November 6th

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 11/6/19

  1. IHS Morning Munch (11/7) – goodies needed
  2. IHS College Representative Visit (11/8)
  3. IHS Fall Drama: The Jury (11/8-10)
  4. No School: Veteran’s Day (11/11)
  5. IHS Athletics Updates
  6. IHS AP Exams (submit payment by 11/15)
  7. ICSD/IHS PTA: Mental Health and Wellness 101 (11/19)
  8. IHS Yearbook Goal for 2019-20
  9. IHS Student Clubs
  10. IHS Daily Announcements
  11. Consent Rocks! Benefit Concert (11/15)
  12. Splash! Fall 2019 (11/16)
  13. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (11/20)
  14. Saltonstall Teacher Retreat Residency (application due 12/15)
  15. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 1/8)
  16. IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (3/1)

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  1. IHS Morning Munch (Thursday, November 7th). The PTA puts on a breakfast the first Thursday of each month (October through May) from 8-10 a.m. for the high school teachers and staff. Repeatedly, the teachers and staff members remark what a great event this is and how appreciative they are of the parents/guardians for providing delicious food and fresh hot coffee to start their day! Donations of food are needed for next Thursday, November 7th for Morning Munch! Please consider making a donation:
  • Fresh Fruit—We welcome fresh fruit (apples, bananas, clementines) that are easy for teachers to grab on the go and require no preparation on your part!
  • Purchased Food—A variety of purchased food makes a good choice for the Munch–including breakfast pastry, muffins, donuts, cookies, granola bars, you name it.
  • Homemade Baked Goods—Everyone loves to see the homemade goodies that make the Munch so personal! Homemade items including but not limited to fruit crisp, banana (or other) bread, muffins, coffee cake, scones, and breakfast casseroles make a great morning treat.
  • Gift Cards or Cash/check to IHS PTA—Each month we purchase yogurt and fruit for yogurt parfaits along with Ithaca Bakery bagels and cream cheese. Wegmans, BJ’s, and Ithaca Bakery gift cards are all good choices that help cover this expense.

Food may be brought to room F36 (enter through F35) near the cafeteria on Thursday morning or dropped off in the Main Office. Early drop-offs can be arranged with one of the PTA volunteers (see contacts below). Please contact one of the Morning Munch coordinators if you would like to make a donation or help at the breakfast.

Thank you for your help! IHS PTA Morning Munch Coordinators: Patricia Sipple (; Melissa Rachlinski (; Linda Galanthay (; Laurie Morse (; Deborah Whitehead (; and Elsa Hyde (

  1. Planning for college? College representatives are coming to IHS and they want to speak to you! Upcoming visits:
  • SUNY Purchase College, Friday, November 8th at 9:00am
  1. IHS Fall Drama: The Jury (November 8th-10th, Black Box Theatre). Tickets are now on sale for the Fall Drama Production: The Jury, our version of Twelve Angry Men, a dynamic story of bias and bravery. Shows are Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 10th at 2pm.  Get your tickets in the IHS cafeteria during lunch hours this week or at the door.
  1. No School Veteran’s Day: (Monday, November 11th). 2019-20 Academic Calendar available here.
  1. IHS Athletics Updates (Winter Sports).
  • Per our board approved policy, students who wish to try-out for Winter Athletics Teams must be in good academic standing. Students must register on Family ID and grades will be checked for all by November 8th. If a student is failing two classes on 11/8, they will not be permitted to try out. If a student is struggling academically, Ithaca High School offers AIS supports for all core content areas most periods of every day. If your student would like to try-out for a winter team, please take a look at their grades on School Tool and help them advocate for support, if needed.

JV and Varsity (October 11-November 12)

Modified (October 25-November 22)

  • Athletic Study Hall information for Winter Sports: Athletic Study Halls (ASH) will be Tuesday/Thursday from 3:45-4:45 PM in York Lecture Hall and Wednesday/Friday from 8-8:45 AM in K105.  ASH will resume on 11/19 and run through the end of the winter athletic season. More than 61% of our student-athletes report feeling overwhelmed by the difficulty of balancing athletic and academic workloads.  To help provide a proactive intervention, starting this winter, each JV and Varsity team will be required to attend ASH as a group once per week. The emotional well-being of our student-athletes is of utmost importance.
  • The fall National Letter of Intent signing ceremony will be November 20th from 6-7 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room.  If you are off to a Division 1, 2, 3 or Junior College to play a sport and want to be a part of the ceremony, please sign up outside of G207 or in the Athletics Office.  See Ms. Little or Ms. Valletta if you have any questions.
  1. AP Exam Updates (submit AP exam fee by Friday, November 15th). For students enrolled in AP classes–new this year. The following steps are required if you/your student is enrolled in an AP class and plan to take the AP exam in May:
  • By November 15th: Submit exam fee(s) ($94/exam) to the IHS College and Career Office. If you receive free/reduced lunch, please see Mr. Barnes about fee reductions. A $40 late fee applied for any change in exam ordering after November 15th. Checks payable to “Ithaca High School”
  • By January 17th: Deadline to submit an accommodation request to College Board through SSD Online. IHS’ SSD coordinator is Margie Shaw ( If you have an IEP or 504 and receive school-based accommodations, you must have your accommodations approved by the College Board prior to exam.
  • May 4-15, 2020: AP Exams
  1. Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness 101 (Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00-8:30pm, IHS Cafeteria). ICSD Wellness, IHS PTA, and Cornell Community Relations are pleased to collaborate on a year-long series of events for the ICSD community–including students, faculty, staff, and caregivers–focused on enhancing well-being and mental health in our community. Please join us for our first community event on Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00-8:30pm. Mental Health and Wellness 101 provides participants with a basic knowledge of mental health, wellness, and recovery in an effort to reduce stigma. Questions? Contact Kate Supron (
  1. IHS Yearbook Goal for 2019-20: Get ALL Students in the Annual. This year we will have regular “WE SEE YOU” events to publicize the Yearbooks desire to have ALL students submit photos to us for use in different sections of the book. SPIRIT WEEK will provide us with a great opportunity to launch this effort. Every year we work hard to get photos of as many students as possible so that our yearbook represents EVERY student and friend group.

Our goal is to get as many students as possible to submit photos of them and their friends by using the HJEShare App (school code is ITHACA) or by logging onto (School code 8812) AND uploading photos from Spirit week and the hundreds of other events that students attend in a school year. Even just a group of people hanging out on the Quad or at a concert/game/festival/friends house/Wegmans……you get the idea. We will also be working hard to get students and families to follow the Yearbook on Instagram (ihsannual), Twitter (ihs_annual), or Facebook (IHS Annual) so that we can easily get information out to people.

  1. IHS Student Clubs. So many fantastic involvement opportunities. Something for everyone ranging from leadership to leisure to service and everything in between. Checkout the list of clubs here.
  1. IHS Daily Announcements. Did you know IHS Daily Announcements are posted online? Lots of great information is communicated to students through Daily Announcements and sometimes that information doesn’t make it home.
  1. Consent Rocks! Benefit Concert (Friday, November 15th, 7:00-9:30pm, Kulp Auditorium). The Advocacy Center’s teen activism group, ACTion, is hosting a Consent Rocks! benefit concert on Friday, November 15th at 7:00pm in IHS’ Kulp Auditorium. The concert will feature performances from middle and high school students, as well as from community groups. There is a suggested donation of $10. Funds raised will be used to increase awareness of ACTion, teen access to Advocacy Center services and youth services.
  1. Splash! Fall 2019 (Saturday, November 16th). Splash! an amazing Saturday on Cornell’s campus when any 7th-12th grade student can learn about any subject. Splash is a very open style of learning, designed to let students explore anything that they are passionate about.  Registration is now open!
  1. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, November 20th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Room). Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults in grades 6-12 to a monthly Young Adult Book Club. For the November meeting, participants will read and discuss Watch Us Rise, by Renne Watson and Ellen Hagan. Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renée Watson teams up with poet Ellen Hagan in this YA feminist anthem about raising your voice. Book club participants are encouraged to bring suggestions for future books to be added to the rotation for this monthly club. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Copies of the book are available in the Teen Services office.
  1. Saltonstall Teacher Retreat Residency (application due December 15th). The Saltonstall Foundation is pleased to offer two special residencies for Tompkins County public school teachers in the arts (February 15-19, 2020 (Winter Recess) and  April 4-8, 2020 (Spring Recess)). These 5-day, 4-night residencies are designed as an artistic retreat for teachers in the following disciplines: Creative writing (any genre); Photography / film / video; and Painting / Sculpture / Visual Art. The residencies are totally free to attend. Five teachers will be selected through a lottery system for each residency. There is no jurying involved. Overnight stays are encouraged but not mandatory. Application deadline is by 11:59pm Sunday, December 15, 2019.
  1. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Cycle II deadline, Wednesday, January 8th). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. Grants deadlines for the 2019-20 school year are January 8th and March 18th. For more information, click here.
  1. Save the Date: IPEI 2020 Adult Spelling Bee (Sunday, March 1st). We will start taking team registrations for the 2020 Adult Spelling Bee starting in January 2020! Spelling Bee teams consist of three spellers. Teams can be sponsored by a company or your team can crowdfund. Email if you have any questions!
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