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Ithaca Brian Team Aims to Visit Nationals The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Brian Team has not let the snowy winter slow them down this year. The Ithaca Brain Team has traveled to a variety of competitions and tournaments this year, showcasing their talents and dedication to their team and teammates.   On February 25, three teams from the ICSD – Ithaca Team A, Ithaca Team B, and Ithaca Team C – traveled to High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ. Ithaca Team A went 10-1 with a tough loss in the semi-finals against a team from Darien, CT. The team landed in third place, after securing a win against last year's national champions from Hunter College High School in Manhattan, NY. Ithaca Team A member Daniel and Ithaca Team B member James both earned recognition for their top 10 scores during the ... more >>
State ED Awards $150,000 to ICSD In My Brother's Keeper Grants For Family and Community Engagement Programs Ithaca, N.Y., March 20, 2017 — The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been awarded $150,000 to improve educational outcomes for boys and young men of color. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) awarded more than $6 million in grants to 42 school districts for the Family and Community Engagement Program of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. These grants will support programs to increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness of boys and young men of color while fostering the development of effective relationships with families to promote the success of all students. “Our school community is committed to inclusive and equitable opportunities for all young people,” said ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown. “This grant award ... more >>
Dr. Brown Receives 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year Award   On Monday, March 6, Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) accepted the award for the 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year. The award, given by the New York State Council of School Superintendents, acknowledges Dr. Brown's work with the ICSD and surrounding community to establish a vision of “6000+ Thinkers” and a mission to “Engage, Educate, Empower.” “This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Brown as he has delivered on his promises,” said ICSD Board of Education President Robert Ainslie. “The amazing results and transformation in our school district are evident for all to see.” ... more >>
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Dr. Matthew Landahl Will Be the Next Superintendent of Beacon City School District The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Deputy Superintendent Dr. Matt Landahl, has accepted a Superintendent position at the Beacon City School District. Beacon, New York is located 65 miles north of New York City, and the school district is composed of 2900 students in four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.  Dr. Landahl will take over in Beacon for the 2017-18 school year, which starts July 1, 2017. Dr. Landahl began his employment in Ithaca City School District, as Chief Elementary Schools Officer in 2013. He has also served as Chief Academic Officer in Ithaca. “I thank the Board of Education and Dr. Brown for the opportunity to serve in multiple roles in the Ithaca City School District. I am excited to begin the next phase of my professional ... more >>
ICSD Announces Launch of Engage Empower Educate Site! The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is pleased to announce the launch of the Engaged and Empowered Learning (EEE) website ! The EEE website focuses on Engaged, Empowered Learning within ICSD and showcases projects created by elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the district. ICSD invites our community to explore Engaged, Empowered Learning in our district. The learning witnessed in this collection represents the ICSD vision and mission as it comes to life through audacious innovation, designed to meet the needs of our 21st Century students. ICSD is committed to meaningful and personal learning, to building and engaging in community, to teaching and learning in responsive and powerful ways, and to achieving academic and personal ... more >>
Code Red Robotics Build Season Begins Code Red Robotics’ Build Season has officially begun! Code Red Robotics is an Ithaca High School student club, and one of over 3,000 teams that compete in the high-school division of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). Each year, FIRST releases a game-like challenge for all high-school robotics teams in the world. The teams have six weeks from that day to build a 120 lb robot to compete in the game. Last year, Code Red Robotics and their robot were able to win a regional competition, and an award giving them a NASA grant qualifying them to compete in World Championships. At the World Championship event, Code Red ranked among the top two percent of teams. On Saturday, January 7, FIRST released the parameters for this year’s challenge. ... more >>
ICSD Placed on the College Board's 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll Jan. 11, 2017:   The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP ® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, ICSD had to, since 2014, increase the number and diversity of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that ICSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.   “Our school community is committed to inclusive and equitable opportunities for all young people,” said ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown. “The recent recognition from the College Board ... more >>
Code Red Robotics Nearing Build Season Code Red Robotics, an Ithaca High School student organization, is getting ready for the beginning of its six-week build season, and the start of a brand new robotics challenge.  Code Red Robotics is a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics club, composed of and led by Ithaca High students, with guidance and instruction by teachers and local community mentors. Each year, in addition to its thousands of hours of community service, Code Red members work together to create a 120 lb. robot, carefully designed and built to play a complex game against other robots. FIRST is the worldwide organization sponsoring competitions for the over 3,000 teams designing and building robots in hopes of winning regional ones and advancing to international competition. ... more >>
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“We Dream of a World” Calendars on Sale Dec. 18 The Ithaca community is invited to witness creativity and imagination coming together at Belle Sherman Elementary School with the “We Dream of a World” calendar. For the 2017 calendar, 20 first-graders from the Butterfly Room worked together to create a full color calendar that combines their art and essays. All proceeds from the calendar will be donated to UNICEF Syria and Heifer International. The “We Dream of a World” calendar uses the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child as their backdrop for the calendar. While creating the calendar, students discussed basic rights – such as shelter, education, access to clean water, and healthcare – and examined the impact these rights have on the lives of children around the world. The "We ... more >>
Ithaca High School Hosts One Act Plays Drama students from Ithaca High School (IHS) are pleased to present three one act plays this weekend in the Black Box Theatre of the High School Performing Arts Center. The three plays, each directed by an IHS student, will be performed back to back on Friday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.    Each year IHS students have the opportunity to choose and direct a play under the guidance of Lorraine Tino. The students experience the whole process from auditions to final production. This year, seniors Crystal Casselberry and Sebastian Fullerton and junior Sarah Robertson have undertaken this adventure.   “Mirror, Mirror,” a parody on the fairy tale "Snow White," is directed by Casselberry. Fullerton ... more >>
Boynton Middle School Presents Getting to Know... "Once Upon a Mattress" Ithaca City School District's Boynton Middle School proudly brings the delightful musical comedy Getting to Know… "Once Upon a Mattress" to the stage of the McCalmon Theatre for five performances, Dec. 15-18, 2016. If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a tremendous surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and lively, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides entertaining frolics. Chances are, you'll never look ... more >>
Video: Mayor of Ithaca Svante Myrick proclaims Nov. 15, 2016 as Team ICSD Day Mayor of Ithaca Svante Myrick proclaimed Nov. 15, 2016 as Team ICSD Day during a ceremony at BJM Elementary School. (Video) more >>
Students, educators, community members, and more celebrate #teamICSD Day The first #teamICSD Day, held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, showcased what a special learning community Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is to a variety of stakeholders. From students and educators to community organizations, schools, and beyond, participation in the one-day event was inspiring. "The goal of #teamICSD is to celebrate the culture of love that exists in our learning organization," said ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown. "Our district is patient, trusting, unselfish, truthful, forgiving, and dedicated -- #teamICSD Day provided an opportunity for everyone to share memories and messages regarding how ICSD has positively impacted their lives." A search of #teamICSD reveals more than 50 (and growing!) social media posts including photos and videos. ... more >>
IHS Brain Team Needs You: Trivia Night 11/17 & Quizbowl Tournament 11/19   Thank you to everyone who has supported the Ithaca High School Brain Team with donations, candy sale purchases, and Twitter likes/retweets (@IHSBrainTeam). The team has competed in a number of tournaments this year and the Ithaca A team has already qualified for two national competitions in Atlanta and Chicago. More tournaments are coming, including one November 19 hosted at IHS. Your help is needed for the 11/19 tournament! The 5 th  Annual BrainBusters fall tournament is the largest single-day tournament in Upstate New York. It will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Volunteers are needed to help with the tournament - primarily to read questions or help keep score. Volunteers must be at IHS by 8:30 ... more >>
LACS Shakespeare Presents Pericles Prince of Tyre What: Pericles, Prince of Tyre Where: LACS Blackbox Theatre  Tickets: $10/May be purchased at the door When:  Friday Nov 18 @ 7 p.m.; Saturday, Novemver 19 @ 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 20 @ 2 p.m. Online: Facebook Event - "LACS Shakespeare Pericles, Prince of Tyre"    LACS Shakespeare presents Pericles, Prince of Tyre . Come experience one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, the endearing tale of Prince Pericles as he travels the Mediterranean searching for love and fleeing from dangerous monarchs and life-altering sea storms. Performed and directed by an extraordinary group of young artists, Pericles is a tale of family and friendship that endures time and the ... more >>
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NYS 2017 School Superintendent of the Year Luvelle Brown Thank You Letter Dear Team ICSD, Thank you for the kind words of congratulations, encouragement, and support I have received since the 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year announcement. The award is especially meaningful to me because it acknowledges your trust in the vision and mission we have for our school district. There is no doubt that the successes of our school district represent the commitment and hard work of an entire community. From my perspective, the Superintendent of the Year award exemplifies how students, teachers, caregivers, and Board members contribute to exceptional educational experiences for all. At the core of our continuous improvement efforts is an approach to leading with love.  Please know that the love you have shown inspires ... more >>
Team ICSD Day November 15 Team ICSD Day is November 15.  The purpose of this special day is to pay tribute to the culture of love that exists in our learning organization. On Team ICSD Day, everyone connected to the Ithaca City School District directly or indirectly is encouraged to wear cardinal and share messages about what Team ICSD means to them.   Engagement is encouraged by community partners, alumni, staff, caregivers, friends, volunteers, local businesses, and other supporters of ICSD. Everyone is encouraged to send photos and videos sharing memories and messages about reasons they love ICSD.   Engagement will be recognized in various categories. The categories include Largest Group; Most Team-Spirited; Most Creative; Farthest ... more >>

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