff game, the Sharks were down at the half 9-5.  The Sharks did not give up, and toppled the Patriots in a huge second half comeback.  Offensive stats for the game included:

Emma Dotsikas with 5 goals and 3 draw controls
Abby Walker with 3 goals, 2 assists and 6 draw controls
Katie Mauro with 3 goals
Tess Reiman with 1 goal, 1 assist and 3 draw controls
Briana Feldman with 1 goal and 2 draw controls
Jordan Grune and Ellie Lecker with 1 goal apiece

On Tuesday night, the team returned to their Shark Tank for the third round Regional Playoff game, the first time in Girls Lacrosse history they made it that far.  The team showed Gainesville's Oak Hall their determination to move one step closer to the State Championship with a score of 20-12, capturing the FHSAA Regional Championship.  Offensive stats for the game included:

Katie Mauro with 6 goals, 1 assist
Emma Dotsikas with 6 goals, 2 assists, 2 draw controls
Abby Walker with 4 goals, 3 assists, 7 draw controls
Jade Gordon with 3 goals
Tess Reiman with 1 goal, 5 draw controls

The Sharks head to the Final Four on Thursday afternoon for a semifinal game on Friday.

Boys' Lacrosse:

4-22-14 Ponte Vedra Over Bolles in 1st Round Regional Game.
With their regular season game cancelled due to weather, the Sharks met up with the Bolles Bulldogs for the first time this year in Tuesday's first-round play-in game. Goals by Chris Rogowski and Ryan Kirchhoff gave the Bulldogs the early first quarter lead. But after several unforced turnovers the Sharks settled down and gained their first goal when defender Parker Eastland picked off a pass and took it downfield and scored. PV went on to score four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 halftime lead. The lead built to 6-2 in the third but Bolles fought back with two more goals to once again close the gap. The Sharks maintained their composure and goals by Miles Silva and Logan Taucher stretched the lead again. When shots weren't ricocheting off the posts, goalie Colin Peaks was making save after save, a total of 11. In the fourth quarter Cody Legeza capped off the Sharks scoring with a hat trick. Final Score Sharks 11-6 over Bolles.
Cody Legeza (3-1-4), Garrett Boyle (2-2-4), Miles Silva (2-0-2), Logan taucher (2-0-2), Parker Eastland (1-0-1), RJ Garcia (1-0-1)
Colin Peaks (11 saves)   
4-25-14 Sharks advance to Regional Final with 8-6 win over Lake Mary
A slow first half start for the Sharks prompted some halftime adjustments and PV came away with a hard fought victory over Lake Mary on Friday night.. The Sharks could only muster one goal in the first half thanks to Cody Legeza.  Both teams were evenly matched on defense and goal tending but it was the Rams who took the 2-1 lead at intermission. Several minutes into the third quarter, a slashing penalty gave the Sharks the opportunity they were looking for and Miles Silva fired one into the net. A second Rams penalty led to an Eric Applegate goal. Two more goals by Legeza and Silva gave PV a 5-2 lead. Lake Mary was able to stop the momentum, scoring two goals to trim the lead to 1 after 3 quarters. Applegate, Silva and Jason Randolph popped in goals to start the 4th and boost the lead to 8-4. Two late goals by Lake Mary made the final score 8-6. The Sharks head to Maclay on Tuesday for the regional final.   
Miles Silva (3-0-3), Cody Legeza (2-3-5), Eric Applegate (2-0-2), Jason Randolph (1-0-1), Ben Buchanan (0-1-1), Garrett Boyle (0-1-1) Colin Peaks 10 Saves

Boys' Varsity Soccer:
The Times-Union recognizes the area's top high school sports athletes each year by publishing the All-First Coast teams for the winter season.

Congratulations to the following Shark players on their selection to All-First Coast soccer teams.

First team:  Austin Sigle, Briggs Hurley
Third Team:  Ben Costantino
Honorable Mention:  Nate Frecks, Corey Johnson, Wes Nicholson

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/sports/high-schools/2014-04-17/story/2014-all-first-coast-boys-soccer-teams#ixzz307OREDgr 
In the Community
Come Join the Friendship Walk! 
Ponte Vedra High's Best Buddies Club would like to invite all PV students to join them for an amazing experience on Saturday, May 3rd 8:00 am) at the Jacksonville Landing.  It's called the Friendship Walk and it's the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies.

Since 2009, more than 40,000 participants have walked in over 22 states, and raised over 3 million dollars for Best Buddies.  Ultimately, the Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  PV's Best Buddies Club is currently in 2nd place for fundraising  and we'd love to beat 1st place Creekside!  

For more information, visit

Bud Beech Summer Camp 
Bud Beech Summer Camp 2014 at Ponte Vedra High School begins Monday, June 9th and runs through out the summer.  Register before June 1st to receive the 25% off discount.  Visit www.budbeech.com for full details and registration form. 

Sport Medicine Golf Scramble
The Saint Johns County Sports Medicine Council is planning a charity golf scramble benefitting the sports medicine programs of your high schools. The event will be held at the St. Johns Golf & Country Club on May 18, 2014. The cost will be $100 per person and $380 per foursome.  A coach's foursome will also receive a $100 discount.

The Council hopes that this will be a great event where the staffs of all county high schools can come together to benefit the health of all student-athletes in Saint Johns County. Together, we can do more!

We would really like to see maximum participation by the coaching and administrative staffs of each school, the parents of your student-athletes, and your booster clubs. Please impress upon your staff and support that this is a direct benefit to your program and will be proportional to their participation.

We will have more information on registration and ensuring the success of this event. Please plan to come out and join for us a great day of fun and fellowship for a great cause! 
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