October 30th

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 10/30/19

  1. IHS PTA Meeting (10/30)–TONIGHT
  2. IHS Picture Retake Day (10/30)
  3. IHS Seniors: NYS Seal of Biliteracy (application due 11/1)
  4. IHS Morning Munch (11/7) – goodies needed
  5. IHS Athletics Updates
  6. IHS College Representative Visits
  7. IHS Fall Drama (11/8-10)
  8. IHS AP Exams **New This Year** (submit payment by 11/15)
  9. IHS Yearbook Goal for 2019-20
  10. IHS Student Clubs
  11. IHS Daily Announcements
  12. Enclose Cass Broomball Bash (11/2)
  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)

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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. IHS Picture Retake Day (Wednesday, October 30th). Not pleased with your school photo? Bring back your first batch and retake.
  1. IHS Seniors (NYS Seal of Biliteracy deadline, Friday, November 1st). The deadline for the NYS Seal of Biliteracy application is this Friday, November 1st.  Please make sure you hand applications in to the Student Services office.
  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 (psipple@twcny.rr.com); Melissa Rachlinski (mrachlinski@gmail.com); Linda Galanthay (galanthay@me.com); Laurie Morse (laurie@celebrationsbanquetfacility.com); Deborah Whitehead (hrblock@hotmail.com); and Elsa Hyde (ehyde65@msn.com).

  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


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. Planning for college? College representatives are coming to IHS and they want to speak to you! Upcoming visits:
  • 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. IHS Fall Drama (November 8th-10th, Black Box Theatre). Performances run Friday and Saturday 7:00pm and Sunday 2:00pm. For more information, check ICSD Arts.
  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. 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. 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. 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.
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