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Most Likely To Succeed Be among thinkers, thought leaders, and vested community partners engaging at the free public screening of 'Most Likely To Succeed' 6pm Tuesday  in Kulp Auditorium.    An edu-documentary,  Most Likely To Succeed  is an examination of the history of the American education system and future possibilities.  Click here  to learn more. “After viewing this thought-provoking film, our community will have a wonderful opportunity to hear from and engage with an amazing panel of students, educators, and leaders,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.       more >>
Boynton Presents 'Lion King Jr' Boynton Middle School proudly brings Disney’s “The Lion King Jr” to the stage of the McCalmon Theatre for five performances in December. The show features an incredibly talented cast directed by Boynton’s award-winning performing-arts faculty. “The Lion King Jr” is a lively adaptation of Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated and critically acclaimed Broadway musical based on Disney’s beloved 1994 animated film. This is the tale of Simba, a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands with his friend, Nala, and the journey he takes as he comes of age and fights a formidable enemy to fulfill his destiny to be king. Featuring a wide-ranging cast of well known characters, including the majestic Mufasa; dastardly Scar; ... more >>
ICSD Insider Vol. 48 more >>
November Commendations   ICSD students and staff were honored for their extraordinary achievements this month by  ICSD Leadership and the Board of Education at the Commendation Ceremony. These quarterly c eremonies are held in Kulp Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. See the table below for upcoming ceremonies and respective nomination deadlines.  If you know someone who should be recognized, please complete the submission form and return it by email to the Assistant to the Superintendent at  erica.kueffer@icsd.k12.ny.us .  COMMENDATION SUBMISSION FORM COMMENDATION CEREMONY Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 SUBMISSION DEADLINE Friday, January 22, 2016 Friday, April 22, 2016   ... more >>
Most Likely To Succeed Ithaca City School District will host a free community screening of Most Likely To Succeed December 15, 2015 at 6pm in Kulp Auditorium. An edu-documentary, Most Likely To Succeed is a smart and engaging examination of the history of the American education system and future possibilities. Click here to learn more.   “I was excited to learn that our school district and community had been chosen as one of the few in the nation to host this special screening,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.  “I look forward to an informative and inspiring experience.” more >>
ICSD: Let's Talk! What's on your mind - academics, special education, the school budget? If it matters to you, we want to hear about it. Let's Talk! makes it easy to reach district leaders.  Click here to visit Let's Talk! (LT!) page.   more >>
INSIDER VOLUME 47 The October issue of the ICSD Insider is out!   In this issue of the district's newsletter, you will find a message from Superintendent Luvelle Brown about the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. You will also find information about Commissioner Elia's visit, the Citizen Science Action Project, the Kids' Book Fest, Caroline's Farm to Table, and Chris Horstman as the staff highlight. Click on the cover for the full issue, and click on the articles to link directly to pages. Previous issues of the Insider are also available on the Communications page.  more >>
Fall Festival Fun! Thank you to the dozens of students, families, and  ICSD supporters  who  were a part of the Fall Festival fun! Please browse some pictures from  this most memorable and enjoyable evening.   more >>
Commissioner Visits Northeast NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited Northeast Elementary October 23, 2015. After a tour and talking to students and staff, Dr. Elia noted feeling excited and comfortable about using Ithaca City School District as an example for other districts.   Visiting Northeast Elementary was part of Dr. Elia's time spent in the Ithaca region at schools and meeting with education stakeholders. Northeast Elementary is recognized as a New York State Reward School for its consistent excellence in student achievement. In addition to touring Northeast Elementary School, the Commissioner met with district superintendents, Board of Education members, and designated administrators, teachers and parents to discuss different topics related to education. Among reasons the Commissioner toured ... more >>
Students 'Citizen Scientists' Nearly 200 Ithaca CSD 5th-grade students in nine classrooms at four schools are training to become Citizen Scientists, taking action on an issue that’s been plaguing each of their local communities - invasive species. The project is a learning expedition co-created by nine teachers - each of these nine teachers committed over 70 hours of planning time into the expedition. The teachers are Chris Barley, Lisa Sahasrabudhe, Brian Van Gorder, Danielle Rottenstein, Brian Goodman, Christina Steiner, Carolyn Belle, Kim Blackmur, and Kim Lazarro. The students are from Beverly J. Martin, Caroline, Enfield, and South Hill, and they practice science at Cascadilla Falls, Caroline Wilderness Trail, Lower Treman State Park, and Buttermilk Falls. ICSD 5th graders work on CSAP about two ... more >>
Kids' Book Fest Family Reading Partnership’s 18th annual Kids’ Book Fest will take place on November 14, 2015, at Boynton Middle School in Ithaca. Kids’ Book Fest is a free, fun, community-wide celebration of children’s books and the joy of reading together. Themed “The World of Eric Carle,” this year’s event continues a year-long celebration of 20 years of welcoming babies to the community with the gift of Eric Carle’s classic, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” through Family Reading Partnership’s Welcome Baby! program.   Festival-goers will explore the wonderful world of Eric Carle through art, performances, and a one-of-a-kind interactive book experience, featuring Carle’s “The Mixed-Up Chameleon.” ... more >>
TALCOTT NORTHEAST PRINCIPAL The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) announces Lily Talcott as the new principal at Northeast Elementary School. Ms.Talcott replaces Jeff Tomasik who was named principal of Boynton Middle School in July.   Ms. Talcott is making the transition to Northeast Elementary School after serving as a Master Educator in the school district since 2013.  Prior to serving as an administrator, Ms. Talcott was a teacher in the school district since 2006.  In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Talcott helped to facilitate district professional development and worked at the state level designing math curriculum. Ms. Talcott, a graduate of ICSD, holds degrees from SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, and Wells College. “Lily has been an exceptional student, teacher, ... more >>
NYS REWARDS NORTHEAST The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently selected Northeast Elementary School as a Reward School. The designation goes to New York schools with the highest achievement in the state or those that are making the most progress in closing student achievement gaps. "This is a spectacular honor, and we are beyond proud of our students and the staff and families who support our students' growth,” said Northeast Principal Lily Talcott. “This is a reflection of our students' incredible hard work not just on testing days, but throughout the year as they engage in deep, meaningful, collaborative learning experiences designed by our outstanding teachers. I'm confident that we will continue on this challenging but worthy path in the upcoming school ... more >>
CONVOCATION Kicks Off 2015-2016 The 1,200 faculty and staff of the ICSD will begin the 2015-2016 academic school year with Convocation on September 8th, 2015. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School with a Keynote address by Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown.   Outstanding student achievement, professional development, curriculum design, and other continuous improvement strategies will be highlighted at this year Convocation. Introductions and special recognitions will also be included in the ceremony. The first day of classes for students in grades K-6, 9th grade, and all new entrants will be Wednesday, September 9th.Thursday, September 10th will be a full day for all students grades K-12. You may view the 2015-16 academic calendar and the ... more >>
ICSD Announces Administrative Appointments The Ithaca City School District announced that Jeff Tomasik will be the new principal at Boynton Middle School. At its July 14th meeting, the Board of Education accepted the resignation of former Boynton Principal, Joe Dhara. Mr. Dhara is leaving the ICSD after accepting a central office role in the central New York area. Jeff Tomasik is making the transition to Boynton Middle School after serving as principal of Northeast Elementary since August 2003. For two years preceding his Northeast appointment, Mr. Tomasik served as the Associate Principal of DeWitt Middle School, and as an ESL teacher at DeWitt Middle School during the 2000-2001 school year. His previous experience includes teaching positions in Fiarfax County, Virginia and in Washington State. Mr. Tomasik holds degrees from ... more >>
ICSD Board of Education Announces Contract Extensions   This past Tuesday evening, June 23, 2015, the Ithaca City School District Board of Education extended the contract of Superintendent, Dr. Luvelle Brown, through June 30, 2020. Board President, Robert Ainslie, recognized Dr. Brown’s accomplishments in his four and half years as Superintendent. A rising graduation rate, increased at-grade reading levels, increased participation rates in all co-curricular activities and decreased disproportionality between minority and special education students compared to majority students. “We are committed to providing quality learning opportunities for all our children; each is a valuable member of our 6000 Thinkers” said Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown’s contract includes no increase in pay.  Some adjustments were made to ... more >>
Record number of school budgets pass in New York ALBANY –  A record 99 percent of school budgets passed in New York on Tuesday, with just eight spending plans rejected — including the Tioga Central School District — the state teachers' union said Wednesday citing preliminary results. Schools were asking voters to approve austere budgets. New York's nearly 700 school districts on Tuesday proposed an average spending increase of 1.9 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.6 percent. Only 18 districts sought to override the property tax cap. The New York State United Teachers union said the 99 percent approval rating surpassed a record of just over 98 percent of budgets passed in 2014 and the approximately 95 percent that won passage in 2013. The union said it had tabulated the results from 566 school ... more >>
Kim Shank Earns Loehr Innovative Science Teaching Award Shank is holding a bucket of pencils that her students count during lessons that include science in math. "I'm sorry I couldn't be here today. Thank you so much! I am honored to receive this award from the Loehr family. I have found science to be a natural and exciting way to draw children into any content area.   It is a privilege to have the support to provide memorable experiences for the students I teach. Thank you, Dr. Eschbach.   I am also grateful for the energetic, enthusiastic, and patient Education Support Professionals I work with that make it possible to safely take small children on amazing outdoor adventures and to help facilitate many hands-on classroom experiences. ... more >>
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INSIDER: Health & Wellness Highlight: Cathy Sinnott Why are you a member of the ICSD team? Sinnott: I was excited to see the school district expand the role of ‘head nurse’ to reflect the responsibility of the school district to look at the health and wellness of all its members. The new position of coordinator of health services and wellness provides oversight to the health of students, staff, and the community. Each group benefits by the health of the others. By honoring this and collaborating with others, we break down silos and create better and healthier ways of learning for our students.   What do you try to accomplish within the first 45 minutes of each school day? Sinnott: Nursing is the type of profession in which things can turn on a dime. A calm, steady day can turn ... more >>

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