Skip to main content
Ithaca Schools - click for home 
Ithaca City Schools - click for home
 
QUICK LINKS
Digital Time Capsule
Reopen ICSD | Reopening FAQs
Retiree Benefits
School Closure / COVID-19
Summer Meals Program

District News

Next >>       Viewing 1 - 20 of 63 stories
Outdoor Facilities Open for Public Use Outdoor Facilities Open for Public Use On July 6, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) reopened its outdoor facilities for public use, including low-risk youth sports, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. The district will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the health and safety of children, families and the community.  Group outdoor facility use requests will be managed through ML Schedules, which can be accessed on the ICSD website at ithacacityschools.org/facilities . Those who wish to submit an outdoor facility use request will need to review and confirm their understanding of and commitment to health and safety requirements on behalf of their group or organization. These include, but are not limited to, groups of no more than ...
Return Your Textbooks and Library Books to the Tompkins County Public Library! Return Your Textbooks and Library Books to the Tompkins County Public Library! The Ithaca City School District and the Tompkins County Public Library have collaborated to provide a central location for ICSD student text and library book return! All ICSD books that need to be returned should be brought to the Tompkins County Public Library (101 East Green Street, Ithaca) and dropped in the book return labeled "OPEN."  
July 18 ACT Exam Canceled July 18 ACT Exam Canceled In accordance with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Order 202.45, all school buildings are closed until July 26, 2020. As a result, the ACT exam scheduled for July 18, 2020 at Ithaca High School will not be administered. Click here to read a letter from Ithaca High School Principal, Jason Trumble.
ICSD Announces Sealing of Digital Time Capsule ICSD Announces Sealing of Digital Time Capsule The digital time capsule was created in an effort to capture the creative and innovative ways Team ICSD students and staff expressed themselves during distance learning.   The capsule is composed of over 275 art pieces, created in a variety of mediums; multiple video selections of asynchronous or independent music projects, including original compositions, arrangements, solos, duets, musical excerpts, and original music videos; student poetry; student live-action and animated videos; student-athlete celebrations; staff videos; and finally, virtual performances from secondary and elementary music groups, including the Ithaca High School chorus, band, orchestra, and jazz band.   All of these projects were created first, in the homes of students, ...
ICSD Appoints Director of Special Education, Principal of Cayuga Heights ICSD Appoints Director of Special Education, Principal of Cayuga Heights On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved two administrative appointments for the 2020-2021 school year.  Jennifer Gondek, who currently serves as a Master Educator for Inclusion (MEI) at Enfield and Northeast elementary schools, has been appointed as the district’s new Director of Special Education. Prior to joining the ICSD in 2019, Gondek worked for eight years as an Instructional Specialist for Inclusion at TST BOCES, supporting component districts in the areas of inclusive education, literacy, behavioral support, special education regulation, and more. Gondek also has over a decade of diverse teaching experience, having worked in various states as a special education teacher, elementary teacher, student support teacher, ...
Budget Vote and Election Results Budget Vote and Election Results The results of the 2020 Ithaca City School District Budget Vote and School Board Election listed below have been certified and adopted by the ICSD Board of Education.   Proposition No. 1     Proposed 2020-2021 Annual District Budget YES Votes: 5,526 NO Votes: 1,682 Passed with 76.66%   Proposition No. 2     Appropriation and Expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds YES Votes: 5,606 NO Votes: 1,563 Passed with 78.20%   School Board Election : Sean Eversley Bradwell, Christopher Malcolm, and Patricia Wasyliw, having received the highest number of votes, are confirmed as elected to the ICSD Board of Education, each for a three-year ...
Junior Solar Sprint Goes Virtual During Distance Learning Junior Solar Sprint Goes Virtual During Distance Learning For members of DeWitt Middle School’s chapter of Technology Student Association (TSA), springtime means gearing up for one of the club’s competition activities, the Junior Solar Sprint. But with the extended school closure, TSA members focused this year on bringing the hands-on solar car building project to middle schoolers at home. Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is an engaging way to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with problem-solving skills and creativity. The project involves designing and building a fast, solar-powered car and racing it along a 20-meter course. TSA members typically design their cars and race them at competitions. But with distance learning in effect and those competitions canceled due to COVID-19, TSA members ...
2019-2020 Ithaca High School Awards 2019-2020 Ithaca High School Awards The awards are recognizing the stellar accomplishments of some members of the Ithaca High School student body.  There are many awards given in honor of special and memorable people.  We don’t take lightly that many awards are in memory of loved ones that have passed, and we hope to do them justice by investing in the futures of Ithaca’s youth. Several awards are meaningful and it is rewarding to see the students that will become a continuation of those stories.  We hope that students appreciate the fact that a donor or organization read through a long list of candidates, and they saw potential in you.  All awards highlight students that embody qualities of dedication, perseverance, and a sense of community. Families, community award ...
FABG Announces Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner FABG Announces Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner Nikolay Fontanez-Vargas was named as the recipient of the 2020 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts.  The Ithaca High School (IHS) Underclassmen Awardees are being announced online. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an IHS student who has not only participated in performing arts at the high school level but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit.  The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an IHS student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 2006. In his short time at the high school, Lee became a standout in the drama department after playing the leading role of George Gibbs in Our Town. “Lee was a promising young actor to be sure, but what made him so well-loved was his constant smile, ...
Retiree Insurance Update: Anticipated Medicare Plan Transition Retiree Insurance Update: Anticipated Medicare Plan Transition After carefully reviewing a proposal from Aetna Insurance, the ICSD is considering transitioning all Medicare-eligible retirees from The Hartford Plan to the  Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan . We are confident that Aetna's plan offers  at least as good  benefits as The Hartford's and that transitioning to the new plan would slow the growth of health insurance costs to ICSD taxpayers and employee/retiree premiums significantly in the initial year of coverage. The anticipated transition date is  January 1, 2021 . The ICSD and ENV Insurance Agency will host  virtual town hall meetings on June 12 and June 16  to present details of the Aetna plan and answer questions. In anticipation of the town hall meetings, please send questions you would ...
Distance Learning Surveys for Caregivers and Staff Distance Learning Surveys for Caregivers and Staff Beginning June 15, ICSD caregivers and staff are invited to complete our Distance Learning Surveys. The surveys take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be open through June 21 . The Distance Learning Surveys are managed by K12 Insight, a third-party research and communications firm. Your answers are 100% confidential . Reports will not identify individuals, and only overall data will be shown. No one in the Ithaca City School District or at the school level will know if you participated unless you identify yourself in the open-ended comments. Caregiver Survey ICSD parents and caregivers will receive an email invitation to complete the Distance Learning Survey on June 15. The survey can also be accessed here:  survey.k12insight.com/r/1920DLCaregivers . ...
Extension of Deadline to Receive Absentee Ballots by Mail Extension of Deadline to Receive Absentee Ballots by Mail June 8, 2020 -  New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an Executive Order extending the deadline for school districts to receive absentee ballots returned by mail to June 16, 2020. Ballots may be delivered by hand to the District Office at 400 Lake Street until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. Ballots may continue to be mailed and will be received by mail until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.   The “closing of the polls” will occur at 5:00 p.m. on June 16, at which time, election inspectors will begin counting the ballots. Ballots that are postmarked on or prior to June 16 but not received by 5:00 p.m. on June 16 cannot be counted.
ICSD Community Letter - June 3, 2020 ICSD Community Letter - June 3, 2020 Dear ICSD community,  As we have been grappling with the violent displays of racial oppression over the past weeks, months, years, centuries, we are reminded of a quote by Ibram X. Kendi, the author of How to Be an Antiracist : “A racist is someone who is supporting a racist policy through their action or inaction. No one becomes a racist or antiracist. We can only strive to be one or the other. Antiracism requires self-persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination.” We are hopeful that the students and adults in the Ithaca City School District are on a journey to becoming anti-racist educators and people. To do so, it is imperative that we all reflect, learn, and act.  We strongly encourage our community to explore the ...
IHS Student Wins 2020 National Merit Scholarship IHS Student Wins 2020 National Merit Scholarship Mae and her family at the girls' soccer senior night celebration last fall. Mae Conuel, a senior at Ithaca High School, has been awarded a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Mae, who will study computer science at the University of Central Florida in the fall, is one of only 2,500 scholarship winners chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. The winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, and are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  The 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2018 with the PSAT/NMSQT serving as ...
NYS Seal of Biliteracy Students Give Virtual Final Presentations NYS Seal of Biliteracy Students Give Virtual Final Presentations ICSD seniors working toward the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recently gave virtual culminating presentations, the final step in a rigorous process to receive the Seal of Biliteracy on their Regents diploma. The seal denotes that a student has demonstrated high proficiency in one or more world languages in addition to English. This year, over 20 students from Ithaca High School and Lehman Alternative Community School completed projects in languages including Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Mongolian, Arabic, Bosnian, French, German, Vietnamese, and Dutch. For the culminating project, students conduct research on a topic, keep a bilingual journal documenting their progress, write a final paper reflecting on the project, and prepare and give a presentation ...
New End Dates for 2019-2020 School Year New End Dates for 2019-2020 School Year On Thursday, May 21, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved a modification for an early end to the 2019-2020 academic calendar. Along with other districts in the region, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring remote instruction through the April spring break, the ICSD is positioned to end the school year approximately one week early. The last day of instruction for all ICSD students will now be Tuesday, June 16 . The last day for 10-month employees will be Friday, June 19 . The district will continue offering free school meal deliveries to all children through June 25.  In an effort to ensure a sense of closure for students, families and staff, the ICSD will transition away from new instruction as of June 8 ...
ICSD Seeks Feedback on 2020-2021 Academic Calendar ICSD Seeks Feedback on 2020-2021 Academic Calendar The ICSD is seeking community feedback on the proposed 2020-2021 academic calendar before the Board of Education votes to adopt it later this month. If you'd like to provide feedback on the calendar (draft below), please do so via  Let’s Talk! before May 26, 2020 . We'd love to hear from you!  
Return Your Textbooks and Library Books to the Tompkins County Public Library! Return Your Textbooks and Library Books to the Tompkins County Public Library!
Board Approves Resolution Calling the 2020 Budget Vote and Election Board Approves Resolution Calling the 2020 Budget Vote and Election On May 7, 2020, the ICSD Board of Education approved a resolution calling the 2020 annual district meeting and election and authorizing related matters . Below is a summary of the approved resolution.   Public Budget Hearing The Board of Education will conduct a public budget hearing on May 28, 2020, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The budget hearing will be conducted by teleconference, and the details of the teleconference will be posted to the ICSD website as soon as they’re available.   Voter Registration Qualified voters who are not yet registered to vote may register in-person at the Office of the District Clerk between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until May 26, 2020.   Propositions on the Ballot The District’s proposed budget ...
ICSD 2.0 Webinar Series ICSD 2.0 Webinar Series In this webinar series, ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown will be accompanied by ICSD educators, students, families, and/or community members to explore and discuss best practices during ICSD Distance Learning 2.0. The panel discussions will be lively and informative as we learn and grow together.  The webinar sessions will be held on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. via Cisco Webex. To register for a session, visit ithacacityschools.webex.com and enter the event number. Culturally Responsive Distance Learning Monday, May 11, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Event Number:  791 053 491 (View recording below) Innovating in the Era of Distance Learning Monday, May 18, 4:00-4:45 ...



Show news stories from:
District News
Belle Sherman
Beverly J Martin
Boynton
Caroline
Cayuga Heights
DeWitt Middle
Enfield
Fall Creek
Ithaca HS
Lehman Alternative
Northeast
South Hill
Next >>       Viewing 1 - 20 of 63 stories