March 4th

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

Ithaca High School PTA E-News 3/4/20

  1. IHS Adult Spelling Bee Team and Duthie Orthodontics–thank you!
  2. IHS Morning Munch (3/5)
  3. IHS Orchestra Cabaret Night (3/6)
  4. IHS Senior Awards and Scholarships
  5. IHS Athletic Updates (JV/Varsity registration ends 3/8)
  6. IHS Casino Night Volunteers Needed (3/13)
  7. IHS PTA Meeting (3/24)
  8. IHS Annual Orders (Senior ADs & Pre-Orders)
  9. IHS School Closet – gently used items welcomed
  10. FABG General Meeting (3/11)
  11. ICSD Community Conversations (3/17)
  12. TST BOCES Open House (3/19)
  13. YES Summer Jobs Program (accepting applications 3/2)
  14. CBC Spring Registration Open (Novice starts 3/9)
  15. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (3/5-4/30)
  16. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (3/18)
  17. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 3/18)
  18. Ithaca Youth Council Ambassadors–Teen Input Needed
  19. AP Exams (5/4-15)
  20. Spring 2020 Standardized Test Dates (SAT/ACT)

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1. Thank you to the IHS Adult Spelling Bee Team – Allison Chatrchyan, Arti Jewett and Justin Carr.  They did a fabulous job and made it to the final round of the IPEI Adult Spelling Bee on Sunday!  Also thank you to our team sponsor, Duthie Orthodontics for enabling the team to participate. All proceeds go towards providing grants to teachers and educators in the district!

2. Morning Munch – IHS Teacher/Staff Breakfast (Thursday, March 5th). Donations of food are needed for Thursday, March 5th for Morning Munch – breakfast compliments of IHS families. Repeatedly, teachers remark what a great event this is and how appreciative they are of parents and guardians for providing all the food and fresh hot coffee to start their day. We need your help! Please consider making a donation:

  • Fresh Fruit—We welcome fresh fruit (apples, bananas, clementines) that are easy for teachers to grab on the go and require no preparation on your part!
  • Purchased Food—A variety of purchased food makes a good choice for the Munch–including breakfast pastry, muffins, donuts, cookies, granola bars, you name it.
  • Homemade Baked Goods—Everyone loves to see the homemade goodies that make the Munch so personal! Homemade items including but not limited to fruit crisp, banana (or other) bread, muffins, coffee cake, scones, and breakfast casseroles make a great morning treat.
  • Gift Cards or Cash/check to IHS PTA—These would be helpful for the following months. Each month we purchase yogurt and fruit for yogurt parfaits along with Ithaca Bakery bagels and cream cheese. Wegmans, BJ’s, and Ithaca Bakery gift cards are all good choices that help cover this expense.

Food may be brought to room F36 (enter through F35) near the cafeteria on Thursday morning or dropped off in the Main Office.. Early drop-offs (prior to Thursday) can be arranged with one of the PTA Morning Munch Coordinators. Please contact Patricia or Melissa (contact info below) if you plan to send in a donation or would like to help at the breakfast. Thank you for your help! IHS PTA Morning Munch Coordinators: Patricia Sipple (, Melissa Rachlinski (, Linda Galanthay (, Laurie Morse (, Deborah Whitehead (, and Elsa Hyde ( 

3. Ithaca High School Orchestra Cabaret Night (Friday, March 6th, 7:00pm, Kulp Auditorium). All are welcome.

4. IHS Senior Awards and Scholarships:

5. IHS Athletics Updates

Spring Sports Registration
If you are interested in signing your student-athlete up for a Spring Sports you must do so online through Family ID

  • JV and Varsity: Family ID opens February 10, 2020; Season begins March 9, 2020

Please plan accordingly as any student interested in participating in a sport is expected to be present for try-outs & school breaks. If your student is interested in trying out or participating in any sport they must be in good academic standing. This means that no more than two classes can have an average of 64 or below. Please note, if your student is failing two classes when the season begins they will not be permitted to try out for a sport per the ICSD Academic Board Policy.

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 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 or 617-365-7412.

7. 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.

8. IHS Annual (Senior ADs and Pre-Ordering). It is time to order your Senior congratulatory ADS for your graduating senior. Go to to create your AD or send us your images and message to 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 .

The only way to positively get a copy of this year’s Annual is to pre-order. Go to 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.

9. 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! 

10. 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.   

11. 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. 

12. 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. 

13. 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.

14. Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) Spring Registration Now Open. Registration for Spring Rowing with Cascadilla Boat Club is now open. Try a new sport, No experience necessary to join, programs available for 6th-12th graders, for more information contact Head Coach, Theresa Alessio,

15. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, March 5-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 For more information, please contact Teen Services at or by phone at (607) 272-4557, extension 274.

16. 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

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

18. 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. 

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

20. 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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