Monday Message for January 14, 2018

Monday, Jan. 15: Studios Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

See you all on Tuesday!

Mark Your Calendar

(Please see the school calendar for more information)

  • Monday, Jan. 15 – iLEAD NoHo campus closed for Martin Luther King’s birthday (national holiday)
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 – New Year’s Palooza! (Rescheduled from Dec. 7) – 5- 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 – Last day of fall 2017 semester
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 – First day of spring 2018 semester
  • Friday, Feb. 2 – Fall semester grades finalized and posted online
  • Monday, Feb. 19 – Presidents’ Day Holiday, iLEAD NoHo Closed

NEW YEAR’S PALOOZA! Thursday, Jan. 18! Everyone’s Invited!

EVERYONE — iLEAD NoHo’ers, parents/guardians, families, friends from other schools, faculty, staff, iLEAD Schools…anybody, everybody!  Our big New Year’s Palooza Bash happens this coming Thursday, Jan. 18, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at approximately 8:30 p.m.

New Year’s Palooza merges three traditional iLEAD NoHo events into one:

  • Our Fall-Semester Club VIP (our contemporary music program’s traditional December live show);
  • iLEAD NoHo’s annual holiday party
  • Our newest tradition — our very first visual arts show featuring mid-year work of Ms. Ranier’s art/photography classes).

There will be live music in the Studio, art in the downstairs main hallway, and a great New Year’s celebration with food/goodies in the theatre. 

When we say EVERYONE is invited, we mean EVERYONE! — you, Grandma, baby brothers and sisters, friends from other schools — anyone you want to bring.

Also, don’t forget…New Year’s Palooza is a potluck as well — please bring a dish to share that represents your family’s cultural tradition!

Here’s Club VIP’s scheduled performances:

Show starts at approximately 5:15 p.m.!

The Studio
Directed by Chuck Cochran  

Song and Live Artists:

  1. “Hard To Handle” – Bodhi Corbett, Marlhy Murphy, Francesca DiRado, Luc Raderman, Logan Fischer, Mason Rovin, Chris Halstead, Chuck Cochran
  2. “Put Your Records On” – Zaniya Hicks, Bodhi Corbett, Terrell Ransom Jr., Esteban Bonilla, Amari Moore, Chloe Haaland, Logan Fischer, , Nikita Bowler, Chris Halstead, Chuck Cochran
  3. “Everybody Wants To Rule” – Shane Minster, Daniel Levy, Esteban Bonilla, Noam Abutbul
  4. “Let It Go” (original song by Kathryn Jurbala), Kathryn Jurbala, Marlhy Murphy, Esteban Bonilla, Logan Fischer, Chuck Cochran
  5. “I’d Rather Go Blind” – Amari Moore, Shane Minster, Esteban Bonilla, Bodhi Corbett, Paige Drury, Donna Edry, Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons, Chloe Haaland, Mason Rovin, Chris Halstead, Chuck Cochran
  6. “Back in the USA” (dedicated to Anne Cochran!) – Marlhy Murphy, Francesca DiRado, Luc Raderman, Mason Rovin, Chris Halstead, Chuck Cochran
  7. “Say Yes” – Lexie Reinhold, Julienne Green
  8. “Francis Forever” – Raegan Gonzalez, Daniel Williams, Luc Raderman, Rachel Bean, Luc Raderman
  9. “Black Hole Sun” – Rachel Bean, Shane Minster, Daniel Williams, Logan Fischer
  10. “Dream A Little Of Me” – MacKenzie Morrin, Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons, Daniel Williams, Francesca Di Rado, Chuck Cochran
  11. “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” – Iain Lampert
  12. “Time” – Luc Raderman, Shane Minster, Esteban Bonilla, Marlhy Murphy, Logan Fischer
  13. “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Terrell Ransom Jr., Donna Edry, Diego Guzman, Luc Raderman, Chuck Cochran, Bodhi Corbett, Mason Rovin, Chloe Haaland, Chris Halstead, Chuck Cochran
  14. “High” (original song by Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons and MacKenzie Morrin) – Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons, Ron Basson, Daniel Williams, MacKenzie Morrin, Logan Fischer, Chuck Cochran
  15. “Ever Been” (original song by Tyler McCreary) – Tyler McCreary
  16. “Problems” – Esteban Bonilla, Daniel Levy, Noam Abutbul, Luc Raderman, Logan Fischer
  17. “River” – Chloe Haaland, Loan Fischer
  18. “Expectations” – Daniel Levy, Yarden Erez, Shane Minster, Logan Fischer
  19. “How Far I’ll Go” – Jessica Patterson
  20. “Back to Black” – Amelia Sones, Ron Basson, Abel Monroy, Donna Edry, Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons, Chloe Haaland, Esteban Bonilla, Chuck Cochran
  21. “One Way Out” – Noam Abutbul, Marlhy Murphy, Esteban Bonilla, Bodhi Corbett, Logan Fischer, Chuck Cochran
  22. “See You Again” – Grace Hindle, Shane Minster
  23. “Peg” – Logan Fischer, Shane Minster, Daniel Williams, Rachel Bean, Luc Raderman, Chris Halstead
  24. “As Long As We’re Together” – Grace Williams, Caden McDonough, Daniel Williams, Kathryn Jurbala, Logan Fischer, Chuck Cochran
  25. “Como Yo” – Valerie Perez, Daniel Levy, Daniel Williams, Esteban Bonilla, Luc Raderman, Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons, Logan Fischer, Chuck Cochran
  26. “Hey You” (original song by Lexie Alter-Margo) – Lexie Alter-Margo, Daniel Levy, Esteban Bonilla, Luc Raderman, Logan Fischer, Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons, Chuck Cochran
  27. “So She” – Daniel Williams, Yarden Erez, Shane Minster
  28. “Mine” (original song by Anna Equils) – Anna Equils, Daniel Levy, Bodhi Corbett, Logan Fischer, Chuck Cochran
  29. “Lock On My Mind” (original song by Lexie Alter-Margo and Mikaela Blasberg) – Lexie Alter-Margo, Mikaela Blasberg, Daniel Cajon, Kristina Galstyan, Esteban Bonilla, Chuck Cochran
  30. “Dancing On My Own” – Ashley Castillo, Chuck Cochran
  31. “I Wanted You” – Briana De Armas, Liam Gershon, Esteban Bonilla, Luc Raderman, Chuck Cochran
  32. “Paranoid” – Chris Suter, Daniel Levy, Daniel Naziri, Noam Abutbul, Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons


Running Crew:

 Mix – Shane Minster, Braden O’Bright, Oliver Hernandez, Briana De Armas, Jackson Paluck, Amelia Sones, Mason Rovin, Amari Moore

Stage Lighting and Spotlight – Joey Fines, Paige Drury, Ryan Adelman, Donna Edry, Truman Jackson, Andrew Diaz, Zachary Camino

Video Team – Brady Hagen, Astaria Dayne, Tracy Virchow, Levi Wagner, Neilla Khalili

Audio Recordists – Jackson Paluck, Briana DeArmas

Stage Tech – Rachel Bean, MacKenzie Morrin, Layla Rudolph, Liam Gershon

Important Academic Counseling Announcements

Two Important Announcements from our Academic Counselor Ms. Johnson:

  1. Learners’ schedule-change request window opens on Jan. 16, and closes on Jan. 26, (and it’s a hard deadline). Forms will be available in the front office on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Please turn forms into Mrs. Johnson’s inbox. Per recent notifications, seniors are not authorized to drop second-semester coursework per Anne Cochran.
  2. Learners, if you are participating in an independent study physical education course, please be advised the final log sheet and video clip for fall 2017 are due on Thursday, Jan. 25.

AP Exam Registration Period is Open Now!

The registration/payment deadline for all May 2018 AP testing is Wednesday, Jan. 31!

AP Exams iLEAD NoHo will administer ($100 per test):

___ AP Statistics

___ AP Calculus AB

___ AP United States History

___ AP Studio Art: 2D Design

___ AP World History

___ AP English Literature & Composition

___ AP English Language & Composition

___ AP Environmental Science

Checks should be made payable to: Friends of Parents in Partnership

Give check and completed form to Mayra in the front office.

Download Registration Form Here

Early College Acceptances Rolling In

Check out NoHo Class of ’18’s early college acceptances as of Dec. 31!  Many more to come between now and May 1.

  • Here’s Nikki Wanjala and Ziona Tillman-Benton at Bradley University’s Los Angeles Gala!

    Allegheny College, Meadville, PA – Jewel Martin, Lauren Feder

  • American University, Washington, D.C. – Efi Nibo
  • Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY – Nick Junk, Miles Bitton, Ivy Dupre, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Madison Baker, Ruby Cruz, Alex Biasini
  • Belmont University, Nashville, TN – Kathryn Jurbala
  • Beloit College, Beloit, WI – Jewel Martin
  • Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL – Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • Bradley University, Peoria, IL – Dominic Rascon-Powell, Lauren Feder, Wyatt Piva
  • California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA – Matthew Alberti
  • Chapman University, Santa Ana, CA – Brady Hagen, Matthew Alberti
  • Clark University, Worcester, MA – Madison Baker, Lauren Feder
  • Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY – Wyatt Piva
  • College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA – Ruby Garcia
  • Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA – AJ Moore
  • Clark University, Worcester, MA – Madison Baker
  • Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa – Miles Bitton, Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL – Olivia Dutcher, Lauren Feder, Madison Baker, Kristina Galstyan, Dani Wright, Lindsay Bass, Grace Holtzclaw, Nikita Bowler
  • Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL – Wyatt Piva, Alex Biasini
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ – Kim Mendieta
  • Emerson College, Boston, MA – Lauren Feder
  • Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA – Yarden Erez
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL – Wyatt Piva
  • Fordham University, Bronx, NY – Alex Biasini
  • Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT – Ivy Dupre
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA – Kaylee Weidenfeld
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL – Wyatt Piva
  • Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA – Jewel Martin
  • Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI – Olivia Dutcher, Alex Biasini
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL – Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR – Miles Bitton, Alex Biasini
  • Los Angeles Valley College, Vallen Glen, CA – Ruby Garcia
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA – Brady Hagen, Matthew Alberti
  • Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA – Ivy Dupre, Miles Bitton, Alex Biasini, Grace Holtzclaw, Kristina Galstyan, Lauren Feder, Dani Wright, Yarden Erez, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Brady Hagen, Nikita Bowler
  • Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL – Kim Mendieta
  • Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY – Grace Williams, Efi Nibo
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI – Wyatt Piva
  • Marywood University, Scranton, PA – Lauren Feder
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI – Wyatt Piva
  • The New School, New York City – Madison Baker
  • Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA – Aerex Narvasa
  • Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR – Joey Mills, Max Loze
  • University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA – Arielle Bernstein
  • University of Puget Sound, Spokane, WA – Madison Baker, Lucy Evans-Rippy
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, CA – Brady Hagen, Ivy Dupre
  • Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT – Kim Mendieta
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA – Arielle Bernstein
  • San Diego Christian College, San Diego, CA – Kim Mendieta
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA – Marcello Frisina
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA – Matthew Alberti
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA – Tracy Virchow
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA – Brady Hagen
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA – Ripley Filipowich
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL – Madison Baker
  • Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV – Ivy Dupre
  • Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC – Ivy Dupre
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO – Alivia Kaplan
  • Wells College, Aurora, NY – Lauren Feder, Lindsay Bass
  • Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT – Kimberly Mendieta
  • Whittier College, Whittier, CA – Ivy Dupre
  • Willamette University, Salem, OR – Lucy Evans-Rippy, Brady Hagen, Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT – Sean Rogers

Latest Speech and Debate News!

iLEAD Speech started off 2018 with one heck of a BANG at the Claremont Wolfpack tournament. The Wolfpack was pristinely run; we finished every day on time or ahead of schedule (which is a rarity for speech competitions). A huge chunk of iLEAD competitors were unable to attend due to our vacation or other conflicts. Nonetheless, we forged ahead (thanks to special appearances by nationally ranked alumni Kate McNeill Farwell and Maxwell McGuirt). In the end, iLEAD’s competitors were able to pull ahead of the “pack” and take home the FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES (best overall team) award! Congratulations to all participants… We’re very excited for what’ll be a non-stop semester.

  1. CHAMPION, Congress: Sean Rogers
  2. CHAMPION, Dramatic Interpretation: Sean Rogers
  3. CHAMPION, Original Oratory: AJ Moore
  4. CHAMPIONS, Novice Public Forum: Miles Morton/Gabe Grodan
  5. RUNNER-UP, Thematic Interpretation: AJ Moore
  6. RUNNER-UP, DUO Interpretation: AJ Moore/Olivia Dutcher
  7. RUNNER-UP, Congress: AJ Moore
  8. RUNNER-UP, National Extemp: Alec Boulton
  9. RUNNER-UP, International Extemp: Alec Boulton
  10. RUNNER-UP, Impromptu: Ethan Siegel
  11. RUNNER-UP, Novice Public Forum Speaker: Gabe Grodan
  12. Top 4, Public Forum: Jackson Loze/Alec Boulton
  13. 5th Place, Oratorical Interpretation: AJ Moore
  14. 6th Place, Congress: Olivia Dutcher
  15. 6th Place, International Extemp: Daniel Timor
  16. 10th Place, Novice Congress: Martine Wolfe
  17. 14th Place, Congress: River Simard
  18. Semifinalist: Humorous Interpretation: Gabe Grodan
  19. Semifinalist, Oratorical Interpretation: Olivia Dutcher
  20. Semifinalist, Impromptu: Olivia Dutcher
  21. Semifinalist, Impromptu: Gabe Grodan
  22. Semifinalist, Impromptu: Samuel Lannan
  23. Semifinalist, Impromptu: Daniel Timor
  24. Semifinalist, Expository: Spencer Ehrenberg
  25. Top 16, Parliamentary Debate: Matthew Alberti/Daniel Timor
  26. Top 24, Parliamentary Debate: Ray Cook/Ethan Siegel
  27. Participants: Bella Jahrmarkt, Wallis Sherman, Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons, Isabel Anastas, Mackenzie Forman

Additional Speech News….

  • Jon Pelzer (D-CA-30), a congressional candidate running in the upcoming election for the House of Representatives, has offered internship opportunities to several learners from iLEAD NoHo. He and his campaign staff will visit our campus several times throughout the coming season, granting our learners the chance to become intimately involved with the political process.
  • CHSSA (California High School Speech Association) appointed Iain Lampert as its first-ever director of middle school outreach. It’s his mission to create the first-ever officially sanctioned California MS State Championship! We can’t think of anyone better to handle the task.
  • Speaking of Iain Lampert, he has adapted Val Kilmer’s “Citizen Twain” (a one-man show about the life and times of Mark Twain) into a series of lesson plans. He’s personally worked with the famed actor to create dynamic, cross-curricular projects, and they’ll eventually establish a speech/poetry/theater-based competition aimed at increasing awareness, exposure and opportunity.

NoHo’s Tropical Ecology Class Needs Your Help!

This year, biology facilitator Dr. Steven Foldi has created a unique course at iLEAD North Hollywood called “tropical ecology.” Twenty juniors and seniors are working on a huge project. Their goal is to implement a community-based conservation initiative in Costa Rica that helps protect wildlife, habitats, and people from environmental destruction. As part of this initiative, learners are trying to raise $50,000 to travel to Costa Rica in April and another $50,000 to help local communities within Costa Rica.

If you are interested in helping, please send a check made out to Parents in Partnership to Steven Foldi at the iLEAD NoHo address. If you cannot donate, it would be great if you spread the word by sharing our website and Facebook page. Lastly, we are collecting any gently worn shoes, CDs, clothes, “prize” type items, or items you are willing to donate to our garage sale.

One way you can help us make money very easily to to have a phone consultation with the solar company Ovanova. Ovanova will give us $100 for every California homeowner who gets a free consultation from them. It may sound too good to be true, but we guarantee this is not a scam! All you have to do is fill out a very brief online form, send them a photo of your fusebox and a copy of your electric bill, and schedule a 30-minute phone call where they will tell you about converting your home to solar. There is no pressure to buy or sign up for anything. As soon as that conversation is done, we get $100! Spread the word! Help us reach our goal, travel to Costa Rica, and help save the planet”!

Important Notice — Attention, All iLEAD NoHo Learners!

  • Any iLEAD NoHo learner who is enrolled in online and/or community college coursework should immediately inform Anne Cochran at, so enrollment details can be recorded in School Pathways. In other words, in order to receive credit for this coursework, this instruction must be followed. Let Anne know the following info: Name of learner, name of course and course number, name of community college or online provider, number of credits

Have a Learner-Related Issue? Here’s How We Operate

Hi everyone! The following information has been running in every Monday Message in a position that’s located much further down the page. We want to make certain everyone understands the following guidelines, so we’ve moved it into a top position this week, very much hoping you’ll take the time to review the following points. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Parents, any time you have a question about any matter at NoHo that concerns your child, we ask you to please, please start with the facilitator in question (it’s only fair!).

(By the way, if you’re new, know that within all iLEAD Schools, “Facilitator” essentially means “Teacher,” and “Learner” means “Student.”)

  1. If you have an academic or classroom/coursework-based issue, always communicate via email with the facilitator first.
  2. If you still need extra input, the next point of contact is your child’s HQ (advisory) facilitator, who is essentially each NoHo’er’s homeroom head and chief problem solver.
  3. In the less-likely event no workable solution is put into play, you should communicate via email with Ms. Valencia Johnson, our school counselor.
  4. Michael Horne is your last resort. Please do not start with him…the preceding staff members are much better equipped to offer and implement solutions. Anne Cochran has other duties, thus is not a part of this problem-solving chain of command.
  5. Please honor this plan…it’s the only way we can each remain sane and do our very best jobs for you. If you skip these chain-of-command instructions, know that you will always be asked to start with the person who can most likely best help you in addressing your issue…and it almost always starts with the individual teacher.
  6. If you have a socio-emotional concern and not an academic one, please start with your child’s HQ teacher, who will make an initial determination as to how to best proceed. 

Pointers Regarding Lunchtime at iLEAD NoHo

As you know, we are a closed campus and thus have limited lunch options. For students who want to buy lunch, we have a food truck that pulls up in the back and vending machines in the first floor hallway and on the front patio.  Students also have access to microwaves on the front patio if they have brought a lunch that needs to be heated. The best bet is for students to bring a cold lunch – think peanut butter and jelly with an apple — which ensures the most stress-free lunch for students as they won’t have to wait in any lines for access.

Parking Info for Learners and Guests at the iLEAD NoHo Site

Learners who drive themselves to school park in our rear lot, which is located directly behind our building and is best accessed from the eastbound lane on Victory Boulevard (head west on Friar Street all the way to Kester Avenue, turn right, and immediately turn right again on Victory Boulevard. The entrance to the back lot’s driveway is located about 30 feet or so to the west of the Cedros Avenue stoplight). Please, learners, do not park in the Friar Street staff lot.

Parents/Guardians, if you are coming to visit us, please park in one of the following visitor spots in our front lot on Friar Street – all others are reserved for teaching staff:

# 11
# 23
# 24
# 25
# 35

Thank you!

Parents/Guardians/Anyone Driving To and From iLEAD NoHo:

Please follow the drop-off/pick-up instructions per the chart above. Do NOT pull up in front of the site or staff parking lot entrance/exit, and drop off kids…it’s illegal and causes us major trouble with the City of Van Nuys. Also, it causes traffic to back up, thus it causes a major inconvenience to staff and all other families.

Also, please make sure your learners use the crosswalk at the corner of Friar Street and Cedros Avenue. It’s unsafe for them to walk/run/jaywalk across Friar Street to enter our front gate (last year, a learner was hit by a car because of taking this illegal action). Let’s be safe, patient…and kind to each other, please!

iLEAD NoHo’s Hours of Operation and Schedule

iLEAD NoHo is open to learners during the following hours:

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday


Daily Coursework Schedule:

A Days (Mondays and Wednesdays):

8:30 – 10:00 – 1A

10:10 – 11:40 – 2A

11:40 – 12:20 – Lunch

12:20 – 1:50 – 3A

2:00 – 3:30 – 4A


B Days (Tuesdays and Thursdays):

9:15 – 10:45 – 1B

10:55 – 11:40 – HQ

11:40 – 12:20 – Lunch

12:20 – 1:50 – 3B

2:00 – 3:30 – 4B



9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Parents/Guardians/Carpool Drivers:  Please be prompt in picking up your learners, no later than 5:30 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. Thanks!

Master Agreements and Acknowledgement of Responsibilities

Parents and families, in order for your child to maintain enrollment in iLEAD NoHo, you and your child each must have signed our Master Agreement and Acknowledgement of Responsibilities.  These documents are legally required. If you have not yet signed these documents, please report to the building today (Monday) or tomorrow morning in order to sign them. The Master Agreement and Acknowledgement of Responsibilities outline the requirements to enroll (and remain enrolled) at iLEAD NoHo, so please review them carefully. The iLEAD NoHo program is an independent study hybrid program that runs differently from other local public high school programs, thus we ask that you please make certain you understand our parameters.

Please Let Your Outside-Of-NoHo Friends Know!

Throughout the fall semester we are holding info nights for prospective families on selected Tuesday evenings. Right now, we are (happily) full and running waitlists in all grade levels, except for the 9th-grade class where we still have just a few open spots. Please spread the word!

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