November 14th

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 11/14/18

  1. Join the IHS PTA
  2. Upcoming IHS College Visits (11/15-20)
  3. IHS Seniors: Senior Bowling Night (11/16)
  4. IHS Handball Tournament (11/17)
  5. IHS Athletic Office Updates
  6. IHS Daily Announcements
  7. IHS Student Services Newsletter
  8. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now
  9. IHS Seniors Yearbook Portrait (due 12/6)
  10. IHS Clubs
  11. Leaf Raking for Morocco
  12. No School for Thanksgiving Recess (11/21-23)
  13. IHS College Signing Day (11/27)
  14. IHS Sophomores PSAT-10 (deadline 12/14)
  15. Play it Again, Ithaca
  16. College financial aid dates: FAFSA & CSS Profile opened 10/1
  17. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (Fridays 11/30-12/14)
  18. TCPL Snowflake Ornament Workshop (12/5)
  19. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)

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  1. Join the IHS PTA! Your membership and donations are essential in supporting our students, our teachers and our school by funding Mini Grants for teachers, the Open House, The Word, the Healthy Snack Program, Achievement Awards, the Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Morning Munch and our Programming. Please consider joining each member in your household, including your students. You can join securely on-line at our new MemberHub Store. Be sure to scroll down on this site to add an extra donation to your shopping basket. You can print and complete the 2018-2019 membership form our website ( and sending it into the main office in an envelope marked PTA – membership. Please do not send in loose checks or cash as they tend to get lost. Thank you all for your support!
  1. Upcoming IHS College Visits (College & Career Office/Main Office):
  • University of Tampa, November 15th at 8:55am
  • SUNY New Paltz, November 15th at 9:45am
  • SUNY Alfred State College, November 19th at 11:27am
  • University of Scranton, November 19th at 12:17pm
  • Cayuga Community College, November 20th at 11:27am
  1. IHS Seniors: Senior Bowling Night (Friday, November 16th, 7:00-10:00pm, Bowl-O-Drome). This will be a lanyard event, meaning free admission for any seniors with lanyards. Check your emails for how to purchase or replace your lanyards! Let’s get j19gy with it!
  1. IHS Annual Handball Tournament (Saturday, November 17th). The Annual Handball Tournament will be held Saturday, November 17th, 2018 in Bliss Gym. Students should check their emails for details. Concessions will be available and prizes will be awarded for the best dressed team!
  1. IHS Athletic Office Updates:
  • Tryouts for Little Red Volleyball Club (LRVC): Sunday, November 18th, 1:30-5:00pm, Ithaca High School Bliss Gym. All girls in grades 6-12 living in Ithaca and surrounding communities are invited to tryouts. Players will be placed, both by skill level and age group, on different teams. Club fee is based on which travel team a player makes. Players MUST be registered with the IREVA Region of USA Volleyball in order to try out. Tryout fee is $10.00 and paid online when registering. Contact for LRVC questions.
  • Ithaca Tops Elmira for Class AA Girls Soccer Title. Last time Ithaca won this title was 2000–the year before most of our current Seniors were born!
  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. Did you know Student Services has a monthly newsletter? Well…they do and it full of useful information. For example: Music Production is a NEW class offered Spring 2019. If interested, please see your school counselor to sign up. Class of 2019–it’s college application crunch time. Have you met with your counselor to discuss the process? Class of 2020–it’s time to start the college research process. Get to know NAVIANCE and get organized for the SAT/ACT. Contact Eva Collier ( for a copy of the newsletters.
  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. IHS Seniors: Yearbook Portrait (due December 6th). For the yearbook, Seniors have the option to submit a senior portrait. Prestige Portraits will be offering professional portraits to all students for free. Packages will be available for purchase, but students are not obligated to do so. Call 607-798-0909 to make an appointment with Prestige. All other senior portraits must be submitted by December 6, 2018 to, otherwise the Lifetouch photo taken for the student’s school ID will be used. Photos must be under 10 MB and portrait orientation. The senior will be notified if there are any issues regarding their portrait.
  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. Special shoutout to the IHS Ski Club. If interested please see Mr. Noyes in G116–deadline for registering is December 18th.
  1. Leaf Raking for Morocco. The IHS Morocco Cultural Exchange Club is running a fundraiser for their upcoming trip to Morocco in April. If you have leaves that need raking please consider asking the club to come rake them for you. The price is negotiable so everyone can come out ahead. If interested please call (315) 723-8915 or email Thank you so much!
  1. No School: Thanksgiving Day Recess (Wednesday, November 21st-Friday, November 23rd). Enjoy your holiday and save room for pie.
  1. IHS College Signing Day (Tuesday, November 27th). On November 27th student-athletes will commit to schools during the college signing ceremony (5:30pm, Activities Building).
  1. IHS Sophomores (PSAT-10 registration deadline Friday, December 14th). The PSAT-10 exam will be given to all interested sophomore students on Friday, March 1, 2019. The fee to take the exam is $16.00 and students can register and pay for the exam with Mr. Barnes in the College and Career Office. Checks should be made out to Ithaca High School. The deadline to register is Friday, December 14, 2018. Practice booklets will be given out well before the date of the exam. If you expect to receive testing accommodations you must apply for these through College Board.
  1. Play it Again, Ithaca”–used musical instruments needed. Do you have a used musical instrument gathering dust? The Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG) would love to recycle your instrument through the Play it Again, Ithaca program. Last year, the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program donated 26 refurbished instruments to the ICSD district. To donate a musical instrument, please email with “instrument donation” in the subject line.
  1. College Financial Aid Dates for Seniors (Class of 2019). FAFSA  and CSS Profile opened October 1, 2018. “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (Fridays November 30th-December 14th, 4:30-5:30pm). Teens (grades 6-12) can flex their creative muscles in TCPL’s weekly after school writing workshops. Sign up for a couple or take them all – each week will be something a little different but attendance at all sessions is not required. These one-hour classes will be led by Writopia-trained students from Ithaca College. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Regina (
  1. TCPL Snowflake Ornament Workshop (Wednesday, December 5th 3:30-5:30pm). TCPL is pleased to invite members of the community to its Makerspace to create laser-cut snowflake ornaments from 3:30-5:30pm on Wednesday, December 5th. This program is free and open to the public, ages 16 and up. Registration is not required.
  1. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (application deadline January 19th). In partnership with the Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG), the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts is offering a residency-type retreat for ICSD teachers and other Tompkins County teachers during the Winter (February 16-20, 2019) and Spring (April 13-17, 2019) recess. The program is free and offered through a lottery system. Application deadline is January 19, 2019.


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