June 20th

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 6/20/18 – Last E-News of 2017-18 (be back Fall 2018)

  1. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (6/21)
  2. ICSD Administrative Announcements
  3. Free Cornell Summertime College Fair (7/23)
  4. Excelsior Scholarship (due 7/23)
  5. Common App (8/1) and FAFSA (10/1)
  6. Summer SAT & ACT dates
  7. Fall 2018 Sports (start 8/13)
  8. TCPL Comic Creation Workshop (6/22)
  9. TCPL Game On (starts 6/28)
  10. TCPL Teen Summer Reading Challenge (kick-off 6/29)
  11. TCPL to Host Circus Culture Workshop (7/5)
  12. TCPL Makerspace Wearable LED (7/10)
  13. Camp Coddington looking for Summer CITs
  14. Summer Fun–Empire Passes added to TCPL’s Library of Things
  15. R2P Announces Permanent New Theater for Ithaca

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  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. ICSD Administrative Announcements: Keith Harrington has been appointed principal of Enfield Elementary School; Kristin Herman will be joining Mr. Harrington at Enfield Elementary as associate principal; Lauren Wright has been appointed associate principal at Boynton Middle School; ICSD has appointed Carlan Gray and Corey Mitchell as associate principals at Ithaca High School; and David Brown, outgoing ICSD Director of Fine and Performing Arts has been appointed Superintendent of DeRuyter Central School District. For more information, please see ICSD Communications.
  1. Free Cornell Summertime College Fair (Monday, July 23, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm, Statler Ballroom). Cornell University’s Summer College for High School Students invites area high school students, their families, teachers, and guidance counselors to the Summertime College Fair. This free event is scheduled from 4 to 6:00PM on Monday, July 23, in the Statler Ballroom in Statler Hall on the Cornell University campus. Please enter through the east entrance of the Hotel. Admissions officers from more than 45 colleges and universities (subject to change) will be happy to answer your questions about their college programs (academic and extracurricular), application process, financial aid, and more. The fair is open to the public, and we encourage parents, high school students, teachers, guidance counselors, adult learners, and anyone else interested in college options to attend. For more information about the fair and a full list of participating colleges and universities, visit sce.cornell.edu/sc/college_ fair.
  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).
  1. Fall 2018 Sports Start August 2018. 2018 JV/Varsity Fall Sports tryouts begin August 13th. 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. 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 Summer Session of Game On for Kids and Teens (Thursdays, June 28-Aug 30, 3:00-5:00pm). TCPL invites kids and teens to participate in the summer session of Game On, Thursdays, June 28th-August 30th from 3:00-5:00pm in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. At the weekly drop-in gamming program, kids and teens meet for board games, table top RPGs, card games, and more. No registration required and program is free.
  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 5th, 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. TCPL Teens to Create Wearable LED Electronics in Makerspace (Tuesday, July 10th, 2:00-4:00pm). TCPL invites young adults in grades 6-12 to create a piece of wearable electronics in a workshop on Tuesday, July 10th from 2:00-4:00pm in the Library’s Makerspace. Space is limited and registration required.
  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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