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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 ...
Lacrosse for Literacy Lacrosse for Literacy This year, the varsity girls’ lacrosse team has started a new program called Lacrosse for Literacy, a community service project that helps provide reading materials for our elementary students.   At a recent fundraiser, the team collected commitments for over 150 gift cards that will be delivered to all eight ICSD elementary schools. The gift cards will provide a one-year subscription for magazines and other reading materials that will be chosen by each school’s librarian and teachers.   Lacrosse for Literacy will be an ongoing community service project each season as coaches, parents, and players look for additional ways to provide literacy support for Ithaca’s youth through partnerships with Cornell University, Ithaca College, and other community members. ...
Goals and Priorities Survey 2018 Goals and Priorities Survey 2018 The voices of our community matter in the Ithaca City School District. That’s why we’re asking parents, guardians, and community members to participate in our annual Goals and Priorities Survey , which is open now through April 26. Students in grades 5-12 are also invited to take our Student Survey .    The survey asks for feedback on the ICSD, including district operations, services and functions, facilities, communications, and more. It also asks students to share their thoughts about their interest in classes, relationships with teachers, and their perceptions of their schools, as well as their feedback on curriculum, information sharing, and our climate of high expectations and “learning for all.”   The survey results will give us a better ...
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 ...
March Commendations March Commendations Students and staff were recognized March 13 for extraordinary achievements during the Ithaca City School District Board of Education’s March 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. Honorees are nominated by their peers. Those recognized at the ceremony in Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium include: Alisandra Torres for receiving an Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Sonja Schreiber , a teacher aide at Enfield Elementary, for inspiring and supporting the school’s students and staff. Sonja is always giving of her time and resources and organizes the Enfield holiday program, making sure all students have wrapped presents during the holiday ...
Dr. Brown and IPD Chief Tyler Talk School Safety Dr. Brown and IPD Chief Tyler Talk School Safety The Ithaca City School District is committed to collaborating with the Ithaca Police Department (IPD) and other local law enforcement agencies on issues regarding school safety. This week, ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown and Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler met to discuss current and future safety precautions in the wake of recent acts of violence in schools. “The largest factor of the whole thing is the buy-in, from top to bottom,” Tyler said. “The Superintendent is committed to not only keeping everybody safe, but looking at new ways to creatively address evolving problems as it relates to school violence. We at the Ithaca Police Department are committed to working with the school system to ensure protection and safety.” As a precaution, ...
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 ...



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Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
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Ithaca, NY 14850
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