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IPEI and FABG Continue to Support Staff and Students During Closure IPEI and FABG Continue to Support Staff and Students During Closure The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) and its affiliate, the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) are continuing to provide grants that support ICSD students and staff during the extended school closure. On April 21, the IPEI announced that it would provide short-term funding to teachers and staff for distance learning efforts through a new Situational Grant program . Specifically, the grant program is meant to support “projects, programs, and supplies related to distance learning and supporting students’ well-being during these unprecedented times.” The IPEI is reviewing applications on a first-come-first-serve basis, while funds last, and has already funded seven projects: Lit Circles (Mary Bronfenhoffer, Ithaca High School): To purchase enough copies of ...
Open Enrollment Deadline is June 1 Open Enrollment Deadline is June 1 For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, the Open Enrollment period will begin two months earlier than it had in the past.  Completed applications are   due to the Office of the Deputy Superintendent, 400 Lake Street by June 1, 2020  and will be reviewed after this deadline. Notifications of acceptance or denial will be sent when decisions have been made, which will be as early as late June. Through Open Enrollment, families residing within the Ithaca School District have the opportunity to apply for their child(ren) to attend a school within the district other than the one assigned by geography. Open Enrollment into a particular school is dependent upon grade-level space availability and staffing considerations at the requested building.  More information ...
Respond to the 2020 Census Today! Respond to the 2020 Census Today! About the 2020 Census The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to states and communities each year. This includes funding for educational programs that benefit our children, ...
Winter Scholar Athletes Winter Scholar Athletes At the end of each sports season, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) honors individuals and teams that excel in the classroom with Scholar-Athlete awards. For winter 2019-2020, 90 IHS students were recognized as Individual Scholar-Athletes, having received a GPA of 90.00 or above. Additionally, the following Ithaca teams received Scholar-Athlete Team recognitions for having 75 percent of their team members earn an average GPA of 90.00 or above: alpine skiing, competitive cheerleading, girls and boys ice hockey, boys swim and dive, girls and boys indoor track, and Unified bowling.   Congratulations to all of our winter scholar-athletes!
ICSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for Eighth Consecutive Year ICSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for Eighth Consecutive Year The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) 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 eighth consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation.    The BCME award program recognizes districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts are evaluated on a number of factors, including funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, and community music-making programs. The ICSD was one of just 754 school districts nationwide to receive the BCME designation this year. The ...
School Closure Updates - April 8, 2020 School Closure Updates - April 8, 2020 Greetings ICSD Community, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended school closures to April 29, 2020 . Our district educators have been engaged in thoughtful collaboration to design ICSD Distance Learning 2.0. We are prepared for this extended requirement of social distancing and home quarantine. Beginning on Monday, April 13, our district will be implementing our new instructional delivery. If you missed information about our new approach, please visit our website . As we enter this fourth week of school closures due to COVID-19, it is important to note the significant amount of work and thinking that is taking place outside of schools. I am very appreciative of our students, staff, and families who are forging ahead as our school district continues to focus on providing ...
ICSD Distance Learning 2.0 ICSD Distance Learning 2.0 March 31, 2020 Greetings ICSD Families,   Thank you for your words of encouragement and inspiration in these unprecedented times. I continue to be amazed by the selfless acts of kindness our community is showing one another.  Also, my humble “thank you” to parents and caregivers who have offered their thoughtful insight on ways our school district (teachers, principals, counselors, support staff, and others) can help support students’ learning and social/emotional needs during this extended closure.   Currently, our educators are engaged in planning for our next phase of instructional delivery, ICSD Distance Learning 2.0.  In the event that school is closed for an extended period of time, our goals for this next phase are:   to ...
Elementary Distance Learning Pages Elementary Distance Learning Pages Our current distance learning activities for elementary students are now available online, and are arriving in packets to families who requested printed copies. The printed materials are being delivered by members of our transportation department, who are leaving packages on doorsteps. For all digital materials by grade level and special area, please visit your school’s distance learning webpage at the links below.  Elementary School's Distance Learning Pages Belle Sherman Beverly J. Martin Caroline Cayuga Heights Enfield Fall Creek Northeast South Hill Please let us know if you have any questions by calling 607-274-2101, or emailing icsdcommunications@icsd.k12.ny.us . 
All Schools Closed Through April 12, 2020 All Schools Closed Through April 12, 2020 For more information on the school closure, including answers to frequently asked questions, an outline of our preliminary distance learning plan, and details about school meal delivery, visit ithacacityschools.org/coronavirus March 27, 2020 Greetings, ICSD Community, As our world grapples with the challenges due to COVID-19, I am reminded of the strength and culture of love present in our community. I am humbled and honored to craft our new path forward together. Thanks to all who have shared their time, perspectives, and expertise as our school district moves forward without students being physically present in our buildings.  Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York State will be ...
March 2020 Commendation Ceremony March 2020 Commendation Ceremony On March 10, we recognized the extraordinary achievements of Ithaca City School District students and staff at the second Commendation Ceremony of the 2019-2020 school year. Held quarterly, the Commendation Ceremony celebrates the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in school, extracurricular activities, 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, and selfless. Individual and Group Awards ICSD teachers Patricia Buhr and Jennifer Lory-Moran achieved National Board Certification for Teaching. Read more>> DeWitt Middle School students Anya Packard and LeAnn Zhu composed an original ...
Two ICSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification Two ICSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification Two ICSD teachers recently achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Patti Buhr, who teaches at South Hill Elementary School, and Jennifer Lory-Moran, a mathematics teacher at DeWitt Middle School, recently became the third and fourth ICSD teachers to achieve National Board certification. Statewide, just under 1 percent of teachers are National Board certified. Candidates for National Board certification are required to meet and maintain a rigorous series of standards; demonstrate evidence of their classroom effectiveness; and exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments, and teaching practice. Teachers must ...
LACS Teacher, Student to Study World War II in Hawaii LACS Teacher, Student to Study World War II in Hawaii A student and teacher from Lehman Alternative Community School are one of just 16 teams selected to travel to Hawai’i this summer to study the impacts of World War II in the Pacific. LACS teacher Alexandra (Lexi) Hartley and student Naia Peery were chosen to participate in Lexi Hartley and Naia Peery will travel to Hawaii in June to study World War II. Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute , organized by the history non-profit National History Day. In June, they will join 15 other student-teacher teams from the United States mainland, Hawai’i, and American Samoa to explore historic sites from World War II’s Pacific Theatre of Operations. Only 16 teams were selected out of over 120 applications. Hartley ...
Superintendent Brown Selected to Receive Appreciation Award Superintendent Brown Selected to Receive Appreciation Award Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has been selected by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (“The Council”) to receive the 2020 Appreciation Award. This annual award is given in recognition of the extraordinary efforts by members of The Council to improve public education and serve the children in New York State. Dr. Brown speaking at the 2019 Diversity Symposium of Thought Leaders. This year, the Appreciation Award will be presented to two individuals, Brown and Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson of the Shenendehowa Central School District, who together established The Council’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity. As co-chairs, Brown and Robinson ...
IHS Fall Scholar-Athletes IHS Fall Scholar-Athletes At the end of each sports season, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) honors individuals and teams that excel in the classroom with Scholar-Athlete awards. For fall 2019, 148 IHS students were recognized as Individual Student-Athletes, having received a GPA of 90.00 or above. Additionally, nine Ithaca teams – girls and boys cross country, boys golf, girls and boys soccer, competitive cheerleading, girls swimming and diving, girls tennis, and girls volleyball – received Student-Athlete team recognitions for having 75 percent of their team members earn an average GPA of 90.00 or above. Click on the image below to view the full list of Ithaca High School's fall 2019 Scholar-Athletes.   ...
Black Lives Matter at School Week, Feb. 3-7 Black Lives Matter at School Week, Feb. 3-7 The Ithaca City School District will observe the week of February 3 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. For the second year in a row, ICSD educators 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 ...
Soul of the Earth Third Grade Art Exhibition Soul of the Earth Third Grade Art Exhibition On Monday, January 13, third graders from across the district had 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 was 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 was extremely fulfilling,” Keeler ...
The ICSD is Hiring Bus Drivers! The ICSD is Hiring Bus Drivers! The Ithaca City School District owns and maintains more than 80 buses, and has a staff of 100 highly-trained and dedicated employees dedicated to providing safe and efficient transportation service for more than 5,700 students. Unfortunately, like many districts across New York State, the ICSD is experiencing a school bus driver shortage. Driving a school bus is a great occupation for those looking for full or part-time work. Some of the benefits of the job include: a starting pay of  $15.41 per hour for regular drivers and $20.00 per hour for substitute drivers ; a flexible work schedule; health, vision, and dental insurance for regular drivers; paid training for the CDL license provided by the district; and the opportunity to make a difference in ...
Code Red Robotics Code Red Robotics After months of community service and outreach, Ithaca High School’s Code Red Robotics team has transitioned into build season and is gearing up for its February 8 open house. 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 completely original. FIRST released this year’s challenge, a game called Infinite Recharge, on January 4 (watch the  official game release video  to learn more). ...
EDD Pitch Night 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 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.   Cayuga Heights ...



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