Message from Superintendent Brown Regarding District Safety Plans:
February 15, 2018
Dear Families, Students, and Staff,
In light of the terrible incident yesterday in Florida, I wish to update you on the Ithaca City School District’s continuous efforts to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. The ICSD has a Code of Conduct and a District Safety Plan , which also contains specific Building Safety Plans. Per NYS regulations, each school is required to conduct eight evacuation drills and four lockdown (intruder/shooter, ...
Mentoring Program Starts at South Hill Elementary:
A new program will pair a group of South Hill Elementary fourth graders with college student mentors to encourage success.
South Hill has joined the New York State Mentoring Program, a school-based initiative that matches students with adult volunteers who serve as role models. The Ithaca College students will meet with 11 fourth-graders every Tuesday after school in the library.
For the first couple of weeks, the group will meet all together and get to know one another. During the first ...
Growing Language Skills and Connections:
Last spring, students from South Hill Elementary spent one morning at Ithaca High School immersed in foreign languages and fostering a rich vision of enjoying second language learning. What began as a project between first- and fourth-grade buddies had culminated in a collaboration with high school classes to give the elementary students a taste of what language study will look and feel like as they get older.
Throughout the 2016-17 school year, Emily Miller and Sarah Hoffman taught ...
Perry Gorgen - New Principal of South Hill Elementary School:
Perry Gorgen, the new principal at South Hill Elementary School, looks forward to becoming part of the ICSD community and empowering students, staff, and families to be their best.
He comes to Ithaca from Baltimore City Schools, where he worked for 10 years, most recently as Director of Early Learning Programs for roughly 13,000 students across 130 schools.
In Ithaca, Gorgen found a place to apply his early childhood education experience while bringing his family, including ...
IPEI Awards Two Connecting Classrooms Grants:
The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has awarded two new Connecting Classrooms Grants—for projects involving three elementary schools, impacting more than 1,000 Ithaca City School District students.
Connecting Classrooms Grants fund large-scale projects that enhance student engagement and support learning consistent with school and district goals. The grants support collaborative partnerships between teachers and staff within a school, across grade levels and/or between ...