May 16th

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 5/16/18

  1. IHS Teacher Receives Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award (Congrats Steve!)
  2. IHS PTA Meeting (6/13)
  3. IHS Junior Prom (5/19)
  4. IHS Career Explorations Speaker Series: Hospitality (5/22)
  5. IHS Senior Trip (5/24)
  6. ICSD School Day (5/25)
  7. IHS Career Explorations Speaker Series: Law (5/29)
  8. IHS Senior Scholarship (due 6/1)
  9. IHS Underclassmen Academic Awards (6/5)
  10. IHS Senior Academic Awards (6/7)
  11. NYS Regents June 2018 Exam Schedule (June 12-22)
  12. IHS PTA College Panel (2nd week of Regents, date TBD)
  13. IHS Senior Prom (6/16)
  14. IHS Class of 2018 Commencement (6/21)
  15. IHS Yearbooks–going fast
  16. IHS Athletic Fields Closed for Maintenance (starting 6/22)
  17. Excelsior Scholarship (due 7/23)
  18. Common App (8/1) and FAFSA (10/1)
  19. Fall 2018 Sports (start 8/13)
  20. Cohn Music Scholarship for IYB Summer Band and Orchestra
  21. Teen Urban Farmers (5/16)
  22. TCPL Podcasting (6/4)

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  1. IHS Math Teacher Steve Weissburg Receives Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Weissburg was recognized as a teacher who: exemplifies the dedication, mission, skill, expertise, and talent of outstanding teachers; inspires and motivates all children and makes learning exciting; makes a difference in children’s lives; levels the playing field and creates a climate for learning where every child can succeed; holds high expectations for every student and provides access to higher levels of learning for all learners; and prepares children for a changing economic workforce and a lifelong journey of learning. Congratulations Steve!!!
  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00pm). Please join us for the last PTA meeting of the 2017-18 school year. ***Shameless plug–we have great snacks.***
  1. IHS Juniors: Junior Prom (Saturday, May 19th). The IHS Junior Prom will be held this year on Saturday, May 19th from 7:00-10:00pm at the Johnson Art Museum. Tickets are advance-only, and will be sold May 16th-18th during lunch periods, as well as after school on May 16th. To purchase a ticket, students need to submit a Dance Contract. Contracts can be submitted as a hard copy (available in the Main Office) or online. If they choose, juniors are allowed to bring one non-junior guest (IHS student or a student currently enrolled in a different high school/GED program). There is a separate contract for non-ICSD students, which is available in the Main Office. Have fun Class of 2018!
  1. IHS Career Explorations Speaker Series: Hospitality (Tuesday, May 22th, periods 3 & 4 in F36). IHS Career Explorations Speaker Series (co-sponsored by IHS Student Services and IHS PTA): Kelli Cartmill, Director of Sales for Hilton Garden Ithaca will give an overview of careers in the hospitality industry followed by q & a. Program will repeat each of the two periods. Additional information in IHS Daily Announcements or from Student Services.
  1. IHS SENIOR TRIP (Thursday, May 24th, Pocono Valley Resort, PA). Have fun Seniors!
  1. ICSD Regular School Day on Friday, May 25th. School will be held on Friday, May 25 due to emergency closing days.
  1. IHS Career Explorations Speaker Series: Law (Tuesday, May 29th, periods 5 & 6 in F36). IHS Career Explorations Speaker Series (co-sponsored by IHS Student Services and IHS PTA): Greg Foster, Career Development Manager: Pre-Law and Pre-Grad Advisor, in Cornell’s Career Services Office will give an overview of “A day in the life of an attorney and opportunities a law degree can offer” followed by q & a. Greg worked as a criminal defense attorney for 20 years, prior to founding a soccer promotion business. Program will repeat each of the two periods. Additional information in IHS Daily Announcements or from Student Services.
  1. IHS Seniors–Scholarship (FREE MONEY) Opportunities:
  • Cannon Heyman & Weiss Scholarship Fund. Scholarships (for students living in affordable housing) will be awarded to successful, qualified applicants and will offer financial aid for full and part-time study at approved colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, and other post-secondary institutions leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. Deadline is June 1st.
  1. IHS Underclassmen Academic Awards (Tuesday, June 5th, 6:30-9:00pm, Kulp Auditorium).
  1. IHS Senior Academic Awards (Thursday, June 7th, 6:30-9:00pm, Kulp Auditorium).
  1. NYS Regents June 2018 Exam Schedule (June 12-22). IHS will confirm Regents Exam dates (June 12-22), but here is the published NYS schedule.
  1. IHS PTA College Panel, (2nd week of Regents, date TBD). Save the date 2nd week of Regents exams. Q&A with IHS alums and current college students. What’s college really like? Free pizza – woo hoo! Kulp Auditorium lobby.
  1. IHS Senior Prom (Saturday, June 16th, 7:00-10:00pm, Celebrations-Route 79). Seniors–get ready to dress up, look fabulous, and have a memorable Senior Prom at Celebrations on Route 79. Seniors need an Agreement of Responsibility and a Dance Contract in order to attend. Tickets will be on sale in advance only, and dates will be announced as we get closer to the event.
  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. IHS Yearbook (available for purchase online $75). The IHS Annual yearbook is currently being printed and they are getting sold fast. To assure that you get a copy order as soon as possible! For one more week you may order online at and enter Ithaca High School’s code 8812. After the online order center closes you can pay by check. Make payable to IHS Annual and give to Lyn Reitenbach who is located in G114.
  1. Notice from the ICSD Athletics & Wellness Department (starting Friday, June 22nd): Starting June 22nd, Dewitt, Northeast, and all IHS fields will be closed for maintenance to repair some areas of concern. The fields are in need of some TLC. Thank you for your support.
  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 HERE. 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. Fall 2018 Sports Start August 2018. 2018 JV/Varsity Fall Sports tryouts begin August 13. 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. Cohn Music Scholarship for IYB Summer Band and Orchestra. The Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, provides annual music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau Summer Band and Orchestra Program. The Cohn Music Scholarship Fund is administered by IPEI with assistance from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) an IPEI affiliate, and the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB). Scholarships are applied to the IYB Summer Band and Orchestra Program. Registration is in June and requires the IYB scholarship application. For more information, contact
  1. Join the Teen Urban Farmers (TUF) (May 2-June 6) . Come to the Ithaca Children’s Garden after school on Wednesdays (4-6pm) through June 6 for TUF.  Sign up if you are looking for FUN, great snacks, new friends. Learn & work outside as a group to maintain a public garden, and become leaders in environmental stewardship. This is a great opportunity to fulfill community service requirements, too! For more information, contact Lauren Salzman, TUF Program Manager, at
  1. TCPL Basics of Podcasting (Monday, June 4th, 6:30-7:30pm, BorgWarner Room). Back by popular demand, Kate Essig will present the basics of podcasting. This fun, skill-building lecture is one-night only. Open to adults and teens (ages 13-17). Event is free, but registration is required.
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