April 24th

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 4/24/19

  1. IHS 2019 Yearbook (last day for online sales 4/27)
  2. IHS Poetry Slam (4/30)
  3. IHS Link Crew (applications due 5/6)
  4. IHS AP Exam Dates (May 6-10 & 13-17)
  5. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  6. IHS Junior Prom (5/18)
  7. IHS Spring National Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony (5/23)
  8. IHS Senior Trip (6/11)
  9. IHS Senior Prom (6/22)
  10. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates (registration deadline 5/3 for June 2019)
  11. IYB Accepting Applications for Summer 2019
  12. YES Accepting Applications for Summer 2019
  13. TCPL: 2019 Teens Costume Couture (4/25)
  14. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (4/25 & 4/26)
  15. Splash! At Cornell (4/27)–registration now open
  16. TCPL: Teens Create Comics (4/27)
  17. TCPL Maker Mondays (4/29)
  18. IC Sustainability Week Keynote (4/29)
  19. SEPTA Doug’s Fish Fry Fundraiser (5/6)
  20. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (5/15)
  21. CCO Youth Orchestra – New Member Auditions (5/17)
  22. IHS Senior Scholarship Opportunities:
    1. 2019 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award (5/1)
    2. Excelsior Scholarship (8/15)

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  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now – LAST CALL (Saturday, April 27th). The 2019 IHS Yearbook is complete and will arrive in a few weeks. To guarantee you get a copy, go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 8812 to order. Online sales end this Saturday, April 27th.
  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. IHS Link Crew (applications due Monday, May 6th at 4pm Main Office). * Leaders need to reapply EVERY year. * Students may be recommended OR self-selected to apply.* Applications are outside the Main Office or K5. Informational sessions: Wednesday, April 24th at 8:15am in K5 and Thursday, April 25th 3:45-4:30pm in K5.
  1. 2019 AP Exam Dates (May 6-10 and May 13-17). Information coming soon about IHS test location, but you can find out AP exam dates here. AP scores are released to designated colleges, students, and high schools in July.
  1. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  • 2019-2020 Athletic Start Dates
  • A great resource for families: ICSD Athletics & Wellness Web Page
  • 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.
  • No dogs or pets are allowed on campus at any athletic events
  • If your student is interested in trying out or participating in any Fall sports they must be in good academic standing by the end of the 2019 school year. This means that no more than two classes can have an average of 64 or below. The athletic department is here to partner with you in order to support and empower your student. If you have any questions please contact us at 607-274-2155.
  1. IHS Junior Prom (Saturday, May 18th, 7:00-10:00pm, Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University.) IHS Juniors only. (One guest per IHS junior is allowed, though the guest must be enrolled in a high school or GED program.)
  1. IHS Spring National Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony (Thursday, May 23rd, 6:00pm, Black Box Theater). If you are planning to attend a Division, 1, 2, 3, or Junior College to play a sport, please sign up on the sheet outside of G207 or the Athletics Office. Please see Ms. Valletta or Ms. Little if you have any questions.
  1. IHS Senior Trip (Tuesday, June 11th, 6:00am-8:00pm, Six Flags Great Adventure). Times are approximate but will be updated as we get closer to the event. Tickets to the trip will be sold at least 2 weeks in advance, so seniors need to stay alert for announcements, emails, etc.
  1. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 22nd, 7:00-10:00pm, Celebrations, Slaterville Rd.) IHS Seniors only. (One non-senior guest per IHS senior is allowed.)
  1. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates. 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: 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. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, April 25th-May 2nd & Fridays, April 26th-May 3rd, 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. 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.
  1. TCPL: Teens Create Comics (Saturdays, April 27-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 Maker Mondays for Teens to Resume (Mondays, April 29th-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. Invitation to Sustainability Week keynote event at Ithaca College, Stephen Ritz (Monday, April 29th, 7:00-9:00pm, A&E Center). The IHS community is invited to the keynote event of Sustainability Week, on April 29. The event is free and open to the public. Our speaker, Stephen Ritz, “America’s Favorite Teacher” is beloved across the world as the compassionate and exuberant Bronx educator, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, and author of The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools. He is a very dynamic and has a very compelling story to tell about building thriving communities and addressing equity imbalances in a creative and positive manner. Students of all ages will actually enjoy his talk and be inspired by him.
  1. SEPTA Doug’s Fish Fry Fundraiser (Monday, May 6th 11:00am-6:00pm, CFCU East Hill Plaza). Doug’s Fish Fry ToGo! Fundraiser. Grab lunch or dinner to go and help raise funds for Ithaca City School District’s Special Education PTA (SEPTA).
  1. TCPL: Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, May 15th, 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, May 15th, 4:30-5:30pm, in TCPL’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. For May, the book selection is On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas. Free copies of the book are available for participants from the Teen Services Librarian, Regina DeMauro (rdemauro@tcpl.org).
  1. CCO Youth Orchestra – New Member Auditions (Friday, May 17th). New member auditions for our 2019-2020 season are on May 17th! We have openings in Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, and Strings. Audition information and the sign up form can be found on our website http://ccoithaca.org/education/youth-orchestra/.
  • 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 August 15, 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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