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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 >>
Luvelle Brown Named 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year The New York State Council of School Superintendents announced that Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown of the Ithaca City School District has been named the 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year. “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.” Dr. Brown was appointed as the ICSD superintendent in 2011. He worked collaboratively with the community to establish a vision of “6000+ Thinkers” and a mission to “Engage, Educate, Empower.” Since 2011, the ICSD graduation rate has skyrocketed from 78 percent ... more >>
Boynton Reveals New School Colors at Pep Rally Boynton Middle School students and staff experienced an engaged and empowered pep rally on October 14. The pep rally was special for a few reasons, including that it was the first event where the students wore the new school colors – cardinal and gold. Cardinal and gold are the same colors of Ithaca High School. These colors were chosen as the new school colors for Boynton to help promote unity and spirit between the middle and the high schools. The amazing Boynton PTA and generous Boynton families partnered to provide every student and every staff member with a T-shirt to help build community, spirit, and unity. more >>
BJM Students Join Mayor for Ribbon Cutting Fourth-grade students at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School joined Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick for the ribbon cutting  at the park at Ithaca Falls. The students' walking field trip included the creek and the falls as they familiarized themselves with the site for an eventual trout release. They will visit the New York State Fish Hatchery in Bath to help separate and distribute the trout eggs for the surrounding participating schools. Each school then observes the trout cycle and studies the waterways before releasing the trout. ~  Maddy  Feiner more >>
Community Conversations With ICSD Superintendent Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown is engaging the community at a variety of locations on Monday evenings from October through December throughout the Ithaca City School District. Dr. Brown is conducting sessions that are one hour long, actively listening and learning with community members at a series of non-traditional venues.   - October 17 at West Village Apartments, Community Room 5:30 p.m. - October 24 at Enfield Community Building 2:30 p.m. - November 7 at Southside Community Center 5:30 p.m. - November 21 at Brookton Market 5 p.m. - December 5 at Greater Ithaca Activities Center 5:30 p.m. - December 12 at Ithaca Community Childcare Center 5:30 p.m.   These community conversations offer an opportunity for the public ... more >>
ICSD Wins National School Lunch Award The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — a national doctors group — awarded Ithaca City School District a runner-up award in the 2016 Golden Carrot Awards, and provided ICSD with a $750 cash prize in recognition of its exceptionally healthful plant-based lunches and outstanding health promotion initiatives.   ICSD serves more than 2,500 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade a menu packed with fresh, locally grown ingredients and daily vegetarian entrées. Schools in ICSD also regularly offer nutrient-packed, cholesterol-free vegan entrées that were developed by the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food and popular local chef Wynnie Stein from Ithaca’s Moosewood Restaurant. ... more >>
ICSD RECIPIENT OF 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CITATION AWARD FOR MUSIC The Ithaca City School District is the recipient of the 2016 Presidential Citation Award for music. ICSD is one of two school districts honored with this distinguished award this year.   The NYSSMA® Presidential Citation Award is given to districts that act as models for music education programs in New York State and provide a well-rounded music program at all levels. ICSD has been building the music program over the last five years. Student participation is up over 120 percent.   “There has been an increase in the outreach to our community,” said David Brown, ICSD Chief Administration Officer and Director of Fine & Performing Arts. “Music education is available to everyone. Anyone who can’t afford a musical instrument ... more >>
Consider Immunization For Influenza Ithaca City School District staff members are encouraged to visit a flu shot clinic for immunization against Influenza this year. Students and families are also encouraged to be immunized and should contact their health care providers or the Tompkins County Health Department with questions.  Immunization protects staff members, students, and their families. A higher percentage of immunizations translates to  a smaller chance of an outbreak. This equates to less absenteeism and protects medically fragile children. Questions? Contact Paula Decker at 607.272.6290.  Flu Shot Clinics for ICSD staff members are scheduled for: - October 5: LACS 3:15-4 p.m. - October 6: Belle Sherman ... more >>
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DR. LUVELLE BROWN NAMED ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP TECHNOLOGISTS, TRANSFORMERS, AND TRAILBLAZERS. Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown is named as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by The Center for Digital Education.   The Center for Digital Education made the announcement today, honoring 30 education and technology leaders across the United States who are transforming the education landscape. This year’s Top 30 honorees include 24 individuals, four teams, and two organizations. The 2016 winners were selected based on their efforts to improve education; their impact on student outcomes; and their overall initiative, creativity, and leadership skills.   “I am proud of the work we have done,” said Dr. Brown.  “I’m dedicated to the innovation and systemic ... more >>
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Engage: Team ICSD Team ICSD is everyone connected to ICSD. Team ICSD Day is November 15. Between now and November 15, show team spirit by sharing the Team ICSD logo, using # team ICSD, and incorporating Team ICSD into daily routines in new and creative ways. On November 15, join the daylong celebration - amping up the presence of Team ICSD throughout the district, community, and across the country. more >>
FABG Mini-Grant Deadline October 15 The Fine Arts Booster Group has mini-grants available for dance, drama, music, and visual arts projects that engage students. The fall 2016 deadline is October 15 and the spring 2017 deadline is February 1 for electronic submission. Ithaca City School District teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.fabgithaca.org/receive  , by phone 256-4734, or email  president@fabgithaca.org . The FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support, and ... more >>
Let's Talk! Let's Talk! helps ICSD create positive, productive relationships with students, parents, teachers, employees, and community members. Read more below, and look for the Let's Talk! icon to share what's on your mind. Click image to visit the district Let's Talk! page. If Ithaca City School District is to Engage, Educate, and Empower every student who enters our schools, we must build strong community relationships and establish an open-door climate - a climate in which every stakeholder is empowered to contribute to our success. That’s why we launched Let’s Talk! — a revolutionary  always-on listening station for the community to share opinions and ask questions, 24 hours ... more >>
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Commendation Nominations Sought By 5pm May 6 Your nominations for commendation recipients are welcome and encouraged. If you wish to recognize the extraordinary achievements of students or staff members, please submit a completed commendation  worksheet via email to  erica.kueffer@icsd.k12.ny.us . The submission deadline is 5pm Friday, May 6. The commendation worksheet is available below - as an excel and a pdf file for your convenience.  The next Board of Education Commendation  Ceremony will be 5:30pm Tuesday, May 24 in Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School. X Extraordinary achievements are defined as follows: 1. First, second or third place in an academic or athletic competition at the regional, state or national level; ... more >>
Proposed Budget: Let's Talk! THEN Vote! You are encouraged to attend Board of Education and Committee meetings to engage in the discussion about the budget. This is in addition to casting your vote May 17!  To learn more about the 2016-2017 budget, please visit the Board of Education  Budget page  of the Ithaca City School District website.   A budget hearing will be held Tuesday, May 3,2016 at 6:00PM followed by Tele-Town Hall at 7:30PM. During Tele-Town Hall, the community is encouraged to ask questions and get responses in real-time. All ICSD student households will receive an invitation by phone to participate in a live conference call.   The Ithaca community is invited to join the Tele-Town Hall by pre-registering a phone number or by tweeting ... more >>



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