This original PBIS video about common expectations on the playground was created by Belle Sherman students and staff.
PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports. This school-wide initiative is a positive discipline plan that focuses on a proactive approach to preventing/reducing challenging behaviors and producing positive outcomes. PBIS creates positive environments by utilizing proactive strategies such as introducing, defining, modeling, teaching, and supporting positive behavioral expectations. After this, PBIS reinforces and rewards students for these positive social behaviors.
Message from Superintendent Brown Regarding District Safety Plans:
February 15, 2018
Dear Families, Students, and Staff,
In light of the terrible incident yesterday in Florida, I wish to update you on the Ithaca City School District’s continuous efforts to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. The ICSD has a Code of Conduct and a District Safety Plan , which also contains specific Building Safety Plans. Per NYS regulations, each school is required to conduct eight evacuation drills and four lockdown (intruder/shooter, ...
Families in the ICSD Farm to Table Program Broke Bread to Cap Off a Successful First Year:
A celebratory harvest dinner at Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) brought over 100 students and their families out for a night of learning, bonding, and trying a variety of fresh foods made by program participants and local restaurants.
During the dinner, students showed off projects they’d completed based around the farm-to-table concept, including “good food guides,” posters, and mobiles. They also reflected on what they learned about where food comes from ...
Retiree Helps Students Lead, Practice Kindness at Belle Sherman:
Retirement didn’t keep Marilyn Ewing away from Belle Sherman Elementary for long – as a volunteer, she now coordinates initiatives that have empowered students to practice kindness and leadership skills.
Ewing, who taught at Belle Sherman for 37 years, facilitates conflict management and composting programs, and guides older students who lead their younger peers in making the school a better place.
“I love it at Belle Sherman,” she said. “There ...
The ICSD Farm to Table Program:
This past spring, the Ithaca City School District was awarded a grant from the New York State Education Department to support a Farm to Table (FTT) summer and afterschool program. The ICSD FTT provides a contextualized, interdisciplinary, hands-on study of food, nutrition, gardening, and cooking. The program is offered to second- and third-grade students attending Belle Sherman, Beverly J. Martin, Cayuga Heights, and Enfield.
Designed to reinforce and complement students’ regular ...