Open House Success

by David Dozier

in Announcement

Greetings IB Parents and Guardians,

We wish to thank all of you who stopped by the King IB Connection table during Open House last night.  Many of you signed up for the Parent Partnership and received a complimentary IB t-shirt, your donation is very much appreciated!  The web site will be updated to list all who donated soon.

BIG “THANK YOU” goes out to the following individuals who helped make the Open House such a great success:

Barb O’Malley (Vice President), Monica Tsun (Treasurer), Sandia Wasserman (Senior Banquet and Fundraising Chairperson, and former VP), Fabiola Morales (Parent Partnership Chairperson), Keya Mukherjee (Sophomore Class Rep), Lin Newlands and Marcia Cubillos

And a special thank you to Mr. James Taylor (Assistant Principal) for some last minute help!

While we had so many sign up last night, we know there were some who were unable to get to us because of the crowd, or they could not attend Open House in person. You can still sign up for the Parent Partnership online, by clicking on this link:, or to join us in support role. 



Wear what the Lion wears, and show your Lion’s Pride!  You can get one shirt FREE with your King IB Connection Parent Partnership enrollment.  Each additional shirt is $10, and we will have them available at Open House and other activities throughout the year.

The Parent Partnership form can be accessed at

Congrats to our Sophomore IB students for successfully completing their first required AP Exam!  To celebrate this “sweet ending”, Sophomores were treated to cookies and Smoothie King smoothies immediately following their AP European History Exam.  A big thank you to Emmy Fleeting, our event coordinator, and all our parent volunteers!  This event was sponsored by the IB Connection.Sweet Endings 2014

The King High School Class of 2014 graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd, at the Florida State Fairgrounds.  The last day of school for all other grade levels is Friday, June 6th.  Please note that while there are no semester exams scheduled for June 3rd, school will be in session for a study/tutoring day.  Any student that wishes to attend the graduation ceremony may do so without academic penalty.  For further information and instructions, please click on the links below:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 will be a Study/Tutoring Session Day.



Congrats to King’s Mu Alpha Theta team and team sponsor, Ms. Barbara Emil, for a 5th place finish at the 2014 State Mu Alpha Theta Convention.  This is King’s second consecutive year in the top 5, which is quite an accomplishment!

Speaking of accomplishments, we are very proud to announce that both of King’s participants in the 2014 Florida State Science Fair brought home medals.  Joshua Glow took 4th place in Senior Botany and Vignesh Bhethanabotla took 3rd place in Senior Engineering.  Congratulations!! Way to go, Lions!

Attention Junior Parents & Students,
This is a reminder from the IB Guidance Office that the deadline for your “Extended Essay Rough Draft” is April 14, 2014.  Thank you to Ms. Lynn for providing weekly reminders in class and for uploading the Extended Essay Guide to Edsby for student review!

Rennex Franklin
IB Guidance Counselor
C. Leon King High School

King IB Magnets are here!

by Sandia Wasserman

in Announcement

KHS Magnet

 (Actual Size: 5-3/4” Diameter)

Now Available, only $5!

King High School IB Magnets will be sold in the KHS Cafeteria during IB Lunch on Friday 4/11/14 and Friday 4/25/14.

Magnets will also be available throughout the year at events supported by IBC. Please contact Monica Tsun at with any questions about IB magnets, or to make other purchase arrangements.

IB Connection is pleased to announce that King Graduation Yard Signs are available this year.  This is a great way to honor your graduating student and show school spirit!

Yard signs are 24″ x 18″ and will be customized with your student’s name for only $20!  Spirit logos may be added to the sign for an additional $5 per logo (up to 3 logos may be selected).  Show school spirit and proudly display your student’s high school interests!  DEADLINE TO ORDER SIGNS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 5/20/14.

Standard Sign:

King Yard Sign Sample

With choice of spirit logo (many options available):
King Yard Sign wIB logo

Congratulations to King IB Students Vignesh Bhethanabotla and Joshua Glow for their 1st Place finish at the Hillsborough County STEM Fair!  Both students advance to compete at the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair in April.

1st Place, 2014 Hillsborough Co STEM Fair

1st Place, 2014 Hillsborough Co STEM Fair

Joshua Glow – 1st Place Sr. Botany
Title: Aquaponic Production of Oreochromis aureus and Ocimum basilicum – Comparative De-Nitrification Effectiveness of Raft versus Vertical Gravel Systems
Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Big Cat Rescue “Conservation Award”
Association of Fertilizer and Phosphate Chemists Senior Division 3rd Place
FSEA Excellence in Environmental Science Senior Division 1st Place
FSEA Superior in Environmental Science Senior Division 1st Place

Vignesh Bhethanabotla – 1st Place Sr. Engineering
Title: Synthesis of Silver Nanocubes for Biosenor and Photocatalytic Applications
Outstanding Materials Science Award (Senior)
SPIE Optics & Photonics Special Award 1st Place Senior Division
Seminole Environmental Sciences Award Second Senior Division
Grace Abbott Outstanding Physical Science Project
Bay Area Manufacturing Association Award


A big round of applause for the King Thespian Troupe!  The Troupe was recently named as a Top 5 school at the Florida State Thespians’ District 9 competition, with five actors earning Superior ratings.  The Troupe will advance to compete in the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa on March 24-28.

Our congratulations to the entire Troupe, with special recognition to Melanie Sholl, Rennia Rodney, Natalie Martinez, Ysis Pierson and Kelsey Oberbroeckling for their Superior ratings, and to our talented Director, Ruth Kegel.  Break a leg at States next month!