November 17th

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 11/17/2021

  1. IHS PTA Zoom Meeting (11/30)
  2. IHS Virtual College Visits
  3. IHS Seniors: Graduation Gown Ordering Days (11/18-19)
  4. IHS Drama Club: She Kills Monsters (11/19-21)
  5. IHS Athletics Updates (Winter Modified sign-up deadline 11/22 at 11:59pm)
  6. ICSD No School (11/24-26)
  7. IHS Clubs
  8. IHS Community Closet – donations needed
  9. IHS Seniors: The Excelsior Scholarship
  10. Save the Date IHS Graduation 2022 (6/21/22)
  11. TCPL Virtual Teen Writing Workshops (11/30)
  12. Constance Saltonstall Foundation Teacher Retreat Residency (deadline 12/12)
  13. IPEI 2021-22 Red and Gold and Teacher Grants (deadline 1/5 & 3/16)
  14. FABG Grants Deadlines (2/1)

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1. IHS PTA Zoom Meeting (Tuesday, November 30th at 6:00pm). IHS PTA Zoom meeting on Tuesday, November 30th at 6:00p. Click here: 

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  • Please don’t forget to become an Ithaca High School PTA member online at Without members, IHS PTA would not be able to provide support for our teachers and students.

2. IHS College Representative Visits (sign up in Naviance):

  • U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, November 17th at 10:45am
  • Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Thursday, December 2nd at 10:50am

3. IHS Seniors: Graduation Gown Ordering Days (November 18th-19th during lunch times).

4. IHS Drama Club: She Kills Monsters (November 19th-21st). She Kills Monsters is a drama-comedy play by Qui Nguyen that tells the story of Agnes Evans, a woman who loses her parents and little sister, Tilly, in a car accident. Having been very distant from her sister while she was alive, Agnes embarks on an adventure to get to know her sister better by playing Dungeons & Dragons. Ticket sale prices are $8 for students and $10 for adults if purchased online any day before the show’s opening date. On Friday, November 19th, tickets will change to $10 for students and $12 for adults. Paper tickets are required for entrance. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at will call located in Kulp Lounge on Friday, November 19th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m or one hour before show time. The box office opens for ticket purchases one hour before show time.All attendees are required to wear a mask and sit three feet apart from other groups.

5. IHS Athletics Updates

  • 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.
  • Winter Sports Sign-Ups: Modified closes November 22nd at 11:59pm

6. ICSD No School (Wednesday, November 24th-Friday, November 26th): Thanksgiving Recess. Click here for ICSD’s 2021-22 Academic Calendar. 

7. IHS Clubs. As of this posting, IHS will offer clubs for the 2021-22 school year. IHS clubs types include: Service Clubs, Culture, Knowledge & Competition, Arts & Performance, Sports & Leisure, Leadership, and Media & Communication. Don’t see something you like? Start a new one! Something for everyone and all are welcome to join.

8. IHS Community Closet Needs Your Help! The IHS Community Closet is a free and confidential space for students to shop for clothes, shoes, and toiletries. It is set up like a store, except everything is free. If your student has outgrown clothes and/or shoes, and they are in great condition, please consider donating to the Community Closet. Some of the most in-demand items are:

  • Sneakers, all sizes, gently used and clean, especially Men’s sizes 10-13 and Women’s sizes 7-9
  • Men’s sweatpants/joggers
  • Hoodies
  • Winter gloves and hats

We accept clean and gently used clothes in sizes Youth L to Adult 3XL. We only accept NEW toiletries, socks, and underwear. Toiletries, especially hair products for all hair types, are in high demand. Period products are also in high demand. If you’d like to donate, or have your student shop the Closet, please contact IHS Teacher-Librarian Rachel McDonald (

9. IHS Seniors: The Excelsior Scholarship. The Excelsior Scholarship, 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. Application period will open soon. Click here to sign up for application notification.

10. Save the Date 2022 IHS Graduation (Tuesday, June 21, 2022). Inclement weather date Wednesday, June 22, 2022. More information to follow in the Spring.

11. TCPL Virtual Teen Writing Workshop (Tuesday, November 30th-December 7th, 4:30-5:30pm). The Virtual Teen Writing Workshops will involve a variety of prompts, writing time, and opportunities to workshop pieces. These workshops are suitable for people in grades 6-12 (or their homeschool equivalent). Advance registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. NOTE: There will be NO class on Tuesday, November 23rd.

12. Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat Residency (deadline: December 12, 2021). The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a creative retreat for teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and April school breaks, Saturday to Wednesday, February 19-23, 2022 and Saturday to Wednesday, April 9-13, 2022. Teachers may choose which session to attend. COVID 19 protocols are in place and described on the website. Application available online.

13. IPEI 2021-22 Red and Gold and Teacher Grants (Applications due: January 5, 2022 and March 16, 2022). Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) supports educators with innovative ideas that energize the curriculum and foster authentic learning experiences that reach all students. Our programs bring a diverse range of community resources into the classroom, stretching students’ imaginations, increasing engagement, and enhancing education. Applications are available online:

14. Fine Arts Boosters Group Announces 2021-22 Grant Deadlines (February 1, 2022). The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) announces grant deadlines for the 2021-2022 school year to support Ithaca City School District students’ arts learning.  FABG Grants application deadlines is February 1, 2022. Applications are available online at, by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically.

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