This original PBIS video about common expectations on the playground was created by Belle Sherman students and staff.
PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports. This school-wide initiative is a positive discipline plan that focuses on a proactive approach to preventing/reducing challenging behaviors and producing positive outcomes. PBIS creates positive environments by utilizing proactive strategies such as introducing, defining, modeling, teaching, and supporting positive behavioral expectations. After this, PBIS reinforces and rewards students for these positive social behaviors.
March 2019 Commendations:
On March 12, the ICSD Board of Education and Superintendent Brown recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the second Commendation Ceremony of the school year.
The purpose of the ceremonies is to celebrate the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in the arts, athletics, and the community. Special recognition is also paid to individuals who embody one or more of the tenets of the ICSD’s Culture of Love : honest, caring, forgiving, trusting, ...
Virtual Reality in the ICSD:
The recent deployment of virtual reality (VR) technology throughout the Ithaca City School District has engaged students in a whole new way.
Through educational VR programs, students can experience interactive lessons on topics like landforms, anatomy, and outer space. Teachers are being introduced to VR programs and encouraged to find ways to implement it in their lessons. At the secondary level, students are given opportunities to test out the technology, and some are even learning to ...
Meet the ICSD's New Health and Wellness Coordinator:
Kari Burke, Coordinator of Health Services and Wellness
As the ICSD’s new Coordinator of Health Services and Wellness, Kari Burke hopes to expand the department’s focus on overall wellness for students and the larger district community.
Burke, a native of the Syracuse area with a background in public health, began working with the district in January. In her role, she’ll oversee school nurses, medical management and support for students, and health and safety ...
Black Lives Matter at School:
The Ithaca City School District will observe the week of February 4-8, 2019 as Black Lives Matter at School: A Week of Understanding, Affirmation, and Social Action.
Black Lives Matter at School is an independent movement that began in 2016 as a day of social action in Seattle and has since been embraced by other school districts across the country. In February 2018, the movement expanded to a national week of action, with thousands of educators from more than 20 cities organizing for ...
ICSD Water Update:
Since August 2015, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been working with the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that students and staff in all buildings have access to safe drinking water.
The ICSD Facilities Department is finalizing the installation of new faucets, piping, and filtered bottle filler/drinking fountains in every elementary school. Results from routine ...