December 19th

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

Ithaca High School PTA E-News 12/19/18

  1. Join the IHS PTA
  2. IHS Freshmen Link Crew Cookie Decorating (12/19)
  3. IHS Yearbook On Sale Now
  4. IHS Yearbook Sibling and Then & Now photos needed
  5. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  6. ICSD Winter Recess (12/24-1/1)
  7. January Regents Schedule (1/22-25)
  8. IHS Spring 2019 Musical–Rent, School Edition
  9. IHS Daily Announcements
  10. IHS Clubs
  11. Play it Again, Ithaca
  12. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (12/19)
  13. Teen Mental Health Group (starting 1/8)
  14. TCPL Families Learning Science Together (1/12)
  15. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (deadline 1/15)
  16. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)
  17. FABG Grants Awarded
  18. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  19. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  20. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)

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  1. Join the IHS PTA! Your membership and donations are essential in supporting our students, our teachers and our school by funding Mini Grants for teachers, the Open House, The Word, the Healthy Snack Program, Achievement Awards, the Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Morning Munch and our Programming. Please consider joining each member in your household, including your students. You can join securely on-line at our new MemberHub Store. Be sure to scroll down on this site to add an extra donation to your shopping basket. You can print and complete the 2018-2019 membership form our website ( and sending it into the main office in an envelope marked PTA – membership. Please do not send in loose checks or cash as they tend to get lost. Thank you all for your support!
  1. IHS Freshmen: Link Crew will be hosting their annual Cookie decorating day on Wednesday, December 19th. Come to Activities during 3rd-6th period! All supplies will be provided!
  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. Go to and enter out code of 8812. If you have a great photo of our students at work, at school or participating in the many school clubs and activities please send it to We are also welcoming new members. No experience necessary. Writers, photographers, graphic artists, JOIN THE YEARBOOK. We meet Tuesday afternoons in Library Lab 1 but students can contribute to the book even if they are unable to attend meetings. Interested? Questions? e-mail
  1. IHS Yearbook Sibling & Then and Now pictures needed. Each year the IHS Yearbook has spreads devoted to Seniors who have siblings at Ithaca HS. If you have photos of Seniors with their high school-aged siblings, please send to (Include the names and grades of the students.) The IHS Yearbook also has a spread called “Then and Now.” On this spread we feature photos of students from elementary or middle school and those same students today. Typically the students try and mimic/duplicate the old photo by striking the same pose, wearing similar clothes etc. Please submit photos at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or need help converting a “old school” photograph into a digital image please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Reitenbach ( Last call for students at work as well. We welcome all quality photos of IHS students. Send all submissions to
  1. Happy Holidays from the Athletic Department!
  • Winter sports season is in full swing. Please be sure to check Schedule Galaxy for game information.
  • Athletics is seeking singers for the National Anthem at our home events. This is open to everyone- students, parents, teachers, community members, etc. Please contact Brittney Snyder ( if you are interested in signing up!
  1. ICSD Winter Recess (Monday, December 24th-Tuesday, January 1st). Enjoys the holidays and Happy New Year!
  1. January 2019 Regents Exams (Tuesday, January 22-Friday, January 25th). For more information check this link.
  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition! There are many ways to be involved onstage, backstage, and in the pit. We hope you’ll join us. Audition workshops and info sessions will be held in early January 2019.
  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. Play it Again, Ithaca”–used musical instruments needed. Do you have a used musical instrument gathering dust? The Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG) would love to recycle your instrument through the Play it Again, Ithaca program. Last year, the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program donated 26 refurbished instruments to the ICSD district. To donate a musical instrument, please email with “instrument donation” in the subject line.
  1. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, December 19th, 4:30-5:30pm). The TCPL invites young adults in grades 6-12 (or homeschool equivalent) to read Tahereh Mafi’s book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, then meet to discuss it on Wednesday, December 19th from 4:30-5:30pm in the Library’s Teen Center. This book club meets monthly. Free copies of A Very Large Expanse of Sea are available for participants from the Teen Services Office. For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at
  1. Teen Mental Health Group (beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm). In January, the Mental Health Association will be starting a new session for teens who are working on their recovery from mental health challenges following Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) model. This group is a peer-support based program that works on developing tools for wellness, self-awareness, creating plans to manage symptoms, triggers, and crises with an emphasis on hope and recovery. Youth WRAP for Winter of 2019 will take place on Tuesday evenings at the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County from 4:30pm-6:30pm over the course of 12 weekly sessions, beginning on January 8th. WRAP will be a closed group, sign-up in advance is required. For more information, contact Melanie Little, MHATC Director of Youth Services, at, or by calling 607-273-9250.
  1. TCPL Families Learning Science Together: Electrostatics (Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research for a program exploring kinetics on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. At this intergenerational, hands-on science program, families will explore the phenomena and properties of slow-moving or stationary charges. Families Learning Science Together programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email Please include the name and age of all children (ages 5+) in the email.
  1. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (Friday, February 15, 2019; application deadline January 15th). Team up with Chinese students for US-China Resilient Communities Innovation Hackathon. This is a day-long event where high school students will learn about craft effective campaigns for improving urban/rural resilience and responding to disasters threatening food security. Registration deadline is January 15, 2019.
  1. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (application deadline January 19th). In partnership with the Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG), the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts is offering a residency-type retreat for ICSD teachers and other Tompkins County teachers during the Winter (February 16-20, 2019) and Spring (April 13-17, 2019) recess. The program is free and offered through a lottery system. Application deadline is January 19, 2019.
  1. FABG Grants Awarded. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $4,620 in grants to 12 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach 1,180 students. IHS awards: Drama Program Grants; NYSSMA conference; The Memory Project, Carol Spence; and Local Artist in the Classroom, Ashley Click. Congratulations! The next FABG Mini-Grant deadline is February 1, 2019.
  1. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline February 1, 2019). The Fine Arts Booster Group just announced there will be spring deadline for Mini-Grants on February 1, 2019. Go to for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email
  1. New York Youth Institute at Cornell University (Friday, March 29, 2019; application deadline February 27th). The New York Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Cornell University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world. Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges. Registration and paper submission deadline February 27, 2019.
  1. IHS Seniors: 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline March 1, 2019). Do you plan to major in Computer Science, Computer or Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Architecture? SRC Inc., King & King Architects, and INFICON in partnership with the CNY STEM Hub, are pleased to announce the 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program. This scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in select STEM fields, starting Fall 2019. Scholarship applications for 4-year scholarships are due March 1, 2019. Selections will made in April and students will be notified in May 2019.



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