June 14th

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” 6/14/2017

  1. IHS PTA Needs a President or Co-Presidents
  2. NYS June 2017 Regents (6/12-22)
  3. Excelsior Scholarship $$$
  4. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for parent volunteers (6/15)
  5. IHS Brain Team finishes strong
  6. Project Lead (pre-registration due 6/26)
  7. Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund for Summer Band and Orchestra
  8. TCPL hosts “Families in Transition” (6/20)

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1.  IHS PTA Needs a President or Co-presidents. The IHS PTA needs to fill the position of President or Co-presidents for next year. This is an excellent opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with school administrators and have a positive impact on our students, families and staff (not to mention a great way to know what’s happening at school). Please consider joining the PTA and helping to bridge the gap between school and home. No experience necessary and lots of support available!

At the high school level the time commitment is minimal compared to elementary and middle school PTA needs. The following is a brief description of the job requirements:
*   Be familiar with PTA by-laws and procedures (resources provided)
*   Provide guidance and oversight for all PTA activities
*   Set schedule and preside over PTA Executive Board and General association meetings (6-8 meetings/year)
*   Meet with Principal and Administrative Team as needed (3-5 times/year, or as needed)
*   Communicate between school and home when needed
*   Review summer packet for PTA content that’s mailed to families before school starts
*   Assist other PTA officers and volunteers when needed
*   Write letters in the Guide and the WORD – 5 total. Can be done by someone else.

If you are interested, please contact current PTA president Vanessa Wagner (vwagner@twcny.rr.com).

2.  NYS Regents (June 12-22, 2017). Here is a link to the NYS June 2017 Regents Examination Schedule. Best of luck to our amazing students!

3.  Excelsior Scholarship! For Students who may qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship you need to do the following:
*   The application is now live on the HESC website. It is due July 21.
*   Tompkins Cortland is holding two more information sessions on Excelsior requirements on June 12 at 6PM at the Ithaca Extension Center and June 13 at 6PM on the Main Campus.
* If a family cannot make it to one of their sessions, the HESC website has tips and fact sheets
*   TC-3 financial aid officers are available to assist students coming to TC3 in the fall (aid@tompkinscortland.edu). Students may also contact their SUNY if they won’t be attending TC3.

4. Ithaca Sports Boosters looking for volunteers to make an impact for our student-athletes. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Ithaca Sports Boosters or stop by the next meeting on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm in the IHS Activities Room.

5.  IHS Brain Team Finishes Strong. Our last tournament of the year is done. Ithaca A (seniors Andrey Shakhzadyan, Casey and Luc Wetherbee, and Daniel Xu) went 15-3 over two days at PACE NSC in Chicago, IL, with undefeated records in both Saturday morning’s preliminary matches and Sunday’s ranked matches. Final ranking 17th out of 96 teams, which is the highest the team has ever placed at this competition.

Ithaca B (senior James Park and sophomores Isaiah Gutman, Vaynu Kadiyali, and Justin Tan) went 7-8 over their matches, including a clean sweep of their opponents in the Sunday placement rounds, ending the tournament ranked 81 — an impressive accomplishment for a team including three sophomores.

This group created an incredible legacy at IHS and we have a very promising group of underclassmen. The IHS Quizbowl program has an excellent future. Thank you seniors!

6.  Project Lead-youth employment program (Pre-registration due June 26th). Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Rural Youth Services and the Town of Dryden’s Youth and Recreation Commission are excited to announce that registration for Project Lead, a youth employment readiness program, is open. Project Lead brings together youth ages 13 and above to engage in job search and employment skills workshops, teambuilding, and service learning projects. Each session of Project Lead consists of four days, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The program will take place in a different location with a different community partner each week. All programs are free and open to residents of Dryden, including residents of the villages of Etna, Freeville, Ellis Hollow, Varna, and Mclean. For more information or to register online, check out www.drydenprojectlead.org or contact Lexi Hartley at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292 or arh238@cornell.edu. Youth are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Pre-registration must be completed by June 26.

7.  Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, an IPEI Fund, Awards Grant for Summer Band and Orchestra Program (June 27-July 27th). The Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), announces summer music scholarships awarded through the Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund. Established by Abby Cohn in memory of her parents and in honor of the excellent music education available in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), the fund will provide more than five music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program.

The Summer Band and Orchestra Program runs June 27 through July 27 with flexible enrollment to allow for summer camps and family vacations. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Cornell University’s Lincoln Hall.  Michael Allen directs the band program and Mark Lewis directs the orchestra program. Four ensemble sections are available from beginning to advance, with sessions starting at 6:30 p.m.  Registration forms and scholarship information are available at the IYB or online at www.ithacayouthbureaurecreation.com.  Questions may be directed to the IYB staff at (607) 273-8364 or by contacting Michael Allen at (607) 274-2295.

8.  TCPL to Host Program for Families of Transitioning Children (June 20th at 6:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library will host award-winning author and educator Luca Maurer for “Families in Transition,” a discussion about supporting children and teens exploring their gender identity, Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm in the BorgWarner Community Room-East. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Teresa Vadakin at tvadakin@tcpl.org.




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