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
The May newsletter can be downloaded here.
Due to the district’s one snow day April 4, there will be school on May 27. The district had cancelled school that day as a “give back” day. School will not be in session on Friday, April 22 and Friday, May 13.
(April 25, 2016) Ichabod Crane ES/MS surpassed its goal and raised a total of $1331.42 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "Pennies for Patients" students program.
Donations were collected over a 3-week period and the program concluded with "Stuck for a Buck.” Student Council would like to share a special thank you to Principal Mr. Farley and Assistant Principal Mr. Marturano for being such great sports and willing participants in allowing the students to duct tape them to the wall. Learn More
(April 18, 2016) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status!
(April 12, 2016) Ichabod Crane Middle School is pleased to announce the Rider of the Month students for March! Congratulations to Justice Suafoa, Olivia Dixon, Ashyln Hunter, Emily Wall, Hailey Slade and Billy Hamm. Learn More
(April 7, 2016) ICC's two Odyssey of the Mind teams from the Middle School competed in the State Tournament at Binghamton State University on Saturday, April 2. Both teams finished in 5th place.
The team of eighth graders Alex Regan, Kristjan Bruno and Ben Seaman, seventh graders Tim Balon and Nicholas Gould and fourth grader Julen Payne, coached by Laura Michell-Regan and Christopher Gould, performed to the problem “No Cycle Recycle.” Their excellent performance combined with their spontaneous problem score resulted in a fifth place finish in a field of 15 teams.
The team of sixth graders Andrea Payne, Samara Regan, Lillian Gould, Analisa Martino, Natalie Allen and Skylar Scace, coached by Laura Michell-Regan and Maite Ascasibar performed to the problem “Something Fishy.” The girls gave an outstanding performance of their Long Term Problem solution. Scoring from their performance and spontaneous solutions placed them fifth among 16 competitors.
Great job by the students and coaches of these teams and to all of our teams this year for putting in the hard work and creativity necessary to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind program. You have filled our Rider Pride! See photos
(April 4, 2016) Ichabod Crane sixth grade students presented their projects at the 18th Annual Twin County Science Expo at Columbia Greene Community College on Saturday, April 2. The following students presented their projects at the Expo after being selected by their teachers following the local Science Fair at the middle school on March 8:
Congratulations to Asah Mulica and Brett Richards for their 4th Place in the 6th grade category! All of our students did a great job with their presentation and made us proud! See Photos
(March 23, 2016) Ichabod Crane sixth grade students enjoyed Jeff Benoit's one man show of "Chariot of the Sun", a collection of Greek myths, on March 17. In this performance, students learned of the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology.
Fun was had by all and several students were invited to perform with Mr. Benoit. This is the culmination of our Ancient Greece and Greek Myths unit. Students were able to read many myths, analyze them, and even act them out in classroom plays. They made masks to replicate Greek theater masks, some like the ones Mr. Benoit crafts himself for his show.
Thank you to the Kinderhook Education Foundation and Ichabod Crane PTA Arts in Education for the funding for this wonderful project and assembly. More Photos
(March 17, 2016) Mrs. Ireland's and Mrs. Rickert's classes recently had the privilege of having our team's ESL teacher, David Manarel, present about Buddhism and culture in Thailand. Having recently returned from a trip there, he shared a slide show which included photos from a Buddhist monk ceremony, daily life, and people of Thailand. Then he taught the students how to write their names in Thai. Thanks Mr. Manarel!
(Feb. 25, 2016) A book review written by Ichabod Crane Middle School 6th grader Zach Zeyak was published in the Columbia Newspaper's Feb. 18, 2016 issue.
Zach wrote the review in Tracey Gold's reading class where the class read the novel Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli. Students had many different opinions about the book so they wrote a book review to express their opinions and to guide others who might think about reading the novel.
(Feb. 24, 2016) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2015-16 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status!
(Feb. 2, 2016) Every year, ICC parent Howard Gibbons allows the middle school to borrow the uniform he found in his attic to help students learn about World War I. The uniform was worn by a local man who fought in France. It was rotated around Mr. Hanna and Mrs. Brink's 8th grade classes and also Mr. Schoonover's class. See More Photos
(Jan. 21, 2016) We would like to thank you for supporting our Brooks BBQ fundraiser! It was a huge success! We sold 945 dinners and sold out! The kids made almost $4000! See you January 20, 2017!
Students will be going out to recess every day that it is at least 20 degrees. Therefore, it is very important that you send them to school properly dressed for outdoor play. They will need a warm jacket, snow pants, hat, gloves and boots. Additionally, please do not send your child to school in shoes with heels.
We also ask that you be sure that your student brings in shoes to change into while inside, as it is very uncomfortable for them to wear their boots all day. Thank you for your assistance. En Espanol
(Dec. 21, 2015) Six Ichabod Crane Middle School students have joined the school's Peer Mediator group by participating in a training with Gail Colton, Peer Mediator advisor and teaching assistant, to become Peer Mediators. They learned about resolving conflict and the mediation process. Learn More
(Dec. 10, 2015) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status!
(Dec. 8, 2015) Sixth grade students created replicas of ancient Egyptian ushabtis, small statuettes or figurines, to follow up their tour of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Students attended the Ancient Egypt exhibition earlier this month. The classes thank 6th grade teacher Tracey Gold for planning the trip. See More Photos
(Nov. 20, 2015) The DC Club Website has DC trip forms & deadlines (for eighth graders), upcoming fundraiser information (for 6th and 7th graders), and current point totals by Student ID so students know how their fundraising efforts are paying off their 8th grade trip to Washington DC. Please visit the site to help answer questions and find more information about how to get involved in earning points off the cost of your trip! You may have also noticed the DC Club web button on the right that will take you directly to the website.
The elementary/middle school celebrated Spirit Week Nov. 2-6. Each day students participated in a different theme. Check out the photo album on Facebook here.
Ruth Dazi, Alex Reagan, and Lauren Leonard with their completed pillowcases.
(Nov. 5, 2015) Eighth grade FACS students participated in many Community Service Projects to develop leadership skills and make a difference in their communities. Students participated in the following activities over their 10 weeks in FACS: Peer Tutor younger students after school, Volunteering at Barnwell, animal shelters and food pantries, and sewing pillowcases for the Ronald McDonald House. Great job students!
(Nov. 4, 2015) Since the beginning of the school year Ichabod Crane Middle School's Friends of Rachel (FOR) has been working very hard to promote positive awareness about bullying. The first project completed was a reflection of what they learned in their anti-bullying assembly in September. The participants of FOR took the idea of making a pledge and walking in someone else’s shoes and developed five different pledges. The students created the following five pledges that they thought pertained to middle school students:
1. Pledge to be kind and give everyone a chance
2. Pledge to walk in someone else’s shoes before judging them
3. Pledge to start a chain reaction of kindness
4. Pledge to give everyone a chance to be heard
5. Pledge to give everyone a chance to be who they are.
Every student had an opportunity to sign one or more of the pledges that they thought they could stick to throughout the year. The group then created wall art of the word FOR with the pledges to display in the wings.
FOR’s next project consisted of creating graffiti art with side walk chalk on the front walk way.
"The students seemed to really enjoy this activity," said FOR advisor Jackie Purificato. "It gave the students a way to speak out against bullying and to share positive thought for the targets who have been bullied."
Friends of Rachel will be continuing to create activities throughout the year which they hope will create a chain reaction or positive inclusive behavior and reduce bullying.
Ms. Janet Haywood also serves an advisor with Ms. Purificato.
(Oct. 23, 2015) Eighth grade students learned about a variety of careers over the course of two days during Career Days, an annual event coordinated by FACS teacher Maureen Kuhns. Learn More
(Oct. 22, 2015) Mrs. Kuhn's 6th and 8th grade Family & Consumer Science (FACS) classes are learning how to cook with vegetables fresh from the garden at the middle school. Mr. Soulia and the Garden Club planted and cultivated peppers, Swiss chard, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, turnips and many other nutrient-dense vegetables to be used in the FACS cooking labs, which were held this week.
(Oct. 22, 2015) It was Spirit Night for grades 6, 7 & 8 on Friday, Oct. 16. Check out the photo album on Facebook here.
(Sept. 18, 2015) During two morning assemblies, IC students in grades 6-12 attended an anti-bullying character program in the high school auditorium.
Through the support of the ICC PTA's Arts & Enrichment Program, Mike Donahue, who is the executive director and founder of R5 Productions, presented his "Walk A Mile" anti-bullying program to our students. The program focuses on respect and diversity. R5 is a Omaha, NE based, nonprofit organization dedicated to reaching out and enriching the lives of young people.
As the school year gets 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 26, 2015 through March 26, 2016 you can earn points to help ICMS get needed equipment – FREE! Please be sure to change your school designation if necessary. Visit the Price Chopper Web site to sign-up today!
(August 10, 2015) The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Ichabod Crane Central School District are hoping to expand the "BackPack Program" to Ichabod Crane Elementary/Middle School in October 2015. The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily-consumed. Bags are packed each week by school staff and discreetly distributed to participating children every Friday afternoon.
Since Ichabod Crane’s "BackPack Program" is funded entirely by local donations, the success of the program depends on fundraising efforts. To see how you can help support the BackPack Program in our schools, view the flyer here. All donations are tax deductible.
Ichabod Crane Primary School has been involved in the program since 2011 and is coordinated there by Sandra Funk.
Questions about the program? Contact Laura Sarno, firstname.lastname@example.org or 892-2172.