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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 >>
ICSD HOSTS FREE VIEWING OF MOVIE ‘SCREENAGERS,' GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE The Ithaca City School District in partnership with the  Ithaca High School PTA will host a free community screening of Screenagers, Growing up in the Digital Age on May 1, 2017 at 6pm in Kulp Auditorium. An edu-documentary, Screenagers , explores how tech time impacts students’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower children to best navigate the digital world. “The effective and appropriate use of digital tools is a topic all communities must grapple with.   I am looking forward to viewing the film and engaging in discussions with students, parents, and educators,” said ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown. There will be a panel discussion and talk-back session with the audience after the screening. This event is free to ... more >>
Ithaca City School District's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition Ithaca City School District is one of 4% of school districts in nation to receive distinction Ithaca, N.Y., April 13, 2017 – The Ithaca City School District has been named as one of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. The Ithaca City School District is one of 527 districts in the nation recognized for its commitment to music education.  This is the fifth consecutive year the ICSD has been recognized. The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in providing access to music education for all students. The Ithaca City School District excels in funding music, graduation requirements, music class participation, music ... more >>
ICSD launches mobile app!  Ithaca City School District (ICSD) today launched an official mobile app designed to enable parents, staff, students, and the community to stay informed on up-to-date on important issues, information, and activities underway within the school community. The free app, which proudly displays the ICSD logo, colors, and content, can be downloaded for Apple iOS and Android.  Developed in partnership with the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC), the new app will provide families with 24/7/365 access to news, calendars, lunch menus, directories, events, sports schedules, social media, and more.  "Our new, official mobile app empowers everyone in the community to stay connected and up-to-date on the information that ... more >>
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IHS Sets Sail with “Anything Goes” Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl – no musical puts it on stage better than "Anything Goes," and it's coming to the Ithaca High School stage April 7, 8, and 9! A hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores, "Anything Goes" is delightful, delicious, and de-lovely. When the S.S. American heads out to sea from N.Y.C. to England, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes! Hit the high seas with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt, and a hapless gangster named Moonface ... more >>
Committed to our 6000+ thinkers: A joint statement from ICSD and Ithaca Teachers Association March 29, 2017: The Ithaca City School District and the Ithaca Teachers Association are fully committed to our 6000+ thinkers having equal access to school and affirming our district’s values of diversity, equality and inclusion. Our schools are welcoming places for students for learning and growing no matter their immigration status. All students who meet age and residency per district criteria have a right to a free education in our school district. All students are welcome in a safe learning environment where they can grow, thrive, and receive any support and assistance they may need. Together we will continue to stand by all of our students and families.     more >>
Ithaca Brain Team Aims to Visit Nationals The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Brain 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>



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