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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.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
ICSD Communications wins three state awards

The New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) recently recognized the Ithaca City School District with three communications awards: an Award of Honor in the Electronic Newsletter Category for the ICSD Insider, and Awards of Merit for both the district’s Facebook and Twitter Accounts. This is the second consecutive year the ICSD Insider has been recognized by NYSPRA.

“Communication is one of the Board of Education’s priorities,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown. “The recent state awards recognize our achievements with regards to continuously improving how we facilitate two-way conversations with our community.”

Communications professionals around the country judged the 35th-Annual NYSPRA Communications Awards. Only one-third of more than 330 entries received awards, including the three awarded to the ICSD.

Each year, NYSPRA sponsors annual communications awards to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in educational communications. The awards contest continues to be one of the largest in the nation and provides both members and non-members with a time to shine and an opportunity to showcase exemplary communication practices.

Statewide awards provide recognition for outstanding work. They build a greater appreciation for the skills of school public relations professionals and promote a better understanding of the broad range of services rendered by those who have either full or part-time responsibilities for education-related communications.