January 9th

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 1/9/19

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (1/15)
  2. IHS Spring Musical Auditions (1/7-9)
  3. IHS Winter Formal (1/12)
  4. IHS Info Session-NALCO (1/15; event 1/24)
  5. IHS Freshmen: Link Crew’s Cocoa & Cram (1/17)
  6. January Regents Schedule (1/22-25)
  7. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  8. IHS Yearbook Sibling and Then & Now photos needed
  9. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  10. IHS Daily Announcements
  11. IHS Clubs
  12. TCPL Families Learning Science Together (1/12)
  13. Teen Mental Health Group (1/15)
  14. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (deadline 1/15)
  15. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (1/16)
  16. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)
  17. BTI Summer Research Internships (deadline 2/1)
  18. FAGB Spring Mini-Grants (deadline 2/1)
  19. New York Youth Institute (deadline 2/27)
  20. IHS Seniors: CNY STEM Scholars Program (deadline 3/1)
  21. IHS Seniors: NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)

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  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Tuesday, January 15th, 7:00pm, Activities Building). The next PTA meeting will be on January 15, at 7pm in the Activities Room at IHS. The meeting will start with former IHS students talking about their Gap Year experience. Students interested in taking a gap year and their parents are encouraged to attend. The regular PTA meeting will start at approximately 7:45pm. The deputy superintendent of ICSD, Lily Talcott, will join the meeting to discuss the proposed Capital Project.
  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition (Auditions, Monday, January 7th & Wednesday, January 9th). Auditions held on Monday, January 7th (4:30-5:45pm) and Wednesday, January 9th (4:30-5:45pm) in Kulp. An audition at GIAC will also be held on Wednesday, January 9th (6:00-7:15pm). Interested students must attend one of these auditions. Concerned about transportation? Contact Daphne Shululu or family liaison Barbara Bergman. Break a leg!
  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. Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) (IHS Info Session, Tuesday, January 15th, 3:45pm; Open Round Thursday, January 24th, 9:30am-1:00pm). The Department of Linguistics at Cornell is hosting the Linguistics Olympiad (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad NACLO http://www.nacloweb.org/) January 24th and will offer an information training session on Saturday, January 12th, 11:00am-12:30pm (local info http://linguistics.cornell.edu/outreach. We will also be offering an info session at IHS, Tuesday, January 15, 3:45, K17 hosted by Suzanne Nussbaum.

NACLO is a pencil and paper contest in which students use analytical skills to solve puzzles in languages that they do not know. The target audience for NACLO is high schoolers (9-12th grades), but middle schoolers (6-8th grades) are also welcome to participate. NACLO has no prerequisites and no registration fee. The NACLO open round is on January 24th from 9:30am-1:00pm. This is followed by an invitational round on March 7th and the International Linguistics Olympiad in Yongin, Korea in July 2019. Registration is now open and select Cornell University as contest location.

  1. IHS Freshmen: IHS Link Crew Cocoa & Cram (January 17th, 3:30-6:00pm). Get ready, study up, and enjoy hot cocoa. Gook luck with midterms!
  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. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  • The Unified Sports Club “Spread the Word to End the Word” pledge/drive. This pledge/drive isn’t for $, but rather a pledge to not use the “R-Word.” The club members will be in the cafeteria during all lunch periods Monday, January 7th-Wednesday, January 9th with giant banner for people to sign as their “pledge.” This banner will be displayed during the Unified Sports games this spring as a reminder of our United community.
  • Spring sports start Monday, March 4th for JV/Varsity; Monday, March 11th for Modified

Baseball: Varsity, JV, Modified
Softball: Varsity, JV, Modified
Boys, Lacrosse: Varsity, JV, Modified
Girls, Lacrosse: Varsity, JV Modified
Boys Tennis: Varsity, Modified
Boys Track: Varsity, Modified
Girls Track: Varsity, Modified

  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 Families Learning Science Together: Electrostatics (Saturday, January 12th, 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. Teen Mental Health Group (Tuesday, January 15th, 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. Cornell’s Innovation Hackathon (application deadline Tuesday, 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. Event date is Friday, February 15, 2019. Registration deadline is January 15, 2019.
  1. TCPL Monthly Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, January 16th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Programming Room). TCPL invites young adults in grades 6-12 or their homeschool equivalents to read Kiersten White’s book, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, then meet to discuss it on Wednesday, January 16th from 4:30-5:30pm in the library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. Free copies of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein are available for participants at the Teen Services office. For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org.
  1. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (application deadline Saturday, 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. 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. 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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