January 30th

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 1/30/19

  1. IHS PTA Alternative Fundraiser
  2. IHS Code Red Robotics Annual Open House (2/9)
  3. IHS PTA Looking for Adult Spellers (3/3)
  4. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  5. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  6. IHS New Math Class 2019-20: Math Principles of Robotics
  7. IHS Daily Announcements
  8. IHS Clubs
  9. 2nd annual IC Women in Math Day (registration deadline 1/30; event 2/2)
  10. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (starting 1/31)
  11. BTI Summer Research Internships (deadline 2/1)
  12. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  13. Girls Who Code (starting 2/3)
  14. TCPL Maker Mondays (starting 2/4)
  15. TCPL 3-D Printing Tutorial (2/21)
  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 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 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 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. 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:
  • Senior Night Dates:

Varsity Boys Basketball & Competitive Cheer: 02/05 @ 6:30 pm Bliss Gym
Boys Ice Hockey: 02/05 @ 6:30 pm Cass Park
Varsity Girls Basketball:  No seniors on team- Teacher Appreciation Night instead on 02/06 @ 6:45 pm Bliss Gym

  • 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. ÂNever 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. Keep your eyes open for 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. 2nd annual IC Women in Math Day (registration deadline Wednesday, January 30th; event Saturday, February 2nd, 10:30am-2pm). What do math, free food, and games have in common? IC Women in Math Day! Engage with other high school students and explore through hands-on activities how playing and winning games can help you to solve real-world problems. Network with college students, career professionals, and professors and learn how studying math in college prepares you for an abundance of careers. Registration and more information at https://www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/math/outreach/ic_women_in_math_day/.
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, January 31st-May 2nd & Fridays, February 2nd-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.
  2. BTI Summer Research Internships (deadline February, February 1st). Undergraduate and high school summer internships at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), Cornell University, and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently BTI offers positions to outstanding students interested in plant genome research, bioinformatics and science communications. Local high school students, who are at least sixteen years of age at the start of the program, are eligible to apply for a six-week internship. Housing is not provided for high school students, and students must provide their own transportation to and from BTI each day. High school interns receive stipends, but are not provided housing, travel, or meal allowances. For more information contact@btiscience.org.
  1. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline Friday, February 1st). 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. Girls Who Code (starting Sunday, February 3rd, 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 (starting Monday, February 4th, 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.
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