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Barbra Watrous

March 12, 2017 by Anabel Sirois Aultman (Register to contact)


Gretchen Betlem

January 11, 2016 by Betty MacBryde Barkley (Register to contact)

Gretchen Betlem passed away on Sept 29, 2014 Gretchen was living in Maggie Valley, NC

memorial for Michael Stewart this Sunday marina Jacks @ 2pm

January 26, 2013 by Steve Patmagrian (Register to contact)

for all SHS ALUMNI ,One of the most committed educators I have had the pleasure to have known ...take a moment and remember.
Hi friends,

There will be a memorial for Michael Stewart this Sunday marina Jacks @ 2pm we think by the Carefree Learner. Let others know please.

Michael Stewart, conceived & created with Mr Fritzmyer the RV Carefree Learner at Sarasota High school which has hosted tens if thousands of Students & adults in its near 34 years of very active duty. Three PhDs came from data collected under Michaels watch.

If you knew Michael and would like to attend please come on Sunday. John

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In Sarasota-Manatee, its back to school  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Tears rolled down Lillyana's face as her parents crouched beside her outside the entrance to Laurel Nokomis School Monday morning, reassuring the ...

School Avenue to close permanently to protect Sarasota High School students  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — The portion of School Avenue that bisects Sarasota High School will be permanently closed to vehicles and pedestrians in an effort to protect the ...

Florida teen walking after surviving shark attack  WGNO New Orleans

Click here for updates on this story Sarasota, FL (WFTS) -- It's been nearly a month since a shark attacked Jackie Jozaitis in the waters off of Amelia Island in ...

FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: Sarasota High School annex, 1960, Sarasota  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

2155 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Paul Rudolph, architect; interior renovation in 2015 by Harvard Jolly with exterior restoration; Jonathan Parks, AIA, consultant.

Sarasota High wrestling coach Tracy Lee dies at Sunshine State Games  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sitting last week with Tracy Lee over lunch at Cracker Barrel, Ron Jones never saw his former pupil happier. The ex-Sarasota High School wrestler and attorney ...

City approves permanent School Avenue closure

Despite objections from neighbors, the City Commission agreed to relinquish its control of a road segment that cuts through Sarasota High School's campus.

Sarasota County Schools honored by the University of Cambridge  WWSB

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Sarasota County Schools has just been given quite the honor from one of the most prestigious universities in the world. On Tuesday, the ...

Sarasota Schools Get A Grade From State of Florida  Sarasota, FL Patch

Sarasota Schools Get A Grade From Florida - Sarasota, FL - The Sarasota County School District was one of 24 school districts across Florida that received an A ...

Florida Governor Signs Tougher Texting Bill Into Law  Sarasota, FL Patch

Florida Governor Signs Tougher Texting Bill - Sarasota, FL - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new tougher texting bill into state law Friday during a ceremony ...

Wrestling coach at Sarasota High School passes away  WWSB

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A Sarasota High School wrestling coach passed away over the weekend. Coach Tracy Lee will be remembered by students, athletes, ...

Sarasota schools to crack down on cellphones  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The new policy follows a survey showing the majority of parents and teachers do not want the devices in school. Students in Sarasota County schools will likely ...

Road running through Sarasota High still causing safety concerns  WFLA

Safety concerns are still an issue for parents and school administrators at Sarasota High School.

School district announces official state-provided grades

Sarasota County Schools was one of 24 Florida school districts to earn an A grade for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Long-delayed Sarasota Museum of Art to open in December  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

New museum and Ringling College of School of Continuing Studies will operate in the historic Sarasota High School building. Art lovers and donors have been ...

Sarasota County Schools Receives 'District of the Year' Award from Cambridge International  Sarasota

Sarasota County Schools has received the District of the Year Award for 2017-18 in the mid-sized district category from Cambridge International, the world's ...

Sarasota High grieves sudden loss of new wrestling coach  FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The Sarasota High School community is grieving the loss of their new wrestling coach after he died suddenly from an apparent heart ...

Sarasota High graduates sail into the future

The 464 graduates gathered on the field at Charlie Cleland Stadium at Ihrig Field.

Sarasota County Schools Approve New Dual Enrollment Deal With USF  WUSF News

The Sarasota County School Board has approved a deal for some University of South Florida college courses to be offered at local high schools.

One year post-Parkland: What school security in Sarasota looks like today

Even before 17 students and staff members were killed one year ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, officials with Sarasota County ...

Sarasota/Manatee high school athletes honored  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Olympian Gabby Douglas tells athletes 'Be yourself' at Herald-Tribune's Best of HT Preps Awards. SARASOTA --Be yourself was the theme at the Fourth Annual ...

Sarasota high school graduate dies after falling from roof in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 22-year-old man who graduated from Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota died after he fell while running from one roof ...

SCF Ends Dual Enrollment On High School Campuses In Sarasota And Manatee Counties  WUSF News

Starting next school year, the State College of Florida will no longer offer college-level courses in Sarasota and Manatee county high schools. Instead,

Teachers of the year take home Sarasota schools top honor  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — People often say that the best part of a wedding is the look on the groom's face as the bride walks down the aisle. The same could be said about ...

Sarasota County schools strive toward success

Education Foundation of Sarasota County presented the Strive Awards on April 23.

Sarasota, Manatee closer to dual enrollment deal with USFSM  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Both Sarasota and Manatee County School Districts are considering agreements with USFSM that could allow students to take dual enrollment courses on their ...

Sarasota High grad Leigh Fairey wins two Sports Emmys  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Fairey was awarded for her work as a production manager on TNT's “Inside the NBA” and celebrated recently with her parents in Sarasota. Leigh Fairey, a ...

‘I felt the jaw snap, then ran for help,' says Florida teen after surviving a shark attack  WWSB

The Sarasota high school student says she didn't see the shark, but felt the jaw snap. That's when she ran towards shore yelling for help.

Sarasota high school fall season's under-appreciated athletes

With the high school fall sports season over for all but the Riverview High football team, it is a good time to honor some folks. Other publications do “all-area ...

3 teenagers die in Sarasota Ringling Causeway crash  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — A deadly crash on the John Ringling Causeway near Bird Key Drive snatched the lives of three teenagers just after midnight Wednesday after the ...

COMMENTARY: For Clyde Metcalf, 900 wins and counting  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Legendary Sarasota High coach picks up a milestone victory in the place where his coaching career started.

Sarasota County schools vote today on stricter cell phone rules  WFLA

Figuring out what age a child should be allowed to have a cell phone can spark a debate.

Feel the Terrifying Thrill of Halloween with Sarasota High School’s “Thriller” Dance! | Suncoast View  WWSB

SARASOTA (WWSB) - This Halloween night is the 7th year of Sarasota High School taking over St. Armands Circle with their zombie dance... and now they're in ...

Testing reveals traces of lead at three Sarasota schools  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

McIntosh Middle School, Venice Middle School and Englewood Elementary School all had lead in the drinking water that went beyond the EPA's recommended ...

Parents concerned about security at Sarasota High School  WFLA

Parents are concerned that students are in danger at Sarasota High School. A public road that cuts through campus could be putting them at risk.

Sarasota County Schools continues to expand its police department while building rapport with...

Having first entered local public schools in August, Sarasota County's internal school police force will continue to expand its countywide presence in the ...

Sarasota High School graduates class of 2018

Members of the class of 2018 received their diplomas May 18.

School district announces district National Merit Scholarship finalists

Sarasota County Schools announced the names of the students from across the district that were chosen as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship on Feb.

Higher concentrations of lead found in three Sarasota Co. schools  WWSB

Although there is no mandate that requires schools to test for lead, Sarasota County schools will be conduction voluntary water testing in the area.

85% Of Sarasota High School Students Are Graduating, But What Can Be Done For The Other 15%?  The Sarasota Post

Over 1,300 high school-aged students in Sarasota County are not enrolled in traditional high schools due to a variety of factors: need to work, lack of ...

Sarasota County schools announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Three Sarasota County school teachers received a big surprise Nov. 13 when they found out they were nominees for the 2019 Teacher of the Year award.

Sarasota High celebrates accomplished alums

On Sept. 26, hundreds of Sarasota High School alums gathered at Michael's on East for the second annual Hall of Fame celebration. SHS cheerleaders and ...

Lead found in Sarasota schools: Should you be worried?  WWSB

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Newly released test results show levels of lead above federal recommendations at McIntosh and Venice middle schools, and Englewood ...

Controversial presentation prompts classroom changes

The Sarasota County School Board sought to tighten the approval process of guest speaker material in district classrooms.

Hartvigsen commits to Harvard  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA Two-time Class 4A cross country state champion Ben Hartvigsen has committed to Harvard University.Hartvigsen, who attends Pine View School ...

Paul Rudolph Way renovation commemorated at Sarasota High School

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation and the School Board of Sarasota County completed a restoration project to preserve a section of a covered walkway at ...

What does 2019 hold for the Sarasota School Board?  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

With a new School Board chair and a new year, will the dynamics of the Sarasota County School Board be any different?

Sarasota Ford Supplies Sarasota High School Football Uniforms - SRQ Daily Jan 30, 2019  SRQ Magazine

When Matt Buchanan, owner of Sarasota Ford, was introduced to Sarasota High School football Coach Spencer Hodges, there was an immediate connection.

Sarasota High gets new address  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota County's oldest high school has a new address — 2155 Bahia Vista St. — following reconfiguration of the entrance to the school and relocation of ...

Three dead after accident that closed John Ringling Causeway Bridge overnight  WWSB

The Sarasota Police Department says all lanes are open after a crash on John Ringling Bridge early Wednesday morning.

Sarasota High registrar fired over Snapchat video with teenage boy at party  ABC Action News

Sarasota County school officials fired a school employee and reassigned an assistant principal over a Snapchat video.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Grant to Embracing Our Differences for Unity Days High School Initiative  Sarasota

The $2000 grant was issued from the McCauley-Brown Fund.

Students use STEM to learn, compete, play

Sarasota County students had the opportunity to shine at the 2018 STEM Fair Expo.

Sarasota County School District Will Keep Transgender Student Guidelines  WUSF News

The Sarasota County School Board has voted to keep its new gender guidelines following weeks of acrimony over the issue of parental notification. The.

Music Teacher Named Sarasota County Teacher Of Year  Sarasota, FL Patch

Music Teacher Is Sarasota County Teacher Of Year - Sarasota, FL - Oak Park music teacher Shane Swezey was named Sarasota County's 2019 Teacher of the ...

COMMENT: A special corner of Riverview history  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sometimes an apparent dilemma has an obvious solution that requires little more than someone caring enough to ensure the solution gets implemented.

Major changes in store for Sarasota County school buildings  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota County School Board solidified the district's choice to prioritize hardening schools after the Parkland shooting when it approved the schools' ...

Its the first day of school for Sarasota students and police  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

About 43000 students in Sarasota County returned to school Monday.

Only in Sarasota: Sarasota High School  Sarasota

One of Sarasota's architectural jewels is the Paul Rudolph-designed Sarasota High School, which was completed in 1960. Built to withstand Florida's tropical ...

Top 5 Things To Do on Memorial Day in Sarasota County  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

For Memorial Day, consider celebrating with a patriotic parade, ceremony or concert. There's also a blues festival happening with nationally-acclaimed talent as ...

Sarasota Art Museum tweaks its name  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Former Sarasota Museum of Art will now be officially known as Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College. The proposition for a new art museum in Sarasota now ...

School district seeks street closure at Sarasota High

At a series of meetings this month, Sarasota High School students and staff members have spoken passionately about the need to improve the security on ...

Ringling College announces opening timeline for Sarasota Museum of Art

Ringling College of Art and Design plans to open its Sarasota Museum of Art in December, but classes will begin in the fall.

Sarasota County approves slight increase in cultural/arts grants  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota County is providing a slight boost in funding for nonprofit arts and cultural groups with money collected from tourist tax revenues in the new fiscal year.

Sarasota school district maintains A grade

Sarasota County Schools is an A-rated district for the 15th year in a row, the district announced Wednesday afternoon. School scores. The individual school ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Bayshore takes advantage of Sarasota turnovers  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sailors lose six fumbles in 24-0 loss to the Bruins.

VIDEO: Sarasota High School employee fired over Snapchat video with teen  WFLA

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Sarasota High School registrar is without a job after a video emerged of her dancing with a 17-year-old Riverview High School ...

Sarasota high school investigating student's racist 'promposal'  Bradenton Herald

A racist "promposal" went viral and Riverview High School in Sarasota County is investigating the incident.

Sarasota High registrar may have had relationship with student, police records show  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — A Sarasota High School assistant principal has been reassigned by the school district and she and a registrar are under review after the Sarasota ...

New principal named for Sarasota High School

North Port High School principal David Jones will transition to the leadership role at Sarasota High School.

An 'infectious smile': Sarasota high school grad remembered after tragic death | 10News WTSP

A 22-year-old man who graduated from Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota died after he fell while running from one roof to another.

Spencer Hodges Hired As New Sarasota High Head Football Coach  Sarasota, FL Patch

Sarasota High Announces New Head Football Coach - Sarasota, FL - Hodges comes to Sarasota from Braden River High School where he served as the tight ...

Buchanan Honors Local Educators  Sarasota

The Congressional Teacher Awards, established by Buchanan in 2014, are given out annually to special Suncoast teachers for their outstanding achievements ...

Teens killed in crash on John Ringling Causeway months after their father died in a fire  WWSB

As friends grieve, the family of 17-year-old Daniel Flores and his brother, 19-year-old Oscar Flores, are now coping with multiple deaths within the family.

Sarasota high schools host walkouts to demand change, honor Parkland victims

Inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High following the mass shooting at the school Feb. 14, Sarasota students joined a national conversation ...

Governor's travels: Ron DeSantis on the move  Florida Phoenix

Gov. Ron DeSantis and AG Ashley Moody planted a tree in the John F. Kennedy Peace Forest in the Jerusalem hills on May 29, 2019. Source: Governor's office.

Sunshine State Games wrestler, 51, dies after match in West Palm  Palm Beach Post

WEST PALM BEACH — A high school wrestling coach from Sarasota died Saturday after wrestling in match at the Sunshine State Games in West Palm Beach.

Top-five 2016-2017 Sarasota high school moments

A team and individual state title were the standout successes for area schools.

School employees partied with a high school student. It cost them their jobs.  Bradenton Herald

A Sarasota High School registrar has been fired after she was seen in a video drinking with a high school student at a party, deputies said.

Bathroom fire at Sarasota High School prompts evacuation

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which was put out before emergency officials reached the scene.

Sarasota YMCA Achievers program awards college scholarships  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota YMCA Achievers program awarded college scholarships to recent high school graduates as well as to college students who participate in the ...

Players quick thinking averts real-life danger  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Noah Mangrum performs Heimlich maneuver on teacher.

Market snapshot: Greenfield  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Greenfield is one of Sarasota's better-kept secrets. The deed restricted neighborhood, occupying the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Honore Avenue ...

Sarasota High's old building getting new life - News  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Ringling College of Art and Design has raised $22.5 million to covert the long-vacant red-brick building into the Sarasota Museum of Art.

Sarasota High School sends off the class of 2017

Just seven hours before rows upon rows of black and white-clad graduates filled the stadium at Sarasota High School, the rain was coming down so hard that ...

Sarasota considers shutting off School Avenue permanently, or partially  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — Sarasota school and city officials will meet Tuesday evening to decide whether they will attempt to eventually close Sarasota High School's ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Sailors learn The Hodges Way  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA. They're called “gassers,” sprints, usually at the end of practice, that test a football player's physical stamina and mental strength. Sarasota High ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Port Charlotte routs Sarasota, 48-6  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Running back Ja'nyrein Washington scores 3 TDs in Pirates' victory.

Sarasota Modern’s 21st-Century Star Turn  Architectural Digest

Architect Paul Rudolph and the Sarasota Modern movement grab the spotlight and an epic encore.

Sailor Circus flips for renovated arena in Sarasota  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A $4.5 million construction project remodeled and air-conditioned the 38-year-old arena.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Awards College Scholarships  Sarasota

Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Foundation awarded its 2019 G. Duncan Finlay Health Careers scholarships this month to six outstanding high school students ...

Sarasota school security: How did we get here?  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

What's the district's current plan for school security? Next year, the Sarasota County School District will have two separate types of school security: traditional ...

CROSS COUNTRY: Hartvigsen leads Sailors to state crown  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

TALLAHASSEE. Ben Hartvigsen once again found the top rung of the victory stand at the Class 4A State Cross Country Championships. Only this time, the ...

Sarasota High School hosts prom

Sarasota High School students celebrated prom on May 13 at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota.

Halloween events guide for Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice area  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Whether you're looking for trick-or-treating and other family-friendly activities, or haunted houses and 21-and-up parties, there's plenty to choose from for local ...

“Unbuilt Rudolph” Exhibit Opens at Center for Architecture Sarasota  Sarasota

An interesting look at several Paul Rudolph projects that never made it off the drawing board will go on display starting May 16 at the Center for Architecture ...

15 great Siesta Key Village restaurants, bars and nightclubs  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Just in time for spring break season, TripAdvisor has awarded Siesta Beach sixth best in America. And if you've ever placed your bare foot on the sand, which is ...

Sailor Circus performing in renovated arena this weekend  WWSB

SARASOTA (WWSB) - There is a lot of excitement in the air. If you're looking to check out a fun circus featuring many young talented performers, the Sailor ...

Swezey honored as teacher of the year  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A packed ballroom at the Art Ovation Hotel honored area teachers at this year's “Ignite Education” luncheon, hosted by the Education Foundation.

What to do in Sarasota on Memorial Day Weekend

Here are a few events to attend Memorial Day weekend to honor those who died in military *service*.

Sailors climb the MaST

Seniors in a science magnet program at Sarasota High School invite you to check out the results of their year-long research projects at an April 25 symposium.

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