June 21st

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 enews.ihspta@gmail.com.

Ithaca High School PTA “E-News” 6/21/2017

  1. IHS PTA E-News will be back 2017-18
  2. Excelsior Scholarship $$$
  3. Project Lead (pre-registration due 6/26)
  4. Camp Coddington hiring CITs
  5. TCPL 2017 Summer Reading Program for Teens
  6. TCPL Free Screening of Hidden Figures (6/30)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/june-21st/

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  1. Last IHS PTA E-News of the 2016-17 School Year. Don’t worry! The IHS PTA E-News will be back in full swing at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Occasional emails may be sent to the IHS PTA listserv during the summer (e.g., welcome back information). If you haven’t joined the IHS PTA listserv, simply click this link. Enjoy a wonderful, fun, and safe summer!
  2. Excelsior Scholarship! For Students who may qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship you need to do the following:
    *   The application is now live on the HESC website. It is due July 21.
    *   TC-3 financial aid officers are available to assist students coming to TC3 in the fall (email aid@tompkinscortland.edu). Students may also contact their SUNY if they won’t be attending TC3.
  3. Project Lead-youth employment program (Pre-registration due June 26th). Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Rural Youth Services and the Town of Dryden’s Youth and Recreation Commission are excited to announce that registration for Project Lead, a youth employment readiness program, is open. Project Lead brings together youth ages 13 and above to engage in job search and employment skills workshops, teambuilding, and service learning projects. Each session of Project Lead consists of four days, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The program will take place in a different location with a different community partner each week. All programs are free and open to residents of Dryden, including residents of the villages of Etna, Freeville, Ellis Hollow, Varna, and Mclean. For more information or to register online, check out www.drydenprojectlead.org or contact Lexi Hartley at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292 or arh238@cornell.edu. Youth are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Pre-registration must be completed by June 26.
  4. Still need a summer job? Camp Coddington hires older campers as CITs – great summer jobs supported by the Joint Youth Commission. Camp Coddington, an outdoor nature based summer camp program at the Coddington Road Community Center, has 3 more openings for their counselor-in-training (CIT) program. Camp Coddington is currently recruiting youth from the Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights and Towns of Danby and Caroline. If you are 15 or 16 years old and you are looking for a fun first time employment experience, please contact Camp Coddington at 607-277-1434 or by email at crcc@coddingtonroad.org For additional information, please visit www.coddingtonroad.org/camp. The Coddington Road Community Center is located at 920 Coddington Road, Ithaca.
  5. Library to offer Summer Reading Programs for Children and Teens. BUILD A BETTER WORLD (Tween & Teen Challenge): Teens can participate in Summer Reading 2017 by keeping track of the time they spend reading for a chance to earn prizes. All teens receive a free book with registration. For more information, a full list of teen programming and great book suggestions, visit tcpl.org/teens/srp.php.
  6. TCPL to Launch Teen Summer Reading with Screening of Hidden Figures (June 30th at 5:00pm). In celebration of BUILD A BETTER WORLD, TCPL’s 2017 Summer Reading Program for teens, the library will host a free screening of the acclaimed film, Hidden Figures, Friday, June 30th at 5:00pm in the BorgWarner Community Room.
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June 14th

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 enews.ihspta@gmail.com.

Ithaca High School PTA “E-News” 6/14/2017

  1. IHS PTA Needs a President or Co-Presidents
  2. NYS June 2017 Regents (6/12-22)
  3. Excelsior Scholarship $$$
  4. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for parent volunteers (6/15)
  5. IHS Brain Team finishes strong
  6. Project Lead (pre-registration due 6/26)
  7. Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund for Summer Band and Orchestra
  8. TCPL hosts “Families in Transition” (6/20)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/june-14th/

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1.  IHS PTA Needs a President or Co-presidents. The IHS PTA needs to fill the position of President or Co-presidents for next year. This is an excellent opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with school administrators and have a positive impact on our students, families and staff (not to mention a great way to know what’s happening at school). Please consider joining the PTA and helping to bridge the gap between school and home. No experience necessary and lots of support available!

At the high school level the time commitment is minimal compared to elementary and middle school PTA needs. The following is a brief description of the job requirements:
*   Be familiar with PTA by-laws and procedures (resources provided)
*   Provide guidance and oversight for all PTA activities
*   Set schedule and preside over PTA Executive Board and General association meetings (6-8 meetings/year)
*   Meet with Principal and Administrative Team as needed (3-5 times/year, or as needed)
*   Communicate between school and home when needed
*   Review summer packet for PTA content that’s mailed to families before school starts
*   Assist other PTA officers and volunteers when needed
*   Write letters in the Guide and the WORD – 5 total. Can be done by someone else.

If you are interested, please contact current PTA president Vanessa Wagner (vwagner@twcny.rr.com).

2.  NYS Regents (June 12-22, 2017). Here is a link to the NYS June 2017 Regents Examination Schedule. Best of luck to our amazing students!

3.  Excelsior Scholarship! For Students who may qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship you need to do the following:
*   The application is now live on the HESC website. It is due July 21.
*   Tompkins Cortland is holding two more information sessions on Excelsior requirements on June 12 at 6PM at the Ithaca Extension Center and June 13 at 6PM on the Main Campus.
* If a family cannot make it to one of their sessions, the HESC website has tips and fact sheets
*   TC-3 financial aid officers are available to assist students coming to TC3 in the fall (aid@tompkinscortland.edu). Students may also contact their SUNY if they won’t be attending TC3.

4. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for volunteers to make an impact for our student-athletes. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Ithaca Sports Boosters or stop by the next meeting on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm in the IHS Activities Room.

5.  IHS Brain Team Finishes Strong. Our last tournament of the year is done. Ithaca A (seniors Andrey Shakhzadyan, Casey and Luc Wetherbee, and Daniel Xu) went 15-3 over two days at PACE NSC in Chicago, IL, with undefeated records in both Saturday morning’s preliminary matches and Sunday’s ranked matches. Final ranking 17th out of 96 teams, which is the highest the team has ever placed at this competition.

Ithaca B (senior James Park and sophomores Isaiah Gutman, Vaynu Kadiyali, and Justin Tan) went 7-8 over their matches, including a clean sweep of their opponents in the Sunday placement rounds, ending the tournament ranked 81 — an impressive accomplishment for a team including three sophomores.

This group created an incredible legacy at IHS and we have a very promising group of underclassmen. The IHS Quizbowl program has an excellent future. Thank you seniors!

6.  Project Lead-youth employment program (Pre-registration due June 26th). Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Rural Youth Services and the Town of Dryden’s Youth and Recreation Commission are excited to announce that registration for Project Lead, a youth employment readiness program, is open. Project Lead brings together youth ages 13 and above to engage in job search and employment skills workshops, teambuilding, and service learning projects. Each session of Project Lead consists of four days, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The program will take place in a different location with a different community partner each week. All programs are free and open to residents of Dryden, including residents of the villages of Etna, Freeville, Ellis Hollow, Varna, and Mclean. For more information or to register online, check out www.drydenprojectlead.org or contact Lexi Hartley at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292 or arh238@cornell.edu. Youth are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Pre-registration must be completed by June 26.

7.  Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, an IPEI Fund, Awards Grant for Summer Band and Orchestra Program (June 27-July 27th). The Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), announces summer music scholarships awarded through the Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund. Established by Abby Cohn in memory of her parents and in honor of the excellent music education available in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), the fund will provide more than five music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program.

The Summer Band and Orchestra Program runs June 27 through July 27 with flexible enrollment to allow for summer camps and family vacations. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Cornell University’s Lincoln Hall.  Michael Allen directs the band program and Mark Lewis directs the orchestra program. Four ensemble sections are available from beginning to advance, with sessions starting at 6:30 p.m.  Registration forms and scholarship information are available at the IYB or online at www.ithacayouthbureaurecreation.com.  Questions may be directed to the IYB staff at (607) 273-8364 or by contacting Michael Allen at (607) 274-2295.

8.  TCPL to Host Program for Families of Transitioning Children (June 20th at 6:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host award-winning author and educator Luca Maurer for “Families in Transition,” a discussion about supporting children and teens exploring their gender identity, Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm in the BorgWarner Community Room-East. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Teresa Vadakin at tvadakin@tcpl.org.

 

 

 

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June 7th

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 enews.ihspta@gmail.com.

Ithaca High School PTA “E-News” 6/7/2017

  1. IHS PTA General Meeting (6/8)
  2. IHS PTA needs your help–please consider getting involved
  3. IHS College Panel (6/13)
  4. IHS Yearbook available by check
  5. IHS Senior Prom (6/10)
  6. NYS June 2017 Regents (6/12-22)
  7. Ithaca Reads (6/12)
  8. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for parent volunteers (6/15)
  9. FABG Awards Lee Strebel Memorial Award (Emily Morse)
  10. TCPL hosts “Families in Transition” (6/20)

 

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  1. IHS PTA General Meeting (Thursday, June 8th, 5:30pm, Activities Room). All are welcome to attend our last IHS PTA meeting of the 2016-17 school year. In addition to our wrap-up, we will be voting on our revised by-laws.
  2. IHS PTA needs your help! We have a small, but mighty group of IHS PTA parents, but we really need a few people to step up and volunteer to fill the following positions next year: PTA president or co-presidents and listserv/webmaster. If you are interested, please contact current PTA president Vanessa Wagner at Thursday’s PTA meeting or send an email (vwagner@twcny.rr.com).
  3. IHS PTA College Panel (June 13th, 12:00pm, Kulp Lounge). Do you have questions about college? Would you like to know more about choosing a college, adjusting to college, joining clubs, getting along with roommates, managing the workload, or something else? Come to our college student panel on Tuesday, June 13th at 12 noon in Kulp Lounge to hear a panel of IHS alumni who are in college. They will share their experiences, insights, and advice about college. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided by the IHS PTA starting at 11:45am and the panel will begin at 12:00pm. Students, parents, caregivers, and staff are all welcome to come to this informative program.
  4. IHS Yearbook still available by check $75. Online ordering has closed, but students may still bring a check for $75 made out to IHS Annual. Three ways to deliver your check: 1) mail it to Ithaca High School Annual ℅ Lyn Reitenbach, 1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850; 2) bring it to the main office and ask them to put the check in Lyn’s box;  or 3) drop by Lyn’s office (G114).
  5. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 10th, 7:00-10:00pm, Ithaca Farmers’ Market). Have fun Class of 2017!
  6. NYS Regents (June 12-22, 2017). Here is a link to the NYS June 2017 Regents Examination Schedule. Best of luck to our amazing students!
  7. Ithaca Reads (June 12th at 7:00pm)! A peer support group for parents of struggling readers. Worried about your child’s reading development? Want to learn more about how to support your child and navigate the school system? Please join us for our first meetings of Ithaca Reads. Village of Ithaca (609 W. Clinton St., Suite 109 on June 12th from 7:00-8:00pm. For more information contact Celeste Ptak at 607-342-0075 or Ithacareads@gmail.com.
  8. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for volunteers to make an impact for our student-athletes. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Ithaca Sports Boosters or stop by the next meeting on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm in the IHS Activities Room.
  9. Fine Arts Booster Group Awards Lee Strebel Memorial Award. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, named Emily Morse as the recipient of the 2017 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. Emily accepted the award at the IHS Underclassmen Awards Night on June 6th. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an IHS student who has not only participated in performing arts at the high school level, but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit. Congratulations Emily!
  10. TCPL to Host Program for Families of Transitioning Children (June 20th at 6:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host award-winning author and educator Luca Maurer for “Families in Transition,” a discussion about supporting children and teens exploring their gender identity, Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm in the BorgWarner Community Room-East. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Teresa Vadakin at tvadakin@tcpl.org

 

 

 

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May 31st

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 enews.ihspta@gmail.com.

Ithaca High School PTA “E-News” 5/31/2017

  1. IHS Staff Appreciation Lunch–desserts needed (6/7)
  2. IHS PTA General Meeting (6/8)
  3. IHS Brain Team–ties for 5th of 304 teams!
  4. IHS Yearbook available by check
  5. IHS Senior Prom (6/10)
  6. Ithaca Reads (6/12)
  7. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for parent volunteers (6/15)
  8. FABG Awards 4 Grants
  9. NYS June 2017 Regents (6/13-22)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/may-31st/

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  1. IHS Staff Appreciation Lunch–desserts needed (Wednesday, June 7th). The IHS PTA and luncheon organizers welcome donations of any homemade or store bought desserts. Nut free, gluten free, and vegan desserts are also appreciated. Please click the link to access the google doc and sign up. Specifics on where and when to bring your dessert will be emailed to you closer to the date. We need about 30 families to donate so the teachers and staff have plenty to choose from! Thank you!
  2. IHS PTA General Meeting (Thursday, June 8th, 5:30pm, Activities Room). All are welcome to attend our last IHS PTA meeting of the 2016-17 school year. In addition to our wrap-up, we will be voting on our revised by-laws.
  3. IHS Ties for 5th of 304 Teams at National Championship! On Memorial Day Weekend, IHS’ Brain Team participated in the NAQT HSNCT in Atlanta, GA. Ithaca battled their competition like brain warriors. IHS’ last bout was against ranked Thomas Jefferson Science & Technology High School from Alexandria, VA. The teams were evenly matched, but it didn’t go our way up to the last second buzzer. CONGRATULATIONS to seniors Andrey Shakhzadyan, Casey Wetherbee, and Daniel Xu, and sophomore Vaynu Kadiyali for their incredible performance. These four will be joined by seniors James Park and Luc Wetherbee and along with sophomores Isaiah Gutman and Justin Tan the weekend of June 10th to play in the Partnership for Academic Excellence’s National Scholastic Championship in Chicago, IL. Stay tuned!
  4. IHS Yearbook still available by check $75. Online ordering has closed, but students may still bring a check for $75 made out to IHS Annual. Three ways to deliver your check: 1) mail it to Ithaca High School Annual ℅ Lyn Reitenbach, 1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850; 2) bring it to the main office and ask them to put the check in Lyn’s box;  or 3) drop by Lyn’s office (G114).
  5. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 10th, 7:00-10:00pm, Ithaca Farmers’ Market). Have fun Class of 2017!
  6. Ithaca Reads (June 12th at 7:00pm)! A peer support group for parents of struggling readers. Worried about your child’s reading development? Want to learn more about how to support your child and navigate the school system? Please join us for our first meetings of Ithaca Reads. Village of Ithaca (609 W. Clinton St., Suite 109 on June 12th from 7:00-8:00pm. For more information contact Celeste Ptak at 607-342-0075 or Ithacareads@gmail.com.
  7. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for volunteers to make an impact for our student-athletes. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Ithaca Sports Boosters or stop by the next meeting on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm in the IHS Activities Room.
  8. Fine Arts Booster Group Awards Four Grants. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, awarded four grants to support arts education for students. FABG supported 1) DeWitt Middle School Orchestra’s travel to Boston for a performance clinic with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; 2) the Fall Creek Brass Band will perform at Beverly J. Martin Elementary, including a joint song with 4th and 5th graders; 3) Cayuga Heights Elementary will organize all district 3rd graders to attend an Ithaca Ballet performance and demonstration in the coming school year; and 4) the IHS musical production of Anything Goes was supported by a special grant from the Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. These 4 projects will reach 777 students and $3,457 was granted.
  9. NYS Regents (June 13-22, 2017). Are you a planner? Well I am…here is a link to the NYS June 2017 Regents Examination Schedule. Best of luck to our amazing students!

 

 

 

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