April 14th

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 4/14/2021

  1. IHS Athletic Updates (Spring condensed registration closes midnight 4/14)
  2. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (next due 4/16)
  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: 2021 Virtual Graduation Release Form (due 5/1) & Graduation Updates
  7. IHS Spring Musical (5/7-9)
  8. ICSD Reimagining Virtual Gallery
  9. IHS Class Rings (promotion ends 5/3)
  10. THANK YOU from IHS Medical Careers Club
  11. TCPL’s Virtual Coding Club for Teens (4/16)
  12. IPEI Scavenger Hunt (4/17-18)
  13. TCPL Virtual Writing Workshops (Mondays 4/19-26)
  14. TCPL YA Book Club (4/21)
  15. TCPL Flower Drawing Workshop (4/27)
  16. Splash! Virtual Spring 2021 (5/1)
  17. Tompkins County Summer Youth Employment Program (application opens 5/1)
  18. SAT and ACT (next SAT deadline 5/6; next ACT deadline 5/7)

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1. IHS Athletics Updates

Spring Condensed Season begins April 19 and runs through June 12, 2021. Registration through FamilyID for the 2021 Spring Sports Condensed season closes at midnight on April 14. Due to the condensed season, we will not be able to accept any late registrations. Any student registered after the April 14 deadline will be placed on a waitlist. The following sports will be offered for the 2021 season:  

  • Boys Baseball (Modified, JV and Varsity)
  • Girls Softball (Modified, JV, and Varsity)
  • Girls Tennis (Modified and Varsity)
  • Boys Tennis (Modified and Varsity)
  • Golf (Varsity)
  • Unified Basketball (Varsity)
  • Boys Lacrosse (Modified, JV and Varsity)
  • Girls Lacrosse (Modified, JV and Varsity)
  • Track and Field (Modified and Varsity)

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

2. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships

  • 2021 NPRDP Scholarship Program (deadline April 16th). The NPRDP will award $2,000 scholarships to exceptional high school seniors and undergraduate students of Puerto Rican descent who are making a difference in their community. Applicants must be high school seniors or full-time college/university students in their freshman through junior years in college. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically through this form by Friday, April 16, 2021.
  • 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 

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: 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

7. Save the Date: IHS Virtual Spring Musical (May 7-9th). Please save the date for this year’s virtual Spring musical: A Killer Party. For more information, click here.

8. ICSD Reimagining Virtual Gallery. Art, music, and theatre students have a story to tell. Through the enduring spirit of self-expression, students have physically and psychologically reimagined ways to make music, art, and theatre in 2020-2021. Despite great loss, value has been found in community, identity, connections, resilience, solidarity, hope. “Reimagining” is a virtual exhibition of the silver linings, the power of stepping out of the box, recognizing the boundless, healing power of artistic expression, and highlighting what we value.

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. THANK YOU from the Medical Careers Club! We are writing to express our sincere gratitude for your amazing support of our mask drive. Remarkably, we reached our $500 donation goal within hours of us sending our initial message, and our accompanying Chipotle fundraiser raised nearly $100 in one night. In addition, numerous families have arranged to directly send sealed containers of masks and other forms of PPE to assist our cause. We do not want these contributions to go unnoticed—we are more than grateful for all the help we have gotten from you and the broader Ithaca community. Please understand that your generosity will make a difference in allowing us to combat the ongoing pandemic!

11. TCPL’s Virtual Coding Club for Teens (Friday, April 16th, 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. Those registering will automatically be enrolled in all three club dates: April 16 and April 23. Questions? Contact Joah Tang at jtang@tcpl.org 

12. IPEI Scavenger Hunt (April 17 & 18, 2021). IPEI will host a Scavenger Hunt for families and community members on Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18. The two-day fundraising event will take place throughout downtown. Participants will receive a clue sheet and challenge themselves to find and visit multiple locations in and near downtown. Participants must pre-register before April 17th. Once you’ve signed up, a clue sheet will appear in your email on April 17! And yes…there are PRIZES.

13. TCPL’s Virtual Teen Writing Workshops (Mondays, April 19th-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

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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. 

17. Tompkins County Youth Employment & Training (Applications open May 1st). Applications for the 2021 Tompkins County Summer Youth Employment Program (ages 14-24) are opening on May 1.

18. 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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