Ithaca City School District

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Northeast Elementary named High Performing Reward School by NYSED

Northeast Elementary School was recently selected as a Reward School by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). 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.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our entire school community,” said Northeast Principal Jeff Tomasik. “We have an incredible staff, supportive caregivers and hard-working students at Northeast, and this designation as a Reward School confirms that our students are meeting rigorous grade-level expectations. We appreciate this recognition and look forward to carrying the positive momentum into the upcoming school year.”

According to NYSED, 354 of more than 4,800 schools statewide earned Reward School status. Last year, Belle Sherman Elementary was selected as a Reward School based on achievements from the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years. 

“The Ithaca City School District is proud to be recognized yet again for the exceptional teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown. “Our schools continue to thrive in meeting students’ needs and contributing to a culture of excellence.”


Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Fall 2014 Modified Sports Practices start on Thursday 9/4

EXCEPT Modified Football which starts on Monday 8/25 5:00 – 6:30 PM at Boynton

  • Modified Cross Country 4:00 – 5:30 PM Meet at Track
  • Modified Girls Soccer 4:00 – 5:30 PM at Northeast Elem.
  • Modified Boys Soccer 4:00 - 5:30 PM  at Dewitt Middle
  • Modified Volleyball – Time – TBA at Dewitt Middle

Monday, August 11, 2014
ICSD Announces departure of Principal Jarett Powers

The Ithaca City School District today announced that Ithaca High School Principal Jarett Powers will be leaving the district as of November 1, 2014. Powers has been appointed superintendent of the Union Springs Central School District in Cayuga County, New York.

“Mr. Powers has distinguished himself as an instructional leader in the ICSD, and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to learn with him,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.

A graduate of Ithaca College, Powers completed his student teaching at Ithaca High School in 2003 and began teaching social studies at the school in 2004. He has served as principal since the 2011-2012 academic year.

“I want to thank Dr. Luvelle Brown, and the Ithaca City School District Board of Education for affording me the opportunity to serve as Principal of Ithaca High School,” said Powers. “The past decade at Ithaca High School and the positions I have served in, have been an incredible experience for me and I will treasure my time here along with the relationship forged with our great students, faculty, staff and community. I will truly miss Ithaca High School. I’d like to think I leave the high school better than I found it, and in a strong position to continue to support student learning and achievement.”

During Mr. Powers’ tenure, the high school experienced significant increases in test scores, attendance and graduation rates and a reduction in discipline. While he served as principal, four new Advanced Placement courses were added and the school’s curriculum was restructured with the addition of new electives, including English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Career and Technology. Mr. Powers ensured access to the PSATs for every eleventh grader and built programming for interventions of students in need of academic support.

Upon Mr. Power’s departure, the Ithaca City School District will appoint an experienced administrator as interim principal while it begins the national search process for the next principal of Ithaca High School.

“The timing of Mr. Power’s departure presents challenges for us as we prepare for the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic school year,” said Brown. “However, I am confident that existing structures and the appointment of an interim principal will contribute to a smooth and successful transition of leadership.”


Monday, August 04, 2014
“Dangerous” label removed from Caroline Elementary School

In response to a petition from the Ithaca City School District, Caroline Elementary School has been removed from the list of persistently dangerous schools in New York State.

“We are striving to continuously improve all of our schools. I’ve always disagreed with the state designation for Caroline, and I am pleased that our state Education Department moved so quickly to remove the label,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.

Officials from the New York State Education Department, who spent a day at the school with students and staff, removed the distinction in response to evidence submitted by the school and findings from an on-site visit.

“Caroline is a dynamic school with a wonderfully supportive school community,” said Caroline Principal Mary Grover. “The students at Caroline do amazing things every day and I am proud of the academic and creative achievements of the students and staff in our school.”