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5th-Grade Citizen Science Action Project Video  The Fifth-Grade Citizen Science Action Project Video In the Fall of 2015, close to 200 fifth-graders from four elementary schools across ICSD took part in a new type of learning experience. The video tells the story of their interdisciplinary work, as practicing scientists, to understand issues facing our local ecosystems. They were supported by an IPEI Connecting Classrooms Grant, and teaching partners such as the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom - along with local experts from Cornell University, and New York State Parks. The Ithaca City School District is supporting the development of interdisciplinary learning experiences that are  inquiry-based , involve research and collaboration with local experts, and are ... more >>
Sulley Imoro Is Here Master Ghanaian drum and dance instructor Sulley Imoro is visiting eight schools in ICSD this month - bringing with him An Introduction to West African Drum & Dance. Imoro is here as a cultural liaison to interact with over 500 students. Imoro brings extensive knowledge of dance, song, and drum traditions from countries across West Africa. Students will experience West African drum and dance while expanding their knowledge of this place in our world. The ability to understand and accept peoples’ differences is a key life skill to learn, and this project gives students an engaging way to explore this. Learning how to communicate effectively without words - as drummers and dancers do - shows students the importance of trust and teamwork within a small-group ... more >>
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Cool School Food The Cool School Food program introduces students - and their families - to healthy, delicious food while providing the opportunity to learn about other cultures, as well as opportunities to use local foods as often as possible. The recipes used in the program are international plant-based entrees, and are included on the menu at schools in the ICSD. The recipes are free of artificial ingredients. They are made by cooks in the central kitchen at Boynton Middle School. These recipes appear every Thursday, and the “Awesome Bean Burger” is on the menu whenever there are also hamburgers on the menu. Hummus and Pasta Fazool may also appear on other days.  Cool School Food recipes are printed in green on the school lunch menu and have an ... more >>
Mad City Money at IHS April 1 All Ithaca High School seniors will take part in a program entitled Mad City Money during the second half of their school day on Friday, April 1. Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and  Alternatives Credit Union , Mad City Money is a simulation designed to let our students practice making real-life financial decisions. This program has been successful at other area schools, and will be an engaging and thought-provoking exercise with time allotted for self-reflection.  During the simulation, pairs of students will receive unique life facts such as salary, occupation, spouse (in some cases), children, and more. They will then visit several "life stations" to purchase necessary items such as housing, transportation, insurance, and ... more >>
How COOL is that! How COOL is that! features students and their role models.  This video is the first in a series of  How COOL is that! videos from Ithaca SMArtS. Ithaca SMArtS is an initiative run by Ithaca High School students to promote Science, Math, Arts, and Sports.  How COOL is that! is designed to establish an environment where talents are explored, exhibited, encouraged, and rewarded. At the core of the initiative is the belief that aspiring individuals need extra motivation, inspiration, and the feeling that someone believes in them – and, is willing to give them that extra push.  more >>
Technology Teams Dominate State Competition IHS & DeWitt Technology Teams Dominate State Competition Now They're Bound for National Competition in Nashville in June Teams from Ithaca High School (IHS) and DeWitt Middle School earned resounding wins at the New York State Technology Student Association (NYS TSA) conference on Friday, March 11, earning dozens of individual awards, as well as Chapter of the Year designations at two levels.   The annual all-day conference, hosted by the Technology Department at SUNY Oswego, drew 121 students to 32 competitive events across a broad range of technical fields. The fields ranged from aeronautical engineering to extemporaneous speech to prototype manufacturing to website design. The IHS team took first place ... more >>
JV Girls Earn STAC Championship DEFENSE & UNSELFISH PLAY SCORE STAC CHAMPIONSHIP FOR GIRLS TEAM   Special thanks goes to Stephanie V. and the Varsity girls for their support. They were loud during the tiebreaker game against Horseheads, and made signs for the JV girls.  Many of them attended the semifinal game in Norwich, and were out in full force against Sus Valley in the Championship game. Their support meant a lot to the JV girls. ~ COACH GORSKY Ithaca High School’s Girls Junior Varsity Team played tough, physical games - they wanted to win, and they left it on the floor to get the job done. There were no 50/50 balls in their last few games. There were only Ithaca balls.   The ... more >>
South Hill Hawks Hello South Hill Elementary School Families & Our Extended ICSD Community. This has been a fun and exciting process. Both Staff and Students voted on our new Mascot! We narrowed down 55 different animals native to New York State. And, we came up with the top 3 choices: Black Bear, Wolf, and Hawk. The overall winner was -  drum roll please - Hawk .   GO South Hill Hawks! South Hill Colors: Grey & Red   Yours, Ms. Ana and The South Hill PBIS Team Art News March 2016   more >>
Read Letter From Dr. Brown 3/3/2016 March 3, 2016 Dear Families, Caregivers, and Community Members:   I am writing to provide an update regarding water quality in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). Certified drinking water is now available to students and staff in all ICSD facilities. Along with providing certified drinking water, additional water tests have been completed and technical expertise has been sought.   The evaluation of our water systems involves complex sampling and testing procedures. In addition to Caroline and Enfield Elementary, water testing has been conducted at school buildings on municipal water systems. The most recent sampling results are available  here  and hardcopies are available at the school buildings. Recent sampling procedures ... more >>
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Read Letter From Superintendent Brown February 24, 2016   Dear Families, Caregivers, and Community Members:   I wish to personally thank all who have offered skills, thoughts, expertise, and concern to me over the past few weeks regarding the recent water test results at Enfield and Caroline Elementary. The water quality in Ithaca City School District buildings is a primary concern to me and all other members of my staff.   I also wish to provide you an update regarding the action steps that we have already taken to investigate the recent sampling results and to ensure that the drinking water in all buildings is safe.  We have:   Engaged an outside civil engineer who has begun an audit of the infrastructure at Caroline ... more >>
New Certified Wildlife Habitat at Caroline Caroline Elementary School is recognized for its wilderness trail by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as a Certified Wildlife Habitat ® .   The NWF celebrates the efforts of the students, staff members, parents, and community members at Caroline Elementary for creating a space that improves habitats for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife. The trail improves habitats by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, as well as cover and places to raise young.   This certification also makes Caroline’s certified wildlife habitat part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators. ... more >>
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CNYRIC Featured Teacher: Brian VanGorder Brian VanGorder 5th Grade Caroline Elementary School Ithaca City School District Congratulations to our January 2016 Featured Teacher Brian VanGorder. Brian is a 3rd year 5th Grade teacher at Caroline Elementary School in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). Mr. VanGorder has been an instructional leader during the district’s transition to Google Apps for Education (GAFE.) Over the summer he led professional development sessions on Chromebooks, GAFE tools and Apps for the elementary classroom. What are some of the innovative ways that Brian integrates technology into his curriculum? Mr. VanGorder, who has worked as both a Special Education and classroom teacher for the ICSD, exemplifies the risk taker and forward thinker that successful technology integration ... more >>
Game Time - Go Little Red! This evening is game night for some IHS sports teams. To get the list of games for this week, click  GO LITTLE RED! more >>
Nominations Sought for Commendations The next Board of Education Commendation Ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016 in Kulp Auditorium. Help recognize the extraordinary achievements of students and staff. To nominate someone, please submit a completed commendation worksheet via e-mail to  erica.kueffer@icsd.k12.ny.us . The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016. Anyone can submit a nomination - nominees must meet the nomination requirements. Extraordinary achievements are defined as:   1. First, second, or third place in an academic or athletic competition at the regional, state or national level; 2. First place in a district event; 3. Extraordinary academic and community service accomplishments - for example, merit ... more >>
ICSD Insider Volume 49 This issue of the ICSD Insider features reflections, and student-centered events and programs. more >>
IHS Engineering Pitch Night IHS Engineering Teams Deliver Product Pitches & Win Funding It went a lot like the popular television show Shark Tank –  cool products, polished pitches, and high stakes as aspiring entrepreneurs stated their case for funding before a panel of judges.    Eight student teams from Ithaca High School each spent several weeks developing the concept for a new engineering design, conducting market analysis, refining a business plan, and preparing a funding pitch. In some cases, they also provided hands-on prototypes. Then, on December 17, the teams presented their pitches before a distinguished four-member panel. More than $2,000 in real funding for further product development was at stake.   The groups made pitches during "Pitch Night" ... more >>
ICSD Earns AP District Honor Roll The Ithaca City School District is on the College Board’s sixth annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. The school district achieved this honor by increasing access to AP coursework for a broader number of students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams since 2013.   “Our school district has committed to increasing access to high-level course offerings for all students,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown. “The recent accolade from the College Board recognizes our success with not only increasing access, but increasing achievement at the same time.  I am very proud of our students, teachers, and community.”   Twenty-five school districts in New York State are among ... more >>

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Ithaca City School District
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
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Ithaca, NY 14850
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