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Six Candidates Running for Four Seats on the Board of Education

Meet the Candidates Night & Public Budget Hearing May 2
(April 19, 2017) Six candidates are seeking four (4) seats on the Board of Education. Running, in the order they will appear on the May 16 ballot, are Susan Ramos, Tammy Crawford, Craig Luckfield, Daniel Cohn, Brendan Caluneo and Francis McKearin. Board member candidates have been invited to participate in a “Meet the Candidates Night” hosted by the Ichabod Crane Participatory Government Class on May 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Following this event, the Board will convene its Regular Board meeting with the first agenda item as the 2017-2018 Budget Hearing. Learn More

Middle School Announces March Rider of the Month Students

(April 18, 2017) Ichabod Crane Middle School is pleased to announce the Rider of the Month students for March. Congratulations to Jonathan Hesler, Emanuelle Schnyder, Nathan Garafalo, Ashley Ames, Susanna Loyola, Abigail Wood, Corbyn Riley, Richard Tang, Emily Zimmermann and Logan Dunspaugh. Learn More

12 Artworks of ICHS Students Selected for Capital Region Media Arts Festival

(April 13, 2017) Twelve artworks from ICHS students were selected to be a part of the 2017 Capital Region Media Arts Festival that runs though May 5 at the Niskayuna HS Art Gallery. Congratulations to the following students who have artwork in this exhibit: Elizabeth Desmonie (11), Emily Goldman (12), Katie Harrison (10), Calista Phippen (11), Sarah Race (12), Caleb Scace (11), Camden Swierzewski (11), Isabelle Tennier (12), and Ashley VanAlphen (12). Learn More

Board of Education Adopts 2017-18 Proposed Budget

Budget Hearing May 2

(April 13, 2017) At its meeting on Wednesday, April 12, the Ichabod Crane Board of Education unanimously adopted the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year.

The $39,189,544 spending plan is an increase of $1,055,557, or 2.77 percent, from the current year’s budget. If approved by voters, it would result in a tax levy increase of 1.47 percent, which meets the district’s legal limit under the state’s tax levy cap legislation. Learn More

Five ICHS Photography Students Participate in Valatie Free Library Photo Competition

(April 11, 2017) Five ICHS students submitted photographs taken in their Photography Class to the Valatie Free Library Photo Competition, held on Sunday, April 2. Students in the contest were: Nicholas Johnston (Grade 11), Nicole Lewis (Grade 12), Ellie Plourde (Grade 11), Karina Speer (Grade 11) and Camden Swierzewski (Grade 11). The three award winners were Ellie Plourde, Karina Speer and Nicholas Johnston. Congratulations students and Photography teacher Sandy Harrington! Learn More

ICC Team Takes 4th Place in State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

(April 10, 2017) Ichabod Crane had one team compete in the NYS Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on April 8 at Binghamton State University. The team of Nicholas Gould, Timothy Balon, Lillian Gould, Emma Brew, Analisa Martino, Alex Regan and Samara Regan and coached by Laura Michell Regan and Erika Balon competed in Problem 1, Division 3 and took fourth place. Great job students! Learn More

Board Approves 2017-18 School Calendar

(April 6, 2017) The Board of Education approved next year's school calendar at its meeting on April 4. Download the Calendar

Board Appoints Tenure to Five Faculty

(April 5, 2017) The Board of Education approved tenure appointments for five faculty members at its last meeting on April 4. Congratulations to the following:

  • Clarise (Darcy) Robinson to tenure in the area of Academic Science
  • Jennifer Farrell to tenure in the area of Remedial Reading
  • Sabrina Hartley to tenure in the area of Teaching Assistant
  • Craig Shull to tenure in the area of Principal
  • Anthony Marturano to tenure in the area of Assistant Principal

Artwork of 3 ICHS Students Selected 28th Annual Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit at HVCC

(April 5, 2017) The Ichabod Crane High School Art Department is pleased to announce the artwork of three students has been selected for the 28th Annual Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit at Hudson Valley Community College in the Marvin Library Learning Commons, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. Congratulations to Margaret Gibson (grade 12), Analeah Herbst (Grade 12), and Jack Kolb (Grade 11)! A reception at HVCC will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 5 -7 pm. See Artwork

ICC Music Students Selected for All County April Music Festival

(March 30, 2017) Seventy-one (71) students from Ichabod Crane District-wide Music Department have been selected to participate in the final of three Columbia County Music Educators Association (CCMEA) All County Festivals. This All County Music Festival, which will be hosted by the Chatham Central School District on Wednesday, April 5 and Friday, April 7, include Elementary Chorus, Junior Band & Senior Chorus.

Students will participate in intense after school rehearsals with students selected from the other schools in Columbia County. Conductors for these groups will be from the Capital Region and beyond. The all county experience culminates in a concert at Chatham High School on Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 7 p.m. This event is free. Learn More

Four Seats on Board of Education Up for Election on May 16
Nominating Petitions are due no later than April 17 at 5 p.m.

(March 28, 2017) Four of the nine seats on the Board of Education are up for election on May 16, 2017. District residents interested in running for a seat can obtain a nominating petition beginning March 30 through the District Clerk, Mindy Potts, in the Central Office, located in the High School Building, 2910 Route 9, Valatie, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completed petitions are due back to the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Two (2) vacancies are for three-year (3) terms as the terms of Cheryl Trefzger and Susan Ramos will expire June 30, 2017. One vacancy is for a three-year (3) term and one vacancy is for a one-year (1) term as two Board members resigned during their tenures and the interim appointments of Daniel Cohn and Michael Stead will expire on May 16, 2017.

Questions about serving on the Board of Education or the candidate petition process can be directed to the Ichabod Crane District Clerk, Mindy Potts at 758-7575 ext. 3001 or via email at

ICHS Art Student Alexis Graham Awarded The Lori Tansky Award in 2017 HS Regional Juried Exhibit

(March 28, 2017) At the March 24 reception for the 2017 HS Regional Juried Exhibit at the Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges, Alexis Graham's ceramic sculpture Swollen Reef received The Lory Tansky Award! Alexis received one of the four major awards announced at the reception, and she was presented with a $100 gift certificate for Arlene's Artist Materials. This is the second year in a row that an Ichabod Crane student has won an award at this very selective annual juried exhibit. Congratulations to Alexis! Learn More

Snow Days Exceeded, School In Session April 21

(March 23, 2017) With the snowstorm the week of March 14, Ichabod Crane CSD exceeded the five snow days that were built into the 2016-17 calendar. In keeping with the make-up snow days that were approved in the school calendar a year ago, school will now be in session on Friday, April 21. The order of the snow make-up days is 4/21, 4/20, 4/19, 4/18 and 4/17. Should there be another snow day, we would make that day up on April 20. Thank you. Snow Day Letter; Snow Day Letter - espanol

Elementary School Raises Nearly $8,000 for American Heart Association

(March 23, 2017) Ichabod Crane Elementary School concluded its Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association with an assembly on March 22. Physical education teacher Mr. Vooris announced that the school raised nearly $8,000 blowing its goal of $3,000 out of the water! Rory the Lion (Mr. Marturano) made a special appearance to thank students. Learn More

Middle School Named a 2017 Mix It Up School

(March 23, 2017) Through the efforts of Ichabod Crane Middle School's Friends of Rachel group, the school has been named a 2017 Mix It Up School by Teaching Tolderance. These schools earned Model School designation for exemplary planning and execution of Mix It Up at Lunch Day and for their efforts to foster respect and understanding throughout the 2016-17 school year. Learn More

Three ICC Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Continue Play at Collegiate Level

(March 21, 2017) On March 21 in the Ichabod Crane High School library in front of family, friends, teammates and staff, student-athletes Madison Saccento, Casey Rutkey and Joe Werner signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level. Learn More

Five ICC Students Selected for Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

(March 21, 2017) Ichabod Crane High School students Soledad Cruz-Cruz, Larissa Gomez, Leslie Gomez, Lizeth Gomez and Alex Gomez have been selected to represent the Capital District Delegation for the 2017 Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute on March 25-27 in Albany. Learn More

Ten Artworks by ICHS Students Selected for 18th Annual Regional HS Juried Exhibition

(March 21, 2017) The Ichabod Crane Central School District Art Department is pleased to announce that 10 artworks by Ichabod Crane High School art students have been selected for the 18th Annual Regional HS Juried Exhibition being held this year at the Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges, 140 New Scotland Ave. in Albany. The show will be displayed until April 23, 2017. Learn More

Booster Club Summer Camp

(March 20, 2017) It is time to start planning for summer vacation! The Booster Club will again be offering sports camps over the summer for children entering grade 4 through 10. Please see the flyer here. This will also be sent home with all children starting this week.

Winter Sports Teams Earn NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award

(March 16, 2017) Four Ichabod Crane winter sports teams have been named by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as Scholar-Athlete teams. Congratulations to Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Indoor Track and Boys Volleyball. Also, Ichabod Crane had 45 individual scholar athletes. Learn More

All-State Jazz Musician from Ichabod Crane High School Performs at State Capitol

(March 16, 2017) Ichabod Crane senior Ben L’Ecuyer, one of five trumpet players in the State of New York selected as a member of NYSSMA’s All-State Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, performed at the Empire State Plaza on Monday, March 6. The performance was part of NYSSMA’s annual “Music In Our Schools Month” celebration at the State Capitol. See photo

Board Appoints Michael Vanyo as Next Superintendent

(March 8, 2017) At its March 7 meeting, the Ichabod Crane CSD Board of Education appointed Michael Vanyo as the next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2017. Learn More

Doug Kelley Appointed Interim HS Assistant Principal

(March 8, 2017) On March 7, the Ichabod Crane Board of Education appointed Mr. Doug Kelley as the interim assistant principal of the high school for the remainder of the school year as Mr. Dan Farley continues to teach Earth Science during the science teacher's leave of absence. Learn More

ICHS Announces Valedictorian & Salutatorian of the Class of 2017

(March 7, 2017) Ichabod Crane High School Principal Craig Shull is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2017. Alexis Hoffmann is the Valedictorian and Eric Papas is the Salutatorian of the senior class. Congratulations go to Alexis, Eric and their families. A full write-up about them will be shared in May. Learn More

ICC Students Represent Upstate Sports Zone

(March 7, 2017) ICC students Camdyn Ames (freshman) and Kaleb Aschenbrenner (senior) recently attended the annual MAAC men's basketball tournament at the Times Union Center as media representatives for Upstate Sports Zone. After reporting on the games, they attended post-game press conferences, as well as participated in the voting for the MAAC All-Tournament Team. Learn More

Suzanne Guntlow Appointed District Principal of APPR, Curriculum & Instruction, Search Opens for Primary School Principal

Application deadline for principal position March 24
(Updated Feb. 24, Feb. 17, 2017) The Board of Education appointed Suzanne Guntlow, principal of Ichabod Crane Primary School, to the position of District Principal of APPR, Curriculum and Instruction, effective July 1, 2017. The appointment follows Melissa Murray's announcement that she will retire at the end of the school year after 34 years of service to the Ichabod Crane Central School District. Guntlow has served as principal since December 2013.

The District has started the search for a new principal of the Primary School. The selected candidate would begin July 1. The application deadline is March 24, 2017. To learn more about the position, visit our Employment webpage here.

District Receives Positive Fiscal Stress Score for 4th Straight Year

(Feb. 8, 2017) For the fourth straight year, the Ichabod Crane Central School District received a fiscal stress score of "no designation," indicating a low level of fiscal stress, through the Office of the State Comptroller's Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. The system identifies local governments and school districts that are in fiscal stress, as well as those showing susceptibility to fiscal stress using four categories "No Designation," "Susceptible to Fiscal Stress," "Moderate Fiscal Stress," and "Significant Fiscal Stress." Learn More

Board Approves Smart Schools Investment Plan Phase II

(Feb. 8, 2017) Following a public hearing on the District's Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) Phase II during the Ichabod Crane Board of Education meeting on Febuary 8, 2017, the Board approved the plan. Learn More .

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2017

(Jan. 3, 2017) This Spring, Ichabod Crane Primary School will be conducting registration and screening for those students entering Kindergarten in September, 2017. In order to be eligible to enter Kindergarten this coming fall, a student must be five (5) years of age on or before December 1, 2017 and be a resident within the Ichabod Crane School District. If you have a child who meets the criteria for beginning Kindergarten in September of 2017 and have not received a mailing by mid-February, please contact us immediately. Learn More

Survey Results Indicate Positive Climate at the High School

(Nov. 2, 2016) Ichabod Crane High School Principal Craig Shull reported on the results of the Climate Survey in his building to the Board of Education on Nov. 1. Students, parents and staff responded to various questions. Overall the responses indicate a positive climate at the high school. View the survey results

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