October 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 enews.ihspta@gmail.com.

Ithaca High School PTA E-News 10/14/20

  1. IHS PTA Gearing Up for 2020-21
  2. In-Person/Hybrid Learning (Note 10/13-16 block schedule)
  3. IHS Athletic Updates/Intent to Play Registration (Winter season 10/19-10/28)
  4. IHS Seniors: NYS Seal of Biliteracy (due 11/1)
  5. IHS Seniors: Elks Foundation Scholarship (due 11/15)
  6. ICSD 2020-21 Calendar (No School 11/11)
  7. IHS Clubs
  8. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (Thursdays, 10/15-12/10)
  9. FABG Grants (Cycle I due 11/1)
  10. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 1/6)

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1. IHS PTA Gearing up for 2020-21. The IHS PTA is gearing up for meetings and programming. Please stay tuned for upcoming dates. In the meantime, please consider joining the IHS PTA. There are 2 options: 1. Return the PTA membership form in the IHS information packet or 2. Join via the secure, online form. The online form has other options (e.g., student membership and additional donation links). Every bit helps and we appreciate your support.

2. In-Person/Hybrid Class Schedule. For middle and high school students who selected the in-person learning option, IHS transitioned to a hybrid model as of Monday, October 5th. Students were placed into two separate cohorts and will attend school in person two days per week and receive distance learning instruction the other three days of the week, as outlined below. 

  • Block schedule for Week of October 13-16th.
  • Getting Around IHS Map.
  • All virtual PE classes will take place ONLY on Wednesdays.Students do not have to sign in on Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday.
  • IHS Bell Schedule
Cohort 1 (Gold) in person (A-K)Asynchronous (virtual) learning day for allCohort 2 (Red) in person (L-Z)

3. IHS Athletics Updates

The Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) has agreed to postpone all league play and follow the NYSPHSAA condensed fall, winter, and spring seasons beginning January 4, 2021. The tentative start date for fall sports is March 1, 2021.

Condensed Season Plan (Dates subject to change)

  • Season I (Winter Sports): January 4 – March 13
  • Season II (Fall Sports): March 1 – April 24
  • Season III (Spring Sports): April 19 – June 12

Intent to Play Registration Dates: For more information, please click ICSD Athletics Return to Play for Students and Families

SeasonFamily ID Sign Up WindowOff-Season Training Dates
Winter Intent to Play10/19-10/2811/2-11/25
Spring Intent to Play11/16-11/3011/30-12/23

4. IHS Seniors: New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) (Deadline, November 1st). To be awarded the NYSSB, students must complete all requirements for graduating with a Regents diploma and successfully demonstrate proficiency in English and another world language. The NYSSB application is for seniors only and is due November 1 of their senior year.

5. IHS Seniors: Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships 2021 (deadline November 15th). The Elks National Foundation awards $2.9 million in scholarships to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide through its Most Valuable Student Contest. The scholarship is competitive and is based on academics, leadership, financial need, and service. 

6. ICSD Academic Calendar 2020-21. The academic calendar was updated on August 18, 2020. For the current version click here. Note: Veteran’s Day Recess Wednesday, November 11th and Thanksgiving Recess Wednesday, November 25th-Friday, November 27th.

7. IHS Clubs:

8. TCPL Teen Writing Workshop (Thursday, October 15th-December 10th, 4:30-5:30pm). These one-hour 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.

9. Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Grant Deadlines (November 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021). The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has developed arts education practices and guidelines for continued learning during the 2020 – 2021 school year. These practices were developed using New York State guidelines, local district and community collaboration, and national research. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) will support teachers and students in these efforts with their grant programs. FABG Grants application deadlines are November 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021.  Applications are available online at www.fabgithaca.org/receive , by phone 256-4734, or email FABGgrants@ipei.org . Grant applications are submitted electronically. District information on arts education and other information about the COVID-19 response is updated regularly at www.ithacacityschools.org .

10. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Deadlines: January 6, 2021, and March 17, 2021). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. For more information, click here

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