February 13th

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 2/13/19

  1. IHS PTA Alternative Fundraiser
  2. IHS 10th-12 Grade Course Selection (2/4-13)
  3. IHS Morocco Trip: LoveStory, A Dinner & Show Fundraiser (2/14)
  4. IHS to Host GIAC’s Black History Month Talent Show (2/15)
  5. RTP Newsies (lots of IHS students performing) (2/15-17)
  6. IHS Senior Movie Night (2/27)
  7. IHS Senior Awards (deadline 3/1)
  8. IHS Sophomores PSAT10 (3/1)
  9. IHS PTA Looking for Adult Spellers (3/3)
  10. New Visions Open House Dates (3/5-7)
  11. TST BOCES Visit Day (3/8)
  12. IHS Female Seniors: SWE-2019 Margaret R. Brewster Scholarship (deadline 3/29)
  13. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates
  14. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  15. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  16. IHS New Math Class 2019-20: Math Principles of Robotics
  17. IHS Daily Announcements
  18. IHS Clubs
  19. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (2/14-15)
  20. Girls Who Code (2/17)
  21. TCPL 3-D Printing Tutorial (2/21)
  22. TCPL Maker Mondays ( 2/25)
  23. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  24. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)
  25. IHS Seniors: NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)
  26. IHS Seniors: 2019 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award (5/1)

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  1. IHS PTA – Alternative Fundraiser. The wonderful programs of the IHS PTA such as teacher mini-grants, student events, parent programs and monthly teacher appreciation brunches all require funding. In order to continue them it is necessary for the PTA to do some fundraising. As parents, we all have many commitments that make the usual types of fundraisers difficult to organize, so we have decided to have a direct appeal fundraiser. Please consider supporting the PTA with a donation so we can achieve our goal of raising $2,000 to sustain our programming for students and teachers without having to send students home with the task of selling items door-to-door, collecting money, delivering goods, selling tickets, or holding a spaghetti dinner. Thank you for helping us achieve our goal!

How to help:

  1. Fill out this form (attached) and include it with a check made payable to: IHS PTA. You may send it in an envelope marked IHS PTA to the high school office with your child or mail it to: Neil Saccamano, IHS PTA Treasurer, 616 Cayuga Heights Rd Ithaca, NY 14850
  2. Make a donation through the online IHS PTA portal at: https://ihspta.memberhub.store
  1. IHS 10th-12th Grade Course Selection (February 4-13th). Before making your selection, please review the 2019-2020 Program of Studies and the 10th-12th Grade Course Selection sheet. Course sections are made through SchoolTool and there is a handy tutorial to walk you through the process. The final deadline to make any course selection changes will be May 10, 2019; after this date, no changes will be allowed; no exceptions.
  1. IHS Morocco Trip: LoveStory, A Dinner & Show Fundraiser (Thursday, February 14th, 6:00pm, Lake Watch Inn). Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes are raising money to support the IHS students traveling to Morocco in April. Join us on Thursday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Watch Inn for LoveStory. Enjoy a gourmet dinner followed by an intimate performance.
  1. IHS to Host GIAC’s Black History Month Talent Show (Friday, February 15th, 6:00-8:00pm, Kulp Auditorium). Attention students and staff! GIAC is holding the Black History Month Talent Show here at IHS on Friday, February 15th. The show is free to attend and will feature a variety of performances from our own African-Latino Club and many community members. The show is free and runs from 6 to 8 pm in Kulp Auditorium.
  1. Running to Places: Newsies (February 15-17th, State Theatre). Newsies! It’s time to seize the day! When the titans of industry oppress the kids on the street, it’s time to strike! And sing! And dance! The whole family will love this Tony Award winning take on the hit movie. Friday & Saturday at 7:00pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm. Tons of IHS students performing!
  1. IHS Senior Movie Night (Wednesday, February 27th, 7:00-9:00pm at Cinemapolis). Free admission for IHS seniors with a Senior Lanyard! Lanyards can be purchased in Mr. Trumble’s office. Movie will be determined soon!
  1. IHS Senior Awards (deadline Friday, March 1, 2019). FREE MONEY!!! This application will be used for several Senior awards from the community and academic departments. Senior awards fall under multiple categories, including academic achievement, financial need, individual character and ethnic background of students (Senior Awards: Art, Technology, English, Mathematics, Business Science, Social Studies, and World Languages). **Please include a copy of your transcript with your application.**
  1. IHS Sophomores (PSAT10, Friday, March 1st, 8:45am). Sophomores: if you signed up for the PSAT10, the PSAT10 practice books are now available in the College and Career Office. PSAT10 test date is March 1st at 8:45am.
  1. IHS PTA Looking for Adult Spellers (IPEI Adult Spelling Bee, Sunday, March 3rd, 2:00-4:00pm, IHS). Adult spellers needed! The IHS PTA is looking for a team of three to participate in the IPEI Adult Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 3rd. We are defending last year’s championship and competing against the other schools in the district. We are high school parents, so we should be able to spell better than the elementary school parents, right?! The event takes place from 2:00-4:00pm at IHS. If you would like to join a team or get some friends together to create your own team, please contact Monica Touesnard (mtouesnard@yahoo.com). Parents, teachers, friends, family, co-workers, etc. are all welcome to participate.
  1. New Visions Open House Dates (March 5-7th). New Visions is a full-year program that offers seniors a non-traditional, academically challenging senior year. Programs include:
  1. New Visions Health and Medical Sciences (Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00-7:30pm at Cayuga Medical Center, Howell Conference Center (2nd FL). Snow date: Thursday, March 14th.
  2. New Visions Engineering (Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00-7:30pm at Cornell University, Thurston Hall, Room 204). Snow date: Monday, March 11th.
  3. New Visions Life Sciences (Thursday, March 7th, 6:00-7:30pm at Cornell University, Guterman Bioclimatic Laboratory, Room 110). Snow date: Tuesday, March 12th.
  1. TST BOCES Visit Day (Friday, March 8th). Interested students should sign up with Mr. Barnes in the College and Career Office. TST BOCES Career and Technical Education Programs: Sports Conditioning & Exercise Science, Animal Science, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Technology, Early Childhood, Heavy Equipment, Nurse Assisting and Health Occupations, and Welding.
  1. IHS Female Seniors: Society of Women Engineers-2019 Margaret R. Brewster Scholarship (deadline March 29, 2019). The 2019 Twin Tiers SWE Scholarship is for high school seniors who identify as females and who would like to be an engineer or computer scientist. Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-May. Five (5) non-renewable scholarships worth $2000 each will be awarded.
  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, April 13th (registration deadline March 8th) and Saturday, June 8th (registration deadline May 3rd).
  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. Go to yearbookordercenter.com 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 ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. 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 mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us.
  1. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  • Northeast and IHS fields: Beginning June 21st until further notice the athletic fields at Northeast and IHS will be closed to outside groups due to maintenance work.
  • Spring Sports Sign Up:

JV and Varsity: Family ID opens February 4th and closes March 3rd. Tryouts will begin March 4th.

Modified: Family ID opens February 25th and closes March 24th. Tryouts will begin March 25th.

If your student is interested in trying out or participating for a Spring sport they must be in good academic standing. This means that no more than two classes can have an average of 64 or below. Please note if your student is currently failing two classes they will not be permitted to try out for a spring sport per the ICSD academic board policy. 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. New IHS Math Class for 2019-20: Math Principles of Robotics. IHS is offering following a new, ½ semester course next year (19-20). This course is perfect for students who are curious to find out how you can use math concepts to program a robot.  Never worked with robots or coded before? No problem! This course is ideal for students with little to no experience with robots or computer programming. You’ll learn computational thinking skills necessary for 21st century jobs! Prerequisite: 80 or better in Algebra 1. Checkout the new 2019-20 Program of Studies from Student Services.
  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. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, February 14th-May 2nd & Fridays, February 15th-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. The Thursday workshop will run from January 31 through May 2, with no class on Thursday, March 14. The Friday workshop will run from February 2 through April 26, with no class on Friday, March 8 or Friday, March 15. 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. Girls Who Code (Sunday, February 17th-April 28th, 12:00-1:30pm Middle School & 2:00-3:30pm High School, Upson Hall Computer Lab, Rm 225). Are you a middle school or high school student? Want to change the world with your fingertips? Come join us and bring your ideas to life with the power of coding! Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC) has partnered with Girls Who Code and Accenture to bring the Girls Who Code program to Ithaca! Students will be able to attend free weekly workshops where they will get the chance to learn the basics of computer science by using hardware and software to create their own projects and tackle real world problems. The class is open to all genders. No experience necessary! Come to one of our first classes on Sunday, February 3rd to learn about all the cool projects and skills you could learn from joining the program. If you’re interested, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/5nducCwBv9aW36Gj1
  1. TCPL to Offer a 3-D Printing Tutorial (Thursday, February 21st, 6:30-8:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites members of the community ages 16+ to its Makerspace for a tutorial on the basics of 3-D printing at 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 21. Participants will learn how TCPL’s 3-D printers work, how to acquire the computer files needed to use the printers, and how to prepare designs for printing. The first half of the session will be in the Makerspace and in the second half the tutorial will move to the Digital Lab. Please note that there will not be time allotted to work on personal projects during this time. Registration is required for this free program designed for people ages 16 and over. Visit https://www.tcpl.org/events/3-d-printing-tutorial-session to register.
  1. TCPL Maker Mondays for Teens to Resume (Mondays, February 25th-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. New York Youth Institute at Cornell University (application deadline Wednesday, 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. Event date is Friday, March 29, 2019. Registration and paper submission deadline February 27, 2019.
  1. IHS Seniors: 2019 CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline Friday, March 1st). 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.  
  1. IHS Seniors: Student Scholarships (deadline, Monday, April 1st). Every year, NYSIR awards three sets of scholarships to college-bound seniors from NYSIR member school districts and BOCES.
  • Cristin Bambino Scholarships are awarded on a regional basis. This scholarship is awarded annually to special education students for their outstanding efforts in working through challenges to complete high school and be accepted at a college or university. Seven regional winners receive $3,000 scholarships, a separate runner-up receives a $4,000 award and a grand winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Paul Jensen Scholarships are awarded to two individuals on a statewide basis. This scholarship is awarded to college-bound students who have demonstrated inspired design and building skills during their high school careers and wish to pursue their talents in college. One scholarship is in the amount of $5,000, and the other has a value of $3,000.
  • Joseph Goncalves Scholarships are awarded to college-bound seniors who have demonstrated a record of involvement and work for a cause or organization that actively promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering, or similar humanitarian aspirations. $5,000 grand award and a $3,000 runner-up grant are awarded on a statewide basis.
  1. IHS Seniors: 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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