February 15th

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” 2/15/2017

  1. IHS PTA Program (3/9)
  2. IHS Yearbook orders through May $75
  3. Spring 2017 Athletic Forms (2/6-3/1)
  4. IHS Sports Boosters meeting (2/16)
  5. IHS Chamber Music Recital (2/16)
  6. Teach-In to combat Islamophobia through education (2/17)
  7. Martin Luther King Commemorative Lecture (2/21)
  8. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (2/23)
  9. R2P’s “All in the Timing” (2/24-26)
  10. BOCES Career and Tech 10th grade visitation day (3/2; *forms due 2/15*)
  11. Congratulations to IHS teachers: Constance Saltonstall Foundation arts retreat
  12. Learning Web career exploration

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  1. IHS PTA program–“Consent” is not enough: Engaging our community to prevent sexual/dating violence (Thursday, March 9th, 5:30-6:30, IHS Activities Room). Please join us for a campus/community event-especially for IHS parents and teachers. A panel of local experts will: 1) describe the importance of a comprehensive framework; 2) reports on lessons learned from higher education; 3) discuss local efforts to prevent teen sexual and dating violence; and 4) facilitate discussion. Panel presenters include: Nina Cummings and Laura Santacrose, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Cornell University and Lyn Staack, Advocacy Center of Tompkins County. Facilitator will be Tim Marchell, Director of the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Cornell University. Light refreshments will be served.
  2. IHS Yearbooks on sale until May for $75. Buy your yearbook before it’s too late. To order a yearbook, go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter Ithaca High School’s code 8812. If you want to appear in the book and have any pictures of your at work or volunteering be sure to send them to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.
  3. Spring 2017 Athletic Forms (due February 6th-March 1st). For all Spring Varsity and Junior Varsity athletes–the window to turn in your athletic forms to the IHS medical office is February 6th-March 1st. Athletic forms include: 1) Medical History, 2) Sports Eligibility & Consent Form, and 3) Copy of Physical on File (up to date).
  4. IHS Sports Boosters Meeting (Thursday, February 16th, 7:00-8:30pm in  IHS Activities Room). A volunteer organization to support Ithaca modified, JV, and Varsity athletes. Please join us!
  5. IHS Chamber Music Recital (Thursday, February 16th, 7:00-9:00pm). All are welcome to enjoy IHS’s Chamber Music Recital on February 16th from 7:00-9:00pm in the IHS Room Black Box Theatre.
  6. Teach-In at Cornell to combat Islamophobia through education (February 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm, Klarman Hall). In response to the recent Executive Order barring U.S. entry to citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, Cornell’s Department of Near East Studies will hold a teach-in on February 17th in the Groos Family Atrium in Klarman Hall from 10:00am-12:00pm. The event is free and the public is welcome.
  7. Martin Luther King Commemorative Lecture (February 21st, 6:00pm, State Theater). Dawn Porter, award winning filmmaker and director of an upcoming documentary about The New Jim Crow and mass incarceration will speak on February 21, 2017 at 6:00pm at the State Theater of Ithaca for Cornell’s annual MLK Commemorative Lecture. For more information and upcoming events, http://multiculturalresourcecenter.org/bookread
  8. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (Thursday, February 23rd, 4:45pm). Young adults (grades 6-12) are invited to exercise their creative writing muscles during weekly teen writing workshops at the TCPL every Thursday at 4:45pm (February 2nd-April 20th). These hour-long classes will be facilitated by IC writing students and include exercises, prompts, and opportunities to workshop original pieces. To register, visit http://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=nnv&lmx=921784&v=3
  9. R2P’s “All in the Timing” a laugh-fest of fun (February 24-26th). “All in the Timing” is a collection of six of the funniest one-act plays ever! Running to Places (R2P) presents the hilarious comedy February 24-26th at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School (BJM), 302 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca.
  10. BOCES Career and Tech 10th grade visitation day (March 2nd, 9:00-10:45am). Any 10th grade student interested in exploring their Career and Tech programs should see Ms. Sullivan in the Main Office to register and get your field trip permission form. All forms must be returned by February 15th – there will be no exceptions.
  11. Congratulations to IHS teachers selected for the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to teacher retreat. Teachers were selected through a lottery system. IHS February session teachers: Benjamin Eckley, Librarian and Kari Krakow, ENL teacher. IHS April session teachers: Shawn Goodman, School Psychologist and Karen Jordan, ENL teacher. The teachers will focus on creative writing and visual arts. Congratulations!
  12. The Learning Web can help IHS students explore careers. The Learning Web can help IHS students (who live in Town of Ithaca, Village of Lansing, Village of Cayuga Heights, or the Town of Caroline) through career exploration tours and volunteer apprenticeships. Whatever your interest, the Learning Web can help you find an opportunity that can provide insight and hands on experience in your field of interest. If interested, please contact Isaac Piha or 607-275-0122.
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