Ithaca City School District

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.


Monday, September 08, 2014
ICSD Insider: September 2014

Click here to read Volume 40 of the ICSD Insider. 


Friday, September 05, 2014
IHS campus placed on temporary lockdown

The Ithaca High School campus was placed on lockdown today between approximately 9:10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The packaging of a semi-automatic BB gun was discovered in the boys’ bathroom in Kulp Auditorium, which necessitated the campus be put on a precautionary lockdown. 

Buildings on the high school campus were immediately secured and the Ithaca Police Department was called to the school. Administrators proceeded to secure the building by searching all public access areas, every locker and then all student bags. During this time, students remained in classrooms with their teachers where they were fed lunch and escorted to bathrooms as necessary. 

Once the lockdown was lifted, students proceeded to their sixth-period classes, following their schedule for the remainder of the day. All after-school activities will continue as planned. 

“The students and staff were amazing today,” said Chief Secondary Officer Jason Trumble. “We appreciate how they respected the process and supported each other.”


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Northeast Elementary named High Performing Reward School by NYSED

Northeast Elementary School was recently selected as a Reward School by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The designation goes to New York schools with the highest achievement in the state or those that are making the most progress in closing student achievement gaps.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our entire school community,” said Northeast Principal Jeff Tomasik. “We have an incredible staff, supportive caregivers and hard-working students at Northeast, and this designation as a Reward School confirms that our students are meeting rigorous grade-level expectations. We appreciate this recognition and look forward to carrying the positive momentum into the upcoming school year.”

According to NYSED, 354 of more than 4,800 schools statewide earned Reward School status. Last year, Belle Sherman Elementary was selected as a Reward School based on achievements from the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years. 

“The Ithaca City School District is proud to be recognized yet again for the exceptional teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown. “Our schools continue to thrive in meeting students’ needs and contributing to a culture of excellence.”