September 25th

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 9/25/19

  1. IHS Morning Munch–goodies needed (10/3)
  2. IHS PTA Leadership Announced (see attached)
  3. IHS Varsity Cheer’s 2nd Annual Cook-Off (9/26)
  4. IHS AP Exams **New This Year** (register online by 10/4)
  5. IHS Juniors and Seniors: TC-3 College Fair (permission forms due 10/4; event 10/16)
  6. LAFF Follies (10/5)
  7. IHS College Representative Visits
  8. IHS Student Clubs
  9. IHS Daily Announcements
  10. IHS Athletics Updates
  11. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (9/26-12/12)
  12. TCPL Juried Teen Art Contest (deadline 9/27)
  13. SewGreen Teen Sewing and Fashion Night (Fridays, 9/27)
  14. 2020-21 Rotary Youth Exchange (due 9/28)
  15. Cornell Girls Who Code (9/29-11/24)
  16. United Way of Tompkins County’s YAP (due 9/30)
  17. TCPL Cosplay Couture (9/30-12/16)
  18. Fall SAT/SAT II Testing Dates (register by 10/3 for 11/2 test date)
  19. SEPTA Meeting (10/7)
  20. IPEI Grants (Cycle I due 10/9)
  21. FABG Arts Mini-Grants (due 10/15)
  22. FABG “State of the Arts” General Meeting (10/16)
  23. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (10/16)
  24. Enclose Cass Broomball Bash (11/2)

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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 PTA Leadership 2019-20. It has taken longer than expected but we are pleased to share with you the new IHS PTA leadership team for 2019-2020. Thank you to all of you who have stepped up to take a leadership role. Without you the PTA would not exist (literally)! See attached list for everyone’s name, role and email.
  1. IHS Varsity Cheer’s 2nd Annual Cook-Off (Thursday, September 26th, 6:00-8:00pm, IHS Gym). Think your dish has what it takes? Enter to win! Sign up with one of the cheerleaders or donate to our program. Everyone is welcome to attend and/or enter. One dollar ($1)/sample and a 50/50 raffle. Meet the team and support us at the same time. It’s a win-win. Questions? Please contact Coach Unique (
  1. AP Exam Updates (register online by Friday, October 4th). 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 October 4th: Register for your AP exam(s) on using the unique “Join code” provided to you by your AP teacher(s) (
  • 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 ( 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 Juniors and Seniors: TC-3 College Fair (Day field trip permission forms due Friday, October 4th; Event: Wednesday, October 16th, 12:00-2:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm, Field House). The TC-3 College Fair will be taking place on Wednesday, October 16th. Permission forms to attend the trip can be picked up in the College and Career Office. The firm deadline for turning in the forms to the College and Career Office will be Friday, October 4th, at 3:45 p.m. Permission forms will not be accepted after that date and time. 

Representatives from nearly 100 colleges and universities will be at Tompkins Cortland Community College for the 35th Annual College Day/Night Program. The free event is a perfect opportunity for students and parents to talk with college and university representatives about things like campus life, degree programs, course offerings, costs, financial aid, support services for students, entrance requirements, and their faculty. 

  1. Little Apple Fall Follies (Saturday, October 5th, 7:00pm, Kulp Auditorium). Once again the Rotary and Savage Clubs of Ithaca are teaming up with the Ithaca City School District’s Fine and Performing Arts Program for the 10th Annual Little Apple Fall Follies, aka LAFF. This two-hour show features a wide array of talented local performers, with 100% of the proceeds going to community grants and area youth arts programs. This year’s show will be at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium beginning at 7:00PM on Saturday, October 5th. Tickets are $12 and are available online at or at the door. This family-friendly variety show features the diverse talents of Margaret Wakeley, Jim Scarpulla, Steven Stull, Lynn Craver, Armstrong School of Dance, The Ithaca High School Men’s and Women’s Choirs, Magician James Warren, and music ranging from Broadway to Jazz to Folk to Barbershop. Plenty of free parking is available. Doors open at 6:30.
  1. Planning for college? College representatives are coming to IHS and they want to speak to you! Upcoming visits:
  • 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
  • Princeton University, Thursday, October 3rd at 9:00am
  • 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
  • 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 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. 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. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, September 26th-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. 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. SewGreen Teen Sewing and Fashion Night (Friday, September 27th, 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. 2020-21 Rotary Youth Exchange (deadline Saturday, September 28th). The Rotary Club of Ithaca is accepting applications through 9/28/19, for the 2020-21 Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Program.  Students currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 who are interested in the opportunity to spend the 2020-21 school year overseas in the highly regarded Rotary exchange program should see Mrs. Miettunen in K18 for more information and an application. Applications are due September 28.
  1. Cornell Girls Who Code (September 29th-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. United Way of Tompkins County’s Youth and Philanthropy (YAP) (deadline Monday, September 30th). Nominations for the United Way of Tompkins County’s Youth and Philanthropy (YAP) are now open! The YAP program was first introduced to Tompkins County over eighteen years ago, and now over 200 students from every school district in Tompkins County have participated in the United Way of Tompkins County’s Youth and Philanthropy Program. This program is made possible from funding received by the Triad Foundation. Please consider nominating a high school junior or senior to participate in the United Way’s YAP Program which teaches students about community needs and assets, and helps high school students gain an appreciation for charitable giving, community service, and civic engagement. Students  meet most Thursdays from 4:30pm-7:30pm in October and November to participate in team-building activities, review grant applications, and award $25,000 to local community organizations. If you are interested in nominating a student or would like more information please contact Emma Terwilliger at or go to Nominations are due by September 30, 2019.  
  1. TCPL Drop In Hours for Teens to Explore Cosplay Couture (Mondays, September 30th-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.
  2. Need to take the SAT (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). 
  1. Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) Meeting (Monday, October 7th, 5:30-7:00pm, BJM Elementary). ICSD families, teachers and staff are invited to the upcoming SEPTA meeting on Monday, October 7th at Beverly J. Martin Elementary. Meet other SEPTA members, vote for new officers (must be a member to vote), and learn about the new Committee for Special Education structure. Childcare and snacks provided. A child questionnaire must be completed before dropping off your child.
  1. Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) (Cycle I deadline, Wednesday, October 9th). 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
  1. Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Arts Mini-Grants (deadline Tuesday, October 15th). The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has mini-grants available for dance, drama, music, and visual arts projects that engage students. The Fall 2019 deadline is October 15, 2019. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) staff, teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at, by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically. An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids.  
  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. 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. 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 To ask questions or get involved, contact Mary Grainger at or 607-280-4380.
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