April 3rd

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 4/3/19

  1. IHS Morning Munch (4/4)
  2. IHS Casino Night (4/5)
  3. IHS Class of 2020 fundraiser (deadline 4/10)
  4. IHS Spring Musical: Rent, School Edition (4/12-14)
  5. ICSD Spring Recess (4/15-19)
  6. IHS Poetry Slam (4/30)
  7. IHS Yearbook Updates
  8. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  9. ICSD 2019-20 Draft Academic Calendar
  10. IHS Daily Announcements
  11. IHS Clubs
  12. Student Agencies Tutoring
  13. FABG Spring 2019 Grants
  14. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates
  15. IYB Accepting Applications for Summer 2019
  16. YES Accepting Applications for Summer 2019
  17. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (4/4 & 4/5)
  18. R2P: Alice in Wonderland (4/5-7)
  19. LACS Screening of “The Hunting Ground” (4/5)
  20. TCPL Maker Mondays (4/8)
  21. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (4/10)
  22. TCPL: Teens Create Comics (4/20)
  23. TCPL: 2019 Teens Costume Couture (4/25)
  24. Splash! At Cornell (4/27)–registration now open
  25. IHS Senior Scholarship Opportunities:
    1. CMC Foundation Scholarship (4/8)
    2. Finger Lakes Runners Club Scholarship (4/12)
    3. 2019 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award (5/1)

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  1. IHS Morning Munch (Thursday, April 4th). Donations of food are needed for this Thursday, April 4th for Morning Munch–breakfast compliments of parents. Repeatedly, the teachers remark what a great event this is and how appreciative they are of the parents for providing all the food and fresh hot coffee to start their day. We need your help!
  • Fresh Fruit: We welcome fresh fruit (apples, bananas, clementines) that are easy for teachers to grab on the go and no preparation on your part.
  • Purchased Food: A variety of purchased food makes a good choice for the Munch–including breakfast pastry, muffins, donuts, cookies, granola bars you name it.
  • Homemade Baked Goods: Homemade items including but not limited to brownies, fruit crisp, bars, cookies, banana bread, muffins, coffee cake and scones make a great morning treat.
  • Gift CardsCash/check to IHS PTA: These would be helpful for the following months. Each month we purchase yogurt and fresh fruit for yogurt parfaits along with Ithaca Bakery bagels and cream cheese. Wegmans, BJ’s, and Ithaca Bakery gift cards are all good choices that help cover this expense.

Food may be brought to room F36 (enter through F35) near the cafeteria on Thursday morning or dropped off in the Main Office. Please contact one of the coordinators if you need to arrange an earlier drop off. THANK YOU for your help! IHS Morning Munch Coordinators: Jaclene Weston (jaclenew@yahoo.com), Linda Galanthay (galanthay@me.com), Laurie Morse (laurie@celebrationsbanquetfacility.com), Deborah Whitehead (hrblock@hotmail.com), Elsa Hyde (ehyde65@msn.com), and Patricia Sipple (psipple@twcny.rr.com).

2. IHS Seniors: Casino Night (Friday, April 5th, 7:00-10:00pm, Bellagio (aka IHS Cafeteria)). We are looking for volunteers to make this event amazing for our students and we would love your help! Volunteers are needed for the committees listed below:

Prizes: solicit, gather, organize and distribute prizes donated by local businesses or organizations.
***Decorations***: Work with class officers to determine a theme and turn the cafeteria into a casino with all the supplies located in the activities building
Banking: Create, copy, organize and distribute fake money to students and game tables and keep tables stocked with money throughout the night
Games: Run a game table (Poker, Hold’em, Craps, Roulette etc)

Please consider helping out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0449A5A822A0F94-casino

Questions? Contact Carolann or Maria at: IHSCasino@gmail.com. Event volunteers will also be needed for: Set-up; Clean-up; and Various things during the event. It takes a village to build a casino–come join us!

  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 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. 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 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.
  • Photos of Seniors and their Ithaca HS aged siblings AND photos of a group (2 or more) seniors 4 or more years ago AND a photo of the same students (arranged like you are in the “Then” photo) for the “then and Now” spread. We can take the Now photo if you submit the then photo but it would be best if you can submit both.
  • 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. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  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. Fine Arts Booster Group Spring 2019 Special Grants. Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, awarded $3,980 in fours grants to ICSD programs that will reach over 1,150 students. Spring 2019 Special Grants: Dallas Brass, ICSD; Harpsichord Project, IHS Music; Sounds Shells, IHS Band; and IHS School Musical and Underclassman Award. Thank you to the community your generous support that makes these awards possible!
  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, May 4th (registration deadline April 5th); and 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 Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, April 4th-May 2nd & Fridays, April 5th-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. R2P: Alice in Wonderland (April 5-7th, Theatre at the Shops at Ithaca Mall). Join Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of adventure! Featuring the younger half of Running to Places (R2P’s) talented company, this version of the classic story packs in even more songs than you remember from the movie! Many of wonderful and talented IHS students performing.
  1. Free Screening of “The Hunting Ground” (Friday, April 5th, 6:00-8:00pm, LACS Blackbox Theatre). All are welcome to watch a free screening of “The Hunting Ground”–a powerful documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. The event is hosted by the Advocacy Center’s teen activism group, ACTion.
  1. TCPL Maker Mondays for Teens to Resume (Mondays, April 8th-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 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: 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.
  • CMC Foundation Scholarship (deadline April 8th). The Cayuga Medical Center Foundation Scholarship is a merit-based award designed to provide financial support to graduating seniors intending to continue their education in pursuit of a health center career. All material must be submitted to Brenda Powers by April 8, 2019. Before you begin the application, please read the cover letter.
  • 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).
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