March 11th

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.

1. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs

2. IHS Casino Night Volunteers Needed (3/13)

3. IHS PTA Meeting (3/24)

4. IHS Senior Awards and Scholarships

5. IHS Athletic Updates

6. IHS Annual Orders (Senior ADs & Pre-Orders)

7. IHS School Closet – gently used items welcomed

8. FABG General Meeting (3/11)

9. ICSD Community Conversations (3/17)

10. TST BOCES Open House (3/19)

11. YES Summer Jobs Program (accepting applications 3/2)

12. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (3/12-4/30)

13. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (3/18)

14. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 3/18)

15. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (3/20-4/1)

16. Ithaca Youth Council Ambassadors–Teen Input Needed

17. AP Exams (5/4-15)

18. Spring 2020 Standardized Test Dates (SAT/ACT)

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1. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs. Dear ICSD Families–As you know, we are getting daily guidance from local and state health authorities regarding COVID-19. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) are increasing vigilance on flu-like illness in an effort to prevent folks at risk of further sickness from being exposed or exposing others. Please see our updated FAQs for full details.

2. IHS Senior Casino Night-Volunteers Needed (Friday, March 13th). The senior class event, Casino Night, will take place on March 13th. Volunteers are needed to help with decorating, refreshments, raffle donations and running the games. If you can help, please contact Debbie Whitehead at hrblockr@hotmail.com or 617-365-7412.

3. IHS PTA Meeting-Save the Date (Tuesday, March 24th, IHS Activities Room, 6:30pm). Please save the date and all are welcome. Agenda coming soon.

4. IHS Senior Awards and Scholarships:

5. IHS Athletics Updates

Purchase your spring sports gear by March 23! Ithaca Athletics is working with Special Tees to sell exclusive apparel for the spring 2020 sports season. Links to each team’s online store can be found below. Orders must be placed by March 23! found below. Orders must be placed by March 23! Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Unified Bowling, Unified Basketball.

2019-2020 Capital Improvement Timeline-ICSD Athletics:

  • Pool (Repairs): February 24, 2020- August 14, 2020
  • Moresco Stadium (Replace Track, Bleachers, Press box, and Turf): June 1, 2020- October 10, 2020
  • Tatascore Field (Drainage, fencing and other improvements): May 31, 2021-August 27, 2021

6. IHS Annual (Senior ADs and Pre-Ordering). It is time to order your Senior congratulatory ADS for your graduating senior. Go to yearbookordercenter.com to create your AD or send us your images and message to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com All information can be found on the ICSD website. We also welcome business ADS and continue to seek photos of students in our attempt to get everyone in the book multiple times. These can be sent to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com .

The only way to positively get a copy of this year’s Annual is to pre-order. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter 8812 to order on-line. If you would like to pay by check you can send a check for $75 made out to “IHS Annual” to Ithaca High School, Attention Lyn Reitenbach.

7. IHS School Closet. Did you know IHS has a School Closet? The librarian at IHS created a student closet that has small toiletries, shoes, and clothing which students can borrow. With the colder weather there is a need for gently used warmer clothing and coats. If you have any unused clothing or available toiletries at home please drop them off at the school office. Thank you! 

8. FABG General Meeting (Wednesday, March 11th, 5:30-7:00pm, Kulp Lounge). The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium Lounge. FABG is open to all K-12 staff, parents, students and community members and is concerned with all arts areas. Join the group and volunteer to work on goals – communication, grant giving, development, community connections, and instrument recycling.   

9. ICSD Community Conversations – Join us! (Next: March 17th, 7:00pm, Tompkins County Public Library) These community conversations are intended to engage all members of our community to help create a vision for our district as we discuss our long-range fiscal planning. We look forward to hearing all of your ideas, thoughts, and different strategies. Upcoming locations and dates: March 17th (Tompkins County Public Library). All of the community conversations will begin at 7:00 p.m.; they will follow Board of Education Committee Work Sessions, which are also open to the public. 

10. TST BOCES Open House (Thursday, March 19th, 6:00-7:30pm). You are invited to theTST BOCES Career and Technical Education Center Open House. View classroom demonstrations, meet teachers and students, and meet with an Admissions Counselor from TC3 to explore post-secondary college options. Experience programs that prepare you for college and employment: animal science, auto body/technology, computer technology/cybersecurity, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, digital media, early childhood, heavy equipment, nurse assistant and health occupations, sports and exercise science, and welding. 

11. YES Summer Jobs Program (accepting applications starting Monday, March 2nd). Youth Employment Service (YES) is a program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The YES Summer Jobs Program puts about 180 teens (ages 14-20) to work in the community at over seventy different worksites. Jobs include camp counseling, working with local banks and offices, farming and gardening, working with food and in retail stores, working with children and the elderly, and more! Teens work up to 120 hours, usually around 20 hours per week over the course of six weeks. All jobs pay $11.10 an hour. Who Qualifies: All teens ages 14-20 who live within the City of Ithaca are eligible. Teens ages 14-20 living within Tompkins County who qualify for free or reduced price lunch may be eligible. Teens ages 14-20 who are first time workers living in the Towns of Ithaca, Caroline, Enfield, and Danby and the Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights may be eligible. Priority is to serve teens who are 14-15 years old and/or first-time workers.

12. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, March 12-April 30, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens to flex their creative muscles in this weekly after school writing workshop on Thursdays, beginning January 23 and running through April 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. NOTE: The workshop will not meet March 12. Teens may attend 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 volunteers from Ithaca College, and they will involve a variety of prompts, exercises, and opportunities to workshop pieces. Advance registration is preferred, but drop-ins are always welcome. Register online at www.tcpl.org/events/teen-writing-workshops-23. For more information, please contact Teen Services at rdemauro@tcpl.org or by phone at (607) 272-4557, extension 274.

13. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, March 18th, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults in grades 6 through 12 to a monthly book discussion series. The group will meet Wednesday, March 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room. For the March meeting of this monthly book club, participants will read and discuss Shout, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Shout is a New York Times bestseller and one of 2019’s best-reviewed books, a poetic memoir and call to action from the award-winning author of Speak. Book club participants can pick up a free copy of this month’s title from the Teen Services office. For more information about this and other young adult programming, contact Teen Services at rdemauro@tcpl.org

14. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Cycle II deadline, Wednesday, March 18th). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. For more information, click here

15. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Fridays, March 20-April 1, 4:30-5:30pm). Due to the popularity of the Thursday teen writing workshops, Tompkins County Public Library has added another weekly opportunity for teens to flex their creative muscles, Fridays, beginning March 20 and running through May 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. Teens may attend 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 volunteers 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 at www.tcpl.org/events/friday-teen-writing-workshop-16 .

16. Ithaca Youth Council Ambassadors–Teen Input Needed. The Ithaca Youth Council Ambassadors have been working around issues of voting and civic engagement, and are currently surveying their peers to learn more about youth attitudes toward voting in Tompkins County. If you know or work with teens, please share this survey link with them. It takes about five minutes to complete. 

17. AP Exams (May 4-15th). For students enrolled in AP classes–May 4-15, 2020: AP Exams.

18. Upcoming Standardized Spring 2020 Testing Dates. If your student is planning ahead for Spring testing, here are the upcoming dates: 

  • SAT: May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
  • SAT Subjects Tests: May 2, 2020 (register by April 3, 2020); and June 6, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020). Pro tip–AP exams are great prep for SAT Subject tests.
  • ACT: June 13, 2020 (register by May 8, 2020).
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