May 5th

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.

Ithaca High School PTA E-News 5/5/2021

  1. IHS PTA Needs Volunteers 2021-22
  2. ICSD in Session Friday (5/28)
  3. IHS Spring Musical (5/7-9)
  4. IHS Athletics Updates
  5. IHS Senior Class Needs Some Fundraising Love
  6. IHS Seniors: Student Awards and Scholarships (due 5/15)
  7. IHS Seniors: Graduation Updates
  8. IHS Yearbook Order
  9. SAT and ACT (next SAT deadline 5/6; next ACT deadline 5/7)
  10. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca”
  11. National Learn to Row Day (6/5)
  12. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program
  13. Volunteer Community Service Program (due 6/10)
  14. STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs
  15. 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online)

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1. IHS PTA Need Volunteers for 2021-22

Are you interested in participating in the most low-key PTA? If you are interested in getting involved or hearing about involvement opportunities, please reachout to our fabulous outgoing IHS PTA President Kate Addonizio kaddonizio@gmail.com

2. ICSD in Session Friday, May 28, 2021. Sorry folks, but due to the number of emergency closings this school year, Friday, May 28, 2021 will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District. All schools will be in session. 

3. IHS Virtual Spring Musical (May 7-9th). The Ithaca High SChool Drama Club is please to announce its production of the brand new show, A Killer Party: A Murder Myserty Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film. A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm and on Sunday May 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets for streams the show are available now at the following link: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441. Here is a teaser trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKt8hNg9vm8 

Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household needs only one ticket if you are watching together! There are three streaming days and times available, so be sure you buy a ticket for the day and time you want to watch. If you or your family have questions about tickets, please email the director at margaux.deverin@icsd.k12.ny.us

4. IHS Athletics Updates

  • Our Spring Signing Ceremony is scheduled for June 11th; additional details will be provided as they become available.
  • All ICSD practices are closed to the public.
  • ICSD spectator attendance is governed by COVID-19 safety protocols as recommended by local and state officials, and the New York State Public High School Association (http://www.nysphsaa.org/COVID-19-Info and 2021 Spring Sports FAQ). We will continue to follow these safety protocols until new guidance is received from our governing agencies. If you have any questions about safety protocols and expectations, please contact Athletic Director Samantha Little at 274-2155. 
  • Spectator Expectations for HOME Events:
  • Two spectators per home scholar-athlete ONLY (spectator number could change depending on location of home contest)
  • Athlete-scholars must designate their two spectators ahead of time and the coach will submit this list to ICSD Athletics prior to the event. These lists will be used to check spectators in, so please bring an ID with you. If additional people come to the contest, they will be asked to leave.
  • Please remember, there are no animals allowed on campus.  If you have a service animal, please contact the ICSD Athletics Department ahead of time at (607) 274-2155. 
  • Each spectator must complete a COVID screening and have their temperature checked. You will also be required to leave a current phone number for contact tracing purposes. If you have a temperature of 100 or higher, you will not be permitted to enter.
  • Site staff personnel will be at the event to assist with compliance to COVID protocols.  Our adherence to safety protocols and ICSD/TCDOH expectations will determine if home spectators can continue to attend  home events.  For the sake of our community, please respect these expectations.
  • Each spectator must remain physically distanced during the entire contest.  There will be markers on the field that designate appropriate distancing. Each scholar-athlete’s two spectators will be assigned a specific location and must remain in that location.
  • There will not be bleachers or benches provided for spectator seating so please bring a chair or blanket.
  • If spectators choose to leave the facility, they will not be readmitted.
  • Restrooms will be available near the stadium; only 2 individuals are permitted at one time.
  • Immediately after the game, all spectators and scholar-athletes of that game must leave the facility so the facility can be disinfected.  For example: JV spectators and student-athletes must leave Cayuga Street field after their game.  
  • Per the CDC and ICSD Reopening documents, bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with a breathing valve or button vent are not recommended as they are less effective in blocking respiratory particles. The most effective masks are at least two layers of fabric, covering nose and mouth, and include ear loops or ties for adjustments. 
  • Spectators must wear masks at all times while on campus.
  • Coaches and Officials must wear a mask at all times while on campus.

5. IHS Senior Class Needs Some Love. Due to the pandemic fundraising has been challenging and the IHS Senior Class is short on funds for late-year senior events (e.g., Drive-In Movie Night, Casino Night, and Senior Prom (if approved). Please consider donating any amount via their Cheddar Up page. All funds will go toward late-year events and leftover funds will be donated to local charities and organizations chosen by seniors. IHS Seniors would greatly appreciate any donation to help make their senior year memorable (in a good way)!   

6. IHS Seniors (2021 Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award, application due May 15th). The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County announces the opportunity for a Latinx graduating high school senior and for a Latinx non-traditional student to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used for any future academic or occupational training program. Interested students must complete all sections of the electronic application, and send additional documents to lcaoftompkinscounty@gmail.com. Please contact the LCA if a hard copy of the application is required.

The Latino Civic Association will consider:

  • High School student: Latinx seniors in good academic standing, who demonstrate community service involvement and who are graduating from any Tompkins County school district at the end of the 2021 school year; and
  • Non-traditional student: Latinx individuals who demonstrate community service involvement and who are returning to school, whether for an occupational training program or for college.

7. IHS Seniors: 2021 Graduation Information Updates. Graduation will be multiple ceremonies held on Thursday, June 17th with a rain date scheduled for Friday, June 18th.  Expect to see more detailed information in the next week. 

8. IHS Yearbook Order. To order a yearbook, visit yearbookordercenter.com and enter Ithaca High School’s code: 8812. IHS Yearbook asks families and businesses that can help to please contribute to the Patron Fund with a $25 donation for us to discount yearbooks for students in need. Please email all other questions to ithaca.yearbook@gmail.com.

9. Upcoming SAT and ACT dates: SAT: June 5, 2021 (register by 5/6). SAT Subject Tests not offered on these dates. ACT: June 12, 2021 (register by 5/7).

10. Volunteers Needed for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program. The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to president@fabgithaca.org.

11. National Learn to Row Day (Saturday, June 5th, Stewart Park at Cascadilla Boathouse). National Rowing Day is a great opportunity to get on the water and checkout rowing. Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) volunteers will provide a tour of the boathouse, provide instruction on using the rowing ergometer, and then put your new skills to work in a boat! Great opportunity to try rowing before the Cascadilla Boat Club announces their 2021 Summer Rowing Program. Scholastic Program: Modified (Middle School), Freshman/Novice, and Varsity. More information to come!

12. YES 2021 Summer Jobs Program. The Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. The mission of YES is to empower teens to grow into flourishing adults. YES offers work-readiness training, support in finding employment, employment opportunities paid directly by us, and a leadership and civic engagement program. Some of our programs have eligibility requirements, but all teens in Tompkins County, NY who are 14+ qualify for at least some of our services. To apply and find out more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIoZg-DdD4TBfYoyh3xPZ5Q8D1sLhuG-cW_awEXGbV2PvL8w/viewform 

13. Volunteer Community Service Program for Youth Ages 11-17 in Tompkins County (applications due June 10th). Need something to do this Summer? Give back to your community as a part of the Learning Web’s Community Service Program. Session 1: July 6-22 and Session 2: July 26-August 12. Teens living in the Town of Ithaca, Caroline, Cayuga Heights, or Village of Lansing contact Meghan (Meghan@learning-web.org). Teens living in the City of Ithaca, Trumansburg, Newfield, Danby, Enfield, Dryden, or Groton contact Sarah (Sarah@Learning-web.org). For more information call 607-275-0122. 

14. STEAM Summer Camp Needs LITs and CITs. The LIT (Leader in Training) and CIT (Counselor in Training) programs give teens and tweens opportunities to be with their peers and with leaders who also reflect the diverse identities that span our multicultural community, and have power and agency in relation to understanding and protecting the land. CITs are youth in grades 9-12. LITs are youth in grades 6-8. Both groups will engage in leadership and wildlife stewardship training courses within their cohorts and spend part of every day shepherding younger youth in their nature-based learning activity.

15. 2021 Boat America Safety Classes (Available Online). Learn with experienced, certified USCG Auxiliary Instructors. Course dates: June 12-13, July 10-11, and August 7-8. Successful completion earns you the NYS Boater Safety Certificate. Must be at least 10 yrs. old to participate and questions encouraged. Rates: $25 for the course with discounts available for pairs sharing a book. Call Kim Walsh at 703-405-8875 to register or click here for more information.

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