The following is a weekly e-newsletter containing announcements, events and opportunities happening at school and in our community for IHS students and families. This weekly communication is a partnership between the IHS PTA and IHS itself to reach out to all families as it is our joint vision to support full engagement for ALL students at IHS. This e-newsletter is informational only and is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District, the Superintendent of the ICSD or this school. If you have E-News to share, please send to email@example.com.
Ithaca High School PTA E-News 5/12/2021
- IHS PTA Needs Volunteers 2021-22
- ICSD BOE Candidate Forum (5/13)
- IHS Media Arts Silent Film Shorts (5/21)
- ICSD in Session Friday (5/28)
- IHS Athletics Updates
- IHS Community Closet – Spring Donations Needed
- IHS Senior Class Needs Some Fundraising Love
- IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (due 5/15)
- IHS Seniors: Graduation Updates
- IHS Yearbook Order
- TCPL YA Book Club (5/26)
- SAT and ACT (2021-22 dates posted)
- Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca”
- National Learn to Row Day (6/5)
- YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program
- Volunteer Community Service Program (due 6/10)
- STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs
- 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online)
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1. IHS PTA Need Volunteers for 2021-22
Are you interested in participating in the most low-key PTA? If you are interested in getting involved or hearing about involvement opportunities, please reachout to our fabulous outgoing IHS PTA President Kate Addonizio firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. ICSD BOE Candidate Zoom Forum (Thursday, May 13th, 6:00-7:30pm). Please join the Village at Ithaca for a virtual forum featuring candidates for the Ithaca City School District Board of Education. This year’s candidates are Kelly Evans, Nicole LaFave, Moira Lang, and Ann Reichlin. There are three open seats and elections will be held May 18th. The forum will be held via Zoom on Thursday, May 13th, from 6pm to 7:30pm and moderated by Karen Yearwood. Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87125338242 or watch live on Facebook. Questions for candidates may be submitted in advance to email@example.com.
3. IHS Media Arts Silent Short Film Festival (Friday, May 21, 7:00pm). Please join us for the exciting event hosted by the Wharton Studio Museum. Our Media Arts class, which is a co-taught model with the Fine Arts Department and Technology Education and Engineering Department have been working with the Wharton Studio Museum in order to host a virtual Zoom event. This FREE event will be taking place on May 21st at 7PM and there will be 15-20 silent, short films from students in our class. There will be judges, prizes, and winners as well! Join us via Zoom for the screening and festival jury awards event on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81343486878
4. ICSD in Session Friday, May 28, 2021. Sorry folks, but due to the number of emergency closings this school year, Friday, May 28, 2021 will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District. All schools will be in session.
5. IHS Athletics Updates
- During these incredibly uncertain and stressful times, please be diligent in monitoring your scholar’s symptoms. Regardless of the symptoms (ie. cough, stomach ache, loose stool, itchy eyes, runny nose, fever etc.), please do not send your scholar to school or practice without first being tested. Additionally, we only accept Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing results for return to school or participation, not rapid testing results. If your scholar gets a rapid test for whatever reason, please do not send them to school or practice. Scholars are expected to fill out the daily screener, regardless of whether they are in-person or virtual, and will have their temperature taken daily prior to practice. If a scholar has a temperature of 100° or higher, the coach will take the temperature a second time. If temperature reads 100° or above a second time, the scholar cannot participate that day and needs to get a PCR test that reads negative before returning.
- We will be having our Spring NLI Signing Celebration on Friday, June 11th in Bliss Gym. More details to come! This signing celebration is open to student-athletes continuing their academic and athletic careers at any level. Please send Stephanie Valletta an email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if your student would like to be a part of the celebration! *If a student participated in the fall signing celebration, they won’t be able to join again.
- We are excited about the work being done to enhance our outdoor learning spaces and athletic fields. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we enter the home stretch.
- Sweet Field and Softball Field: Electricity is being worked on and is not currently functioning.
- Tatascore Field: Construction begins on Tatascore Field in July; there will be no use of the field until further notice.
- Pool: Construction is still underway.
- Moreseco Stadium: The track is being prepped for completion so the stadium is not available for use until further notice.
- Tennis Courts: Starting June 18, tennis courts are open to the public without restriction. Public use is currently limited to Monday-Friday until 8 am and after 6 pm, Saturday after 11 am and all day Sunday. Just a reminder that the lights are currently being repaired and are not functioning.
- All ICSD fields will be closed starting June 14 for routine maintenance, and will not reopen for use until August.
Please call the Athletics Office at 274-2155 if you have any questions. Go Little Red!
6. IHS Community Closet – Spring Donations Needed. The IHS Community Closet is happily accepting donations of new/gently used clothing and shoes. We only accept donations of new socks and toiletries. If families are spring cleaning or their kids have outgrown items, please contact Rachel McDonald (email@example.com ) to drop off.
7. IHS Senior Class Needs Some Love. Due to the pandemic fundraising has been challenging and the IHS Senior Class is short on funds for late-year senior events (a Senior Mixer & Casino Night). Please consider donating any amount via their Cheddar Up page. All funds will go toward late-year events and leftover funds will be donated to local charities and organizations chosen by seniors. IHS Seniors would greatly appreciate any donation to help make their senior year memorable (in a good way)!
8. IHS Seniors (2021 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award, application due May 15th). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County announces the opportunity for a Latinx graduating high school senior and for a Latinx non-traditional student to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used for any future academic or occupational training program. Interested students must complete all sections of the electronic application, and send additional documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the LCA if a hard copy of the application is required.
The Latino Civic Association will consider:
- High School student: Latinx seniors in good academic standing, who demonstrate community service involvement and who are graduating from any Tompkins County school district at the end of the 2021 school year; and
- Non-traditional student: Latinx individuals who demonstrate community service involvement and who are returning to school, whether for an occupational training program or for college.
9. IHS Seniors: 2021 Graduation Information Updates. Graduation will be multiple ceremonies held on Thursday, June 17th with a rain date scheduled for Friday, June 18th. Expect to see more detailed information in the next week.
10. IHS Yearbook Order. To order a yearbook, visit yearbookordercenter.com and enter Ithaca High School’s code: 8812. IHS Yearbook asks families and businesses that can help to please contribute to the Patron Fund with a $25 donation for us to discount yearbooks for students in need. Please email all other questions to email@example.com.
11. TCPL’s May YA Book Club to Read Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Wednesday, May 26th, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library’s YA Book Club will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. During the May meeting (the last of the school year!), teen participants will discuss Randy Ribay’s critically acclaimed novel Patron Saints of Nothing, a gripping coming-of-age story about a Filipino-American teenager looking to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder. Participants must register to receive a free copy of the book to keep and a Zoom link for the meeting. Learn more at https://www.tcpl.org/events/ya-book-club-reads-patron-saints-nothing . Questions? Contact Regina DeMauro at firstname.lastname@example.org .
12. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates: SAT: June 5, 2021 (May 26th late registration deadline). SAT Subject Tests not offered in June. 2021-22 SAT Dates (Anticipated): August 28, 2021, October 2, 2021, November 6, 2021, December 4, 2021, March 12, 2022, May 7, 2022, June 4, 2022. ACT: June 12, 2021 (May 21st late registration deadline). 2021-22 ACT Dates (National): September 11, 2021, October 23, 2021, December 11, 2021, February 12, 2022, April 2, 2022, June 11, 2022, July 16, 2022 (no NYS testing centers).
13. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program. The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to email@example.com.
14. National Learn to Row Day (Saturday, June 5th, Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse). National Rowing Day is a great opportunity to get on the water and checkout rowing. Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) volunteers will provide a tour of the boathouse, provide instruction on using the rowing ergometer, and then put your new skills to work in a boat! Great opportunity to try rowing before the Cascadilla Boat Club announces their 2021 Summer Rowing Program. Scholastic Program: Modified (Middle School), Freshman/Novice, and Varsity. More information to come!
15. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program. The Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The mission of YES is to empower teens to grow into flourishing adults. YES offers work-readiness training, support in finding employment, employment opportunities paid directly by us, and a leadership and civic engagement program. Some of our programs have eligibility requirements, but all teens in Tompkins County, NY who are 14+ qualify for at least some of our services. To apply and find out more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIoZg-DdD4TBfYoyh3xPZ5Q8D1sLhuG-cW_awEXGbV2PvL8w/viewform
16. Volunteer Community Service Program for Youth Ages 11-17 in Tompkins County (applications due June 10th). Need something to do this Summer? Give back to your community as a part of the Learning Web’s Community Service Program. Session 1: July 6-22 and Session 2: July 26-August 12. Teens living in the Town of Ithaca, Caroline, Cayuga Heights, or Village of Lansing contact Meghan (Meghan@learning-web.org). Teens living in the City of Ithaca, Trumansburg, Newfield, Danby, Enfield, Dryden, or Groton contact Sarah (Sarah@Learning-web.org). For more information call 607-275-0122.
17. STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs. The LIT (Leader in Training) and CIT (Counselor in Training) programs give teens and tweens opportunities to be with their peers and with leaders who also reflect the diverse identities that span our multicultural community, and have power and agency in relation to understanding and protecting the land. CITs are youth in grades 9-12. LITs are youth in grades 6-8. Both groups will engage in leadership and wildlife stewardship training courses within their cohorts and spend part of every day shepherding younger youth in their nature-based learning activity.
18. 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online). Learn with experienced, certified USCG Auxiliary Instructors. Course dates: June 12-13, July 10-11, and August 7-8. Successful completion earns you the NYS Boater Safety Certificate. Must be at least 10 yrs. old to participate and questions encouraged. Rates: $25 for the course with discounts available for pairs sharing a book. Call Kim Walsh at 703-405-8875 to register or click here for more information.