ICSD :: Ithaca High School



Friday, October 17, 2014
New Gym Floor

The students at IHS are now enjoying classes and athletic events on a shiny new floor in Bliss Gym. Below is a quick look at the process from start to finish.


Thursday, October 16, 2014
IHS Students Learning CSI

They might just be cracking big cases in the future. Ithaca High School students are learning the ways of crime scene investigation in two classes: The Biological Science of Crime Scene Investigation followed by The Physical Science of Crime Scene Investigation.

IHS science teacher Nicole Denissoff teaches the courses. “Students come to the classes with a lot of misconceptions about what a real forensic scientist does based on TV shows they’ve seen,” she says. “One of the first things we do is to discuss the impact those shows have on court cases and identify the differences between real forensics and television forensics.”

The courses offer instruction in many areas including fingerprinting, blood analysis, DNA profiling, and how insects are used to determine time of death. Denissoff even sets up a fake crime scene outside twice a year to challenge students. “I give them some background on victims and suspects and set up an area with a fake corpse and blood and other clues. Then they have a week to analyze the evidence and solve the case.”

Although the students enjoy the class, it’s important for them to know it takes a lot of work. “Sometimes the students are surprised the class isn’t easy,” Denissoff says. “It involves both math and science and can get a little tricky, but the unique learning experience is worth it.”


Wednesday, October 08, 2014
ICSD Insider Volume 41

Click here to read Volume 41 of the ICSD Insider. 



Monday, September 29, 2014
Brain Team Update

On September 27, six members of the IHS Brain Team went to Princeton University to compete in their twenty-second annual High School Academic Tournament. Sophomores Aidan Peck, Andrey Shakhzadyan, Casey Wetherbee, Daniel Xu, and James Park, and senior Jesse Yuan played in ten matches against some very talented teams from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. They finished the day with a 5-5 record with some amazing performances, including a 555-30 blowout. All of their losses were incredibly close matches, often decided by the very last question, with three tied matches that required a sudden-death tiebreaker. 

They have been working hard, and there is no doubt they will improve. Their next competition is on the 25th of October in Lincroft, New Jersey, and then the very next weekend Ithaca will play host to the third-annual Brain Busters Fall Tournament, the largest single-day tournament in upstate New York history! If you would like to help out at this exciting tournament – either by reading questions or by helping to keep track of scores – please email Ben Kirk. You’ll get a free lunch, and you’ll get to see what some of the most impressive students in Upstate New York are capable of.