February 6th

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 2/6/19

  1. IHS PTA Alternative Fundraiser
  2. IHS Morning Munch (2/7)
  3. IHS 10th-12 Grade Course Selection (2/4-13)
  4. IHS Seniors Cap & Gown Order (2/6-7)
  5. IHS Code Red Robotics Annual Open House (2/9)
  6. IHS Senior Movie Night (2/27)
  7. IHS Sophomores PSAT10 (3/1)
  8. IHS PTA Looking for Adult Spellers (3/3)
  9. New Visions Open House Dates (3/5-7)
  10. TST BOCES Visit Day (3/8)
  11. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates
  12. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  13. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  14. IHS New Math Class 2019-20: Math Principles of Robotics
  15. IHS Daily Announcements
  16. IHS Clubs
  17. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (2/7-8)
  18. Girls Who Code (2/10)
  19. TCPL Maker Mondays (starting 2/11)
  20. TCPL 3-D Printing Tutorial (2/21)
  21. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  22. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)
  23. IHS Seniors: NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)
  24. 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 Teacher/Staff Breakfast-Morning Munch (Thursday, February 7th). Donations of food are needed for Thursday, February 7th 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); and Elsa Hyde (ehyde65@msn.com).

  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 Seniors: Jostens Cap & Gown Orders (February 6-7th). Jostens will be at IHS during lunch periods on Wednesday and Thursday to take your cap and gown orders. If you are ordering a new set for yourself you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Use the order forms from the class meeting.
  1. IHS Code Red Robotics Annual Open House (Saturday, February 9th, 1:00-4:00pm). Ithaca High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team, Code Red Robotics is hosting our annual community Open House on Saturday, February 9, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The Open House will take place at Ithaca High School, in the Technology E Wing (Lake Street entrance) and is free, child friendly and open to the public. At Open House, Code Red will be offering exciting activities for the community, including interactive exhibits for young children teaching them about science and technology, opportunities to learn about engineering, especially in a high school setting, and other events. Highlights include a Virtual Reality demonstration, and many more fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. For more information visit Code Red Robotics on Facebook and Twitter, or email pr@team639.org.
  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 Sophomores (PSAT10, 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:
  • 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.
  • New Visions Engineering (Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00-7:30pm at Cornell University, Thurston Hall, Room 204). Snow date: Monday, March 11th.
  • 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. 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, March 9th (registration deadline February 8th), 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:
  • Please be sure to check Schedule Galaxy for upcoming home game information.
  • If your student or family is interested in ride sharing with the Arts and Athletics please contact Daphne Shululu (daphne.shululu@icsd.k12.ny.us) or Samantha Little (slittle@icsd.k12.ny.us).
  • Beginning June 21st until further notice the athletic fields at Northeast and IHS will be closed to outside groups due to maintenance work.
  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 7th-May 2nd & Fridays, February 8th-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 10th-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 Maker Mondays for Teens to Resume (Mondays, February 11th-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 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. 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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