May 12th

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 5/12/2021

  1. IHS PTA Needs Volunteers 2021-22
  2. ICSD BOE Candidate Forum (5/13)
  3. IHS Media Arts Silent Film Shorts (5/21)
  4. ICSD in Session Friday (5/28)
  5. IHS Athletics Updates
  6. IHS Community Closet – Spring Donations Needed
  7. IHS Senior Class Needs Some Fundraising Love
  8. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (due 5/15)
  9. IHS Seniors: Graduation Updates
  10. IHS Yearbook Order
  11. TCPL YA Book Club (5/26)
  12. SAT and ACT (2021-22 dates posted)
  13. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca”
  14. National Learn to Row Day (6/5)
  15. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program
  16. Volunteer Community Service Program (due 6/10)
  17. STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs
  18. 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/may-12th/

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1. IHS PTA Need Volunteers for 2021-22

Are you interested in participating in the most low-key PTA? If you are interested in getting involved or hearing about involvement opportunities, please reachout to our fabulous outgoing IHS PTA President Kate Addonizio kaddonizio@gmail.com

2. ICSD BOE Candidate Zoom Forum (Thursday, May 13th, 6:00-7:30pm). Please join the Village at Ithaca for a virtual forum featuring candidates for the Ithaca City School District Board of Education.  This year’s candidates are Kelly Evans, Nicole LaFave, Moira Lang, and Ann Reichlin. There are three open seats and elections will be held May 18th. The forum will be held via Zoom on Thursday, May 13th, from 6pm to 7:30pm and moderated by Karen Yearwood. Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87125338242 or watch live on Facebook. Questions for candidates may be submitted in advance to contact@villageatithaca.org.   

3. IHS Media Arts Silent Short Film Festival (Friday, May 21, 7:00pm). Please join us for the exciting event hosted by the Wharton Studio Museum. Our Media Arts class, which is a co-taught model with the Fine Arts Department and Technology Education and Engineering Department have been working with the Wharton Studio Museum in order to host a virtual Zoom event. This FREE event will be taking place on May 21st at 7PM and there will be 15-20 silent, short films from students in our class. There will be judges, prizes, and winners as well! Join us via Zoom for the screening and festival jury awards event on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81343486878 

4. ICSD in Session Friday, May 28, 2021. Sorry folks, but due to the number of emergency closings this school year, Friday, May 28, 2021 will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District. All schools will be in session. 

5. IHS Athletics Updates

  • During these incredibly uncertain and stressful times, please be diligent in monitoring your scholar’s symptoms. Regardless of the symptoms (ie. cough, stomach ache, loose stool, itchy eyes, runny nose, fever etc.), please do not send your scholar to school or practice without first being tested. Additionally, we only accept Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing results for return to school or participation, not rapid testing results. If your scholar gets a rapid test for whatever reason, please do not send them to school or practice. Scholars are expected to fill out the daily screener, regardless of whether they are in-person or virtual, and will have their temperature taken daily prior to practice. If a scholar has a temperature of 100° or higher, the coach will take the temperature a second time. If temperature reads 100° or above a second time, the scholar cannot participate that day and needs to get a PCR test that reads negative before returning.
  • We will be having our Spring NLI Signing Celebration on Friday, June 11th in Bliss Gym.  More details to come! This signing celebration is open to student-athletes continuing their academic and athletic careers at any level. Please send Stephanie Valletta an email (stephanie.valletta@icsd.k12.ny.us ) if your student would like to be a part of the celebration! *If a student participated in the fall signing celebration, they won’t be able to join again.
  • We are excited about the work being done to enhance our outdoor learning spaces and athletic fields. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we enter the home stretch.
    • Sweet Field and Softball Field: Electricity is being worked on and is not currently functioning.
    • Tatascore Field: Construction begins on Tatascore Field in July; there will be no use of the field until further notice.
    • Pool: Construction is still underway.
    • Moreseco Stadium: The track is being prepped for completion so the stadium is not available for use until further notice. 
    • Tennis Courts: Starting June 18, tennis courts are open to the public without restriction. Public use is currently limited to Monday-Friday until 8 am and after 6 pm, Saturday after 11 am and all day Sunday. Just a reminder that the lights are currently being repaired and are not functioning.
    • All ICSD fields will be closed starting June 14 for routine maintenance, and will not reopen for use until August. 

Please call the Athletics Office at 274-2155 if you have any questions. Go Little Red!

6. IHS Community Closet – Spring Donations Needed. The IHS Community Closet is happily accepting donations of new/gently used clothing and shoes. We only accept donations of new socks and toiletries. If families are spring cleaning or their kids have outgrown items, please contact Rachel McDonald (rachel.mcdonald@icsd.k12.ny.us ) to drop off.

7. IHS Senior Class Needs Some Love. Due to the pandemic fundraising has been challenging and the IHS Senior Class is short on funds for late-year senior events (a Senior Mixer & Casino Night). Please consider donating any amount via their Cheddar Up page. All funds will go toward late-year events and leftover funds will be donated to local charities and organizations chosen by seniors. IHS Seniors would greatly appreciate any donation to help make their senior year memorable (in a good way)! 

8. IHS Seniors (2021 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award, application due May 15th). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County announces the opportunity for a Latinx graduating high school senior and for a Latinx non-traditional student to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used for any future academic or occupational training program. Interested students must complete all sections of the electronic application, and send additional documents to lcaoftompkinscounty@gmail.com. Please contact the LCA if a hard copy of the application is required.

The Latino Civic Association will consider:

  • High School student: Latinx seniors in good academic standing, who demonstrate community service involvement and who are graduating from any Tompkins County school district at the end of the 2021 school year; and
  • Non-traditional student: Latinx individuals who demonstrate community service involvement and who are returning to school, whether for an occupational training program or for college.

9. IHS Seniors: 2021 Graduation Information Updates. Graduation will be multiple ceremonies held on Thursday, June 17th with a rain date scheduled for Friday, June 18th.  Expect to see more detailed information in the next week. 

10. IHS Yearbook Order. To order a yearbook, visit yearbookordercenter.com and enter Ithaca High School’s code: 8812. IHS Yearbook asks families and businesses that can help to please contribute to the Patron Fund with a $25 donation for us to discount yearbooks for students in need. Please email all other questions to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.

11. TCPL’s May YA Book Club to Read Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Wednesday, May 26th, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library’s YA Book Club will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. During the May meeting (the last of the school year!), teen participants will discuss Randy Ribay’s critically acclaimed novel Patron Saints of Nothing, a gripping coming-of-age story about a Filipino-American teenager looking to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder. Participants must register to receive a free copy of the book to keep and a Zoom link for the meeting. Learn more at https://www.tcpl.org/events/ya-book-club-reads-patron-saints-nothing . Questions? Contact Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org .

12. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates: SAT: June 5, 2021 (May 26th late registration deadline). SAT Subject Tests not offered in June. 2021-22 SAT Dates (Anticipated): August 28, 2021, October 2, 2021, November 6, 2021, December 4, 2021, March 12, 2022, May 7, 2022, June 4, 2022. ACT: June 12, 2021 (May 21st late registration deadline). 2021-22 ACT Dates (National): September 11, 2021, October 23, 2021, December 11, 2021, February 12, 2022, April 2, 2022, June 11, 2022, July 16, 2022 (no NYS testing centers). 

13. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program. The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to president@fabgithaca.org.

14. National Learn to Row Day (Saturday, June 5th, Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse). National Rowing Day is a great opportunity to get on the water and checkout rowing. Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) volunteers will provide a tour of the boathouse, provide instruction on using the rowing ergometer, and then put your new skills to work in a boat! Great opportunity to try rowing before the Cascadilla Boat Club announces their 2021 Summer Rowing Program. Scholastic Program: Modified (Middle School), Freshman/Novice, and Varsity. More information to come!

15. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program. The Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The mission of YES is to empower teens to grow into flourishing adults. YES offers work-readiness training, support in finding employment, employment opportunities paid directly by us, and a leadership and civic engagement program. Some of our programs have eligibility requirements, but all teens in Tompkins County, NY who are 14+ qualify for at least some of our services. To apply and find out more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIoZg-DdD4TBfYoyh3xPZ5Q8D1sLhuG-cW_awEXGbV2PvL8w/viewform 

16. Volunteer Community Service Program for Youth Ages 11-17 in Tompkins County (applications due June 10th). Need something to do this Summer? Give back to your community as a part of the Learning Web’s Community Service Program. Session 1: July 6-22 and Session 2: July 26-August 12. Teens living in the Town of Ithaca, Caroline, Cayuga Heights, or Village of Lansing contact Meghan (Meghan@learning-web.org). Teens living in the City of Ithaca, Trumansburg, Newfield, Danby, Enfield, Dryden, or Groton contact Sarah (Sarah@Learning-web.org). For more information call 607-275-0122. 

17. STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs. The LIT (Leader in Training) and CIT (Counselor in Training) programs give teens and tweens opportunities to be with their peers and with leaders who also reflect the diverse identities that span our multicultural community, and have power and agency in relation to understanding and protecting the land. CITs are youth in grades 9-12. LITs are youth in grades 6-8. Both groups will engage in leadership and wildlife stewardship training courses within their cohorts and spend part of every day shepherding younger youth in their nature-based learning activity.

18. 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online). Learn with experienced, certified USCG Auxiliary Instructors. Course dates: June 12-13, July 10-11, and August 7-8. Successful completion earns you the NYS Boater Safety Certificate. Must be at least 10 yrs. old to participate and questions encouraged. Rates: $25 for the course with discounts available for pairs sharing a book. Call Kim Walsh at 703-405-8875 to register or click here for more information.

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May 5th

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 5/5/2021

  1. IHS PTA Needs Volunteers 2021-22
  2. ICSD in Session Friday (5/28)
  3. IHS Spring Musical (5/7-9)
  4. IHS Athletics Updates
  5. IHS Senior Class Needs Some Fundraising Love
  6. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (due 5/15)
  7. IHS Seniors: Graduation Updates
  8. IHS Yearbook Order
  9. SAT and ACT (next SAT deadline 5/6; next ACT deadline 5/7)
  10. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca”
  11. National Learn to Row Day (6/5)
  12. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program
  13. Volunteer Community Service Program (due 6/10)
  14. STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs
  15. 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/may-5th/

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1. IHS PTA Need Volunteers for 2021-22

Are you interested in participating in the most low-key PTA? If you are interested in getting involved or hearing about involvement opportunities, please reachout to our fabulous outgoing IHS PTA President Kate Addonizio kaddonizio@gmail.com

2. ICSD in Session Friday, May 28, 2021. Sorry folks, but due to the number of emergency closings this school year, Friday, May 28, 2021 will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District. All schools will be in session. 

3. IHS Virtual Spring Musical (May 7-9th). The Ithaca High SChool Drama Club is please to announce its production of the brand new show, A Killer Party: A Murder Myserty Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film. A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm and on Sunday May 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets for streams the show are available now at the following link: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441. Here is a teaser trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKt8hNg9vm8 

Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household needs only one ticket if you are watching together! There are three streaming days and times available, so be sure you buy a ticket for the day and time you want to watch. If you or your family have questions about tickets, please email the director at margaux.deverin@icsd.k12.ny.us

4. IHS Athletics Updates

  • Our Spring Signing Ceremony is scheduled for June 11th; additional details will be provided as they become available.
  • All ICSD practices are closed to the public.
  • ICSD spectator attendance is governed by COVID-19 safety protocols as recommended by local and state officials, and the New York State Public High School Association (http://www.nysphsaa.org/COVID-19-Info and 2021 Spring Sports FAQ). We will continue to follow these safety protocols until new guidance is received from our governing agencies. If you have any questions about safety protocols and expectations, please contact Athletic Director Samantha Little at 274-2155. 
  • Spectator Expectations for HOME Events:
  • Two spectators per home scholar-athlete ONLY (spectator number could change depending on location of home contest)
  • Athlete-scholars must designate their two spectators ahead of time and the coach will submit this list to ICSD Athletics prior to the event. These lists will be used to check spectators in, so please bring an ID with you. If additional people come to the contest, they will be asked to leave.
  • Please remember, there are no animals allowed on campus.  If you have a service animal, please contact the ICSD Athletics Department ahead of time at (607) 274-2155. 
  • Each spectator must complete a COVID screening and have their temperature checked. You will also be required to leave a current phone number for contact tracing purposes. If you have a temperature of 100 or higher, you will not be permitted to enter.
  • Site staff personnel will be at the event to assist with compliance to COVID protocols.  Our adherence to safety protocols and ICSD/TCDOH expectations will determine if home spectators can continue to attend  home events.  For the sake of our community, please respect these expectations.
  • Each spectator must remain physically distanced during the entire contest.  There will be markers on the field that designate appropriate distancing. Each scholar-athlete’s two spectators will be assigned a specific location and must remain in that location.
  • There will not be bleachers or benches provided for spectator seating so please bring a chair or blanket.
  • If spectators choose to leave the facility, they will not be readmitted.
  • Restrooms will be available near the stadium; only 2 individuals are permitted at one time.
  • Immediately after the game, all spectators and scholar-athletes of that game must leave the facility so the facility can be disinfected.  For example: JV spectators and student-athletes must leave Cayuga Street field after their game.  
  • Per the CDC and ICSD Reopening documents, bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with a breathing valve or button vent are not recommended as they are less effective in blocking respiratory particles. The most effective masks are at least two layers of fabric, covering nose and mouth, and include ear loops or ties for adjustments. 
  • Spectators must wear masks at all times while on campus.
  • Coaches and Officials must wear a mask at all times while on campus.

5. IHS Senior Class Needs Some Love. Due to the pandemic fundraising has been challenging and the IHS Senior Class is short on funds for late-year senior events (e.g., Drive-In Movie Night, Casino Night, and Senior Prom (if approved). Please consider donating any amount via their Cheddar Up page. All funds will go toward late-year events and leftover funds will be donated to local charities and organizations chosen by seniors. IHS Seniors would greatly appreciate any donation to help make their senior year memorable (in a good way)!   

6. IHS Seniors (2021 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award, application due May 15th). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County announces the opportunity for a Latinx graduating high school senior and for a Latinx non-traditional student to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used for any future academic or occupational training program. Interested students must complete all sections of the electronic application, and send additional documents to lcaoftompkinscounty@gmail.com. Please contact the LCA if a hard copy of the application is required.

The Latino Civic Association will consider:

  • High School student: Latinx seniors in good academic standing, who demonstrate community service involvement and who are graduating from any Tompkins County school district at the end of the 2021 school year; and
  • Non-traditional student: Latinx individuals who demonstrate community service involvement and who are returning to school, whether for an occupational training program or for college.

7. IHS Seniors: 2021 Graduation Information Updates. Graduation will be multiple ceremonies held on Thursday, June 17th with a rain date scheduled for Friday, June 18th.  Expect to see more detailed information in the next week. 

8. IHS Yearbook Order. To order a yearbook, visit yearbookordercenter.com and enter Ithaca High School’s code: 8812. IHS Yearbook asks families and businesses that can help to please contribute to the Patron Fund with a $25 donation for us to discount yearbooks for students in need. Please email all other questions to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.

9. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates: SAT: June 5, 2021 (register by 5/6). SAT Subject Tests not offered on these dates. ACT: June 12, 2021 (register by 5/7).

10. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program. The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to president@fabgithaca.org.

11. National Learn to Row Day (Saturday, June 5th, Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse). National Rowing Day is a great opportunity to get on the water and checkout rowing. Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) volunteers will provide a tour of the boathouse, provide instruction on using the rowing ergometer, and then put your new skills to work in a boat! Great opportunity to try rowing before the Cascadilla Boat Club announces their 2021 Summer Rowing Program. Scholastic Program: Modified (Middle School), Freshman/Novice, and Varsity. More information to come!

12. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program. The Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The mission of YES is to empower teens to grow into flourishing adults. YES offers work-readiness training, support in finding employment, employment opportunities paid directly by us, and a leadership and civic engagement program. Some of our programs have eligibility requirements, but all teens in Tompkins County, NY who are 14+ qualify for at least some of our services. To apply and find out more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIoZg-DdD4TBfYoyh3xPZ5Q8D1sLhuG-cW_awEXGbV2PvL8w/viewform 

13. Volunteer Community Service Program for Youth Ages 11-17 in Tompkins County (applications due June 10th). Need something to do this Summer? Give back to your community as a part of the Learning Web’s Community Service Program. Session 1: July 6-22 and Session 2: July 26-August 12. Teens living in the Town of Ithaca, Caroline, Cayuga Heights, or Village of Lansing contact Meghan (Meghan@learning-web.org). Teens living in the City of Ithaca, Trumansburg, Newfield, Danby, Enfield, Dryden, or Groton contact Sarah (Sarah@Learning-web.org). For more information call 607-275-0122. 

14. STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs. The LIT (Leader in Training) and CIT (Counselor in Training) programs give teens and tweens opportunities to be with their peers and with leaders who also reflect the diverse identities that span our multicultural community, and have power and agency in relation to understanding and protecting the land. CITs are youth in grades 9-12. LITs are youth in grades 6-8. Both groups will engage in leadership and wildlife stewardship training courses within their cohorts and spend part of every day shepherding younger youth in their nature-based learning activity.

15. 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online). Learn with experienced, certified USCG Auxiliary Instructors. Course dates: June 12-13, July 10-11, and August 7-8. Successful completion earns you the NYS Boater Safety Certificate. Must be at least 10 yrs. old to participate and questions encouraged. Rates: $25 for the course with discounts available for pairs sharing a book. Call Kim Walsh at 703-405-8875 to register or click here for more information.

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April 28th

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 4/28/2021

  1. IHS PTA Needs Volunteers 2021-22
  2. IHS Athletics Updates
  3. IHS Junior Class Pop-up Thrift Store (4/29-5/1)
  4. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (next due 5/1)
  5. IHS Seniors: 2021 Virtual Graduation Release Form (due 5/1) & Graduation Updates
  6. IHS Class Rings (promotion ends 5/3)
  7. IHS Spring Musical (5/7-9)
  8. IHS Yearbook Order
  9. Friends of Stewart Park (Free & Virtual): The Boys & Girls in the Boat: Ithaca’s Amazing History of Competitive Rowing (4/28)
  10. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program
  11. Splash! Virtual Spring 2021 (5/1)
  12. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca”
  13. SAT and ACT (next SAT deadline 5/6; next ACT deadline 5/7)
  14. Save the Date: National Learn to Row Day (6/5)

For more information, please visit : http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/april-28th/

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1. IHS PTA Need Volunteers for 2021-22

Are you interested in participating in the most low-key PTA? If you are interested in getting involved or hearing about involvement opportunities, please reachout to our fabulous outgoing IHS PTA President Kate Addonizio kaddonizio@gmail.com

2. IHS Athletics Updates

  • Our Spring Signing Ceremony is scheduled for June 11th; additional details will be provided as they become available.
  • All ICSD practices are closed to the public.
  • Spectator Expectations for HOME Events:
  • Two spectators per home scholar-athlete ONLY (spectator number could change depending on location of home contest)
  • Athlete-scholars must designate their two spectators ahead of time and the coach will submit this list to ICSD Athletics prior to the event. These lists will be used to check spectators in, so please bring an ID with you. If additional people come to the contest, they will be asked to leave.
  • Please remember, there are no animals allowed on campus.  If you have a service animal, please contact the ICSD Athletics Department ahead of time at (607) 274-2155. 
  • Each spectator must complete a COVID screening and have their temperature checked. You will also be required to leave a current phone number for contact tracing purposes. If you have a temperature of 100 or higher, you will not be permitted to enter.
  • Site staff personnel will be at the event to assist with compliance to COVID protocols.  Our adherence to safety protocols and ICSD/TCDOH expectations will determine if home spectators can continue to attend  home events.  For the sake of our community, please respect these expectations.
  • Each spectator must remain physically distanced during the entire contest.  There will be markers on the field that designate appropriate distancing. Each scholar-athlete’s two spectators will be assigned a specific location and must remain in that location.
  • There will not be bleachers or benches provided for spectator seating so please bring a chair or blanket.
  • If spectators choose to leave the facility, they will not be readmitted.
  • Restrooms will be available near the stadium; only 2 individuals are permitted at one time.
  • Immediately after the game, all spectators and scholar-athletes of that game must leave the facility so the facility can be disinfected.  For example: JV spectators and student-athletes must leave Cayuga Street field after their game.  
  • Per the CDC and ICSD Reopening documents, bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with a breathing valve or button vent are not recommended as they are less effective in blocking respiratory particles. The most effective masks are at least two layers of fabric, covering nose and mouth, and include ear loops or ties for adjustments. 
  • Spectators must wear masks at all times while on campus.
  • Coaches and Officials must wear a mask at all times while on campus.

Please call the Athletics Office at 274-2155 if you have any questions.

3. IHS Junior Class Pop-up Thrift Shop/Yard Sale Fundraiser (April 29-May 1st, IHS campus). The Junior Class is having a Pop-up Thrift Shop/Yard Sale on April 29, 30th and May 1st on the IHS campus to raise money for next year’s class events (Senior Trip and Senior Prom). Please stop by, shop, and support the IHS Junior Class. Thank you!

4. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships

  • Latino Civic Association Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award 2021 (deadline May 1st). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County announces the opportunity for a Latina/o graduating high school senior and for a Latina/o nontraditional student to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used for any future academic or occupational training program. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2021. Please send the complete application by email: lcaoftompkinscounty@gmail.com 

5. IHS Seniors: 2021 Graduation Information Updates (Virtual Graduation Release Form due May 1st). Please note the following updates to graduation:

  • At this time, graduation is being planned for graduates to graduate with a small number of their peers (approximately 60 students), with two guests joining them. The graduation committee made the change to graduation following NYS changes to the current guidelines that include 200 people outdoors and taking the caregiver and student feedback into consideration.
  • The graduation dates will be scheduled for after June 15th. Based on current NYS and health regulations, it looks like there will need to be six different graduation times scheduled to accommodate approximately 360 graduates. More information to come in early May.
  • Virtual Graduation Release Form. Each student will need a release form filled out and returned to Ms. Arnold by May 1st. This form can be filled out electronically and emailed to her, carnold@icsd.k12.ny.us, or handed to her at IHS, H-136.

Virtual Graduation Release Form – Student 18-years or older

Virtual Graduation Release Form – Parent/Caregiver for Minor

6. IHS Class Rings (order online by May 3rd for Jostens promotion). Due to COVID, Jostens will not visit IHS in person, but you can still design and order your class online (https://www.jostens.com/). If you order online by May 3rd and enter the offer code FREEANDCLEER, qualifying high school students will receive one free set of Cleer Audio Wireless Earbuds. Questions? Contact Larry DeWitt (larry.dewitt@jostens.com). 

7. IHS Virtual Spring Musical (May 7-9th). The Ithaca High SChool Drama Club is please to announce its production of the brand new show, A Killer Party: A Murder Myserty Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film. A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm and on Sunday May 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets for streams the show are available now at the following link: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441. Here is a teaser trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKt8hNg9vm8 

Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household needs only one ticket if you are watching together! There are three streaming days and times available, so be sure you buy a ticket for the day and time you want to watch. If you or your family have questions about tickets, please email the director at margaux.deverin@icsd.k12.ny.us

8. IHS Yearbook Order. To order a yearbook, visit yearbookordercenter.com and enter Ithaca High School’s code: 8812. IHS Yearbook asks families and businesses that can help to please contribute to the Patron Fund with a $25 donation for us to discount yearbooks for students in need. Please email all other questions to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.

9. Free virtual Centennial Program from Friends of Stewart Park: The Boys & Girls in the Boat: Ithaca’s Amazing History of Competitive Rowing (Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00pm). For over 125 years, crews have rowed sweep and scull on Cayuga Lake. Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) invites you to explore how and why rowing reigns in Ithaca with its third Centennial Program: The Boys and Girls in the Boat: Ithaca’s Amazing History of Competitive Rowing. This Zoom presentation, featuring captivating photos and lively discussion with some of Ithaca’s biggest rowing champions. Registration is required for The Boys & Girls in the Boat. To register, visit, www.stewartpark.org/rowing-registration . Learn more about other Stewart Park Centennial events and how you can help revitalize Stewart Park at  www.stewartpark.org

10. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program. The Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The mission of YES is to empower teens to grow into flourishing adults. YES offers work-readiness training, support in finding employment, employment opportunities paid directly by us, and a leadership and civic engagement program. Some of our programs have eligibility requirements, but all teens in Tompkins County, NY who are 14+ qualify for at least some of our services. To apply and find out more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIoZg-DdD4TBfYoyh3xPZ5Q8D1sLhuG-cW_awEXGbV2PvL8w/viewform 

11. Splash! Virtual Spring 2021 (Saturday, May 1st). We are excited to inform you that our Splash! Spring 2021 event will be held on Saturday, May 1st. If students are interested in attending, please visit our website to create an account and register for Splash 2021. Registration is first-come-first-serve and creating an account will let them stay up to date with our program as well as course registration, which will open in the coming weeks. Please note that because our program is being run virtually, we are limiting enrollment to ages 13 and above. 

12. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program. The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to president@fabgithaca.org.

13. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates: SAT: June 5, 2021 (register by 5/6). SAT Subject Tests not offered on these dates. ACT: June 12, 2021 (register by 5/7).

14. Save the Date: National Learn to Row Day (Saturday, June 5th, Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse). National Rowing Day is a great opportunity to get on the water and checkout rowing. Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) volunteers will provide a tour of the boathouse, provide instruction on using the rowing ergometer, and then put your new skills to work in a boat! Great opportunity to try rowing before the Cascadilla Boat Club announces their 2021 Summer Rowing Program. Scholastic Programs: Modified (Middle School), Freshman/Novice, and Varsity. More information to come!

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April 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 4/21/2021

  1. IHS PTA Needs Volunteers 2021-22
  2. IHS Athletics Updates
  3. IHS Yearbook–Last Call for Senior Congratulatory Ads (due 4/22)
  4. IHS Yearbook Order
  5. IHS Junior Class Pop-up Thrift Store (4/29-5/1) – donations welcome
  6. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (next due 5/1)
  7. IHS Seniors: 2021 Virtual Graduation Release Form (due 5/1) & Graduation Updates
  8. IHS Spring Musical (5/7-9)
  9. IHS Class Rings (promotion ends 5/3)
  10. TCPL YA Book Club (4/21)
  11. TCPL’s Virtual Coding Club for Teens (4/16)
  12. TCPL Virtual Writing Workshops (Mondays 4/26)
  13. TCPL Flower Drawing Workshop (4/27)
  14. Splash! Virtual Spring 2021 (5/1)
  15. SAT and ACT (next SAT deadline 5/6; next ACT deadline 5/7)

For more information, please visit : http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/april-14th-2/

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1. IHS PTA Need Volunteers for 2021-22

Are you interested in participating in the most low-key PTA? If you are interested in getting involved or hearing about involvement opportunities, please reachout to our fabulous outgoing IHS PTA President Kate Addonizio kaddonizio@gmail.com

2. IHS Athletics Updates

  • Spring Condensed Season for Varsity and JV athletes began April 19 and runs through June 12, 2021.
  • Please take a minute and subscribe to our ICSD Athletics YouTube Channel!  Having 1,000 subscribers will allow us to live stream more of our events, which is even more important now because of limitations on spectators.
  • Spectator Expectations for HOME Events:
  • Two spectators per home scholar-athlete ONLY (spectator number could change depending on location of home contest)
  • Athlete-scholars must designate their two spectators ahead of time and the coach will submit this list to ICSD Athletics prior to the event. These lists will be used to check spectators in, so please bring an ID with you. If additional people come to the contest, they will be asked to leave.
  • Please remember, there are no animals allowed on campus.  If you have a service animal, please contact the ICSD Athletics Department ahead of time at (607) 274-2155. 
  • Each spectator must complete a COVID screening and have their temperature checked. You will also be required to leave a current phone number for contact tracing purposes. If you have a temperature of 100 or higher, you will not be permitted to enter.
  • Site staff personnel will be at the event to assist with compliance to COVID protocols.  Our adherence to safety protocols and ICSD/TCDOH expectations will determine if home spectators can continue to attend  home events.  For the sake of our community, please respect these expectations.
  • Each spectator must remain physically distanced during the entire contest.  There will be markers on the field that designate appropriate distancing. Each scholar-athlete’s two spectators will be assigned a specific location and must remain in that location.
  • There will not be bleachers or benches provided for spectator seating so please bring a chair or blanket.
  • If spectators choose to leave the facility, they will not be readmitted.
  • Restrooms will be available near the stadium; only 2 individuals are permitted at one time.
  • Immediately after the game, all spectators and scholar-athletes of that game must leave the facility so the facility can be disinfected.  For example: JV spectators and student-athletes must leave Cayuga Street field after their game.  
  • Per the CDC and ICSD Reopening documents, bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with a breathing valve or button vent are not recommended as they are less effective in blocking respiratory particles. The most effective masks are at least two layers of fabric, covering nose and mouth, and include ear loops or ties for adjustments. 
  • Spectators must wear masks at all times while on campus.
  • Coaches and Officials must wear a mask at all times while on campus.

Please call the Athletics Office at 274-2155 if you have any questions.

3. IHS Yearbook–Last Call for Senior Congratulatory Ads (deadline Thursday, April 22nd). Ads may be purchased and designed online at yearbookordercenter.com (code 8812). The deadline for all ad submissions is April 22nd OR until the space is full, whichever comes first. If you prefer to design your ad offline, please send a copy of your advertisement, with all text and images you want to be included, to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.

  • Congratulatory Ads: If you wish to honor your child’s accomplishments at Ithaca High School, you may purchase a congratulatory ad in this year’s book!
  • Business Ads: Business advertisements allow us to offer the Ithaca High School yearbook to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. We require community support to provide yearbooks to as many students as possible. 

Ad Prices: Business Card Ad (3.5” x 1.5”) – $50; Quarter-Page Ad (3.5” x 4.75”) – $85; Half-Page Ad (7” x 4.75”) – $150; Full-Page Ad (7” x 10”) – $295; Full-Page Platinum Ad – premium placement, includes yearbook – $495

Please mail checks, payable to IHS Annual, to: Attn: Yearbook – Lyn Reitenbach, Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850.

4. IHS Yearbook Order. To order a yearbook, visit yearbookordercenter.com and enter Ithaca High School’s code: 8812. IHS Yearbook asks families and businesses that can help to please contribute to the Patron Fund with a $25 donation for us to discount yearbooks for students in need. Please email all other questions to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.

5. IHS Junior Class Pop-up Thrift Shop/Yard Sale Fundraiser (April 29-May 1st, IHS campus). The Junior Class is having a Pop-up Thrift Shop/Yard Sale on April 29, 30th and May 1st on the IHS campus to raise money for next year’s class events (Senior Trip and Senior Prom). We need your donations! We will accept any kind of clothing (mens, childrens, womens, baby, shoes), accessories, bags, and smaller household items (like toys, baby items, and books). To donate, please bring your items to G116 (during the school day) or 3:30-4:30pm after school the week of April 19th (except Wednesday April 21) on the Lake Street side of IHS. Thank you!

6. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships

  • Latino Civic Association Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award 2021 (deadline May 1st). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County announces the opportunity for a Latina/o graduating high school senior and for a Latina/o nontraditional student to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used for any future academic or occupational training program. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2021. Please send the complete application by email: lcaoftompkinscounty@gmail.com 

7. IHS Seniors: 2021 Graduation Information Updates (Virtual Graduation Release Form due May 1st). Please note the following updates to graduation:

  • At this time, graduation is being planned for graduates to graduate with a small number of their peers (approximately 60 students), with two guests joining them. The graduation committee made the change to graduation following NYS changes to the current guidelines that include 200 people outdoors and taking the caregiver and student feedback into consideration.
  • The graduation dates will be scheduled for after June 15th. Based on current NYS and health regulations, it looks like there will need to be six different graduation times scheduled to accommodate approximately 360 graduates. More information to come in early May.
  • Virtual Graduation Release Form. Each student will need a release form filled out and returned to Ms. Arnold by May 1st. This form can be filled out electronically and emailed to her, carnold@icsd.k12.ny.us, or handed to her at IHS, H-136.

Virtual Graduation Release Form – Student 18-years or older

Virtual Graduation Release Form – Parent/Caregiver for Minor

8. IHS Virtual Spring Musical (May 7-9th). The Ithaca High School Drama Club is pleased to announce its production of the brand new, virtual show, A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, filming, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film. A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for streaming the show are available now at the following link: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441. Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household only needs one ticket if you’re watching together! For more information, click here.

9. IHS Class Rings (order online by May 3rd for Jostens promotion). Due to COVID, Jostens will not visit IHS in person, but you can still design and order your class online (https://www.jostens.com/). If you order online by May 3rd and enter the offer code FREEANDCLEER, qualifying high school students will receive one free set of Cleer Audio Wireless Earbuds. Questions? Contact Larry DeWitt (larry.dewitt@jostens.com). 

10. TCPL YA Book Club (Wednesday, April 21st, 4:30-5:30pm). During the April meeting, teen participants will discuss Adib Khorram’s critically acclaimed debut novel Darius the Great is Not Okay, about a teen who struggles with his identity and finds himself when visiting his grandparents in Iran. Participants must register to receive a free copy of the book to keep and a Zoom link for the meeting. Learn more at https://www.tcpl.org/events/ya-book-club-reads-darius-great-not-okay Questions? Contact Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org.

11. TCPL’s Virtual Coding Club for Teens (Friday, April 23rd, 4:30-6:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to offer a three-week Virtual Coding Club for Teens beginning Friday, April 9, 2021, from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Teens ages 13-17 will learn to code using Scratch and ArduinoC/C++ to create dancing cats and wrestling robots! No experience is needed as this club is geared towards the complete beginner and welcomes participants of all skill levels. Patrons can register at https://tcpl.org/events/tcpl-virtual-coding-club-teen-4  to receive updates and the Zoom meeting link for participation. Questions? Contact Joah Tang at jtang@tcpl.org 

12. TCPL’s Virtual Teen Writing Workshops (Mondays, April 26th, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to announce the virtual return of Teen Writing Workshops on Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm, beginning February 22 through April 26. Teens are invited to explore writing using a variety of prompts, writing time, and opportunities to share their work. These workshops are suitable for people in grades 6-12 (or their homeschool equivalent). To learn more, register, and receive the Zoom link for participation, visit https://tcpl.org/events/teen-writing-workshops-33 Questions? Contact Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org

13. TCPL Flower Drawing Workshop (Tuesday, April 27th, 12:00-1:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library presents “Drawing Flowers with Vanessa Varjian” on Tuesday, April 27 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Led by artist Vanessa Varjian, teen and adult participants will use basic drawing elements like shape, value, line, and texture to complete a drawing of their favorite flower. For more information, and to register to receive the Zoom link for participation, visit https://www.tcpl.org/events/drawing-flowers-vanessa-varjian Questions? Contact Cady Fontana at cfontana@tcpl.org.

14. Splash! Virtual Spring 2021 (Saturday, May 1st). We are excited to inform you that our Splash! Spring 2021 event will be held on Saturday, May 1st. If students are interested in attending, please visit our website to create an account and register for Splash 2021. Registration is first-come-first-serve and creating an account will let them stay up to date with our program as well as course registration, which will open in the coming weeks. Please note that because our program is being run virtually, we are limiting enrollment to ages 13 and above. 

15. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates: SAT: June 5, 2021 (register by 5/6). SAT Subject Tests not offered on these dates. ACT: June 12, 2021 (register by 5/7).

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