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NYSSMA Selects Original Composition by Ithaca's Rubenstein-Miller for Inclusion in Honors Concert NYSSMA Selects Original Composition by Ithaca's Rubenstein-Miller for Inclusion in Honors Concert The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) has selected Ithaca freshman Ezri Rubenstein-Miller's original composition,  Waltz D in minor for mixed chamber ensemble ,  for inclusion in the 22nd Annual Young Composer & Songwriter Honors Concert. Rubenstein-Miller is one of just 11 students in the state to achieve this honor.  Every year, students submit their original music to NYSSMA and a panel of composition professors and educators adjudicate the submissions and select a number of works for performance in the Young Composer & Songwriter Honors Concert. The concert, which usually takes place at the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference, will be done virtually this year during NYSSMA's Cyber Summit on December 3-5, with pre-recorded performances of the ...
In-Person/Hybrid Learning Beginning October 5 In-Person/Hybrid Learning Beginning October 5 September 16, 2020 Greetings, ICSD Community, Our academic school year has officially begun, and our virtual learning spaces are buzzing with student and staff connections. I appreciate the students, families, and educators who are making adjustments and navigating an uncommon opening amid a health pandemic. I wish to share important updates regarding our planned transition to in-person learning on October 5, 2020. In August, we asked teachers and families to submit their choices for in-person or distance teaching and learning. While 56% of students chose in-person learning, 32% of teachers chose in-person teaching. The results created an impossible staffing model given the number of students choosing to return for in-person learning and the number of teachers choosing to teach ...
STAC Postpones All League Play Until January 4th STAC Postpones All League Play Until January 4th The Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) has agreed to postpone all league play and follow the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) condensed fall, winter, and spring seasons beginning January 4, 2021. Read the press release here . Condensed Season Plan Dates subject to change Season I (Winter Sports): January 4 - March 13 Season II (Fall Sports): March 1 - April 24 Season III (Spring Sports): April 19 - June 12 "While this comes as a disappointment, the safety of our students, families, and coaches is our league’s top priority," said Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little. "The ICSD Athletic Department is working to create opportunities ...
Ithaca High Named National Banner Unified Champion School Ithaca High Named National Banner Unified Champion School Ithaca High School Pep Rally In recognition of its commitment to inclusion and youth leadership, Ithaca High School has recently been named a national banner Unified Champion School. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a program aimed at promoting social inclusion and acceptance through the power of sports. The program model consists of three overarching and interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership, and whole-school engagement. To receive national banner recognition, Unified Champion Schools must achieve ten standards of excellence based on these three components, as well as demonstrate their ability to sustain the components over time. Of the thousands of Unified ...
Open Interviews for Bus Drivers and Aides September 12 and 17 Open Interviews for Bus Drivers and Aides September 12 and 17 The Ithaca City School District Transportation Department is holding open interviews for bus drivers and bus aides on September 12th and 17th ! The interviews will be held at 150 Bostwick Road  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  both days. If you have questions or would like more information, please call 607-274-2128.     
Change to Start of Academic Year - Letter to the Community Change to Start of Academic Year - Letter to the Community August 18, 2020 Greetings, ICSD Community,  Since March 13, 2020, the day our school buildings closed, the planning and implementation efforts of our caregivers, students, faculty, and staff in the midst of significant challenges have been noteworthy. Our community has demonstrated remarkable patience and resilience as we have sought to meet the needs of our learners. Additionally, thoughtful feedback from the ICSD community has contributed to our ongoing strategies. After much deliberation, consultation, and listening , it is with conflicted emotions that I write to inform you that the Ithaca City School District will change the start of our academic year. All students and all grade levels will begin the school year virtually on September 14, 2020 . It is ...
#ReopenICSD Messaging Campaign #ReopenICSD Messaging Campaign The ICSD is looking for creative expression around the hashtags #WhyIWearAMask, #WhatSchoolMeansToMe, and #ItsUp2UsIthaca. #WhyIWearAMask What motivates you to wear a mask?   #WhatSchoolMeansToMe How has the school closure or the COVID-19 pandemic made you think about your relationship to school?   #ItsUp2UsIthaca What are you doing to stop the spread of COVID-19? Check out our flyer! From Monday, August 3 through Friday, November ...
NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date & Cancel Fall Championships NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date & Cancel Fall Championships On July 16, the NYSPHSAA voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. “As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA President. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”  The NYSPHSAA Officers’ decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force and includes: Delay Fall sports start date until Monday, September 21st  ...
Outdoor Facilities Open for Public Use Outdoor Facilities Open for Public Use On July 6, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) reopened its outdoor facilities for public use, including low-risk youth sports, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. The district will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the health and safety of children, families and the community.  Group outdoor facility use requests will be managed through ML Schedules, which can be accessed on the ICSD website at ithacacityschools.org/facilities . Those who wish to submit an outdoor facility use request will need to review and confirm their understanding of and commitment to health and safety requirements on behalf of their group or organization. These include, but are not limited to, groups of no more than ...
Return Your Textbooks and Library Books to the Tompkins County Public Library! Return Your Textbooks and Library Books to the Tompkins County Public Library! The Ithaca City School District and the Tompkins County Public Library have collaborated to provide a central location for ICSD student text and library book return! All ICSD books that need to be returned should be brought to the Tompkins County Public Library (101 East Green Street, Ithaca) and dropped in the book return labeled "OPEN."  
July 18 ACT Exam Canceled July 18 ACT Exam Canceled In accordance with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Order 202.45, all school buildings are closed until July 26, 2020. As a result, the ACT exam scheduled for July 18, 2020 at Ithaca High School will not be administered. Click here to read a letter from Ithaca High School Principal, Jason Trumble.
ICSD Announces Sealing of Digital Time Capsule ICSD Announces Sealing of Digital Time Capsule The digital time capsule was created in an effort to capture the creative and innovative ways Team ICSD students and staff expressed themselves during distance learning.   The capsule is composed of over 275 art pieces, created in a variety of mediums; multiple video selections of asynchronous or independent music projects, including original compositions, arrangements, solos, duets, musical excerpts, and original music videos; student poetry; student live-action and animated videos; student-athlete celebrations; staff videos; and finally, virtual performances from secondary and elementary music groups, including the Ithaca High School chorus, band, orchestra, and jazz band.   All of these projects were created first, in the homes of students, ...
ICSD Appoints Director of Special Education, Principal of Cayuga Heights ICSD Appoints Director of Special Education, Principal of Cayuga Heights On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved two administrative appointments for the 2020-2021 school year.  Jennifer Gondek, who currently serves as a Master Educator for Inclusion (MEI) at Enfield and Northeast elementary schools, has been appointed as the district’s new Director of Special Education. Prior to joining the ICSD in 2019, Gondek worked for eight years as an Instructional Specialist for Inclusion at TST BOCES, supporting component districts in the areas of inclusive education, literacy, behavioral support, special education regulation, and more. Gondek also has over a decade of diverse teaching experience, having worked in various states as a special education teacher, elementary teacher, student support teacher, ...
Budget Vote and Election Results Budget Vote and Election Results The results of the 2020 Ithaca City School District Budget Vote and School Board Election listed below have been certified and adopted by the ICSD Board of Education.   Proposition No. 1     Proposed 2020-2021 Annual District Budget YES Votes: 5,526 NO Votes: 1,682 Passed with 76.66%   Proposition No. 2     Appropriation and Expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds YES Votes: 5,606 NO Votes: 1,563 Passed with 78.20%   School Board Election : Sean Eversley Bradwell, Christopher Malcolm, and Patricia Wasyliw, having received the highest number of votes, are confirmed as elected to the ICSD Board of Education, each for a three-year ...
Junior Solar Sprint Goes Virtual During Distance Learning Junior Solar Sprint Goes Virtual During Distance Learning For members of DeWitt Middle School’s chapter of Technology Student Association (TSA), springtime means gearing up for one of the club’s competition activities, the Junior Solar Sprint. But with the extended school closure, TSA members focused this year on bringing the hands-on solar car building project to middle schoolers at home. Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is an engaging way to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with problem-solving skills and creativity. The project involves designing and building a fast, solar-powered car and racing it along a 20-meter course. TSA members typically design their cars and race them at competitions. But with distance learning in effect and those competitions canceled due to COVID-19, TSA members ...
2019-2020 Ithaca High School Awards 2019-2020 Ithaca High School Awards The awards are recognizing the stellar accomplishments of some members of the Ithaca High School student body.  There are many awards given in honor of special and memorable people.  We don’t take lightly that many awards are in memory of loved ones that have passed, and we hope to do them justice by investing in the futures of Ithaca’s youth. Several awards are meaningful and it is rewarding to see the students that will become a continuation of those stories.  We hope that students appreciate the fact that a donor or organization read through a long list of candidates, and they saw potential in you.  All awards highlight students that embody qualities of dedication, perseverance, and a sense of community. Families, community award ...
FABG Announces Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner FABG Announces Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner Nikolay Fontanez-Vargas was named as the recipient of the 2020 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts.  The Ithaca High School (IHS) Underclassmen Awardees are being announced online. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an IHS student who has not only participated in performing arts at the high school level but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit.  The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an IHS student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 2006. In his short time at the high school, Lee became a standout in the drama department after playing the leading role of George Gibbs in Our Town. “Lee was a promising young actor to be sure, but what made him so well-loved was his constant smile, ...
Retiree Insurance Update: Anticipated Medicare Plan Transition Retiree Insurance Update: Anticipated Medicare Plan Transition After carefully reviewing a proposal from Aetna Insurance, the ICSD is considering transitioning all Medicare-eligible retirees from The Hartford Plan to the  Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan . We are confident that Aetna's plan offers  at least as good  benefits as The Hartford's and that transitioning to the new plan would slow the growth of health insurance costs to ICSD taxpayers and employee/retiree premiums significantly in the initial year of coverage. The anticipated transition date is  January 1, 2021 . The ICSD and ENV Insurance Agency will host  virtual town hall meetings on June 12 and June 16  to present details of the Aetna plan and answer questions. In anticipation of the town hall meetings, please send questions you would ...
ICSD Community Letter - June 3, 2020 ICSD Community Letter - June 3, 2020 Dear ICSD community,  As we have been grappling with the violent displays of racial oppression over the past weeks, months, years, centuries, we are reminded of a quote by Ibram X. Kendi, the author of How to Be an Antiracist : “A racist is someone who is supporting a racist policy through their action or inaction. No one becomes a racist or antiracist. We can only strive to be one or the other. Antiracism requires self-persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination.” We are hopeful that the students and adults in the Ithaca City School District are on a journey to becoming anti-racist educators and people. To do so, it is imperative that we all reflect, learn, and act.  We strongly encourage our community to explore the ...



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