Monday Message for October 22, 2017

Important Notice — Attention, All iLEAD NoHo Learners!

  • Any iLEAD NoHo learner who is enrolled in 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 community college 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, number of credits
  • If you are participating in the independent study physical education option, please be advised that your first log sheet will be due on Oct. 26. Please make sure the log sheet is filled out completely. Please place the log sheet in Mrs. Johnson’s Inbox.



Mark Your Calendar

(Please see the school calendar for more information)

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 – Make-up Picture Day
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. – Optional PSAT Exam for previously registered 10th and 11th graders
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 – DTASC Festival
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 – Speech Tournaments – Oaks Christian, Schurr
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m. – DTASC Showcase #1, iLEAD NoHo Theater
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. – DTASC Showcase #2, iLEAD NoHo Theater
  • Saturday, Nov. 4 – Speech Tournament – Cleveland
  • Friday, Nov. 10 – iLEAD NoHo Campus CLOSED for Veteran’s Day Holiday
  • Saturday Nov. 11 – Speech Tournament – Principios
  • Sunday, Nov. 12 – Speech Tournament – De Toledo
  • Saturday, Nov. 18 – Speech Tournament – Canyon
  • Monday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 24 – iLEAD NoHo Campus CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. – Exclusively for NoHo’s 11th-Grade Parents/Guardians: “Looking forward to college…everything you need to know RIGHT NOW!”
  • Friday, Dec. 1 – Speech Tournament – Walter Reed
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 5-9:30 p.m. – HOLIDAY-PALOOZA! — iLEAD NoHo’s Annual Christmas Party For Everyone PLUS Club VIP and Art Show
  • Friday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 10 – Speech Tournament – La Costa Canyon
  • Saturday, Dec. 9 – Speech Tournament – ELAC
  • Saturday, Dec. 16 – Speech Tournament – Granada Hills
  • Monday, Dec. 18, through Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 – iLEAD NoHo Campus CLOSED for winter break!

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. 

A Harvey Relief Message From NoHo 11th-Grader Kalki Kaplan!

We have all been devastated by the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, and it can be really hard to figure out what we should do to help the people who have been most affected by this storm. We’ve decided to take action by holding a bake sale to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. We will bring cupcakes, brownies, Rice Krispy treats, and lots of other great stuff! Everything will be $1, so remember to bring some cash on Wednesday, Oct. 28!

And thanks for supervising, Mr. Hall!

(Kalki Kaplan — you’re the *best!*)


Attention, Seniors!

There will be a MANDATORY class meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 31, during HQ.

MANDATORY means REQUIRED. Herff Jones will be onsite to measure you for graduation caps and gowns! Be there!

Speech and Debate Takes 1st Place at CSU-Fullerton!

On Oct. 14 and 15, thirty students from iLEAD NoHo and Encino attended a speech competition at CSU Fullerton. Our speakers walked away with 27 individual awards, including five championships; on the whole, we were the most successful team in attendance. This bodes very well for the upcoming season!

Also, check out this photo of the Boulton brothers — Alec is a NoHo sophomore; Alfredo is a Class of ‘17 grad who is attending University of San Francisco, and dropped into the tournament on a weekend visit.

  • CHAMPION, Open Impromptu: Alec Boulton
  • CHAMPION, Open Persuasion: Spencer Ehrenberg
  • CHAMPION, Open Presiding Officer: Sienna Horvath
  • CHAMPION, MS Impromptu: Dev Wernik
  • CHAMPION, MS Congress: Judah Feig
  • RUNNER-UP, Open Extemp: Alec Boulton
  • RUNNER-UP, Open Persuasion: Sienna Horvath
  • RUNNER-UP, Open Congress: Ethan Siegel
  • RUNNERS-UP, Open DUO: Catherine Lake/Callie LaVanway
  • RUNNER-UP, Novice Persuasion: Kate Land
  • RUNNER-UP, MS Persuasion: Bella Jahrmarkt
  • 3rd Place, Open Humorous: Annabella Fuller
  • 3rd Place, Open Persuasion: Catherine Lake
  • 3rd Place, Open Informative: Spencer Ehrenberg
  • 3rd Place, Open Extemp: Daniel Timor
  • 3rd Place, Novice OI: Yuval Shemesh
  • 4th Place, Open Impromptu: Jackson Paluck
  • 4th Place, Open Congress: AJ Moore
  • 5th, Open Original Prose & Poetry: Kiera Gonzalez-Lyons
  • 5th, Open Extemp: Jackson Paluck
  • 5th, Novice Persuasion: Isabella Nelson
  • 7th, Open Humorous: Callie LaVanway
  • 12th, Open Congress: Jackson Loze
  • 15th, Open Congress: Luc Raderman
  • Semifinalist, Open Impromptu: Daniel Timor
  • Semifinalist, Open Persuasion: Ari Moore
  • Semifinalist, Open Persuasion: Luc Raderman
  • Non-advancing competitors: Isabel Anastas (DI), Wallis Sherman (OI), Tess Goldstone (OI), Briana DeArmas (OI), Ben Kvitko (Congress/OPP), Stevie Werner (OPP), Courtney Spungin (OPP), Avery Ursini-Rodriguez (Congress), Tiran Kertis-Sella (Persuasion), Kalki Kaplan (PO/Impromptu).


Here’s This Week’s Lineup of College Admissions Visitors!

Please welcome this week’s college admissions visitors!


Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. – American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA, Rebeccah Minazadeh (see featured image, above)

AJU is a Jewish, non-denominational educational institution in Los Angeles, located on Mulholland Drive near the 405 Freeway. B.A. degrees are offered  in majors such as biology & bioethics (pre-med), business administration & innovation, media arts, Jewish studies, politics & global studies, and psychology. If you want to attend an extremely small college with less than 300 students that is located near home, AJU may be worth a closer look.


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m. – SUNY at Purchase College, Purchase, NY – Chris Bouknight

Has a national reputation for its instruction in music, dance, visual arts, theater and film. A public four-year college located on Long Island, it is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller  in 1967 as “the cultural gem of the SUNY system.” Purchase College claims to offer “a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity.” One of the few public institutions that is also an arts specialty school. The visual and performing arts are signature programs, though Purchase has developed some liberal arts specialties in areas like environmental studies. Percentage-wise, tied with Stony Brook as the most selective institution in the SUNY system. Set on a 500-acre wooded estate in an area of upscale Westchester County’s most scenic suburbia.


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m. – Hampshire College, Amherst, MA – Audrey Maney

Part of a posse of nonconformist colleges that include Bard, Bennington, Eugene Lang, and Sarah Lawrence, Hampshire College gains breadth and resources from its inclusion in the Five College Consortium, meaning that not only are Hampshire’s course available to you, but you can also take coursework via shuttle transportation at fairly nearby Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. At Hampshire, students complete self-designed interdisciplinary concentrations and independent projects. Offers a virtually boundary-free exercise in intellectual nirvana. Professors hand out narrative evaluations instead of grades. Strongest programs include film, photography, communications, creative writing, environmental science, cognitive science, language studies. 70% acceptance rate.


Thursday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA – Kelly Mills

In the heart of one of the nation’s most liberal cities is a thriving Jesuit university that has become an integral part of its community. Instead of shunning the city’s reputation, the University of San Francisco embraces it. With an incredibly diverse student body and an emphasis on programs such as nursing and business, students encounter a broad set of cultures, academic challenges in a liberal arts setting, and the chance to put all of that experience to good use…great location! Next door to the legendary Haight-Ashbury district, down the street from Golden Gate Park, and within five miles of the ocean. Best majors are communication, Pacific Rim studies, business, psychology, hospitality management, nursing, biology. It attracts similar applicants to Loyola Marymount University, SFSU, Santa Clara University, and the UCs.


College Rep Visits: Schedule Updated!

Ground Rules for College Reps’ Visits:

JUNIORS! As you heard in HQ, you are now allowed to attend as many remaining college reps’ meetings as you want. Please observe the ground rules below, and RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Mary Lyon Hall at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

All meetings will take place in Room No. 105, unless redirected by signage placed on its door.

Seniors — Please RSVP up to two hours in advance via prompts in the blue box at the top of your Naviance/Family Connection opening page. If you cannot RSVP because the session is reported as FULL, please just email Stephanie Riley at Thanks!

Sophomores — For now please RSVP to Stephanie Riley at if you plan to attend one or more of the following meetings. Remember, as 10th-graders, you are allowed and encouraged to attend a maximum of three college reps’ meetings this fall, so make wise choices. RSVP up to two hours in advance.

All grade levels must abide by the additional following rules:

  • In order to miss any class in order to attend a college meeting, your academic work in that same class must be in good shape and up to date. Your facilitator has the right and is encouraged to say no if you are doing poorly.
  • You must reserve your seat in Naviance. Seating is limited, so don’t delay. No walk-ins!
  • You may not miss a test in order to attend a meeting.
  • You must exercise polite behavior. Remember, you are representing our school. If you behave in any inappropriate way as deemed by any NoHo staff member, you will be asked to leave the meeting and go back to class, and you will forfeit future privileges to attend college meetings for the remainder of the season.


Remaining Colleges: Fall 2017 Schedule – iLEAD NoHo’s
Visits from College Representatives
(more dates to be added as they are set)

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. – Rebeccah Minazadeh, American Jewish University
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m. – Audrey Maney, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m. – Chris Bouknight, SUNY-Purchase College, Purchase, NY
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – Kelly Mills, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Monday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. – Rique Sanchez, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m. – Rachel Ritter, Earlham College, Richmond, IN
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. – Guadalupe Flores, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m. – Jeremiah Rakowski, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m. – Dylan Young, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD (in Ms. Scher’s room/kitchen).

Important Message from Parents in Partnership (PIP)

Hello Parents!


It is time for the Parents in Partnership ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN where your voluntary donations to Parents In Partnership help the students, teachers and admins at iLEAD NoHo AND are tax deductible!

To donate online go to our website- please use this link: Support Us – Parents in Partnership   

Or use the form below and bring your voluntary donation check to school.


PLEASE email us your name and email address to, so we can add you to our email list. That way you will receive charter updates, events, volunteer opportunities, etc!


Please take 10 minutes to sign up for both programs below and Parents In Partnership (PIP)  will receive cash back all year long… without you doing anything more at all!!

We are so excited for the school year and for all the free opportunities to raise funds for our kids. If you’re already supporting PIP, please note that some of these companies require annual renewal. Please verify that you are still registered to continue to support our school.

Please note – The 501(c)3 Parents in Partnership was formerly the 501(c)3 Outside In Enrichment, Inc. Some descriptions have not yet been updated on the internet but rest assured all funds collected go to PIP to support iLEAD Noho.

The official Parents in Partnership address is: 11333 Moorpark St #155  Studio City, CA 91602.

Thank you for your time and participation!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call us.

Amazon Smile:

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your AmazonSmile purchases to Parents in Partnership, whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. From here you can choose Parents in Partnership as your chosen charity. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Sign on to:

  • If you have an existing account, sign in and click on your account.
  • Go down to settings and click add charity or change charity,
  • You may have to click YOUR AMAZON SMILE first to access your charity.
  • Type in Parents in Partnership and click search.
  • Parents in Partnership (Studio City) or outside in will appear.
  • Click select.
  • If you don’t have an AMAZON account, create one, and follow above steps.


Parents In Partnership has partnered with Ralphs in their Community Contribution Program. Link your Ralphs Card to Parents in Partnership (you must renew each year on Sept. 1), shop at Ralphs, and earn money for our school.

*This will not take away from your gas points*

If you haven’t registered your rewards card online:

  • Log in to
  • Click on “Create an Account”
  • Follow the 5 easy steps to create an online account
  • You will be instructed to go to your e-mail in-box to confirm your account
  • After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your e-mail, return to and click on “my account” (you may have to sign in again first)
  • View all your information and edit as necessary
  • Link your card to your organization by clicking on: Community Rewards
  • Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions
  • Remember to click on the circle to the left of Parents in Partnership/Outside In
  • Parents in Partnership’s organization number (npo) is #94914

If you’re already an online customer:

  • Log in to
  • Click “Sign In”
  • Enter your e-mail address and password
  • Click on “My Account” (in the top right-hand corner)
  • Click on “Account Settings”
  • View all your information and edit as necessary
  • Link your card to your organization by clicking on: Community Rewards
  • Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions
  • Remember to click on the circle to the left of Parents in Partnership/Outside In
  • Parents in Partnership’s organization number (npo) is #94914

AGAIN…PIP (Parents In Partnership) Needs Your Donations!

PIP is indeed one of iLEAD NoHo’s chief lifelines in terms of funding so many of our activities and programs. Happily, there is now a recurring donation option in which you can choose to participate that is now available on the PIP website. If you want to set up a hassle-free way of donating, please consider using this tool…set it and forget it!

Thanks so much!

2017-18 Yearbook Update

Last year our yearbook committee faced tremendous hardship and confusion in terms of pricing and low order numbers, so this year we are working hard to make needed changes and bring you the lowest prices possible. Parents and guardians, please ask your child to complete the yearbook’s Intent to Order form. The information you provide will help the yearbook staff keep in contact with you throughout the year and will help us ensure accurate pricing.




-Yearbook Staff

Aloha! Kona Ice, Every Thursday!

The Kona Ice Truck is open for business in the rear parking lot every Thursday at lunchtime!

In Case You Are Interested in Carpooling…

NoHo parent Lisa Kaufman has graciously offered to coordinate a carpool operation…thank you, Lisa!  She is willing to set up and arrange a carpool roster. Those who are interested should contact her via email, and she’ll arrange a grid by zip codes. Lisa’s email address is:

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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