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NYSSMA Selects Original Composition by Ithaca's Rubenstein-Miller for Inclusion in Honors Concert NYSSMA Selects Original Composition by Ithaca's Rubenstein-Miller for Inclusion in Honors Concert The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) has selected Ithaca freshman Ezri Rubenstein-Miller's original composition,  Waltz D in minor for mixed chamber ensemble ,  for inclusion in the 22nd Annual Young Composer & Songwriter Honors Concert. Rubenstein-Miller is one of just 11 students in the state to achieve this honor.  Every year, students submit their original music to NYSSMA and a panel of composition professors and educators adjudicate the submissions and select a number of works for performance in the Young Composer & Songwriter Honors Concert. The concert, which usually takes place at the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference, will be done virtually this year during NYSSMA's Cyber Summit on December 3-5, with pre-recorded performances of the ...
Ithaca High Named National Banner Unified Champion School Ithaca High Named National Banner Unified Champion School Ithaca High School Pep Rally In recognition of its commitment to inclusion and youth leadership, Ithaca High School has recently been named a national banner Unified Champion School. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a program aimed at promoting social inclusion and acceptance through the power of sports. The program model consists of three overarching and interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership, and whole-school engagement. To receive national banner recognition, Unified Champion Schools must achieve ten standards of excellence based on these three components, as well as demonstrate their ability to sustain the components over time. Of the thousands of Unified ...
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, ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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