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Cayuga Nation Connection Cayuga Nation Connection LACS Service Class with members of the Cayuga Nation                    Click thumbnail to enlarge Story by Jon Raimon, LACS Social Studies Teacher The Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) Service Class has a longstanding relationship with the Cayuga Nation. Since the early 2000s, the class has supported the Cayuga Farm near Union Springs, N.Y. More recently, the class has also worked as allies with the Cayuga School House.   The mission of the Cayuga School House is to revitalize the Gayogohono (Cayuga) language and culture. Young adults are learning the language and culture, and they are raising their children in this tradition. This is a critical undertaking because, as Cayuga Faithkeeper Steve Henhawk ...
ICSD Recognized for Commitment to Music Education ICSD Recognized for Commitment to Music Education The Ithaca City School District 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 seventh consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation.  The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education.  Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.  The ICSD was one of just 623 school districts nationwide to receive this honor. The BCME program, now in its 20th year, evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing, commitment ...
IHS Drama Club Presents: RENT IHS Drama Club Presents: RENT Ithaca High School Drama Club Presents: RENT School Edition By Jonathan Larson Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical & Pulitzer Prize for Drama Suggested for students 12 or older. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent School Edition follows a year in the life of a group of young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Friday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. Kulp Auditorium, 1401 N. Cayuga Street   Purchase tickets :  https://ihsdramaclub.ticketleap.com/rent-school-edition-by-jonathan-larson/ $8 students/ $12 adults
ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown to be Recognized as Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown to be Recognized as Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown will be honored by the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Council with its prestigious Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen Award. The award recognizes individuals who set positive examples for others and who demonstrate concern and significant care for their communities. As this year’s honoree, Dr. Brown will be recognized by business and community leaders for his significant achievements and service to the community and its youth. Dr. Brown has invested a lifetime in mentoring youth and has served as the ICSD Superintendent of Schools since 2011. “Living and working in Tompkins County is a great privilege and honor,” said Luvelle Brown. “To have my love, commitment, and service to this ...
2019-2020 Academic Calendar Draft Now Available 2019-2020 Academic Calendar Draft Now Available March 27, 2019 The 2019-2020 Academic Calendar Draft is now available to view. To view the draft calendar click here: 2019-20 Academic Calendar DRAFT To give feedback on the draft calendar, click the link below, scroll to "Superintendent's Corner", and select "Give Feedback on the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar"  Give Feedback on the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar Draft
DeWitt Seventh-Graders Celebrate Pi Day DeWitt Seventh-Graders Celebrate Pi Day On March 14 (3.14), seventh-grade students and teachers from DeWitt Middle School participated in a variety of learning activities in celebration of Pi Day.   Math teachers Jennifer Lory-Moran and Elizabeth Ballistrea planned a fun day for students to explore what the mathematical constant pi is and how it’s used. The students learned some of the vocabulary and history associated with pi; observed how pi was used as the constant of proportionality for calculating the circumference of a circle; and did a pi webcast.   The students also competed in a number of fun pi-related challenges. Prizes were awarded to the students who came closest to estimating the number of pennies that would fit along the three-point arc on a basketball court, and to LeAnn Zhu, who memorized ...
The Memory Project The Memory Project Ithaca High School Art Students Practice Kindness and Global Awareness For the tenth year in a row, Ithaca High School students in Carol Spence’s Drawing & Painting class had the opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness through the Memory Project.   The Memory Project is a non-profit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits of youth from around the world who are facing or overcoming substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. The portraits are intended to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future.   This year, Spence’s class received ...
March 2019 Commendations March 2019 Commendations On March 12, the ICSD Board of Education and Superintendent Brown recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the second Commendation Ceremony of the school year. The purpose of the 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 one or more of the tenets of the ICSD’s Culture of Love : honest, caring, forgiving, trusting, committed, and selfless. Culture of Love Awards Selfless and committed : third graders from Enfield Elementary engaged in a self-driven case study investigating the plastic waste and water waste associated with disposable cup usage in the school. The students then partnered ...
Virtual Reality in the ICSD Virtual Reality in the ICSD The recent deployment of virtual reality (VR) technology throughout the Ithaca City School District has engaged students in a whole new way. Through educational VR programs, students can experience interactive lessons on topics like landforms, anatomy, and outer space. Teachers are being introduced to VR programs and encouraged to find ways to implement it in their lessons. At the secondary level, students are given opportunities to test out the technology, and some are even learning to set it up independently. The VR setups allow students to experience a variety of educational activities, artistic pursuits, simulations, and games – immersing them in their lessons while also fostering an interest in technology. Google Earth allows students to drop in anywhere in the world, ...
Meet the ICSD's New Health and Wellness Coordinator Meet the ICSD's New Health and Wellness Coordinator Kari Burke, Coordinator of Health Services and Wellness As the ICSD’s new Coordinator of Health Services and Wellness, Kari Burke hopes to expand the department’s focus on overall wellness for students and the larger district community. Burke, a native of the Syracuse area with a background in public health, began working with the district in January. In her role, she’ll oversee school nurses, medical management and support for students, and health and safety guidance for the ICSD community. Burke was most recently employed at SUNY Upstate Medical University. There, she implemented projects to improve access and quality of care under New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, which aims to reform the state’s ...
Black Lives Matter at School Black Lives Matter at School The Ithaca City School District will observe the week of February 4-8, 2019 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. This year, educators in the ICSD 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 ...
ICSD Water Update ICSD Water Update Since August 2015, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been working with the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that students and staff in all buildings have access to safe drinking water.   The ICSD Facilities Department is finalizing the installation of new faucets, piping, and filtered bottle filler/drinking fountains in every elementary school. Results from routine tests have been favorable, indicating that water can be consumed from the new faucets and fountains. Therefore, beginning February 25, 2019 the drinking fountains at most elementary schools will be turned on for consumption . We will also continue to provide bottled water in high volume areas ...
IHS Offering New IHS Offering New "Math Principles of Robotics" Course Starting 2019-2020 A new course offering in Ithaca High School’s mathematics department aims to expose more students to computer science, particularly those from underrepresented demographics in STEM fields. Computer science pioneer Edsger Dijkstra said, “The question of whether machines can think is about as interesting as the question of whether submarines can swim.” The semester-long Math Principles of Robotics will give students the tools to teach computers how to think, allowing them to apply algebra and geometry concepts in new ways by building and coding Lego robots. Students will have the opportunity to code while actively engaging with math and seeing how algebra and geometry lessons can be used in real-world ways. After initial teacher-guided assignments, students ...
NEW Culture of Love Website NEW Culture of Love Website Please contribute to the Ithaca City School District webpage devoted to our Culture of Love. This web instance will document the many ways in which our students, staff, parents, caregivers, and community members are cultivating a positive and transformational organizational culture.   Every day we witness folks in our school community who exemplify the seven tenets of our Culture of Love: patient, honest, caring, forgiving, trusting, committed, and selfless. The new website is a space where everyone can share and celebrate stories and artifacts that represent our organization.   Visit www.icsdcultureoflove.com and help us build our Culture of Love, one story at a time!    You can navigate to the Culture of Love website from any page on the ICSD ...
ICSD Adding Text Messaging Capability ICSD Adding Text Messaging Capability The Ithaca City School District is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger Communicate, the system it currently uses to call and email families. The new service will allow schools to send parents and guardians important informational text messages about events, school closings, safety alerts, and more, directly to their mobile devices.   Any ICSD parent or guardian who wishes to participate in this service need only to: (i) verify that their wireless phone number is on file and listed as the first number in SchoolTool, the district’s student information system; and (ii) opt in at any time from their wireless device by texting “Y” or “Yes” to the district’s short code number, 67587. Those who need to add, change, or rerank their ...
Oracy: Giving Students a Voice Oracy: Giving Students a Voice You may know all too well, that anxious feeling that comes when you have to explain your point of view or make a presentation in front of a group. Public speaking is not something that comes naturally to most people, but it is an important life skill not only in school but for success in the workplace, within families, and in social contexts. This year, enhancing communication skills is an equity issue that the ICSD has taken on as one of its initiatives.   For the past several months, teachers and administrators have been participating in district-wide workshops on strategies to integrate oracy -- the ability to express oneself fluently and grammatically in speech -- into their various disciplines. While there has been increased emphasis on reading, writing, and math achievement, ...
IHS Visual Culture 2018 Exhibition IHS Visual Culture 2018 Exhibition Exhibited in Kulp Auditorium through December 21 The art students at Ithaca High School want to talk about what they know, see, and feel through their art. Their images are personal portraits and perspectives of the environment, their friends, and their imagination. Text and images, faces and places, abstract and real are presented as a visual dialogue of these young artists' lives.  The artworks in this exhibit were created this year by students in Drawing and Painting, Studio Art, Media Arts, and AP Studio Art.  
Beverly J. Martin Students Awarded in Art Competition Beverly J. Martin Students Awarded in Art Competition Six fifth-grade students from Beverly J. Martin Elementary School were recently honored at the 2018 Tompkins County Human Rights Arts Competition awards ceremony for their visual art submissions.   Marcel and Miles Bolks won first place for “A right to free movement;” second place was awarded to James Oxendine for “Right to education;” Josie Phipps received third place for “I am not a number;” and Honorable Mention was awarded to Syncere Rivera for “Free And fair World” and Annie Doyle for “House of rainbow food.”   The annual arts competition is open to all Tompkins County youth in grades K-12 and calls for submissions of original artwork - in the form of visual art, poetry, or film - that express one or more ...
Community Conversations on 2019 Capital Project and ICSD Equity Report Card Community Conversations on 2019 Capital Project and ICSD Equity Report Card The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will be engaging the public over the next couple of months in community conversations focused on the upcoming capital project and the ICSD Equity Report Card. Community conversations offer students, families, staff, and community members opportunities to share visions of success for the school district and propose thoughtful improvement strategies.   2019 Capital Project Community Conversations On May 21, 2019, ICSD voters will have the opportunity to approve an approximately $100 million, ten-year-long capital project that will enhance safety and security, upgrade teaching and learning spaces, and improve infrastructure across the district. As it moves through the capital project planning process, the ICSD seeks to engage and receive input ...
November 2018 Commendations November 2018 Commendations On November 13, the ICSD Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown recognized the extraordinary achievements of students, staff, and community members at the first Commendation Ceremony of the 2018-2019 school year. The purpose of the quarterly ceremonies is to celebrate the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in academics, the arts, sports, and the community.   Those recognized at the ceremony include: Fourteen National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists Keith Thompson , recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching fellowship Cindy Ceracche , recipient of the NYS Association of School Nurses Excellence in School Nursing Award Frederick Deppe, Hallie Snowman, Regina Kolb, Chris Martin, Jane Koestler, and ...



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