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 IS 4/30/14.

Standard Sign:

King Yard Sign Sample

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

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!

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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 tmkt3@hotmail.com with any questions about IB magnets, or to make other purchase arrangements.

Princeton-Review-LogoIB Connection is pleased to offer all KHS students an ACT or SAT practice test and strategy session to help boost their test scores! Students may choose the practice test they wish to take.

Not sure which test to take?

Consider taking the Princeton Review Assessment (PRA). The PRA is a test created by The Princeton Review to expose the student to both the SAT and ACT tests. It’s a measurement tool that can help you determine if you would score higher on the SAT or ACT.

The majority of colleges and universities accept either the SAT or the ACT, but the two tests are quite different. Your testing strengths may be better suited for the style and format of one test over the other. Join us for a strategy session to learn more about the content of each exam, walk through sample questions and learn score raising strategies you can use on Test Day. All three tests – ACT, SAT & PRA will be offered to KHS students on Saturday, April 12th.

Strategy Session & Practice Test

  • Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • Location: Argosy University, 1403 North Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33607
  • Time: 9:00AM – 3:30PM

** Please bring #2 pencils & calculator for the exam. **

Parents are welcome to attend the first 90 minute strategy & college admissions session

  • Pre-registration is required by April 3, 2014.
  • Cost: $25 – King HS students
  • $20 – KHS IB Parent Partner/PTSA members
  • $30 – Registration at the door (space permitting)

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!


2014-02-25 14.07.54We are pleased to announce that Mr. Rennex Franklin has been hired as the new Guidance Counselor for the IB program at King.  Mr. Franklin joins us with 9 years of experience teaching in Hillsborough County, and brings a unique perspective as a graduate of the King IB program.  Welcome (back) to King!

The Hillsborough County Public Schools will administer the SAT to ALL juniors during the school day Wednesday, February 26, 2014. This test will be FREE.
The school district has registered all the juniors with College Board. Juniors will be receiving an Admission Ticketfor this SAT test by U.S. Mail. It is important that students return their Admission Ticket to King High School as soon as possible. Traditional students should return the ticket to Mrs. Poole, IB students should return the ticket to Mr. Garcia. Both Mrs. Poole and Mr. Garcia have offices in the guidance office.
This is not a practice SAT, it is the real thing.
Gonzalo Garcia
College and Career Counselor
C. Leon King High School
(813) 744-8333 ext. 284

Students will be selecting their IB courses for the next school year.  This process begins through all English classes - students will receive their course selection sheet, which requires a parent signature (parents can ask their children for a copy). I have extra blank forms in my office.  Programming dates and final selection due dates are listed in the table below.  Additionally, there will be a Parent Meeting for rising juniors on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:00pm in the KHS auditorium 

IB Course Programming – Planning and Due Dates by Student Class

Student Class Course Planning Dates (done in Classroom) Signed Course Selection Forms are Due in the IBGuidance Office
Freshmen (rising Sophomores) January 8, 9 January 15
Sophomores (rising Juniors) January 6, 7 January 24
Juniors (rising Seniors) January 10, 13 January 17



Dear Parents and Families,

As you may have heard, the SAT will be administered at King High School for FREE for ALL  JUNIORS (sponsored by Hillsborough County School Board) on 2/26/14. In preparation for that test as well as the March 8th exam, IB Connection has arranged with Princeton Review for a discounted prep course. The course will finish the weekend before the 2/26 exam.

A. Princeton Review is offering their 18-hour SAT preparation course, discounted for King High School students, for the price of $424 (regular price $599), at their Tampa Office location.

SAT Fundamental Course Schedule

Test 1 Saturday, Jan. 25 2 PM – 6 PM
Class Sunday, Jan. 26 2 PM – 5 PM
Class Saturday, Feb. 01 2 PM – 5 PM
Test 2 Sunday, Feb. 02 2 PM – 6 PM
Class Saturday, Feb.08 2 PM – 5 PM
Class Sunday, Feb. 09 2 PM – 5 PM
Test 3 Saturday, Feb. 15 2 PM – 6 PM
Class Sunday, Feb. 16 2 PM – 5 PM
Test 4 Saturday, Feb 22 2 PM – 6 PM
Class Sunday, Feb. 23 2 PM – 5 PM


Remember, this SAT Prep course is tailored to finish in time for the next 2 SAT administrations, whether your son or daughter is planning to take the March 8th SAT or is a JUNIOR taking the free SAT at King on February 26th.

Here is a link for more information http://kingib.org/spring-semester-sat-course-enroll-today/. Registration ends: January 18th, Tuition: $424 (a $175 savings!)

Register directly on their website http://www.princetonreview.com or call the Princeton Review office before January 18, 2014. Be sure to provide our DISCOUNT CODE “175PART”.

B. Additionally, on April 5th students will have the option to take one of three Mock/Practice tests offered by Princeton Review: the full SAT, the full ACT, or the Princeton Review Assessment (PRA)–a modified test with sections from both the ACT and the SAT for comparison purposes. This one-day Practice Test event includes a morning strategy session, break for lunch, and testing in the afternoon with student’s choice of SAT, ACT, or PRA.