September 27th

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” 9/27/2017
**Reminder–the Attendance Office is in the Activities Building**

  1. IHS PTA Membership-now you can join online!
  2. IHS Daily Announcements
  3. IHS College Visits (9/28-10/5)
  4. Seniors–college essay help available (9/28)
  5. Juniors–PSAT sign-up (test on 10/11)
  6. Morning Munch – goodies needed (10/5)
  7. TC3 College Fair (10/17, sign-up by 10/2)
  8. IHS Open House (10/19)
  9. IHS Clubs
  10. IHS Yearbook summer photos needed
  11. Grants, Arts, STEM, Sports?
  12. IHS Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations (due 11/1)
  13. IHS Winter Sports Forms (10/6-11/3)
  14. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (starts 9/20)
  15. Teen Writing Workshops
  16. Fall 2017 Girls Who Code
  17. “Play it Again, Ithaca” used musical instruments needed
  18. Rotary International Youth Exchange Scholarship – Applicants needed
  19. Rotary Youth Exchange – Host families needed

For more information, please visit:

**Reminder from the Attendance Office–the Attendance Office is in the Activities Building (Building B)–not the Main Office.**

  1. Join the IHS PTA! Your membership (parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, staff, and students) supports our students, our school and all that the PTA does, including: Mini-Grants, Open House, “The Guide,” “The Word,” Healthy Snack Program, Achievement Awards, Programs, Staff Appreciation Luncheon and Brunches, etc. NEW! Now you can join the IHS PTA on-line.  Just click this link !
  2. IHS Daily Announcements. Keep up with the IHS daily news, clubs, opportunities and checkout the IHS Daily Announcements. Pro tip–some students are not the best in sharing school information.
  3. IHS college visits. It’s that time of year again! Representatives from many colleges visit IHS to meet with interested students in the College & Career Center/Main Office. A great opportunity to ask questions and put a face to a name on your application. To see all scheduled college visits, log into Naviance from the Student Services page and click Colleges tab. Upcoming visits:
    * St. John Fisher (9/28, 9:45am)
    * SUNY Brockport (9/29, 9:45am)
    * Alfred State (10/2, 9:00am)
    * Keuka College (10/2, 9:45am)
    * University of Scranton (10/2, 10:37am)
    * St. Lawrence University (10/3, 10:37am)
    * King’s College (10/3, 11:27pm)
    * Elmira College (10/3, 1:07pm)
    * Goshen College (10/4 12:17pm)
    * Nazareth College (10/5, 1:07pm)
  4. Attention SENIORS–College essay help available (September 28th). Need a little help or some pointers for writing your college essay? Ray Kim & Tammy Shapiro, Cornell Admissions Officers, will be here on Thursday, September 28th to present a college essay writing workshop. The sessions will be held during lunch periods. See Ms. Sullivan in the College & Career Office to register.  Please register as soon as possible as the time slots fill up fast.
  5. Attention JUNIORS–PSAT sign-up. Please stop by the main office to see Ms. Sullivan to sign up for the PSAT that will be given on Wednesday, October 11th. There will be no charge to take the exam and you will receive a practice booklet and an informational sheet when you register. This exam is for Juniors only!
  6. IHS Morning Munch (Thursday, October 5th) – goodies needed. First Thursday of every month is a special day at Ithaca High School that the teachers and staff look forward to–Morning Munch. We need your help to continue the Morning Munch tradition this year. Suggested goodies:
    * Fresh Fruit—apples, bananas, oranges.
    * Purchased Food–including granola bars, breakfast pastry, muffins, donuts
    * Homemade Baked Goods— Banana bread, muffins, coffee cake, scones, brownies, fruit crisp, etc.
    * Store Gift Card in any denomination— Wegmans, BJ’s, and Ithaca Bakery.
    * Cash/check to IHS PTA—Additional expenses include paper products, plastic cups and food.

If you wish to donate food, we appreciate you letting us know what you are bringing so we can ensure a bountiful feast. But, surprises are always welcome the day of the “Munch”. For questions or drop off instructions, please contact any of the Morning Munch coordinators. Additional Morning Munch dates are November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, and May 3.

  1. TC3 College Fair (October 17th, sign-up deadline October 2nd). Juniors and Seniors interested in attending the TC3 College Fair on Tuesday, October 17 should pick up permission slips in the Main Office or Student Services. The deadline for returning your permission slips is October 2. The College Fair will also have an evening session from 6-8 p.m. for students wishing to attend with their parents. IHS will not provide transportation for the evening session.
  2. IHS Open House (October 19th, 6:30-9:15pm). Experience your student’s compressed schedule and meet their wonderful teachers.
  3. IHS Clubs are a great way to get involved. So many clubs to choose from! If your student has an interest, chances are there is a club for that. Check out the many clubs IHS offers, get involved, meet new friends, and have fun.
  4. IHS Yearbook looking for summer photos. Did anything fun over the summer? The yearbook is now accepting summer photos! This is a great opportunity to be featured more in the yearbook! Simply email us back with your picture(s). Also, students interested in how the school yearbook is made and want to get involved are welcome to join yearbook club Tuesday afternoon in the library’s computer lab. A great opportunity to improve your photography and design skills and meet new people!
  5. New year–great time to get involved. Please checkout the organizations below and consider getting involved. These fine organizations enrich our student’s educational experience.
    * Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI): The IPEI facilitates community connections and support for students and teachers of the Ithaca City School District through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants.
    * Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG)-affiliate of IPEI: FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids, working toward a vision of increased student access, participation and equity in arts programs.
    * Ithaca STEM Advocates-affiliate of IPEI: IthacaSTEM Advocates is a volunteer-run organization devoted to fostering the appreciation, knowledge, and application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging involvement in STEM-related activities, clubs, teams, events, and classes in the ICSD.
    * Ithaca Sports Boosters:  Ithaca Sports Boosters is a volunteer organization serving Ithaca student-athletes (Modified-Varsity). Membership drive going on now!

12 Ithaca High School Athletics Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations (deadline November 1st). ICSD Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little has announced that the Ithaca High School Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the next induction class Candidates—male and female—must have graduated from IHS 10 or more years ago and have had an outstanding athletic career while in high school. In addition to student-athletes, candidates can be coaches or friends of IHS Athletics. Nomination forms can be found online or in the IHS Athletics Office. Nominations are due no later than November 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Hall of Fame Committee Chair Jeff True.

  1. IHS Winter Sports Forms (deadline November 3rd JV/Varsity & November 12th Modified). November 3 is the last day to submit JV/Varsity sports forms to the Ithaca High School Medical Office. 7th/8th grade forms are submitted to your home school. *Girls Basketball, Boys Swimming and Wrestling will pilot Family ID-  electronic sports forms to sign up. More information.
  2. TCPL Young Adult Book Club (meets 3rd Wednesday of the month). TCPL will host the inaugural session of this year’s Young Adult Book Club, a monthly discussion group for middle and high school students starting September 20th from 4:30-5:30pm in the Thaler/Howell Room. The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Free copies of club titles to keep.
  3. Teen Writing Workshops (Tuesdays or Fridays at TCPL, 4:30-5:30p). Explore your creative muscles in our weekly after school writing workshops. Sign up for a couple or take them all – each week will be something a little different but attendance at all sessions is not required. These one-hour classes will be lead by Writopia-trained students from Ithaca college. They will involve a variety of prompts, exercises, and opportunities to workshop pieces. Tuesdays (September 19-November 14) and Fridays (September 22-November 17). These workshops are suitable for people in grade 6-12.
  4. Fall 2017 Girls Who Code (meets on Sunday, Phillips Hall, 318). Are you a middle school or high school student? Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC) has partnered with Girls Who Code, Google igniteCS, and Accenture to bring the Girls Who Code program to Ithaca! Students will be able to attend free weekly Sunday 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. No experience necessary!
  5. “Play it Again, Ithaca”-Used Musical Instruments Needed. If you have a musical instrument collecting dust, the Fine Arts Boosters Group (FABG) would love to hear from you. FABG collects donated used musical instruments to support ICSD’s music education program. Instruments donated are professionally repaired and become part of the ICSD collection of instruments available for free use to students in the district.
  6. Seeking Applicants–Rotary International Youth Exchange Scholarship (valued at $25,000). Winners of a Rotary Scholarship spend one school year in a foreign country living with families, learning the language and customs while attending school. Unlike other programs, Rotary scholars do not pay for room, board or tuition (scholarship valued at $25,000). Candidates (under age 18 on date of departure) are awarded to teenagers who are outgoing, friendly, adaptable and who are independent. Questions? Please contact Erick Schnell, Committee Chairman, Rotary International Youth Exchange.
  7. Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotary Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience their cultures, thus promoting international understanding and peace. The Ithaca Rotary Club still needs host families for our Rotary Exchange Students. Learn all about the program at this dedicated web site for District 7170:!
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