January 2nd

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 1/2/19

  1. IHS Morning Munch (1/3)
  2. IHS Spring Musical Orientation (1/4)
  3. IHS Winter Formal (1/12)
  4. January Regents Schedule (1/22-25)
  5. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  6. IHS Yearbook Sibling and Then & Now photos needed
  7. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  8. IHS Daily Announcements
  9. IHS Clubs
  10. Play it Again, Ithaca
  11. Teen Mental Health Group (starting 1/8)
  12. TCPL Families Learning Science Together (1/12)
  13. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (deadline 1/15)
  14. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)
  15. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  16. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  17. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)
  18. IHS Seniors: NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)

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  1. IHS Morning Munch (Thursday, January 3rd). Donations of food are needed for this Thursday, January 3rd 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: Everyone loves to see the homemade goodies that make the Munch so personal. 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 and Have a Happy New Year! 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)

  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition (Orientation Session, Friday, January 4th, 4:00-6:00pm in Kulp). 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. There will be an orientation on Friday, January 4th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in KULP auditorium. All those interested in being involved in any aspect of the musical are strongly encouraged to attend this orientation session.
  1. IHS Winter Formal (Saturday, January 12th, 7:00-10:00pm, Lake Watch Inn). Winter Formal is IHS’ only all-school dress-up dance. This year it’s on January 12 at Lake Watch Inn. Tickets will be on sale next week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and you can find details on the IHS website and through your ICSD email. Hope to see everyone there!
  1. January 2019 Regents Exams (Tuesday, January 22-Friday, January 25th). For more information check this link.
  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. 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 ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com. (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 (mreitenb@icsd.k12.ny.us). Last call for students at work as well. We welcome all quality photos of IHS students. Send all submissions to Ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.
  1. Happy New Year 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 (brittney.snyder@icsd.k12.ny.us) if you are interested in signing up!
  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 president@fabgithaca.org with “instrument donation” in the subject line.
  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 mlittle@mhaedu.org, 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 ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu. 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. 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 www.fabgithaca.org/receive for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email FABGgrants@ipei.org.
  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. 
  1. IHS Seniors: Student Scholarships (deadline, 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.
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