Ithaca City School District


Friday, January 23, 2015
IHS Brain Team Update

Ithaca High School’s quiz bowl teams have been doing very well this year, as can be seen by their busy schedule and commendable rankings. The past two events have been the Garden State Academic Competition in Metuchen, NJ and the National History Bee and Bowl in Ridgewood, NJ. The teams, known as the IHS Brain Team, are lead by Benjamin Kirk, an Ithaca High School mathematics teacher.

Ithaca A team has been ranked number 51 in the nation and number 2 in the state. This is an outstanding achievement for them, as this is the highest a team from Ithaca has ever been ranked.

On December 20, 2014, two teams competed at the Garden State Academic Competition. Ithaca A (Andrey Shakzhadyan, Casey Wetherbee, Daniel Xu, James Park) placed 8th overall with a 7-4 record, garnering an average of 374.5 points per game (compared to the top-ranked team with an average of 462.3 points). Ithaca B (Aidan Peck, Jesse Yuan, Luc Wetherbee, Owen Zhang), which did not make the playoffs, finished fourth in their consolation bracket and a still impressive average of 203 points per game.

The Brain Team went on to the regional tournament of the National History Bee and Bowl on January 17, 2015. The four members (Casey Wetherbee, Andrey Shakhzadyan, Daniel Xu, and Harry Sauer) played in both team and individual competitions. It was the largest regional tournament the team had ever played in, with more than 70 teams from more than 30 schools from the mid-atlantic states area. The three sophmores and one freshman made it to the semi-finals in their age bracket. This performance has qualified the IHS Brain Team for the national championship in Washington, DC to be held in April. Andrey and Casey also qualified for nationals in the individuals tournament.

The team can be followed on their Twitter feed @IHSBrainTeam.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Jason Trumble to Remain as Ithaca High School Principal

At a special meeting on Wednesday, January 21, the Ithaca City School District Board of Education approved the reassignment of Jason Trumble from Chief Administration Officer to Principal of Ithaca High School. Mr. Trumble has been serving as the leader of Ithaca High School since the previous principal, Jarrett Powers, departed in October 2014.

“I am enjoying serving as the instructional leader of Ithaca High School. My relationship with students, their families, and this staff, along with the engagement in continuous improvement efforts, prompted me to request that Dr. Brown and the Board of Education allow me to continue on in this role on a more permanent basis,” said Jason Trumble.

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

Superintendent Luvelle Brown remarked, "We were in the early stages of a national search process for the next principal of Ithaca High School. All things changed when Mr. Trumble walked into my office and asked to stay. From my perspective, no search process would have revealed a more committed, qualified, and talented educational leader for our community." Dr. Brown added, “Mr. Trumble’s reassignment concludes the search process as he will be vacating the role of Chief Administration Officer to serve as a tenured principal.”

"I am confident that the school’s positive momentum and exemplary performance will continue among the staff under Mr. Trumble’s leadership,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.

Opportunities will be available for community members to engage in two-way dialogue with Mr. Trumble regarding Ithaca High School’s current and future instructional and operational initiatives. Details regarding dates and times will be shared when available.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Code Red Robotics Open House

Code Red Robotics' build session will be open for the public on Saturday, February 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Ithaca High School (IHS) Technology wing (accessible from both the Lake Street and N. Cayuga Street entrances to IHS). This fourth annual Ithaca High School Technology and Engineering Open House will feature displays from FIRST Lego League teams (elementary school branches of FIRST), TSA (IHS’s Technology Student Association), the Ithaca High School Technology Education department, and the hosts, FIRST Team 639 Code Red Robotics. This will be an opportunity for the community to come see this year’s robot, as well as learn about technological opportunities offered for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students.

Click here for more information about Code Red Robotics and the 2015 FIRST Robotic Competition.


Thursday, January 15, 2015
ICSD Insider Volume 44

Click here to read Volume 44 of the ICSD Insider.