ICSD :: Boynton Middle

Monday, February 23, 2015
Student of the Quarter Awards

Congratulations to our Students of the 2nd Quarter!

The purpose of the Student of the quarter award is to recognize good school citizens who are make a positive contribution to Boynton student life. The criterion for the award includes satisfactory or noticeable improvement in behavior throughout the school year and satisfactory or noticeable improvement in scholarship and citizenship. Faculty members nominate winners and administrators select winners by consensus. 

Students who win the principal’s award are recognized by the Guidance and Administration (GAM) Team for their contributions to Boynton Middle School and represent the qualities of the citizenship within the Boynton Community.

Check out the musical performances during Students of the Quarter below!


Capriccio Espagnol


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Jason Trumble to Remain as Ithaca High School Principal

At a special meeting on Wednesday, January 21, the Ithaca City School District Board of Education approved the reassignment of Jason Trumble from Chief Administration Officer to Principal of Ithaca High School. Mr. Trumble has been serving as the leader of Ithaca High School since the previous principal, Jarrett Powers, departed in October 2014.

“I am enjoying serving as the instructional leader of Ithaca High School. My relationship with students, their families, and this staff, along with the engagement in continuous improvement efforts, prompted me to request that Dr. Brown and the Board of Education allow me to continue on in this role on a more permanent basis,” said Jason Trumble.

Mr. Trumble began his career at Ithaca High School in 1992 where he spent 11 years as a social studies teacher and cross-country and track coach. Mr. Trumble served nine years as an associate principal and principal of Boynton Middle School before becoming Chief Secondary Officer in 2012.

Superintendent Luvelle Brown remarked, "We were in the early stages of a national search process for the next principal of Ithaca High School. All things changed when Mr. Trumble walked into my office and asked to stay. From my perspective, no search process would have revealed a more committed, qualified, and talented educational leader for our community." Dr. Brown added, “Mr. Trumble’s reassignment concludes the search process as he will be vacating the role of Chief Administration Officer to serve as a tenured principal.”

"I am confident that the school’s positive momentum and exemplary performance will continue among the staff under Mr. Trumble’s leadership,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.

Opportunities will be available for community members to engage in two-way dialogue with Mr. Trumble regarding Ithaca High School’s current and future instructional and operational initiatives. Details regarding dates and times will be shared when available.


Thursday, January 15, 2015
ICSD Insider Volume 44

Click here to read Volume 44 of the ICSD Insider.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015
ICSD Goals & Priorities Survey Receives Almost 2,000 Responses

Ithaca City School District’s recent Goals & Priorities Survey received 1,849 individual responses — a 163% increase from 2013 — giving district leaders strong data on which to base their future education decisions.

“It is important for us to engage and empower each member of our learning community, “ Superintendent Luvelle Brown said. “Gathering constructive feedback from our community is needed as we seek to achieve our vision.”

The 2014 Goals & Priorities Survey asked for feedback about the district’s mission, school and community relationships, curriculum, events and communication, among other topics.

Some of the survey results:

·      75% of participating community members said information received from the district is timely and 77% said the information is clear — an 8% and 7% gain, respectively.

·      A large majority of student respondents (86%) indicated they had a very positive relationship with at least one teacher.

·      Students agreed their teachers encourage them to do well in school (87%) and encourage them to ask questions when they don’t understand (84%).

·      The improvements made to the school district website have been beneficial as 71% of respondents said the website is how they receive district information.

·      66% of respondents said they are informed about the school issues and decisions that affect them.

·      71% of respondents said they would recommend their school to a friend.

Some respondents said the district should do more to involve the community in important school decisions. District leaders agree and are already implementing strategies to further increase community engagement, enhancing the communication platform that will allow every community member to reach the district at any time about anything.

The presentation to the Ithaca City School District Board of Education can be found here.