ICSD Distance Learning 2.0
March 31, 2020
Greetings ICSD Families,
Thank you for your words of encouragement and inspiration in these unprecedented times. I continue to be amazed by the selfless acts of kindness our community is showing one another. Also, my humble “thank you” to parents and caregivers who have offered their thoughtful insight on ways our school district (teachers, principals, counselors, support staff, and others) can help support students’ learning and social/emotional needs during this extended closure.
Currently, our educators are engaged in planning for our next phase of instructional delivery, ICSD Distance Learning 2.0. In the event that school is closed for an extended period of time, our goals for this next phase are:
Elementary Distance Learning Pages
Our current distance learning activities for elementary students are now available online, and are arriving in packets to families who requested printed copies. The printed materials are being delivered by members of our transportation department, who are leaving packages on doorsteps.
For all digital materials by grade level and special area, please visit your school’s distance learning webpage at the links below.
Elementary School's Distance Learning Pages
Beverly J. Martin
Please let us know if you have any questions by calling 607-274-2101, or emailing email@example.com .
All Schools Closed Through April 12, 2020
For more information on the school closure, including answers to frequently asked questions, an outline of our preliminary distance learning plan, and details about school meal delivery, visit ithacacityschools.org/coronavirus
March 27, 2020
Greetings, ICSD Community,
As our world grapples with the challenges due to COVID-19, I am reminded of the strength and culture of love present in our community. I am humbled and honored to craft our new path forward together. Thanks to all who have shared their time, perspectives, and expertise as our school district moves forward without students being physically present in our buildings.
Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York State will be ...
March 2020 Commendation Ceremony
On March 10, we recognized the extraordinary achievements of Ithaca City School District students and staff at the second Commendation Ceremony of the 2019-2020 school year.
Held quarterly, the Commendation Ceremony celebrates the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in school, extracurricular activities, or the community. Special recognition is also paid to individuals who embody one or more tenets of the ICSD Culture of Love – patient, honest, caring, forgiving, trusting, committed, and selfless.
Individual and Group Awards
ICSD teachers Patricia Buhr and Jennifer Lory-Moran achieved National Board Certification for Teaching. Read more>>
DeWitt Middle School students Anya Packard and LeAnn Zhu composed an original ...
Two ICSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Two ICSD teachers recently achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
Patti Buhr, who teaches at South Hill Elementary School, and Jennifer Lory-Moran, a mathematics teacher at DeWitt Middle School, recently became the third and fourth ICSD teachers to achieve National Board certification. Statewide, just under 1 percent of teachers are National Board certified.
Candidates for National Board certification are required to meet and maintain a rigorous series of standards; demonstrate evidence of their classroom effectiveness; and exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments, and teaching practice. Teachers must ...
LACS Teacher, Student to Study World War II in Hawaii
A student and teacher from Lehman Alternative Community School are one of just 16 teams selected to travel to Hawai’i this summer to study the impacts of World War II in the Pacific.
LACS teacher Alexandra (Lexi) Hartley and student Naia Peery were chosen to participate in
Lexi Hartley and Naia Peery will travel to
Hawaii in June to study World War II.
Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute , organized by the history non-profit National History Day. In June, they will join 15 other student-teacher teams from the United States mainland, Hawai’i, and American Samoa to explore historic sites from World War II’s Pacific Theatre of Operations. Only 16 teams were selected out of over 120 applications.
Superintendent Brown Selected to Receive Appreciation Award
Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has been selected by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (“The Council”) to receive the 2020 Appreciation Award. This annual award is given in recognition of the extraordinary efforts by members of The Council to improve public education and serve the children in New York State.
Dr. Brown speaking at the 2019 Diversity Symposium of Thought Leaders.
This year, the Appreciation Award will be presented to two individuals, Brown and Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson of the Shenendehowa Central School District, who together established The Council’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity. As co-chairs, Brown and Robinson ...
IHS Fall Scholar-Athletes
At the end of each sports season, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) honors individuals and teams that excel in the classroom with Scholar-Athlete awards.
For fall 2019, 148 IHS students were recognized as Individual Student-Athletes, having received a GPA of 90.00 or above. Additionally, nine Ithaca teams – girls and boys cross country, boys golf, girls and boys soccer, competitive cheerleading, girls swimming and diving, girls tennis, and girls volleyball – received Student-Athlete team recognitions for having 75 percent of their team members earn an average GPA of 90.00 or above.
Click on the image below to view the full list of Ithaca High School's fall 2019 Scholar-Athletes.
Black Lives Matter at School Week, Feb. 3-7
The Ithaca City School District will observe the week of February 3 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 racial justice in education.
For the second year in a row, ICSD educators will join the Black Lives Matter at School movement to further align instructional practices with our commitment to culturally responsive and inclusive education, and to deepen the care and understanding of the lives of our Black ...
Soul of the Earth Third Grade Art Exhibition
On Monday, January 13, third graders from across the district had the opportunity to see their artwork displayed in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center (Kulp Auditorium) and enjoy a concert by the Honey Child Soul Quintet .
The gallery event was a culmination of the Soul of the Earth Art Project, led by teaching artist Elisa S. Keeler. Over the fall, Keeler visited third grade art classes and led students through guided art exploration, using a flute of the Anasazi and Hopi people as a focal point. Students learned about the history of the instrument and the cultural background of the music, and drew on Keeler’s live flute playing as inspiration for their artwork.
“This work with third graders at all eight elementary schools was extremely fulfilling,” Keeler ...
The ICSD is Hiring Bus Drivers!
The Ithaca City School District owns and maintains more than 80 buses, and has a staff of 100 highly-trained and dedicated employees dedicated to providing safe and efficient transportation service for more than 5,700 students. Unfortunately, like many districts across New York State, the ICSD is experiencing a school bus driver shortage.
Driving a school bus is a great occupation for those looking for full or part-time work. Some of the benefits of the job include:
a starting pay of $15.41 per hour for regular drivers and $20.00 per hour for substitute drivers ;
a flexible work schedule;
health, vision, and dental insurance for regular drivers;
paid training for the CDL license provided by the district; and
the opportunity to make a difference in ...
Code Red Robotics
After months of community service and outreach, Ithaca High School’s Code Red Robotics team has transitioned into build season and is gearing up for its February 8 open house.
Founded in 2001, Code Red Robotics is a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics club, composed of and led by IHS students. Every year, the students work together to create a 125-pound robot, designed and built to play a complex game in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Each year, the FRC brings a new challenge; the games may be reminiscent of sports, like soccer or basketball, or completely original.
FIRST released this year’s challenge, a game called Infinite Recharge, on January 4 (watch the official game release video to learn more). ...
EDD Pitch Night
Teams of students in Ithaca High School’s Engineering Design and Development (EDD) class have been hard at work developing solutions to a variety of real-world problems. On December 18, the students pitched those solutions to a panel of judges at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, in hopes of securing a share of $2,500 in funding to help turn their ideas into reality.
EDD, the capstone course of IHS' Project Lead the Way sequence of pre-engineering courses, allows seniors in the program to use previously developed skills – including the application of the design process, use of computer-aided design, coding, and manufacturing – to approach problems as if they were working engineers. After identifying a problem, teams conduct market and historical research and work with mentors ...
December 2019 Commendation Ceremony
On December 10, we recognized the extraordinary achievements of Ithaca City School District students and staff at the first Commendation Ceremony of the 2019-2020 school year!
The purpose of the quarterly ceremonies is to celebrate the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in school, extracurriculars, or the community. Special recognition is also paid to individuals who embody one or more tenets of the ICSD Culture of Love : patient, honest, caring, forgiving, trusting, committed, selfless.
Individual and Group Awards
IHS students Leah Wardlaw , Clara Subin , Emma Loiacono , and Daniel Copeland helped put on a Consent Rocks! benefit concert for the Advocacy Center’s teen activism group, ACTion.
Cayuga Heights ...
IHS Student-Directed One Acts
Don't miss the annual presentation of Ithaca High School student-directed one act plays!
Check Please , directed by Rose Chandler
An upbeat comedy about speed dating
Tracks , directed by Leah Slattery
A dark drama about characters trapped in a subway station for a mysterious reason
IHS Black Box Theatre
Friday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.
A $5 donation is appreciated
"We Dream of a World" Calendars
First grade students in Belle Sherman Elementary's Butterfly Room are selling their full-color 2020 “We Dream of a World” calendars to raise funds for children in need. All proceeds will be donated to organizations supporting basic human rights, including UNICEF (for Yemen), Ithaca Free Clinic, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (e.g. the right to food, education, health care, free expression) as the backdrop of the project, the first graders learned about compassion, kindness, tolerance, and diversity. The artwork and essays contained in the calendars are expressions of the students’ dreams and aspirations.
The Butterfly Room class will hold ...
December 10 is Team ICSD Day!
Team ICSD Day is an annual celebration of our learning organization - a chance to pay tribute to that which makes the Ithaca City School District so special. This year’s Team ICSD Day will focus on our district’s wellness efforts, including physical activity/education, nutrition, health education, athletics, social and emotional learning (SEL), and RULER implementation.
Students and staff will celebrate Team ICSD Day by engaging in practices that promote mental and physical well-being, such as walking meetings, mindfulness activities, community exercises, and spending time in nature. The day will culminate with a vendor fair featuring Tobacco Free Tompkins County, the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, and ENV Insurance Agency. The vendors will be set up ...
Community Conversations on Long-Range Fiscal Planning
Long-Range Fiscal Planning
Brooktondale Community Center
526 Valley Rd., Brooktondale
Southside Community Center
305 S Plain St., Ithaca
Enfield Community Center
182 Enfield Main Rd., Ithaca
Tompkins County Public Library
101 E Green St., Ithaca
The March 17 Community Conversation on Long-Range Fiscal Planning has been canceled.
Over the next several months, the Ithaca City School District will be hosting public conversations at various locations throughout the community.
The purpose of these community conversations is to offer students, families, staff, and neighbors ...
Boynton Drama Club Presents: Into the Woods Jr.
Into the Woods Jr. is a new take on Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairytale about wishes and the choices we make. The Boynton Middle School Drama Club brings this fantastic story to the stage December 12 - 15, 2019.
Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s crooked fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods Jr. features all of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch—in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
The musical centers on a baker and their wife, who ...
IHS Ranked Among Best STEM High Schools in U.S.
Ithaca High School is one of the top high schools in the nation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, according to a ranking by Newsweek .
The ranking, released earlier this month, lists the 500 high schools in the U.S. that best provide students experiences in STEM, while also preparing them for post-secondary success. Ithaca ranked at No. 48 overall – the second best ranking among schools in New York State. The only New York school to rank higher was the Bronx High School of Science.
Newsweek determined its rankings using a points-based system developed by STEM.org, an educational research organization. The scoring system took into account a number of qualitative and quantitative data, collected from 2015 to 2019, related to eight weighted ...