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Welcome Back Picnic September 11

The PTA and TICTAC will be sponsoring the annual Welcome Back Picnic on Friday, Sept. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Primary School grounds. View the flyer

Fall School Portraits

The Fall MS (grades 6-8) School Portraits, by Lifetouch, will be taken Oct. 20-21 during gym classes.

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Help ICMS Earn Free Equipment

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!

"BackPack Program" to Feed Our Hungriest Students Expanding to the Elementary/Middle School
Success of the program depends on fundraising efforts

(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, or 892-2172.

Middle School Announces 4th Quarter Honor Rolls

(Updated July 22, 2015) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status! View the honor rolls

8th Graders Move On Up!

(July 7, 2015) IC Middle School's 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 24 in the ICHS Auditorium. During the ceremony, the following awards were presented:

  • Triple C Award - Jack Kirby and Isabella Sakolish
  • Comptroller Award - Hanna Gardella
  • Personal Achievement Award - Philip Saunders
  • Assistant Principal's Milestone Award - Nicholas Pelesz and Brendan Cappelli
  • Special Recognition Award (Perfect Attendance) - Erin Lanzer
  • Principal's Award - Susanna Dolan
  • Most Outstanding Achievement Award - Ama Boham

Congratulations to these students and all of our students!

6th Graders Explore Martin Van Buren Nature Trail

Martin Van Buren Nature Trail

(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

5th Graders Graduate from DARE Program

(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

6th Graders Enjoy Middle Ages & Knights Day

Knights Day(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.




Free Summer Lunch Program

(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.

Spirit Week Photos

Students and staff showed off their school spirit May 18-22. Photos can be viewed on Facebook here.

Middle School Announces 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls

(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

FACS Students Learn About Emergency Preparedness from the Red Cross

FACS students

(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

McTeacher Night Raises $500 for D.C. Club!

McTeachers Night

(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.

ICC Elementary/Middle School Earns $1000 Bonus for Hannaford Helps Schools Program

Hannaford check presentation

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

MS Students Shed Cabin Fever at Beach Party Spirit Night

(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.

ES/MS Students Raise $1700 for Pennies for Patients

Stuck for a Buck

(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

Friends of Rachel Club Gosts Cultural Get Together With ELL Students

Friends of Rachel- ELL Cultural Gathering

(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.

ICC 6th Grade Students Participate in Twin County Science Expo, Place 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th

(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:

  • Tismark Boham: Butter vs. Banana In a Cookie: Which Is Better?, 1st place
  • Jack DiGrigoli and Coltin Luckfield: Here We Go Loop De Loop, 2nd place
  • Nicholas Gould: Aerodynamic Drag: Which Shape goes faster?, 3rd place
  • Dantès Tapler: The Effect Temperature has on the Strength of a Magnet, 4th place
  • Austin Zlomek: Popcorn Pop Off
  • Emma Brusie and Kailey Switzer: Focus

View photo album on Facebook

ICC 6th Grade Students Learn About Greek Mythology Through Performance

Chariot of the Sun

(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

Students Showcase Projects at 6th Grade Science Fair

(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

MS Student Hosts Valentine Dance Spirit Night

(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

Elementary & Middle School Enjoy Student-Teacher Switch Day

(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.

View the photo album on Facebook

Students Training to be Peer Mediators

Peer Mediation students

(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

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Middle School Hours

Daily Hours: 7:40 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
(Students may enter the building as early as 7:25 a.m.)
After Hours: 2:05 – 3:30 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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