April 10th

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 4/10/19

  1. IHS AP Pre-Administration (this week)
  2. IHS Class of 2020 fundraiser (deadline 4/10)
  3. IHS Sports Boosters Presentation (4/11)
  4. IHS Spring Musical: Rent, School Edition (4/12-14)
  5. ICSD Spring Recess (4/15-19)
  6. Youth Mental Health First Aid (4/16-17)
  7. IHS Poetry Slam (4/30)
  8. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  9. IHS Yearbook (order by 4/27)
  10. ICSD 2019-20 Draft Academic Calendar
  11. IHS Daily Announcements
  12. IHS Clubs
  13. Student Agencies Tutoring
  14. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates
  15. IYB Accepting Applications for Summer 2019
  16. YES Accepting Applications for Summer 2019
  17. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (4/10)
  18. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (4/11 & 4/12)
  19. TCPL Maker Mondays (4/15)
  20. TCPL: Teens Create Comics (4/20)
  21. TCPL: 2019 Teens Costume Couture (4/25)
  22. Splash! At Cornell (4/27)–registration now open
  23. IHS Senior Scholarship Opportunities:
    1. Finger Lakes Runners Club Scholarship (4/12)
    2. 2019 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award (5/1)
    3. Excelsior Scholarship (Summer 2019)

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  1. IHS AP-Pre-Administration (this week). AP Exam Pre-Administration Sessions for filling out AP exam bubble sheets began Tuesday, April 9th. If you’re taking an AP exam in May go to York Lecture Hall during periods 4, 5, or 8 today (Wednesday, April 10th) to fill out your bubble sheets. There will more times available Thursday so listen for those announcements or ask your AP teachers.
  1. IHS Class of 2020 Fundraiser (thru Wednesday, April 10th). The Junior Class will be doing a Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser until Wednesday, April 10th! Order forms will be in the main office and student services. Also, the junior who sells the most boxes will receive TWO free prom tickets, and anyone who sells at least ONE box is put into a raffle for a chance to win a $20 gift card of your choice!
  1. IHS Sports Boosters Presentation (Thursday, April 11th, 7:00pm, Activities Room). All are welcome to attend IHS Sports Boosters guest presentation: Developing peak performance in high school athletes. For more information, click here.
  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition (April 12-14th, Kulp Auditorium). Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent School Edition follows a year in the life of a group of young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Suggested for students 12 or older. Three shows: Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm; Saturday, April 13 at 7:00pm; and Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm. Purchase tickets here. Students $8/Adults $12. A limited supply of five-dollar student rush tickets are on sale in the IHS cafe this week and next. If you’re a high school student, stop by and purchase your $5 dollar ticket!
  1. ICSD Spring Recess (April 15-19th). Heads up, ICSD will have Spring Recess the Week of April 15th. For more information, check the district calendar.
  1. Youth Mental Health First Aid (April 16-17th, 12:30-5:00pm, TCPL Borg Warner Room). Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18. To register, please email Melanie Little at mlittle@mhaedu.org. If you do not have access to email, call Melanie at the Mental Health Association, 607-273-9250.
  1. IHS Poetry Slam (Tuesday, April 30th, Black Box Theater). Ithaca High School’s annual Poetry Slam will take place on Tuesday, April 30th, in the Black Box Theater. A variety of prizes will be awarded. Check your email or see Ms. Campbell for more information. Sign up online or in the High School Library!
  1. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  • 2019-2020 Athletic Start Dates
  • A great resource for families: ICSD Athletics & Wellness Web Page
  • Please note: Games and practices may be scheduled during  school breaks. When you agree to be part of an athletic team it is an expectation that you will be attending all games and practices, including the ones that occur over breaks.
  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. The IHS Annual, Ithaca High School’s Yearbook, wanted to alert you to a few important deadlines and other information related to the yearbook.
  • Yearbook sales – online sales end on April 27th. After that date I cannot guarantee there will be books available so please act early if you would like a Yearbook. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter out code of 8812.
  1. ICSD 2019-2020 Academic Calendar Draft Now Available. To give feedback on the 2019-20 Academic Calendar draft, click this link, scroll to “Superintendent’s Corner”, and select “Give Feedback on the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.”
  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. Opportunity for IHS Students: Student Agencies Tutoring. A student-run non-profit organization at Cornell called Student Agencies presented to the IHS PTA a new tutoring/mentoring service that they are offering. This is an in-person and online service focused on offering tutoring and mentorship to high school students as they navigate the stressful college application process. This is a new opportunity for high school students looking for guidance on the SAT/ACT, college essays, and the college application process as a whole. For a limited time you can receive a 10% discount by using the code PTA10 for all tutoring packages. For more information email  SAT@studentagencies.com or call 607-272-2000 ext. 234 or visit their website at studentagenciestutoring.com
  1. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates. Want to knock out some testing this Spring? SAT and SAT Subject Tests (great to take while prepping for corresponding AP exam) and ACT dates are coming up. Upcoming SAT/SAT Subject dates: Saturday, June 1st (registration deadline May 3rd). Upcoming ACT dates: Upcoming ACT dates: Saturday, June 8th (registration deadline May 3rd).
  1. Ithaca Youth Bureau Accepting Applications for Summer 2019. Cass Park and Recreation Department Summer Seasonal Opportunities: Assistant managers and cashiers at Cass Park Pool, Lifeguards at Cass Park Pool or Stewart Park Camp (camp requires waterfront certification), Summer camp counselors and specialists, and Swim instructors. Interviews and hiring for summer is typically done during April and May.
  1. YES Summer Jobs Program. For local teens interested in summer work, especially 14 and 15 year olds, please visit the Youth Employment Service main page to see if you are eligible and download an application. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 YES Summer Jobs Program in March.
  1. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, April 10th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Room). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults grades 6-12 to a monthly book discussion series. The group will meet Wednesday, April 10th, from 4:30-5:30pm in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room. For April, the book selection is Hey, Kiddo, by Jarrett Krosoczka. Free copies of the book are available for participants from the Teen Services Librarian, Regina DeMauro (rdemauro@tcpl.org).
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, April 11th-May 2nd & Fridays, April 12th-April 26th, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites local teens to flex their creative muscles in weekly after school writing workshops. There will be two different workshops, one meeting on Thursdays and one on Fridays. Both workshops will meet at 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. Teens may sign up for 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 Writopia-trained students from Ithaca College, and they will involve a variety of prompts, exercises, and opportunities to workshop pieces. These workshops are appropriate for people in grades 6-12, and their homeschool equivalent. Advance registration is preferred, but drop-ins are always welcome. Register online for the Thursday workshop at https://www.tcpl.org/events/thursday-teen-writing-workshop. Register online for the Friday workshop at https://www.tcpl.org/events/friday-teen-writing-workshop.
  1. TCPL Maker Mondays for Teens to Resume (Mondays, April 15th-May 20th, 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. TCPL: Teens Create Comics (Saturdays, April 20-May 18th, 11:15am-12:30pm, Digital Lab). Tompkins County Public Library is please to host a comic creation series for teens on Saturdays, April 20-May 18th, 11:15am-12:30pm, Digital Lab. (Series for 12 and under held 10:00-11:00am.) Classes led by comic artist Ten Van Winkle. Participants will learn about the process of making comics, from drawing, to character creation, to storytelling. Attendance at all classes not required, but encouraged. Registration not required, but appreciated for the teen session.
  1. TCPL: 2019 Teens Costume Couture (Thursday, April 25th, 4:30-6:00pm, TCPL Makerspace). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens to craft their own costume pieces for cosplay at this workshop. Space is limited at this free program for teens grades 6-12, or their homeschool equivalent. Registration is required. For more information, contact rdemauro@tcpl.org or call 607-272-4557×274.
  1. Splash! at Cornell (Sunday, April 27th, 11:00am-6:00pm). Registration for Spring 2019 Splash is now open! Splash is for 7th-12th grade students (for homeschooled students, our minimum age is 12), and will run on Saturday, April 27. Sign-in will be open beginning at 9 AM, and all students are invited to our opening keynote at 10 AM in the Plant Sciences Building, where the check-in will also be held. Classes will run from 11 AM – 6 PM. How to register: Splash will be utilizing a first-come, first-serve system for assigning classes to students. Start the registration process by going to this link. Please note that the cost of the program is $25, and that generous financial aid will be available if needed.. All students will receive a Splash! t-shirt, notepad, and lunch. We will also be providing some programming for guardians, including information sessions and sample Splash! Courses. If you have any questions, check out our Q&A here. Feel free to email us at splashcornell@gmail.com, or call us at (909) 713-4830.
  • Finger Lakes Runners Club Scholarship (deadline April 12th). The Finger Lakes Runners Club awards two unrestricted $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to two deserving high school seniors who participated in their school’s cross-country and/or track & field teams. Eligible students must reside in Tompkins County or a surrounding county. FLRC must receive the application by April 12, 2019.
  • 2019 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award (deadline, May 1, 2019). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County is pleased to announce the Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award, an opportunity for a Latina/o graduating high school senior to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used towards any future academic program. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2019. Please send the complete application by email (lcaoftompkinscounty@gmail.com) or by mail (LCA of Tompkins County, PO Box 6532, Ithaca, NY 14851).
  • 2019-20 Excelsior Scholarships (deadline TBD Summer, 2019). The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. The Excelsior Scholarship provides tuition awards to eligible students attending New York State’s public colleges and universities (SUNY and CUNY).
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