October 16th

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 10/16/19

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (10/30)
  2. FABG “State of the Arts” General Meeting (10/16)–TONIGHT
  3. IHS Athletics Updates (JV/Varsity registration opens 10/11)
  4. IHS College Representative Visits
  5. 2020-21 FAFSA Open (10/1)
  6. IHS Open House (10/24)
  7. IHS Student IDs/Pictures Ready for Pick-up
  8. IHS Picture Retake Day (10/30)
  9. IHS Student Clubs
  10. IHS Daily Announcements
  11. IHS AP Exams **New This Year** (submit payment by 11/15)
  12. IHS Yearbook Goal for 2019-20
  13. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (10/16)
  14. TCPL Makerspace (10/17-12/12)
  15. Cornell University Insectapalooza (10/19)
  16. Cornell Girls Who Code (10/20-11/24)
  17. TCPL Cosplay Couture (10/21-12/16)
  18. TCPL Pumpkin Carving (10/21)
  19. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (10/24-12/12)
  20. Wizarding Weekend (10/26-27)
  21. Enclose Cass Broomball Bash (11/2)
  22. IPEI Grants (Cycle II due 1/8)

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  1. IHS PTA Meeting (Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30pm in IHS Activities Room). All are welcome to join the first IHS PTA Meeting of the year. Please stop by and get involved. Low key–we promise.
  1. FABG “State of the Arts” General Meeting (Wednesday, October 16th, 5:30-7:30pm, Kulp Auditorium). The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium Lounge, 1401 N. Cayuga Street.  The Fine Arts Booster Group supports all the arts in the elementary and secondary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).The meeting is open to parents/caregivers, staff, students, and community members. The public is invited to hear presentations from the ICSD Fine Arts and Performing Arts Director Daphne Shululu regarding the “State of the Arts”, as well as classroom instruction information from teachers. The boosters will also discuss upcoming goals. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting.   
  1. IHS Athletics Updates (Winter Sports).

The Athletic Department is here to partner with you in order to support and empower your student. This is a reminder that if you are interested in signing your student-athlete up for a Winter Sports you must do so online through Family ID. You can register by clicking designated levels below (link is also located on the ICSD website).

JV and Varsity

-Family ID opens October 11

-Season begins November 12


-Family ID opens October 25

-Season begins November 25

  • Please note, if your student is failing two classes when the season begins they will not be permitted to try out for a sport per the ICSD Academic Board Policy. If you have any questions please contact us at 607-274-2155.

  • 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.
  • The “Parent Athletic Survey” was emailed to parents from Stephanie Valletta on October 6th, 2019. The email was sent to the primary contact listed on school tool. Please complete and return.
  1. Planning for college? College representatives are coming to IHS and they want to speak to you! Upcoming visits:
  • Hartwick College, Wednesday, October 16th at 11:00am
  • Wells College, Wednesday, October 16th at 12:15pm
  • Corning Community College, Wednesday, October 16th at 1:30pm
  • SUNY Plattsburgh, Wednesday, October 16th at 9:30am
  • SUNY Canton, Thursday, October 17th at 11:30 am
  • LeMoyne College, Friday, October 18th at 10:00am
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Friday, October 18th at 11:20am
  • SUNY Potsdam, Friday, October 18th at 1:30pm
  • Niagara University, Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:30am
  • St. Lawrence University, Tuesday, October 22nd at 1:15pm
  • Bennington College, Wednesday, October 23rd at 11:30am
  • Vanderbilt University, Wednesday, October 23rd at 12:45pm
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Wednesday, October 23rd at 2:00pm
  • Canisius College, Thursday October 24th at 10:30am
  • Oberlin College, Thursday October 24th at 11:45am
  • Alfred State, Friday, October 25th at 10:30am
  • SUNY Geneseo, Tuesday, October 29th at 9:00am
  • Earlham College, Tuesday, October 29th at 10:15am
  • SUNY Delhi, Tuesday, October 29th at 11:30am
  • SUNY Brockport, Wednesday, October 30th at 12:15pm
  • Union College, Friday, November 1st at 1:00pm
  • Vassar College, Tuesday, November 5th at 12:00 pm
  1. 2020-21 FAFSA Form. Speaking of college, do you have a Senior (or a continuing college student)? Well…the 2020-21 FAFSA is now open and the rule of thumb is the sooner the better. This form is FREE to apply for federal student aid. 
  1. IHS Open House (Thursday, October 24th, 6:15-9:00pm, IHS). All families are welcome to experience a mini version of your student’s day. Meet teachers, staff, and connect with IHS clubs and resources.
  1. IHS Student IDs/Pictures Ready for Pickup. If your student did not pick up their student ID/picture on Monday, they are available for pick-up in their AP’s office. 9th & 10th graders to Mr. Corey’s in G211 and 11th & 12th graders to Ms. Hardesty’s in G109A.
  1. IHS Picture Retake Day (Wednesday, October 30th). Not pleased with your school photo? Bring back your first batch and retake.
  1. IHS Student Clubs. So many fantastic involvement opportunities. Something for everyone ranging from leadership to leisure to service and everything in between. List of clubs will be updated and final October. 
  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. 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 (margaret.shaw@icsd.k12.ny.us). 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. 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 www.yearbookordercenter.com (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. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (Wednesday, October 16th, 4:30-5:30pm, Thaler/Howell Room). At the Young Adult Book Club meeting on Wednesday, October 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room, teens will share their impressions of the Community Read selection “The Prince of Los Cocuyos,” by Richard Blanco. In this exploration of his coming of age as a child of Cuban immigrants and his struggles with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities, Blanco eloquently navigates two imaginary worlds: the Cuba of the 1950s that his family longed for and his own idealized version of America. 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 Avenue of the Friends.
  1. TCPL Makerspace Thursdays (Thursdays, October 17th-December 12th, 3:00-5:00pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens to ongoing weekly sessions in its Makerspace, Thursdays, through December 12, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. These drop-in hours provide people aged 12 to 17 the opportunity to express their creativity while becoming familiar with the equipment in the Library’s Makerspace. Each week will include a short tutorial on the Makerbot 3D Printer, Epilogue Helix Laser Cutter, or Arduino programming. These free drop-in sessions do not require registration. For more information, contact Joah at jtang@tcpl.org
  1. Cornell University’s INSECTPALOOZA (Saturday, October 19th, 9:00am-3:00pm, Stocking Hall). This FREE, annual, one-day insect fair is hosted by the Department of Entomology at Cornell University.  Insectapalooza is an interactive, hands-on experience that features hundreds of live insects, spiders, and other fascinating arthropods. Popular favorites include the live Butterfly Room and Arthropod Zoo.
  1. Cornell Girls Who Code (Sundays, October 20th-November 24th). Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC) has partnered with Girls Who Code and Accenture to bring the Girls Who Code program to Ithaca! Students will be able to attend free weekly workshops where they will get the chance to learn the basics of computer science by using hardware and software to create their own projects and tackle real world problems. The class is open to all genders. No experience necessary! Come to one of our first classes on Sunday, September 22nd to learn about all the cool projects and skills you could learn from joining the program. If you’re interested, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/noAyY3GvRVk2Ftit8
  • Details: Middle School: Sundays starting September 22nd from 12pm-1:30pm; High School: Sundays starting September 22nd from 2pm-3:30pm; Location: Upson Hall Computer Lab (Room 225). If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at girlswhocode@cornell.edu. More information can also be found on our website https://wicc.acm.org/outreach.php.
  1. TCPL Drop In Hours for Teens to Explore Cosplay Couture (Mondays, October 21st-December 16th, 4:00-6:00pm). At these weekly Makerspace drop-in hours, teens ages 13 and up can focus on creating costumes, cosplay, accessories, props, and wearable garments of all types. No previous experience is required. Participants will have the opportunity to use the sewing machines, embroidery machine, Cricut, laser cutter, and more. At these drop-in sessions, assistance and tutorials will be provided when possible, but participants should be prepared to work independently. No registration is required for this weekly drop-in program. For more information on this and other Teen programming, contact Teen Services at rdemauro@tcpl.org or (607) 272-4557, extension 274.
  1. TCPL Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Party (Monday, October 21st, 6:00-7:00pm, BorgWarner Room). Tompkins County Public Library will host a pumpkin carving and decorating party on Monday, October 21st from 6:00-7:00pm in the Library’s BorgWarner Room. All ages are invited. Pumpkins will be provided by the Library (thank you Indian Creek Farms!) on a first-come, first-served basis.
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, October 24th-December 12th, 4:45-5:45pm). Tompkins County Public Library invites local teens to flex their creative muscles in this weekly after school writing workshop on Thursdays, beginning September 12 and running through December 12, from 4:45 to 5:45 pm, in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. NOTE: The workshop will not meet November 28. Teens may attend a couple of sessions or all of them; each week will offer something different, and attendance every week is not required. These one-hour workshops will be led by Writopia-trained students from Ithaca College, and they will involve a variety of prompts, exercises, and opportunities to workshop pieces. These workshops are appropriate for people in grades 6-12, and their homeschool equivalent. Advance registration is preferred, but drop-ins are always welcome. Register online at www.tcpl.org/events/teen-writing-workshops-10. For more information, please contact Teen Services at rdemauro@tcpl.org or by phone at (607) 272-4557, extension 274.
  1. Wizarding Weekend (October 26-27th, 10:00am-5:00pm, Downtown Ithaca). Join us in Downtown Ithaca on October 26 and 27, 2019 for Wizarding Weekend Ithaca, an outdoor street festival for fans of magic and fantasy. Pull together your wands, robes, and fairy wings for a spellbinding fall weekend. Sat, October 26, 2019 – 10am-5pm & Sun, October 27, 2019 – 10am-4pm. Admission to the event is free but donations are accepted at the official Wizarding Weekend Donation Lanterns to help offset festival expenses. Purchase a Magical Passport, to access exclusive activities (Magical Creature Hunt with guaranteed prizes AND all new Potions Crawl) and exclusive festival merchandise (key chain, reusable bag). A full festival Map will be posted on our website, social media and event app on October 22nd.
  1. Enclose Cass Broomball Bash (Saturday, November 2nd). The entire community is invited to participate in the Enclose Cass Broomball Bash on Saturday, November 2 at the Cass Park Rink. All proceeds will benefit the Cass Park Arena Enclosure Campaign, a project of the nonprofit Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau (FIYB). Games between similar age or experience teams will be scheduled in advance for pre-registrants by October 30, and first come, first served for others. Teams or individuals pay an entry fee to participate; registration forms and waivers include details about footwear, helmets and knee pads needed to play. Game equipment (brooms/sticks, nets and balls) will be supplied by Cass Park. Halloween costumes are encouraged but not required for spectators who cheer on the teams, and for players. Registration forms can be submitted online or using downloadable document available at https://www.friendsiyb.org/broomball-bash-2019. To ask questions or get involved, contact Mary Grainger at mmgithaca@aol.com or 607-280-4380.
  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.
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