Program of Studies: Course Review by Department Leaders
IHS Transportation Liaison: Martha Hardesty
IHS Family Liaison: Barbara Bergman
Way2Go Contact: Dawn Montanyne (replacing Sophie Somerfeldt), 272-2292
Black Lives Matter at School:
The Ithaca City School District will observe the week of February 4-8, 2019 as Black Lives Matter at School: A Week of Understanding, Affirmation, and Social Action.
Black Lives Matter at School is an independent movement that began in 2016 as a day of social action in Seattle and has since been embraced by other school districts across the country. In February 2018, the movement expanded to a national week of action, with thousands of educators from more than 20 cities organizing for ...
Secondary Course Redesign:
What does it look like to “Engage, Educate, and Empower Everyone” in the Ithaca City School District?
The ICSD is committed to supporting teaching and learning that engages, educates, and empowers all of its 6000+ thinkers – a mission that requires analyzing and changing systems, challenging old thinking, and investing in innovation.
One product of this commitment has been the expansion of project-based learning (PBL) throughout the district. As of the 2017-2018 ...
IHS Offering New "Math Principles of Robotics" Course Starting 2019-2020:
A new course offering in Ithaca High School’s mathematics department aims to expose more students to computer science, particularly those from underrepresented demographics in STEM fields.
Computer science pioneer Edsger Dijkstra said, “The question of whether machines can think is about as interesting as the question of whether submarines can swim.” The semester-long Math Principles of Robotics will give students the tools to teach computers how to think, allowing them ...
ICSD Adding Text Messaging Capability:
The Ithaca City School District is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger Communicate, the system it currently uses to call and email families. The new service will allow schools to send parents and guardians important informational text messages about events, school closings, safety alerts, and more, directly to their mobile devices.
Any ICSD parent or guardian who wishes to participate in this service need only to: (i) verify that their wireless phone number is on file ...
IHS Class of 1951 Donation:
A $15,000 donation from the Ithaca High School Class of 1951 will help IHS’ technology and engineering department support its student teams and spark an interest in engineering in younger students.
The gift will fund a trailer that will not only accompany teams like Code Red Robotics and the Technology Student Association to competitions around the state and country, but will serve as a mobile makerspace and outreach tool for younger students as well.
Currently, the teams rent ...
Math teachers at IHS are developing a new math course for next year, called "Math Principles of Robotics." The goal is to teach math and computational thinking using Lego robots as an experiential learning tool.