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Message from Superintendent Brown Regarding District Safety Plans 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, etc.) drills per year. We are in the process of researching and implementing additional scenario-based drills in collaboration with the Ithaca Police Department and other law enforcement partners.   In addition to the ICSD web page , information may be found on the New York ...
Mentoring Program Starts at South Hill Elementary Mentoring Program Starts at South Hill Elementary A new program will pair a group of South Hill Elementary fourth graders with college student mentors to encourage success. South Hill has joined the New York State Mentoring Program, a school-based initiative that matches students with adult volunteers who serve as role models. The Ithaca College students will meet with 11 fourth-graders every Tuesday after school in the library. For the first couple of weeks, the group will meet all together and get to know one another. During the first session on February 13, mentors and mentees learned each other’s names and played games to learn more about each other and find similarities. Soon, each fourth-grader will be paired with a mentor who will meet with them one-on-one, participating in a variety of activities that align with ...
Board of Education Statement on Spring Musical Board of Education Statement on Spring Musical The Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District remains firmly committed to the education, health and, well-being of ALL of our students. It is in this light that our administration made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled spring musical, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. While much has been said about the casting of the musical, this was not the reason for cancellation. Our administration’s decision was based solely upon the significant stress and divisiveness developing in our school community.  Unfortunately, the divisiveness has increased as this story has gained national media attention. More distressingly, members of our community, including our students, have been the recipients of hate-filled attacks and vitriolic threats. These attacks, an unintended ...
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. ...
Ithaca City School District Board of Education Response to Public Comments about Ithaca High School Musical Ithaca City School District Board of Education Response to Public Comments about Ithaca High School Musical The active community engagement and conversation about the selection of the Hunchback of Notre Dame for the Ithaca High School musical has led to many conversations in our school district.  This dialogue has affirmed our observations and wishes to have a more inclusive and culturally responsive learning community.  In short, our efforts to eliminate institutional biases are ongoing. We wish to thank the students, parents, caregivers, and educators for the reflections, support, and constructive feedback shared regarding Ithaca High School’s performing arts program.  This is not about any particular faculty member or ICSD employee. We are greatly appreciative of the hard work and dedication that ICSD teachers and employees have given, and continue to give, to our students.  ...
The ICSD Legacy - a Newsletter for Our Retirees The ICSD Legacy - a Newsletter for Our Retirees We created this publication for our retirees to represent the legacy they have passed on to countless children and families during their careers. The ICSD Legacy is intended to help keep our retirees in touch with the ICSD and engaged in the important work happening across the district. We want the publication to be beneficial and enlightening, and welcome feedback to make upcoming issues better and more relevant to our retirees' needs. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please send them to icsdcommunications@icsd.k12.ny.us.  Click here  to read the first issue of the ICSD Legacy!
IPEI Awards Third Connecting Classrooms Grant IPEI Awards Third Connecting Classrooms Grant The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has awarded its third Connecting Classrooms Grant this year, which will give 150 DeWitt Middle School seventh-graders the opportunity to engage in a mock archeological dig this spring. Boynton Middle School seventh-graders will join the project in fall 2018.   Connecting Classrooms Grants fund large-scale projects that enhance student engagement and support learning consistent with school and district goals. The grants support collaborative partnerships between teachers and staff within a school, across grade levels and/or between schools.   With the latest grant, DeWitt science teachers Wayne Gottlieb and Catherine Exantus will be able to purchase supplies (skulls, femurs and tools) and hire an expert for a problem-based ...
ICSD Selected to Participate in the Computer Science Education Visions Research-Practice Partnership ICSD Selected to Participate in the Computer Science Education Visions Research-Practice Partnership The Ithaca City School District is one of four New York State school districts selected to participate in the Computer Science Education (CS-EDU) Visions Research-Practice Partnership. In this project, the CSforAll Consortium, launched as a nation-wide initiative in 2016, is partnering with New York University (NYU) to support districts in planning computer science education. This partnership will help the ICSD coordinate vision, implementation, and curriculum decisions around computer science for all. The ICSD will participate in planning and reflection workshops in January 2018, Summer 2018, and Winter 2019. These workshops will use continuous improvement data processes to support implementation. The ICSD will receive assistance from the CSforAll and NYU team, and interact with districts ...
ICSD Superintendent Listed as One of Nation’s Top Educators and Thought Leaders ICSD Superintendent Listed as One of Nation’s Top Educators and Thought Leaders Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has been named to the 2017 TrustED 20. The list is compiled of the 20 “top education thought leaders to consider following,” and is divided into four categories: veterans, advocates, educators, and voices.   Dr. Brown, listed as a top educator, was recognized for his work in fostering communication and developing trust between students, staff, families, and the community. Other notable thought leaders appearing on the list include Federal policy influencer Linda Darling-Hammond, former Secretary of Education John B. King, and authors Sir Ken Robinson and Diane Ravitch.   “I am humbled and honored to be listed as one of the nation’s leading thinkers and influencers,” said Dr. Brown. ...
IPEI Awards Two Connecting Classrooms Grants IPEI Awards Two Connecting Classrooms Grants The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has awarded two new Connecting Classrooms Grants—for projects involving three elementary schools, impacting more than 1,000 Ithaca City School District students.   Connecting Classrooms Grants fund large-scale projects that enhance student engagement and support learning consistent with school and district goals. The grants support collaborative partnerships between teachers and staff within a school, across grade levels and/or between schools.   The first 2017-18 grant, “Reimagining Recess!” is a collaboration between Fall Creek and Northeast Elementary Schools and Just Play Project and Pop-Up Adventure Play. The project seeks to create supportive and innovative environments for students during school recess ...
December Commendations December Commendations ICSD students and staff were recognized Dec. 5 for their extraordinary achievements during the district’s quarterly commendation ceremony. During commendations, ICSD leadership and the Board of Education celebrate the achievements of top-performing student athletes and musicians, accomplished faculty and staff, and inspiring members of the ICSD community nominated by their peers. Several students, staff members and groups were celebrated at the ceremony in Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium, including: Andrew Mutolo, a Fall Creek Elementary School student, for inspiring students and staff. Vaynu Kadiyali, Justin Perry, Isaiah Gutman and Justin Tan of Ithaca High School’s Brain Team, who have qualified for two national quiz bowl tournaments in the spring. ...
IPEI Awards More Than $20,000 in Grants to ICSD Teachers IPEI Awards More Than $20,000 in Grants to ICSD Teachers The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has awarded more than $20,000 to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers for a range of projects connecting community and curriculum— from STEM and social justice to creative arts and literacy.    A total of $8,936.27 was awarded for 22 Red and Gold Grants; $13,212.00 was awarded for 11 Teacher Grants. In addition, three Connecting Classroom applicants were invited to move forward with formal proposals.     “The IPEI Grants Committee is pleased to congratulate these innovative teachers who will enhance student learning and achievement through these exciting grant opportunities,” said Joyce Putnam, chair of the IPEI Grants Committee.     IPEI’s Teacher Grants provide up to $1,500 ...
Professional Learning Community Day Professional Learning Community Day   On Friday, October 27, the Ithaca City School District held its district-wide Professional Learning Community (PLC) Day. All staff gathered in the school buildings they serve to focus on this year’s theme: Engaging All Students.   Administrators collaboratively planned learning for the day. ICSD staff from transportation, health and wellness, facilities, administration, and teaching rolled up their sleeves to read and discuss anchor texts, share personal stories, and consider how collaboration and empathy can transform lives and inspire change for all children.   Part of that desired change is the enhancement of a growth mindset: the belief that all children and adults can learn anything and that their intelligence ...
Get Ready for Team ICSD Day! Get Ready for Team ICSD Day! Team ICSD Day is Tuesday, December 5! On this day, we will saturate our school community and beyond with examples of collaboration, camaraderie, and celebration for the Ithaca City School District. During this special day, we pay tribute to the culture of love that exists in our learning organization. On Team ICSD Day, everyone directly or indirectly connected to the district is encouraged to wear cardinal and share messages about what Team ICSD means to them. Students, teachers, administrators, support staff, alumni, parents, caregivers, community partners, volunteers, local businesses, friends – you’re all part of Team ICSD and ...
IHS String Quartet to Join the Pros IHS String Quartet to Join the Pros When the touring show  Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown  comes to the State Theatre of Ithaca on Friday, December 1, two local high school string quartets will have the privilege of joining the professional musicians on stage to add some orchestral texture to the evening.    The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band  Satisfaction  against rival Brit boys  Abbey Road  in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. Each band has recruited their own local high school string quartet to help push their side to victory. The Ithaca High String Quartet will perform with  Abbey Road  and the New Roots Charter Quartet will join  Satisfaction .   Here's ...
The ICSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week The ICSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week The New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA) recognizes October 23-27 as School Board Recognition Week. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members. The Ithaca City School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to Ithaca and its children.   The members serving the ICSD are as follows: President Rob Ainslie, first elected in 2007 Vice President Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, first elected in 2009 Brad Grainger, first elected in 2007 Eldred V. Harris, first elected in 2009 Nicole LaFave, first elected in 2016 Moira Lang, first elected in 2015 Christopher ...
Four ICSD Educators Named NYS Master Teachers Four ICSD Educators Named NYS Master Teachers Four Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers were recently selected to join the New York State Master Teacher Program. Carrie Brindisi, Arti Jewett and Mark Nelson, science teachers at Ithaca High School, and Shaun Errichiello, a math teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School, were among 214 educators statewide chosen to join the program this year. The recent selections bring the total number of New York State Master Educators at ICSD to 14. The Master Teacher Program began in 2013 and supports about 900 outstanding educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Master Teachers excel in the classroom while also holding leadership roles in their departments and districts, participating in professional associations and advising STEM-related ...
ICSD Convocation 2017 ICSD Convocation 2017 On September 5, over 1,100 staff members kicked off the new school year at the ICSD Convocation. Teachers, administrators, and support staff funneled into Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium to enjoy music, award presentations, and special remarks.   To kick off the event, Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) teacher Dara Anissi performed a beautiful original composition on his oud, a Middle Eastern stringed instrument. Awards were then presented to staff who have reached 20, 25, 30, 35, and even 45 years of service. Anna Chapman of Caroline Elementary received the Innovative Science Teaching Award for forming and leading the Caroline STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) club.   ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown followed with his annual ...
Ithaca Students Place in Top 10 at National Technology Conference Ithaca Students Place in Top 10 at National Technology Conference Ithaca teams earned 13 top-ten finishes at the 39th annual national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Orlando, Florida. The competition involved nearly 8,000 participants from 49 states and several countries during June 21–25. The conference offered 65 competitive events ranging from computer animation to extemporaneous speech to CO 2 -propelled dragster design. DeWitt Middle School’s Jacob Yoon brought home Ithaca’s biggest prize, taking first place in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Foundations competitive event. Yoon and more than 80 other competitors were given the task of creating a two-dimensional graphic representation of an engineering part or object using Autodesk Inventor CAD software. In addition to CAD Foundations, DeWitt Middle ...
ICSD Announces Participation in Summer Food Service Program ICSD Announces Participation in Summer Food Service Program The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) announces its participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided, without charge, to all eligible children 18 years and under.   Children in the following programs and locations are eligible to participate in the SFSP: Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Ithaca High School, Lehman Alternative Community School, Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) – Preteen, the Mental Health Association of Tompkins County, BOCES Special Classes, the Enfield Community Council, and Groton Junior/Senior High.   The SFSP has two downtown Ithaca locations: the Northside Community Center (625 Hancock Street) and the Southside Community Center (305 S. Plain Street). The Northside Community ...



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Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
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