New Elementary Learning Maps Center Student Voice and Provide Restorative Reflection for Teachers
In the summer of 2021, a group of Ithaca City School District (ICSD) elementary teachers gathered to think critically about what shifts could be made to enhance elementary learning. In collaboration with the Equity Consulting Group , the team’s initial efforts have since evolved into a massive project to evaluate exactly what is engaging to students in regard to content and skills. The team is also working to build out a system that captures existing and emerging curriculum and practice to better support teachers in their lesson planning. Ultimately, the group is hoping this project empowers students to make sense of who they are and safely question the world around them.
The Learning Maps leaders gather to think critically about the stories
ICSD e-Insider is BACK!
The ICSD e-Insider Returns
We are so excited to bring back the ICSD e-Insider, which we're repurposing to provide regular updates on Learning Forward ICSD, the district's three-year approach to academic and social-emotional learning!
You can view the latest issue here: January 2023 ICSD e-Insider
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KickOff! High School Robotics Team Starts Robot Construction
By Jennifer Zhao, 22-23 PR Officer | email@example.com
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team Code Red has kicked off a new season! On Saturday January 7th, 89 students, 16 mentors and advisors gathered at Ithaca High School, to watch the release of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game called “Charged Up”.
"It's scary not knowing what to expect going before the season but when it was revealed at Kickoff I was so excited!" said Annalise Thompson, one of the team’s two Build Team Managers and Vice Presidents, “I think this is my favorite game yet.”
This year’s competition involves picking up cones and cubes, and arranging them on ...
ICSD Commendation Ceremony January 2023
On January 10, district leadership and the ICSD Board of Education recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the first Commendation Ceremony of the 2022-2023 school year! ( Check out photos of the event on Instagram )
The purpose of the quarterly Commendation 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!
DeWitt Orchestra Section Leaders – working tirelessly to advance orchestra
Winners of the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission 2022 Arts Contest
Henry Bopp (6 th grade) - winner of ...
LACS Proudly Presents "The Addams Family"
January 27-29 | LACS Gym
Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m.
Join us for a hilariously quirky look into the lives of your favorite Addams characters as they navigate love, heartbreak, and Wednesday growing up. Will love triumph? Will Wednesday get her happily ever after? Come find out! Admission is free, and donations are appreciated.
111 Chestnut Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics: Andrew Orchestrations, Larry Hochman
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY School Edition A NEW MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance ...
5 IHS Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2023 annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among the semifinalists are 5 Ithaca High School seniors:
The semifinalists now have an opportunity to continue competing for National Merit Scholarships which will be awarded in the spring. Congratulations to these awesome scholars!
ICSD Computer Science Collaborative Fosters Inclusive Computing Culture for All Students
The ICSD Computer Science (CS) Collaborative is comprised of a group of educators and students districtwide who gather quarterly to focus on expanding equitable, high-quality computer science learning opportunities for students, particularly those underrepresented in computing.
On December 5 (the first day of CS Education Week ), the Collaborative met in Upper York at IHS to celebrate the work created so far this year, engage in several computer science-focused stations, and share developments from throughout the district.
Northeast Elementary Library Media Specialist, Meg Hulburt, taught students to develop a 3-D Design using a program called Tinkercad . The students developed original ID badge holders to be 3-D printed and mailed back to them.
Public Hearing on the Code of Conduct
Thank you to everyone who engaged with us during our public hearing on the Code of Conduct. Your input is invaluable, and we will be taking all of it into consideration.
Weren't able to attend? View a recording of the public hearing and see additional ways to provide feedback below.
Additional Ways to Provide Feedback
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Prioritizing Healthy Learners: School Meals Update
December 8, 2022
Dear ICSD Community,
At the start of the ‘22-’23 school year, we, unfortunately, reported the USDA’s decision to no longer provide free breakfast and lunch to all of our students. We realize that this policy (enacted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic) was not only hugely popular, but incredibly helpful to all ICSD families. We understand that the return of this additional expense has been difficult for many, and our district does not take this lightly.
We have explored many different options that center access to healthy meals because we know that a learner's access to food directly impacts their education. First and foremost, as part of the Prohibition Against Meal Shaming , our district has, and will continue to provide a meal ...
ICSD Honors Indigenous Excellence, Advocacy, and Empowerment Through Project-Based Learning
Native American Heritage Month serves as a crucial opportunity to acknowledge both the painful history of dispossession and violence that Indigenous Americans have experienced and the resilience and vitality of Indigenous communities past and present who persist against great odds.
ICSD campuses occupy the traditional lands of the Gayogohó:no, or Cayuga Nation . The Gayogohó:no are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of the ICSD, New York State, and the United States of America.
Throughout the school year, Paul Heiland and Jill Kautz, American history teachers at Ithaca High School, focus their teaching on the recognition that ...
IHS Robotics Team Launches a New Season
Article by Jennifer Zhao, 10th grader at Ithaca High School
Code Red Robotics of Ithaca High School has kicked off a new school year!
As part of the worldwide organization, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), Code Red Robotics builds robots and participates in competitions. Typically, Code Red team members build a 125-pound robot during the course of two months every school year in accordance with that year’s theme and competition challenges.
This year, Code Red welcomed 49 new members, raising total membership to 85 student engineers.
Code Red Robotics is led by seven officers: Emerson Schryver, President; Annalise Thompson and Wali Afridi, Vice Presidents/Build Team Managers; Alex Elia, Community Outreach; Celene Sahoo, Treasurer; ...
ICSD Pre-K Builds A Strong Foundation: Diverse, Inclusive, Play-Based Learning
Early childhood education is fundamental to the development of young learners. The ICSD’s Pre-K Program celebrates the joys and wonders of our diverse community of students.
The Program's approach to learning is grounded in an understanding that play is a child’s work; research is clear that play helps a child develop language, executive functions, mathematics, scientific thinking, and crucial social/emotional skills. The ICSD’s early childhood educators are committed to providing an inclusive school experience that recognizes and affirms the various backgrounds, abilities and interests of students, and recognizes that family partnerships only strengthen the Pre-K experience.
This summer, the ICSD’s Pre-K Summer ...
Update on Busing
Dear ICSD Community,
We hope everyone is enjoying a happy, healthy start to the '22-'23 school year. As we near the end of September, we wanted to update our community regarding transportation.
The start of the school year always brings its fair share of challenges as we all adjust to new routines. Our bus drivers have a steep learning curve, as they work to learn new routes and new faces. As is the case most years, many of our bus drivers are not only new to the district, but new to Ithaca, and are learning to navigate new roads and landscapes.
Each year, we anticipate some lag time in pick-up and drop-off of our learners, and typically by the end of the first month of school, our buses are operating smoothly and on time. This school year ...
Welcome Back, ICSD!
Dear Ithaca City School District Community,
The 2022-2023 school year is officially here! We are excited to welcome learners back into classrooms with a renewed sense of purpose and optimism. For the first time in two years, our students can return to school with increased flexibility regarding our operations around COVID-19. While we know that the pandemic continues to impact all of our lives in profound ways, we feel empowered in our ability to support everyone to achieve their full potential.
Key to this confident feeling is Learning Forward ICSD , which is the driving force behind our work as we begin the academic school year. Our three-year approach to academic and social-emotional learning helps us to center our work and provide an inclusive roadmap ...
The ICSD Receives $420,000 Annual Grant to Fund Project Innovation: Cultivating Connections
The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been awarded a five-year grant at $420,000 a year to provide summer learning experiences for students. Project Innovation: Cultivating Connections serves over 325 elementary and middle school students. The program is open to all students with integrated support for those who receive special education and English as a New Language (ENL) services. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided.
Project Innovation: Cultivating Connections aims to create an unparalleled learning experience for students and empowers them to be leaders in creating the programming and curriculum they need to succeed: "...the summer program centers students as partners in designing project-based units of studies where students grow their identities as scientists, ...
Administrative Shifts 2022-2023
Beverly J. Martin Elementary
Jacqueline Richardson, who most recently served as an associate principal at Ithaca High School, has been appointed as the new principal of Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.
Principal Richardson first joined the ICSD in 2004 to teach art at Cayuga Heights and South Hill elementary schools and then taught visual arts at Ithaca High School from 2005 to 2008. She then relocated to the Harlem Village Academy Charter High School for two years, where she served as a visual arts teacher and ninth-grade team leader. In 2010, Ms. Richardson returned to Ithaca High School, teaching visual ...
Nicole LaFave Resigns from ICSD Board of Education
Ithaca City School District board member, Nicole LaFave, has submitted a resignation from the board of education. Nicole LaFave’s term is set to expire June 2024. Discussion regarding the vacancy will be held at an upcoming school board meeting.
Public recognition and acknowledgment of Nicole’s years of service, contributions, and dedication to the school district will also be held at an upcoming school board meeting.
ICSD Community Letter - May 25, 2022
Dear ICSD Community,
There are no words to express the horror of the most recent acts of violence in our country. The senseless, hate-filled deaths of children, teachers, shop-goers, and church-goers in predominantly Black, Latino, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities hurt our hearts. These events have become all too common, and yet we can never become desensitized to such despicable violence.
As we process these tragedies, we must do so in community with each other. First, please check in with yourself and reflect. ICSD employees continue to have access to the Employee Assistance Program . If you are an adult supporting healing conversations, connect with other adults to process your own feelings and plan for discussions with students. Know that students ...
Communication Regarding the May 17 Budget Vote and School Board Election
The Ithaca City School District wishes to thank our community for their continued support of our budget and participation in the election process. The District also would like to clarify certain information regarding yesterday’s school board election and budget vote.
Each ballot correctly directed voters to choose “up to four candidates.” However, due to a clerical error at some polling locations, signage incorrectly stated to choose “up to three candidates.” Approximately one hour after the polls opened, the District became aware of these signs and called all Poll Site Managers to correct or remove them.
Additionally, on the evening before the election, the District learned that Benjamin Mumford-Zisk was not an eligible Board of Education candidate ...
Ithaca High School's Trumble Named Secondary Principal of the Year
Ithaca High School principal Jason Trumble will be named the Region 9 Secondary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS).
The prestigious award is given annually to a SAANYS member who has distinguished themselves as a middle or high school principal and who--
sets the pace, character, and quality of education for the children in their school;
is a practicing principal (of at least three years) who is committed to excellence;
has made a commitment to parents and the community; and
has shown evidence of outstanding contributions to the community and the educational process.
“Jason Trumble has demonstrated for decades ...