September 4th

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 9/4/19

  1. IHS Cayuga Street Parking lot closed (9/5 at 5:00pm & all day 9/6)
  2. IHS PTA existence in jeopardy – (Co)President NEEDED
  3. IHS Word Editor Needed
  4. Freshman Opening Day (9/4)
  5. All Students Opening Day (9/5)
  6. IHS Class of 2020 Senior Breakfast (9/5)
  7. IHS Class Pictures (9/10-11)
  8. IHS Student Clubs
  9. IHS Daily Announcements
  10. IHS Fall Athletics
  11. Upcoming College Representative Visits
  12. Fall SAT/ACT Testing Dates
  13. Join Crew at Cascadilla Boat Club – Fall registration open
  14. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (9/12-12/12)
  15. Cornell Girls Who Code (9/22-11/24)
  16. TCPL Cosplay Couture (9/23-12/16)

For more information, please visit:


  1. IHS Cayuga Street Parking Lot Closed Thursday, September 5th, 5:00pm-all day Friday, September 6th). IHS Cayuga Street Parking Lot will be closed on Thursday, September 5th beginning at 5:00 PM and continue to be closed ALL DAY on Friday, September 6th.  All students are encouraged to be dropped off or to take their assigned school bus. The ICSD is partnering with the City of Ithaca and GIAC for the Gus Macker community basketball tournament and basketball courts will fill the parking lot.  Sorry for the inconvenience and we look forward to watching our students participate in the tournament and other activities.
  1. IHS PTA existence in jeopardy – OFFICERS 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. Freshman Opening Day (Wednesday, September 4th, 8:55am-3:32pm) No Zero Period opening day or Thursday. Speaking of Zero Period, here is a link to the Bell Schedule.
  1. All Students Opening Day (Thursday, September 5th, 8:55am-3:32pm). No Zero Period Thursday. Zero period starts Friday, September 6th).
  1. IHS Class of 2020 Senior Breakfast (Thursday, September 5th, 7:00-9:30am). Free food? Yes please! Enjoy Class of 2020.
  1. IHS Class Pictures (Tuesday, September 10-Wednesday, September 11th). Lifetouch pictures taken during scheduled PE class. Picture Day ID: WL029004Y0. Make-up day scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th.
  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 (hopefully) 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 Fall Athletics. Come a cheer for our outstanding students athletes. Checkout the Athletic Events Schedule. Fall sports include: Cheerleading, Football, Golf, Soccer, Girls Swim & Dive, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, and Cross Country. Also, you can help support our student athletes by becoming a member of the Sports Boosters.
  1. Planning for college? College representatives are coming to IHS and they want to speak to you! Upcoming visits:
  • University of Rochester, Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • SUNY Binghamton, Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 1:00 pm
  • University of Chicago, Monday, September 23rd, 2019 at 1:15 pm
  • St. John Fisher, Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:30 am
  • Colgate University, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Hobart William College, Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 11:30 am
  • Utica College, Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 10:00 am
  1. Need to take the SAT/ACT (including SAT Subject Tests) before upcoming college deadlines? There is still time: SAT: October 5 (register by September 6), November 2 (register by October 3), and December 7 (register by November 8). ACT: September 14 (late registration by August 30) and October 26 (register by September 20).
  1. Join Crew at Cascadilla Boat Club (September 3rd-November 2nd). No experience necessary and scholarships available.

Modified: 7th&8th grade; MWF 4:00PM-5:30PM; 9/9 through 10/18; Non competitive

Novice: 9th grade and up, 8th grade with permission of coach; M-F 4:30PM-6:00PM; 9/3 through 11/2; Regattas on weekends

Register at, questions email

  1. TCPL Teen Writing Workshops (Thursdays, September 12th-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. 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.


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