Monday Message for April 15, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

(Please see the school calendar for more information)

  • April 16 – Math CAASPP Testing for Juniors
  • April 17 – ELA CAASPP Testing for Juniors
  • April 26 – NACAC College Fair
  • April 25-27 – The Laramie Project, Presented by iLEAD North Hollywood’s Theater Department
  • April 27 – Get Lit Classic Slam!

CAASPP Testing Is Here!

Here at NoHo, all juniors will take the CAASPP assessments in ELA and math this week on Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17.  Students need to be on campus by 8:30 a.m. both days so they can report to the proper rooms and have adequate times for testing.

Attendance will be mandatory at these times.

While the assessment does not affect a learner’s graduation, how the juniors do as a whole does impact our school report card, and the overall results will be published, which will affect how our program will be viewed in our community. Please take a moment to speak with your junior and/or senior about the importance of this assessment and doing their very best when in the assessment session.


Ecology Field Trip a Huge Success!

A reflection from one of the field trip participants, Yuval Shemesh:

After 2110 miles of driving for seven days, stopping along the way to have some intense and memorable camping nights, 14 determined students and three inspiring chaperones got to reflect on their amazing journey. Our adventures took us through four states – California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah – and each one was just as memorable as the last. Whether it was hiking through slot canyons in Snow Canyon, Utah, or cooking spaghetti in 30+ mph winds in the Mojave National Preserve, the 17 of us could not stop bonding, conversing and laughing. In total, we visited 10 national parks and three state parks. We visited the largest super-organism on the planet and the largest grove of Joshua trees in the world. We planted trees, sang songs, hiked through slot canyons, danced on top of picnic tables, wrote poems, played in the snow, and sat still contemplating the meaning of life in beautiful places.

But overall, the trip was about the hands-on scientific research that we had done. After nine months leading up to our road trip, the class had accomplished three things: (1) fundraising sufficient funds for a road trip to Moab, Utah, (2) learning about the regions we planned on visiting, and most importantly (3) formulated research questions based off of recent research papers. Creating these questions and conducting these projects enabled the class to do something that no other had ever: feel like a scientists in the field. Dr. Foldi’s approach at teaching his class about ecology was, according to the brand new field researchers, extremely effective. This method allowed for something to be tested and learned, rather than be taught in a conventional way – which was something every student enjoyed.

While this year was just a pilot class, we learned a lot. We have a greater foundation for how to raise funds, how the class functions, and how to make research questions. All students who took part in this felt honored to have taken part in such an experience.

Special thanks to the three trip chaperones: Steven Foldi, Stephanie Riley and Erin Stone. Thank you all for your major contributions to the success of this trip. 

Your Favorite Tropical Ecology Students,

Briana De Armas, Isabella Nelson, Matthew Alberti, Brady Hagen, Ray Cook, Lindsay Bass, Miles Bitton, Helen Drizhal, Olivia Dutcher, Julienne Green, Grace Hindle, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Lexie Reinhold, Alex Basini, Marina Byard, Sean Rogers, Marissa Totter, Danielle Wright, and Yuval Shemesh.

NoHo Poetry Team to Compete at Get Lit Classic Slam

Everyone! Come see the iLead NoHo Slam Poetry team compete at the Get Lit Classic Slam on Friday, April 27! We have a bus

NoHo’ers who would like to come watch our award-winning poetry team compete are invited to come with us to quarterfinals at the L.A. Theatre Center in Downtown L.A. on Friday, April 27. Please fill out the following signup form if you are interested:

Payment: Bring $10 (cash or check made payable to Friends of Parents In Partnership to NoHo’s front desk by no later than Wednesday, April 25!

Prefer to pay online? Please visit our Eventbrite link: 

Permission slips are required and can be picked up at the front desk, or accessed via this link: 

All of our team members are practicing every single day after school and on weekends to prepare to complete Get Lit Classic Slam. As everyone knows, our team has been the first-place winner of this huge and very-high-profile event for 2015 and 2016. Can we do it again? The pressure is on!

***Learners who attend will receive extra credit in their English class!!!***

iLEAD NoHo Theater Presents ‘The Laramie Project’

“The Laramie Project” is a documentary-styled play that analyzes the death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual identity. The play was created by playwright/director Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

The theater group traveled from New York to the town of Laramie, Wyoming – just four weeks after the death of Shepard.

Once there, they interviewed dozens of townspeople, collecting a wide array of different perspectives. The dialogue and monologues that comprise “The Laramie Project” are taken from interviews, news reports, courtroom transcripts and journal entries.

Please see the flier above for dates, cost, and times. Any other questions please direct to

Speech and Debate Results From April 8 and 9

Update from Mr. Lampert:

On April 8 and 9, iLEAD NoHo and Encino sent 33 competitors to the Schurr ALOHA CLASSIC, probably the most fun and welcoming tournament in the state. We returned home with a FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES/BEST OVERALL TEAM award…our 16th of the season! We also closed out/took 1st and 2nd place in the TOP OVERALL SPEAKER CONTEST for the second consecutive year.

  • CHAMPIONS, PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE: Daniel Timor/Matthew Alberti
  • RUNNER-UP, Best Overall Speaker: Daniel Timor
  • RUNNER-UP, National Extemp: Miles Morton
  • RUNNER-UP, Dramatic Interp: Callie LaVanway
  • RUNNER-UP, Original Oratory: Celeste Riley-norman
  • 3rd Place, Parliamentary Debate: AJ Moore/Olivia Dutcher
  • 3rd Place, Oratorical Interp: Olivia Rothenberg
  • 3rd Place, Thematic Interp: AJ Moore
  • 3rd Place, National Extemp: Jackson Paluck
  • 3rd Place, International Extemp: Daniel Timor
  • 3rd Place, Original Advocacy: Sienna Horvath
  • 3rd Place, Public Forum Debate; Alec Boulton/Jackson Loze
  • 4th Place, National Extemp: Daniel Timor
  • 4th Place, Congress: Ethan Siegel
  • 5th Place, National Extemp: Ethan Siegel
  • 5th Place, Original Prose & Poetry: Courtney Spungin
  • 5th Place, Original Advocacy: Catherine Lake
  • 5th Place, Original Oratory: AJ Moore
  • 6th Place, Impromptu: Miles Morton
  • 6th Place, National Extemp: Sienna Horvath
  • 6th Place, International Extemp: Carly Dutcher
  • 6th Place, Original Advocacy: Audrey Lesser
  • 6th Place, DUO Interpretation: Bella Jahrmarkt/Wallis Sherman
  • 7th Place, Humorous Interp: Gabe Grodan
  • Finalist, Congress: River Simard
  • Finalist, Congress: Dev Wernik
  • Semifinalist, Original Oratory: Bella Jahrmarkt
  • Semifinalist, Original Oratory: Miles Morton
  • Semifinalist, Original Oratory: Spencer Ehrenberg
  • Semifinalist, Original Advocacy: Oliver Ctibor
  • Semifinalist, Oratorical Interp: Isabel Anastas
  • Semifinalist, Oratorical Interp: Wallis Sherman
  • Semifinalist, Impromptu: Alec Boulton
  • Semifinalist, Impromptu: Jackson Loze
  • Semifinalist, Impromptu: Jackson Paluck
  • Semifinalist, Humorous Interp: Luc Raderman
  • Semifinalist, Dramatic Interp: Gabe Grodan
  • Semifinalist, Dramatic Interp: Audrey Lesser
  • Semifinalist, Thematic Interp: Catherine Lake
  • Semifinalist, National Extemp: Alec Boulton
  • Semifinalist, National Extemp: Carly Dutcher
  • Semifinalist, International Extemp: Ethan Siegel
  • Semifinalist, International Extemp: River Simard
  • Semifinalist, Original Prose & Poetry: Julia Duva
  • Participants: Mackenzie Forman (OPP), Astaria Dayne (DI), Rachel Bean (DI), Liam Montague (OI), Teo Kissell (OA), Judah Feig (Congress), Noah Korduner (Public Forum)

I want to thank Lee LaVanway, Alexis Lake, David Lake, Eric Grodan, Bob Moore, Pamela Alster Jahrmarkt, Linda Berger-Bean, TJ Forman, Rebecca Kessinger, Keith Lesser, Rachel Kanter Rothenberg, and Jessica Ann Patterson for judging!

College Acceptances Update


Check out NoHo Class of ’18’s early college acceptances as of April 11!

  • Allegheny College, Meadville, PA – Jewel Martin, Lauren Feder, Sam Lannan
  • American University, Washington, D.C. – Brady Hagen, Olivia Dutcher, Chloe Haaland
  • American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA – Arielle Bernstein, David Liflyandsky 
  • American University in Paris, Paris, France – Nikita Bowler
  • Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY – Nick Junk, Miles Bitton, Ivy Dupre, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Madison Baker, Ruby Cruz, Alex Biasini, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Helen Drizhal
  • Bard College Berlin, Berlin, Germany – Nikita Bowler
  • Barry University, Miami Shores, FL – Nikki Wanjala, Madison Gould, Marissa Totter
  • Belmont University, Nashville, TN – Kathryn Jurbala
  • Beloit College, Beloit, WI – Jewel Martin, Wyatt Piva, Madison Gould, Jason Vaquero, Sarah Slanaker, Marissa Totter
  • Bennington College, Bennington, VT – Olivia Dutcher, Ivy Dupre, Ruby Cruz, Jewel Martin, Madison Baker, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Grace Holtzclaw, Helen Drizhal, Chloe Haaland
  • Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL – Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • Boston College, Boston, MA – Brady Hagen, Alex Biasini
  • Boston University, Boston, MA – Dani Wright
  • Bradley University, Peoria, IL – Dominic Rascon-Powell, Lauren Feder, Wyatt Piva, Joey Mills, Nikki Wanjala
  • Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA – Olivia Dutcher
  • California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA – Tracy Virchow
  • California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA – Matthew Alberti, Arielle Bernstein
  • California Polytechnic University-Pomona, Pomona, CA – Chloe Haaland, Ziona Tillman-Benton, Joey Mills, Wyatt Piva
  • California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA – Sam Lannan, Brady Hagen, Marina Byard, Ivy Dupre
  • California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA – Jassmena Petrosian, Ivy Dupre, Lexie Reinhold, David Liflyandsky, Kaylee Weidenfeld, Kathleen Orellana, Arielle Bernstein, Noam Abutbul 
  • California State University Chico, Chico, CA – Madison Gould, Marina Byard, Marissa Totter
  • California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA – Marina Byard
  • California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA – Nikita Bowler
  • California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA – Kathleen Orellana, Sam Lannan, Kathryn Jurbala, Arielle Bernstein, Ivy Dupre, Ziona Tillman-Benton, Tymofii Manak, David Liflyandsky,Tracy Virchow
  • California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA – Ziona Tillman-Benton
  • California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA – David Liflyandsky
  • California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA – Marina Byard, Madison Gould
  • University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA – Olivia Dutcher
  • University of California Davis, Davis, CA – Dani Wright, Olivia Dutcher, Lindsay Bass, Lauren Feder, Arielle Bernstein, Marcello Frisina, Alex Biasini
  • University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA – Lexie Reinhold, Chloe Haaland, Arielle Bernstein, Grace Holtzclaw
  • University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA – Liam Wells
  • University of California Merced, Merced, CA – Marissa Totter, Madison Gould, Wyatt Piva, Tymofii Manak
  • University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA – Lexie Alter-Margo, Marcello Frisina, Arielle Bernstein, Marissa Totter, Lexie Reinhold, Marina Byard, Madison Gould, Julienne Green
  • University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA – Ivy Dupre, Marcello Frisina
  • University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA – Grace Holtzclaw, Olivia Dutcher, Dani Wright, Ivy Dupre, Marcello Frisina, Alex Biasini
  • University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA – William Wells,Lauren Feder, Chloe Haaland, Nick Junk, Dani Wright, Marina Byard, Marissa Totter, Marcello Frisina, Nikita Bowler, Madison Gould
  • Chapman University, Santa Ana, CA – Brady Hagen, Matthew Alberti, Dani Wright
  • Clark University, Worcester, MA – Madison Baker, Lauren Feder, Jewel Martin, Dominic Rascon-Powell, William Wells, Chloe Haaland, Wyatt Piva
  • Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY – Wyatt Piva
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME – Ivy Dupre, Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA – Ruby Garcia
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA – Chloe Haaland
  • College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY – Xochil Zacklin
  • Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL – Sarah Slanaker, Xochil Zacklin
  • Connecticut College, New London, CT – Olivia Dutcher, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Madison Baker
  • Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA – AJ Moore
  • Clark University, Worcester, MA – Madison Baker
  • Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa – Miles Bitton, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Chloe Haaland, Ivy Dupre, Sam Lannan
  • Denison University, Granville, OH – Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL – Olivia Dutcher, Lauren Feder, Madison Baker, Kristina Galstyan, Dani Wright, Lindsay Bass, Grace Holtzclaw, Nikita Bowler, Efi Nibo, Marina Byard, Lexie Alter-Margo, Grace Grant, Sam Lannan, Xochil Zacklin, Hannah Rafter, Lucy Evans-Rippy
  • Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA – Arielle Bernstein
  • Drake University, Des Moines, IA – Sarah Slanaker
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA – Yarden Erez
  • Earlham College, Richmond, IN – Jewel Martin, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Marissa Totter, Madison Gould, Sam Lannan
  • Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL – Wyatt Piva, Alex Biasini, Lexie Alter-Margo, Madison Gould, Marissa Totter  
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ – Kim Mendieta
  • Emerson College, Boston, MA – Lauren Feder, Cole Walker
  • Emory University, Atlanta,GA – Brady Hagen
  • Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA – Yarden Erez, Gabrielle Diller, Morgan Williams, Sam Lannan
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ – Nikki Wanjala
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY – Ripley Filipowich
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL – Wyatt Piva
  • Fordham University, Bronx, NY – Alex Biasini, Kristina Galstyan
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC – Brady Hagen, Dani Wright, Kristina Galstyan, Olivia Dutcher, Lindsay Bass
  • Goucher College, Baltimore, MD – Miles Bitton, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Jewel Martin, Yarden Erez, Olivia Dutcher, Chloe Haaland, Grace Holtzclaw, Jassmena Petrosian, Sam Lannan, Nikita Bowler, Grace Williams
  • Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT – Ivy Dupre
  • Hampshire College, Amherst, MA – Lauren Feder, Xochil Zacklin, Ivy Dupre, Sam Lannan, Jewel Martin
  • Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY – Sam Lannan
  • Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI – Abel Monroy
  • Hiram College, Hiram, OH – Brandon Arenson
  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Nikita Bowler
  • University of Houston, Houston, TX – Hannah Rafter
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA – Kaylee Weidenfeld
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL – Wyatt Piva
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL – Marissa Totter, Madison Gould 
  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY – Olivia Dutcher, Lindsay Bass, Chloe Haaland
  • Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL – Lexie Alter-Margo, Ziona Tillman-Benton, Abel Monroy, Madison Gould, Marissa Totter
  • Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI – Grace Williams
  • Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA – Jewel Martin, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Ivy Dupre, Chloe Haaland, Sam Lannan, Jassmena Petrosian
  • Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI – Olivia Dutcher, Alex Biasini, Lexie Alter-Margo, Chloe Haaland, Jewel Martin, Efi Nibo, Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • University of La Verne, La Verne, CA – Noam Abutbul, Nikki Wanjala
  • Lafayette College, Easton, PA – Chloe Haaland
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL – Dominic Rascon-Powell, Jason Vaquero, Madison Gould
  • Lawrence University, Appleton, WI – Dominic Rascon-Powell, Madison Gould, Marissa Totter
  • Lesley University, Boston, MA – Grace Grant
  • Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR – Miles Bitton, Alex Biasini, Lexie Alter-Margo, Marcello Frisina
  • LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising), New York, NY – Ziona Tillman-Benton
  • Linfield College, McMinnville, OR – Lexie Alter-Margo
  • Long Island University Post, Brookville, NY – Meital Zeigel
  • Los Angeles Valley College, Vallen Glen, CA – Ruby Garcia
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA – Brady Hagen, Matthew Alberti, Lexie Reinhold, Arielle Bernstein
  • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL – Yarden Erez
  • Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD – Ziona Tillman-Benton
  • 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, Lexie Reinhold, Kathryn Jurbala, Marina Byard, Chloe Haaland, Grace Grant, Valerie Perez, Hannah Rafter, Lexie Alter-Margo, Xochil Zacklin, Ziona Tillman-Benton, Jason Vaquero, Lindsay Bass
  • Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL – Kim Mendieta, Ziona Tillman-Benton
  • Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY – Grace Williams, Efi Nibo, Brandon Arenson, Ziona Tillman-Benton, Grace Williams, Nikki Wanjala, Jason Vaquero
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI – Wyatt Piva
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD – Marcello Frisina, Marcello Frisina
  • Marymount California University, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – Donna Edry, Eidan Shakuri
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD – Marcello Frisina, Naima Barr-Porter
  • Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY – Lexie Reinhold, Efi Nibo, Meital Ziegel, Xochil Zacklin, Lindsay Bass
  • Marywood University, Scranton, PA – Lauren Feder
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA – Marcello Frisina
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA – Liam Wells
  • Menlo College, Atherton, CA – Valerie Perez
  • University of Miami, Miami, FL – Meital Ziegel
  • Mills College, Oakland, CA – Grace Grant, Marina Byard
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI – Wyatt Piva
  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA – Olivia Dutcher, Ivy Dupre, Helen Drizhal, Jewel Martin
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA – Arielle Bernstein
  • New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL – Marcello Frisina
  • The New School, New York City – Madison Baker, Lindsay Bass, Cole Walker, Xochil Zacklin, Jason Vaquero
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL – Meital Ziegel
  • New York University, New York, NY – Meital Ziegel
  • Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA – Aerex Narvasa, Brady Hagen, Lexie Reinhold
  • Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA – Madison Gould, Marissa Totter
  • Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK – Meital Ziegel
  • Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Grace Hindle
  • Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR – Joey Mills, Max Loze
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR – Kaylee Weidenfeld
  • Otterbein University, Westerville, OH – Sam Lannan
  • Pace University, New York, NY – Nikita Bowler, Ruby Cruz, Grace Grant, Meital Ziegel, Xochil Zacklin, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Lindsay Bass
  • University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA – Arielle Bernstein, Valerie Perez
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR – Grace Hindle
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA – Julienne Green
  • Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA – Meital Ziegel
  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY – Nick Junk
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA – Julienne Green
  • Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA – Meital Ziegel
  • University of Puget Sound, Spokane, WA – Madison Baker, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Grace Holtzclaw, Grace Williams, Brandon Arenson, Yarden Erez
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN – Kim Mendieta
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, CA – Brady Hagen, Ivy Dupre, Arielle Bernstein, Helen Drizhal, Grace Grant, Jassmena Petrosian, Marissa Totter, Lexie Reinhold, Donna Edry, Jewel Martin, Sam Lannan, Noam Abutbul, Madison Gould, Marina Byard, Lauren Feder, Valerie Perez,Tracy Virchow, Max Loze, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Lexie Alter-Margo, Kaylee Weidenfeld
  • Regis University, Denver, Co – Eidan Shakuri
  • Rhodes College, Memphis, TN – Chloe Haaland, Jewel Martin
  • Richmond, The American International University, London, England – Nikki Bowler
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY – Lauren Feder, Joey Mills
  • Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT – Kim Mendieta
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, FL – Abel Monroy
  • Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL – Jewel Martin
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Riley Filipowich
  • St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO – Kim Mendieta, Efi Nibo
  • St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM – Sam Lannan, Brandon Arenson
  • St. John’s University, Queens, NY – Efi Nibo
  • 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, Madison Gould, Marissa Totter
  • University of San Diego, San Diego, CA -Brady Hagen
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, CA – Kim Mendieta
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA – Matthew Alberti, Nick Junk, Marcello Frisina, Marina Byard, Kristina Galstyan, Nikita Bowler
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA – Tracy Virchow, Cole Walker, Dani Wright, Grace Williams, Yarden Erez, Efi Nibo, Jassmena Petrosian, Ziona Tillman-Benton
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA – Brady Hagen
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY – Cole Walker, Oliver Dutcher
  • University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA – Alex Biasini
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA – Ripley Filipowich, Grace Hindle
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL – Madison Baker
  • Seattle University, Seattle, WA – Marina Byard
  • Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV – Ivy Dupre
  • Simmons College, Boston, MA – Ivy Dupre
  • Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA – Chloe Haaland, Sam Lannan, Jassmena Petrosian, Marissa Totter, Lexie Alter-Margo, Ivy Dupre, Tracy Virchow, Hannah Rafter
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX – Dani Wright
  • State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, Albany, NY – Hannah Rafter
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY – Dani Wright, Chloe Haaland
  • University of Tampa, Tampa, FL – Madison Gould, Marissa Totter
  • The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL – Ruby Cruz
  • Trinity College, Hartford, CT – Olivia Dutcher
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA – Dani Wright
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT – Haley Mauldin
  • Union College, Schnectady, NY – Liam Wells
  • Ursinus College, Meadville, PA – Dominic Rascon-Powell
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY – Liam Wells
  • Wagner College, Staten Island, NY – Meital Ziegel
  • 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
  • Wheaton College, Norton, MA – Ivy Dupre
  • Whittier College, Whittier, CA – Ivy Dupre, Lucy Evans-Rippy, Madison Gould, Marissa Totter, Valerie Perez, Eidan Shakuri
  • Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA – Miles Bitton, Lucy Evans-Rippy
  • Willamette University, Salem, OR – Lucy Evans-Rippy, Brady Hagen, Dominic Rascon-Powell, Kaylee Weidenfeld, Lexie Alter-Margo, Sam Lannan, Eidan Shakuri
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI – Wyatt Piva
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI – Meital Ziegel
  • Woodbury University, Burbank, CA – Valerie Perez
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT – Sean Rogers

The Kona Ice Truck is Back!

The popular Kona Ice Truck is returning to lunch on Thursdays!

Clinical Psychologist Guest Speaker to Visit Introduction to Psychology Class

Mr. Hanson has arranged for Dr. Tekesia Jackson-Rudd, a clinical psychologist and “millennial life skills coach,” to visit and speak to his introduction to psychology course on April 18 during period 3A. He’d like to open the speaking engagement to other students as well. Any student interested in attending should speak to Mr. Hanson as well as get permission from their 3A teacher.

Check out some more information on Dr. TK:

Doctor TK is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY24698), millennial life skills coach, business owner, author, professor and clinical private practice mentor. Aside from her professional practices, Doctor TK is also a wife, mother and active participant within her community related to education and motivating others to level up to their capacity of success.

Throughout her various roles, she has been very successful with the following clientele:

  • Clinicians building a successful private practice
  • Entrepreneurship practices of what it takes to become your own boss
  • Millennials who are transitioning to the next stage in their life such as college and becoming independent through individual sessions, workshops and seminars
  • Men and women who are seeking guidance to clear out their “baggage” and transition and/or maintain healthy relationships

Doctor TK has served in the human services field, serving various clients for over 13 years that include but are not limited to: high school and college students, business owners, doctors, police officers, firefighters, nurses, community clinics, juvenile justice correctional facilities, community field-based programs and employee training programs. She has supervised undergraduate and graduate psychology students to provide amazing psychological services within the community.

She has also been afforded the opportunity to participate in various speaking engagements such as colleges, high schools, parent groups, nonprofit organizations, podcast channels and community empowerment events.

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

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. Stephanie Riley, our school counselor, at
  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.

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. This document is legally required. If you have not yet signed this document, please report to the building today 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 please make certain you understand our parameters.

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