Makerspace for Teens at the Ulysses Philomathic Library

MakerspaceTeens in our community have identified hands-on, relevant, creative programming, as one of their main interest areas. TCSDF is happy to be one of the supporters of the Trumansburg’s Ulysses Philomathic Library’s response of creating a makerspace program! This program provides teens with the opportunity to create and to learn from each other.  Typically, a makerspace provides tools and space in a community environment where people gather, create, build, invent and learn. The library’s mobile makerspace includes a 3-D printer, a resource collection of makerspace themed books, and various electronic, mechanical, and textile tools-along with a cabinet for storing and transporting everything to the teen area or to the Melvin Community room for programming. These resources will give teens a wide range of options to explore their interests and acquire new skills under the leadership of Youth Services Librarian Ksana Broadwell.

Though our our teacher grants TCSDF was able to provided financial support of this program, which went directly to consumable supplies for the program.  You can check out the new makerspace and learn more about the program at “Makers Night” on November 24th from 6-8 pm at the library. This program for middle school, high school, and home school students will provice a time to make and create using the Makerspace. This great toolkit  includes materials for crafting, electronics, building, and more!

Check out the Monthly Maker’s Night Facebook event for more details!

Trumansburg Troubadour In Its Third Year

We are very excited about the continued progress of The Trumansburg Troubadour!  This Fall we are fortunate to have Amanda Livingston, a junior Writing major at Ithaca College working with students from all three schools.  Read below her recent update on the Troubadour and join us in welcoming her to the TCSD Community!

amanda_livingstonThe Trumansburg Troubadour editorial staff has made great strides in producing a Fall 2015 issue. The editorial staff is led by Amanda Livingston, a junior Writing major at Ithaca College, and advised by Molly Buck, an active leading member of the TCSD foundation. The staff of eight students, who meet weekly and contribute virtually, have been brainstorming article ideas on events occurring in the Trumansburg School District and community. They’ve also been talking about how best to go about writing articles, writing articles based off of these ideas, going over the editing process and the Associated Press Style (the writing style and form used primarily by news and media outlets), the different types of feature writing, and skills needed to write feature articles, among many other things. Final drafts are due December 2nd, and the first issue is expected to come out Monday, December 7th 2015. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, please send an e-mail to

TCSDF Teacher Grant in Action!

This middle school class is the hotspot for a student-prepared and publicized gourmet, nutritious, locally-sourced lunch weekly — if you are lucky enough to get a spot!

Melissa Bryant designed the project. With contributions from local farmers, beekeepers, etc. and a ‘start-up’ teacher grant from the TCSD Foundation, she has worked with students to develop enthusiasm for interesting, nutritious foods. We hear that the program is being enthusiastically received by students! Continue reading

Dine and Donate!

Celebrate Homecoming Weekend and support TCSDF by dining at one of the restaurants participating in Dine and Donate! Print this coupon and present it when you dine (9/18-9/20) and 10% of your bill will be donated to TCSDF.

Thanks to Ron Don’s, Silverline Tap Room, The Rongo, Good to Go, Glenwood Pines and Wrap it Up for their support of our work to provide unique educational opportunities for Trumansburg students!

Dine and Donate Today! Print this coupon


Alumni Reception at Atlas Bowl

Calling All Trumansburg Alumni!

Alumni from ALL Trumansburg CSD classes are invited to attend an Alumni Reception at Atlas Bowl from 4-6pm on September 18. Appetizers and FUN will be provided!

This event will be hosted by the TCSD Foundation and the Tburg Alumni Association to celebrate our alumni community. Come kick off Homecoming/Alumni Weekend at Atlas and mingle, snack, bowl or just learn how to “stay in the loop” with fellow alumni. We want to see you there!

2015 Award for Community Service

The TCSD Foundation was organized in 2006 with a mission to enhance the education of students in our school district. The Foundation pursues its mission through programs including grants to teachers for innovative projects outside the school budget:

  • Kids Discover the Trail, a program coordinating educational field trips to sites on the Discovery Trail for every Trumansburg student grades preK-6
  • The Trumansburg Troubadour newsletter on issues facing our school district produced in collaboration with talented students, and …
  • An Award for Community Service, to be made tonight to a graduating senior.

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Food is Elementary: A Testimonial

The “Food is Elementary” program should be part of a child’s  weekly “specials” in the Trumansburg Elementary school just like art, music or P.E., in my opinion.  It is  a curriculum   that includes a massive amount of integrated education about plants, chemistry, science, geography, culture,  cultural tolerance, math, sensory awareness, and physical  coordination.  That is not even a complete list.  We live in a rural community surrounded   by farms and yet, many of the children by 3rd and 4th grade  have a narrow interest in food and a subpar knowledge of where it comes from and how to cook and enjoy it.  Yet,  this is an activity they will do until the end of their  lives.

3rd and 4th grade students gathered at Sure Save on Sunday 5/31 to do a demonstration of two of the dishes they learned about in the Food Is Elementary program

3rd and 4th grade students gathered at Sure Save on Sunday 5/31 to do a demonstration of two of the dishes they learned about in the Food Is Elementary program

Just in volunteering one day,  I received a text from a thankful mother saying that her  daughter “LOVED” her “food education” class that day.  I witnessed this child earlier in the day try a spicy sauce that was entirely new to her and out of her comfort zone.  I saw her participating and not knowing the answer to one question, but having a correct hunch on another.  I saw many children engaged and excited and others quite challenged  by the new material which is really fundamental food information. As we know, children don’t always share with their parents every detail of their school days, but this class had clearly made the nightly news at home.

 Antonia was able to wrap in information about what sea surrounds North Africa (no child in 4 classes knew that the answer was Mediterranean without big hints) and to open children’s minds to people that are different than themselves with anecdotes about different dining customs.  She was able to transport them in a small way to a different geographical location with the flavors and smells of exotic spices.

 Whether you teach technical writing (writing directions to a recipe), math fractions (recipe measurements), world geography (with maps), science (climate/plant science) or history (of the American South) the elementary lessons could be tied into the “Food is Elementary” class in a very tangible way that is memorable and that enhances their studies and understanding of the subject at hand.

I hope to see this program expand in the years to come.  From the garden to the plate, it will bring good health to our children and grow their minds simultaneously.

Dewi Rainey
(Mom of a 5-year old in Kindergarden)

Trumansburg 4th Graders Prepare Nutritious and Beautiful Food

Food is Elementary, a program that TCSDF wholeheartedly supports, is underway in our elementary school! Here are some pictures of fourth graders preparing food — nutritious and beautiful! This past Monday they prepared a dish called Three Sisters with garlic, tomatoes, basil, spinach, beans and pasta. They then got to sample it in the cafeteria at lunch on Tuesday! Reportedly some students returned for thirds and others have repeated the dish at home with their families! Continue reading

Trumansburg 3rd Graders at Cornell Plantations

Here are some of our third graders studying plant life cycles and wildflowers at Cornell Plantations this past week! Students visited Mundy Wildflower Garden where each student looked for and identified their selected wildflower. Once the plant was found, each student taught the others in the group about their special plant. Teachers and guides agreed that students had learned a lot and were good teachers! They were well prepared to continue explore the garden, learning about many plants and talking about plant characteristics (ask your student about the wild ginger flower, or how long it takes trillium to bloom if growing from seed—or about underground lunch boxes! Continue reading