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IHS Choir and DCJS Release Virtual Performance of IHS Choir and DCJS Release Virtual Performance of "Glory" The Ithaca High School Choir and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers release a stunning virtual performance of "Glory" by John Legend, Common and Rhymefest in celebration of Black Lives Matter at School and Black History Month.    "'Glory' is a musical description of the struggle for social justice from the past to the present," Dr. Baruch Whitehead, Director of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS), said.     The collaboration between the DCJS, a group of college and community singers whose namesake, Dorothy Cotton, was a civil rights icon, has provided an opportunity for IHS students to deepen their understanding of solidarity and ...
Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Enfield Elementary Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Enfield Elementary February 17, 2021 Dear Enfield Elementary School Community,  We have confirmed 1 positive case of COVID-19 at Enfield Elementary School. We have notified those individuals that we will be sharing their information with the TCHD and that public health nurses will follow up with them to discuss quarantine. Because we have a vacation this week, all affected individuals can return to Enfield on Monday, February 22, when we return from break. For more information about contact tracing and the ICSD’s role in supporting those efforts, please visit our website . Take care and stay safe.  Sincerely, Luvelle Brown Superintendent
Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Cayuga Heights Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Cayuga Heights February 13, 2021 Dear Cayuga Heights Elementary School Community,  We have confirmed 2 positive cases of COVID-19 at Cayuga Heights Elementary School. We have notified those individuals that we will be sharing their information with the TCHD and that public health nurses will follow up with them to discuss quarantine. Because we have a vacation this coming week, all affected individuals can return to Cayuga Heights on Monday, February 22 when we return from break. For more information about contact tracing and the ICSD’s role in supporting those efforts, please visit our website . Take care and stay safe. Sincerely, Luvelle Brown Superintendent
ICSD Community Letter - February 12, 2021 ICSD Community Letter - February 12, 2021 Greetings, ICSD Staff, Students, and Families,  With the upcoming President's Day holiday and Winter Recess, we have a valuable opportunity for respite and reflection. We all continue to address the significant challenges caused by a global pandemic. However, there are signs of hope for our school community. I have been encouraged by: the prioritization of our educators for COVID-19 vaccination, 
  • educators plans and implementation for new and multiple teaching and learning modalities,   
  • our celebration of Black Lives Matter at School alongside our ongoing exploration of anti-racist and inclusive policies and practices, and 
  • many other examples ...
  • Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Belle Sherman, In-Person Learning to Continue Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Belle Sherman, In-Person Learning to Continue February 12, 2021 Dear Belle Sherman Elementary School Community,  The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has just confirmed one student case of COVID-19 at Belle Sherman Elementary School. All students and staff who were in close contact with the positive individuals are already home, engaged in distance learning and teaching. We have notified those individuals that we will be sharing their information with the TCHD and that public health nurses will follow up with them to discuss quarantine. Those who are close contacts will continue distance learning and teaching through their TCHD-imposed quarantine period.  Again, due to excellent cohorting practices at Belle Sherman Elementary School, the remainder of the school can continue in-person instruction. This continues ...
    Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Fall Creek, In-Person Learning to Continue Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Fall Creek, In-Person Learning to Continue February 10, 2021 Dear Fall Creek Elementary School Community,  The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed one adult case of COVID-19 at Fall Creek Elementary School. All students and staff who were in close contact with the positive individual are already home, engaged in distance learning and teaching. We have notified those individuals that we will be sharing their information with the TCHD and that public health nurses will follow up with them to discuss quarantine. Those who are close contacts will continue distance learning and teaching through their TCHD-imposed quarantine period.  Due to excellent cohorting practices at Fall Creek Elementary School, the remainder of the school can continue in-person instruction. This is a true testament to the ...
    Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Belle Sherman, In-Person Learning to Continue Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Belle Sherman, In-Person Learning to Continue February 10, 2021 Dear Belle Sherman Elementary School Community,  The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed two student cases of COVID-19 at Belle Sherman Elementary School. All students and staff who were in close contact with the positive individuals are already home, engaged in distance learning and teaching. We have notified those individuals that we will be sharing their information with the TCHD and that public health nurses will follow up with them to discuss quarantine. Those who are close contacts will continue distance learning and teaching through their TCHD-imposed quarantine period.  Due to excellent cohorting practices at Belle Sherman Elementary School, the remainder of the school can continue in-person instruction. This is a true testament ...
    February 2021 Community Conversations February 2021 Community Conversations On Sunday, February 21st, and Sunday, February 28th, ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown will host a series of community conversations about health and safety and the state of our schools. The three conversations will be held virtually via Zoom. To join, click on the links below or visit zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID. Mental Health and Wellbeing Sunday, February 21, 7:00-7:45 p.m. Join Dr. Brown and local health officials for a conversation about mental health and wellbeing in the ICSD. View the recording>>   Conversation with Dr. Luvelle Brown Sunday, February 21, 8:00-8:45 p.m. Join Dr. Brown and moderator Meryl Phipps, Executive Director ...
    Ithaca Joins IAC for High-Risk Winter Sports Ithaca Joins IAC for High-Risk Winter Sports Thanks to a partnership with the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC), Ithaca’s Little Red basketball and wrestling teams will have an opportunity to compete against other school districts in Tompkins County during this year’s winter sports condensed season. On January 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that sports designated as high-risk, including basketball, wrestling, and ice hockey, could resume play with clearance from county health departments. The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) typically competes in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) and is the only district in Tompkins County to do so. By joining the IAC, the Little Red basketball and wrestling teams will be able to compete against neighboring opponents from within Tompkins County, including ...
    Black Lives Matter at School Mural Project Black Lives Matter at School Mural Project Creative Challenge for Students and Staff Write | Sketch | Play | Express | Share   What is the Black Lives Matter at School Mural Project? This is a long-term, district-wide project that celebrates Black joy, excellence, and culture through creative expressions! Work submitted will be assembled into an interactive mural on public display for the community to visit.    How do I participate? *Reimagine school aligned with the 13 Guiding Principles of the Black Lives Matter at School movement *Reimagine schools filled with "abundant love, joy, solidarity, justice and anti-racism” ...
    IHS Code Red Robotics Kicks Off 2021 Season IHS Code Red Robotics Kicks Off 2021 Season Code Red Robotics, the Ithaca High School robotics team, is competing in the global FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. A new game is released annually and the team enters a six-week build season to create a robot for competition. This year, due to COVID-19, FIRST chose to revamp last year’s game, and add several remote challenges for teams to complete. When the new school year began, Code Red Robotics welcomed 17 new students onto the team, bringing the total team enrollment to 53 student members, as well as several adult mentors from the Ithaca community. These mentors are local STEM professionals who have volunteered to help teach the team practical engineering skills. “Last ...
    ICSD Completes First Week of Voluntary COVID-19 Testing ICSD Completes First Week of Voluntary COVID-19 Testing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2021 ICSD Communications 607.274.2101, ext. 71105 icsdcommunications@icsd.k12.ny.us    ICSD Completes First Week of Voluntary COVID-19 Testing   ITHACA, N.Y. - On Monday, January 4, 2021, the Ithaca City School District began testing in-person students and staff for COVID-19 using Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests provided by the New York State Department of Health. The district’s school-based testing program is voluntary and caregivers can opt their children in at any time by completing a testing consent form . The ICSD aims to test 20% of in-person students and staff over the course of each two-week period, similar to the structure required under a “Yellow Zone” designation (the ICSD is not currently ...
    Letter to the Community Regarding the Events of January 6, 2021 Letter to the Community Regarding the Events of January 6, 2021 Dear Ithaca City School District Community,  Today’s events have compelled me to write to assure you that our school district will be open and ready tomorrow in person and online. We understand that folks may bring to our learning spaces a sense of fear, a sense of frustration, a sense of anger, and/or many other emotions due to events in Washington, DC and elsewhere.  This wonderful school community includes many perspectives, lived experiences and backgrounds. Our schools will create a shared space in which we will process, share emotions, and come together to have peaceful and constructive dialogue. We will love each other. In the coming days, our educators will attend to the emotional needs of our students while continuing to engage them in valuable learning ...
    Happy New Year and Welcome Back - Community Letter Happy New Year and Welcome Back - Community Letter January 2, 2021 Dear Ithaca City School District Community,  Happy New Year! I hope you and your families have been enjoying a safe and restorative few weeks. We look forward to welcoming folks back to distance and in-person learning on January 4, 2021. When resuming instruction on the 4th, we will also launch a COVID-19 testing program. Your patience and support as we ensure all processes are safe and manageable are appreciated. The testing of students and staff will commence on Monday, January 4th, and Tuesday, January 5th.   Families, if you have not already completed your child’s permission form, please access the document sent to your email or online here (along with translated versions). Your child’s school will send home paper versions of ...
    IHS Student Show Selection Committee Selects IHS Student Show Selection Committee Selects "A Killer Party" for Spring Musical A Killer Party  by Kait Kerrigan is a murder mystery musical created by Broadway artists during quarantine 2020. This catchy pop-rock score was described by the New York Times as “a goofy lark featuring jaunting tunes” reminiscent of Agatha Christie. The musical was written exclusively for a virtual performance and includes inclusive language pronouns and interchangeable gender identities for flexible casting.  In spring 2020, IHS students were surveyed to find out what stories they wanted to produce for the IHS play and musical. From this data, the production team vetted shows to match student interest and presented the ideas to the IHS Student Show Selection Committee before voting. Auditions for  A Killer Party  start in January. Check out the ...
    IHS Choirs to Collaborate with Dr. Baruch Whitehead and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers IHS Choirs to Collaborate with Dr. Baruch Whitehead and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Ithaca High School choir students will engage in a four-month community collaboration with Dr. Baruch Whitehead and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers.  The collaboration will include two virtual choir project "singles," including  Glory  by John Legend and Common, as well as two virtual choir projects for the March 12 IHS virtual theme concert, "Lost and Found":  Great Day  by Moses Hogan and  Amazing Grace ,   arrangement by Michael Stern, '14. Additionally, there will be monthly in-class community development sessions with lessons about the African American spiritual and gospel music, and discussions surrounding representation, anti-racism, bias, and allyship. To learn more about Dr. Baruch Whitehead ...
    DeWitt Middle School Technology and Engineering Department Featured in Ithaca Times DeWitt Middle School Technology and Engineering Department Featured in Ithaca Times A recent Ithaca Times article by Sydney Keller highlights the DeWitt Middle School Technology and Engineering Department and some of the impressive work our students have been engaged in this year, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 and remote learning.  DeWitt Technology and Engineering Education teachers David Buchner and Carson Case have been working hard this year to connect with and offer enriching educational experiences for their students, who are either learning remotely full time or following a hybrid schedule. And although hands-on learning and relationship building are often easier in person, Case and Buchner said the current situation has not deterred students or teachers. “There is a lot of learning still happening; there is a lot of real, authentic ...
    Four ICSD Educators Receive Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Award Four ICSD Educators Receive Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Award Four of the five educators to win the Tompkins Trust Company's Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Award this year are members of Team ICSD! Read the full story here:  Announcing 2020 RVH Teacher Awards Winners . Josh Antoine Cayuga Heights Physical Education Meggie New Ithaca High School AVID/Link Crew ...
    Varsity Athletes Connect with Younger Students through Varsity Athletes Connect with Younger Students through "Little Red Readers" ICSD Athletics recently launched "Little Red Readers," a program designed to foster a sense of community throughout the district and establish our varsity student-athletes as mentors for younger students. Research indicates that youth who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Studies also show that when youth can identify positive role models within their family or school, they are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices regarding nutrition and exercise. In the Little Red Readers program, ICSD varsity student-athletes make connections with younger students through weekly book readings. Every ...
    Boynton and DeWitt Students Selected to Participate in Statewide Honor Band Boynton and DeWitt Students Selected to Participate in Statewide Honor Band Sixteen students from DeWitt and Boynton have been selected to participate in the 2021 New York State Band Directors Association Statewide Middle School Honor Band! Visit the FABG website  for the full press release.



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