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ICHS's Isaiah Greene Wins Bausch & Lomb Science Award

Isaiah Greene(April 13, 2014) Ichabod Crane High School is pleased to announce that junior Isaiah Greene of Kinderhook was named winner of the annual Bausch & Lomb Science Award. The Award is especially significant because it recognizes the junior student at our school who has attained the highest scholastic standing in science subjects. As winner of the Award, Isaiah is eligible to apply to become a University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Scholar. This designation carries with it scholarship funds, the minimum amount being $30,000 ($7,500 per year for four years). Congratulations Isaiah! Learn More


Ichabod team at State Odyssey of the MindIchabod Crane Team Takes 4th Place in State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

(April 12, 2014) Jon Meredith's Odyssey of the Mind team placed fourth today at the NYS Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, competing against 17 teams from all over the state. Congratulations to Coach Jon Meredith, Hannah M-5th grade, Phoebe J-5th grade, Emma S-5th grade (missing from photo), Sophia D-5th grade, Ciena L-6th grade, Anna O-6th grade and Sydney C-5th grade! We're proud of you!



ICHS Student Artwork Selected for 25th Annual Questar III High School Art Invitational

(April 11, 2014) Artwork created by Ichabod Crane High School students Meghan Tretheway, Amelia DeJarnette, Gianna Caruso, and Kayla Rose was selected for the 25th Annual Questar III High School Art Invitational. At the reception on April 8, Amelia won third place for her artwork "Squirm" (glazed earthenware) which was created in Laura Cannamela's Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture class.

The Art Invitational, part of Questar III’s Cultural and Performing Arts Program, accepts up to four pieces of art from each component school district. This year's program includes artwork from 17 districts. The exhibit is on through April 18 at the Art Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Congratulations Meghan, Amelia, Gianna and Kayla!

Board of Education Adopts 2014-15 Proposed Budget

Budget Maintains Programs, Below Tax Levy Limit
(April 10, 2014) The Ichabod Crane Board of Education unanimously adopted the proposed 2014-15 budget at a special meeting on April 8. The $35,782,506 plan increases spending by 2.49 percent, or $870,644, over the current year and carries a tax levy increase of 2 percent, which is below the district’s allowable limit under New York State’s tax levy ‘cap.’

Superintendent George Zini presented the final budget proposal before the board adopted the spending plan that residents will vote on May 20. He explained that the District has increased its revenue as a result of an increase in state aid provided in the final state budget and also because of a one-time insurance refund. Mr. Zini then outlined how the district would utilize the additional revenue should the budget be approved by voters. Learn More

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 26

(April 9, 2014) Turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at either location:

Columbia County Sheriff's Office
85 Industrial Tract
Greenport, NY
Sub Station
2684 State Route 23
Hillsdale, NY

More information can be found on The Office of Diversion Control website.

Prescription Drug Awareness Week

(April 8, 2014) This week, April 7-11, is Prescription Drug Awareness Week. Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties has created a Prevention Education Program that has been awarded the Healthy Living Grant funded by the American Medical Association. This program offers a curriculum, parent mailings, website information, announcements and a poster contest for students.
The program has provided valuable information about Teen Prescription Drug Abuse including how to: be aware, create a safe environment and properly dispose of prescription drugs. Please see this document for this information.

ICHS Junior Awarded RPI's Rensselaer Medal

Amanda Geiger

(April 8, 2014) Ichabod Crane High School student Amanda Geiger of Valatie was named winner of the annual Rensselaer Medal. Amanda will be graduating in June 2015. For more than 90 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising high school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. Learn More

ICHS Teacher Patrick Sanger Accepted into Summer Institute on Civil War

(April 8, 2014) Ichabod Crane High School is pleased to announce that teacher Patrick Sanger has been accepted into the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute's "Race and Politics in the American Civil War" at the New York Historical Society in New York. Sanger is one of only 30 teachers from around the country selected to participate in the rigorous, institute. Learn More

Ichabod Crane High School's Alexander Niemann Accepted to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Alexander Niemann

(April 4, 2014) The Ichabod Crane Central School District is pleased to announce that Ichabod Crane High School Senior Alexander Niemann has been accepted to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. Niemann was nominated by U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson of the 19th District of New York. Learn More

ICHS Students Experience WWII Up Close and Personal

(April 4, 2014) On March 6, the World War II period was brought to life through first hand observation, personal narrative, and photographs shared by Rebecca McBride, a freelance writer and editor, and Lily Harvitt, a Holocaust survivor. Both shared their personal perspectives with Ms. Connie Melone's college level EN 102 class, English Literature and Composition, and Mr. Randy Goold's U.S. at War class. Learn More

Board Approves 2014-15 School Calendar

(April 3, 2014) On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Ichabod Crane Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school calendar. This is the basic one-page calendar stating holidays, breaks, conference days, early dismissal days, etc. The calendar can be downloaded on the calendar webpage.

Career Expo 2014 for 8th-10th Graders Explores Careers in Science & Technology - May 7, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

(April 3, 2014) Students in grades 8-10, parents/guardians, community members, business leaders, teachers, school counselors and administrators have the opportunity to attend Career Expo 2014 on Wednesday, May 7 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy. Career Expo provides an interactive and innovative exploration of careers for students interested in careers and science and technology. This free event is sponsored by Questar III, NEATEC and Troy Riverfront PTECH. Download the flyer (pdf).

Nominating Petitions to Run for the Board of Education Available Starting April 7

Petitions are due April 21 by 5 p.m.
(April 1, 2014) Ichabod Crane Central School District announces petitions for candidates for the Board of Education are available April 7, 2014. Petitions are obtained through the District Clerk, Mindy Potts, in the Central Office, located in the High School Building, 2910 Route 9, Valatie. The three (3) vacancies to be filled on the Board of Education are for three (3) year terms as the terms of John Chandler, Susan Ramos and Cheryl Trefzger will expire June 30, 2014. Completed petitions are due back to the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Questions about serving on the Board of Education or the candidate petition process can be directed to the Ichabod Crane District Clerk, Mindy Potts at 758-7575 ext. 3001 or via email at

Grant Provides ICHS Art Students Opportunity to Receive One-On-One Instruction on Potter's Wheel

Potter's Wheel grant(March 27, 2014) Ichabod Crane High School students in Ms. Cannamela's Ceramics and Advanced Ceramics & Sculpture classes are getting the opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction on the potter's wheel with Jacqueline Rogers, a potter who creates in her home studio and professional illustrator of the Ramona book series. Her two-day visit (March 27 & 28) was made possible from a grant from the Columbia Arts and Humanities Project funded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. Learn More

District Earns Safety Excellence Award

(March 26, 2014) The Utica National Insurance Group has recognized Kinderhook Central School District (Ichabod Crane) with a 2014 School Safety Excellence Award. Ichabod Crane is one of 133 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in the state to receive the award. Learn More

ICC to Host CCMEA All County Music Festival April 3 & 4

Public welcome to attend 7:30 p.m. concert on April 4
(March 25, 2014) Students from the Ichabod Crane District-wide Music Department have been selected to participate in the Columbia County Music Educators Association (CCMEA) All County Music Festival on Thursday, April 3, and Friday, April 4, 2014. This festival, which is being hosted by the Ichabod Crane Central School District, will be held in the ICHS Auditorium. Students in All County Elementary Chorus, Junior High Band, and High School Chorus will represent Chatham, New Lebanon, Germantown, Hudson, Taconic Hills and the Ichabod Crane school districts. The All County experience will culminate in a concert on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the ICHS Auditorium. Doors will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. The event is free. Learn More

ICHS Student Artwork Selected for High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition at Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges

(March 25, 2014) The Ichabod Crane Central School District Art Department is pleased to announce that Ichabod Crane High School had six entries selected into the 15th annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Capital Area Art Supervisors and The Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges. Learn More

IC 6th Graders Participate in Twin County Science Expo, Two Projects Win Awards

(March 24, 2014) Eight Ichabod Crane 6th grade students (six projects) participated in the 16th annual Twin County Science Expo at Columbia-Greene Community College on March 22. The students brought their projects to compete against fifth through eighth-grade students from schools located in both counties. Ichabod Crane had two projects get awards. Learn More

Ichabod Crane High School Senior Appointed to United States Naval Academy

Chris Palladino








(March 21, 2014) The Ichabod Crane Central School District is pleased to announce that Ichabod Crane High School senior Christopher L. Palladino has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Update: Article about Chris' achievement is published in the April 1, 2014 Register Star. Learn More

Calendar Change: School In Session May 23

(March 17, 2014) The district accommodates five snow days in its school calendar and since six snow days have now been used, we need to make up a day. School will now be in session on Friday, May 23. This day was approved in the 2013-14 school calendar as the first day to add back as an instructional day if needed. Please adjust your calendar to reflect this change. Thank you.

Board Approves Rider Vision Strategic Plan

The Board of Education unanimously approved the Rider Vision strategic plan at its January 7 meeting. The next step in the process is the formation of Action Planning Teams that focus on each of the major initiatives outlined in the plan. LEARN More

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2014

In March, the Primary School will be conducting registration and screening for those students entering Kindergarten in September, 2014. In order to be eligible to enter Kindergarten this fall, a student must be five (5) years of age on or before December 1, 2014 and be a resident within the Ichabod Crane School District. LEARN MORE

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