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Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez

Reflections on Gratitude


We learned about gratitude and humility-that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors that kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
First Lady Michelle Obama

Dear Colleagues and Friends: The change of seasons and the autumn leaves is my favorite time of year. The most basic and thoughtful form of gratitude during these changing and uncertain times, is to be thankful for every day that we can breathe and lather in the beauty of nature, and enjoy the breath of life with our friends, family and those we serve. During this season there are two words that are so easy and accessible, yet too often taken for granted. I am grateful for our scholars, parents, school community and team. I am particularly grateful that our new school building has been completed and that we will be moving to our new home very soon. The best part of ourselves is in the expression of gratitude and simply communicated by saying “Thank You.”

Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez


The International Leadership Charter High School Earns a Bronze Medal Recognition For U.S. News World Report “Best High Schools 2015”

Congratulations to the Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Board of Trustees! The U.S. News & World Report has named the International Leadership Charter High School to its “Best High Schools 2015” list. This prestigious recognition demonstrates that our school is among the top 25% of all public high schools in the United States. This honor comes on the heels of our school being renewed for five years through 2020.

Dra. Antonia Pantoja was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1922 and studied at the University of Puerto Rico where she obtained a Normal School Diploma in 1942. Upon graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, she worked as a schoolteacher for two years in Puerto Rico where she cultivated a profound interest in education and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children. She arrived in New York City in November 1944 where she got a job as a welder in a factory making lamps for children. During these years which involved long hours of hard work.

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photo-dr-antonia-pantojaPuerto Rican Heritage: Honoring our Leaders


The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, recognizes exceptional meritorious service. The medal was established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize notable service in the war. In 1963, President Kennedy reintroduced it as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime. In this issue I honor one of our most profound role models and builder of institutions, Dr. Antonia Pantoja.

1997 - Dr. Antonia Pantoja ( 'dare to dream ') was an educator and civic activist and was awarded the prestigious medal in 1996 by President Clinton.
In 1997, Dr. Antonia Pantoja, founder of ASPIRA and legendary for her role in the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican Youth in the United States and Puerto Rico, she received the highest honor the nation bestows on a civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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2015-ramon-pineda-univisionRamon Pineda Univision & Our Scholars

Ramon Pineda, Vice President of Univision and members of his production team visits ILCHS and inspires our scholars. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Univision estamos contigo campaign.

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SargeantFernandez_photoOfficers from Community Affairs 50th Precinct

We are very grateful for the investment of time that our local law enforcement officials from the 50th Precinct have made to keep our charter school community safe and informed. Law enforcement officials from Community Affairs Sargeant Fernandez, Officers Ramos, Ventura, made various classroom visits to our 9th and 10th grade scholars to discuss the prevention of gun violence and to build awareness around Gang Prevention and how to remain safe to and from school. We look forward to an ongoing partnership and a continued positive relationship with the office of Community Affairs and the 50th Precinct.

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2015-9th-annual-faculty-staff-retreatOur Ninth Annual Faculty & Staff Retreat
Sustaining a High Performance Learning Environment: Accelerated Learning and Teaching for Mastery

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Rachel's ChallengeRachel's Challenge

The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old; Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity
John F. Kennedy

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Posted: November 20, 2015



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