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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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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 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 ...

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 ...

In Sarasota, Florida governor signs texting while driving bill  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — The long campaign to put Florida in line with 43 other states that allow law enforcement to ticket drivers solely for texting culminated Friday at a ...

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 ...

COLUMN: DRC still running  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Former Mustang with Redskins for 12th NFL season.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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,

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.

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 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 ...

Proposed School Avenue closure draws opposition

Before the city Planning Board unanimously recommended denial of a request to close a segment of School Avenue that bisects the Sarasota High School ...

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 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 ...

Vote tonight on closing School Avenue 24/7 year-round  WWSB

The Sarasota Planning Board will vote tonight on the School District's request to permanently close School Avenue, which runs through the center of the ...

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 ...

Biking advocate furious at city commission’s vote to close School Avenue  WWSB

Biking advocate Mike Lasche is disappointed the City of Sarasota is moving toward closing this section of School Avenue to enhance the safety of students at ...

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 ...

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 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.

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.

Sarasota County schools strive toward success

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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

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

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 ...

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' ...

Teacher: Letters from students inspire success  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Letter-writing is a lost art for many people, especially high school students who generally communicate via abbreviated texts.Given that, it might come as a ...

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 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.

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 ...

Business People: Promotions, awards, new positions for Sarasota-Manatee professionals  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota Youth Sailing is realigning its management in hopes of increasing enrollment and funding and expanding its community outreach. This effort begins ...

Sarasota High School graduates class of 2018

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

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.

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 ...

Pen Women present arts awards to high school seniors  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) – Sarasota Branch presented awards to high school seniors from Manatee and Sarasota schools in ...

Students use STEM to learn, compete, play

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

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 ...

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?

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 ...

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

About 43000 students in Sarasota County returned to school Monday.

Superintendent recommends dismissal of middle school teacher following investigation

Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden has recommended the dismissal of John Russo, a Brookside Middle School teacher, following ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Good Deeds: Sarasota-Manatee businesses give back  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Members of the Heritage Oaks BackPack Kids Program at Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club raised more than $55000 to feed hungry children in Sarasota.

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.

Sarasota High School Head Football Coach Resigns

Sarasota High School Head Football Coach Resigns - Sarasota, FL - Sarasota High is beginning a national search for a new head football coach for the Sailor ...

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.

Top 100 Sarasota-Manatee stories of 2018: Day 6  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Parkland protests at local schools. Following the devastating Parkland shooting that left 14 high school students and three school employees dead, student ...

Sarasota High not the target of online threats to "SHS," police say

Sarasota police this morning say a Wednesday night threat on social media against "SHS" that drew some attention locally originated in Ohio and isn't directed ...

Analysis: Florida is the fifth-worst state to be a teacher  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Florida is the fifth-worst state in the country to be a teacher, according to a new analysis from financial site WalletHub. The survey compiled data from numerous ...

New principal named for Sarasota High School

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

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

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

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 ...

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

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

Manatee students return to rituals — and reforms  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

More than 48600 students return to school amid changes in Manatee County.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

IMG Academy suspends director accused in bribery scandal  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Mark Riddell was paid to take tests in place of students seeking admission to elite universities, according to federal prosecutors.

Chalkboard Champion: Mr. Robert Craig  WWSB

Our Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion for February is Mr. Robert Craig.

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.

Sheriff criticizes Sarasota County Schools' security plan  WFLA

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Sheriff Tom Knight and Superintendent Todd Bowden have seemingly become embroiled in a very public dispute over ...

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 County Schools receiving security upgrades

As Sarasota County Schools begins a $21 million effort to improve security at schools, officials must overcome unique challenges to keep students safe.

Class of 2018 dismissed in Sarasota County  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — Once again, it's that time of year in Southwest Florida. High school seniors on local campuses are zipping up their backpacks, closing their ...

Photos: Brian Roberts Youth Baseball Clinic  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Current and former Major League players join Brian Roberts to teach and demonstrate the fundamentals of baseball. Buy Photo. [1/51] Herald-Tribune ...

BASEBALL: Wright leads Booker to first win - Sports  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — Gehrig Wright struck out a school-record 14 batters in six innings of work to help Booker blank Southeast 3-0 in a baseball game played at the ...

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.

FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: Cocoon House, 1950, Siesta Key  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation is celebrating the centennial of noted architect Paul Rudolph's birth during Sarasota MOD Weekend, Nov.

Former IMG employee pleads guilty in admissions bribery scam  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

BOSTON — Mark Riddell, the former director of college entrance exam preparation at Bradenton's IMG Academy, pleaded guilty Friday to taking college ...

Residents oppose School Avenue closure

At a future meeting with the city, Sarasota County Schools wants to discuss closing a segment of the road to unite the Sarasota High School campus.

Sarasota High School hosts prom

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

Russian teachers visit Sarasota to learn about women in STEM  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

It's part of exchange programs between the United States and various Eastern European countries to promote cultural interaction. SARASOTA -- The muted ...

Photos: Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Better Together 2019  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Gulf Coast Community Foundation welcomed renowned educator, innovator, and activist Freeman A. Hrabowski III as the featured speaker for our 2019 Better ...

SRQ Daily Apr 5, 2019 - Friday Weekend Edition  SRQ Magazine

[Visual Arts] From the Street to the Screen, It's a Feast for the Eyes Tonight Philip Lederer, Tickets may be sold out for the TGIF 2019 ...

HAROLD BUBIL: Documenting the modernist legacy  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Preservation, says Marty Hylton of the University of Florida, is “not about freezing buildings in time. It's about managing change.”To be a good manager, you ...

Play Ball: Orioles Prepare For Spring Training Opener In Sarasota  Sarasota, FL Patch

Orioles Prepare For Spring Training Opener - Sarasota, FL - The Orioles kick off their 2019 Spring Training season Saturday when the O's ​take on the ...

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 ...

Modernist High School Walkway Restored  Sarasota

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation recently restored a covered walkway designed by modernist architect Paul Rudolph.

NAACP honors community leaders with Freedom Awards  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

NAACP Freedom AwardsThe NAACP, Sarasota Branch, hosted its 33rd annual Freedom Awards at the Hyatt Regency. More than 400 guests came out for the ...

Jimmy Wales talks Wikipedia, future of internet in Sarasota

The Wikipedia founder shared his thoughts on internet accessibility, censorship and more as part of the RCLA Town Hall Lecture series.

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 ...

Pine View ensemble marks 50th anniversary with world premiere  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Composer Jeff Jordan, who wrote 'Sure Stars Shining,' is a former Sarasota High orchestra member. The Pine View Music Department's Wind Ensemble turns ...

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 ...

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