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 April newsletter can be downloaded here.
(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
(April 4, 2017) Ichabod Crane Middle School's sixth grade's learning about the ancient Greek civilization culminated with a recent performance of Chariot the Sun and creating their own Greek Theater masks. Learn More
The Town of Kinderhook Parks and Recreation will be running a girls lacrosse program for girls in Grade 3 through 6. The program will be run by Dan Cremo, one of the Physical Education teachers at the Primary School. Mr. Cremo will have an informational meeting and sign-up night on Friday, March 31 at the Primary School from 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm.
(March 28, 2017) March is "Empowering Girls' Horizons in STEM Careers" month and the 7th grade FACS classes taught by Maureen Kuhn recently heard from STEM professionals.
Linda McEwan spoke about the different types of nursing careers and explained her transition from working in Telemetry to her current career as a Cardiac Nurse at Twin County Cardiology.
Elisabeth Simon, MD, spoke about her career as a Pediatric Physician at Albany Medical Center. Her son Erik attends Ichabod Crane High School.
Rebecca Prendergast-Lanahan is a 2009 Ichabod Crane graduate, and graduate of Clarkson University with a BS in Environmental Engineering. She spoke about the different types of engineering and then explained what she does as an environmental engineer working for New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.
We thank them for taking the time to share their careers with our students!
(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
(March 17, 2017) Beginning March 20, and running through April 7, the Ichabod Crane Elementary and Middle Schools will be joining 29,000 schools nationwide in the fight against blood cancers by participating in the “Pennies for Patients” program.
For the next few weeks, we will help people who are sick with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Students will be given an informational letter and a collection box to collect coins. Students bring the boxes back to their home room teacher or drop off in the office. Learn More
(March 2, 2017) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status! See the Honor Rolls
(Feb. 28, 2017) There are children in Africa who do not have any shoes to wear. They walk, work and play all day long and their bare feet often become infected, with jiggers and sand fleas, and in some cases, it can cause paralysis or worse.
This month Student Council is getting involved in the Sole Hope project. Students will be repurposing jeans by cutting out patterns for shoes and decorating them. We will be sending them to the Sole Hope headquarters in North Carolina where they will be sent on to Uganda. The people in Uganda, who are in need of a steady income to help provide for their families, will assemble the cut out patterns into shoes, and add rubber soles. They will be given to the local children in need. Sole Hope’s mission is to “build relationships with a team of Africans so that together, they can sustainably impact the problem of jiggers in their own communities”.
If you have jeans you no longer need and want to donate them, or volunteer your time and join us during one of our “shoe cutting parties”, please contact Student Council Advisors Gail Colton at email@example.com or Lindsay Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The simple act of donating jeans or volunteering time to cut out shoe patterns will help change lives, and “spread the hope", to many African children.
View photos from the Middle School's Feb. 10 Spirit Night on Facebook here.
(Feb. 10, 2017) Ichabod Crane Middle School is pleased to announce the Rider of the Month students for January. Congratulations to Courtney Loucks, Jackson Champagne, Annabella Rivero, Sofia Pantoja, Shane VanAlstyne, Skylar Scace, Angie Pinkowski, Fiona White and Mackenzie Wendelken and Colin Karic. Learn More
(Jan. 4, 2017) Approximately 70 of our middle school students participated in Student-Teacher Switch Day on Dec. 22, 2016. Students and teachers alike had a great time as usual!Approximately 70 of our middle school students participated in Student-Teacher Switch Day on Dec. 22, 2016. Students and teachers alike had a great time as usual on this much anticipated day! View the photo album on Facebook
(Dec. 14, 2016) Ichabod Crane's 6th grade attended field trips to the Albany Institute of History and Art during the first week in December. Students visited the Ancient Egypt exhibit and saw three real mummies from ancient times. Each 6th grader also created an ushabti, a small magical statue that will do chores for them in their afterlife. Learn More
The Middle School Student Council has finished its Toothbrush/Tooth-
paste collection. Between the Primary, Elementary and Middle Schools, our families donated 416 toothbrushes and 158 toothpastes! Thank you also to Hudson Family Dental and Kinderhook Dental Arts for their donations as well. They will be included in food baskets given out by the Marion Stegmann Fund to families in our community.
(Dec. 8, 2016) Ichabod Crane Middle School has announced the honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved honor roll status!
(Nov. 2, 2016) 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
Grades 6-8 Spirit Night was held on Friday, Oct. 21. View the photo album on Facebook here.
(Oct. 20, 2016) On Oct. 19, Ichabod Crane Middle School students participated in a training with Gail Colton, teaching assistant, to become Peer Mediators. New mediators this year are Makenzie Elting, Katie Heimroth, Piper DeKraai, Lily Siver and Julia Rivers. These students should be commended for the work they are doing to make a difference in their school community. Great job Peer Mediators! Learn More
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(Oct. 11, 2016) Ichabod Crane Middle School's Friends of Rachel club promotes the beliefs of Rachel Joy Scott. The mission of the group is to form a chain reaction of kindness and compassion, so that no students feels that they don't belong. Club activities are based on the beliefs that we will have an environment of anti-bullying, kindness and hope.
The sidewalk chalk graffiti was designed to promote these values and to promote what was learned from the Sweethearts and Heroes presentation which took place on Sept. 29. Throughout the year, the Friends of Rachel will be presenting many more activities to keep the chain reaction going. Students who are interested in joining can contact Jackie Purificato or Mary Middleton, the co-advisers of the club.
Great job Friends of Rachel! View the Friends of Rachel photo album on Facebook
Capture your memories in this Year's Ichabod Crane MS Yearbook. The yearbook is 10% off if purchased online by October 31, 2016. Discounted price is $17.47 and the regular price is $19.41. To order go to www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter ICC MS passcode: 101373902357196
Please e-mail Mrs.Geiger at email@example.com with any questions.
(Sept. 20, 2016) Mr. Souilla, IC 5th grade teacher, was in full spirit of National Constitution Day when he came to school dressed as one of our Founding Fathers, George Washington! He shared the spirit of the Constitution to 5th and 7th graders on Friday, Sept. 16, the day before National Constitution Day.
"Mr. Soulia does an outstanding job letting his students know the purpose of the Founding Fathers creating the US Constitution and he came over to share that with my students as well," said Mrs. Marotta, 7th grade social studies teacher. "He talked to the kids about rights and responsibilities and the 10 Amendments, as well as his (George Washington) role as a founding father. He gave the kids small pamphlets he created on the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble and the 10 Amendments."
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 Laura Sarno. Questions about the program? Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 892-2172.
(June 1, 2016) Ichabod Crane Middle School has elected its officers for the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to the following:
Co-Presidents: Timmy Hamm and Emma Brusie
Vice President: Gabe Kelly
Treasurer: Luke Desmonie
Secretary: Trinity Armstrong
"The students did a great job writing their campaign speeches and talking in front of their peers," Advisors Gail Colton and Lindsay Myers said. "They are excited about the year ahead and are already coming up with ideas for next year. We have a great team in place and next year's going to be the best one yet!"
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!