June 13th

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 6/13/18

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (6/13)
  2. IHS PTA College Panel (6/13)
  3. June 2018 NYS Regents & Final Exam Schedule (6/11-20)
  4. TCPL Study Hours During Regents & Finals (6/11-22)
  5. IHS Senior Prom (6/16)
  6. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (6/21)
  7. IPEI awards IHS
  8. Excelsior Scholarship (due 7/23)
  9. Common App (8/1) and FAFSA (10/1)
  10. Summer SAT & ACT dates
  11. Fall 2018 Sports (start 8/13)
  12. Mayoral Scholarship-2018 Cornell International Summer Debate Camp (due 6/15)
  13. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop (6/22)
  14. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (kick-off 6/29)
  15. TCPL to Host Circus Culture Workshop (7/5)
  16. Camp Coddington looking for Summer CITs
  17. Summer Fun–Empire Passes added to TCPL’s Library of Things
  18. R2P Announces Permanent New Theater for Ithaca

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  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00pm). Please join us for the last PTA meeting of the 2017-18 school year. ***Shameless plug–we have great snacks.***
  1. IHS PTA College Panel, (Wednesday, June 13th at 12:00pm in the H Conference Room). Q&A with IHS alums and current college students. What’s college really like? Perfect timing for Juniors coming out of their US History Regents. Free pizza – woo hoo!
  1. June 2018 NYS Regents & Finals Exam Schedule (June 11-20). ICSD confirmed IHS Regents & Final exam dates. For more information, check out their ICSD’s Regents page.
  1. TCPL Study Hours During Finals and Regents (June 11-22). In support of local middle and high school students during finals and Regents testing weeks, TCPL will offer quiet study hours, testing study guides, and de stressing activities Monday, June 11th-Friday, June 22nd). Quiet hours will run from 10:00am-4:00pm and de stressing activities will be offered from 4:00-6:00pm Monday-Friday in the Library’s Teen Center. For more information, please contact Teen Services Librarian Regina.
  1. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 16th, 7:00-10:00pm, Celebrations-Route 79). Seniors–get ready to dress up, look fabulous, and have a memorable Senior Prom at Celebrations on Route 79. Seniors need an Agreement of Responsibility and a Dance Contract in order to attend. Tickets will be on sale in advance only.
  1. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (Thursday, June 21st, 7:00pm, Athletics and Events Center, Ithaca College). IHS Commencement will take place on June 21st at 7:00pm and last approximately until 8:45pm. Seniors must attend mandatory graduation rehearsal on June 21st at 1:00pm. Congratulations Class of 2018!
  1. IPEI awards presented to Ithaca High School students (congratulations!). Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) partnered with Ithaca High School (IHS) during its two awards ceremonies to present awards recognizing achievement in the arts, sciences and school community. At last week’s underclass and Senior award ceremonies (June 5 & 7), awards were presented to the following students, teachers, clubs:

IHS Senior Class Awards
New Teacher Award: Matthew Soucy
Staff Member Award: Maria Torres
IHS Club Award: K-Pop Dance Club

Special Funds Awards
Noreen Moore: Brianna Mayu
Yan Wang ’05 Memorial: Karina Burban
Carol Buckley Award: Robin Steuteville
Raymond Loehr (Student) Award: Sophia Patt, (presented at underclass awards on June 5, 2018)

  1. Excelsior Scholarship Application Open for New Applicants for 2018-19 Academic Year. The application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants in the 2018-19 academic year is now open. SUNY and CUNY students whose families make up to $110,000 annually can now apply for tuition-free college. Application deadline: July 23, 2018.
  1. College Application Dates for Rising Seniors (Class of 2019). Heads up on two important colleges application dates…Common App opens August 1, 2018 and FAFSA October 1, 2018.
  1. Getting a Jump on 2018-19 SAT and ACT. Registration deadline for the August 25, 2018 SAT/SAT Subject test is July 27th (scores released September 7th). Registration deadline for the September 8, 2018 ACT test is August 10th (scores released September 18th).

11. Fall 2018 Sports Start August 2018. 2018 JV/Varsity Fall Sports tryouts begin August 13. Modified Sports begin August 20. If you are planning your summer vacations, please plan accordingly for August tryouts. For more information checkout the ICSD Athletics.

  1. Mayoral Scholarship Opportunities-2018 Cornell International Summer Debate Camp (due Friday, June 15th). City of Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick for the Mayoral Scholarship program which will award up to 15 full-tuition day camp scholarships ($500 value) to students who reside and/or attend school in Tompkins County. To apply, please go to the Cornell International Summer Debate Camp web site and fill out and sign the 2018 Mayoral Scholarship Application–Cornell International Summer Debate Camp. Applications are due by Friday, June 15, 2018. For any further questions, you can e-mail debate@cornell.edu or call +1 607-255-2136.
  1. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop Series (Fridays through August 31st, 4:15-5:30pm). Due to popular demand, local comic book artist Ten Van Winkle will continue to lead a comic creation workshop series for teens in TCPL’s new Digital Lab. This workshop will continue Fridays through August 31st with no class on Friday, June 15th. Registration and attendance are not required, but each week participant will learn new techniques to build on. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org).
  1. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (Grades 6-12) Kick-off Friday, June 29th at 5:00pm with The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. Teens who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a free book when they sign up, and they earn entries into a prize raffle for every five hours of reading completed. Teens can enjoy free events all summer long at the Library, including The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, Fables and Tales Writing and Gaming Camp, Wearable Electronics Class, Karaoke Night, and more. Registration cards and punch cards to track your reading are available at the Library. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (rdemauro@tcpl.org). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults in grades 6 through 12 to kick off the 2018 Teen Summer Reading Challenge at The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. The sing-along will take place Friday, June 29, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.
  1. TCPL to Host Circus Culture Workshop for Kids (Thursday, July 5, 12:00-1:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host Circus Culture of Ithaca for a fun-filled hour of exploration and excitement, July 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. During this free program, Circus Culture instructors will teach children and families of all ages and experience levels how to juggle, walk on a tight wire, perform basic acrobatics, and more. For more information about the Library’s one-hour, drop-in program, contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at or (607) 272-4557 extension 277.
  1. Camp Coddington looking for Summer CITs. The CIT program at Camp Coddington provides a fun filled, hands on approach to exploring basic job skills, team building and communication. The program will focus on resume building, interviewing skills and leadership opportunities. Job responsibilities include counselor shadowing, snack preparation and clean up, operating our camp store, assistance with camper supervision, including planning and direction of some group activities. The CIT program is open to youth ages 15 and 16. Working papers are required and previous attendance at a camp is a plus! For more information and applications, please visit http://www.coddingtonroad.org/youth-employment or email CRCC Camp Director.
  1. Summer Fun–Empire Passes added to TCPL’s Library of Things. Tompkins County Public Library announces the addition of four New York State Empire Passes to its Library of Things that patrons can check out with their library card. The Empire Passes may be checked out for one week, and allow the card holder (and occupants of their car) entry to any New York State park. There are no holds or renewals for this item. Other Library of Things items include family passes for the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, TCPL tote bags and umbrellas, a tool kit, a variety of phone charger cables, reading glasses, calculators, and more. These items are listed in the library catalog under “Library of Things” and are available at the Circulation Desk.  
  1. R2P Announces Permanent New Theater for Ithaca. “After more than 10 years on the road, it’s time for R2P to settle down,” said Joey Steinhagen, artistic director. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a permanent theatre of our own.” The Ithaca Mall is an ideal location, said James Drew, president of the R2P board. It’s a familiar spot for kids and families and easily accessible, with plenty of parking and four bus lines. In order to pay for the necessary renovations to create the theatre, R2P has launched a capital campaign to raise $150,000 by the end of summer. Jerry Dietz, owner of C.S.P. Management, and Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director Emerita of the Kitchen Theatre, are acting as advisors for the campaign. Donations can be made via the GiveGab platform. Theatre renovations are scheduled to begin September 1, 2018, with the new season opening December 2018. Steinhagen said they’ve planned a season full of favorites to celebrate the new space, launching with the first performance in the Ithaca area of the award-winning “Newsies”; followed by the ever-popular “Annie”; the magical “Alice in Wonderland”; “The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in collaboration with Circus Culture; and for a grand finale, “Mamma Mia.”

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