November 28th

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 11/28/18

  1. IHS Community Vaping Letter
  2. PTA Region Fall Training Conference (11/29)
  3. Join the IHS PTA
  4. Upcoming IHS College Visits (11/28)
  5. NYS Seal of Biliteracy (info meeting 12/4)
  6. IHS Spring 2019 Musical–Rent, School Edition
  7. IHS Daily Announcements
  8. IHS Student Services Newsletter
  9. IHS 2019 Annual On Sale Now
  10. IHS Seniors Yearbook Portrait (due 12/6)
  11. IHS Yearbook discounted price for eligible students (deadline 12/15)
  12. IHS Clubs
  13. IHS Sophomores PSAT-10 (deadline 12/14)
  14. Play it Again, Ithaca
  15. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (Fridays 11/30-12/14)
  16. TCPL Snowflake Ornament Workshop (12/5)
  17. TCPL Retro Craft Makerspace (12/11 and 1/15)
  18. Saltonstall Arts Colony-Teacher Retreat (deadline 1/19)

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  1. IHS Community: Vaping Letter from High School Principals, Tobacco Free Tompkins, and BOCES. Vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by our students is an ever-growing concern of ours, and we want to ensure that you have the information you need to help your children make healthy decisions. Research shows that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Toxic chemicals, metals (including lead), and ultrafine particles have all been found in the vapor that is inhaled. These have been shown to cause damage to DNA and lung tissue, and increase the risk of asthma, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. No one knows what long term health risks will be linked to vaping. Almost all vaping liquids contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive, especially for youth under 25 whose brain is still developing. Different vaping liquids contain different strengths of nicotine, and what any one liquid delivers may be different with different devices. There are also different ways to process nicotine. The nicotine “salts” used in some liquids send the drug to the brain much faster. It can be hard to detect whether or not your child is vaping. Devices such as the popular “JUUL” are small and easily mistaken for a computer thumb drive. The newer products (which use nicotine salts) do not put out big clouds of vapor and can be easily concealed. You may be able smell the flavorings used in the vaping liquid, but it is subtle. Below please find more information on the health risks of vaping. We encourage you to take a moment to look through this resource and have a conversation with your child. Together we can educate our youth to make healthy choices.
  1. PTA Region Fall Training Conference (Thursday, November 29th, 6:00-8:00pm, IHS Activities Room). The Region Board respectfully and enthusiastically invites you, PTA members, school, and community members to attend our Fall Conference for PTA Officer Training. It will be held at the Ithaca High School Activities Room on Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 6-8 PM. Dinner and childcare will be provided, with great PTA prizes to be awarded through the evening. Officer training will be provided in break out groups for PTA President, Treasurer, and Secretary, with subgroups for Bylaws, Membership, Fundraising, Nominating Committee Chairs.  This training is for current and aspiring PTA officers and provides the opportunity to meet the South Central Region Board and PTA unit participants. Please RSVP to with your name, PTA unit (if any), and PTA role or position or whether you are a school or community member if not currently a PTA member.
  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):
  • Cayuga Community College, November 28th at 12:00pm
  1. NYS Seal of Biliteracy-Information Night (Tuesday, December 4th, 7:00pm, IHS Activities Building). Can you understand, speak, read and write in English and another language? Do you plan on graduating from NYS with at least a Regents diploma? Are you willing to do a presentation to show language proficiency? This is an honor that would be bestowed upon graduation and affixed to your IHS diploma. We invite students and families at attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 pm in Activities at Ithaca High School.
  1. IHS Spring 2019 Musical…Rent, School Edition! There are many ways to be involved onstage, backstage, and in the pit. We hope you’ll join us. Audition workshops and info sessions will be held in early January 2019.
  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. Students who receive Free and Reduced lunch may purchase a Yearbook at the discounted rate of $50 if they submit a check by December 15th. Check should be made out to IHS Annual and mailed to Lyn Reitenbach, IHS Annual, Ithaca High School, 1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850 Senior portraits are due December 6th. You may submit by uploading to HJEShare using code ITHACA (case sensitive). Please make sure you include the students name. Senior congratulatory ADS also available. See Yearbook page on ICSD website for all information  
  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. 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. 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. TCPL Makerspace Retro Craft Techniques (December 11th and January 15th). People ages 16 and up are invited to attend two retro crafting programs in TCPL’s Makerspace. on Tuesday, December 11th from 5:30-7:30pm, participants can learn simple macrame techniques. On Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30-7:30pm, participants can learn the craft of punch needle. Both classes are free and all materials are provided. Registration is required for both macrame and punch needle.
  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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