Ithaca City School District

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
ICSD and Cornell team up to help students

The Ithaca City School District and Cornell University will team up to provide pre-college support for 99 low-income and/or underrepresented minority ICSD students on their path to future STEM careers, thanks to a grant from the New York State Education Department.

The Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) Grant will pay for additional professional staff and student tutors to provide academic support to some ICSD students in grades 7-12. The grant for around $200,000 per year for five years will aim to increase the number of historically-underrepresented and economically-disadvantaged students prepare to enter college and pursue careers in mathematics, science, technology, or health-related fields.

“I am looking forward to the collaboration with Cornell University and others to provide academic skill-building, mentoring, and other STEM-related experiences to our young people,” ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown said.

ICSD is partnering with the Cornell Public Service Center and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives for the program, which is slated to launch in the fall. More information will be announced in the coming months.


Friday, June 19, 2015
ICSD Insider Volume 45

Click here to read Volume 45 of the ICSD Insider.


Friday, June 19, 2015
Teacher Wins Award from Tompkins Trust

South Hill Elementary Teacher Carolyn Belle was been awarded one of this year’s Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Awards from Tompkins Trust Company. Ms. Belle was nominated by her fellow educators at South Hill for her outstanding efforts to recycle and conserve paper. This year she led the fifth grade student body in promoting “Litter Less Lunches,” also known as “Waste Free Wednesdays,” where the student body was encouraged to bring lunches from home that are totally waste-free. The effort has been a huge success, reducing the school’s daily garbage output to a half of a trash can.

Belle received her award in front of the South Hill teaching staff on June 17. Congratulations! Tompkins Trust Company and the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County annually honor teachers for improving education in Tompkins County. The awards is named in honor of the late Raymond Van Houtte, Tompkins Trust bank president and chief executive officer from 1974-1989.


Thursday, June 18, 2015
Belle Sherman Reading Celebration

Belle Sherman Elementary celebrated reading on June 10. Second through fifth grade students spent the afternoon sprawled across campus silently reading to themselves or in small groups while the younger students were read to by officers from the Ithaca Police Department. Other reading-centered activities during the day included Breakfast with Books, older students teaching younger students how to read and understand, and a visit from Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick.

More photos are available on the district's Facebook page.