Ithaca City School District



Monday, April 20, 2015
Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 Academic Calendar

At the April 14, 2015 Board meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar. The calendar can be found on the district website at

Friday, April 17, 2015
140th Anniversary of Ithaca High School

On Saturday, May 2nd at 5:00 p.m., a celebration commemorating the 140th Anniversary of Ithaca High School will be held in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center's Kulp Auditorium.

A range of speakers will recount the rich and successful history of IHS, including its Academics, Athletics, Arts, Activities, and Alumni. There will be story-telling, musical presentations, and refreshments. Refreshments will be served starting 4:30 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and join us for this great event as we celebrate Ithaca High School's history!

Click here for a printable flier.


Thursday, April 16, 2015
ICSD is Named a Best Community for Music for the Third Consecutive Year

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Ithaca City Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. ICSD joins 380 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015. 

Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of schools’ core curriculum.

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

“Together we have strived for excellence in Music Education in the Ithaca City Schools.  In the last three years we have increased our participation in our elementary schools more than 150%.  Music has moved the dial in regards to students performing at higher levels in all curricular areas.  We truly believe an Arts Education is necessary for a child’s success.  On behalf of all music educators we want to thank Superintendent Luvelle Brown and the Board of Education for supporting such initiatives,” said, David Brown, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such asreading and math.  “The Ithaca City Schools has seen an extraordinary increase to our students’ success on ELA, reading and math assessments and while we embrace these findings we continue to teach music education for the sake of music education” said Brown.


Thursday, April 16, 2015
ICSD to Host Tele-Town Hall in Advance of 2015-2016 Budget Vote

In an effort to engage the Ithaca community in the 2015-2016 Ithaca City School District budget process, Superintendent Luvelle Brown will host a tele-town hall on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

Every ICSD student household will receive a phone call invitation to participate in a live conference call. Members of the ICSD staff and community are also invited to join the tele-town hall by dialing: (855)-756-7520 extension 28298#.

Participants may simply listen to the discussion or be put into a queue to have their questions about the budget answered by Dr. Brown, district leadership and members of the Board of Education. Comments, questions, concerns, and suggestions about the budget may be submitted ahead of time to the Listening Forum on the YourVoice portal on the district website at

Information about the 2015-2016 budget development is available on the Budget page of the district’s website at