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IHS Students Selected for NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference 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. Ithaca High ...
DeWitt Drama Club Presents: Frozen Jr. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ( tricia.beresford@icsd.k12.ny.us ). 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 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 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 ...
Meet the ICSD's New Health and Wellness Coordinator Meet the ICSD's New Health and Wellness Coordinator Kari Burke, Coordinator of Health Services & Wellness As the ICSD’s new Coordinator of Health Services and Wellness, Kari Burke hopes to expand the department’s focus on overall wellness for students and the larger district community. Burke, a native of the Syracuse area with a background in public health, began working with the district in January. In her role, she’ll oversee school nurses, medical management and support for students, and health and safety guidance for the ICSD community. Burke was most recently employed at SUNY Upstate Medical University. There, she implemented projects to improve access and quality of care under New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, which aims to reform the state’s Medicaid ...
ICSD Water Update ICSD Water Update Since August 2015, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been working with the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that students and staff in all buildings have access to safe drinking water.   The ICSD Facilities Department is finalizing the installation of new faucets, piping, and filtered bottle filler/drinking fountains in every elementary school. Results from routine tests have been favorable, indicating that water can be consumed from the new faucets and fountains. Therefore, beginning February 25, 2019 the drinking fountains at most elementary schools will be turned on for consumption . We will also continue to provide bottled water in high volume areas throughout ...
NEW Culture of Love Website NEW Culture of Love Website Please contribute to the Ithaca City School District webpage devoted to our Culture of Love. This web instance will document the many ways in which our students, staff, parents, caregivers, and community members are cultivating a positive and transformational organizational culture.   Every day we witness folks in our school community who exemplify the seven tenets of our Culture of Love: patient, honest, caring, forgiving, trusting, committed, and selfless. The new website is a space where everyone can share and celebrate stories and artifacts that represent our organization.   Visit www.icsdcultureoflove.com and help us build our Culture of Love, one story at a time!    You can navigate to the Culture of Love website from any page on the ICSD ...
ICSD Adding Text Messaging Capability ICSD Adding Text Messaging Capability The Ithaca City School District is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger Communicate, the system it currently uses to call and email families. The new service will allow schools to send parents and guardians important informational text messages about events, school closings, safety alerts, and more, directly to their mobile devices.   Any ICSD parent or guardian who wishes to participate in this service need only to: (i) verify that their wireless phone number is on file and listed as the first number in SchoolTool, the district’s student information system; and (ii) opt in at any time from their wireless device by texting “Y” or “Yes” to the district’s short code number, 67587. Those who need to add, change, or rerank their ...
IHS Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent IHS Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent At a National Letter of Intent signing event on November 20, 10 seniors from Ithaca High School formally committed to continuing their athletic and educational pursuits at the collegiate level. Congratulations and best of luck to these outstanding student-athletes! Andrew Alise – Gulf Coast State College Men’s Baseball Zoe Congdon – Binghamton University Women’s Lacrosse Zoe Getzin – Williams College Women’s Lacrosse Casey Grange – Niagara University Women’s Volleyball Abby Hagen – Ithaca College Women’s Soccer Georgia Haverlock – Roberts Wesleyan College Women’s Basketball Jamie Lasda – Ohio State University Women’s Lacrosse Holden Lazarus – University of Michigan Men’s Baseball ...
Boynton Pep Rally Boynton Pep Rally Lots of friendly competition, cheers, and laughter at Boynton Middle School's pep rally this year! Check out more photos on our Facebook page !    
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