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Co-Curricular Advisory Committee Co-Curricular Advisory Committee   A newly formed community advisory committee is working to increase student engagement in the arts, athletics, and other co-curricular activities. The committee – facilitated by Fine and Performing Arts Director Daphne Shululu and Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little – is examining barriers to participation in co-curricular activities and will explore ways to eliminate them. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” Little said about the collaboration between the athletics  and  arts departments. “It’s not rocket science, but hopefully we’re modeling for the rest of our community what it can look like and feel like. I believe we are exemplifying that inclusive and intentional collaboration between ...
ICSD Safe Schools Plan (Draft) ICSD Safe Schools Plan (Draft) A draft of the Ithaca City School District Safety Plan is now available for public review. The date for a public hearing to discuss the draft plan is yet to be finalized. Please follow the link below to view the plan. A hard copy of the draft is also available at the Superintendent's Office, located in the District Board Building at 400 Lake Street Ithaca, NY. ICSD Safe Schools Plan (Draft)
IHS Teacher Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching IHS Teacher Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Ithaca High School social studies teacher Keith Thompson is one of 38 highly accomplished U.S. teachers awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.   The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). It is an intensive international exchange and professional development program designed to build teachers’ and students’ global competence and to share educational best practices internationally. A highly competitive award, Mr. Thompson was selected based on his teaching experience, academic training, inquiry project proposal, and professional experience.   ...
Anti-Marginalization Design Team Anti-Marginalization Design Team A newly formed anti-marginalization design team is examining how the ICSD’s curriculum can support students in developing anti-racist understandings and practices. About 26 educators are participating in the group’s first cohort, some of whom already met twice over the summer to begin weaving anti-marginalization lessons into the district’s existing case study and project-based learning work at all grade levels. This includes examining how to fit anti-marginalization and anti-racist practices into content standards and instructional strategies, using experiences that are inquiry-based, involve original research, involve fieldwork and collaboration with experts, require students to synthesize learning from multiple disciplines and are in service to global and local ...
Project Innovation Project Innovation Click on thumbnails to enlarge. The first year of Project Innovation – the ICSD’s project-based summer school program – was a great success! The six-week, fully inclusive Project Innovation brought together about 100 students of varied abilities and grade levels at Belle Sherman Elementary. Groups of kindergarten through second graders, third- through fifth-grade students and sixth- through eighth-grade students each tackled a different case study while working on literacy, math and other essential skills. The oldest group of students ...
New Scheduling and Calendar System New Scheduling and Calendar System The Ithaca City School District recently began implementing ML Schedules, a scheduling and calendar system provided through Master Library. Facility Use Requests : the Ithaca City School District encourages community use of school facilities when such use is in the public interest and does not conflict with school activities, and is not detrimental to the purpose of schools. To learn more, and to begin making facility requests, please visit the ICSD Facilities webpage .    * There will be a staff training on the new facility use request software on Tuesday, July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Hancock Street Learning Hub.*   Calendar : reservation listings can be viewed at the following URLs: Calendar View ...
2018-2019 Administrative Appointments 2018-2019 Administrative Appointments The Ithaca City School District Board of Education recently made multiple administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year.  Deborah Ptak has been appointed principal of Lehman Alternative Community School . Ms. Ptak has been an educator for more than 25 years, serving as a school social worker, assistant principal, and principal. In her most recent role, Ms. Ptak was recruited to serve as interim principal of Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins University Partnership School, an experimental professional development school in Baltimore, Maryland. Keith Harrington has been appointed principal of Enfield Elementary School . Mr. Harrington has served in the ICSD since 2007 as a science and social studies teacher at Boynton Middle School, a district-wide instructional ...
Summer Meals for Kids Summer Meals for Kids
June 2018 Commendation Ceremony June 2018 Commendation Ceremony Students and staff were recognized on June 12 for extraordinary achievements during the Ithaca City School District Board of Education Commendations Ceremony. The quarterly event celebrates the achievements of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in academics, the arts, sports, or the community.   Those recognized at the ceremony include: Miryam Ginsparg, Michael Guan, Shuah Jang, David Sheng, Leo Song, Arjun Sweet, and Jenny Yoon : Recipients of the New York State Academic Excellence Scholarship Kim Snow : Distinguished Member of Greek Peak Ski Patrol Vivek Myers : Recipient of the National Merit Scholarship Danielle Hemly : Recipient of the NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association Scholarship Hannah Barden : Recipient ...
Kids Discover the Trail! Kids Discover the Trail! Kids Discover the Trail! (KDT!) provides elementary students in Tompkins County with curriculum-based field trips to the Discovery Trail.   KDT! was formed in 2004 through a collaboration between the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the Discovery Trail, and the Ithaca City School District. The idea was to enhance students’ learning through experience-based programs and help students find connections between art, history, literature, science, and the natural world.   Through Kids Discover the Trail!, each elementary grade is linked with one of the eight Discovery Trail organizations: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, Tompkins County Public Library, Museum of the Earth at PRI, Sciencenter, Cornell Botanic Gardens, The History Center in Tompkins County, ...
Computer Science for All Computer Science for All Kindergarten students learning on iPads. In the future, every ICSD student will use computer science principles to become users and creators of knowledge.   That’s the aim of a team of teachers and administrators looking to integrate computer science into the district’s curriculum over the next several years, empowering all students to be fluent in its applications from an early age.   Teachers from Ithaca High School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Boynton Middle School, the district’s technology integration team, and building- and district-level administrators are working with the CSforAll Consortium to bring computer science education to all K-12 students. Through a Computer Science Education Visions Research-Practice Partnership grant, ...
Department Highlight: Child Nutrition Department Highlight: Child Nutrition Beth Krause, Director of Child Nutrition Each day, Ithaca City School District students receive nutritious, tasty meals in an enjoyable atmosphere, thanks to the Department of Child Nutrition.   The department’s 40 employees are focused on providing as many homemade and fresh foods as possible while meeting federal nutrition guidelines for school meals, ensuring children are able to learn on a full stomach.   “We understand that a hungry child cannot learn,” said Child Nutrition Director Beth Krause, who began working for ICSD in February after the retirement of longtime director Denise Agati. “School meals serve as a building block to promote the growth and development of our students.”   The department participates in the ...
ICSD Annual Budget Vote and Election Results ICSD Annual Budget Vote and Election Results The results of the 2018 budget vote and school board election listed below have been adopted by the Board of Education.   Proposition #1 , the proposed school budget of $128,466,376 for 2018-2019 1,820 yes votes and 414 no votes Passed with 81.47%   Proposition #2 , the appropriation and expenditure of funds from the School District's 2018 Capital Reserve Fund 1,968 yes votes and 284 no votes   Passed with 87.39%   Proposition #3 , to eliminate registration by the Board of Registration and replace it with continuous registration in the office of the district clerk 1,811 yes votes and 342 no votes Passed with 84.12%   Further, the results of the election to the Board of Education are:   Candidates ...
Unified Sports Basketball Team Unified Sports Basketball Team This year, ICSD Athletics, along with 15 other districts, is partnering with the Special Olympics, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA), and the Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) to bring Unified Sports to our region.   Unified Sports is an exciting new athletic opportunity for student-athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to compete together in various sports. The goal of the program is to increase inclusion, build understanding, and create a greater sense of community within schools.   Last month, Ithaca formed its first Unified Sports basketball team. The roster includes both male and female students, as well as students with and without intellectual ...
Best Communities for Music Education 2018 Best Communities for Music Education 2018 The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the sixth consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation.   The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities for Music Education designation, the ICSD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.   This award recognizes that the ICSD is leading the way ...
Department Highlight: English as a New Language (ENL) Department Highlight: English as a New Language (ENL) The Ithaca City School District’s English as a New Language (ENL) program touches every facet of the educational process through its work with the district’s English language learners.   The department helps English language learners (ELLs) at all levels of English proficiency to access the same opportunities as their English-speaking peers. ENL teachers work together with classroom and content area content teachers to ensure access to the curriculum through scaffolds, language objectives and tapping into students' prior knowledge.   About 930 ICSD students – 18 percent – come from homes where another language is spoken, although not all receive ENL services. In all, ICSD families speak 66 different languages.   Students are determined ...
ICSD Security Upgrades ICSD Security Upgrades The Ithaca City School District is continually working to increase the safety of our students, staff, and families. We are currently engaged in several initiatives that will help ensure the security of our district’s community and facilities.   Smart Schools Bond Allocation Several years ago, New York State voters approved the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014, which authorized the creation of state debt and the sale of state bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure. The ICSD was allocated $2.5 million from the Smart Schools Bond for the installation of high-tech security features in our school buildings, including access control systems and video security systems.   Access control systems will be installed in all school buildings throughout ...
Department Highlight: Transportation Department Highlight: Transportation The Ithaca City School District’s transportation office is constantly buzzing with activity as bus drivers, monitors, and office staff work closely to ensure students get to and from school safely.   It’s a job that requires a team-player attitude, extensive training, and hard work. Many drivers arrive at 6 a.m. to prepare buses for the day, and the last bus sometimes returns as late as 6:30 p.m., said transportation manager Elizabeth Berner.   First, there’s the morning bus run. Then, at 11 a.m., Pre-K students are returned home, followed later in the day by elementary, middle, and high school students. Late buses run for students who participate in sports, extracurricular activities, and after-school programs, and sometimes drivers make out-of-town trips. ...
Department Highlight: Early Childhood Department Highlight: Early Childhood The Ithaca City School District’s Early Childhood Department applies the ICSD’s key levers of responsiveness, inclusion, and innovation to its youngest learners.   The department, which consists of 66 teachers and staff members, works to support Pre-K students, families, and staff through practices that affirm children and families; provide reflective and thoughtful practice; and encourage creativity, mastery, and purpose.   This year, staff have focused on increasing support to students who are English language learners and their families. In all, Pre-K students speak 17 different languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Burmese, and Thai.   A budding partnership with the district’s English as a New Language (ENL) staff ...



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Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
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Ithaca, NY 14850
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