Ithaca City School District

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
ICSD announces change in administrative leadership

Jason Trumble to assume leadership of Ithaca High School through 2014-2015 year

The Ithaca City School District today announced both short- and long-term changes to the current District administrative structure. The roles of Chief Elementary Officer Matt Landahl and Chief Secondary Officer Jason Trumble will be realigned into Chief Academic Officer and Chief Administration Officer, respectively.

Trumble will begin his role as Chief Administration Officer by assuming leadership of Ithaca High School for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year and facilitating the transition of the leadership of the school. The current principal of the school, Jarett Powers, begins his tenure as Superintendent of Union Springs Central School District on November 1, 2014.

“Mr. Trumble’s leadership at Ithaca High School this academic year will allow for the school’s positive momentum and stellar performance to continue without interruption. His leadership of the search and transition of the next principal will be critical as well,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.

Trumble began his career at Ithaca High School in 1992 where he spent 11 years as a social studies teacher, cross country and track coach. Trumble served nine years as an associate principal and principal of Boynton Middle School before becoming Chief Secondary Officer in 2012.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the positive momentum that exists at Ithaca High School and working with staff in their quest to achieve a 100% graduation rate,” said Trumble. “I’m very much looking forward to establishing relationships with staff, students and their families to help them achieve the success they deserve.”

Going forward, the Chief Administration Officer will oversee student and family supports, and broader district operations including athletics, transportation, food service, maintenance and facilities as well as school building safety and climate. A substitute administrator will assist the District’s leadership team until July while Trumble focuses on the leadership of Ithaca High School.

As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Matt Landahl will guide curriculum and instruction Pre-K through 12. Landahl came to Ithaca in 2012 from Virginia where he served 14 years as a school administrator at both the elementary and secondary level. During the past two years, he has supervised the administration, curriculum and instruction for the District’s eight elementary schools. As Chief Academic Officer, Landahl will oversee the facilitation of engaging and empowering learning experiences in all classrooms and supervise professional development, technology and arts integration, and special education throughout the District.

“Our goal is to see all of our students graduate college, career and citizen ready and well on their path to being life-long learners,” said Landahl. “As the Chief Academic Officer, I will bring a collaborative spirit to my work to provide quality learning experiences for students, teachers and staff throughout the Ithaca City School District.”

“The shift in central administration responsibilities is in response to evolving needs and a commitment to providing exceptional support for our school buildings,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.


Wednesday, October 08, 2014
ICSD Insider Volume 41

Click here to read Volume 41 of the ICSD Insider. 



Thursday, September 18, 2014
IHS students recognized by NYSSMA

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) welcomed over 11,000 students auditioning for fewer than one thousand spots for the All State Performing Ensembles. This is the highest musical honor for New York. Of these accepted students, thirteen Ithaca High School students were accepted with an additional nine alternates. This is the highest number of recipients in the Zone 3 Area, which encompasses Syracuse all the way down to Binghamton. Congratulations to all of the students, their families and their music educators who all collaborated to make this happen.

The students will be traveling to Rochester, New York, in December for a three-day celebration of music making. They will be working with world-renowned conductors. It will all culminate in a state concert at The Eastman Theatre. David M. Brown, Director of Fine and Performing Arts commented, “I could not be more proud of the accomplishments of these students and their teachers. The concerts are the most exciting and musical experiences they may ever have in their lifetime. Congratulations to all.”

Congratulations to the participating students!

Keara Byron*
Sarah Cohn-Manik
Noah Elman
Laura Fegely
Jonathan Fenwick
Richard Gan
Elisheva Glaser
Tyler Hallock
Madeline Hause
Katie Henderson
Esther Jeon
Min Young Jung
Matthew Lin
Luke McCarney
Gabriel Miller
Sophia Shi
Amy Shmoys
Maximilian Shuhan
Madelaine Vandenberg
Jesse Yuan
Qiaonan Zheng

*Not pictured

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Flu Message from Head Nurse Judy Hoffman


Every year I have conflicted emotions about the school year starting (which I truly love!) and concerns about the increased risk of illnesses spreading in our schools and throughout the community. Flu season is approaching and as many have heard, the spread of Enterovirus D68 has resulted in many children throughout the country being hospitalized with a severe respiratory infection. I am hoping to convince everyone that just taking a few SIMPLE STEPS can reduce your risk of getting sick and also help protect our vulnerable populations, including: very young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses, from being exposed.

Hand washing with soap could protect about 1 out of every 3 young children who get sick with diarrhea and almost 1 out of 6 young children with respiratory infections like pneumonia. Hand washing education and access to soap in schools can help improve attendance. For those of you interested in the numbers, hand washing reduces diarrhea by 31% and reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 21% (CDC).

Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu and may make your illness milder if you do get sick. Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths. A recent study showed that the flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care admissions by 74% during flu season (CDC).

SIMPLE Health Habits that really can make a difference!

  • Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

For more information about the flu including how it is spread and signs and symptoms go to the CDC website.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot. Talk with your doctor now about how to get the flu shot. If you do not have a doctor you can call Tompkins County Health Department at (607) 274-6616 or go their website.

ICSD employees click here for information about flu clinics in all school buildings.