Code Red Robotics
After months of community service and outreach, Ithaca High School’s Code Red Robotics team is transitioning into build season.
Founded in 2001, Code Red Robotics is a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics club, composed of and led by IHS students. Every year, the students work together to create a 125-pound robot, designed and built to play a complex game in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Each year, the FRC brings a new challenge; the games may be reminiscent of sports, like soccer or basketball, or may be completely original.
FIRST released this year’s challenge, a game called Infinite Recharge, on January 4 (click here to watch the official game release video). Code Red members will now spend six weeks strategizing, designing, ...
Soul of the Earth Third Grade Art Exhibition
On Monday, January 13, third graders from across the district will have the opportunity to see their artwork displayed in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center (Kulp Auditorium) and enjoy a concert by the Honey Child Soul Quintet .
The gallery event is a culmination of the Soul of the Earth Art Project, led by teaching artist Elisa S. Keeler. Over the fall, Keeler visited third grade art classes and led students through guided art exploration, using a flute of the Anasazi and Hopi people as a focal point. Students learned about the history of the instrument and the cultural background of the music, and drew on Keeler’s live flute playing as inspiration for their artwork.
“This work with third graders at all eight elementary schools ...
EDD Pitch Night
Teams of students in Ithaca High School’s Engineering Design and Development (EDD) class have been hard at work developing solutions to a variety of real-world problems. On December 18, the students pitched those solutions to a panel of judges at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, in hopes of securing a share of $2,500 in funding to help turn their ideas into reality.
EDD, the capstone course of IHS' Project Lead the Way sequence of pre-engineering courses, allows seniors in the program to use previously developed skills – including the application of the design process, use of computer-aided design, coding, and manufacturing – to approach problems as if they were working engineers. After identifying a problem, teams conduct market and historical research and work with mentors ...
December 2019 Commendation Ceremony
On December 10, we recognized the extraordinary achievements of Ithaca City School District students and staff at the first Commendation Ceremony of the 2019-2020 school year!
The purpose of the quarterly ceremonies is to celebrate the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in school, extracurriculars, or the community. Special recognition is also paid to individuals who embody one or more tenets of the ICSD Culture of Love : patient, honest, caring, forgiving, trusting, committed, selfless.
Individual and Group Awards
IHS students Leah Wardlaw , Clara Subin , Emma Loiacono , and Daniel Copeland helped put on a Consent Rocks! benefit concert for the Advocacy Center’s teen activism group, ACTion.
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IHS Student-Directed One Acts
Don't miss the annual presentation of Ithaca High School student-directed one act plays!
Check Please , directed by Rose Chandler
An upbeat comedy about speed dating
Tracks , directed by Leah Slattery
A dark drama about characters trapped in a subway station for a mysterious reason
IHS Black Box Theatre
Friday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.
A $5 donation is appreciated
"We Dream of a World" Calendars
First grade students in Belle Sherman Elementary's Butterfly Room are selling their full-color 2020 “We Dream of a World” calendars to raise funds for children in need. All proceeds will be donated to organizations supporting basic human rights, including UNICEF (for Yemen), Ithaca Free Clinic, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (e.g. the right to food, education, health care, free expression) as the backdrop of the project, the first graders learned about compassion, kindness, tolerance, and diversity. The artwork and essays contained in the calendars are expressions of the students’ dreams and aspirations.
The Butterfly Room class will hold ...
December 10 is Team ICSD Day!
Team ICSD Day is an annual celebration of our learning organization - a chance to pay tribute to that which makes the Ithaca City School District so special. This year’s Team ICSD Day will focus on our district’s wellness efforts, including physical activity/education, nutrition, health education, athletics, social and emotional learning (SEL), and RULER implementation.
Students and staff will celebrate Team ICSD Day by engaging in practices that promote mental and physical well-being, such as walking meetings, mindfulness activities, community exercises, and spending time in nature. The day will culminate with a vendor fair featuring Tobacco Free Tompkins County, the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, and ENV Insurance Agency. The vendors will be set up ...
Community Conversations on Long-Range Fiscal Planning
Long-Range Fiscal Planning
Brooktondale Community Center
526 Valley Rd., Brooktondale
Southside Community Center
305 S Plain St., Ithaca
Enfield Community Center
182 Enfield Main Rd., Ithaca
Tompkins County Public Library
101 E Green St., Ithaca
Over the next several months, the Ithaca City School District will be hosting public conversations at various locations throughout the community.
The purpose of these community conversations is to offer students, families, staff, and neighbors opportunities to share visions of success for the school district and to propose thoughtful improvement ...
Boynton Drama Club Presents: Into the Woods Jr.
Into the Woods Jr. is a new take on Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairytale about wishes and the choices we make. The Boynton Middle School Drama Club brings this fantastic story to the stage December 12 - 15, 2019.
Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s crooked fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods Jr. features all of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch—in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
The musical centers on a baker and their wife, who ...
IHS Ranked Among Best STEM High Schools in U.S.
Ithaca High School is one of the top high schools in the nation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, according to a ranking by Newsweek .
The ranking, released earlier this month, lists the 500 high schools in the U.S. that best provide students experiences in STEM, while also preparing them for post-secondary success. Ithaca ranked at No. 48 overall – the second best ranking among schools in New York State. The only New York school to rank higher was the Bronx High School of Science.
Newsweek determined its rankings using a points-based system developed by STEM.org, an educational research organization. The scoring system took into account a number of qualitative and quantitative data, collected from 2015 to 2019, related to eight weighted ...
IHS Students Selected for NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference
Fourteen students from Ithaca High School have been selected to participate in the 84 th Annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference, December 5-8 in Rochester, N.Y.
More than 6,500 sophomores and juniors auditioned for this honor at solo and ensemble festivals held across New York State last spring. Of those, approximately 900 were ultimately placed on a statewide master proficiency list and assigned to one of the eight All-State Ensembles that will perform at the NYSSMA Winter Conference.
Additionally, an appropriate number of alternates were selected from the master proficiency list for each instrument and voice part, including eight students from IHS. These alternates may be chosen to fill any openings in the ensemble performances.
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DeWitt Drama Club Presents: Frozen Jr.
DeWitt Middle School invites you to experience Frozen as you never have before! The cast and crew have been hard at work preparing for five upcoming performances of Frozen Jr. Join us to experience this delightful musical featuring all your beloved Frozen characters and songs from the blockbuster movie and Broadway musical Frozen! Your support through attendance is most appreciated.
Frozen Jr. is a story of true love and acceptance between sisters that expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the girls and those they meet will discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure ...
ICSD Makes New CSforAll Commitments
The Ithaca City School District is among 171 organizations to make new commitments to advance computer science (CS) education access and opportunity for youth across the country.
The commitments were recently announced in a press release by CSforALL, a non-profit organization dedicated to making high-quality computer science an integral part of students’ educational experience. All of the commitments are new, specific, and measurable actions that create CS opportunities for youth through innovative delivery models; build the capacity of local education organizations to offer CS to all students; increase the rigor and equity of CS education; and/or grow the CSforALL movement.
For the second year in a row, the ICSD has made new CSforALL commitments, with the goal ...
Four ICSD Educators Named NYS Master Teachers
Four Ithaca City School District educators were recently selected to join the New York State Master Teacher Program, bringing the total number of NYS Master Teachers from the district to 24.
Sara Arnold of Lehman Alternative Community School, Paula Kilts of Northeast Elementary School, and Michael Cecere and Jennifer Emerson of Caroline Elementary School were among 228 educators from across the state who were selected to join the program this year.
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 outstanding public school professionals who teach in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Master Teachers are experienced educators ...
20 IHS Seniors Named Commended Students in National Merit Scholarship Program
In recognition of their exceptional academic promise, 20 seniors from Ithaca High School have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. “These students represent a valuable resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play ...
Superintendent Brown Announces First Cohort of Aspiring Educators
Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown announced the first cohort of students selected to be part of the Aspiring Educators Award and Program during the district’s annual Convocation on September 3.
The Aspiring Educators Award and Program recognizes high school students from the ICSD who show promise as future educators and educational leaders. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing teaching as a profession.
The first three students selected to participate in the Aspiring Educators Program are Ithaca High School senior Travion Brooks, and juniors Karije Henderson and Kenya Westfield.
Through the program, Brooks, Henderson, and Westfield will receive ...
Notice of Public Hearings on the District-Wide School Safety Plan and District Code of Conduct
on the District-Wide School Safety Plan and District Code of Conduct
The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education will conduct two public hearings on September 24, 2019 for the purpose of discussing the revisions made to the District-Wide School Safety Plan and the District Code of Conduct that are to be considered for adoption. The hearings will be held in the ICSD Board Room, 400 Lake Street, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Electronic copies of the School Safety Plan and Code of Conduct are available for download below.
Proposed Imposition of a Sales Tax on Utilities
Notice of Public Hearing
The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 13 to solicit feedback on the proposed imposition of a sales tax on certain utility services. The hearing will be held in the ICSD Board Room at 400 Lake Street, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Those who wish to give testimony but who are unable to appear personally on August 13 may send their written testimony and comments to the District Clerk, either by mail (Tricia Beresford, District Clerk, 400 Lake St., Ithaca, NY 14850) or by email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
About the Utility Tax
The New York State Tax Law authorizes counties, cities, and small city school districts like the ICSD to impose a sales tax on certain utilities ...
US Lacrosse All-American
Saggese will play lacrosse at the University of Albany next year.
Julianna Saggese, a 2019 Ithaca High School graduate, has been named a US Lacrosse High School All-American.
US Lacrosse defines All-Americans as players who exhibit superior skills and techniques, possess exceptional game sense and knowledge, and demonstrate excellent sportsmanship. According to BJ Bliss, the IHS girls varsity lacrosse coach, Saggese embodies all of these traits, in addition to being a natural leader who makes everyone around her better.
“A three-year captain, Julianna embraced all players and worked hard to get the best out of each of them,” said Bliss. “This award is a true testament to not only her game, but her ...
School Security Upgrades
The Ithaca City School District will soon activate new access control systems at all of our school buildings in order to regulate exterior entryways while maintaining a welcoming environment for members of the ICSD community.
When school is in session, all doors will be locked during the school day. Visitors are asked to access buildings via the main entrance. An intercom system will allow visitors to communicate with the main office and gain entry through a remote latching system. Once inside, guests will continue with the typical visitor process, including signing in and receiving an identification badge.
The new systems allow for key card entry, tailored access privileges, scheduled door-locking mechanisms, phone integration, and lockout capabilities. Staff will be able to access ...