Ithaca City School District



Thursday, April 16, 2015
ICSD is Named a Best Community for Music for the Third Consecutive Year

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Ithaca City Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. ICSD joins 380 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015. 

Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of schools’ core curriculum.

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

“Together we have strived for excellence in Music Education in the Ithaca City Schools.  In the last three years we have increased our participation in our elementary schools more than 150%.  Music has moved the dial in regards to students performing at higher levels in all curricular areas.  We truly believe an Arts Education is necessary for a child’s success.  On behalf of all music educators we want to thank Superintendent Luvelle Brown and the Board of Education for supporting such initiatives,” said, David Brown, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such asreading and math.  “The Ithaca City Schools has seen an extraordinary increase to our students’ success on ELA, reading and math assessments and while we embrace these findings we continue to teach music education for the sake of music education” said Brown.


Thursday, April 16, 2015
ICSD to Host Tele-Town Hall in Advance of 2015-2016 Budget Vote

In an effort to engage the Ithaca community in the 2015-2016 Ithaca City School District budget process, Superintendent Luvelle Brown will host a tele-town hall on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

Every ICSD student household will receive a phone call invitation to participate in a live conference call. Members of the ICSD staff and community are also invited to join the tele-town hall by dialing: (855)-756-7520 extension 28298#.

Participants may simply listen to the discussion or be put into a queue to have their questions about the budget answered by Dr. Brown, district leadership and members of the Board of Education. Comments, questions, concerns, and suggestions about the budget may be submitted ahead of time to the Listening Forum on the YourVoice portal on the district website at

Information about the 2015-2016 budget development is available on the Budget page of the district’s website at


Wednesday, April 15, 2015
2015 Elementary Open House

This year's Elementary School Spring Open House will be on Wednesday, May 20  Friday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The open house will be an opportunity for prospective parents to visit schools.


Monday, April 13, 2015
Draft 2015-2016 Academic Calendar

Please click here to view a draft of the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar. To share your comments or feedback on the proposed calendar, please do so via the Listening Forum on the YourVoice page of our website. The Board of Education will be voting on the calendar during its meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.