IHS Family Update

From Principal Zipp-McLaughlin


  • IHS PTSA needs your support
  • Career Connections
  • The Month of the Military Child
  • Junior Prom- RETURN TO FRIDAY MAY 27, 2022 (see below for details)
  • Senior Save the Dates and Information- NEW events
  • Decision Day for Seniors
  • Spring NHS Induction
  • AP Testing
  • Sunflowers for Ukraine
  • Infinite Campus
  • Tutoring Opportunities
  • Safe School Helpline
  • Vaping
  • Upcoming events by month


The following 3 events need your support:

  • District Vote on May 17 (click for details)
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • Decision Day for Seniors

Details for each are below.

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  • May 2 is Decision Day! Come dressed wearing apparel from your college or career of choice.
  • Payment information for cap and gown, $25 is due by June 1st. (make checks payable to "Class of 2022") Check or money can be delivered to Kim Schrank in the IHS main office.
  • Senior Lawn Signs: Personalized senior lawn signs are $20 each. Click the link to order one today! https://forms.office.com/r/8q0NmZVKaC We will place 2 orders: one on April 15th and another on May 9th.
  • Senior Slide Show and Yearbook Distribution Gathering: May 26th- 3;15pm
  • Namedropper Shirts: T-shirts and hoodies with the Class of 2022 student names on the back. For pricing and to place an order, click the link below: https://forms.office.com/r/2JvRpEJdJF We will place 2 orders: one on April 15th and another on May 9th.
  • Seabreeze/Senior Picnic: June 11th TBD for times and ticket prices
  • Senior Ball: Friday, June 10 at Harro East, 7 pm-11 pm, Tickets are $40 each, with an Ancient Greece theme. Please contact Ms. Jaynes with questions.
  • Powder Puff Game- June 13th
  • Flag Day Plans- TBD
  • Car Parade: Friday, June 17, @ 6 pm. Seniors and families will line up at IHS and follow a scheduled route through the IHS neighborhoods. Please plan to decorate your vehicle!
  • Graduation Rehearsal: Thursday, June 23 at 11 AM at IHS
  • Graduation/99th IHS Commencement: Saturday, June 25 at 10 AM at Frontier Field; ALL Seniors must report to the IHS back bus loop by 8 AM to board the buses. Seniors must ride the buses to graduation so that we can line up and be prepared.


On May 3rd, please help the IHS PTSA celebrate our staff for their dedication and hard work. Use the link below to sign up:



The PTSA needs your help! We are planning a "Candy Bar" for Senior Decision Day on May 2. Specifically, we are looking for store-bought candy donations (individually-wrapped, snack-sized) of all kinds and all flavors. Your candy donations can be dropped off in the main office @ IHS.


Use this link to explore job availability in the community!


PTSA is sponsoring Netsins Ice Cream- come out to vote and enjoy a treat from 5:30-8pm


IHS will recognize "Purple Up ! Day" on Wednesday, April 13th. Wear purple in support of military-connected kids and families. April is the designated Month of the Military Child. Across the nation, states and schools celebrate the important role military children play while their service member parents serve our country through special events and wearing the color purple." Click here for more.

Why purple? Purple symbolizes that all branches of the military are represented, including Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue. All these colors combine for the mutual benefit of all into the color purple.

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We are excited to return to the IHS Tradition of holding the Junior Prom the weekend of Memorial Day. The date is returning to FRIDAY, MAY 27, 20200.

Conflicts regarding the first date published caused us to bring the Prom Committee together and to think through the survey results, student input, and venue requirements. We learned that the first survey was inclusive of Juniors and parents with the popular vote for Friday, May 27th. A second survey was sent out to students yielding fewer votes and a marginal choice of Sunday, May 29th. Once this date was published, we heard even more concerns and conflicts.

Our Prom Committee convened and considered the following:

  • Friday, May 27th is the date that has been posted on the calendar and website since last summer
  • Since 2009, the Prom has been held on the Friday of Memorial Day
  • The survey results which included families and students

With all of this information, we are returning to the originally scheduled date of May 27th, 2022. Again, thank you for your support and patience!

  • Date: May 27, 2022 (RETURN TO ORIGINAL DATE)
  • Time: 7-11pm
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester
  • Ticket cost: $50
  • Ticket sales will be April 25th- May 6th in the commons during lunch periods 4, 5, 6. Cash and check can be accepted. Checks should be made out to the class of 2023.

Questions? Please contact:


We are offering a Spring National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Juniors and Seniors will receive an invitation to apply based on academic standing. These families will receive a letter in the mail outlining the application details. If you have questions, please email michelle_laraby@westiron.monroe.edu


Advanced Placement Exams are scheduled to begin in May. Enrolled students are strongly encouraged to take the exams. These courses and exams provide each child with the opportunity to experience the rigors of college in a supportive high school setting, as well as provide them with the opportunity to earn college credit. Typically, more than 70% of our students score 3, 4, or 5 on the exams. These scores generally qualify the student to receive college credit. Payment, due April 22, for AP Exams can be made through MySchoolBucks.com.

On behalf of the faculty and administration at IHS, we are proud of your child’s initiative and willingness to challenge themselves at the highest level. Please contact Ms. Harford at 336-3037 or barbara_harford@westiron.monroe.edu with any questions.


Several student clubs have organized to support the ongoing struggle in Ukraine. Students are selling paper sunflowers and asking for encouraging messages. Each sunflower is $1, sold in our Commons during all 3 lunches, and will be displayed as our collective display of support.


Stay up to date on grades, assignments, attendance announcements, schedules, and more. You can even set an alert to your phone for period-by-period attendance. Please consider logging in today to continue supportive home school focus on academic excellence. If you have questions regarding any of the class assignments, please email your student's teacher, directly.

If you do not have an Infinite Campus account, please use this link to learn more.

If you need support signing up for an Infinite Campus account, please contact the IHS Counseling Office at 336- 2921.


Our National Honor Society Students are offering free tutoring, again this year. If your student is interested, please scan the QR code to sign up.
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We have Department Centers for students who need or wish additional support in English, Social Studies, or Math. These supports are available throughout the school day and scheduled with content teachers. Please review the schedules below to see what matches with your student's study hall or lunch period. Additionally, you can email the teacher of the class to see when they have drop-in times for direct support.
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Safety is our top priority. Many students have been active in supporting a positive school climate by reporting their concerns through the Safe School Helpline. We continue to encourage, if you see something or have knowledge about something that is unsafe, say something!

Students/Parents/Guardians can also report directly to a teacher, counselor, administrator their concerns. Please remember to provide as many specifics as possible.

The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at our schools. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

This link will take you to the helpline or you can call using the numbers below:

800-418-6423 (800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359)

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Did you know ... ?

  • Inappropriate disposal of vapes contaminates our water supply, the batteries can be a fire/explosion hazard and are considered biohazard waste? Flushing vapes has led to major plumbing blockages.
  • Vapes contain known carcinogens, can exacerbate anxiety & cause permanent lung damage?
  • 810 IHS students reported that they have not used a vape in the last 30 days? Our Youth Risk Behavior Survey results indicate that 108 students reported using vapes in the last 30 days.
  • We have support, on campus to help you quit? (Ms. Lindsay Synder is a licensed prevention counselor and is more than happy to meet to discuss your goals).
  • We are adding locked boxes to support the safe disposal of vapes while encouraging students to kick the habit? These boxes will be located outside of the counseling center, one on the 2nd floor and outside of our drug and alcohol prevention counselor's office. Boxes will be in place by Wednesday with students sharing details on our Morning Show.


April 8: Third Quarter Ends- report cards to follow

April 12:Seabreeze Interviews @IHS Large Cafeteria, starting at 2:45 pm

April 12: District Vocal Jazz Night

April 13: Wear Purple to celebrate the Month of the Military Child

April 15: First Cut off Date for Personalized Senior Lawn Signs and Name Dropper Apparel

April 15-22: Spring Recess/ April Institute

April 26: NHS Spring Induction Ceremony @ 6 pm

April 28: 9th and 10th-grade Awards/Recognition (Virtual)


May 2: Decision Day for Seniors

May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week

May 2-13: AP Testing

May 3: District Instrumental Jazz Night

May 4: 11th and 12th Grade Awards Ceremony (Virtual ) @6 pm

May 7: SAT

May 9: Final Cut Off Date for Personalized Senior Lawn Signs and Name Dropper Apparel

May 12: Student Council Breakfast 7 am

May 17: District Vote

May 19: Symphonic Band/Orchestra at 7 pm

May 23: Choristers/DSS/Sweet 16/ Jazz Choir Concert at 7 pm

May 26: Senior Slide Show and Yearbook Gathering at 3:15pm

May 27: Junior Prom @ Rochester Hyatt, 7 pm-11 pm

May 30: Memorial Day - No School


June 1: U.S. History and Government Regents exam at 8AM

June 1: Graduation Concert @ 6:30pm

June 2: World Language Awards TBD

June 4: SAT

June 7: Athletic Awards TBD

June 2-4: Spring Comedy (Note: an earlier version had incorrect dates)

June 10: Senior Ball @ Harro East from 7pm-11pm

June 11: Senior Trip to Seabreeze

June 11: ACT

June 13: Powder Puff- TBD

June 13-14: Senior Cap and Gown Pick up/ Senior Laptop, books drop off

June 14: Last day of classes/ Flag Day details to follow

June 15-23: NYS Regents Exams

June 17: Senior Car Parade @ IHS, 6pm

June 20: Observed Juneteenth- No School

June 23: Graduation Rehearsal

June 25: Graduation @ Frontier Field, 10 AM; Seniors report to buses at IHS by 8 AM


The first spring game for all of our teams is scheduled for Saturday with IHS Softball! See our full schedule here: ATHLETIC SCHEDULE


We truly appreciate your continued support and are available to answer any questions or concerns that you have.

Be well,



Address: 260 Cooper Road

Website: https://ihs.westirondequoit.org/

Principal: Alecia Zipp-McLaughlin | alecia_mclaughlin@westiron.monroe.edu

Main office: (585) 266-7351

Secretary: Kim Schrank | kim_schrank@westiron.monroe.edu

Health Office: 585-336-2938

  • Nurse: Mary Piston

Counseling Center: 336-2921

Attendance Office: 336-2919

Technology Support: https://wicsd.tech/

Transportation: 585-336-2992

District Office: 585-342-5500 | District website: westirondequoit.org