Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case at Ithaca High School
May 8, 2021
Dear Ithaca High School Community,
The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed 1 positive student case (virtual student) of COVID-19 at Ithaca High School. Because the student is also participating in athletic programs, we have notified those individuals who are close contacts that we will be sharing their information with the TCHD and that public health nurses will follow up with them to discuss quarantine. All hybrid and distance learning may continue as scheduled.
For more information about contact tracing and the ICSD’s role in supporting those efforts, please visit our website . Take care and stay safe.
Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case at Caroline Elementary
May 7, 2021
Dear Caroline Elementary School Community,
The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed 1 positive student case of COVID-19 at Caroline Elementary School. We have notified those individuals who are close contacts that we will be sharing their information with the TCHD and that public health nurses will follow up with them to discuss quarantine. Those individuals will engage in distance teaching and learning throughout their quarantine period.
The other classes at Caroline Elementary School can remain open for both in-person and distance learning.
For more information about contact tracing and the ICSD’s role in supporting those efforts, please visit our
Enfield Students Persuade Mayor to Recognize May 6 as Children’s Day in Ithaca
A few months ago, Jill Browne's fourth-grade students at Enfield Elementary wrote a letter to Svante Myrick, Mayor of the City of Ithaca, arguing that there should be a special Children’s Day, much like there is an annual Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
“We believe children are the people of the future,” the letter states. “We won’t be kids for very long. In a short time, we will be leaders and workers and inventors and farmers and bakers and veterinarians and teachers and artists and police officers and scientists and parents. We will be voters. We might even be president! We will be decision makers. This is why we think children should be celebrated on a special day just for them.” ( Click here to read the full letter .)
ICSD Community Letter - April 30, 2021
Dear ICSD Community,
As our community continues to welcome more and more students and staff back into school buildings, much love has been expressed by all during the transition. The flexibility and patience demonstrated by those engaged in both in-person and remote teaching and learning are appreciated.
At the elementary level , schools are welcoming students who wish to return back to learning in buildings. The transitions of our youngest learners are happening with a focus on both academic and social-emotional needs. Along with students, we are also excited about the return of many of our art and music teachers to buildings as well. These amazing educators continue to build relationships and inspire in physical and digital learning spaces.
At the secondary level , we ...
ICSD in Session Friday, May 28
Due to the number of emergency closings this school year, Friday, May 28, 2021, will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District. All schools will be in session.
Secondary students will follow a regular school week schedule, with Wednesday being an asynchronous learning day. View the secondary hybrid cohort schedules >>
ICSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for 9th Consecutive Year
The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the ninth consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation.
The BCME award program recognizes districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts are evaluated on a number of factors, including funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, and community music-making programs.
Read the NAMM Foundation's press release to learn ...
DeWitt TSA Students Build Outdoor Dining Structures at Ithaca Bakery
The DeWitt Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) was recently featured in the Ithaca Times for their work building outdoor dining structures in the parking lot at Ithaca Bakery.
While technology classes are a requirement of all students at Dewitt, not all of them join the TSA team, which is akin to a technology club for students in grades 6-8. And while some of the eighth graders had been on the team in years prior, nobody had built anything quite to this scale.
“I think it was overwhelming in a good way,” technology teacher Carson Case said. “We kind of explained the project to them and were explaining the various details and steps that we had to do and how we were going to transform them into actual structures. Once we got to work, they picked it ...
ICSD Receives Award for Participation in 30% Lunch Initiative; Jennifer Doolittle Named 2021 New York Hunger Hero
Last month, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets awarded the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) $14,724 for our successful participation in the 2019-2020 30% Lunch Initiative.
The 30% Lunch Initiative increases the reimbursement schools receive for lunches for any district that purchases at least 30 percent of its ingredients for school meals from New York farms. The goal of the program is to support farmers in the state while also awarding districts for serving health, locally grown food to students.
The ICSD can use the monetary award for training food service staff, conducting outreach to producers, educating students, and purchasing equipment.
In addition to ICSD Child Nutrition receiving the 30% Lunch Initiative award, one of the department’s ...
Ithaca High School to Produce "A Killer Party," its First-Ever Virtual Musical
Check out the new teaser trailer for the IHS Spring Musical, "A Killer Party!"
The Ithaca High School Drama Club is pleased to announce its production of the brand new, virtual show, A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical . The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, filming, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film.
A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for streaming the show are available now at the following link: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441 .
Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household ...
ICSD Community Letter - April 2, 2021
Greetings ICSD Community,
As the week of Spring Break approaches, I wish to express gratitude for your tireless efforts to support one another, and remind you of available resources to support your well-being. This pandemic has required constant vigilance and flexibility from our school community. May the week ahead provide space for you to care for yourself and be filled with many joyful moments.
New York State has lifted testing and quarantine requirements for domestic travel as of April 1, 2021. Please be advised, the CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people .
Whether you are ...
ICSD Community Letter - March 29, 2021
Greetings ICSD Community,
While navigating this health pandemic, we continue to make the necessary shifts and changes as new data and information emerge. Regardless of the unprecedented events and challenges, our community responds with a student-centered mindset. Today, I’m writing to share some important plans and vision for the remainder of the current academic school year.
At the elementary level, we plan to welcome more students back in-person. We have invested in polycarbonate barriers to allow students to be closer together with protection. If you are a distance learning family in grades PreK-5 and you want to return in person, please call or email your child’s school by Friday, April 2nd. (If you have already notified your child’s school that ...
March 2021 Commendations Ceremony
On March 23, district leadership and the ICSD Board of Education recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the second Commendations Ceremony of the school year. The purpose of the quarterly 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 the ICSD’s Culture of Love.
Congratulations to everyone recognized!
Andrew Lim (IHS Senior): Accepted to the National Association for Music Education Honors Ensemble
Kathryn Cernera (DeWitt English Teacher): Achieved National Board Certification
Saba Weatherspoon and ...
ICSD Community Letter - March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021
Dear ICSD Community,
As we head into the spring, our school community continues to evolve in the midst of many social justice and health challenges. As has been the case the past year, I wish to periodically share news and updates via letters.
This week, and the months previous, have been very difficult as we have witnessed a rise in anti-Asian violence throughout our country. We recently posted this statement of solidarity and support on our website and wish to share it with you today:
“In the Ithaca City School District, we stand united in support for all of our students, staff and families who identify as Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander. We condemn the recent murders of women of Asian ethnicity in Georgia, and the rise ...
Eight IHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
The ICSD is proud to announce that eight Ithaca High School students have met the very high academic standards necessary to advance as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors are now in the process of selecting some 7,500 scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 finalists named. The winners will be announced this spring.
Congratulations and good luck to:
Fenya Deva Bartram
Manjot (Manny) Deol
ICSD Announces "Reimagining" Virtual Gallery
Fine and Performing Arts will be adding a virtual gallery space to the ICSD website for staff to voluntarily share student work and process.
Along with your students, arts educators have physically and psychologically reimagined ways to make music, art, and theatre this year. Despite great loss, value has been found in community, identity, connections, resilience, solidarity, hope.
"Reimagining" is a virtual exhibition of the silver linings, the power of stepping out of the box, recognizing the boundless, healing power of artistic expression, and highlighting what we value.
Similar to the Digital Time Capsule , the gallery space will be categorized into themes where art, music, and performance can be accessed. "Rooms" will ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 recording >>
Conversation with Dr. Luvelle Brown
Sunday, February 21, 8:00-8:45 p.m.
Join Dr. Brown and moderator Meryl Phipps, Executive Director for ...
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 ...
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.