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 Middle School's Picture Retake Day will be Thurs., Dec. 3 from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Packets will be available in the office next week for those who didn't have their pictures taken originally. If a student needs to have his picture retaken, they must return the entire original packet of pictures when they get the retake.
The November newsletter can be downloaded here.
(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.
(Nov. 17, 2015) MS Student Council is collecting new toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Marion Stegmann Fund holiday baskets until December 9th. Collection boxes are located in the Primary and Elementary/Middle school buildings. All donations will help fill holiday baskets that be given to families in our local community. Please help out if you can.
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.
Sierra, Kailee, Dillon, Trevor, Brooke and Miah
(Nov. 10, 2015) Each month, Ichabod Crane Middle School honors students that demonstrate our school district’s mission and community values. These students have been recognized by middle school teachers and staff for exemplifying what it means to be an Ichabod Crane Rider. They exhibit all-around good character, morals and demonstrate Rider values and Rider pride in the classroom, in sports, arts, music, and in the community.
Students receive a certificate, a letter from Congressman Chris Gibson and an ice cream coupon donated by Stewarts.
We are pleased to announce the Rider of the Month students for October and what teachers had to say about them. Learn More
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.
(Oct. 8, 2015) This year, Ichabod Crane Middle School proudly began a new tradition of honoring our students that demonstrate our school district’s mission and community values. These students have been recognized by middle school teachers and staff for exemplifying what it means to be an Ichabod Crane Rider. They exhibit all-around good character, morals and demonstrate Rider values and Rider pride in the classroom, in sports, arts, music, and in the community. Learn More
(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.
(Sept. 11, 2015) Students in grades 7-11 and their parents are invited to a Career Expo at Troy Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This free interactive event helps students explore careers in science and technology. Dozens of area businesses and organizations will provide engaging opportunities for students to learn about emerging and conventional careers that use technology in new and exciting ways. A flyer with more info is available here.
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, email@example.com or 892-2172.