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2016 Ithaca School Preview

A very busy summer will soon wrap up for area school districts. Everything from polishing the floors to hiring staff to major building projects get taken care of during the summer months. Ithaca prepares for a brand new school year and a new year worth of activities and changes.

There have been no major building or facility projects that have taken place this summer at Ithaca.

District Superintendent Bob Smudde said maybe the most significant change will be seen in the LMC where new carpeting and fresh paint have been applied. Still, he said that upgrading the learning environment for students is an important part of education.

2016-17 will mark a milestone for technology integration in the Ithaca School District. Starting this year, Ithaca 9th through 12th grade students will have an individual Chrome Book. Smudde said that's the direction education is going and it's a necessary tool for students.

Another significant change that is taking place at Ithaca this fall is how it's Food Service is delivered. Ithaca has contracted with the Richland School District's Food Service Department to provide meals for the upcoming school year. Bob Smudde said his district simply wants to offer a better service, and students and families shouldn't notice much difference.

As far as curriculum changes from the previous year, Ithaca is doing a vertical alignment of the mathematics program K-through-12. There has also been a curriculum upgrade in middle school social studies, middle school English/Language Arts, and high school English/Language Arts with some college prep classes.

In addition to Ithaca's Back to School Open House on Tuesday, August 30th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, other important dates for students and parents to be aware of are the 1st day of school for all students on September 1st; student picture day on September 15th; the Ithaca School Fair & Homecoming is set for Saturday, October 1st; the school district annual meeting will be the evening of Monday, October 24th; and Parent/Teacher conferences at Ithaca are set for October 25th and 27th.