DR. ELAINE RUIZ LÓPEZ - CEO NEWS & NOTES NOV 21, 2014
Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez Evelina Lopez Antonetty
 
Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue, I bring to you some snapshots of our recent school tour led by our Scholar Ambassadors, our Seventh Annual Rachel’s Challenge event and our Inaugural Health Fair. In addition, as a daughter of the Puerto Rican community at- large, I highlight one of my mentors and role models who led the movement for equal educational opportunities and social change in the South Bronx. With a spirit of gratitude, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Remembering Rachel Scott with Rachel's Challenge

Every year, we have put formal instruction on hold for one day to remember Rachel Scott and to conduct a school-wide ‘Teach In’ as part of Rachel's Challenge a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments where learning and teaching is maximized. Based on the life and writings of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy in 1999, Rachel's Challenge provides a continual improvement process for schools designed to increase awareness in students. In October, we were honored with a very special visitor from Colorado, Mr. Larry Scott Rachel’s uncle. This program inspires students to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools and communities. Our students and faculty were captivated and understood the significance of the assigned speaker for the day. This message goes beyond the traditional anti-bullying programs and is designed as a non-secular message that promotes principles of non-violence, peace and compassion.

 
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College Prep Update and Scholar Snapshots

Our College Preparatory program organized College fair for juniors and seniors on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Over 40 College Admissions representatives attended this fair. Every year our scholars are accepted to various colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The top six colleges such as SUNY Binghamton, Lehman College, Manhattan College, University of Virginia, and The College of Mount Saint Vincent were in attendance at this college fair.

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Scholar Ambassadors: Denesha Bromfield, Princess Diawuo, Ronnie Headley, Ruben Martinez, Benjamin Amankwaa, Lazaro Vasquez
Visitors: Coach D Andrews, Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, Anthony Lopez, John Paul Gonzalez, Lupita Samuels Eddie Beltran, Master Regina Im, Akua Hill

 

School Talk and Tour with Scholar Ambassadors

On November 12th we had very special visitors in attendance for a school tour and talk led by our Scholar Ambassadors.  It  was a great honor to share the great work that our scholars are  engaged in and to hear from our extraordinary scholars. The visit culminated with a tour to our College Prep classes where seniors were delivering presentations to their classmates and faculty on College Readiness.  Our visitors also had an opportunity to visit our Inaugural Health Fair where numerous health providers were in attendance to include Montefiore, The Urban Health Plan, the Center for Disease Control and Bronx Community Health Network and others.  As you know, our vision is to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders through an academically rigorous education that elevates students’ intellectual capacity, expands their knowledge of international studies, and instills a commitment to community service, social action, and participation in a global economy. We set high goals for our students and for ourselves as an institution. Our students regularly achieve academic success and the school has garnered numerous awards, including recognition as one of the “Best High Schools of 2013 and 2014” by US News & World Report and Newsweek.

As we move forward into an exciting new phase of growth and development. To succeed in our plans, it is necessary for us to have the enthusiastic encouragement of our community. Your support only bolsters our confidence in the efforts that we put into teaching our exceptional students. 
 

Inaugural Health Fair

International Leadership Charter High School successfully hosted its first Student Health Fair on Wednesday November 12. Health practitioners and educators from nine organizations raised awareness among our Juniors and Seniors across a range of relevant issues, including asthma, diabetes, healthy eating, and mental health. Our students were highly engaged with our guests, and greatly enjoyed the activities, materials, and demonstrations. The event also increased awareness of available health services and resources for students and their families and friends. The Health Fair is just one part of ILCHS' broader agenda to improve the health and well-being of our students, because we recognize the importance of good health for academic success, but also we want our students to be happy and healthy citizens. We are also excited to announce that ILCHS has partnered with the Child Mind Institute (CMI) who held separate workshops for our parents and faculty on how to help young people with their social and emotional health. Our students will be provided with informational workshops and free services for a limited period of time.
Read review in the Bronx Times "Inaugural Student Health Fair held at ILCHS" By Steven Goodstein

 

Honoring Dra. Evelina Antonetty [Titi]

An activist, community organizer, and a mother, Dr. Evelina Antonetty was, above all, a driving force behind some of the changes that have reshaped the South Bronx. Almost 30 years after a heart attack cut her life short, the woman everyone called ‘Titi’, or ‘Auntie,’ was honored by the community she fought for, with the renaming of Prospect Avenue and 156th Street as “Dra. Evelina Antonetty Way.”  Her legacy lives on, through the United Bronx Parents and other community organizations that use her work as a model. Read more at: http://www.motthavenherald.com/2011/08/02/remembering-a-neighborhood-activist/

Additional Links of Interest
http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/sites/default/files/Journal/1987-1990/Centro_Spring_1987/Centro_Vol_II_No1_9b.pdf   
http://www.motthavenherald.com/2011/08/02/remembering-a-neighborhood-activist/ 
http://larespuestamedia.com/20-pr-women/

 
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.

Please visit our donations page to make a safe and secure online contribution.

 

Posted: November 24, 2014