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IHS Graduate's Artwork Selected for Inclusion in the 2021 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit IHS Graduate's Artwork Selected for Inclusion in the 2021 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit Ithaca High School's Leah Henseler was recently selected by the College Board for inclusion in the 2021 Advanced Art (AP) Art and Design Digital Exhibit. This year's exhibit features high-quality student artworks exploring creativity, innovation in artmaking and thinking, critical thinking through inquiry, process and practice, and excellence in skill. Two of Leah's sculptures, one of which is pictured below, were selected for inclusion. "Leah's sculpture explores the dynamic between humans and nature, woodgrain textures and ocean waves, the form, function, and beauty of everyday objects," IHS Fine Arts Chair Carol Spence said. "She is an artistic force of nature, Leah Henseler." Leah, who graduated from IHS in May, is ...
Two IHS Lacrosse Players Earn All-American Two IHS Lacrosse Players Earn All-American Ithaca High School girls lacrosse players Alecia Nicholas and Shea Baker have been named USA Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Team goalie Nicholas finished the 2021 season with an 11-2 record, giving up only 59 goals total, for a per-game average of 4.5. A 2021 IHS graduate, Nicholas will attend and play lacrosse at the University of North Carolina next year. “It has been a pleasure to watch Alecia grow as a scholar-athlete on and off the field these past four years,” Ithaca City School District Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little said. “Alecia is a natural leader with tremendous love and passion for her teammates and the game of lacrosse.” “Alecia has an incredible work ethic and strives to be the best that she can be on and ...
ICSD BookMobile: Cultivating Connections ICSD BookMobile: Cultivating Connections The ICSD BookMobile will be bringing library services to our children in areas where there is a need this summer, thanks to funding from a Farm to Table grant. Through the BookMobile, we will be able to cultivate connections with students and families. This is one small way to take away barriers of access and give more ICSD students equitable opportunities to read, research, and communicate information. The BookMobile will stop at three locations every Wednesday through September 1 . Please note that the exact times and locations may change throughout the summer as camps end and we learn more about how we can best serve our communities. July 14 through July 28 Enfield Community Center 8:15-8:45 ...
Ithaca Children's Garden and ICSD Transportation Staff Deliver Container Garden Kits to Students Ithaca Children's Garden and ICSD Transportation Staff Deliver Container Garden Kits to Students Last month, the Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) sent home Container Garden kits to all students participating in the ICSD Farm to Table program this summer. Each kit contains a 6-pack of basil, nasturtium, kale, and chard baby plants, a 5-gallon container, potting soil mixed with worm casting, and a guide to setting up and caring for the Container Garden. The ICG also has also posted videos and other activities on their website to help students and families learn more about growing their own vegetables. This initiative was made possible by a Farm to Table grant, the Ithaca Children’s Garden, and ICSD transportation staff, who delivered the Container Garden kits to families’ homes. ...
June 2021 Commendations June 2021 Commendations On June 8, district leadership and the ICSD Board of Education recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the final 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! Raia Gutman  (IHS junior) and Colleen Kremmelbein  (IHS English teacher): Created and developed the IHS Creative Writing Club Maggie Trumble (IHS senior): Recipient of the Tompkins County Distinguished Youth Award ...
Summer Meals for Kids 2021 Summer Meals for Kids 2021 FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS 18 AND YOUNGER All meal pickup sites operate Monday through Friday . The site locations, service times, and other details are listed below, along with the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement . For additional information, contact the SFSP Office at 274-2234 or 274-2302. Jennifer Doolittle, Operations Manager Beth Krause, Program Administrator   Northside Community Center 625 Hancock Street Hot Meals  |  July 6 - September 2 Breakfast - 8:00-10:30 Lunch - 11:00-1:30 ...
2021 IHS Graduate Wins National Merit Scholarship 2021 IHS Graduate Wins National Merit Scholarship Jakin Ng, a January 2021 graduate of Ithaca High School, has been awarded a National Merit $2500 Scholarship. Ng, who will go on to study math and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall, is one of only 2,500 “Merit Scholars” named in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, and are the competition finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program began last October, with the PSAT/NMSQT serving as an initial screen of program entrants. The 17,000 highest-scoring participants in each state, ...
The Bands of IHS Perform The Bands of IHS Perform "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" In observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May, the Bands of Ithaca High School produced a virtual performance of "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance. The video will be used, along with the Sir Duke Inspiration Project , as part of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra's 2nd-grade outreach program. Enjoy!  
Students of Color United (SOCU) Summit Students of Color United (SOCU) Summit On Friday, May 21, BIPOC students from Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School, and Ithaca High School gathered for a day of affirmation, scholarship, joy, and artful expression. The student-led summit featured live performances, community organizations, college resources, and more. Listen to some of the student organizers and attendees discuss the SOCU Summit at the May 25 Board of Education meeting below and check out photos from the event on our Facebook page .
Immediately Hiring Classroom Collaboration Substitutes, Substitute Aides, and Substitute TAs Immediately Hiring Classroom Collaboration Substitutes, Substitute Aides, and Substitute TAs   Interested in helping to support  more  in-person learning for students in grades 6-12 for the rest of the school year? See below for more information! Can you provide supervision and instructional support Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays all day? Apply for a position as a Classroom Collaboration Substitute (CCS) for the remainder of the school year  here .  Can you support lunch supervision? Apply for a position as a Substitute Teacher Aide or Teaching Assistant  here . Also, be sure to reach out to the specific school principal where you'd like to support to let them know you've applied, and are available to work.  
Emergency Broadband Benefit Enrollment Emergency Broadband Benefit Enrollment Enrollment in the Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open! The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program intended to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Who is Eligible A household is eligible if a member of the household meets  one  of the criteria below: Has an income that is at or below 135% of the 
DeWitt NJHS Hosting Blue Food Cabinet DeWitt NJHS Hosting Blue Food Cabinet The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at DeWitt Middle School is hosting a blue food cabinet on the school's campus! Similar pantries can be found all around Ithaca and are filled with food donations for those who may be having a hard time with food insecurity. The NJHS cabinet is located on the trail between DeWitt and Northeast Elementary. Anyone in the community may drop off non-perishable goods, and anyone may take from it. This will be an ongoing donation site through the seasons and years, so please spread the word! For more information on local food sharing cabinets, visit mutualaidtompkins.com/food-sharing/locations . ...
Enfield Students Persuade Mayor to Recognize May 6 as Children’s Day in Ithaca 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 .) The ...
ICSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for 9th Consecutive Year 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 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 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 ...
March 2021 Commendations Ceremony 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 ...
Eight IHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists 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: Heewon Ahn Fenya Deva Bartram Manjot (Manny) Deol Jack Frazier Andrew Lim Jakin Ng Luke Shan Anna Westwig
ICSD Announces 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 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 ...



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