January 16th

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 1/16/19

  1. IHS Seniors: Senior Portrait Proofs (1/14-18)
  2. IHS Freshmen: Link Crew’s Cocoa & Cram (1/17)
  3. January Regents Schedule (1/22-25)
  4. IHS Yearbook Sibling and Then & Now photos (deadline 1/23)
  5. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  6. IHS New Math Class 2019-20: Math Principles of Robotics
  7. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  8. IHS Daily Announcements
  9. IHS Clubs
  10. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (1/16)
  11. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)
  12. Linguistics Olympiad NALCO (1/24)
  13. SEPTA Meeting (1/28)
  14. 2nd annual IC Women in Math Day (registration deadline 1/13; event 2/2)
  15. BTI Summer Research Internships (deadline 2/1)
  16. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  17. TCPL Maker Mondays (starting 2/4)
  18. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  19. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)
  20. IHS Seniors: NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)

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  1. IHS Seniors: Check Senior Portrait Proof in H Courtyard Monday, January 14th-Friday, January 18th). Please check the draft of the Senior portraits section of the Yearbook posted in H Courtyard to check your photo and the spelling of your name for accuracy. If there are any mistakes you can e-mail mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us or come to J-20 and leave a message for Ms. Reitenbach. Portraits will include the head and shoulders of each Senior. If your photo is a full body image it will be cropped such that your head is approximately the same size as the other portraits. Seniors have until 1/18 to alert the Yearbook staff of any issues with their photo/name.
  1. IHS Freshmen: IHS Link Crew Cocoa & Cram (January 17th, 3:30-6:00pm). Get ready, study up, and enjoy hot cocoa. Gook luck with midterms!
  1. January 2019 Regents Exams (Tuesday, January 22-Friday, January 25th). For more information check this link.
  1. IHS Yearbook Sibling & THEN and NOW pictures needed (deadline, Wednesday, January 23rd). SEEKING THEN and NOW photos! If you have a photo of yourself with some childhood friends when you were younger, “then”, and “now” please submit them by Jan 23rd.

Also seeking photos of current Ithaca Seniors and their high school aged siblings! Please upload these photos by using the hjeshare app. Password is ITHACA (case sensitive. You can also e-mail images to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.

  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter out code of 8812. If you have a great photo of our students at work, at school or participating in the many school clubs and activities please send it to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. We are also welcoming new members. No experience necessary. Writers, photographers, graphic artists, JOIN THE YEARBOOK. We meet Tuesday afternoons in Library Lab 1 but students can contribute to the book even if they are unable to attend meetings. Interested? Questions? e-mail mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us.
  1. New IHS Math Class for 2019-20: Math Principles of Robotics. IHS is offering following a new, ½ semester course next year (2019-20). This course is perfect for students who are curious to find out how you can use math concepts to program a robot. Never worked with robots or coded before? No problem! This course is ideal for students with little to no experience with robots or computer programming. You’ll learn computational thinking skills necessary for 21st century jobs! Prerequisite: 80 or better in Algebra 1. Keep your eyes open for the new 2019-20 Program of Studies from Student Services.
  1. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  • Spring sports start Monday, March 4th for JV/Varsity; Monday, March 11th for Modified. Sign up via Family ID.

Baseball: Varsity, JV, Modified
Softball: Varsity, JV, Modified
Boys, Lacrosse: Varsity, JV, Modified
Girls, Lacrosse: Varsity, JV Modified
Boys Tennis: Varsity, Modified
Boys Track: Varsity, Modified
Girls Track: Varsity, Modified

  • Please be sure to check Schedule Galaxy for upcoming home game information
  1. IHS Daily Announcements. We love our students, but sometimes they are not the best at sharing information. Check out IHS Daily Announcements to follow daily IHS news & updates.
  1. IHS Clubs. IHS has something for everyone! Get involved, meet some new people, and have fun. For a complete list check out this link.
  1. TCPL Monthly Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, January 16th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Programming Room). TCPL invites young adults in grades 6-12 or their homeschool equivalents to read Kiersten White’s book, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, then meet to discuss it on Wednesday, January 16th from 4:30-5:30pm in the library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. Free copies of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein are available for participants at the Teen Services office. For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org.
  1. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (application deadline Saturday, January 19th). In partnership with the Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG), the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts is offering a residency-type retreat for ICSD teachers and other Tompkins County teachers during the Winter (February 16-20, 2019) and Spring (April 13-17, 2019) recess. The program is free and offered through a lottery system. Application deadline is January 19, 2019.
  1. Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) (Open Round Thursday, January 24th, 9:30am-1:00pm). The Department of Linguistics at Cornell is hosting the Linguistics Olympiad (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad NACLO http://www.nacloweb.org/) January 24th.

NACLO is a pencil and paper contest in which students use analytical skills to solve puzzles in languages that they do not know. The target audience for NACLO is high schoolers (9-12th grades), but middle schoolers (6-8th grades) are also welcome to participate. NACLO has no prerequisites and no registration fee. The NACLO open round is on January 24th from 9:30am-1:00pm. This is followed by an invitational round on March 7th and the International Linguistics Olympiad in Yongin, Korea in July 2019. Registration is now open and select Cornell University as contest location.

  1. Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) (Monday, January 28th, 5:30-7:00pm, BJM Cafeteria). We would like to invite ICSD families, teachers and staff to join us at the upcoming Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) meeting. All are welcome. SEPTA is a place for families to meet others who are in similar circumstances and provides organizational structure, resources, and opportunities to be a collective voice not only for their child but for all children. SEPTA works collaboratively with the ICSD teachers, staff and administration to support educational equity and social inclusion for all children. Topic: The Special Education process and where to find help; Speaker: Amy Jo DeKoeyer, Student Transition & Deaf Services Coordinator, Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC). For more information e-mail ithacasepta@gmail.com.
  1. 2nd annual IC Women in Math Day (registration deadline Wednesday, January 30th; event Saturday, February 2nd, 10:30am-2pm). What do math, free food, and games have in common? IC Women in Math Day! Engage with other high school students and explore through hands-on activities how playing and winning games can help you to solve real-world problems. Network with college students, career professionals, and professors and learn how studying math in college prepares you for an abundance of careers. Registration and more information at https://www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/math/outreach/ic_women_in_math_day/.
  1. BTI Summer Research Internships (deadline February, February 1st). Undergraduate and high school summer internships at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), Cornell University, and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently BTI offers positions to outstanding students interested in plant genome research, bioinformatics and science communications. Local high school students, who are at least sixteen years of age at the start of the program, are eligible to apply for a six-week internship. Housing is not provided for high school students, and students must provide their own transportation to and from BTI each day. High school interns receive stipends, but are not provided housing, travel, or meal allowances. For more information contact@btiscience.org.
  1. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline Friday, February 1st). The Fine Arts Booster Group just announced there will be spring deadline for Mini-Grants on February 1, 2019. Go to www.fabgithaca.org/receive for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email FABGgrants@ipei.org.
  1. TCPL Maker Mondays for Teens to Resume (starting Monday, February 4th, 4:00-6:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens to drop-in hours in its Makerspace, every Monday, starting February 4 and going through May 20, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. These drop-in hours “Maker Mondays for Teens” provide people aged 12 to 17 the opportunity to express their creativity while becoming familiar with the equipment in the Library’s Makerspace. Tutorials will be provided for the Makerbot 3D Printer, Epilogue Helix Laser Cutter, and Cricut. These free drop-in sessions do not require registration. For more information, contact Joah at jtang@tcpl.org.
  1. New York Youth Institute at Cornell University (application deadline Wednesday, February 27th). The New York Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Cornell University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world. Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges. Event date is Friday, March 29, 2019. Registration and paper submission deadline February 27, 2019.
  1. IHS Seniors: 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline Friday, March 1st). Do you plan to major in Computer Science, Computer or Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Architecture?  SRC Inc., King & King Architects, and INFICON in partnership with the CNY STEM Hub, are pleased to announce the 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program. This scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in select STEM fields, starting Fall 2019. Scholarship applications for 4-year scholarships are due March 1, 2019. Selections will made in April and students will be notified in May 2019.  
  1. IHS Seniors: Student Scholarships (deadline, Monday, April 1st). Every year, NYSIR awards three sets of scholarships to college-bound seniors from NYSIR member school districts and BOCES.
  • Cristin Bambino Scholarships are awarded on a regional basis. This scholarship is awarded annually to special education students for their outstanding efforts in working through challenges to complete high school and be accepted at a college or university. Seven regional winners receive $3,000 scholarships, a separate runner-up receives a $4,000 award and a grand winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Paul Jensen Scholarships are awarded to two individuals on a statewide basis. This scholarship is awarded to college-bound students who have demonstrated inspired design and building skills during their high school careers and wish to pursue their talents in college. One scholarship is in the amount of $5,000, and the other has a value of $3,000.
  • Joseph Goncalves Scholarships are awarded to college-bound seniors who have demonstrated a record of involvement and work for a cause or organization that actively promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering, or similar humanitarian aspirations. $5,000 grand award and a $3,000 runner-up grant are awarded on a statewide basis.
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January 9th

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 1/9/19

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (1/15)
  2. IHS Spring Musical Auditions (1/7-9)
  3. IHS Winter Formal (1/12)
  4. IHS Info Session-NALCO (1/15; event 1/24)
  5. IHS Freshmen: Link Crew’s Cocoa & Cram (1/17)
  6. January Regents Schedule (1/22-25)
  7. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  8. IHS Yearbook Sibling and Then & Now photos needed
  9. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  10. IHS Daily Announcements
  11. IHS Clubs
  12. TCPL Families Learning Science Together (1/12)
  13. Teen Mental Health Group (1/15)
  14. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (deadline 1/15)
  15. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (1/16)
  16. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)
  17. BTI Summer Research Internships (deadline 2/1)
  18. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  19. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  20. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)
  21. IHS Seniors: NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/january-9th/

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  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Tuesday, January 15th, 7:00pm, Activities Building). The next PTA meeting will be on January 15, at 7pm in the Activities Room at IHS. The meeting will start with former IHS students talking about their Gap Year experience. Students interested in taking a gap year and their parents are encouraged to attend. The regular PTA meeting will start at approximately 7:45pm. The deputy superintendent of ICSD, Lily Talcott, will join the meeting to discuss the proposed Capital Project.
  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition (Auditions, Monday, January 7th & Wednesday, January 9th). Auditions held on Monday, January 7th (4:30-5:45pm) and Wednesday, January 9th (4:30-5:45pm) in Kulp. An audition at GIAC will also be held on Wednesday, January 9th (6:00-7:15pm). Interested students must attend one of these auditions. Concerned about transportation? Contact Daphne Shululu or family liaison Barbara Bergman. Break a leg!
  1. IHS Winter Formal (Saturday, January 12th, 7:00-10:00pm, Lake Watch Inn). Winter Formal is IHS’ only all-school dress-up dance. This year it’s on January 12 at Lake Watch Inn. Tickets will be on sale next week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and you can find details on the IHS website and through your ICSD email. Hope to see everyone there!
  1. Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) (IHS Info Session, Tuesday, January 15th, 3:45pm; Open Round Thursday, January 24th, 9:30am-1:00pm). The Department of Linguistics at Cornell is hosting the Linguistics Olympiad (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad NACLO http://www.nacloweb.org/) January 24th and will offer an information training session on Saturday, January 12th, 11:00am-12:30pm (local info http://linguistics.cornell.edu/outreach. We will also be offering an info session at IHS, Tuesday, January 15, 3:45, K17 hosted by Suzanne Nussbaum.

NACLO is a pencil and paper contest in which students use analytical skills to solve puzzles in languages that they do not know. The target audience for NACLO is high schoolers (9-12th grades), but middle schoolers (6-8th grades) are also welcome to participate. NACLO has no prerequisites and no registration fee. The NACLO open round is on January 24th from 9:30am-1:00pm. This is followed by an invitational round on March 7th and the International Linguistics Olympiad in Yongin, Korea in July 2019. Registration is now open and select Cornell University as contest location.

  1. IHS Freshmen: IHS Link Crew Cocoa & Cram (January 17th, 3:30-6:00pm). Get ready, study up, and enjoy hot cocoa. Gook luck with midterms!
  1. January 2019 Regents Exams (Tuesday, January 22-Friday, January 25th). For more information check this link.
  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter out code of 8812. If you have a great photo of our students at work, at school or participating in the many school clubs and activities please send it to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. We are also welcoming new members. No experience necessary. Writers, photographers, graphic artists, JOIN THE YEARBOOK. We meet Tuesday afternoons in Library Lab 1 but students can contribute to the book even if they are unable to attend meetings. Interested? Questions? e-mail mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us.
  1. IHS Yearbook Sibling & Then and Now pictures needed. Each year the IHS Yearbook has spreads devoted to Seniors who have siblings at Ithaca HS. If you have photos of Seniors with their high school-aged siblings, please send to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. (Include the names and grades of the students.) The IHS Yearbook also has a spread called “Then and Now.” On this spread we feature photos of students from elementary or middle school and those same students today. Typically the students try and mimic/duplicate the old photo by striking the same pose, wearing similar clothes etc. Please submit photos at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or need help converting a “old school” photograph into a digital image please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Reitenbach (mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us). Last call for students at work as well. We welcome all quality photos of IHS students. Send all submissions to Ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.
  1. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  • The Unified Sports Club “Spread the Word to End the Word” pledge/drive. This pledge/drive isn’t for $, but rather a pledge to not use the “R-Word.” The club members will be in the cafeteria during all lunch periods Monday, January 7th-Wednesday, January 9th with giant banner for people to sign as their “pledge.” This banner will be displayed during the Unified Sports games this spring as a reminder of our United community.
  • Spring sports start Monday, March 4th for JV/Varsity; Monday, March 11th for Modified

Baseball: Varsity, JV, Modified
Softball: Varsity, JV, Modified
Boys, Lacrosse: Varsity, JV, Modified
Girls, Lacrosse: Varsity, JV Modified
Boys Tennis: Varsity, Modified
Boys Track: Varsity, Modified
Girls Track: Varsity, Modified

  1. IHS Daily Announcements. We love our students, but sometimes they are not the best at sharing information. Check out IHS Daily Announcements to follow daily IHS news & updates.
  1. IHS Clubs. IHS has something for everyone! Get involved, meet some new people, and have fun. For a complete list check out this link.
  1. TCPL Families Learning Science Together: Electrostatics (Saturday, January 12th, 1:00-2:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research for a program exploring kinetics on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. At this intergenerational, hands-on science program, families will explore the phenomena and properties of slow-moving or stationary charges. Families Learning Science Together programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu. Please include the name and age of all children (ages 5+) in the email.
  1. Teen Mental Health Group (Tuesday, January 15th, 4:30-6:30pm). In January, the Mental Health Association will be starting a new session for teens who are working on their recovery from mental health challenges following Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) model. This group is a peer-support based program that works on developing tools for wellness, self-awareness, creating plans to manage symptoms, triggers, and crises with an emphasis on hope and recovery. Youth WRAP for Winter of 2019 will take place on Tuesday evenings at the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County from 4:30pm-6:30pm over the course of 12 weekly sessions, beginning on January 8th. WRAP will be a closed group, sign-up in advance is required. For more information, contact Melanie Little, MHATC Director of Youth Services, at mlittle@mhaedu.org, or by calling 607-273-9250.
  1. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (application deadline Tuesday, January 15th). Team up with Chinese students for US-China Resilient Communities Innovation Hackathon. This is a day-long event where high school students will learn about craft effective campaigns for improving urban/rural resilience and responding to disasters threatening food security. Event date is Friday, February 15, 2019. Registration deadline is January 15, 2019.
  1. TCPL Monthly Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, January 16th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Programming Room). TCPL invites young adults in grades 6-12 or their homeschool equivalents to read Kiersten White’s book, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, then meet to discuss it on Wednesday, January 16th from 4:30-5:30pm in the library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. Free copies of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein are available for participants at the Teen Services office. For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org.
  1. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (application deadline Saturday, January 19th). In partnership with the Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG), the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts is offering a residency-type retreat for ICSD teachers and other Tompkins County teachers during the Winter (February 16-20, 2019) and Spring (April 13-17, 2019) recess. The program is free and offered through a lottery system. Application deadline is January 19, 2019.
  1. BTI Summer Research Internships (deadline February, February 1st). Undergraduate and high school summer internships at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), Cornell University, and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently BTI offers positions to outstanding students interested in plant genome research, bioinformatics and science communications. Local high school students, who are at least sixteen years of age at the start of the program, are eligible to apply for a six-week internship. Housing is not provided for high school students, and students must provide their own transportation to and from BTI each day. High school interns receive stipends, but are not provided housing, travel, or meal allowances. For more information contact@btiscience.org.
  1. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline Friday, February 1st). The Fine Arts Booster Group just announced there will be spring deadline for Mini-Grants on February 1, 2019. Go to www.fabgithaca.org/receive for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email FABGgrants@ipei.org.
  1. New York Youth Institute at Cornell University (application deadline Wednesday, February 27th). The New York Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Cornell University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world. Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges. Event date is Friday, March 29, 2019. Registration and paper submission deadline February 27, 2019.
  1. IHS Seniors: 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline Friday, March 1st). Do you plan to major in Computer Science, Computer or Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Architecture? SRC Inc., King & King Architects, and INFICON in partnership with the CNY STEM Hub, are pleased to announce the 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program. This scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in select STEM fields, starting Fall 2019. Scholarship applications for 4-year scholarships are due March 1, 2019. Selections will made in April and students will be notified in May 2019. 
  1. IHS Seniors: Student Scholarships (deadline, Monday, April 1st). Every year, NYSIR awards three sets of scholarships to college-bound seniors from NYSIR member school districts and BOCES.
  • Cristin Bambino Scholarships are awarded on a regional basis. This scholarship is awarded annually to special education students for their outstanding efforts in working through challenges to complete high school and be accepted at a college or university. Seven regional winners receive $3,000 scholarships, a separate runner-up receives a $4,000 award and a grand winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Paul Jensen Scholarships are awarded to two individuals on a statewide basis. This scholarship is awarded to college-bound students who have demonstrated inspired design and building skills during their high school careers and wish to pursue their talents in college. One scholarship is in the amount of $5,000, and the other has a value of $3,000.
  • Joseph Goncalves Scholarships are awarded to college-bound seniors who have demonstrated a record of involvement and work for a cause or organization that actively promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering, or similar humanitarian aspirations. $5,000 grand award and a $3,000 runner-up grant are awarded on a statewide basis.
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January 2nd

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 1/2/19

  1. IHS Morning Munch (1/3)
  2. IHS Spring Musical Orientation (1/4)
  3. IHS Winter Formal (1/12)
  4. January Regents Schedule (1/22-25)
  5. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  6. IHS Yearbook Sibling and Then & Now photos needed
  7. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  8. IHS Daily Announcements
  9. IHS Clubs
  10. Play it Again, Ithaca
  11. Teen Mental Health Group (starting 1/8)
  12. TCPL Families Learning Science Together (1/12)
  13. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (deadline 1/15)
  14. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)
  15. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  16. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  17. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)
  18. IHS Seniors: NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/january-2nd/

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  1. IHS Morning Munch (Thursday, January 3rd). Donations of food are needed for this Thursday, January 3rd for Morning Munch–breakfast compliments of parents. Repeatedly, the teachers remark what a great event this is and how appreciative they are of the parents for providing all the food and fresh hot coffee to start their day. We need your help!
  • Fresh Fruit: We welcome fresh fruit (apples, bananas, clementines) that are easy for teachers to grab on the go and no preparation on your part.
  • Purchased Food: A variety of purchased food makes a good choice for the Munch–including breakfast pastry, muffins, donuts, cookies, granola bars you name it.
  • Homemade Baked Goods: Everyone loves to see the homemade goodies that make the Munch so personal. Homemade items including but not limited to brownies, fruit crisp, bars, cookies, banana bread, muffins, coffee cake and scones make a great morning treat.
  • Gift CardsCash/check to IHS PTA: These would be helpful for the following months.. Each month we purchase yogurt and fresh fruit for yogurt parfaits along with Ithaca Bakery bagels and cream cheese. Wegmans, BJ’s, and Ithaca Bakery gift cards are all good choices that help cover this expense.

Food may be brought to room F36 (enter through F35) near the cafeteria on Thursday morning or dropped off in the Main Office. Please contact one of the coordinators if you need to arrange an earlier drop off. THANK YOU for your help and Have a Happy New Year! IHS Morning Munch Coordinators (Jaclene Weston, jaclenew@yahoo.com; Linda Galanthay, galanthay@me.com; Laurie Morse, laurie@celebrationsbanquetfacility.com; Deborah Whitehead, hrblock@hotmail.com; Elsa Hyde, ehyde65@msn.com)

  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition (Orientation Session, Friday, January 4th, 4:00-6:00pm in Kulp). There are many ways to be involved onstage, backstage, and in the pit. We hope you’ll join us. Audition workshops and info sessions will be held in early January 2019. There will be an orientation on Friday, January 4th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in KULP auditorium. All those interested in being involved in any aspect of the musical are strongly encouraged to attend this orientation session.
  1. IHS Winter Formal (Saturday, January 12th, 7:00-10:00pm, Lake Watch Inn). Winter Formal is IHS’ only all-school dress-up dance. This year it’s on January 12 at Lake Watch Inn. Tickets will be on sale next week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and you can find details on the IHS website and through your ICSD email. Hope to see everyone there!
  1. January 2019 Regents Exams (Tuesday, January 22-Friday, January 25th). For more information check this link.
  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter out code of 8812. If you have a great photo of our students at work, at school or participating in the many school clubs and activities please send it to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. We are also welcoming new members. No experience necessary. Writers, photographers, graphic artists, JOIN THE YEARBOOK. We meet Tuesday afternoons in Library Lab 1 but students can contribute to the book even if they are unable to attend meetings. Interested? Questions? e-mail mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us.
  1. IHS Yearbook Sibling & Then and Now pictures needed. Each year the IHS Yearbook has spreads devoted to Seniors who have siblings at Ithaca HS. If you have photos of Seniors with their high school-aged siblings, please send to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. (Include the names and grades of the students.) The IHS Yearbook also has a spread called “Then and Now.” On this spread we feature photos of students from elementary or middle school and those same students today. Typically the students try and mimic/duplicate the old photo by striking the same pose, wearing similar clothes etc. Please submit photos at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or need help converting a “old school” photograph into a digital image please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Reitenbach (mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us). Last call for students at work as well. We welcome all quality photos of IHS students. Send all submissions to Ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.
  1. Happy New Year from the Athletic Department!
  • Winter sports season is in full swing. Please be sure to check Schedule Galaxy for game information.
  • Athletics is seeking singers for the National Anthem  at our home events. This is open to everyone- students, parents, teachers, community members, etc. Please contact Brittney Snyder (brittney.snyder@icsd.k12.ny.us) if you are interested in signing up!
  1. IHS Daily Announcements. We love our students, but sometimes they are not the best at sharing information. Check out IHS Daily Announcements to follow daily IHS news & updates.
  1. IHS Clubs. IHS has something for everyone! Get involved, meet some new people, and have fun. For a complete list check out this link.
  1. Play it Again, Ithaca”–used musical instruments needed. Do you have a used musical instrument gathering dust? The Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG) would love to recycle your instrument through the Play it Again, Ithaca program. Last year, the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program donated 26 refurbished instruments to the ICSD district. To donate a musical instrument, please email president@fabgithaca.org with “instrument donation” in the subject line.
  1. Teen Mental Health Group (beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm). In January, the Mental Health Association will be starting a new session for teens who are working on their recovery from mental health challenges following Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) model. This group is a peer-support based program that works on developing tools for wellness, self-awareness, creating plans to manage symptoms, triggers, and crises with an emphasis on hope and recovery. Youth WRAP for Winter of 2019 will take place on Tuesday evenings at the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County from 4:30pm-6:30pm over the course of 12 weekly sessions, beginning on January 8th. WRAP will be a closed group, sign-up in advance is required. For more information, contact Melanie Little, MHATC Director of Youth Services, at mlittle@mhaedu.org, or by calling 607-273-9250.
  1. TCPL Families Learning Science Together: Electrostatics (Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research for a program exploring kinetics on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. At this intergenerational, hands-on science program, families will explore the phenomena and properties of slow-moving or stationary charges. Families Learning Science Together programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu. Please include the name and age of all children (ages 5+) in the email.
  1. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (Friday, February 15, 2019; application deadline January 15th). Team up with Chinese students for US-China Resilient Communities Innovation Hackathon. This is a day-long event where high school students will learn about craft effective campaigns for improving urban/rural resilience and responding to disasters threatening food security. Registration deadline is January 15, 2019.
  1. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (application deadline January 19th). In partnership with the Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG), the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts is offering a residency-type retreat for ICSD teachers and other Tompkins County teachers during the Winter (February 16-20, 2019) and Spring (April 13-17, 2019) recess. The program is free and offered through a lottery system. Application deadline is January 19, 2019.
  1. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline February 1, 2019). The Fine Arts Booster Group just announced there will be spring deadline for Mini-Grants on February 1, 2019. Go to www.fabgithaca.org/receive for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email FABGgrants@ipei.org.
  1. New York Youth Institute at Cornell University (Friday, March 29, 2019; application deadline February 27th). The New York Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Cornell University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world. Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges. Registration and paper submission deadline February 27, 2019.
  1. IHS Seniors: 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline March 1, 2019). Do you plan to major in Computer Science, Computer or Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Architecture? SRC Inc., King & King Architects, and INFICON in partnership with the CNY STEM Hub, are pleased to announce the 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program. This scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in select STEM fields, starting Fall 2019. Scholarship applications for 4-year scholarships are due March 1, 2019. Selections will made in April and students will be notified in May 2019. 
  1. IHS Seniors: Student Scholarships (deadline, April 1st). Every year, NYSIR awards three sets of scholarships to college-bound seniors from NYSIR member school districts and BOCES.
  • Cristin Bambino Scholarships are awarded on a regional basis. This scholarship is awarded annually to special education students for their outstanding efforts in working through challenges to complete high school and be accepted at a college or university. Seven regional winners receive $3,000 scholarships, a separate runner-up receives a $4,000 award and a grand winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Paul Jensen Scholarships are awarded to two individuals on a statewide basis. This scholarship is awarded to college-bound students who have demonstrated inspired design and building skills during their high school careers and wish to pursue their talents in college. One scholarship is in the amount of $5,000, and the other has a value of $3,000.
  • Joseph Goncalves Scholarships are awarded to college-bound seniors who have demonstrated a record of involvement and work for a cause or organization that actively promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering, or similar humanitarian aspirations. $5,000 grand award and a $3,000 runner-up grant are awarded on a statewide basis.
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December 19th

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 12/19/18

  1. Join the IHS PTA
  2. IHS Freshmen Link Crew Cookie Decorating (12/19)
  3. IHS Yearbook On Sale Now
  4. IHS Yearbook Sibling and Then & Now photos needed
  5. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  6. ICSD Winter Recess (12/24-1/1)
  7. January Regents Schedule (1/22-25)
  8. IHS Spring 2019 Musical–Rent, School Edition
  9. IHS Daily Announcements
  10. IHS Clubs
  11. Play it Again, Ithaca
  12. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (12/19)
  13. Teen Mental Health Group (starting 1/8)
  14. TCPL Families Learning Science Together (1/12)
  15. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (deadline 1/15)
  16. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)
  17. FABG Grants Awarded
  18. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  19. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  20. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/december-19th/

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  1. Join the IHS PTA! Your membership and donations are essential in supporting our students, our teachers and our school by funding Mini Grants for teachers, the Open House, The Word, the Healthy Snack Program, Achievement Awards, the Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Morning Munch and our Programming. Please consider joining each member in your household, including your students. You can join securely on-line at our new MemberHub Store. Be sure to scroll down on this site to add an extra donation to your shopping basket. You can print and complete the 2018-2019 membership form our website (http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/) and sending it into the main office in an envelope marked PTA – membership. Please do not send in loose checks or cash as they tend to get lost. Thank you all for your support!
  1. IHS Freshmen: Link Crew will be hosting their annual Cookie decorating day on Wednesday, December 19th. Come to Activities during 3rd-6th period! All supplies will be provided!
  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter out code of 8812. If you have a great photo of our students at work, at school or participating in the many school clubs and activities please send it to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. We are also welcoming new members. No experience necessary. Writers, photographers, graphic artists, JOIN THE YEARBOOK. We meet Tuesday afternoons in Library Lab 1 but students can contribute to the book even if they are unable to attend meetings. Interested? Questions? e-mail mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us.
  1. IHS Yearbook Sibling & Then and Now pictures needed. Each year the IHS Yearbook has spreads devoted to Seniors who have siblings at Ithaca HS. If you have photos of Seniors with their high school-aged siblings, please send to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. (Include the names and grades of the students.) The IHS Yearbook also has a spread called “Then and Now.” On this spread we feature photos of students from elementary or middle school and those same students today. Typically the students try and mimic/duplicate the old photo by striking the same pose, wearing similar clothes etc. Please submit photos at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or need help converting a “old school” photograph into a digital image please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Reitenbach (mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us). Last call for students at work as well. We welcome all quality photos of IHS students. Send all submissions to Ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.
  1. Happy Holidays from the Athletic Department!
  • Winter sports season is in full swing. Please be sure to check Schedule Galaxy for game information.
  • Athletics is seeking singers for the National Anthem at our home events. This is open to everyone- students, parents, teachers, community members, etc. Please contact Brittney Snyder (brittney.snyder@icsd.k12.ny.us) if you are interested in signing up!
  1. ICSD Winter Recess (Monday, December 24th-Tuesday, January 1st). Enjoys the holidays and Happy New Year!
  1. January 2019 Regents Exams (Tuesday, January 22-Friday, January 25th). For more information check this link.
  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition! There are many ways to be involved onstage, backstage, and in the pit. We hope you’ll join us. Audition workshops and info sessions will be held in early January 2019.
  1. IHS Daily Announcements. We love our students, but sometimes they are not the best at sharing information. Check out IHS Daily Announcements to follow daily IHS news & updates.
  1. IHS Clubs. IHS has something for everyone! Get involved, meet some new people, and have fun. For a complete list check out this link.
  1. Play it Again, Ithaca”–used musical instruments needed. Do you have a used musical instrument gathering dust? The Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG) would love to recycle your instrument through the Play it Again, Ithaca program. Last year, the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program donated 26 refurbished instruments to the ICSD district. To donate a musical instrument, please email president@fabgithaca.org with “instrument donation” in the subject line.
  1. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, December 19th, 4:30-5:30pm). The TCPL invites young adults in grades 6-12 (or homeschool equivalent) to read Tahereh Mafi’s book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, then meet to discuss it on Wednesday, December 19th from 4:30-5:30pm in the Library’s Teen Center. This book club meets monthly. Free copies of A Very Large Expanse of Sea are available for participants from the Teen Services Office. For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org.
  1. Teen Mental Health Group (beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm). In January, the Mental Health Association will be starting a new session for teens who are working on their recovery from mental health challenges following Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) model. This group is a peer-support based program that works on developing tools for wellness, self-awareness, creating plans to manage symptoms, triggers, and crises with an emphasis on hope and recovery. Youth WRAP for Winter of 2019 will take place on Tuesday evenings at the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County from 4:30pm-6:30pm over the course of 12 weekly sessions, beginning on January 8th. WRAP will be a closed group, sign-up in advance is required. For more information, contact Melanie Little, MHATC Director of Youth Services, at mlittle@mhaedu.org, or by calling 607-273-9250.
  1. TCPL Families Learning Science Together: Electrostatics (Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research for a program exploring kinetics on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. At this intergenerational, hands-on science program, families will explore the phenomena and properties of slow-moving or stationary charges. Families Learning Science Together programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu. Please include the name and age of all children (ages 5+) in the email.
  1. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (Friday, February 15, 2019; application deadline January 15th). Team up with Chinese students for US-China Resilient Communities Innovation Hackathon. This is a day-long event where high school students will learn about craft effective campaigns for improving urban/rural resilience and responding to disasters threatening food security. Registration deadline is January 15, 2019.
  1. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (application deadline January 19th). In partnership with the Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG), the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts is offering a residency-type retreat for ICSD teachers and other Tompkins County teachers during the Winter (February 16-20, 2019) and Spring (April 13-17, 2019) recess. The program is free and offered through a lottery system. Application deadline is January 19, 2019.
  1. FABG Grants Awarded. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $4,620 in grants to 12 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach 1,180 students. IHS awards: Drama Program Grants; NYSSMA conference; The Memory Project, Carol Spence; and Local Artist in the Classroom, Ashley Click. Congratulations! The next FABG Mini-Grant deadline is February 1, 2019.
  1. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline February 1, 2019). The Fine Arts Booster Group just announced there will be spring deadline for Mini-Grants on February 1, 2019. Go to www.fabgithaca.org/receive for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email FABGgrants@ipei.org.
  1. New York Youth Institute at Cornell University (Friday, March 29, 2019; application deadline February 27th). The New York Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Cornell University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world. Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges. Registration and paper submission deadline February 27, 2019.
  1. IHS Seniors: 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline March 1, 2019). Do you plan to major in Computer Science, Computer or Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Architecture? SRC Inc., King & King Architects, and INFICON in partnership with the CNY STEM Hub, are pleased to announce the 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program. This scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in select STEM fields, starting Fall 2019. Scholarship applications for 4-year scholarships are due March 1, 2019. Selections will made in April and students will be notified in May 2019.

 

 

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