March 6th

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 3/6/19

  1. IHS Morning Munch (3/7)
  2. IHS Orchestra Cabaret Night (3/8)
  3. MIOSM Combined Band Concert (3/13)
  4. IHS PTA Meeting (3/20)
  5. IHS Casino Night Help Needed (event 4/5)
  6. New Visions Open House Dates (3/5-7)
  7. TST BOCES Visit Day (3/8)
  8. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates
  9. IHS Yearbook on Sale Now
  10. IHS Athletic Department Updates
  11. IHS Daily Announcements
  12. IHS Clubs
  13. Save the Date: IHS Spring Musical (4/12-14)
  14. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (3/7-3/8)
  15. Girls Who Code (3/10)
  16. TCPL Maker Mondays (3/11)
  17. SEPTA Meeting (3/11)
  18. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (3/20)
  19. IHS Senior Scholarship Opportunities:
    1. SWE-2019 Margaret R. Brewster Scholarship (deadline 3/29)
    2. NYSIR Scholarships (deadline 4/1)
    3. CMC Foundation Scholarship (4/8)
    4. Finger Lakes Runners Club Scholarship (4/12)
    5. 2019 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award (5/1)

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  1. IHS Teacher/Staff Breakfast-Morning Munch (Thursday, March 7th). Donations of food are needed for Thursday, March 7th for Morning Munch–breakfast compliments of parents. Repeatedly, the teachers remark what a great event this is and how appreciative they are of the parents for providing all the food and fresh hot coffee to start their day. We need your help!

Fresh Fruit: We welcome fresh fruit (apples, bananas, clementines) that are easy for teachers to grab on the go and 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: Homemade items including but not limited to brownies, fruit crisp, bars, cookies, banana bread, muffins, coffee cake and scones make a great morning treat

Gift CardsCash/check to IHS PTA: These would be helpful for the following months. Each month we purchase yogurt and fresh 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. Please contact one of the coordinators if you need to arrange an earlier drop off. THANK YOU for your help! IHS Morning Munch Coordinators: Jaclene Weston (; Linda Galanthay (; Laurie Morse (; Deborah Whitehead (; and Elsa Hyde (

  1. IHS Orchestra Cabaret Night (Friday, March 8th, 7:00-9:30pm, Kulp). All are welcome to attend and enjoy this annual talent show. IHS has amazing and talented students!
  1. Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) Combined Band Concert (Wednesday, March 13th, 7:00-9:30pm, Kulp Auditorium). Not to miss! All are welcome to enjoy MIOSM and “the wall of sound.” Come and celebrate our fabulous young musicians.
  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00pm Activities Room). The next IHS PTA meeting will be March 20th at 7pm at the high school in the Activities Room. We’ve heard concerns about the violence in the school so Principal Trumble is planning to be there to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you there.
  1. IHS Seniors: Casino Night–Help Needed! (Event: Friday, April 5th). On Friday April 5, 2019 the Senior class will host Casino Night at Ithaca High School. We are looking for volunteers to make this event amazing for our students and we would love your help! Volunteers are needed for the committees listed below:

    Arrange donations of finger food and drinks donated by local businesses and senior families. Organize food and drink the night of and serve hungry & thirsty students and adults running the games tables

Prizes: solicit, gather, organize and distribute prizes donated by local businesses or organizations

Decorations: Work with class officers to determine a theme and turn the cafeteria into a casino with all the supplies located in the activities building

Banking: Create, copy, organize and distribute fake money to students and game tables and keep tables stocked with money throughout the night

Games: Run a game table (Poker, Hold’em, Craps, Roulette etc)

Please consider helping out:

Questions? Contact Carolann or Maria at: Event volunteers will also be needed for: Set-up; Clean-up; and Various things during the event. Sign up for event volunteers will be sent in March. It takes a village to build a casino come join us!

  1. New Visions Open House Dates (March 5-7th). New Visions is a full-year program that offers seniors a non-traditional, academically challenging senior year. Programs include:
  1. New Visions Health and Medical Sciences (Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00-7:30pm at Cayuga Medical Center, Howell Conference Center (2nd FL). Snow date: Thursday, March 14th.
  2. New Visions Engineering (Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00-7:30pm at Cornell University, Thurston Hall, Room 204). Snow date: Monday, March 11th.
  3. New Visions Life Sciences (Thursday, March 7th, 6:00-7:30pm at Cornell University, Guterman Bioclimatic Laboratory, Room 110). Snow date: Tuesday, March 12th.
  1. TST BOCES Visit Day (Friday, March 8th). Interested students should sign up with Mr. Barnes in the College and Career Office. TST BOCES Career and Technical Education Programs: Sports Conditioning & Exercise Science, Animal Science, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Technology, Early Childhood, Heavy Equipment, Nurse Assisting and Health Occupations, and Welding.
  1. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates. Want to knock out some testing this Spring? SAT and SAT Subject Tests (great to take while prepping for corresponding AP exam) and ACT dates are coming up. Upcoming SAT/SAT Subject dates: Saturday, May 4th (registration deadline April 5th); and Saturday, June 1st (registration deadline May 3rd). Upcoming ACT dates: Upcoming ACT dates: Saturday, April 13th (registration deadline March 8th) and Saturday, June 8th (registration deadline May 3rd).
  1. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now. Go to and enter out code of 8812. If you have a great photo of our students at work, at school or participating in the many school clubs and activities please send it to We are also welcoming new members. No experience necessary. Writers, photographers, graphic artists, JOIN THE YEARBOOK. We meet Tuesday afternoons in Library Lab 1 but students can contribute to the book even if they are unable to attend meetings. Interested? Questions? e-mail
  1. Updates from the Athletics Department:
  • Northeast and IHS fields: Beginning June 21st until further notice the athletic fields at Northeast and IHS will be closed to outside groups due to maintenance work.
  • Spring Sports Sign Up:

Modified: Registration opens February 25th and closes March 24th. Tryouts will begin March 25th.

If your student is interested in trying out or participating for a Spring 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 currently failing two classes they will not be permitted to try out for a spring sport per the ICSD academic board policy. The athletic department is here to partner with you in order to support and empower your student. If you have any questions please contact us at 607-274-2155.

  1. IHS Daily Announcements. We love our students, but sometimes they are not the best at sharing information. Check out IHS Daily Announcements to follow daily IHS news & updates.
  1. IHS Clubs. IHS has something for everyone! Get involved, meet some new people, and have fun. For a complete list check out this link.
  1. SAVE THE DATE: IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition (April 12-14th, Kulp Auditorium). Save the date for the sure to sell out shows the weekend of April 12-14th.
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, March 7th-May 2nd & Fridays, March 8th-April 26th, 4:30-5:30pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites local teens to flex their creative muscles in weekly after school writing workshops. There will be two different workshops, one meeting on Thursdays and one on Fridays. Both workshops will meet at 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. The Thursday workshop will run from January 31 through May 2, with no class on Thursday, March 14. The Friday workshop will run from February 2 through April 26, with no class on Friday, March 8 or Friday, March 15. Teens may sign up for 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 Writopia-trained students 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 for the Thursday workshop at Register online for the Friday workshop at
  1. Girls Who Code (Sunday, March 10th-April 28th, 12:00-1:30pm Middle School & 2:00-3:30pm High School, Upson Hall Computer Lab, Rm 225). Are you a middle school or high school student? Want to change the world with your fingertips? Come join us and bring your ideas to life with the power of coding! Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC) has partnered with Girls Who Code and Accenture to bring the Girls Who Code program to Ithaca! Students will be able to attend free weekly workshops where they will get the chance to learn the basics of computer science by using hardware and software to create their own projects and tackle real world problems. The class is open to all genders. No experience necessary! If you’re interested, please fill out this form:
  1. TCPL Maker Mondays for Teens to Resume (Mondays, March 11th-May 20th, 4:00-6:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens to drop-in hours in its Makerspace, every Monday, starting February 4 and going through May 20, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. These drop-in hours “Maker Mondays for Teens” provide people aged 12 to 17 the opportunity to express their creativity while becoming familiar with the equipment in the Library’s Makerspace. Tutorials will be provided for the Makerbot 3D Printer, Epilogue Helix Laser Cutter, and Cricut. These free drop-in sessions do not require registration. For more information, contact Joah at
  1. SEPTA Meeting (Monday, March 11th, 5:30-7:30pm, BJM Cafeteria). ICSD families, teachers, and staff are invited to join us at the upcoming Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) meeting. All are welcome. Mary Grover, Inclusion Officer for ICSD, will discuss the topic Beyond Integration: Inclusive Supports In and Outside of Classrooms. Childcare and dinner will be provided. RSVP not necessary, but appreciated.
  1. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, March 20th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Programming Room). The Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) invites young adults grades 6-12 to a monthly book discussion series. For March, the book selection is Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh. Free copies of the book are available for participants from the Teen Services Librarian, Regina DeMauro (
  1. IHS SENIOR $CHOLARSHIP$ (the list keeps growing):

Society of Women Engineers-2019 Margaret R. Brewster Scholarship (deadline March 29, 2019). The 2019 Twin Tiers SWE Scholarship is for high school seniors who identify as females and who would like to be an engineer or computer scientist. Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-May. Five (5) non-renewable scholarships worth $2000 each will be awarded.

NYSIR Student Scholarships (deadline, Monday, April 1st). Every year, NYSIR awards three sets of scholarships to college-bound seniors from NYSIR member school districts and BOCES.

  • Cristin Bambino Scholarships are awarded on a regional basis. This scholarship is awarded annually to special education students for their outstanding efforts in working through challenges to complete high school and be accepted at a college or university. Seven regional winners receive $3,000 scholarships, a separate runner-up receives a $4,000 award and a grand winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Paul Jensen Scholarships are awarded to two individuals on a statewide basis. This scholarship is awarded to college-bound students who have demonstrated inspired design and building skills during their high school careers and wish to pursue their talents in college. One scholarship is in the amount of $5,000, and the other has a value of $3,000.
  • Joseph Goncalves Scholarships are awarded to college-bound seniors who have demonstrated a record of involvement and work for a cause or organization that actively promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering, or similar humanitarian aspirations. $5,000 grand award and a $3,000 runner-up grant are awarded on a statewide basis.

CMC Foundation Scholarship (deadline April 8th). The Cayuga Medical Center Foundation Scholarship is a merit-based award designed to provide financial support to graduating seniors intending to continue their education in pursuit of a health center career. All material must be submitted to Brenda Powers by April 8, 2019. Before you begin the application, please read the cover letter.

Finger Lakes Runners Club Scholarship (deadline April 12th). The Finger Lakes Runners Club awards two unrestricted $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to two deserving high school seniors who participated in their school’s cross-country and/or track & field teams. Eligible students must reside in Tompkins County or a surrounding county. FLRC must receive the application by April 12, 2019.

2019 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award (deadline, May 1, 2019). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County is pleased to announce the Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award, an opportunity for a Latina/o graduating high school senior to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used towards any future academic program. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2019. Please send the complete application by email ( or by mail (LCA of Tompkins County, PO Box 6532, Ithaca, NY 14851).


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