June 20th

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 6/20/18 – Last E-News of 2017-18 (be back Fall 2018)

  1. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (6/21)
  2. ICSD Administrative Announcements
  3. Free Cornell Summertime College Fair (7/23)
  4. Excelsior Scholarship (due 7/23)
  5. Common App (8/1) and FAFSA (10/1)
  6. Summer SAT & ACT dates
  7. Fall 2018 Sports (start 8/13)
  8. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop (6/22)
  9. TCPL Game On (starts 6/28)
  10. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (kick-off 6/29)
  11. TCPL to Host Circus Culture Workshop (7/5)
  12. TCPL Makerspace Wearable LED (7/10)
  13. Camp Coddington looking for Summer CITs
  14. Summer Fun–Empire Passes added to TCPL’s Library of Things
  15. R2P Announces Permanent New Theater for Ithaca

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  1. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (Thursday, June 21st, 7:00pm, Athletics and Events Center, Ithaca College). IHS Commencement will take place on June 21st at 7:00pm and last approximately until 8:45pm. Seniors must attend mandatory graduation rehearsal on June 21st at 1:00pm. Congratulations Class of 2018!
  1. ICSD Administrative Announcements: Keith Harrington has been appointed principal of Enfield Elementary School; Kristin Herman will be joining Mr. Harrington at Enfield Elementary as associate principal; Lauren Wright has been appointed associate principal at Boynton Middle School; ICSD has appointed Carlan Gray and Corey Mitchell as associate principals at Ithaca High School; and David Brown, outgoing ICSD Director of Fine and Performing Arts has been appointed Superintendent of DeRuyter Central School District. For more information, please see ICSD Communications.
  1. Free Cornell Summertime College Fair (Monday, July 23, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm, Statler Ballroom). Cornell University’s Summer College for High School Students invites area high school students, their families, teachers, and guidance counselors to the Summertime College Fair. This free event is scheduled from 4 to 6:00PM on Monday, July 23, in the Statler Ballroom in Statler Hall on the Cornell University campus. Please enter through the east entrance of the Hotel. Admissions officers from more than 45 colleges and universities (subject to change) will be happy to answer your questions about their college programs (academic and extracurricular), application process, financial aid, and more. The fair is open to the public, and we encourage parents, high school students, teachers, guidance counselors, adult learners, and anyone else interested in college options to attend. For more information about the fair and a full list of participating colleges and universities, visit sce.cornell.edu/sc/college_ fair.
  1. Excelsior Scholarship Application Open for New Applicants for 2018-19 Academic Year. The application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants in the 2018-19 academic year is now open. SUNY and CUNY students whose families make up to $110,000 annually can now apply for tuition-free college. Application deadline: July 23, 2018.
  1. College Application Dates for Rising Seniors (Class of 2019). Heads up on two important colleges application dates…Common App opens August 1, 2018 and FAFSA October 1, 2018.
  1. Getting a Jump on 2018-19 SAT and ACT. Registration deadline for the August 25, 2018 SAT/SAT Subject test is July 27th (scores released September 7th). Registration deadline for the September 8, 2018 ACT test is August 10th (scores released September 18th).
  1. Fall 2018 Sports Start August 2018. 2018 JV/Varsity Fall Sports tryouts begin August 13th. Modified Sports begin August 20. If you are planning your summer vacations, please plan accordingly for August tryouts. For more information checkout the ICSD Athletics.
  1. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop Series (Fridays through August 31st, 4:15-5:30pm). Due to popular demand, local comic book artist Ten Van Winkle will continue to lead a comic creation workshop series for teens in TCPL’s new Digital Lab. This workshop will continue Fridays through August 31st with no class on Friday, June 15th. Registration and attendance are not required, but each week participant will learn new techniques to build on. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org).
  1. TCPL Summer Session of Game On for Kids and Teens (Thursdays, June 28-Aug 30, 3:00-5:00pm). TCPL invites kids and teens to participate in the summer session of Game On, Thursdays, June 28th-August 30th from 3:00-5:00pm in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. At the weekly drop-in gamming program, kids and teens meet for board games, table top RPGs, card games, and more. No registration required and program is free.
  1. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (Grades 6-12) Kick-off Friday, June 29th at 5:00pm with The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. Teens who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a free book when they sign up, and they earn entries into a prize raffle for every five hours of reading completed. Teens can enjoy free events all summer long at the Library, including The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, Fables and Tales Writing and Gaming Camp, Wearable Electronics Class, Karaoke Night, and more. Registration cards and punch cards to track your reading are available at the Library. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults in grades 6 through 12 to kick off the 2018 Teen Summer Reading Challenge at The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. The sing-along will take place Friday, June 29, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.
  1. TCPL to Host Circus Culture Workshop for Kids (Thursday, July 5th, 12:00-1:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host Circus Culture of Ithaca for a fun-filled hour of exploration and excitement, July 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. During this free program, Circus Culture instructors will teach children and families of all ages and experience levels how to juggle, walk on a tight wire, perform basic acrobatics, and more. For more information about the Library’s one-hour, drop-in program, contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at or (607) 272-4557 extension 277.
  1. TCPL Teens to Create Wearable LED Electronics in Makerspace (Tuesday, July 10th, 2:00-4:00pm). TCPL invites young adults in grades 6-12 to create a piece of wearable electronics in a workshop on Tuesday, July 10th from 2:00-4:00pm in the Library’s Makerspace. Space is limited and registration required.
  1. Camp Coddington looking for Summer CITs. The CIT program at Camp Coddington provides a fun filled, hands on approach to exploring basic job skills, team building and communication. The program will focus on resume building, interviewing skills and leadership opportunities. Job responsibilities include counselor shadowing, snack preparation and clean up, operating our camp store, assistance with camper supervision, including planning and direction of some group activities. The CIT program is open to youth ages 15 and 16. Working papers are required and previous attendance at a camp is a plus! For more information and applications, please visit http://www.coddingtonroad.org/youth-employment or email CRCC Camp Director.
  1. Summer Fun–Empire Passes added to TCPL’s Library of Things. Tompkins County Public Library announces the addition of four New York State Empire Passes to its Library of Things that patrons can check out with their library card. The Empire Passes may be checked out for one week, and allow the card holder (and occupants of their car) entry to any New York State park. There are no holds or renewals for this item. Other Library of Things items include family passes for the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, TCPL tote bags and umbrellas, a tool kit, a variety of phone charger cables, reading glasses, calculators, and more. These items are listed in the library catalog under “Library of Things” and are available at the Circulation Desk.
  1. R2P Announces Permanent New Theater for Ithaca. “After more than 10 years on the road, it’s time for R2P to settle down,” said Joey Steinhagen, artistic director. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a permanent theatre of our own.” The Ithaca Mall is an ideal location, said James Drew, president of the R2P board. It’s a familiar spot for kids and families and easily accessible, with plenty of parking and four bus lines. In order to pay for the necessary renovations to create the theatre, R2P has launched a capital campaign to raise $150,000 by the end of summer. Jerry Dietz, owner of C.S.P. Management, and Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director Emerita of the Kitchen Theatre, are acting as advisors for the campaign. Donations can be made via the GiveGab platform. Theatre renovations are scheduled to begin September 1, 2018, with the new season opening December 2018. Steinhagen said they’ve planned a season full of favorites to celebrate the new space, launching with the first performance in the Ithaca area of the award-winning “Newsies”; followed by the ever-popular “Annie”; the magical “Alice in Wonderland”; “The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical–Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in collaboration with Circus Culture; and for a grand finale, “Mamma Mia.”

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June 13th

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 6/13/18

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (6/13)
  2. IHS PTA College Panel (6/13)
  3. June 2018 NYS Regents & Final Exam Schedule (6/11-20)
  4. TCPL Study Hours During Regents & Finals (6/11-22)
  5. IHS Senior Prom (6/16)
  6. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (6/21)
  7. IPEI awards IHS
  8. Excelsior Scholarship (due 7/23)
  9. Common App (8/1) and FAFSA (10/1)
  10. Summer SAT & ACT dates
  11. Fall 2018 Sports (start 8/13)
  12. Mayoral Scholarship-2018 Cornell International Summer Debate Camp (due 6/15)
  13. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop (6/22)
  14. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (kick-off 6/29)
  15. TCPL to Host Circus Culture Workshop (7/5)
  16. Camp Coddington looking for Summer CITs
  17. Summer Fun–Empire Passes added to TCPL’s Library of Things
  18. R2P Announces Permanent New Theater for Ithaca

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  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00pm). Please join us for the last PTA meeting of the 2017-18 school year. ***Shameless plug–we have great snacks.***
  1. IHS PTA College Panel, (Wednesday, June 13th at 12:00pm in the H Conference Room). Q&A with IHS alums and current college students. What’s college really like? Perfect timing for Juniors coming out of their US History Regents. Free pizza – woo hoo!
  1. June 2018 NYS Regents & Finals Exam Schedule (June 11-20). ICSD confirmed IHS Regents & Final exam dates. For more information, check out their ICSD’s Regents page.
  1. TCPL Study Hours During Finals and Regents (June 11-22). In support of local middle and high school students during finals and Regents testing weeks, TCPL will offer quiet study hours, testing study guides, and de stressing activities Monday, June 11th-Friday, June 22nd). Quiet hours will run from 10:00am-4:00pm and de stressing activities will be offered from 4:00-6:00pm Monday-Friday in the Library’s Teen Center. For more information, please contact Teen Services Librarian Regina.
  1. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 16th, 7:00-10:00pm, Celebrations-Route 79). Seniors–get ready to dress up, look fabulous, and have a memorable Senior Prom at Celebrations on Route 79. Seniors need an Agreement of Responsibility and a Dance Contract in order to attend. Tickets will be on sale in advance only.
  1. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (Thursday, June 21st, 7:00pm, Athletics and Events Center, Ithaca College). IHS Commencement will take place on June 21st at 7:00pm and last approximately until 8:45pm. Seniors must attend mandatory graduation rehearsal on June 21st at 1:00pm. Congratulations Class of 2018!
  1. IPEI awards presented to Ithaca High School students (congratulations!). Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) partnered with Ithaca High School (IHS) during its two awards ceremonies to present awards recognizing achievement in the arts, sciences and school community. At last week’s underclass and Senior award ceremonies (June 5 & 7), awards were presented to the following students, teachers, clubs:

IHS Senior Class Awards
New Teacher Award: Matthew Soucy
Staff Member Award: Maria Torres
IHS Club Award: K-Pop Dance Club

Special Funds Awards
Noreen Moore: Brianna Mayu
Yan Wang ’05 Memorial: Karina Burban
Carol Buckley Award: Robin Steuteville
Raymond Loehr (Student) Award: Sophia Patt, (presented at underclass awards on June 5, 2018)

  1. Excelsior Scholarship Application Open for New Applicants for 2018-19 Academic Year. The application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants in the 2018-19 academic year is now open. SUNY and CUNY students whose families make up to $110,000 annually can now apply for tuition-free college. Application deadline: July 23, 2018.
  1. College Application Dates for Rising Seniors (Class of 2019). Heads up on two important colleges application dates…Common App opens August 1, 2018 and FAFSA October 1, 2018.
  1. Getting a Jump on 2018-19 SAT and ACT. Registration deadline for the August 25, 2018 SAT/SAT Subject test is July 27th (scores released September 7th). Registration deadline for the September 8, 2018 ACT test is August 10th (scores released September 18th).

11. Fall 2018 Sports Start August 2018. 2018 JV/Varsity Fall Sports tryouts begin August 13. Modified Sports begin August 20. If you are planning your summer vacations, please plan accordingly for August tryouts. For more information checkout the ICSD Athletics.

  1. Mayoral Scholarship Opportunities-2018 Cornell International Summer Debate Camp (due Friday, June 15th). City of Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick for the Mayoral Scholarship program which will award up to 15 full-tuition day camp scholarships ($500 value) to students who reside and/or attend school in Tompkins County. To apply, please go to the Cornell International Summer Debate Camp web site and fill out and sign the 2018 Mayoral Scholarship Application–Cornell International Summer Debate Camp. Applications are due by Friday, June 15, 2018. For any further questions, you can e-mail debate@cornell.edu or call +1 607-255-2136.
  1. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop Series (Fridays through August 31st, 4:15-5:30pm). Due to popular demand, local comic book artist Ten Van Winkle will continue to lead a comic creation workshop series for teens in TCPL’s new Digital Lab. This workshop will continue Fridays through August 31st with no class on Friday, June 15th. Registration and attendance are not required, but each week participant will learn new techniques to build on. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org).
  1. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (Grades 6-12) Kick-off Friday, June 29th at 5:00pm with The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. Teens who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a free book when they sign up, and they earn entries into a prize raffle for every five hours of reading completed. Teens can enjoy free events all summer long at the Library, including The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, Fables and Tales Writing and Gaming Camp, Wearable Electronics Class, Karaoke Night, and more. Registration cards and punch cards to track your reading are available at the Library. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults in grades 6 through 12 to kick off the 2018 Teen Summer Reading Challenge at The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. The sing-along will take place Friday, June 29, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.
  1. TCPL to Host Circus Culture Workshop for Kids (Thursday, July 5, 12:00-1:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host Circus Culture of Ithaca for a fun-filled hour of exploration and excitement, July 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. During this free program, Circus Culture instructors will teach children and families of all ages and experience levels how to juggle, walk on a tight wire, perform basic acrobatics, and more. For more information about the Library’s one-hour, drop-in program, contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at or (607) 272-4557 extension 277.
  1. Camp Coddington looking for Summer CITs. The CIT program at Camp Coddington provides a fun filled, hands on approach to exploring basic job skills, team building and communication. The program will focus on resume building, interviewing skills and leadership opportunities. Job responsibilities include counselor shadowing, snack preparation and clean up, operating our camp store, assistance with camper supervision, including planning and direction of some group activities. The CIT program is open to youth ages 15 and 16. Working papers are required and previous attendance at a camp is a plus! For more information and applications, please visit http://www.coddingtonroad.org/youth-employment or email CRCC Camp Director.
  1. Summer Fun–Empire Passes added to TCPL’s Library of Things. Tompkins County Public Library announces the addition of four New York State Empire Passes to its Library of Things that patrons can check out with their library card. The Empire Passes may be checked out for one week, and allow the card holder (and occupants of their car) entry to any New York State park. There are no holds or renewals for this item. Other Library of Things items include family passes for the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, TCPL tote bags and umbrellas, a tool kit, a variety of phone charger cables, reading glasses, calculators, and more. These items are listed in the library catalog under “Library of Things” and are available at the Circulation Desk.  
  1. R2P Announces Permanent New Theater for Ithaca. “After more than 10 years on the road, it’s time for R2P to settle down,” said Joey Steinhagen, artistic director. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a permanent theatre of our own.” The Ithaca Mall is an ideal location, said James Drew, president of the R2P board. It’s a familiar spot for kids and families and easily accessible, with plenty of parking and four bus lines. In order to pay for the necessary renovations to create the theatre, R2P has launched a capital campaign to raise $150,000 by the end of summer. Jerry Dietz, owner of C.S.P. Management, and Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director Emerita of the Kitchen Theatre, are acting as advisors for the campaign. Donations can be made via the GiveGab platform. Theatre renovations are scheduled to begin September 1, 2018, with the new season opening December 2018. Steinhagen said they’ve planned a season full of favorites to celebrate the new space, launching with the first performance in the Ithaca area of the award-winning “Newsies”; followed by the ever-popular “Annie”; the magical “Alice in Wonderland”; “The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in collaboration with Circus Culture; and for a grand finale, “Mamma Mia.”

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June 6th

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 6/6/18

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (6/13)
  2. IHS Students Curate Classic Film Fest at Cinemapolis (6/8-9)
  3. IHS Senior Awards (6/7)
  4. IHS Juniors–Moroccan Cultural Exchange April 2019 (due 6/10)
  5. June 2018 NYS Regents & Final Exam Schedule (6/11-20)
  6. TCPL Study Hours During Regents & Finals (6/11-22)
  7. IHS PTA College Panel (tentative, 6/13)
  8. IHS Senior Prom (6/16)
  9. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (6/21)
  10. IHS Yearbooks–going fast
  11. IHS Athletic Fields Closed for Maintenance (starting 6/22)
  12. Excelsior Scholarship (due 7/23)
  13. Common App (8/1) and FAFSA (10/1)
  14. Fall 2018 Sports (start 8/13)
  15. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop (6/8)
  16. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (kick-off 6/29)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/june-6th/

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  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00pm). Please join us for the last PTA meeting of the 2017-18 school year. ***Shameless plug–we have great snacks.***
  1. IHS Students Curate Classic Film Fest at Cinemapolis (June 8-9th). Cinemapolis is proud to announce the creation of a weekend-long film festival curated by IHS students (Quin Demarest, Tad Donovan, Charlotte Littell, Ella Mead-VanCort, Geneva Moreland, and Miya Scully). The Before Our Time Youth Film Festival features four films meant to be seen on the big screen: Amelie (Friday, June 8th at 4:30pm), Stand By Me (Friday, June 8th at 8:00pm), Do the Right Thing (Saturday, June 9th at 4:30pm), and Psycho (Saturday, June 9th at 8:0pm). Each film will feature an introduction from members of the selection committee and prize giveaways for attendees. Discounted tickets for this special weekend of screenings are just $5 per show or $15 for all four films. The Before Our Time Youth Film Festival at Cinemapolis is made possible by lead sponsor Purity Ice Cream. Advance tickets are available at Cinemapolis.org or at the box office during regular business hours at the cinema. Special weekend pass lanyards will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, June 5th.
  1. IHS Senior Awards (Thursday, June 7th, 6:30-9:00pm, Kulp Auditorium).
  1. IHS Juniors-Interested in Traveling to Morocco Spring Break 2019? The trip is open to all, and applications are available online at tinyurl.com/morocco19. Look for our Morocco fliers in the hallways. You can also get more information from any of the following teachers: Miss Gray, Miss Zimmerman, Mr. Prokosch, Mr. Noyes or Mr. Weissburg. Applications are due by June 10.
  1. June 2018 NYS Regents & Finals Exam Schedule (June 11-20). ICSD confirmed IHS Regents & Final exam dates. For more information, check out their ICSD’s Regents page.
  1. TCPL Study Hours During Finals and Regents (June 11-22). In support of local middle and high school students during finals and Regents testing weeks, TCPL will offer quiet study hours, testing study guides, and de stressing activities Monday, June 11th-Friday, June 22nd). Quiet hours will run from 10:00am-4:00pm and de stressing activities will be offered from 4:00-6:00pm Monday-Friday in the Library’s Teen Center. For more information, please contact Teen Services Librarian Regina at rdemauro@tcpl.org.
  1. IHS PTA College Panel, (tentative date Wednesday, June 13th at 12:00pm). Q&A with IHS alums and current college students. What’s college really like? Free pizza – woo hoo! Kulp Auditorium lobby.
  1. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 16th, 7:00-10:00pm, Celebrations-Route 79). Seniors–get ready to dress up, look fabulous, and have a memorable Senior Prom at Celebrations on Route 79. Seniors need an Agreement of Responsibility and a Dance Contract in order to attend. Tickets will be on sale in advance only, and dates will be announced as we get closer to the event.
  1. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (Thursday, June 21st, 7:00pm, Athletics and Events Center, Ithaca College). IHS Commencement will take place on June 21st at 7:00pm and last approximately until 8:45pm. Seniors must attend mandatory graduation rehearsal on June 21st at 1:00pm. Congratulations Class of 2018!
  1. The IHS Yearbooks are here! You can pick up your pre-ordered copy in the cafeteria during lunch periods. If you’d like to purchase a copy, please bring $75 to the cafeteria or to Lyn Reitenbach in G-114. Cash or checks payable to IHS Annual.
  1. Notice from the ICSD Athletics & Wellness Department (starting Friday, June 22nd): Starting June 22nd, Dewitt, Northeast, and all IHS fields will be closed for maintenance to repair some areas of concern. The fields are in need of some TLC. Thank you for your support.
  1. Excelsior Scholarship Application Open for New Applicants for 2018-19 Academic Year. The application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants in the 2018-19 academic year is now open. SUNY and CUNY students whose families make up to $110,000 annually can now apply for tuition-free college HERE. Application deadline: July 23, 2018.
  1. College Application Dates for Rising Seniors (Class of 2019). Heads up on two important colleges application dates…Common App opens August 1, 2018 and FAFSA October 1, 2018.
  1. Fall 2018 Sports Start August 2018. 2018 JV/Varsity Fall Sports tryouts begin August 13. Modified Sports begin August 20. If you are planning your summer vacations, please plan accordingly for August tryouts. For more information checkout the ICSD Athletics.
  1. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop Series (Fridays through August 31st, 4:15-5:30pm). Due to popular demand, local comic book artist Ten Van Winkle will continue to lead a comic creation workshop series for teens in TCPL’s new Digital Lab. This workshop will continue Fridays through August 31st with no class on Friday, June 15th. Registration and attendance are not required, but each week participant will learn new techniques to build on. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org).
  1. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (Grades 6-12) Kick-off Friday, June 29th at 5:00pm with The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. Teens who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a free book when they sign up, and they earn entries into a prize raffle for every five hours of reading completed. Teens can enjoy free events all summer long at the Library, including The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, Fables and Tales Writing and Gaming Camp, Wearable Electronics Class, Karaoke Night, and more. Registration cards and punch cards to track your reading are available at the Library. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults in grades 6 through 12 to kick off the 2018 Teen Summer Reading Challenge at The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. The sing-along will take place Friday, June 29, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

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May 30th

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 5/30/18

  1. IHS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon (6/5) – help and desserts needed
  2. IHS PTA Meeting (6/13)
  3. IHS Juniors NHS applications (due 6/1)
  4. IHS Senior Scholarship (due 6/1)
  5. IHS Underclassmen Awards (6/5)
  6. IHS Senior Awards (6/7)
  7. June 2018 NYS Regents & Final Exam Schedule (June 11-20)
  8. IHS PTA College Panel (tentative, 6/13)
  9. IHS Senior Prom (6/16)
  10. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (6/21)
  11. IHS Yearbooks–going fast
  12. IHS Athletic Fields Closed for Maintenance (starting 6/22)
  13. Excelsior Scholarship (due 7/23)
  14. Common App (8/1) and FAFSA (10/1)
  15. Fall 2018 Sports (start 8/13)
  16. Cohn Music Scholarship for IYB Summer Band and Orchestra
  17. Teen Urban Farmers (5/30)
  18. Giving is Gorges Day (6/1)
  19. Summers of Service Internships (due, 6/1)
  20. HealthQuest Camp 2018 (due, 6/1)
  21. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop (6/1)
  22. TCPL Podcasting (6/4)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/may-30th/

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  1. IHS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon (Tuesday, June 5th). The annual Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon is on Tuesday, June 5th. This is our chance to thank the teachers and staff for all their hard work in making IHS a special place. There are several ways you can help:
  1. Send in a financial donation. Checks can be made out to IHS PTA with “appreciation luncheon” in the memo line. Have your student drop it off in the main office, or mail it to IHS PTA, 1401 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca.
  2. Please consider helping out on the day. Let us know if you would like to help with set-up (from 8-10:00 am) or clean-up (from 2-3:30). Please send us an email if you would like to help out.
  3. Please consider donating a dessert for the luncheon-either homemade or store bought. The more decadent, the better! A few gluten free and vegan desserts are also appreciated. Please follow this link to the dessert sign-up list. IHS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon

A big thank you to the following businesses for their generous support of the IHS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Aladdin’s Natural Eatery, Plenty of Posies, Early Bird Farm, Gimme Coffee, Michaleen’s Florist and Garden Center, and Cornell Laundry. If you have questions, please contact Mia Slotnick (miajs123@yahoo.com) and Laura Andolina (andolina@aol.com).

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00pm). Please join us for the last PTA meeting of the 2017-18 school year. ***Shameless plug–we have great snacks.***
  1. IHS Juniors NHS (applications due, Friday, June 1st). All current juniors interested in applying for admission into the National Honor Society will need to fill out an application. All applications can be picked up in the main office. The due date for all applicants is June 1. Return all applications to Ms. Craig either to her mailbox in the main office or to her office in K-21a.
  1. IHS Seniors–Scholarship (FREE MONEY) Opportunities:
  • Cannon Heyman & Weiss Scholarship Fund. Scholarships (for students living in affordable housing) will be awarded to successful, qualified applicants and will offer financial aid for full and part-time study at approved colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, and other post-secondary institutions leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. Deadline is June 1st.
  1. IHS Underclassmen Awards (Tuesday, June 5th, 6:30-9:00pm, Kulp Auditorium).
  1. IHS Senior Awards (Thursday, June 7th, 6:30-9:00pm, Kulp Auditorium).
  1. June 2018 NYS Regents & Finals Exam Schedule (June 11-20). ICSD confirmed IHS Regents & Final exam dates. For more information, check out their ICSD’s Regents page.
  1. IHS PTA College Panel, (tentative date Wednesday, June 13th at 12:00pm). Q&A with IHS alums and current college students. What’s college really like? Free pizza – woo hoo! Kulp Auditorium lobby.
  1. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 16th, 7:00-10:00pm, Celebrations-Route 79). Seniors–get ready to dress up, look fabulous, and have a memorable Senior Prom at Celebrations on Route 79. Seniors need an Agreement of Responsibility and a Dance Contract in order to attend. Tickets will be on sale in advance only, and dates will be announced as we get closer to the event.
  1. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (Thursday, June 21st, 7:00pm, Athletics and Events Center, Ithaca College). IHS Commencement will take place on June 21st at 7:00pm and last approximately until 8:45pm. Seniors must attend mandatory graduation rehearsal on June 21st at 1:00pm. Congratulations Class of 2018!
  1. The IHS Yearbooks are here! You can pick up your pre-ordered copy in the cafeteria during lunch periods. If you’d like to purchase a copy, please bring $75 to the cafeteria or to Lyn Reitenbach in G-114. Cash or checks payable to IHS Annual.
  1. Notice from the ICSD Athletics & Wellness Department (starting Friday, June 22nd): Starting June 22nd, Dewitt, Northeast, and all IHS fields will be closed for maintenance to repair some areas of concern. The fields are in need of some TLC. Thank you for your support.
  1. Excelsior Scholarship Application Open for New Applicants for 2018-19 Academic Year. The application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants in the 2018-19 academic year is now open. SUNY and CUNY students whose families make up to $110,000 annually can now apply for tuition-free college HERE. Application deadline: July 23, 2018.
  1. College Application Dates for Rising Seniors (Class of 2019). Heads up on two important colleges application dates…Common App opens August 1, 2018 and FAFSA October 1, 2018.
  1. Fall 2018 Sports Start August 2018. 2018 JV/Varsity Fall Sports tryouts begin August 13. Modified Sports begin August 20. If you are planning your summer vacations, please plan accordingly for August tryouts. For more information checkout the ICSD Athletics.
  1. Cohn Music Scholarship for IYB Summer Band and Orchestra. The Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, provides annual music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau Summer Band and Orchestra Program. The Cohn Music Scholarship Fund is administered by IPEI with assistance from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) an IPEI affiliate, and the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB). Scholarships are applied to the IYB Summer Band and Orchestra Program. Registration is in June and requires the IYB scholarship application. For more information, contact president@fabgithaca.org.
  1. Join the Teen Urban Farmers (TUF) (May 2-June 6) . Come to the Ithaca Children’s Garden after school on Wednesdays (4-6pm) through June 6 for TUF.  Sign up if you are looking for FUN, great snacks, new friends. Learn & work outside as a group to maintain a public garden, and become leaders in environmental stewardship. This is a great opportunity to fulfill community service requirements, too! For more information, contact Lauren Salzman, TUF Program Manager, at Lauren@ithacachildrensgarden.org.
  1. Giving is Gorges Day (Friday, June 1st). Why should you participate in Giving is Gorges? Giving is Gorges was established by a collaborative group to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. The purpose of this powerful giving experience is to unite our community members around causes in which they truly believe and help support local nonprofit organizations. Please consider giving and checkout the local participating nonprofits.
  1. United Way of Tompkins County Summers of Service Internships (due, Friday, June 1st by 5:00pm). The Summers of Service Program provides paid summer jobs of $1,600 each for local high school students. The jobs will give high school students (first priority to students entering their senior year) the opportunity to learn about the health and human services sector in Tompkins County. This year there are eleven participating organizations including, the Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center, GIAC, IC3, Lifelong, OAR, YMCA, and more! For an application and internship descriptions, please email Regan Ralston at rralston@uwtc.org or stop by UWTC (313 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850). Applications are due before Friday, June 1st at 5:00 PM.
  1. HealthQuest Camp 2018 (application deadline Friday, June 1st). The Central New York Area Health Education Center (CNYAHEC) and The Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance are excited to announce that applications are open for HealthQuest Camp 2018. At HealthQuest, students will live and learn about careers in exercise and sport sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, speech-language pathology. This five-day, four-night experience is for Central New York students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The application deadline is June 1, 2018. Camp dates are July 9 through 13, 2018. If you would like more information/ to apply to HealthQuest please visit:

https://cnyahec.org/healthquest/. For questions, please contact Claire Payne, CNYAHEC Program Manager, at cpayne@cnyahec.org.

  1. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop Series (Fridays through August 31st, 4:15-5:30pm). Due to popular demand, local comic book artist Ten Van Winkle will continue to lead a comic creation workshop series for teens in TCPL’s new Digital Lab. This workshop will continue Fridays through August 31st with no class on Friday, June 15th. Registration and attendance are not required, but each week participant will learn new techniques to build on. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org).
  1. TCPL Basics of Podcasting (Monday, June 4th, 6:30-7:30pm, BorgWarner Room). Back by popular demand, Kate Essig will present the basics of podcasting. This fun, skill-building lecture is one-night only. Open to adults and teens (ages 13-17). Event is free, but registration is required.
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