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ICSD Seeking Feedback on Draft 2016-17 Academic Calendar

Ithaca City School District is seeking community feedback on the draft 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.

Review the draft here, and then provide your feedback here.

The academic calendar will be voted on at the April 12 Board Of Education meeting, 7:00 pm in the board room of the administration building.

Nature Journaling For Kids At Six Mile Creek

The Friends of Six Mile Creek and the Natural Areas Commission of the City of Ithaca announce the fourth annual free educational series for children age 7-12. Nature Journaling for Kids will introduce children to the natural history of the Six Mile Creek Natural Area. Facilitated by Laurie Rubin, participants will observe and learn about animals and plants while they record their impressions in words and pictures.

Rubin, retired Ithaca City School District teacher, demonstrates how nature study helped her students become stronger scientists, readers, writers, and mathematicians in her book, To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Her experience complements the expertise of five naturalists who will each lead one themed workshop: Animal Tracking, Stream Safari, Wonderful Wild Flowers, Native Trees and Creepy Crawlies. Kids (accompanied by a parent) can participate in one or more of these fun, educational, and free activities in 2016.

Each session will start at the parking area of the Mullholland Wildflower Preserve just off Giles Street on Saturdays at 1:00 PM and run until 2:30 PM. Bring a journal or notebook. No signup required. Contact Laurie (607-272-8491) or Anna (607-379-0924) for more information.

The schedule is as follows:

February 13 - Animal Tracking with Linda Spielman

There’s lots going on outside in winter, but it takes a detective’s mind to find and understand the clues. We’ll look for tracks, chews, scat, and other kinds of evidence to help us figure out what kinds of wild animals live near us and what they are doing.

April 16 - Stream Safari with Phil Koons and Jamie Lovett

Did you ever wonder what kinds of critters live in our local streams? Join us on a Stream Safari to learn about the insects, fish and other organisms that live beneath the water’s surface. We’ll collect live samples and explore an exciting new world!

May 7 - Wonderful Wild Flowers with Betsy Darlington

Spring wildflowers seem to magically rise from the forest floor and then, almost as quickly, disappear, not to be seen again until the next spring. Join us to learn the names (and secrets) of these fleeting flowers of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve.

June 4 – Gentle Giants with Jeanne Grace

Trees are the tallest plants on the planet. They provide animals with clean air, shade, food, and habitat. Come meet the native trees that live in Ithaca and learn how to identify them by their flowers, leaves, and bark. Eat a tree flower, search for animal signs, and hug your favorite tree.

June 18 - Creepy Crawlies with Jason Hamilton (new this year)

Have you ever looked under a rock or rolled over a log? There’s a whole world of invertebrate life waiting for you to discover. We’ll learn about the insects, worms, centipedes and other creepy crawlies that live in the forest as we search for their hiding places.

Documentary screening: "Most Likely to Succeed"

There will be a free screening of the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” next week — Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 6pm in Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School. “Most Likely to Succeed” is an engaging look at our educational system and a vision for recreating it to meet the demands of our time. This edu-documentary was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and was well received.
More information and a trailer video for the film are here:
Childcare is provided for this event. It is open to the public. Panel discussion will follow including students, teachers, and special guests.
Contact or (607) 274-2101 for more information.

TONIGHT: Museum of the Earth Halloween Party!

TONIGHT: Thursday, October 29, 6-8 PM


Come in your costume and learn about astronomy with astronomy graduate students from Cornell University!

FREE CANDY + liquid nitrogen ice cream

Admission: $5 / members free

Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca NY 14850

Wacky Wonder Hour with Hilby and Friends!

Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages!

Please join us on Sunday January 22nd at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School, for a Celestial, Glittery, Swanky, Star Spangled, Animal Free Circus Wunderbar! Tickets are $6.25 in advance and $10 at the door until they are sold out.

Join Hilby, aka the Skinny German Juggle Boy, and friends as they bring you thrills, joy, and laughter, and keep you on the edge of your seat! 

While fundraising was (and continues to be) the motivator for the event, it has become so much more!  It’s about silliness, and fun, and about community.  Families from every corner of Ithaca come together for a great cause – helping to raise money to support special programming and experiences for our kids. And, because we don’t want anyone to miss out on this fabulous experience due to financial hardship, we have made over 400 scholarship tickets available, which may be obtained by request through each of the elementary schools.

For more information contact:
Paul and Tamara Acosta

IC Math Day

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Discover the fascination of mathematics through engaging activities at the annual IC Math Day happening this November 7th! Ithaca College Math Department and Family Math welcome elementary school students of all ages to join us in hands-on exploration of mathematics in our favorite activities including games, puzzles, music, art, computers, Marshmallow Geometry and more! Special workshops in learning beginner programming will also be available!

Join us and other families for IC Math Day on Saturday, November 7 th from 10am-1pm on the 3rd floor of Williams Hall at Ithaca College to discover how math is not just about numbers, but rather it’s about exploration, creativity, strategic thinking, and problem solving. The event and parking are entirely free. Visit or e-mail for more information!

Please let me know if you have any questions at all regarding this information. We deeply appreciate your assistance in helping us offer this enriching opportunity to our students.

Thank you!

April E. Leithner

Program Director

Family Math,

a program of the Durland Alternatives Library

Ithaca, NY

(914) 309-3242

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