April 28th

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 4/28/2021

  1. IHS PTA Needs Volunteers 2021-22
  2. IHS Athletics Updates
  3. IHS Junior Class Pop-up Thrift Store (4/29-5/1)
  4. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (next due 5/1)
  5. IHS Seniors: 2021 Virtual Graduation Release Form (due 5/1) & Graduation Updates
  6. IHS Class Rings (promotion ends 5/3)
  7. IHS Spring Musical (5/7-9)
  8. IHS Yearbook Order
  9. Friends of Stewart Park (Free & Virtual): The Boys & Girls in the Boat: Ithaca’s Amazing History of Competitive Rowing (4/28)
  10. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program
  11. Splash! Virtual Spring 2021 (5/1)
  12. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca”
  13. SAT and ACT (next SAT deadline 5/6; next ACT deadline 5/7)
  14. Save the Date: National Learn to Row Day (6/5)

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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

  • Our Spring Signing Ceremony is scheduled for June 11th; additional details will be provided as they become available.
  • All ICSD practices are closed to the public.
  • 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 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). Please stop by, shop, and support the IHS Junior Class. Thank you!

4. 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 

5. 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

6. 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). 

7. IHS Virtual Spring Musical (May 7-9th). The Ithaca High SChool Drama Club is please to announce its production of the brand new show, A Killer Party: A Murder Myserty Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, 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 7:30pm and on Sunday May 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets for streams the show are available now at the following link: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441. Here is a teaser trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKt8hNg9vm8 

Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household needs only one ticket if you are watching together! There are three streaming days and times available, so be sure you buy a ticket for the day and time you want to watch. If you or your family have questions about tickets, please email the director at margaux.deverin@icsd.k12.ny.us

8. 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.

9. Free virtual Centennial Program from Friends of Stewart Park: The Boys & Girls in the Boat: Ithaca’s Amazing History of Competitive Rowing (Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00pm). For over 125 years, crews have rowed sweep and scull on Cayuga Lake. Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) invites you to explore how and why rowing reigns in Ithaca with its third Centennial Program: The Boys and Girls in the Boat: Ithaca’s Amazing History of Competitive Rowing. This Zoom presentation, featuring captivating photos and lively discussion with some of Ithaca’s biggest rowing champions. Registration is required for The Boys & Girls in the Boat. To register, visit, www.stewartpark.org/rowing-registration . Learn more about other Stewart Park Centennial events and how you can help revitalize Stewart Park at  www.stewartpark.org

10. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program. The Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The mission of YES is to empower teens to grow into flourishing adults. YES offers work-readiness training, support in finding employment, employment opportunities paid directly by us, and a leadership and civic engagement program. Some of our programs have eligibility requirements, but all teens in Tompkins County, NY who are 14+ qualify for at least some of our services. To apply and find out more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIoZg-DdD4TBfYoyh3xPZ5Q8D1sLhuG-cW_awEXGbV2PvL8w/viewform 

11. 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. 

12. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program. The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to president@fabgithaca.org.

13. 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).

14. Save the Date: National Learn to Row Day (Saturday, June 5th, Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse). National Rowing Day is a great opportunity to get on the water and checkout rowing. Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) volunteers will provide a tour of the boathouse, provide instruction on using the rowing ergometer, and then put your new skills to work in a boat! Great opportunity to try rowing before the Cascadilla Boat Club announces their 2021 Summer Rowing Program. Scholastic Programs: Modified (Middle School), Freshman/Novice, and Varsity. More information to come!

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