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
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 "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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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 "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!
Students of Color United (SOCU) Summit
On Friday, May 21, BIPOC students from Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School, and Ithaca High School gathered for a day of affirmation, scholarship, joy, and artful expression. The student-led summit featured live performances, community organizations, college resources, and more.
Listen to some of the student organizers and attendees discuss the SOCU Summit at the May 25 Board of Education meeting below and check out photos from the event on our Facebook page .
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
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 .