Important I.C.E. News



We need donations of 40 digital and 35mm film cameras new or in good working condition to make this program successful.
Juniors and seniors from ICE are part of the ICE Youth Media Group traveling to Nepal at the end of January. We will be working with and teaching students in a school in a small village in Nepal in how to tell stories through photography (amongst a number of other community service activities).
Our primary purpose for the visit is to establish an ongoing relationship with a school in Nepal and work with students there in using photography to tell stories.
Please contact Jeffrey Romanow at with questions or donations


Parents, do you have any contacts in the Passenger Van world?  We are trying to track down a 15 person passenger VAN donation for ICE student events:  debate team, sports team, small class outings!   So if you or a friend are in the auto sales industry, please contact The Van Committee at  Thanks.  


In a busy giving time, choose wisely who gets your money.

For many of us, donating to worthy causes during holiday season is important.  

Donations to ICE are fully tax deductible and every dollar you give

goes to benefit your child's education.

By supporting your school you are investing dollars into creating

a better community for our teachers, staff and our children.

 Click DONATE to make your tax deductible donation OR 

send a check payable to ICE Foundation and mail to ICE Foundation/ICE PTA, PO Box 644, New York, NY 10009.



EQUAL EXCHANGE online only store! We’re offering delicious, organic coffee, snacks as well as incredible chocolates and flavorful teas. Also available are coffee and tea accessories, handcrafted items, handmade gift-wrap, and Ten Thousand Villages crafts.  Follow the Equal Exchange link to place your order. ICE receives a 25% profit for all orders placed through the online store so please order your gifts and urge your friends and family to support our school! For questions, please contact: Donna Louch at Order deadline is December 31st.



We are excited to photograph your students for Cap & Gown Picture Day this year! We'll be shooting both Cap & Gown portraits, and "street clothes" portraits.
Please make every effort to have your student present on Picture Day.
Make sure your student comes formally dressed for the photos. B&W Caps and gowns will be provided.
Our staff will help make your students feel confident and natural.

Two to three weeks after picture day, you will receive a unique login
to view a private gallery on our website. Place your order and receive it
approximately two weeks after the order deadline.



Retake & Make-up Photos for ICE grades 6th - 11th, IF you need retakes or make-up, please sign up with Stomping Ground Photos at


Dear Parents of ICE

My name is Joya Hall, I am a senior at ICE. My research partner and I are doing an experiment on compassion and judgment in girls ages 11- 18. We will be submitting the results of our experiment to the New York Science and Engineering Fair. In order for our results to be conclusive and to decrease the amount of variables within our data, we are in need of 1000 participants. In the past ICE has done very well at NYSEF, last year we had a student come in first and in previous years we have sent a student to The International Science and Engineering Fair.

Our experiment is digital, and can be completed online at:

If it would be possible to spread the word in any way, that would be great!

Thank you for your consideration,

Joya Hall



Dear ICE families,

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I'm reminded of how vital family support structures are to the well being of our children. You all struggle every day to be present for your children, to provide them with material needs and to give them a secure base from which to explore the world. I have so much admiration and respect for the work it takes to raise a child, and as you know I'm nervous with the excitement that comes with expecting my own.

At this special time in our calendar I want to wish all of you the strength of body and mind to get through the holiday with a feeling of connection and belonging to your own family and to other communities. I hope you will find the time to enjoy your families as you prepare food, travel during busy hours, and find ways to make room for everyone at the table. I'm thankful to have the ICE community in my life, and to play a special role in it's health. I am thankful for your smiling, thoughtful children, the dedicated teachers and staff who work to make each day meaningful for us, and I am always thankful to have parents like you who give what you can to make ICE great.

Happy thanksgiving to all of you - enjoy this special time the best way you are able. If you are experiencing challenges at this time, I wish you some peace and rest so that you can come back to meet them with greater strength. 

My warmest regards,



Dear ICE Families,

A 2-part message:

I wanted to take the time while many of you are meeting with teachers and fellow parents to emphasize how helpful it is for us to know about your child’s struggles, whether new and related to ICE or issues that arise outside of the daily experience of school. ICE is a community built on the strength of the relationships we have with each other, and the communication we have about how to make your child’s experience as successful as possible. I am available to you to discuss what happens at school, and at home. I welcome your concerns about your child’s social and emotional development, and I will always respond to your questions. I invite you all to come and meet with me, and anyone on the staff that you feel plays an important role in your child’s education. Together, we strive to meet our students’ short and long-term needs. However, as I say to students and teachers alike, I am unable to solve problems If I am not aware of them. So, please take time to reach out to me, Mark, Danya or any of the dedicated teachers here who are always glad to learn more about their students. We welcome any and all information, and we invite you to be even more a part of the collaborative process of educating all of the children here at ICE.


Part 2:

IT is with GREAT pleasure that I tell you all that my wife Cathy and I are expecting our first child! Cathy’s due date is December 15th, so if all goes well we will be parents before the New Year arrives. I’m letting you know that I plan to be out of the building for the first 2-3 weeks of January. While I am on paternity leave, Mark Mazzone will take care of ICE, leading it with the skill and experience I know he has.  I will be available to work with Mark as needed, but I know that ICE will be stable and all will operate smoothly in his hands. I am so excited to meet my daughter – and I look forward to joining you all in parenthood!

All the best,




Calling on all MS and HS parents!! Please consider becoming a mentor to an ICE senior by offering an internship at your place of work, or simply help by spreading the word among your friends, colleagues, and family. See the attached Senior Internship Program letter for details.

Reaching out does not mean you have to commit. The internship coordinators are happy to answer all questions. 

Please contact Internship Coordinator Josh Torpey at if you know of a possible opportunity or would like more information. Thanks! 


An opportunity for all 8th to 12th graders at ICE - The International Center of Photography (ICP) Teen Academy is offering the courses listed below during its winter semester. Anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of photography would enjoy the ICP program. Students come in from all over the world to study at the ICP in New York. All our ICE teens need to do is hop on the subway and get off at Bryant park. The ICP Teen Academy offers scholarships and its staff is happy to help complete them.Please see contact information below.

Photography I in Black-and-White: Camera and Darkroom

  • Jan 24 – Mar 28 | Saturdays | 11am-2pm
  • Jan 24 – Mar 28 | Saturdays | 3-6pm
  • Jan 29 – Apr 2 | Thursdays | 4-6:30pm + Field Trip TBA

Photography I in Color: Color Film and Darkroom

  • Jan 24 – Mar 28 | Saturdays | 2-5pm
  • Jan 24 – Mar 28 | Sundays | 2-5pm

 Photography II in Black-and-White: Lighting for Portraiture

  • Jan 25 – Mar 29 | Sundays | 11am-2pm

Photography II in Black-and-White: Exploring Self-Portraiture

  • Jan 25 – Mar 29 | Sundays | 3-6pm

Full class descriptions can be found 
HERE. Our winter scholarship application can be downloaded HERE (PDF) and is also attached in this message for your convenience.

We are available should any student need help completing a scholarship application or have questions about our programs. You can contact me at 212.857.0061 or

My best,

Dee Campos
Teen Academy Coordinator
International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
p: (212) 857-0061
f: (212) 857-0090/0091


Check the Jupiter Grades and Course Work tab for instructions on Jupiter Grades.  If you have not yet received an email from your advisor from Jupiter Grades, please email the advisor and let him or her know to add your correct email to our Jupiter Grades database.  Updated staff email addresses are available by clicking on the ICE Staff Contact Info tab.


Dear ICE Families,
As we move past the halfway mark of summer I'm reaching out to say hello, to wish you a restful two weeks before labor day, and fill you in on some important new programs starting here at ICE. We have been working over the summer to organize and plan a school year that will provide ICE students with new opportunities and new programs, and we are excited to start the school year and get things rolling. 
For all of ICE: At the end of last school year ICE staff proposed to extend the school day on Mondays in order to provide more academic guidance to our students. The added advisory period on Monday 7th period will be used to set specific goals with each child and start the week off with added purpose and direction. We will continue to have the same advisory periods during the week, but we will now have added flexibility to use those periods for enrichment and programming. The school days will now end at 3 pm on all days except for Friday which will end at 2:09 as in the past. 
Welcome!! This year we add two more teachers to our staff, and a brand new position to ICE: School Social Worker. Please welcome Annie Scavelli and Juliana Garofolo to our teaching staff. Danya Bader-Natal was our social work intern last year, and after a great year at ICE we decided to bring her on full-time to work with our students. 
For all middle school families: This year marks the beginning of a new after school program at ICE which will bring new programs, added supervision, and more opportunities for your children to engage in learning, play and other enrichment during the after school hours. ICE has partnered with University Settlement, an organization well-versed in the operation of quality after school programming and other support services for children and families. In a letter to follow I will send out the complete list of programs and a schedule for you to choose from. To get started, we are sending you an enrollment form so that you can sign your children up for this great, FREE program. All of our previous programs, including tutoring, etc are now incorporated into this new initiative so it is imperative that all middle school students are enrolled. Please complete the form as soon as possible (click to download ENGLISH DYCD Common Enrollment COMPASS OR SPANISH DYCD Common Enrollment COMPASS. We will serve the ICE kids from the end of school until 6 o'clock every day starting on Monday, September 15th. After-school supervision and programs will be available for those who need supervision on September 8th.
For current and future 9th grade students: ICE has decided to partner with a wonderful organization dedicated to supporting students through travel and reflective experiences designed to help students push themselves beyond their perceived limits. No Barriers organizes international service learning trips for all kinds of students, and we are partnering with them in order to bring annual team-building overnight trips and future travel experiences for the kids when they reach the 11th grade. This year the 9th graders will be engaging in this program which will feature a 2 day overnight trip in the fall, and some team building activities throughout the year. The program coordinator for ICE will be our own Joey Zannino who will be the team leader, and supervise these activities. Our partnership will very likely include the same programming for all of our current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students when they reach the 9th grade.
As always, I am excited to start the school year and welcome back all of the wonderful kids who make up the ICE community. In coming weeks we will have opportunity to meet and talk about school, and I look forward to hearing from you all as the school year moves forward.
Take Care for now
Peter Karp

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Upcoming Events

Thu, Oct 16 - Wed, Dec 31
Equal Exchange Online Fundraiser
Wed, Dec 24 - Fri, Jan 2
No School: Winter Recess
Monday, January 5
Back to School
Tuesday, January 6
PTA Exec Board Meeting
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Small Auditorium, Rm 321
Wednesday, January 7
Retake/Make-up of Grades 6-11 Photos
Senior Cap & Gown Photos
Wednesday, January 14
PTA Meeting
6:00 PM
Monday, January 19
No School: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Today, 12/22/2014
High: 44 Low: 33
Chance rain
14% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 12/23/2014
High: 51 Low: 39
Rain likely
67% chance of precipitation.