Learning, Teaching, and Growing - Together
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Tim Farley, Principal
Anthony Marturano, Assistant Principal
2910 Route 9 • Valatie, NY 12184
T: 518-758-7575 • F: 518-758-1405
JR. S.A.V.E., Ichabod Crane Middle School's environmental club, is responsible for the recycling program at the elementary and middle schools. JR. S.A.V.E. meets twice a month to collect recycling and to plan activities to inform ourselves and the community of environmental issues. Remember: Every day is Earth Day!
The Elementary/Midde School newsletter for March is available. Download the newsletter
(March 5, 2015) Since January, Ichabod Crane 6th grade students have been working on their projects researching, revising and conducting their various experiments. On Tuesday evening, March 3, they shared the results of their work at the 6th Grade Science Fair in the cafeteria. Project topics range the gamut from "eggshell disintegration," "sweetener wars" and "sugar snap peas" to "moldy bread," "paper towel challenge" and the "loop to loop." Great job students! View the photo album on Facebook
Deadline for parents to register their incoming 9th grader is March 31
(Feb. 24, 2015) The High School Counseling and Career Center, with the help of our students, have put together a Freshmen Mentoring Program for students entering the 9th grade in the 2015-16 school year. A letter has been sent home to students. If you and your child are interested in participating in the program please fill out the Freshmen Mentoring Program form electronically and submit it by March 31.
Letter from Amanda DeAloe, school counselor and Freshmen Mentoring Program advisor
(Feb. 10, 2015) The MS Student Council hosted a Valentine Dance Spirit Night on Friday, February 6, from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Middle School. This year's theme was "Dress to Impress." Students had a great time dancing and posing with friends in the Valentine photo booth. View a photo album on Facebook
(Jan. 29, 2015) The Ichabod Crane Middle School Student Council is teaming up with the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA. During the month of February we are collecting items for our furry friends.
The Humane Society has an animal food pantry where people can get food for their animals at no cost. They typically go through 20,000 to 24,000 pounds a year! The animals would benefit greatly from your donations of dog and cat food. Bags of dry animal food are especially appreciated. Also being collected is cat litter as well as towels and blankets that you no longer have a need for. There will be a box in the main office for your donations. Student Council and all the animals thank you very much for your support.
(Jan. 20, 2015) The middle school's D.C. Club would like to thank everyone who supported its Brooks BBQ fundraiser on Jan. 16. Club Advisor Lara Marotta is excited to report that $1500 was made to support the 8th grade's annual trip to Washington, D.C. Thank you ICC!
(Jan. 13, 2015) Student-Teacher Switch Day at IC Elementary & Middle School took place on Friday, Dec. 19. The annual switch day is an opportunity for students to see what it is like to be a teacher or staff member.
Participating students sign a contract with teachers accepting responsibility for meeting with teachers ahead of time to design a lesson, prepare the necessary materials for the lesson and on the day of teaching, implement the lesson they created.
Coordinator and social studies teacher, Lara Marotta, said there were 163 lottery tickets and 60+ kids won the opportunity to teach students in grades 4-8.
“It is a wonderful day and the kids, both as teachers and as students of our 'student teachers', really enjoy it," she said.
(Dec. 18, 2014) Through the generosity of staff, parents and students at the Primary School, Elementary School and Middle School, 14 families have received support for their Christmas. The Primary School, with its Generosity Tree, collected enough food to provide each family with an overflowing box for the holiday feast. Hannaford generously donated gift cards for each food box. The Elementary & Middle School, with their two Giving Trees, collected and wrapped gifts and necessities for each of the families. Learn More
(Dec. 16, 2014) Students and their mentors in the Middle School Student Mentoring Program enjoyed the festivities at a holiday party on Monday, Dec. 15. There was music, refreshments, games, ornament making, and holiday bingo. Jennifer Rickert, who coordinates the program, said there were many laughs and the room was full of so much joy!
Thank you to all of the ES/MS staff who mentor and Mrs. Rickert for all of your efforts in making this such a wonderful program in our school!
(Dec. 10, 2014) Ichabod Crane Elementary & Middle School celebrated Spirit Week, Dec. 1-5. New this year was a friendly grade-level competition. The winning grade level (one from the ES, and one from the MS) with the most participation in the theme days by the end of the week would earn bragging rights, and have their picture taken as a whole grade (2 photos below), during their lunch period and posted on the website and Ichabod Crane's Facebook page.
The winner at the middle school is the 7th grade! Congratulations students!
To see photos from Spirit Week, visit the photo album on Facebook.
(Dec. 9, 2014) Recently, 14 Ichabod Crane Middle School students participated in a training with Gail Colton, teaching assistant, to become Peer Mediators.
"These students gained a better understanding of what 'conflict' is, learned about the origins of conflict, gained a better sense of what peace means and how to go about peace making," said Mrs. Colton. "We talked about communication and practiced skills. We learned and practiced the 6 steps in the Mediation Process." Learn More
Lucas Fores, Eric Gofmanas, Zachary Friss, and Lee Beers display the
pillowcases they constructed using the "hot dog" technique.
(Dec. 4, 2014) Several 8th grade students in Mrs. Kuhn’s FACS class have been working after school to construct pillowcases for sick children at the Ronald McDonald House and Albany Medical Center’s Cancer unit. This is a worldwide mission to provide smiles to sick children across North America and the world.
Other service projects include: peer tutoring after school in 4th-6th grade extended day, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and helping out in nursing homes, food pantries and animal shelters.
Great job students!
At right, Olivia & Izzy ringing the Salvation Army bell at the Hudson Walmart on Black Friday.
(Nov. 20, 2014) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status! View the High Honor Roll or Honor Roll.
(Nov. 20, 2014) The PTA and Middle School Student Council are sponsoring a collection of toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Marion Stegmann fund. The items will be included in family holiday baskets that are provided to over 300 families in need in our community. If you are able to help out, please have your child bring a NEW toothbrush and/or NEW toothpaste to school with them. Collection boxes are located in the lobby of the PS and in the main office at the ES/MS. We will be collecting the items through Monday, Dec. 15.
(Oct. 31, 2014) If you can't beat 'me, join 'em! The grade 6 Ireland/Rickert team participated in a Halloween Scavenger Hunt this morning using articles from the Times Union, engaging students in reading the newspaper. The kids had a great time!
(Oct. 28, 2014) Today, Tues., Oct. 28, the Ichabod Crane Elementary/Middle School students, faculty and staff participated in a lockdown drill. Lockdown procedures are designed to protect students, faculty and staff from a potential internal or external threat by excluding or isolating that threat. Read the letter being sent home with students
(Oct. 23, 2014) Ichabod Crane Middle School students, faculty and staff wore orange on Oct. 22 in support of Anti Bullying Day. Way to go ICMS! More Photos
(Oct. 17, 2014) Students in Mrs. Rickert's sixth grade reading class display the anti-bullying posters they created as a culminating activity to a unit based on James Preller's book, Bystander, and as part of October's Bullying Awareness Month. The winner, Jason Chen, is pictured at front center. Great job students!
(Oct. 15, 2014) As part of the Nutrition and Wellness curriculum, Mrs. Kuhn's 6th grade FACS classes harvested, stored and cooked the vegetables from the Middle School's garden. Students selected basil and tomatoes from the garden and added onions and peppers from the store to create Pasta Pronto sauce on "hidden vegetable" pasta. See Photos
(Oct. 9, 2014) Ichabod Crane Middle School students have elected their officers and representatives for the 2014-15 Student Council. Learn Who They are
(Oct. 3, 2014) In honor of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Mrs. Ireland's sixth grade Social Studies class created posters depicting the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution. They then submitted them to the Constitution Day Poster Design Contest. Great job students!
(Oct. 2, 2014) Ichabod Crane Middle School and High School students enjoyed the "Quest For Respect" (Camfel Productions) assembly on Sept. 24 in the high school auditorium. This anti-bullying/character building assembly is presented in a high energy, multi-screen presentation that teaches students that true respect must be earned and that we should not compromise our values in an attempt to find a place to fit in.
"Quest for Respect" was brought to Ichabod Crane through the Arts in Education program supported by the PTA.
(Sept. 18, 2014) The 6th grade FACS (Family and Consumer Science) students are seen here in the Middle School's garden learning the "farm-to-table" concept.
Several students in this photo are part of the garden club, which planted vegetables and spices last spring. Ichabod Crane High School junior Emily Farrell created this sustainable project for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Emily has worked with Ms. Palmer and Mr. Soulia to start a Garden Club at the middle school. Mrs. Kuhn's FACS classes are harvesting, storing and cooking the vegetables as part of the Nutrition and Wellness curriculum.
As a new school year will soon get underway, please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with the Ichabod Crane Middle School Tools for Schools code 15890. Every time you use your AdvantEdge Card from July 27, 2014 through March 28, 2015 helps ICMS earn free equipment. Visit the Price Chopper Web site to sign-up today!