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)

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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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