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.
Black Lives Matter at School:
The Ithaca City School District will observe the week of February 4-8, 2019 as Black Lives Matter at School: A Week of Understanding, Affirmation, and Social Action.
Black Lives Matter at School is an independent movement that began in 2016 as a day of social action in Seattle and has since been embraced by other school districts across the country. In February 2018, the movement expanded to a national week of action, with thousands of educators from more than 20 cities organizing for ...
ICSD Water Update:
Since August 2015, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been working with the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that students and staff in all buildings have access to safe drinking water.
The ICSD Facilities Department is finalizing the installation of new faucets, piping, and filtered bottle filler/drinking fountains in every elementary school. Results from routine ...
ICSD Adding Text Messaging Capability:
The Ithaca City School District is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger Communicate, the system it currently uses to call and email families. The new service will allow schools to send parents and guardians important informational text messages about events, school closings, safety alerts, and more, directly to their mobile devices.
Any ICSD parent or guardian who wishes to participate in this service need only to: (i) verify that their wireless phone number is on file ...
Professional Learning Community (PLC) Day:
Students had the day off on October 19, but ICSD teachers, staff, and administrators were hard at work, engaged in professional development on cultural anti-bias topics.
The district-wide Professional Learning Community (PLC) Day brought staff in each building together that morning to consider issues of culture, identity, and implicit bias and how they impact interactions with colleagues, families, and students.
Administrators collaboratively planned and facilitated development ...
Native American Storyteller Perry Ground:
Native American storyteller Perry Ground visited all eight ICSD elementary schools in October, thanks to a Connecting Classrooms grant from the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI).
Ground, an author and speaker, is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been a storyteller and educator for over 25 years and enjoys working with students of all ages to teach about the history and culture of Native Americans.