May 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

Ithaca High School PTA E-News 05/11/2022

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (5/24)
  2. IHS Class of 2022 Casino Night (6/1) – donations and volunteers needed
  3. IHS Staff Appreciation (6/5) – contribution deadline 
  4. IHS Athletics Updates
  5. IHS Scholarship Opportunities
  6. IHS Yearbook Purchase
  7. YES 2022 Summer Jobs (deadline 5/15)
  8. SAT and ACT Dates

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1. Save the Date: IHS PTA Meeting (Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00pm via Zoom). Agenda will include updates from Principal Jason Trumble with Q&A. Join Zoom Meeting:

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2. Class of 2022 Casino Night (Wednesday, June 1st. 7:00-9:30pm, IHS cafeteria and Quad). Volunteers needed (not just senior families!) Casino Night has been a spring event for seniors since the 1960s. The event is free to all seniors. Parent and IHS staff volunteers will run tables of Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, 5 Card Draw Poker, Roulette, Wheel of Fortune, and Craps. The seniors can exchange their Casino Night currency winnings for fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. They can also enjoy refreshments and hang out together. Parents/guardians coordinate every aspect of the event, and help is needed to make it a success! Sign up here to help with set-up, clean-up, raffle prizes, or during the event. You don’t have to have a senior to volunteer! It’s a great way to get a preview of the event for when your child is a senior. If you have prize items to donate or are willing to contact local businesses to request donations, please contact Joe Lyons If you aren’t able to volunteer, you can make a financial donation here. The Class of 2022 has not had many opportunities to experience time-honored Ithaca High School traditions, so let’s help them finish their senior year with a fun social event! Questions? Contact Patricia Sipple at

3. Ithaca High School Staff Appreciation 2022. Your help is needed! Please join us in thanking our incredible IHS staff for all of their hard work, dedication and commitment to our students and families! Let’s celebrate them by acknowledging their genuine efforts with a GIFT of Appreciation.

There are just over 200 staff members who teach, support, guide and care for our kids each and every day. We want to honor each of our hardworking caregivers with a gift card to local downtown businesses to convey our sincere appreciation for all they do! We are asking you to please make your financial contribution by June 5th. Any amount is welcome and will be of great help! If your budget allows, please give generously.

  • Donation Link-
  • Donate via text-  Text ‘giftcard’ to (919) 626-3277
  • Donate by check-  Send check payable to IHS PTA to: Deawn Hersini, IHS PTA President, Ithaca High School, 1401 Cayuga St., Ithaca NY 14850 (please note ‘Staff Appreciation’ in the memo line).

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity. Want to volunteer? Please feel free to reach out with any questions to Judi Galgoczy at or Deawn Hersini at

4. IHS Athletics Updates

  • Unified Basketball May 11th @ 4:30 pm Unified District Banner Celebration in Bliss Gym
  • The Spring NLI Signing Celebration is going to be on Thursday, June 9th in Bliss Gym at 5:30 pm.
  • Senior Night for Spring Sports 2022. See attached document for the up-to-date dates & times.
  • Spring sports are underway! See Schedule Galaxy for the contest schedule! (home & away).
  • Sports Season for 2022-2023 Anticipated Start Dates – Varsity and JV (9th -12th grade sports).  
    • Fall: August 22, 2022
    • Winter: November 14, 2022
    • Spring: March 13, 2023
    • Modified (7th & 8th): TBD
  • Summer Community Opportunities
  • Please see the Athletics Website for the most recent updates throughout the school year and contact the Athletics Office at 274-2155 with any questions.

5. IHS Scholarship Opportunities

  • AIA Southern New York Chapter (deadline Sunday, May 15, 2022). Are you planning to study architecture in college?  If so, you may be interested in applying for the American Institute of Architects of Southern New York Chapter’s 2022 Architectural Scholarship Program. They will be awarding $2,500.00 in scholarships! Application available online:  
  • The Excelsior Scholarship (opening May 2022), in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. The program covers tuition for eligible SUNY and CUNY students. For the 2021-22 academic year, families who earned $125,000 or less in the tax year 2019 are eligible to apply

6. IHS Yearbook Purchase. To purchase a yearbook visit and enter Ithaca High School’s code: 8812. You can also send a check for $75 made out to IHS Annual to IHS Annual c/o Lyn Reitenbach, 1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850.

7. 2022 Summer Jobs Program (YES Application closes Sunday, May 15th). Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. Our three core program elements are YES Connect, the YES Summer Jobs Program, and Ithaca Youth Council Ambassadors. The application for YES Summer Jobs closes Sunday, May 15th.

8. SAT and ACT upcoming dates. SAT dates: Anticipated 2022-23 early dates of August 27, 2022 and October 1, 2022. ACT dates: June 11, 2022 (register by May 6), and *July 16, 2022 (register by June 17). *No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

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