Important I.C.E. News


Hello Parents of 12th Graders,

After 12th graders receive narrative reports this Friday morning in advisory, they should take their binders home.  Binders contain many of the projects students have completed over their time at ICE.

Parents/students can also come in to ICE any time from July 6-9 from 9 am -12 am to pick up binders.  After July 9 we will recycle the binder to an incoming 6th grader.



Dear ICE families:
This report aired this morning on WNYC:
I hope you will be as honored as I am that WNYC identified ICE as a school that provides a successful alternative to high stakes tests to demonstrate proficiency towards high school graduation. A journalist from WNYC/ NPR attended our Neuroscience Exhibition two weeks ago, and to her credit she observed 2 rounds of presentations and interviewed students, teachers and parents. While the real story goes much deeper, I thought Ms. Fertig represented ICE and performance-based assessment positively. ICE students Micki Lee Coleman-Palansky, Kira James, Asha Reed-Jones and Zander Buswinka deserve more than a shout out for their effective descriptions of their work, and the process that they most recently completed for their 11th Grade Science Graduation Requirement. 
There will be more to come on the subject of performance based assessment. We are entering a phase as a community in which we will all need to represent our choice to be part of this approach to assessment and instruction while the NYS Board of Regents decides how to vote, and how to advocate in Albany. As always, your voices need to be heard, as do the voices of our students like those in the radio report. I hope you will join me as we advocate for what we practice at ICE.
Take care for now


Dear Parents/Guardian,
Children need healthy meals to learn. The office of SchoolFood offers healthy meals every school day. The school meals application determines if your child will qualify for free or reduced-price meals and determines federal funding which is available to your child's school. Breakfast is served at no charge to all students and lunch costs $1.75 if you are not eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
You may qualify for free meals before the start of school. We encourage you to complete a school meals application online over the summer so that you will not need to submit a paper form in September and do not incur any meal charges while your form is being processed.
Beginning in July, you can apply at which is quicker, easier, and more accurate than filling out a paper application. Online applications are submitted using your student's 9-digit ID number which is located at the bottom of this letter and are processed within 24 hours of receipt. You will receive immediate confirmation that your application was submitted however your school will notify you of your child's eligibility status in September.
If you prefer not to complete the School Meals Application online over the summer we will send a paper application home with your child on September. It is important that when you receive the lunch application you complete it as soon as possible so that you don't incur charges for the cost of full priced lunch while your lunch application is being processed.
Your privacy is important to us. All information is kept confidential. Federal regulations do not allow the Department of Education to share your information with any other agency.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact SchoolFood at (877) 363-6325
Office of SchoolFood


We know. School is done (almost) and the Fall is 2 months away. But don’t say we didn’t warn you. SAVE THE DATE for the kick-off party of 2015-2016. It’s going to be a great party. Spread the word amongst your other I.C.E. parents and alumni friends. Tickets will be available soon - And we are only selling 100 tickets.

Here are the details:
Saturday, September 12th at Pete’s Candy Store from 3pm - 7pm.

Bands, I.C.E Musicians, Open Bar and Delicious BBQ Cookout. Part garden party and part jamboree, this fundraiser brings you together with friends, acquaintances, and new faces from the I.C.E. parents  to eat, drink, talk, listen to music and generally have a great time as we celebrate a new school year.

Tickets are $50 for all food, music and open bar. Adults Only.
DONATIONS: We are looking for parents with restaurant / food industry connections to help build a fun finger food menu. Please contact for more info


Sign-up is now open for the 2015 varsity soccer season!  Any student who is interested in playing and will be in the 9th-12th grade during the 2015-2016 school year is encouraged to join our young women's team.  Experience is not necessary (but sportsmanship, team commitment, and a desire to grow as an athlete is!)  
In order to be best prepared for the fall season, practices will be every weekend in August (players will be able to note their availability for summer practice in the sign-up form).
Interested players should sign up here:  Girls Varsity Soccer Sign-Up
Please direct any questions to JD (


Hello ICE Community,
For the first time ever, Khan Academy has teamed up with the creators of the SAT to create personalized SAT practice for anyone, anywhere. In March 2016, the SAT is changing, and students can prepare for it on Khan Academy—for free.

Learn about the new SAT 

We give students personalized practice recommendations and instant feedback on how they’re doing. If they’re curious, we also have a short video about how the new SAT is different.

Our system is designed to help students where they need it. Check it out yourself and we’ll automatically send you updates about important changes and SAT dates. Please forward this email to families you know who are preparing for the SAT.

Annie and the Khan Academy SAT team


Hello ICE Community,
"ICE Talk" is a new discussion group for ICE parents at Google Groups. It is an open forum for all of us to share information, discuss current events relevant to our school and our kids, and be in touch with one another. 
Meibell Contreras and Sebastian Delmont, parents of Maya in 602, are in charge of the group. Visit the group on the web at!forum/ice-talk 
and subscribe directly. 


Dear ICE Families:


I hope you are all well, and getting ready to turn the corner slowly towards springtime. It seems far of, but the birds will be chirping before too long.

Several months ago I was approached by two groups of students about providing sex education at ICE, and each group presented me with thoughtful proposals. Since then a small group of interested students and teachers have met to discuss the idea of a comprehensive approach to health education that can be implemented on all grade levels and provide a platform for inquiry into and discussion of personal and community well-being. 

I have reached out to seek your expertise about these matters and to solicit your time and information. We would love to hear from people who work in health related fields (specifically medicine, mental health, public health, health education) and ask you to join us in developing an approach to health education that meets our approach to instruction, personal growth, and community development. There will be opportunities to meet with students, propose approaches to the content, design curriculum or special projects, and so forth.

Please respond to me with information about what you think you can offer to the process (your time, expertise; contacts and referrals, etc). Eventually we hope to meet and talk with you face to face when the time is right.

This promises to be a challenging and invigorating project for any who want to take part. I hope you will join us in planning for what I hope will be an important part of ICE's future.


Peter Karp



Dear ICE families,


Happy New Year and a belated Happy Holidays in general to all of you. My life got very busy as the break approached, and I wanted to introduce you to the newest member of the Karp Family: Naomi Alexandra Karp. She was finally born on Christmas Eve, making the holiday season a truly magical one for me and my family. I hope that you all enjoyed some rest and quality time with people that you care about.


On behalf of the staff here I also want to thank you all for the generous, thoughtful gifts and notes that you sent our way. Everybody here truly appreciates being thought of - and the efforts you made collectively were noticed. I for one am grateful for all of the kind words and messages of support for me and Cathy as we embark on our new journey. 


As for our ICE: In today's current climate of education reform it is more important than ever for us to note how the approach to instruction that we practice yields results that make us proud, and deepen our commitment on a daily basis. We have always used the Inquiry approach to instruction, a Project driven method of assessment and through those projects we develop ways to engage your children in developing the skills that are authentic to the disciplines in which they work. In striving to connect your children to "real world" problem solving we sustain an internship program for our 12th grade students that brings the kids in contact with the issues and processes that trained, professional adults grapple with. 


This past week I received a copy of the first professional scientific paper in the history of ICE that was co-authored by one of our students. The result of a collaboration between ICE and CUNY graduate students, this student completed his internship in a Neuroscience lab at Hunter College where he was a research assistant. He completed laboratory procedures, collected and analyzed data for this Ph.D. candidate, and wrote and edited several sections of the paper. If there is a more authentic way to learn science, I have yet to learn about it. We are immensely proud, and I want you to know that your children are in an environment where their hard work and determination can yield amazing results.


We continue to get acceptance letters for our students from competitive public and private universities this year, including Barnard College, Brandeis University, University of Vermont, SUNY Binghamton, Bard College, The New School and a host of other great places. We share the joy as kids make decisions about their futures, and we know that through the program we continue to redesign that each child has a chance to do something great with their future.


My best to all of you in the New Year. I hope to see you all soon, and I thank you for every way that you support your children and the whole ICE community.


Please take a look at the enclosed scientific paper, and little Naomi!


Peter Karp

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