September 15th

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 9/15/2021

  1. ICSD Mask Policy
  2. IHS Bell Schedule
  3. IHS Athletics Updates
  4. IHS Fall Drama Auditions (9/16-9/17)
  5. IHS Virtual College Visits
  6. IHS Daily Announcements
  7. IHS Clubs
  8. IHS Community Closet – donations needed
  9. IHS Seniors: FAFSA Form (opens 10/1)
  10. IHS PSAT/NMSQT (registration deadline 10/16)
  11. IHS Seniors: Elks Foundation Scholarship (deadline 11/15)
  12. Cornell Girls Who Code (starts 9/19)
  13. 2021-22 SAT/ACT dates
  14. IPEI 2021-22 Red and Gold and Teacher Grants (deadline 10/6)
  15. FABG Grants Deadlines (10/15 & 2/1)

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1. ICSD Mask Policy: As of August 20, masks are required indoors on ICSD campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required outdoors when one cannot maintain 6 feet of distance.

2. IHS Bell Schedules. The IHS bell schedules for regular school days, as well as for days with two-hour delays or assemblies, are listed here.

3. IHS Athletics Updates

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year! We look forward to supporting and celebrating our scholars and athletic programming. Varsity, JV and Modified Football sport seasons are underway! 

  • Please see Schedule Galaxy for the complete list of contests for all sports.
  • Please see the Fall Sports FAQ document here and Scholar-Athlete/Family Handbook.
  • Modified sports (7th/8th) tryouts begin September 13th. Please reach out to the coach for practice & tryout time & locations. Contact List here.
  • The National Letter of Intent signing ceremony for ICSD scholars will be held in the Multi-PurposeRoom at IHS on Wednesday, November 17th beginning at 5:30pm. More information to come.
  • Please see the Athletics Website for the most recent updates throughout the school year and contact the Athletics Office at 274-2155 with any questions
  • Important Contacts for Facilities and Health & Wellness questions:

4. IHS Fall Drama Auditions (Thursday, September 16th and Friday, September 17th at 3:45pm Black Box Theatre). SHE KILLS MONSTERS is a Dungeons and Dragons comedy about a young woman who learns about her late sister through her DnD Adventure Book. Auditions are Thursday or Friday at 3:45pm in the Black Box — no previous experience or preparation is necessary! All are welcome 🙂

5. IHS College Representative September Virtual Visits (sign up in Naviance):

  • Bryant University on Thursday, September 16th at 10:50am
  • Tulane University on Thursday, September 16th at 11:40am
  • Washington University in St Louis on Thursday, September 16th at 4:15pm
  • St Bonaventure University on Friday, September 17th at 10:50am
  • Wells College on Friday, September 17th at 11:40am
  • University of Connecticut on Friday, September 17th at 12:30pm
  • Hofstra University on Friday, September 17th at 4:15pm
  • Hamilton College on Monday, September 20th at 12:30pm
  • Utica College on Monday, September 20th at 4:15pm
  • SUNY Oneonta on Tuesday, September 21st at 10:50am
  • University of Rhode Island on Tuesday, September 21st at 11:40am
  • SUNY at Purchase College on Tuesday, September 21st at 12:30pm
  • Lafayette College on Wednesday, September 22nd at 11:34am
  • Bates College on Thursday, September 23rd at 12:30pm
  • Lawrence Technical University on Friday, September 24th at 12:30pm
  • Elmira College on Monday, September 27th at 10:50am
  • Macalester College on Monday, September 27th at 11:40am
  • Rochester Institute of Technology on Monday, September 27th at 12:30pm
  • Union College on Monday, September 27th at 4:15pm
  • University of Southern California on Tuesday, September 28th at 11:40am
  • St. John’s University-New York on Wednesday, September 29th at 10:45am
  • Oberlin College on Wednesday, September 29th at 4:15pm
  • Brown University on Thursday, September 30th at 10:50am
  • Bucknell University on Thursday, September 30th at 11:40am

Check Naviance for October and November visits already scheduled. More to come as the school year starts.

6. IHS Daily Announcements. We love our students, but sometimes they are not the best at sharing school announcements. Problem solved! IHS posts Daily Announcements here.

7. IHS Clubs. As of this posting, IHS will offer clubs for the 2021-22 school year. IHS clubs types include: Service Clubs, Culture, Knowledge & Competition, Arts & Performance, Sports & Leisure, Leadership, and Media & Communication. Don’t see something you like? Start a new one! Something for everyone and all are welcome to join.

8. IHS Community Closet Needs Your Help! The IHS Community Closet is a free and confidential space for students to shop for clothes, shoes, and toiletries. It is set up like a store, except everything is free. If your student has outgrown clothes and/or shoes, and they are in great condition, please consider donating to the Community Closet. Some of the most in-demand items are:

  • Sneakers, all sizes, gently used and clean, especially Men’s sizes 10-13 and Women’s sizes 7-9
  • Men’s sweatpants/joggers
  • Hoodies
  • Winter gloves and hats

We accept clean and gently used clothes in sizes Youth L to Adult 3XL. We only accept NEW toiletries, socks, and underwear. Toiletries, especially hair products for all hair types, are in high demand. Period products are also in high demand. If you’d like to donate, or have your student shop the Closet, please contact IHS Teacher-Librarian Rachel McDonald (

9. IHS Seniors: FAFSA Form (Application opens October 1st). Each year, the FAFSA opens on October 1st. File your FAFSA as close to October 1st as possible to improve your chances of qualifying for the most grant, scholarship and work-study aid. In the meantime, now is a good time to sign-up for your FSA ID if you and your student don’t already have one. The FSA ID allows you to sign your FAFSA® form electronically. Pro-tip: checkout IHS Student Services Financial Aid Resources page.

10. IHS PSAT/NMSQT (Exam Saturday, October 16th). Ithaca High School will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT on Saturday, October 16, 2021. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is available to all Grade 11 students at no cost. More information will be provided for registrants as we approach the exam date. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Jay Barnes at or (607) 274-2218 in the College & Career Office.

11. IHS Seniors: Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships 2022 (deadline November 15, 2021). Elks National Foundation will award a total of 500 Most Valuable Student Scholarships, ranging from $4,000 to $50,000 (paid out over four years). The scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US citizen and will attend a four-year school after graduation. Elk affiliation is NOT required. This is a competitive contest based on academics, leadership, service, and financial need. 

12. Cornell Girls Who Code (Starts Sunday, September 19th). We are excited to announce that registration for our Fall 2021 Girls Who Code program is now open! Students will be able to attend free weekly classes where they will get the chance to learn the basics of computer science by using software and hardware 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 19th 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:  


  • Middle School: Sundays starting September 19th from 12pm-1:30pm
  • High School: Sundays starting September 19th from 2pm-3:30pm
  • Location: Cornell University, Room TBD (more information regarding specific room location will be provided after registering)

13. 2021-22 SAT and ACT dates: SAT: 2021-22 SAT Dates: October 2, 2021, November 6, 2021, December 4, 2021, March 12, 2022, May 7, 2022, June 4, 2022. ACT: 2021-22 ACT Dates (National): September 11, 2021, October 23, 2021, December 11, 2021, February 12, 2022, April 2, 2022, June 11, 2022, July 16, 2022 (no NYS testing centers). 

14. IPEI 2021-22 Red and Gold and Teacher Grants (Applications due: October 6,  2021, January 5, 2022 and March 16, 2022). Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) supports educators with innovative ideas that energize the curriculum and foster authentic learning experiences that reach all students. Our programs bring a diverse range of community resources into the classroom, stretching students’ imaginations, increasing engagement, and enhancing education. Applications are available online:

15. Fine Arts Boosters Group Announces 2021-22 Grant Deadlines (October 15, 2021 and February 1, 2022). The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) announces grant deadlines for the 2021-2022 school year to support Ithaca City School District students’ arts learning.  FABG Grants application deadlines are October 15, 2021 and February 1, 2022. Applications are available online at, by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically.

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