Important I.C.E. News


Please come to ICE next Wednesday at 5:45 pm to meet the teachers and learn in classrooms the same way your children do!  You will follow the schedule of your child with each class period lasting 10 minutes.

Please click the "Curriculum Night" tab on the left, click on the appropriate section and advisor, print the schedule and bring it with you on Wednesday.  If you cannot print at home, make sure you are here at 5:45 pm and the schedule will be provided to you when you arrive on the 5th floor on the 15th street side of the building (outside of the elevator).  Classes begin promptly at 6:00 pm!  A floor plan with locations of rooms is also included; it may be helpful to print this as well.


Grade level potlucks begin in the designated classrooms following 8th period (7:30 pm)


We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!



On Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30pm immediately following the Curriculum Night activities, we will have our Grade Wide Potluck, where you will have the opportunity to meet new parents, greet old friends and build a greater support system within the ICE community.

Click on the Curriculum Night Tab on the left to sign up to bring a light snack.

Contact your Advisory Parent with any questions you may have.


See you all next Wednesday!


Jupiter Grades is our online grading system where families can log in to see assigned and incomplete homework, and attendance for all classes.

For those parents and students who have never logged in to the system before, each student has now received login information.  Please ask your child to see the login information sheet so that both you and your child can have access to all of this information.
Please email your child's advisor if you need help logging in.  Thanks!


Throughout ICE's history, family contributions have helped pay for sports uniforms, scholarships, field trips, science equipment, administrative support and much more. We are aiming for 100% family participation this school year so that we can provide an even better education and experience than we have ever done before!

To make your contributions today click this Contribute link and sign up for monthly payments or a one-time donation. You can also make your payments with checks payable to ICE Foundation/ICE PTA, PO Box 644, NY, NY 10009.


Come join ICE parents and friends on October 24th from 3-6 pm at The Cherry Tree at 65 4th Ave in Brooklyn. Your $20 entry fee includes 4 raffle tickets.
Prizes include:

  • Two golf foursomes at Dyker Beach Golf Club 
  • Dinner for 2 at various Brooklyn restaurants
  • 4-pack of wine
  •  Variety of other gift certificates

Just think, you can walk away from the event feeling great about supporting your school and possibly toting some fabulous swag!
Click here or the “ICE Non-Golf Flash Fundraiser” tab on the ICE Website to buy your $20 ticket.


Our ICE Construction/Beautification committee needs 4 volunteers for interesting projects.  Must be happy and agile to climb ladders to do decorative work on upper walls of 2 classrooms.  No heavy lifting required.
Job #1:  adhering super, cool, vinyl lettering/symbols  
Job #2:  hanging approx. 29 hats in a grid pattern  

Best times:  after school beginning at 3:30-5pm.
Contact Annette directly at:


The next Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 5th 6:00pm – 7:00pm in Room 518. Access a copy of the minutes from the previous meeting here (Resources section in the Family Room located on the ICE Website).

Meetings are open to the ICE Community - all are welcome to attend.


We welcome the ICE Community to the next PTA Meeting on Wednesday, October 14th
from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Auditorium.  

ICE students have proven year after year how remarkably mature and capable they are in obtaining both quality senior internships and admission to highly-regarded colleges.  The Parent Workshop will include Josh Torpey, Senior Internship Coordinator, and Jennifer Wells, College Advisor, discussing their insight into both internships and the college admissions process.
Josh Torpey, Senior Internship Coordinator, needs your help to: 

  • Unlock the potential for finding great opportunities for seniors
  • Match seniors and their skills/interests with employers/companies and their interests
Jennifer Wells, College Advisor will discuss:
  • College applications, fairs and scholarships
  • The right fit for our ICE students


8th Grade Parents, at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 14th in the Auditorium (before the PTA Meeting), Mark will answer your questions regarding admissions and the HS Application process.


On Thursday, October 8th, Dave and Justin will be taking 11th graders to tour and visit Bard College. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the college's admissions office and have lunch with current Bard students. Any juniors interested in attending should inform Justin no later than Monday, September 21st.


ICE PTA is looking for 2 volunteers to fill the roles below.  Neither is especially time-consuming but both are important to our school. If you can commit to either of these roles, please send an email to Liza & Imebet at Both positions would entail bursts of work, rather than a set schedule.
Special Needs Coordinator - Part of the ICE mission is to provide a helping hand, including goods and service, large and small, to our families as needed. Responsibilities for this role include:
  • work closely with Pete Karp to coordinate securing broad range of services and items
  • needs could include one or more meals, furniture, companionship or community contact
  • coordinator must be able to respond quickly when a need arises
  • coordinator must be able to work independently, make decisions and meet deadlines
  • expected time commitment: 1-2 hours per week, though not consistently
Trip Coordinator - ICE believes that field trips both near and far, are a great way to augment our students' education.  ICE is looking for a volunteer to help coordinate trips.  Responsibilities include:
  • identifying partner organizations and locations for international travel
  • assist in planning and securing travel: can include organizing buses, researching airfare, reserving hotels, etc.
  • work with teachers to record collected fees from families, email families to remind when fees are due
  • prepare and update payment spreadsheet(s) for each field trip
  • work with Pete Karp to secure funds for students if families cannot pay
  • maintain complete file for each trip that includes all relevant details and emergency contacts for all students.  In the case of overseas travel, maintain copies of all passports
  • expected time commitment: 2-3 hours per week, though not consistently

Thank you for considering either of these opportunities to serve our ICE community.  Liza or Imebet are available to answer any questions you might have.  You can reach them at


ICE Varsity Soccer Games:

ICE Girls vs Eleanor Roosevelt HS
Tuesday, October 6th, 4:00 PM
Randall's Island, Field 7
ICE Girls vs Life Sciences Secondary
Thursday, October 8th, 4:00 PM
Randall's Island, Field 73
ICE Girls vs NEST+M
Saturday, October 10th, 2:00 PM
Randall's Island, Field 45
ICE Girls vs Leadership Institute
Thursday, October 15th, 4:00 PM
Randall's Island, Field 45
ICE Girls vs Columbia Secondary School
Tuesday, October 20th, 4:00 PM
Randall's Island, Field 45


ICE Students, NYC Teens - Come to TEDYouth on Saturday, November 7th at the Brooklyn Museum.  Free!  

Sign up to attend, give a talk, or to volunteer (limited to 400 attendees). 

The theme this year is Imagine Year 2025 and explore the making of the future.


Hello ICE Community,
"ICE Talk" is a 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:
This report aired 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

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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 5
PTA Exec Board Meeting
6:00 PM
Rm 518
Wednesday, October 7
Curriculum Night
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Grade Level Potluck
7:45 PM
5th Fl
Thursday, October 8
Bard College Tour
Monday, October 12
Columbus Day - No School
Wednesday, October 14
8th Grade Admissions Info Session
5:30 PM
PTA Meeting/Parent Workshop
6:00 PM
Tuesday, November 3
Election Day - No School


Today, 10/5/2015
High: 64 Low: 54
Partly sunny
10% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/6/2015
High: 69 Low: 56
Mostly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.