CEO NEWS & NOTES
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
In May we celebrated International Education Week with a food festival and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration by a selected group of our seniors. The highlight of our celebration focused a great deal of attention on raising awareness in our school community on a serious global matter that affects us all very deeply. The kidnapping of the 276 Nigerian Girls has shocked the world and has impacted our students directly. As one of our Nigerian student describes “this hits very close to home.” Our Dollar and a Dream Club scholars participated in creating signs and leading a silent protest throughout the school to raise awareness to the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls. One male student writes, “All they wanted was an education.”
Dollar and A Dream Club: Bring Back Our Girls Campaign
Welcome Back Alumni
Congratulations to our Class of 2010 Alumni Scholars who have graduated from College!
ILCHS also welcomed back Alumni during International Education Week to share their experiences with the school community. Pictured on the left are Mendy Carty (2010), Yocasta Novas (2012), and Emmanuela Amankwaa (2013).
Maya Angelou-Poet Laureate and Author Passes at 86
Born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. In 1971, Angelou published the Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collection Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die. She later wrote the poem "On the Pulse of Morning"—one of her most famous works—which she recited at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993. Angelou has received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009.
Cohort V: Class of 2014 Graduation
Our school community is filled with anticipation of the upcoming Cohort V Graduation. This year we will have 60 scholars who are ready for college of their choice and the next journey in their educational preparation. On average our graduates have been accepted to 10 colleges and universities each.
Faculty Member of the Month: Evelyn Ortiz
Ms. Ortiz is part of ILCHS' Leadership Team and has implemented a College Preparatory program throughout the academic year for the 11th and 12th graders. Her passion for Guidance stems from what she feels was lacking as part of her high school experience. We are extremely proud of Ms. Ortiz and her work in instilling our scholars with the confidence and knowledge to pursue all their future aspirations. With Ms. Ortiz’s assistance ILCHS has produced a graduation rate of 96.2%. Thank you for all your hard work and coordinating a very successful Spring College Fair for our juniors, with over 20 colleges represented. These include Columbia University, Syracuse University, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Francis College, and Saint John's University.
Faculty Member of the Month: Laura Baker
We want to recognize Ms. Baker for her wonderful work with our students and commitment to our Charter School’s mission and vision. Ms. Baker is completing her second year at the International Leadership Charter High School teaching English I. She is a dedicated teacher who cares for her students and can be relied upon whenever called to assist in their achievement. She has increased progress for our 9th graders in Reading and Literacy on the Achieve 3000 program, with scores that exceed the standard grade level. She has assisted with guiding our Scholars who needed to master English Regents and pass the Regents exams. Ms. Baker is known for running a well-organized, rigorous and disciplined classroom that commands respect from all the students and colleagues alike. She is a dedicated member of the ILCHS family.
ILCHS Hosts a Mother's Day Dinner
In celebration of our mothers, ILCHS hosted a Mother's Day Dinner on Friday May 9th. Thank you to all mothers and the work that you do to ensure the success of our Scholars!
At ILCHS, we seek to prepare every student to become a leader in the global world, and we are truly proud of our success! To build on and maintain this success, however, we need your support. Please consider supporting ILCHS today!
As ILCHS is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution will be fully tax deductible.
Posted: June 9, 2014