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South Hill First-Graders Call for Inclusive Band-Aids South Hill First-Graders Call for Inclusive Band-Aids First-grade students at South Hill Elementary successfully urged their school to supply diverse band-aids that represent and appreciate the many skin tones that exist among students and staff. During Black Lives Matter at School week, one of Patricia Buhr’s first-graders asked her for a band-aid and remarked that the band-aid did not match their skin tone. This presented an opportunity for all of the students in Buhr’s class to discuss why the band-aids supplied at South Hill didn’t reflect the diversity that exists within the school and to consider how they could become agents of change. The students crafted persuasive letters to the school nurse and principal advocating for diverse band-aids (see examples below) and, in doing so, helped make South Hill a more ...
CS for Good Introduces Students to Computer Science from Equity Perspective CS for Good Introduces Students to Computer Science from Equity Perspective A new course at DeWitt Middle School is introducing all first-year students to foundational computer science (CS) concepts, with a specific focus on equity, collaboration, and the positive impacts of computing. The course, CS for Good, is one that every 6th-grader must now take, along with DeWitt’s other “Pot of Gold” courses, which teach critical skills like paragraph writing and effective study habits. The idea for the course was pitched to ELA teacher Angela Levy -- who had previously served as a TOSA for Technology Integration for the district -- by DeWitt’s principal, Carlan Gray, and Master Educator for Inclusion, Tara Caiza. The hope was to further the CS for ALL initiative by providing an entry point to computer science for all students before they self-select ...
ICSD Community Letter - Mask Policy Update ICSD Community Letter - Mask Policy Update February 28, 2022 Dear ICSD Community, Welcome back from a much-needed break. As you may have already heard, New York State  Governor Kathy Hochul  and the  Tompkins County Health Department  (TCHD) have rescinded mask mandates beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Therefore, masks will no longer be required indoors, outdoors, or on school buses in the Ithaca City School District. Our school district will support optional mask-wearing.  Many in our community will choose to continue to wear a mask. We must treat folks’ decisions with respect. People can wear masks at any time and in any space in our district. Also, please remember to stay home and seek testing when experiencing any  symptoms of COVID-19 . School districts are required to ...
Ithaca Scholar-Athletes Heading to States Ithaca Scholar-Athletes Heading to States Track & Field State Championships Update - March 9, 2022 Elodie Fey finished in a three-way tie for 18th place in the high jump, with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches. Going into the meet, Elodie had a state Top 10 qualifying jump of 5 feet. Moss Dengler finished 12th in pole vaulting with a mark of 13 feet. Good for Top 25 overall in NYS. Silas Richardson placed 14th in the 1000-meter run (state Top 50) and 20th in the mile run. Silas was our only two event athlete and second in as many years! Forrest Kingsley placed 13th in the 600-meter run. The result was an amazing 3.7-second personal record and good for a Top 25 time in the state! Everett Shaw competed on the Section IV Distance Medley Relay ...
Seven Ithaca Wrestlers Place at Sectionals, Team Wins Sportsmanship Award Seven Ithaca Wrestlers Place at Sectionals, Team Wins Sportsmanship Award Update : Congratulations to George Oroudjov, who was runner-up in the 138-pound weight class at states! Ithaca had seven athletes place at the 76th Section IV Wrestling Championships on February 12, including two champions and one runner-up. Sophomore Daniel Parker, son of head wrestling coach Eric Parker, won his second sectional title, this time in the 145-pound weight class. In 2020, Parker won the 126-pound championship as an eighth-grader and was also named Most Outstanding Wrestler. Senior George Oroudjov, who was runner-up in the 2020 state championships, won the 138-pound weight class. Quentin Getzin, an eighth-grader at DeWitt Middle School, was runner-up in the 102-pound weight class. Parker, Oroudjov, and Getzin will represent ...
Guidance on the Use of COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits Guidance on the Use of COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits New York State has provided all school districts with antigen test kits. This week, the Ithaca City School District is distributing a COVID-19 antigen test kit to all students and staff. Each kit includes two tests. Please see below or click here for guidance on when to use the at-home test. NOTE : If your child is symptomatic a negative PCR (laboratory) test, or two negative antigen tests taken 48 hours apart, is still required for them to return to school. One negative antigen test will not suffice.  Click here for translations of the guidance Test Yourself If... Timing You have any COVID-19 symptoms Immediately One negative antigen test does not rule out COVID-19 infection ...
Ithaca to Pilot Girls Flag Football Program Ithaca to Pilot Girls Flag Football Program Ithaca High School is one of 48 schools across New York State that will start a girls flag football program this spring. On February 2, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced a partnership with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and New York Jets to launch a pilot for girls flag football this spring. Six sections, including Ithaca’s Section IV, have committed to teams participating in the pilot. Teams will play 6-8 games, and the season will run from April through the end of May. The NYSPHSAA hopes that girls flag football will move from a pilot program to “emerging sport” next spring. Additional details about Ithaca’s girls flag football program are forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics ...
Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action January 31 - February 4, 2022 For the fourth year in a row, Ithaca City School District 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 students. School should be a place where students and staff engage in deep and honest conversations about race, class, and power and develop relationships across differences, examine bias, and advocate for justice. Throughout Black Lives Matter at School Week, each school will engage in teaching and learning activities that affirm Black lives. Check out our poster below, as well as this  letter from district and union leadership , to learn more! ...
Varsity Athletes Gear Up for Second Year of Varsity Athletes Gear Up for Second Year of "Little Red Readers" ICSD Athletics is excited to announce the start of its second year of Little Red Readers! Little Red Readers is a program designed to foster a sense of community throughout the district and establish our varsity student-athletes as mentors for younger students. Research indicates that youth who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Studies also show that when youth can identify positive role models within their family or school, they are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices regarding nutrition and exercise. In the Little Red Readers program, ICSD varsity student-athletes make connections with younger students through weekly ...
Supporting Shifts to Virtual Learning During the 2021-2022 School Year Supporting Shifts to Virtual Learning During the 2021-2022 School Year As we approach the winter break, we wish to pause and thank our educators for their constant flexibility as they pivot to support a variety of teaching scenarios. Below you will find the plan co-constructed with union leadership in late August. While we wish to be in person, at times we must pivot due to contact tracing or temporary emergency closure of a building. If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and you wish to consult with their educational team on the Virtual Learning Plan in place, please contact your Educator for Inclusion found here . RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHERS FOR THE ENTIRE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR, REGARDLESS OF MODE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING Post assignments and resources digitally All secondary classes use Canvas Elementary classes ...
December 2021 Commendations December 2021 Commendations On December 14, district leadership and the ICSD Board of Education recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the first Commendation Ceremony of the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of the quarterly ceremonies is to celebrate the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in the arts, athletics, and the community. Special recognition is also paid to individuals who embody the ICSD’s Culture of Love . Congratulations to everyone recognized! Brooke Burnett  (Beverly J. Martin Elementary teacher): Selected to the NYS Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching Nathan Smith (IHS senior): One of only 77 students worldwide to receive a ...
Thirteen Middle School Students Selected for Statewide Honor Band Thirteen Middle School Students Selected for Statewide Honor Band The DeWitt and Boynton middle school band programs are proud to announce that 13 students have been selected as participants or alternates in the 2022 New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Statewide Middle School Honor Band. The participating students will rehearse and perform with the other members of the statewide band at the NYSBDA Symposium on March 4-5, 2022, in Liverpool, NY. Congratulations to these outstanding musicians for this noteworthy accomplishment! Dean Golden (Clarinet) Julia Howe (Flute) Mattias Keresztes (Bassoon) Sadie Kinast (French Horn) Jorge Lynch (Trumpet) Dylan Mohler (Trombone) Roxanne Nelson (Trumpet) Rani Marie Sethupathy (Oboe) Alasdair Smith (Tuba) Rennie Smolenski (Tuba) Benjamin Wagner (Flute) ...
11 IHS Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program 11 IHS Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program On September 15, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among the semifinalists are 11 Ithaca High School seniors: Finnegan Buckley Simratpal Deol Benjamin Haines-Eitzen Tony Mao Annika Marschner Louisa Miller-Out Ondine Morgan-Knapp Jinho Park Nathan Smith Anais Vanek-Raphaelidis Samuel Wolf The semifinalists now have an opportunity to continue competing for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million, which will be awarded next spring.
IHS Graduate's Artwork Selected for Inclusion in the 2021 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit IHS Graduate's Artwork Selected for Inclusion in the 2021 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit Ithaca High School's Leah Henseler was recently selected by the College Board for inclusion in the 2021 Advanced Art (AP) Art and Design Digital Exhibit. This year's exhibit features high-quality student artworks exploring creativity, innovation in artmaking and thinking, critical thinking through inquiry, process and practice, and excellence in skill. Two of Leah's sculptures, one of which is pictured below, were selected for inclusion. "Leah's sculpture explores the dynamic between humans and nature, woodgrain textures and ocean waves, the form, function, and beauty of everyday objects," IHS Fine Arts Chair Carol Spence said. "She is an artistic force of nature, Leah Henseler." Leah, who graduated from IHS in May, is ...
Two IHS Lacrosse Players Earn All-American Two IHS Lacrosse Players Earn All-American Ithaca High School girls lacrosse players Alecia Nicholas and Shea Baker have been named USA Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Team goalie Nicholas finished the 2021 season with an 11-2 record, giving up only 59 goals total, for a per-game average of 4.5. A 2021 IHS graduate, Nicholas will attend and play lacrosse at the University of North Carolina next year. “It has been a pleasure to watch Alecia grow as a scholar-athlete on and off the field these past four years,” Ithaca City School District Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little said. “Alecia is a natural leader with tremendous love and passion for her teammates and the game of lacrosse.” “Alecia has an incredible work ethic and strives to be the best that she can be on and ...
Ithaca Children's Garden and ICSD Transportation Staff Deliver Container Garden Kits to Students Ithaca Children's Garden and ICSD Transportation Staff Deliver Container Garden Kits to Students Last month, the Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) sent home Container Garden kits to all students participating in the ICSD Farm to Table program this summer. Each kit contains a 6-pack of basil, nasturtium, kale, and chard baby plants, a 5-gallon container, potting soil mixed with worm casting, and a guide to setting up and caring for the Container Garden. The ICG also has also posted videos and other activities on their website to help students and families learn more about growing their own vegetables. This initiative was made possible by a Farm to Table grant, the Ithaca Children’s Garden, and ICSD transportation staff, who delivered the Container Garden kits to families’ homes. ...
June 2021 Commendations June 2021 Commendations On June 8, district leadership and the ICSD Board of Education recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the final Commendations Ceremony of the school year. The purpose of the quarterly ceremonies is to celebrate the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in the arts, athletics, and the community. Special recognition is also paid to individuals who embody the ICSD’s Culture of Love . Congratulations to everyone recognized! Raia Gutman  (IHS junior) and Colleen Kremmelbein  (IHS English teacher): Created and developed the IHS Creative Writing Club Maggie Trumble (IHS senior): Recipient of the Tompkins County Distinguished Youth Award ...
The Bands of IHS Perform The Bands of IHS Perform "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" In observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May, the Bands of Ithaca High School produced a virtual performance of "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance. The video will be used, along with the Sir Duke Inspiration Project , as part of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra's 2nd-grade outreach program. Enjoy!  
Emergency Broadband Benefit Enrollment Emergency Broadband Benefit Enrollment Enrollment in the Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open! The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program intended to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Who is Eligible A household is eligible if a member of the household meets  one  of the criteria below: Has an income that is at or below 135% of the 
DeWitt NJHS Hosting Blue Food Cabinet DeWitt NJHS Hosting Blue Food Cabinet The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at DeWitt Middle School is hosting a blue food cabinet on the school's campus! Similar pantries can be found all around Ithaca and are filled with food donations for those who may be having a hard time with food insecurity. The NJHS cabinet is located on the trail between DeWitt and Northeast Elementary. Anyone in the community may drop off non-perishable goods, and anyone may take from it. This will be an ongoing donation site through the seasons and years, so please spread the word! For more information on local food sharing cabinets, visit mutualaidtompkins.com/food-sharing/locations . ...



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