Ithaca City School District


Tuesday, December 09, 2014
ICSD Teachers to Receive IPEI Grants

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has awarded 17 Teacher Grants totaling $25,000 for projects to be carried out during the 2014-15 school year. The grants will enhance learning for approximately 1,700 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students.

Teacher Grants fund classroom projects that are linked with state learning standards and enrich the curricular opportunities for students and their teachers. Proposals for a maximum grant amount of $1,500 are made by teachers. In keeping with IPEI’s mission of “connecting school and community,” they always include a community partner.

Read more and view the entire list of Teacher Grants on the IPEI blog.

Last year IPEI released research-based evidence that the programs and activities it funds through grants to teachers and schools effectively increase student engagement. Data from reports submitted by teachers who were awarded grants in 2012-13 showed that ICSD students' engagement rose by an average of nearly 50 percent following an IPEI grant-funded activity. For students identified as "performing below grade level," the average increase in engagement was even higher. Pat Tempesta, chair of IPEI’s Grants Committee, reports that data collected from 2013-14 grant recipients indicate that student engagement rose again following IPEI grant-funded activities. “It is encouraging to see a second year of assessment data confirming that our grants consistently lead to an increase in active student involvement in their learning,” Tempesta expressed. “Kudos to our teachers who encourage this kind of student engagement by taking the time to create great, innovative projects!


Friday, December 05, 2014
ICSD Board of Education Commendations

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Board of Education honored district students and staff for their extraordinary achievements in the academic, athletic, and community service areas. Over eighty people were recognized in twelve award categories. A description of the awards and the list of recipients can be found here.
The Commendation Ceremony is held three times a year in Kulp Auditorium. Nominations are submitted by ICSD district and community members.


Monday, November 24, 2014
Ithaca High School Annual

The 2015 Ithaca High School Annual is the Centennial Edition.
The price of the 100th I.H.S. yearbook will increase December 1st.
Click here for more information.


Thursday, November 20, 2014
ICSD Announces IHS Principal Search

Click here to learn more about the anticipated timeline for the Ithaca High School Principal search.