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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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
IHS Fall Drama Performance Fools , a comedy by Neil Simon, will be presented by Ithaca High School in our Black Box Theatre on Thursday, November 2, Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m.     Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic when he lands the job of schoolmaster in the idyllic town of Kulyenchikov. But when he arrives, he discovers that the entire town is under a 200-year-old curse that has turned all who live there into fools. Leon has 24 hours to break the spell before he, too, becomes a fool. Called “bright, fresh, witty, and warm” by CBS-TV, this comic fable about love, family, destiny, and the nature of intelligence will have you laughing like a fool yourself!   Appropriate for all ages. Tickets will be on sale in the IHS cafeteria ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
Ithaca City School District, local leaders holding “Leading with Love” community walk, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. The Ithaca City School District (ICSD), in cooperation with the City of Ithaca, area clergy - led by Calvary Baptist Church and the First Congregational Church - and Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations, is marking the start of the school year with a community walk from Stewart Park to Ithaca High School.   This simple, nonpolitical event - “Ithaca NY: Leading with Love” - is a celebration of education, young people, and the power and potential of unified, loving communities, from every background.   The everyone-welcome walk will begin at the main pavilion at Stewart Park at 7:30 a.m. sharp, and will conclude by 8:15 a.m., after brief remarks by ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, City of Ithaca Mayor ... more >>
The Caroline Wilderness Performance Academy to Perform The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses In the beauty of nature, celebrate the creative work of children with performance, music, puppetry and dance!   This year, the Caroline Wilderness Performance Academy (CWPA) will present a staged adaptation with puppets of The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble. The performance will be on Thursday, August 24th at 2pm on the Caroline Wilderness Campus.   CWPA is a summer program that focuses on furthering the social/emotional well-being and literacy development of children through engaging activities that involve creativity, mastery and purpose. CWPA is made possible by a generous grant from the Park Foundation. View the performance poster here!   more >>
Dr. Brown's Statement on Violence in Charlottesville The events in Charlottesville this past weekend are a reminder to me that now, more that ever, our tireless efforts must meet the needs of ALL young people and adults. If we are committed to building a community with love, our community must be dedicated to an inclusive education, culturally responsive teaching practices, and holistic engagement. more >>
ICSD Announces Launch of Summer Farm to Table Program The Ithaca City School District is excited to announce the launch of its Farm to Table Program (ICSD FTT), offered to second and third grade students from the Belle Sherman, Beverly J. Martin, Cayuga Heights, and Enfield elementary schools. The program runs from July 24 to August 18 and will pick back up in the fall as an afterschool program beginning September 6.    ICSD FTT is funded by the 21 st Century Community Learning Centers (21 st CCLC) grant awarded to the District by the New York State Education Department this past spring. The grant’s purpose is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program and offer families opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in ... more >>
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 School ... more >>
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 ... more >>
Caroline Elementary Hosts 3rd Annual School-Wide Celebration of Learning Caroline Elementary Hosts 3rd Annual School-Wide Celebration of Learning  On Friday June 9th 2017, Caroline Elementary School will hold its annual, daylong “Celebration of Learning.” The event will be located in classrooms, on the nature trail, and throughout the school’s, unique, outdoor space. Awe-inspiring student work will be shared during two  sessions: from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Celebration will include a school-wide picnic from 10:30 a.m.- Noon, between the two sessions. IPEI will host the Closing Ceremony, highlighting staff for successful grants throughout the year. The “Celebration of Learning” will be an integrated, school-wide opportunity for PreK-5 students to showcase various projects that result from their ... more >>
Brain Team ranked 3rd in country in pre-nationals rankings! Brain Team ranked 3rd in country in pre-nationals rankings!  National Quizbowl rankings just updated and Ithaca Team A  has been ranked 3rd in the nation. Nicely done!!! This is the HIGHEST the team has ever ranked and it also makes Ithaca the top ranked public school in the country for academic quizbowl. On Memorial Day Weekend, Ithaca Team A will compete at NAQT's High School National Championship ... more >>
Goals & Priorities Survey Launched Your opinion about Ithaca City School District is highly valued, and through this survey we want to hear your honest feedback. All questions in the survey focus on the entire school district, so please do not limit your answers to your views about a single school. This is an anonymous survey and all your answers are strictly confidential. Reports will not identify individuals, and only overall data will be shared. No one in this district will know if you participated unless you identify yourself in the open-ended comments. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your responses will help the district make decisions to improve education for all students. Below are directions and links for accessing the survey: Students Log-in page for students (Gr 6-12): more >>
ICSD BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL CONDUCT A BUDGET HEARING AND TELE-TOWN HALL Ithaca, N.Y., May 5, 2017- The Ithaca City School District Board of Education will conduct a budget hearing on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:30PM followed by the Tele-Town Hall at 7:30PM. To learn more about the 2017­-2018 budget, please visit the Board of Education Budget page of the Ithaca City School District website. At 7:30PM on Monday, May 8th, all ICSD student households will receive an invitation by phone to participate in a live conference call. During the Tele-Town Hall event, the community is encouraged to ask questions and get responses in real time. The Ithaca community is invited to join the Tele-Town Hall by these methods: call in at (855) 756-7520 extension 34959# or tweet using #ICSDBOE to enter into the queue to have questions about the budget addressed by ... more >>
Caroline Elementary School’s Wilderness Performance Academy Aims For a Second Year of Success   Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Park Foundation supporting innovation in education, Caroline Elementary will implement an innovative summer camp for a second consecutive year. The camp brings rising 2nd and 3rd grade students together for a three-week intensive acting camp designed to support literacy and inclusion. The effort culminates in an outdoor theatre production created by students. Designed to bring together students of multiple ages with a variety of academic skills, the camp models inclusive practices that give students an opportunity to collaborate on a production. Mentors of the program build a supportive learning community by designing and distributing an acting kit to the children, hosting an orientation, and connecting with families throughout the ... more >>
Read the ICSD April 2017 Insider today! The April issue of the ICSD Insider is out! In this issue of the Ithaca City School District's newsletter, you will find photos from school events, an update from athletics, the latest in ICSD Learning and more! Be sure to follow the links for more photos on our Facebook page.  Be sure to download our app  for the most current Ithaca City School District news! Read the April Insider . You can also view previous issues on the  more >>

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