Learning, Teaching, and Growing - Together
© 2015 Ichabod Crane Central School District. This website was produced by the Questar III Communications Service.
Tim Farley, Principal
Anthony Marturano, Assistant Principal
2910 Route 9 • Valatie, NY 12184
T: 518-758-7575 • F: 518-758-1405
The Elementary/Midde School newsletter for June is available. Download the newsletter
Download the 2014-15 End-of-School-Year Calendar here.
(June 11, 2015) The Grade 6 students enjoyed a fun-filled, very informative day of learning and nature walking at the Martin Van Buren Nature Trail on Wednesday, June 10. The stations included Birds as Indicators, Lyme Disease, The Benefits of Plants, Invasive Species, Trail History, and The Life Story of the Forest. Learn More
(June 9, 2015) The DARE program, sponsored by the Columbia County Sheriff's Department, celebrated 24 years at Ichabod Crane with the DARE Graduation on Friday, June 5. The D.A.R.E program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a 10-week classroom program taught by Deputy Wendy Guntert.
Ichabod Crane Elementary fifth graders received Certificates for completion of the "Keepin' It REAL" program. The DARE program features the DARE Decision Making Model, a guide to help students to make safe and responsible life choices. Timely topics include Communication Styles, Signs of Stress, Responding to Pressure, and Responsibly Reporting Bullying. Learn More
(June 8, 2015) On Thursday, June 4, Grade 6 held their annual Middle Ages and Knights Day. Students learned about the Middle Ages customs, roles, traditions and armor. They also were treated to a very exciting demonstration by Sir Fitz and Squire Mark. A big thank you to the ICC PTA Arts in Education program. View photos on Facebook here.
(June 4, 2015) The First Presbyterian Church along with other churches and organizations in the area are again hosting the Free Summer Lunch Program Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 28, each weekday (M-F), 12:15 p.m to 1:30 p.m. Any child in the Ichabod Crane CSD is welcome to join them.
To help organizers with planning and to know how many children to expect, please fill out this form (also en español) indicating how many children will participate and return it to your child's teacher as soon as possible.
Students and staff showed off their school spirit May 18-22. Photos can be viewed on Facebook here.
(May 20, 2015) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status! View the High Honor Roll; View the Honor Roll
(May 15, 2015) Mrs. Kuhn's sixth grade FACS (Family and Consumer Science) class learned about what the American Red Cross does to help families in emergency situations. Students learned how to prepare for fire and floods using problem solving skills with emergency scenarios. All students received an emergency preparedness workbook and a pillowcase to take home and fill with essential items to be prepared for potential emergencies. Thank you to Anne Byrne from the Red Cross for visiting the middle school! This program is sponsored by Disney and the American Red Cross. See more photos
(April 30, 2015) Ichabod Crane Middle School staff participated in National McTeacher Night on April 28. Every McDonalds across the country allows their local schools to work and earn money for their school! This was the fifth year the middle school has participated and raised money for the D.C. Club. D.C. Club advisor Lara Marotta is pleased to share the event raised $500!
Teachers/administrators participating were Tim Farley, Tony Martaruno, Todd DiGrigoli, Gosia Geiger, Adam Vooris, Bob Samaniuk, Lindsey Meyers, Bernadette Torre, Elizabeth Milot, Julianne Rulison, Jake Patenaude, Mrs. Marotta, Marianne Noll, Maureen Wisniewski and Janet Haywood.
"Kids had a great time taking photo ops with the rider mascot, giving teachers their orders and enjoying their dinner," said Mrs. Marotta. "Their parents are thrilled that eating dinner out tonight helped their children earn points for their DC trip!"
Thank you to all who supported McTeacher Night! View more photos on Facebook, here.
Hannaford Store Manager Bill Marinello, IC Elementary/Middle School Principal Tim Farley
and IC Middle School Tech Teacher Stephen Leader
(April 28, 2015) Ichabod Crane Elementary/Middle School raised the most “School Dollars” in the community through the Hannaford Helps Schools program in 2014, and was rewarded with a $1,000 bonus check from the Kinderhook store. In all, the school earned more than $1,700 through the program. Mr. Farley says the money will be used to purchase a 3D printer (Solidoodle Workbench model) for the 2015-16 school year. Learn More
(April 6, 2015) On March 27, the middle school held a Beach Party Spirit Night. Students had fun shedding their cabin fever during a night filled with dancing, volleyball, basketball and more! View the photo album on Facebook, here.
(April 2, 2015) Ichabod Crane Middle School Student Council voted to collect donations for the Pennies for Patients program once again this year. Student Council advisors Gail Colton and Kim Zorzi said the goal this year was to raise $1000.00. Many of our students in the ES / MS building participated and they raised a total of $1700.51 for Pennies for Patients. Learn More
(March 31, 2015) Friends of Rachel, a club at the middle school, hosted a Cultural Get Together Party on March 16. ELL (English Language Learner) students in grades 4-8 were asked to attend.
"As one of the plans for the ELL committee we discussed getting more of our ELL students involved," said Jackie Purificato. "I suggested asking the Friends of Rachel club to help me with this goal. I met with the group and the students came up with the plan. The students sent an invitation to all of the ELL students in the ES/MS building through the ELL teachers."
Students were asked to bring something from their culture to share. Friends of Rachel students also brought things from their own cultures. "We learned to dance (Salsa), had a Pinata, shared food and games from several of the cultures," Mrs. Purificato said. "A great time was had by all."
Friends of Rachel advisors Janet Haywood and Bernadette Torre say the club is looking forward to planning another activity in the future.
(March 24, 2015) Eight Ichabod Crane Middle School students presented their projects at the 17th annual Twin Counties Science Expo at Columbia-Greene Community College on Saturday, March 21. Students grade 5-8 from all schools in the two counties presented their projects to judges. The students represented the 6th grade and had to compete against 20 other projects in their category. All students received a certificate of participation, a t-shirt, a free lunch and a raffle ticket for prizes. In addition, students could place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and receive cash awards.
Congratulations to all the following students who received the opportunity to present their projects at the Twin Counties Science Expo after being selected by their teachers, following the local Science Fair at the middle school on March 3:
(March 17, 2015) The D.C. Club will have another fundaiser on Tuesday, April 28. McTeacher's Night will run from 4:30-7 p.m. Twenty percent of your sale will be donated to the Ichabod Crane Middle School D.C. Club. Save your receipt, write your name and homeroom number on it and turn it in to Mrs. Marotta in room 211 for credit in your D.C. account. See the flyer
(March 17, 2015) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the second 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.
(March 13, 2015) Ichabod Crane sixth grade students saw "Chariot of the Sun" with Jeff Benoit on March 11. In this performance, students learned of the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology. Learn More
(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
(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. 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. 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
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!