RIBLI Newsletter
October 4, 2018
In This Issue
Dates to Note
  • Mon., 10/08   Coffee Talk-Meet Mr. Johnson, 600p; Auditorium
  • Thu., 10/25   Junior's IB Pinning Ceremony, 6:10p (group photo)
                           6:30p Ceremony Begins; Auditorium
  • Thu., 11/08   Prospective Student Open House, 6:00p
Please check the  RHS Calendar for updates, A/B schedule and  other dates to note.
RHS's 2019 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
Congratulations to Robinson High School's six 2019 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists!  Our Semifinalists are pictured above (with Mr. Bhoolai, Mrs. George and Mr. Johnson) from left to right: Jonah Chad, Anders Johnson, Catherine Liu, Carly Long, Annika Holstrom, and Vanessa Fermin. 

Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they sat for the 2017 PSAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing  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.  Each of our students will now complete an application process in an effort to be selected into the Finalist level announced in February.  All National Merit Scholarship winners will then be selected from this group of Finalists. 

Congratulations students and families, this is a HUGE accomplishment!  

IB Coffee Talk: Meet Mr. Johnson 
  October 8 

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Johnson to Robinson IB.  A Coffee Talk will be held on Monday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium and is open to all IB parents and students. This informal Coffee Talk is an opportunity to meet him and share in an interactive discussion about the IB program at Robinson. 

Mr. Matthew Johnson joined RHS as the Assistant Principal for Magnet Curriculum on August 24.  After being raised as a student through Hillsborough County Schools, Mr. Johnson began teaching History and AVID at Durant and Brandon High School in 2006.  He then started The Collegiate Academy at Armwood High School as the Lead Teacher in 2013, and moved into the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs position in 2016.  Mr. Johnson earned his Bachelor's in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida, and his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. 
IB Junior Pinning Ceremony
October 25
The  IB Junior Pinning Ceremony will take place on  Thursday, October 25th,  at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS auditorium.  At 6:10 p.m., a group photo  of our IB Juniors will be taken, Juniors please arrive ahead of time.  Parents and other family members are encouraged to attend this event. This special rite of passage for our juniors marks their official transition into the diploma-seeking program. 

Juniors are asked to dress professionally. Students with questions about appropriate attire may consult Mr. Johnson or Mrs. George in the IB office. 
Prospective Student Open House
& Student Shadowing Opportunities

Robinson High School IB's Prospective Student Open House will be held on Thursday, November 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m. All students interested in learning more about the IB program at Robinson High School and their families are invited to attend. 

We would also like to invite any interested 8th grade students to come visit our campus and feel like a Knight for a day! Shadowing opportunities are available on six specific dates beginning October 22nd through February 4th. Students many reserve a spot for a day that works best for their schedule by registering here: Shadow at Robinson IB.

Students registered to shadow are to report on their date to RHS by 9am. They will take part in a short presentation by some of the IB Faculty and students in the auditorium and will then pair up with a current IB student to experience a day in the IB World! Students will need to be picked up at 1:15pm on Mondays, or 2pm on Tuesdays-Fridays, where they will receive a letter to take back to their school proving their attendance for the day. Lunch can be brought from home or purchased from our school's nutrition service for $2.75.  Students may want to bring a notepad and paper so they can write down important info or questions they have along the way.  We're looking forward to meeting you!

Please spread the word to families that are interested in exploring RHS IB about our Open House date and Student Shadowing opportunities.  Our  RobinsonHighIB.com   website has all the information listed above and much more under Applying To RHS IB/Application Process.
Tampa Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest

Students, you could win a cash prize for your essay! The main purpose of this contest is to heighten the awareness of the Hispanic culture and it's many contributions to our community, state and country.  The winners will be recognized at the Essay Contest Awards Brunch at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. 

All entries must be typed, should be 800 words or less, and must be accompanied by the 2018 Essay Application online form available. All information on the application must be completed.  Entry will be automatically disqualified if any information is missing.

For additional information including how to submit the essay, please visit the event website at https://www.tampahispanic.org/essay-contest.

For more information, contact Maribel Garrett, Essay Contest chair at lcgmgarrett@gmail.com

Hillsborough County Public School District's referendum on the November 6th voting ballot  will help to provide our schools with funding for various building improvements and  upgrades on campuses, and provide funds for new construction to address  overcrowding issues in many schools. 

Robinson High School's noted projects on the school district's list are -

Years 1 to 5: Air Conditioning Replacement or Overhaul, Fire Evacuation Improvements, Outdoor Court Replacement, Replace Public Address System, School Exterior Painting and Waterproofing Project,  School Interior Repainting Project
Years 6 to 10: Replace Fire Alarm System 
Thank You RIBLI Members!

Your RIBLI Membership donation supports many benefits for our students, staff and parents. The upcoming IB Junior Pinning Ceremony, Coffee Talk and Prospective Student Open House couldn't happen with your support. RIBLI membership donations also provide funding for IB Teacher Grants and much more. 

If you would like to become an IB Member, please Click HereIf you aren't sure if you have become a 2018-19 IB Members, please check the list above for your name.
RIBLI Support for Students
RIBLI provides financial support for students in need of assistance to purchase school books or supplies, to pay fees, or obtain necessary equipment to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities, or to complete summer assignments. 
  To submit a confidential request for financial support from RIBLI, email robinsonhighib@gmail.com .

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