January 22nd

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 1/22/20

  1. IHS Seniors: $500 NYS PTA Advocacy Award (due 1/24)
  2. IHS January 2020 Exams (1/21-1/24)
  3. IHS Athletic Updates (Senior Nights 1/30-2/8)
  4. FAGB Mini-Grants (due 2/1)
  5. ICSD Community Conversations (next 2/4)
  6. IHS Code Red Build & Open House (2/8)
  7. IHS Winter Formal (2/8)
  8. IHS School Closet – gently used items welcomed
  9. IHS Course Scheduling (February 2020)
  10. IHS Casino Night Volunteers Needed (event 3/13)
  11. IHS Annual ”We See You” Candids (due 3/15)
  12. AP Exams (5/4-15)
  13. AP Bulletins Available
  14. Spring 2020 Standardized Test Dates (SAT/ACT)
  15. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (1/23-4/30)
  16. IC Women in Math Day (2/8)
  17. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (2/19)
  18. IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (registration starts Jan 2020, event 3/1)
  19. YES Summer Jobs Program (accepting applications Mar 2020)
  20. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 3/18)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/january-22nd/

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  1. IHS Seniors: $500 NYS PTA Advocacy Award (deadline January 24th). The Susanne Smoller Commitment to Advocacy Youth Award will be given to one high school senior to encourage them to pursue post-secondary education or training and to continue their active engagement in advocacy in the areas of HIV/AIDS, the LGBTQ+ community, mental health, social justice or substance abuse. Application deadline is Friday, January 24th.
  1. IHS January 2020 Exams (Tuesday, January 21st – Friday, January 24th). Best of luck!

Helpful links:

  1. IHS Athletics Updates

2019-20 Winter Sports Senior Nights!!

  • Girls basketball- January 30th,2020 6:45pm;  Bliss Gym
  • Wrestling- January 31st, 2020 5:45pm; IHS
  • Boys basketball – February 4th 2020 6:45pm; Bliss Gym
  • Boys Hockey-February 8th, 2020 12pm; Cass Park

2019-2020 Capital Improvement Timeline-ICSD Athletics:

  • Pool (Repairs): February 24, 2020- August 14, 2020
  • Moresco Stadium (Replace Track, Bleachers, Press box, and Turf): June 1, 2020- October 10, 2020
  • Tatascore Field (Drainage, fencing and other improvements): May 31, 2021-August 27, 2021
  1. Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants (deadline, Saturday, February 1, 2020). Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants for ISCD art, music, and drama teachers.
  1. ICSD Community Conversations – Join us! (Next: February 4th, 7:00pm, Enfield Community Center) These community conversations are intended to engage all members of our community to help create a vision for our district as we discuss our long-range fiscal planning. We look forward to hearing all of your ideas, thoughts, and different strategies. Upcoming locations and dates: February 4th (Enfield Community Center), and March 17th (Tompkins County Public Library). All of the community conversations will begin at 7:00 p.m.; they will follow Board of Education Committee Work Sessions, which are also open to the public.
  1. IHS Code Red Robotics Build Season and Open House (Saturday, February 8th, 1:00-4:00pm, IHS Cafeteria). Ithaca High School’s Code Red Robotics team is hosting its annual community Open House on Saturday, February 8th from 1:00-4:00pm in the IHS cafeteria and technology wing (accessible from the Lake St. entrance.). This free and open event highlights the work that Code Red Robotics does every year with tours of a typical day during build season, an opportunity to interact with team members, and activities for Families and members of the community.
  1. IHS Winter Formal (Saturday, February 8th, 7:00-10:00pm, Statler Hotel). IHS’s only “dressy” all-school dance! Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at Cornell’s Statler Hotel Terrace from 7 to 10 pm. Winter Formal tickets will be on sale during lunch period from Wednesday, Feb. 5th to Friday, Feb. 7. All IHS students are welcome and may bring a guest who is enrolled in a high school or GED program.
  1. IHS School Closet. Did you know IHS has a School Closet? The librarian at IHS created a student closet that has small toiletries, shoes, and clothing which students can borrow. With the colder weather there is a need for gently used warmer clothing and coats. If you have any unused clothing or available toiletries at home please drop them off at the school office. Thank you!
  1. IHS 2020-21 Course Scheduling (February 2020). Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming 2020-21 course scheduling, which typically takes place early-mid February. The final deadline to make any course selection changes is ealy-mid May. Scheduling information available on the IHS Student Services website.
  1. IHS Senior Casino Night-Volunteers Needed (Friday, March 13th). The senior class event, Casino Night, will take place on March 13th. Volunteers are needed to help with decorating, refreshments, raffle donations and running the games. If you can help, please contact Debbie Whitehead at hrblockr@hotmail.com or 617-365-7412.
  1. IHS Annual Updates (“We see you” through March 15th). The IHS Yearbook is having a candid photograph drive. We are asking students, staff, and families to send us photographs of students in class, in different school related activities (clubs, sports etc). We also want photos of students at work, students on the weekend and the ever popular seniors with their high school aged siblings and seniors “then and now”. The 2020 yearbook “we see you” drive begins now and runs through March 15th. We want to have everyone in the yearbook multiple times. Why not make sure we have a good photo of you and your friends to include. Email photos to Ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com or upload at yearbookordercenter.com (code is 8812). You can also upload via the HJEshare app (school code ITHACA). Half our book will be submitted to the printer by Feb 1st so submit your photos today!
  1. AP Exams (May 4-15th). For students enrolled in AP classes–May 4-15, 2020: AP Exams.
  1. Attention students taking AP Exams in May: AP Bulletins to help you prepare for the exams are online, but a limited number of hard copies are now available to be picked up in the College and Career Office.
  1. Upcoming Standardized Spring 2020 Testing Dates. If your student is planning ahead for Spring testing, here are the upcoming dates:
  • SAT: March 14, 2020 (register by February 14, 2020); May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
  • SAT Subjects Tests: May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020). Pro tip–AP exams are great prep for SAT Subject tests.
  • ACT: April 4, 2020 (register by February 28, 2020) and June 13, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, January 23-April 30, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens to flex their creative muscles in this weekly after school writing workshop on Thursdays, beginning January 23 and running through April 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. NOTE: The workshop will not meet March 12. Teens may attend a couple of sessions or all of them; each week will offer something different, and attendance every week is not required. These one-hour workshops will be led by volunteers from Ithaca College, and they will involve a variety of prompts, exercises, and opportunities to workshop pieces. Advance registration is preferred, but drop-ins are always welcome. Register online at www.tcpl.org/events/teen-writing-workshops-23. For more information, please contact Teen Services at rdemauro@tcpl.org or by phone at (607) 272-4557, extension 274.
  1. 3rd annual IC Women in Math Day (Saturday, February 8th, 10:30am-2pm; registration deadline February 6th). What do math, free food, and the art of paper folding have in common? IC Women in Math Day! The third annual IC Women in Math Day will take place at Ithaca College on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 from 10:30am-2pm. This program is designed for female high school students and their families and is open to any high school student interested in mathematics.  Engage with other high school students and explore through hands-on activities how math and origami can help us explore outer space. There is no cost to participate in the event and lunch will be provided. Accompanying adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities.
  1. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, February 19th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Programming Room). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults in grades 6-12 to a monthly book discussion series. The group will meet Wednesday, February 19th from 4:30-5:30pm in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room. For the February meeting, participants will read and discuss One Man Guy, by Michael Barakiva. Michael Barakiva will also appear for a meet and greet on February 14th. Copies of the book are available for participants from the Teen Services office. Snacks and drinks provided. For more information, contact Teen Services at rdemauro@tcpl.org.
  1. Save the Date: IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (team registration starts January 2020; event Sunday, March 1st). We will start taking team registrations for the 2020 Adult Spelling Bee starting in January 2020! Spelling Bee teams consist of three spellers. Teams can be sponsored by a company or your team can crowdfund. Email ipei@ipei.org if you have any questions!
  1. YES Summer Jobs Program (accepting applications starting March 2020). Youth Employment Service (YES) is a program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The YES Summer Jobs Program puts about 180 teens (ages 14-20) to work in the community at over seventy different worksites. Jobs include camp counseling, working with local banks and offices, farming and gardening, working with food and in retail stores, working with children and the elderly, and more! Teens work up to 120 hours, usually around 20 hours per week over the course of six weeks. All jobs pay $11.10 an hour. Who Qualifies: All teens ages 14-20 who live within the City of Ithaca are eligible. Teens ages 14-20 living within Tompkins County who qualify for free or reduced price lunch may be eligible. Teens ages 14-20 who are first time workers living in the Towns of Ithaca, Caroline, Enfield, and Danby and the Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights may be eligible. Priority is to serve teens who are 14-15 years old and/or first-time workers.
  1. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Cycle II deadline, Wednesday, March 18th). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. For more information, click here.
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January 15th

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 1/15/20

  1. AP Exam Updates (SSD by 1/17)
  2. AP Bulletins Available
  3. No School: ICSD MLK Jr. Holiday (1/20)
  4. IHS January 2020 Exams (1/21-1/24)
  5. IHS Athletic Updates (Senior Nights 1/17-2/8)
  6. FAGB Mini-Grants (due 2/1)
  7. ICSD Community Conversations (next 2/4)
  8. IHS Code Red Build & Open House (2/8)
  9. IHS Winter Formal (2/8)
  10. IHS School Closet – gently used items welcomed
  11. IHS Course Scheduling (February 2020)
  12. IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (registration starts Jan 2020, event 3/1)
  13. IHS Casino Night Volunteers Needed (event 3/13)
  14. IHS Annual ”We See You” Candids (due 3/15)
  15. Spring 2020 Standardized Test Dates (SAT/ACT)
  16. Cornell Linguistics NALCO (1/23)
  17. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (1/23-4/30)
  18. IC Women in Math Day (2/8)
  19. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 3/18)
  20. YES Summer Jobs Program (accepting applications Mar 2020)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/january-15th/

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  1. AP Exam Updates (submit SSD accommodation by January 17th). For students enrolled in AP classes–new this year. The following steps are required if you/your student is enrolled in an AP class and plan to take the AP exam in May:
  • By January 17th: Deadline to submit an accommodation request to College Board through SSD Online. IHS’ SSD coordinator is Margie Shaw (margaret.shaw@icsd.k12.ny.us). If you have an IEP or 504 and receive school-based accommodations, you must have your accommodations approved by the College Board prior to exam.
  • May 4-15, 2020: AP Exams
  1. Attention students taking AP Exams in May: AP Bulletins to help you prepare for the exams are online, but a limited number of hard copies are now available to be picked up in the College and Career Office.
  1. No School: ICSD MLK Jr. Holiday (Monday, January 20th). List of MLK Jr. celebration activities coming soon.
  1. IHS January 2020 Exams (Tuesday, January 21st – Friday, January 24th). Best of luck!

Helpful links:

  1. IHS Athletics Updates

2019-20 Winter Sports Senior Nights!!

  • Girls Hockey -January 17th, 2020 6:45pm; Cass Park
  • Girls basketball- January 30th,2020 6:45pm;  Bliss Gym
  • Wrestling- January 31st, 2020 5:45pm; IHS
  • Boys basketball – February 4th 2020 6:45pm; Bliss Gym
  • Boys Hockey-February 8th, 2020 12pm; Cass Park

2019-2020 Capital Improvement Timeline-ICSD Athletics:

  • Pool (Repairs): February 24, 2020- August 14, 2020
  • Moresco Stadium (Replace Track, Bleachers, Press box, and Turf): June 1, 2020- October 10, 2020
  • Tatascore Field (Drainage, fencing and other improvements): May 31, 2021-August 27, 2021
  1. Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants (deadline, Saturday, February 1, 2020). Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants for ISCD art, music, and drama teachers.
  1. ICSD Community Conversations – Join us! (Next: February 4th at Enfield Community Center) These community conversations are intended to engage all members of our community to help create a vision for our district as we discuss our long-range fiscal planning. We look forward to hearing all of your ideas, thoughts, and different strategies. Upcoming locations and dates: February 4th (Enfield Community Center), and March 17th (Tompkins County Public Library). All of the community conversations will begin at 7:00 p.m.; they will follow Board of Education Committee Work Sessions, which are also open to the public.
  1. IHS Code Red Robotics Build Season and Open House (Saturday, February 8th). After months of community service and outreach, Ithaca High School’s Code Red Robotics team is transitioning into build season. This amazing team will also host an open house in early February 2020 (target date Saturday, February 8th, but not confirmed).
  1. IHS Winter Formal (Saturday, February 8th, 7:00-10:00pm, Statler Hotel). IHS’s only “dressy” all-school dance! Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at Cornell’s Statler Hotel Terrace from 7 to 10 pm. Winter Formal tickets will be on sale during lunch period from Wednesday, Feb. 5th to Friday, Feb. 7. All IHS students are welcome and may bring a guest who is enrolled in a high school or GED program.
  1. IHS School Closet. Did you know IHS has a School Closet? The librarian at IHS created a student closet that has small toiletries, shoes, and clothing which students can borrow. With the colder weather there is a need for gently used warmer clothing and coats. If you have any unused clothing or available toiletries at home please drop them off at the school office. Thank you!
  1. IHS 2020-21 Course Scheduling (February 2020). Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming 2020-21 course scheduling, which typically takes place early-mid February. The 2020-21 Program of Studies and Course Selection Sheet coming soon. Scheduling information available on the IHS Student Services website.
  1. Save the Date: IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (team registration starts January 2020; event Sunday, March 1st). We will start taking team registrations for the 2020 Adult Spelling Bee starting in January 2020! Spelling Bee teams consist of three spellers. Teams can be sponsored by a company or your team can crowdfund. Email ipei@ipei.org if you have any questions!
  1. IHS Senior Casino Night-Volunteers Needed (Friday, March 13th). The senior class event, Casino Night, will take place on March 13th. Volunteers are needed to help with decorating, refreshments, raffle donations and running the games. If you can help, please contact Debbie Whitehead at hrblockr@hotmail.com or 617-365-7412.
  1. IHS Annual Updates (“We see you” through March 15th). The IHS Yearbook is having a candid photograph drive. We are asking students, staff, and families to send us photographs of students in class, in different school related activities (clubs, sports etc). We also want photos of students at work, students on the weekend and the ever popular seniors with their high school aged siblings and seniors “then and now”. The 2020 yearbook “we see you” drive begins now and runs through March 15th. We want to have everyone in the yearbook multiple times. Why not make sure we have a good photo of you and your friends to include. Email photos to Ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com or upload at yearbookordercenter.com (code is 8812). You can also upload via the HJEshare app (school code ITHACA). Half our book will be submitted to the printer by Feb 1st so submit your photos today!
  1. Upcoming Standardized Spring 2020 Testing Dates. If your student is planning ahead for Spring testing, here are the upcoming dates:
  • SAT: March 14, 2020 (register by February 14, 2020); May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
  • SAT Subjects Tests: May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020). Pro tip–AP exams are great prep for SAT Subject tests.
  • ACT: April 4, 2020 (register by February 28, 2020) and June 13, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
  1. Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) (Thursday, January 23, 2020). The Cornell Department of Linguistics is again hosting the Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) on January 23, 2020. NACLO is a pencil and paper contest in which students use analytical skills to solve puzzles in languages that they do not know. Through solving the puzzles, students learn something about the structure of human languages and how computers can process them. The contest introduces students to possible careers in linguistics, languages, and computer science. The target audience for NACLO is high schoolers (9-12th grades). NACLO has no prerequisites and no registration fee. More info is available here.
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, January 23-April 30, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens to flex their creative muscles in this weekly after school writing workshop on Thursdays, beginning January 23 and running through April 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. NOTE: The workshop will not meet March 12. Teens may attend a couple of sessions or all of them; each week will offer something different, and attendance every week is not required. These one-hour workshops will be led by volunteers from Ithaca College, and they will involve a variety of prompts, exercises, and opportunities to workshop pieces. Advance registration is preferred, but drop-ins are always welcome. Register online at www.tcpl.org/events/teen-writing-workshops-23. For more information, please contact Teen Services at rdemauro@tcpl.org or by phone at (607) 272-4557, extension 274.
  1. 3rd annual IC Women in Math Day (Saturday, February 8th, 10:30am-2pm; registration deadline February 6th). What do math, free food, and the art of paper folding have in common? IC Women in Math Day! The third annual IC Women in Math Day will take place at Ithaca College on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 from 10:30am-2pm. This program is designed for female high school students and their families and is open to any high school student interested in mathematics.  Engage with other high school students and explore through hands-on activities how math and origami can help us explore outer space. There is no cost to participate in the event and lunch will be provided. Accompanying adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities.
  1. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Cycle II deadline, Wednesday, March 18th). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. For more information, click here.
  1. YES Summer Jobs Program (accepting applications starting March 2020). Youth Employment Service (YES) is a program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The YES Summer Jobs Program puts about 180 teens (ages 14-20) to work in the community at over seventy different worksites. Jobs include camp counseling, working with local banks and offices, farming and gardening, working with food and in retail stores, working with children and the elderly, and more! Teens work up to 120 hours, usually around 20 hours per week over the course of six weeks. All jobs pay $11.10 an hour. Who Qualifies: All teens ages 14-20 who live within the City of Ithaca are eligible. Teens ages 14-20 living within Tompkins County who qualify for free or reduced price lunch may be eligible. Teens ages 14-20 who are first time workers living in the Towns of Ithaca, Caroline, Enfield, and Danby and the Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights may be eligible. Priority is to serve teens who are 14-15 years old and/or first-time workers.
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January 8th

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 1/8/20

  1. IHS Morning Munch (1/9)
  2. IHS PTA Meeting (1/13)
  3. ICSD Cold Weather Advisory (1/6-3/1)
  4. Linguistics NALCO (IHS info session 1/14)
  5. IHS Casino Night Volunteers Needed
  6. AP Exam Updates (SSD by 1/17)
  7. No School: ICSD MLK Jr. Holiday (1/20)
  8. IHS January 2020 Exams (1/21-1/24)
  9. IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (registration starts Jan 2020, event 3/1)
  10. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 1/8)
  11. IHS Annual
  12. IHS Athletic Updates
  13. IHS Student Clubs
  14. IHS Daily Announcements
  15. TCPL Winter Reading Challenge (12/14-1/31)
  16. FAGB Mini-Grants (due 2/1)
  17. ICSD Community Conversations (next 2/4)
  18. Spring 2020 Standardized Test Dates (SAT/ACT)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/january-8th/

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  1. IHS Morning Munch (IPEI) (Thursday, January 9th). Donations of food are needed for this Thursday, January 9th for Morning Munch – breakfast compliments of IHS families. Repeatedly, teachers remark what a great event this is and how appreciative they are of parents and guardians for providing all the food and fresh hot coffee to start their day. We need your help! Please consider making a donation:
  • Fresh Fruit—We welcome fresh fruit (apples, bananas, clementines) that are easy for teachers to grab on the go and require 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 fruit crisp, banana (or other) bread, muffins, coffee cake, scones, and breakfast casseroles make a great morning treat.
  • Gift Cards or Cash/check to IHS PTA–These would be helpful for the following months. Each month we purchase yogurt and 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. Early drop-offs (prior to Thursday) can be arranged with one of the PTA Morning Munch Coordinators (see contacts below). Please contact Patricia Sipple at psipple@twcny.rr.com if you plan to send in a donation or would like to help at the breakfast.

IHS PTA Morning Munch Coordinators: Patricia Sipple (psipple@twcny.rr.com); Melissa Rachlinski (mrachlinski@gmail.com); Linda Galanthay (galanthay@me.com); Laurie Morse (laurie@celebrationsbanquetfacility.com); Deborah Whitehead (hrblock@hotmail.com); Elsa Hyde (ehyde65@msn.com)

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Monday, January 13th, 6:30-8:00pm, Activities Room). All are welcome as we kick-off the new year. On the agenda: Discuss the IHS Student Closet. The librarian at IHS created a Student Closet that has small toiletries, shoes, and clothing which students can borrow. With the colder weather there is a need for gently used warmer clothing and coats. If you have any unused clothing or available toiletries at home, please drop them off at the school office or bring them to the next PTA meeting. Thank you! 
  1. ICSD Cold Weather Advisory (January 6-March 1). To protect students in severe cold weather (wind chill of zero or colder), the Transportation Department will follow the procedures below:
  • Bus drivers will give students extra time to get to the bus. Students who can see the bus stop from their house can stay inside until they see the bus approaching.
  • Drivers must make all stops even if students who are usually waiting at the road are not out. 

In addition, additional stops will be made so students who typically walk to school can ride a bus that morning:

  • High School and Boynton buses will make additional stops downtown at approximately 8:35 a.m. ( #65 Tompkins Co. Library, #34 Southside Center, #70 3rd and Hancock).
  • Dewitt buses will make stops at Salem and Birchwood Dr. North, and Winston Court and the Walkway, at approximately 8:45 a.m. (Route 56)

Due to these measures we anticipate that many secondary buses will run a few minutes later than normal that morning.

  1. Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) (Thursday, January 23, 2020; info session at IHS January 14th at 3:45pm, K20). The Cornell Department of Linguistics is again hosting the Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) on January 23, 2020. NACLO is a pencil and paper contest in which students use analytical skills to solve puzzles in languages that they do not know. Through solving the puzzles, students learn something about the structure of human languages and how computers can process them. The contest introduces students to possible careers in linguistics, languages, and computer science. The target audience for NACLO is high schoolers (9-12th grades). NACLO has no prerequisites and no registration fee. We will offer an information/training session at IHS, on Tuesday January 14, 3:45pm, K20, hosted by Andrew King. More info is available here.  
  1. IHS Senior Casino Night-Volunteers Needed (Friday, March 13th). The senior class event, Casino Night, will take place on March 13th. Volunteers are needed to help with decorating, refreshments, raffle donations and running the games. If you can help, please contact Debbie Whitehead at hrblockr@hotmail.com or 617-365-7412.
  1. AP Exam Updates (submit SSD accommodation by January 17th). For students enrolled in AP classes–new this year. The following steps are required if you/your student is enrolled in an AP class and plan to take the AP exam in May:
  • By January 17th: Deadline to submit an accommodation request to College Board through SSD Online. IHS’ SSD coordinator is Margie Shaw (margaret.shaw@icsd.k12.ny.us). If you have an IEP or 504 and receive school-based accommodations, you must have your accommodations approved by the College Board prior to exam.
  • May 4-15, 2020: AP Exams

7 No School: ICSD MLK Jr. Holiday (Monday, January 20th). List of MLK Jr. celebration activities coming soon. 

  1. IHS January 2020 Exams (Tuesday, January 21st – Friday, January 24th). Best of luck! Helpful links:
  1. Save the Date: IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (team registration starts January 2020; event Sunday, March 1st). We will start taking team registrations for the 2020 Adult Spelling Bee starting in January 2020! Spelling Bee teams consist of three spellers. Teams can be sponsored by a company or your team can crowdfund. Email ipei@ipei.org if you have any questions!
  1. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Cycle II deadline, Wednesday, January 8th). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. Grants deadlines for the 2019-20 school year are January 8th and March 18th. For more information, click here
  1. IHS Annual Updates
  • The Yearbook is working hard to make this years Annual the most inclusive ever. We are asking students, staff and parents to submit photos for use in the book. We are looking for photos of students in class, in clubs, sports, choir, band, orchestra, and engaged in any activities they enjoy. We need candids of Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. We also need photos of Seniors with their hs aged sibling, Seniors at Work, Seniors with friends they have had for a long time (two photos- one photo from younger days and one of same students today). Please submit by uploading at yearbookordercenter.com (school code 8812), HJe-Share app (school code ITHACA), or sending to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. All information can be found on ICSD website page devoted to the IHS ANNUAL
  1. IHS Athletics Updates

2019-2020 Capital Improvement Timeline-ICSD Athletics:

Start Date Location Work being done Timeline
February 24, 2020 Pool Pool repairs February 24, 2020- August 14, 2020
June 1, 2020 Moresco Stadium Replace Track, Bleachers, Press box, and Turf June 1, 2020- October 10, 2020
May 31, 2021 Tatascore Field (Baseball) Drainage, fencing and other improvements May 31, 2021-August 27, 2021

 

Upcoming Senior Nights:
2019-20 Winter Sports Senior Nights!!
Girls Hockey -January 17th, 2020 6:45pm; Cass Park
Boys Hockey-February 8th, 2020 12pm; Cass Park
Wrestling- January 31st, 2020 5:45pm; IHS
Boys basketball – February 4th 2020 6:45pm; Bliss Gym
Girls basketball- January 30th,2020 6:45pm;  Bliss Gym
Boys Swim and Dive- January 9th, 2020 5:45pm; IHS Pool

  1. IHS Student Clubs. So many fantastic involvement opportunities. Something for everyone ranging from leadership to leisure to service and everything in between. Checkout the list of clubs here
  1. IHS Daily Announcements. Did you know IHS Daily Announcements are posted online? Lots of great information is communicated to students through Daily Announcements and sometimes that information doesn’t make it home. 
  1. TCPL Winter Reading Challenge (December 14, 2019-January 31, 2020). Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to announce its annual Winter Reading Challenge, which begins December 14th and runs through January 31st. Children and teens can pick up a frequent reader card from either Youth or Teen Services reference desk starting December 14th. They can then fill in a bubble representing every hour they read or each program they attend. Cards can be returned by January 31st to be entered into a gift card raffle. For more information, contact the Youth (ext. 275) or Teen Services (ext. 289) at 607-272-4557.
  1. Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants (deadline, Saturday, February 1, 2020). Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants for ISCD art, music, and drama teachers.
  1. ICSD Community Conversations – Join us! (Next: February 4th at Enfield Community Center) These community conversations are intended to engage all members of our community to help create a vision for our district as we discuss our long-range fiscal planning. We look forward to hearing all of your ideas, thoughts, and different strategies. Upcoming locations and dates: February 4th (Enfield Community Center), and March 17th (Tompkins County Public Library). All of the community conversations will begin at 7:00 p.m.; they will follow Board of Education Committee Work Sessions, which are also open to the public. 
  1. Upcoming Standardized Spring 2020 Testing Dates. If your student is planning ahead for Spring testing, here are the upcoming dates:
  • SAT: March 14, 2020 (register by February 14, 2020); May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
  • SAT Subjects Tests: May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020). Pro tip–AP exams are great prep for SAT Subject tests.
  • ACT: April 4, 2020 (register by February 28, 2020) and June 13, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
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December 18th

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 12/18/19

  1. IHS Link Crew Food Drive (through 12/19)
  2. IHS Winter Orchestra Concert (12/19)
  3. IHS Ski Club (mandatory meeting 12/19)
  4. IHS Annual Updates (free & reduced lunch discount deadline 12/20)
  5. ICSD Recruiting Contest (ends 12/20)
  6. No School: ICSD Winter Recess (12/23-1/3)
  7. IHS PTA Meeting (1/13)
  8. No School: ICSD MLK Jr. Holiday (1/20)
  9. IHS January 2020 Exams (1/21-1/24)
  10. IHS Athletic Updates
  11. IHS Student Clubs
  12. IHS Daily Announcements
  13. TCPL Winter Reading Challenge (12/14-1/31)
  14. ICSD Community Conversations (next 1/7)
  15. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 1/8)
  16. AP Exam Updates (SSD by 1/17)
  17. FAGB Mini-Grants (due 2/1)
  18. IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (3/1)

For more information, please visit: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/posts/december-18th/

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  1. IHS Link Crew Food Drive (December 12-19th). The food drive wraps up on Thursday, December 19th. If you can, please bring non-perishable, non-expired, and un-opened food to the Main Office or to participating classrooms. Thank you!
  1. IHS Winter Orchestra Concert (Thursday, December 19th, 7:30pm, Kulp Auditorium). All are welcome to attend the IHS Winter Orchestra Concert.
  1. IHS Ski Club (Mandatory Meeting December 19th). Attention anyone who is interested in ski club – the bus seats are filling up very fast!  If you are interested, you must get your forms in asap. Additionally, there will be a mandatory ski club meeting on December 19th – plan accordingly. The location will be announced soon.
  1. IHS Annual Updates
  • Deadline for Seniors who receive Free & Reduced Lunch discounted Yearbooks ($50) is Dec 20th. Please e-mail matthew.fellman@icsd.k12.ny.us if you want to reserve a discounted book. Families have the ability to be a Yearbook Patron when they order a yearbook  on-line at yearbookordercenter.com (code 8812)
  • The Yearbook is working hard to make this years Annual the most inclusive ever. We are asking students, staff and parents to submit photos for use in the book. We are looking for photos of students in class, in clubs, sports, choir, band, orchestra, and engaged in any activities they enjoy. We need candids of Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. We also need photos of Seniors with their hs aged sibling, Seniors at Work, Seniors with friends they have had for a long time (two photos- one photo from younger days and one of same students today). Please submit by uploading at yearbookordercenter.com (school code 8812), HJe-Share app (school code ITHACA), or sending to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. All information can be found on ICSD website page devoted to the IHS ANNUAL
  1. ICSD PTA Recruitment Contest (through December 20th). The ICSD is hiring substitute teachers, substitute teaching aides/assistants, bus drivers, and substitute nurses. We’re looking for applicants for these positions and we need your help. The PTA that refers the most candidates for these positions through December 20th will win a dinner with ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown! Applicants should notify the Human Resources department that they were referred by your school’s PTA. Need more information on open positions and how to apply? Visit our Employment Opportunities webpage: www.ithacacityschools.org/jobs
  1. ICSD Winter Recess (December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020). Enjoy your Winter Recess, stay safe, and have fun! 2019-20 Academic Calendar.
  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Monday, January 13th, 6:30-8:00pm, Activities Room). All are welcome as we kick-off the new year. Exciting programing coming in 2020.
  1. No School: ICSD MLK Jr. Holiday (Monday, January 20th). List of MLK Jr. celebration activities coming soon.
  1. IHS January 2020 Exams (Tuesday, January 21 – Friday, January 24). Best of luck!

Helpful links:

IHS Athletics Updates

2019-2020 Capital Improvement Timeline-ICSD Athletics:

Start Date Location Work being done Timeline
February 24, 2020 Pool Pool repairs February 24, 2020- August 14, 2020
June 1, 2020 Moresco Stadium Replace Track, Bleachers, Press box, and Turf June 1, 2020- October 10, 2020
May 31, 2021 Tatascore Field (Baseball) Drainage, fencing and other improvements May 31, 2021-August 27, 2021

 

  1. IHS Student Clubs. So many fantastic involvement opportunities. Something for everyone ranging from leadership to leisure to service and everything in between. Checkout the list of clubs here.
  1. IHS Daily Announcements. Did you know IHS Daily Announcements are posted online? Lots of great information is communicated to students through Daily Announcements and sometimes that information doesn’t make it home.
  1. TCPL Winter Reading Challenge (December 14, 2019-January 31, 2020). Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to announce its annual Winter Reading Challenge, which begins December 14th and runs through January 31st. Children and teens can pick up a frequent reader card from either Youth or Teen Services reference desk starting December 14th. They can then fill in a bubble representing every hour they read or each program they attend. Cards can be returned by January 31st to be entered into a gift card raffle. For more information, contact the Youth (ext. 275) or Teen Services (ext. 289) at 607-272-4557.
  1. ICSD Community Conversations – Join us! (Next: January 7th at Southside Community Center) These community conversations are intended to engage all members of our community to help create a vision for our district as we discuss our long-range fiscal planning. We look forward to hearing all of your ideas, thoughts, and different strategies. Upcoming locations and dates: January 7th (Southside Community Center), February 4th (Enfield Community Center), and March 17th (Tompkins County Public Library). All of the community conversations will begin at 7:00 p.m.; they will follow Board of Education Committee Work Sessions, which are also open to the public.
  1. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Cycle II deadline, Wednesday, January 8th). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. Grants deadlines for the 2019-20 school year are January 8th and March 18th. For more information, click here.
  1. AP Exam Updates (submit SSD accommodation by January 17th). For students enrolled in AP classes–new this year. The following steps are required if you/your student is enrolled in an AP class and plan to take the AP exam in May:
  • By January 17th: Deadline to submit an accommodation request to College Board through SSD Online. IHS’ SSD coordinator is Margie Shaw (margaret.shaw@icsd.k12.ny.us). If you have an IEP or 504 and receive school-based accommodations, you must have your accommodations approved by the College Board prior to exam.
  • May 4-15, 2020: AP Exams
  1. Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants (deadline, Saturday, February 1, 2020). Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants for ISCD art, music, and drama teachers.
  1. Save the Date: IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (Sunday, March 1st). We will start taking team registrations for the 2020 Adult Spelling Bee starting in January 2020! Spelling Bee teams consist of three spellers. Teams can be sponsored by a company or your team can crowdfund. Email ipei@ipei.org if you have any questions!
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