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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 ...
IHS Orchestra Students Perform with Hip Hop Duo IHS Orchestra Students Perform with Hip Hop Duo On October 28, eleven Ithaca High School orchestra students, under the direction of Bill Makin, performed as backup musicians for hip-hop duo Black Violin at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY. The students spent the afternoon in rehearsals, learning what it’s like to play backup for a very different type of performance - one with a DJ, special effects lighting, a fog machine, and many amplifiers!   “It was a new style of music that I’ve never played before, so it was a really new experience,” said 10th-grader Isabel Chang. “At first, it was scary because we were on a big stage with a lot of bright lights and loud music around us...Eventually, the crowd was clapping and dancing, so we felt more comfortable with it.”   The student performers ...
Native American Storyteller Perry Ground Native American Storyteller Perry Ground Native American storyteller Perry Ground visited all eight ICSD elementary schools in October, thanks to a Connecting Classrooms grant from the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI).  Ground, an author and speaker, is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been a storyteller and educator for over 25 years and enjoys working with students of all ages to teach about the history and culture of Native Americans.  During visits to each school, Ground held an engaging and interactive storytelling event for all students, then worked in-depth with fourth-graders to teach them more about the Haudenosaunee and their traditional and modern customs. His traditional stories, learned from elders, highlight the beliefs, traditions, ...
Six ICSD Educators Selected for NYS Master Teacher Program Six ICSD Educators Selected for NYS Master Teacher Program Six Ithaca City School District (ICSD) educators were recently selected to join the New York State Master Teacher Program.   Frederick Deppe and Hallie Snowman of Ithaca High School, Regina Kolb and Chris Martin of Lehman Alternative Community School, Jane Koestler of South Hill Elementary School, and Tanya Kszystyniak of Fall Creek Elementary School were among 275 educators from across the state chosen to join the program this year. The recent selections bring the total number of New York State Master Educators from the ICSD to 20.   The Master Teacher Program began in 2013 as a partnership between Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State University of New York (SUNY), and Math for America. The program supports 980 outstanding public school professionals who teach in the fields ...
Outstanding Achievement for Student Composer Outstanding Achievement for Student Composer Reese Mount performing her original composition, "Through the Hidden Tunnel" with the Boynton Chamber Orchestra, May 2018.  Ninth-grader Reese Mount will be recognized at the NYSSMA Winter Conference for her outstanding composition for orchestra, “Through the Hidden Tunnel.”   Last year, Reese wrote “Through the Hidden Tunnel” as part of the Boynton Orchestra Young Composers Project, which offers special scholarships for  composition to eighth-grade string players. Under the direction of Mark Lewis, the Boynton Chamber Orchestra premiered the piece in May and subsequently performed it at elementary schools and around the community.   Reese submitted “Through the Hidden Tunnel” to NYSSMA’s ...
Co-Curricular Advisory Committee Co-Curricular Advisory Committee   A newly formed community advisory committee is working to increase student engagement in the arts, athletics, and other co-curricular activities. The committee – facilitated by Fine and Performing Arts Director Daphne Shululu and Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little – is examining barriers to participation in co-curricular activities and will explore ways to eliminate them. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” Little said about the collaboration between the athletics  and  arts departments. “It’s not rocket science, but hopefully we’re modeling for the rest of our community what it can look like and feel like. I believe we are exemplifying that inclusive and intentional collaboration between ...
ICSD Safe Schools Plan (Draft) ICSD Safe Schools Plan (Draft) A draft of the Ithaca City School District Safety Plan is now available for public review. The date for a public hearing to discuss the draft plan is yet to be finalized. Please follow the link below to view the plan. A hard copy of the draft is also available at the Superintendent's Office, located in the District Board Building at 400 Lake Street Ithaca, NY. ICSD Safe Schools Plan (Draft)
IHS Teacher Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching IHS Teacher Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Ithaca High School social studies teacher Keith Thompson is one of 38 highly accomplished U.S. teachers awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.   The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). It is an intensive international exchange and professional development program designed to build teachers’ and students’ global competence and to share educational best practices internationally. A highly competitive award, Mr. Thompson was selected based on his teaching experience, academic training, inquiry project proposal, and professional experience.   ...
Anti-Marginalization Design Team Anti-Marginalization Design Team A newly formed anti-marginalization design team is examining how the ICSD’s curriculum can support students in developing anti-racist understandings and practices. About 26 educators are participating in the group’s first cohort, some of whom already met twice over the summer to begin weaving anti-marginalization lessons into the district’s existing case study and project-based learning work at all grade levels. This includes examining how to fit anti-marginalization and anti-racist practices into content standards and instructional strategies, using experiences that are inquiry-based, involve original research, involve fieldwork and collaboration with experts, require students to synthesize learning from multiple disciplines and are in service to global and local ...
Project Innovation Project Innovation Click on thumbnails to enlarge. The first year of Project Innovation – the ICSD’s project-based summer school program – was a great success! The six-week, fully inclusive Project Innovation brought together about 100 students of varied abilities and grade levels at Belle Sherman Elementary. Groups of kindergarten through second graders, third- through fifth-grade students and sixth- through eighth-grade students each tackled a different case study while working on literacy, math and other essential skills. The oldest group of students ...
New Scheduling and Calendar System New Scheduling and Calendar System The Ithaca City School District recently began implementing ML Schedules, a scheduling and calendar system provided through Master Library. Facility Use Requests : the Ithaca City School District encourages community use of school facilities when such use is in the public interest and does not conflict with school activities, and is not detrimental to the purpose of schools. To learn more, and to begin making facility requests, please visit the ICSD Facilities webpage .    * There will be a staff training on the new facility use request software on Tuesday, July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Hancock Street Learning Hub.*   Calendar : reservation listings can be viewed at the following URLs: Calendar View ...



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Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
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