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A Message from the Principal - Mr. Jarett Powers

Dear Ithaca High School Community,
Welcome back to the 2012-2013 school year! I look forward to working with you to ensure that all of our students are successful. I encourage you to use me as a resource and to share your hopes and concerns as we work together to promote the academic success of all our students. At the heart of student learning is a partnership between families and the entire Ithaca High School community. By working collaboratively we can create a culturally rich learning community where a rigorous and relevant curriculum inspires our students to become life-long learners with 21st century skills.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, there are some notable changes at Ithaca High School. Research demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between class attendance and graduation rates. It is imperative that students attend all classes and provide the attendance office with the proper documentation when they are not in school. This school year we have adopted an attendance policy to address the number of missed classes at Ithaca High School. In the last three school years, our students have skipped more than 100,549 classes. We have increased the amount of clerical support in our attendance office, and the School Board adopted an attendance policy that helps us hold students accountable for their class attendance.

During the 2012-2013 school year:
If a student skips the same class more than six times in any one marking period, he/she will be assigned a grade of a “U” for the marking period, indicating unacceptable performance.
The student will be provided an opportunity to receive increased support in the subject for which this grade has been assigned.
If the student declines the support or fails to complete the action plan, the grade for the marking period will be registered as a grade of 55.

Should a student complete the additional support activity, he/she will receive the grade they would have otherwise earned in the class.
Students will still receive a zero as a grade for any test, quiz, or assignment provided or due on the day of the class skip.
Ithaca High School is also furthering its commitment to Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) which allow teachers and support staff to collaborate and discuss instructional practices, student achievement data, and intervention strategies to optimize learning and increase student achievement.

We increased the technology available to our students by reimagining H-Courtyard and the World Language Lab as 21st Century learning centers. There has also been a flurry of work on campus this summer. Students will be able to enjoy the new center quad area and the reconditioning of our student activities space.

The 2012-2013 schedule was built around student course requests made during the 2011-2012 school year. Substantial time and effort went into providing each student with as many first choice course selections as possible. It was not possible to honor every course request in every situation. The typical reasons for not receiving a request course were: conflict with a required course, a lab or mandated service, or with another course selection.

Junior and senior students were given priority in certain course selections. To ensure the academic success of all of our students:
Please be aware that the only schedule changes that will be considered will be based on individual academic programming needs.
All schedule changes need to be put in writing on the form enclosed.

There’s a lot of excitement and new opportunities ahead of us this year including new teachers to meet, new technology to utilize, new clubs and activities to engage in, and new skills to master. I am eager to begin the work and to collaborate with you to make Ithaca High School a great place to learn, work, and grow. If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please contact me via This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or at the office at 274-2145. Thank you for all that you do to support our school and our students.

With great excitement!

Jarett Powers


Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 October 2012 )
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