Ithaca City School District

Friday, August 28, 2015
Convocation to Kick off 2015-2016 School Year

Ithaca, N.Y., August 27, 2015—The 1,200 faculty and staff of the ICSD will begin the 2015-2016 academic school year with Convocation on September 8th, 2015. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School with a Keynote address by Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown.
Outstanding student achievement, professional development, curriculum design, and other continuous improvement strategies will be highlighted at this year Convocation. Introductions and special recognitions will also be included in the ceremony.
The first day of classes for students in grades K-6, 9th grade, and all new entrants will be Wednesday, September 9th.Thursday, September 10th will be a full day for all students grades K-12. You may view the 2015-16 academic calendar and the Board of Education meeting schedule on the ICSD webpage:
About the Ithaca City School District
The Ithaca City School District mission is to engage, educate, and empower. We will strive to engage all students in the importance and relevance of thinking; to educate every learner to communicate, comprehend, and collaborate for understanding; and to empower all in the ICSD to achieve academic excellence.
We envision a bold community of 6,000+ Thinkers. Thinking is foundational to the development of self, society, and democracy. It is the cornerstone of all creative ideas; problem solving; scientific discoveries, innovations and social good. 
Please click here to see the official press release from August 27, 2015.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Northeast Elementary Named a New York State Reward School

Ithaca, N.Y., August  25, 2015—the New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently selected Northeast Elementary School as a Reward School. The designation goes to New York schools with the highest achievement in the state or those that are making the most progress in closing student achievement gaps.
"This is a spectacular honor, and we are beyond proud of our students and the staff and families who support our students' growth,” said Northeast Principal Lily Talcott. “This is a reflection of our students' incredible hard work not just on testing days, but throughout the year as they engage in deep, meaningful, collaborative learning experiences designed by our outstanding teachers. I'm confident that we will continue on this challenging but worthy path in the upcoming school year as well."
According to NYSED, 361 of more than 4,800 schools statewide earned Reward School status. New York State Reward Schools have been identified based on both 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year results.  This is the second consecutive year that Northeast Elementary has received this special designation.
“Northeast Elementary School and our school district demonstrate consistent excellence with regards to meeting the needs of learners.  We are honored to receive another prestigious recognition for the outstanding work happening in our learning spaces,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.
Please click here to view the full news release sent on August 25, 2015.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
ICSD Appoints New Principal at Northeast Elementary School

Ithaca, N.Y., August 11, 2015The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) announces Lily Talcott as the new principal at Northeast Elementary School.  Ms.Talcott replaces Jeff Tomasik who was named principal of Boynton Middle School in July.   Ms. Talcott is making the transition to Northeast Elementary School after serving as a Master Educator in the school district since 2013.  Prior to serving as an administrator, Ms. Talcott was a teacher in the school district since 2006.  In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Talcott helped to facilitate district professional development and worked at the state level designing math curriculum. Ms. Talcott, a graduate of ICSD, holds degrees from SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, and Wells College.


“Lily has been an exceptional student, teacher, and administrator in the Ithaca City School District.  I am happy that she chooses to contribute her talents to our community. Now she will have a special focus on Northeast Elementary School,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.


Ms. Talcott stated, “I am honored to be joining the Northeast community.  I look forward to getting to know the students, families and staff, and to supporting the outstanding teaching and learning that's already taking place here.  I am excited to apply my experience with and passion for elementary curriculum and instruction to this new role.”



Thursday, July 16, 2015
ICSD Announces Administrative Appointments

The Ithaca City School District announced that Jeff Tomasik will be the new principal at Boynton Middle School. At its July 14th meeting, the Board of Education accepted the resignation of former Boynton Principal, Joe Dhara. Mr. Dhara is leaving the ICSD after accepting a central office role in the central New York area.

Jeff Tomasik is making the transition to Boynton Middle School after serving as principal of Northeast Elementary since August 2003. For two years preceding his Northeast appointment, Mr. Tomasik served as the Associate Principal of DeWitt Middle School, and as an ESL teacher at DeWitt Middle School during the 2000-2001 school year. His previous experience includes teaching positions in Fiarfax County, Virginia and in Washington State. Mr. Tomasik holds degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Virginia. 

"Jeff has been an exceptional leader at Northeast Elementary, and is now eager for a new challenge as instructional leader of Boynton Middle School," said Superintendent Luvelle Brown. 

Mr. Tomasik stated, "The time has come for me to use the leadership skills I have developed at Northeast Elementary in a new context. I am extremely grateful to have had the good fortune to work with an exceptional group of students, staff, and families at Northeast. I look forward to developing long-lasting ties with the Boynton community moving forward."

A nationwide search for the next principal at Northeast Elementary School will begin immediately. An informational and input gathering meeting with the Northeast community will be scheduled for the week of July 20th.

Previously, at its June 23rd meeting. The ICSD Board of Education finalized the district's Executive Team with the appointment of two internal candidates. Liddy Coyle and David Brown were appointed to fill vacant positions as Chief Academic Officer and Chief Administration Officer, respectively. They will join Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Matt Landahl, Chief Operations Officer Amanda Verba, and Chief Human Capital Officer Robert Van Keuren on the Executive Team. 

Please click here to view the full news release sent on July 14, 2015.