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School Health Services is made up of a team of professional nurses, school physician, head nurse and medical secretary.  This team provides medical management and support for students, as well as providing health and safety guidance for the entire school community.   

School nurses play a critical role in addressing the health needs of students, minimizing health-related barriers, and contributing to students’ academic success.  They are in an ideal position to work closely with students and their primary support systems.  Additionally, nurses focus on the health needs of the entire school community, and beyond. 

Consistent with the ICSD mission to engage, educate and empower the students, school nurses help students gain knowledge that will allow them to develop positive, life-long, health behaviors, achieve greater academic success, and become productive members of the community.  

“School nurses provide a non-negotiable value for our nation’s children, keeping them healthy, in school and ready to learn.” (National Association of School Nurses 2011)


Cathy Sinnott, Coordinator of Health Services & Wellness
(607) 274-2127
Kamela Willett, Medical Secretary
(607) 274-2172
School News
June 2018 Commendation Ceremony: Students and staff were recognized on June 12 for extraordinary achievements during the Ithaca City School District Board of Education Commendations Ceremony. The quarterly event celebrates the achievements of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in academics, the arts, sports, or the community.   Those recognized at the ceremony include: Miryam Ginsparg, Michael Guan, Shuah Jang, David Sheng, Leo Song, Arjun Sweet, and Jenny Yoon : Recipients of the New York State Academic ... more >>
Kids Discover the Trail!: Kids Discover the Trail! (KDT!) provides elementary students in Tompkins County with curriculum-based field trips to the Discovery Trail.   KDT! was formed in 2004 through a collaboration between the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the Discovery Trail, and the Ithaca City School District. The idea was to enhance students’ learning through experience-based programs and help students find connections between art, history, literature, science, and the natural world.   ... more >>
Computer Science for All: Kindergarten students learning on iPads. In the future, every ICSD student will use computer science principles to become users and creators of knowledge.   That’s the aim of a team of teachers and administrators looking to integrate computer science into the district’s curriculum over the next several years, empowering all students to be fluent in its applications from an early age.   Teachers from Ithaca High School, Lehman Alternative Community School ... more >>
Department Highlight: Child Nutrition: Beth Krause, Director of Child Nutrition Each day, Ithaca City School District students receive nutritious, tasty meals in an enjoyable atmosphere, thanks to the Department of Child Nutrition.   The department’s 40 employees are focused on providing as many homemade and fresh foods as possible while meeting federal nutrition guidelines for school meals, ensuring children are able to learn on a full stomach.   “We understand that a hungry child cannot learn,” ... more >>
Celebrating BJM's Cultural Diversity: On May 3rd, Beverly J. Martin hosted The Millicent Clarke-Maynard Multicultural Dinner & Annual Fundraiser, which approximately 225 people attended.   This event has occurred every May for the past several years and is an opportunity to cast a spotlight on the richness of BJM’s wonderfully diverse community.  It is also an important fundraising event for the BJM PTA.  Even though most BJM families live nearby, they don't always have enough opportunities to come ... more >>

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Belle Sherman
Beverly J Martin
Cayuga Heights
Fall Creek
South Hill
Boynton Middle
DeWitt Middle
Ithaca HS
Lehman Alternative


Ithaca City School District
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
400 Lake Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-2101