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Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome back! I hope that you have had a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer break. On behalf of members of our Charter School's Leadership Team and Board of Trustees, we look forward to greeting you this Fall Semester 2014-15. For the past four weeks, our team members have been working diligently to ramp up operations for the first days of instruction. [see link]

We are enthusiastic about meeting our new 9th grade class and presenting to all of our scholars a well-organized learning environment and well resourced classrooms. Our Leadership Team has grown and I am pleased to officially welcome three outstanding professionals to our school community. First, we welcome Ron Lawson as Chief Operating Officer who will maintain onsite oversight of daily operations, business matters and the completion of our new school facility. It is our pleasure to also welcome Emily Padilla-Bradley who has joined our ILCHS family as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. We are also very pleased to introduce Nicholas Cox, who will serve ILCHS as an Education Pioneer Fellow and Special Project Manager. To learn more about the new members of our Leadership Team please read further.

June 2014 Regents Results
Our charter school has outperformed the city, state and neighboring high schools on all NYS Regents exams. We are very proud of our scholars and their achievements and the level of preparation provided by our faculty. [See link]

Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault became the first African-American woman to enroll at the University of Georgia, as well as one of the first two African-American students to integrate the school, in 1961. Born on February 27, 1942, in Due West, South Carolina, Charlayne Hunter-Gault spent the majority of her childhood in Georgia as well. After graduating, Hunter-Gault became an esteemed, award-winning journalist and correspondent, working for media outlets such as the New York Times, PBS and NPR. [see link]

Article of Interest: First Generation Latino Students Attending College

September is National Obesity Awareness month
More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic. While obesity rates have soared among all age groups in this country, obesity is a particularly grave concern for children. Childhood obesity puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood. For more information read further [see link]. For tips on promoting health and obesity awareness go to:

2014-ilchs-alumni-Miereles-Jenniffer-class-2012Alumni: Where are they now?

Jenniffer Miereles

Class of 2012

Jenniffer Miereles continues to serve her community as a student at Niagra University [see link].


Yocasta Novas
Valedictorian, Class of 2012
My name is Yocasta Novas, I am an ILCHS alumni and former Valedictorian (2012). Today I attend Lehman College as a member of the Lehman Scholars Honors Program; I will major in English and Psychology with a possible minor in Italian. I am also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. I have hopes to, one day go to graduate school and become a student of Columbia or Yale University. In the future I would like to pursue work as a psychologist for adolescents and families. I have plans to travel the world and get out of the “Bronx/New York City” bubble that many people get stuck in. I want to experience what the world has to offer, and meet different types of people and cultures outside of my own. I believe that this is essential to my success and personal growth. I want to give myself the best shot possible to do big things, I don’t know how or what just as long as it’s impacting somehow [see link].



Charles Maposa
Salutatorian, Class of 2013
My first year of college was a great adventure. People usually tell you what things feel like or how they might be, but it is only through experience that one can fully comprehend and appreciate the college experience. My freshman year went by so fast. I explored the Union college community by being involved in campus activities namely the Phenomenal Males Club, playing intramural soccer, and becoming a coxswain for Union college’s freshman rowing team. Through the Phenomenal Males Club I got involved in the Schenectady community. We did volunteer work such as tutoring. In my sophomore year I plan to build on the networks that I have developed and expand them. I also plan to get involved in more campus activities. I have already started to make progress; this fall I will be a member of the African Student Association. Academically, with the knowledge that I acquired in my freshmen year I will excel. Generally, college is a lot of FUN.



Dinesia Hart
Salutatorian, Class of 2014
Becoming a freshman in college is one of the biggest transitions a young adult will make in their life. I’ve experienced nothing but greatness, so far at Quinnipiac University. When I left home to go to Quinnipiac University it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. But, on the other hand living away from home gave me the chance to really learn about myself without being influenced by the comforts that have always been around me. It does take adjusting to college dorm life; you’re in an entirely new environment. Dorm life is very exhilarating; it’s all about patience, compromise, and giving. Going away to college has opened me up to meeting different people and making new friends. This is vital because social interactions with people from different walks of life will help prepare you for the real world. Coming into college, I was really looking forward to becoming independent. Being at Quinnipiac I came to a realization. I was expected to act like an adult. At this point in time I am responsible for every step I take in my life.


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: July 3, 2014



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