September 18th

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 9/18/19

  1. IHS Morning Munch–goodies needed (10/3)
  2. IHS Main Office has dish to pass/potluck dishes for pick-up
  3. IHS PTA existence in jeopardy – (Co)President Needed
  4. IHS Word Editor Needed
  5. Seniors: NHS Applications (due 9/18)
  6. IHS Student Clubs
  7. IHS Daily Announcements
  8. IHS Athletics Updates
  9. Upcoming College Representative Visits
  10. Fall SAT/ACT Testing Dates
  11. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (9/19-12/12)
  12. SewGreen Teen Sewing and Fashion Night (Fridays, 9/20)
  13. Cornell Girls Who Code (9/22-11/24)
  14. TCPL Cosplay Couture (9/23-12/16)
  15. TCPL Juried Teen Art Contest (deadline 9/27)
  16. IPEI Grants (Cycle I deadline 10/9)

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  1. IHS Morning Munch – IHS Teacher/Staff Breakfast (Thursday, October 3rd). 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. IHS families generously donate food (homemade or store bought) and gift cards/cash/checks to purchase additional supplies and food items. Parent/guardian volunteers run the breakfast, and help is always welcome if you can give a few hours of your time one morning a month. 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! Our first Morning Munch of the year will be Thursday, October 3. Please consider helping with a donation or your time! Here are items that families typically provide:
  • 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, cookies, banana 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 fresh 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.

Please contact one of the Morning Munch Coordinators if you would like to make a donation or help at the breakfast. Thank you! IHS PTA Morning Munch Coordinators: Patricia Sipple (; Melissa Rachlinski (; Linda Galanthay (; Laurie Morse (; Deborah Whitehead (; and Elsa Hyde ( .

  1. IHS Teacher/Staff Luncheon and Senior Breakfast Dishes for Pick-up.  There are still dishes lurking from last year’s teacher/staff luncheon and a deviled egg dish from this year’s senior breakfast. Please contact Judy Cameron in the IHS Main office ( or 274-2385) to claim them if yours.
  1. IHS PTA Co/President Needed. The IHS PTA needs a President (or 2 co-Presidents) to be able to continue as an organization. You can be new to the IHS & the IHS PTA – no previous participation required. We have Membership, Treasurer, PTA Council Rep, VP of Programs covered, as well as volunteers in place to run valuable programming. We function as a non-profit under NYS PTA, and have to meet certain obligations – like having officers! This is way lower key than elementary PTA.
  • The President (or co-presidents) work with the Executive Committee to schedule an Executive Committee Planning Meeting and 4 IHS PTA general membership meetings each year. The presidents prepare agendas for each meeting and chair the meetings, and field incoming communications as needed.

Without officers, we cannot continue, even though we have many fine programs staffed with volunteers and ready to roll: Weekly e-news; Morning Munch for Teachers and Staff (monthly); Mini-grants for teachers; Support for IHS Family Liaison (backpacks, etc) as needed; Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch (annual); Support of school wide student groups (including LINK Orientation crew); Snacks for supported student study rooms; Special Programs (College Student Panel, Gap Year Panel, Career Exploration Programs, movies and other presentations). Willing? Interested? Questions? Please contact Kate Supron at and Monica Touesnard at

  1. IHS Word Needs a New Editor. The IHS PTA is looking for a new editor for our newsletter, the IHS Word. The Word comes out quarterly (it is mailed with progress reports). Duties of the editor include sending out emails to the IHS staff listserv asking for submissions, doing layout of the newsletter, and handing it off to our TST-BOCES printing liaison. Total time commitment is about 3 hours per academic quarter. For more information, contact Gail Brisson at
  1. Seniors: NHS Applications (deadline September 18th). Seniors wishing to apply for admission into the National Honor Society need to pick up applications in the main office or in Ms. Craig’s office in K-21a. Applications are available from now until September 13. A 3.3 unweighted GPA is necessary. All completed applications are due SEPTEMBER 18 by 4:00 to either the main office or K-21a.
  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(ish). 
  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. IHS Athletics Updates.
  • 2019 Fall Sports are underway, please tour the athletic page via schedule Galaxy for dates, time, and locations on the Ithaca city school district website and go check out our student athletes represent our their high school
  • Fall 2019 IHS Strength & Conditioning Room Schedule
  • Athletic Study Hall Starts Monday September 16th, 2019
    • Monday/Wednesday: 8-8:45 AM in K105
    • Tuesday/Thursday: 3:45-4:45 in York Lecture Hall
  • 2019-2020 Winter Athletic Start Dates
  • Registration on Family ID for Winter teams opens October 11, 2019:
    • If your student is interested in trying out or participating in any Winter sports they must be in good academic standing by the end of the 2019 school year. This means that no more than two classes can have an average of 64 or below. The athletic department is here to partner with you in order to support and empower your student. If you have any questions please contact us at 607-274-2155.
    • Games and practices may be scheduled during  school breaks. When you agree to be part of an athletic team it is an expectation that you will be attending all games and practices, including the ones that occur over breaks.
  1. Planning for college? College representatives are coming to IHS and they want to speak to you! Upcoming visits:
  • SUNY Binghamton, Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00pm
  • University of Chicago, Monday, September 23rd at 1:15pm
  • University of New Hampshire, Monday, September 23rd at 2:45pm
  • Messiah College, Tuesday, September 24th at 10:45am
  • SUNY Oswego, Wednesday, September 25th at 11:00am
  • St. John Fisher, Friday, September 27th at 11:30am
  • Keuka College, Monday, September 30th at 9:15am
  • University of Vermont, Monday, September 30th at 10:45am
  • Bard College, Monday, September 30th at 12:00pm
  • University of Tampa, Thursday, October 3rd at 10:15am
  • Colgate University, Thursday, October 3rd at 12:00pm
  • Hobart William College, Friday, October 4th at 11:30am
  • Elmira College, Monday, October 7th at 11:30am
  • SUNY Oneonta, Monday, October 7th at 1:00pm
  • Utica College, Tuesday, October 8th at 10:00am
  • Middlebury College, Thursday, October 10th at 1:30pm
  • Loyola University, Friday, October 11th at 11:30am
  • Paul Smith College, Monday, October 14th at 11:45am
  • University at Buffalo, Tuesday, October 15th at 10:00am
  • University at New Haven, Tuesday, October 15th at 11:15am
  • Hartwick College, Wednesday, October 16th at 11:00am
  • 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
  • Alfred State, Friday, October 25th at 10:30am
  • SUNY Delhi, Tuesday, October 29th at 11:30am
  • SUNY Brockport, Wednesday, October 30th at 12:15pm
  • Union College, Friday, November 1st at 1:00pm
  1. Need to take the SAT/ACT (including SAT Subject Tests) before upcoming college deadlines? There is still time: SAT: October 5, November 2 (register by October 3), and December 7 (register by November 8). ACT: October 26 (register by September 20). 
  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, September 19th-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 October 17 or 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 For more information, please contact Teen Services at or by phone at (607) 272-4557, extension 274.
  1. SewGreen Teen Sewing and Fashion Night (Friday, September 20th, 6:00-8:00pm). SewGreen presents Style Engineers, a weekly sewing and fashion night for teens, starting Friday September 13. Open to all, Style Engineers welcomes beginners as well as teens who have been sewing and designing for a while. The emphasis is on making apparel and costumes, which includes using patterns, learning about fabrics, and how to best fulfill creative ideas. Machines are supplied, and a serger and embroidery machine are available for use. Style Engineers, led by Sasha Oliveau, runs from 6 to 8 pm every Friday. The fee is $5 per session. Teens can sign up any time throughout the semester. Pre-registration is required. Go to or call SewGreen at 607-319-4106.
  1. Cornell Girls Who Code (September 22nd-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:
  • 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 More information can also be found on our website
  1. TCPL Drop In Hours for Teens to Explore Cosplay Couture (Mondays, September 23rd-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 or (607) 272-4557, extension 274.
  1. TCPL Seeks Entries for Juried Teen Art Contest (deadline Friday, September 27th). Tompkins County Public Library invites teens in grades 6-12 (or home-schooled equivalent) to submit original works of visual art to a juried contest. Entries should explore or expand on some aspect of TCPL’s Equity Statement. For more information, click here
  1. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). Supporting innovation for teachers by students. Grants deadlines for the 2019-20 school year are October 9th, January 8th, and March 18th. For more information, click here.
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