Internationals Network 2012 Summer Institute will be held on Thursday, August 23rd and Friday, August 24th. Teachers who wish to attend should click here to sign up. The deadline to complete registration was June 22 for current staff and is August 15 for new hires.
Student Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship
Aisha Azam, a senior at The International High School at Prospect Heights, won a prestigious Gates Millenium Scholarship — a national scholarship presented to 1,000 outstanding minority students with significant financial need. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this scholarship provides Aisha with full tuition support for her undergraduate studies in an institution of her choice. Aisha is the 4th student at The International High School at Prospect Heights to win a Gates Millenium Scholarship in the last 5 years. Congratulations !
Students Win Cricket Championship
Students from The Brooklyn International High School were invited to take part in the 2012 NYC Mayor’s Cup High School Cricket All-Star Game in June. The group included 57 players from high schools teams across Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Bronx. After three grueling elimination matches, Brooklyn defeated Queens to claim this year’s championship.
Flushing International High School Student Wins Poetry Contest
When Zhenquang Wang enrolled at The Flushing International High School, he began learning English with a sense of urgency. Thanks to the unconditional support of his teachers, Zhenquang soon began using English as a new canvas for expressing his deeper, more personal feelings. His love of words led him to submit a poem to the 2012 Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest organized by the City’s Department of Environmental Protection. Out of 700 submissions, the judges selected 37 winners, including Zhenquang. The winners were honored on May 26th at Citi Field in Queens, where their poems were displayed on the stadium’s outfield screens. We leave you with his winning poem.

“ It floods fields, it crushes buildings, it drowns the living things.
Using water wisely, don’t waste it, I believing we can live in peace with it.”
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E-Newsletter July 2012

Another Great Year!  As the 2012 academic year comes to an end, we extend our congratulations to first graduating classes at ELLIS Prep and PAIHS at Monroe, and to our students as they continue to be recognized nationally for their academic and artistic achievements. Look for our next edition in October with more news from Internationals, our students and our schools, including the opening of two new International High Schools in the fall - Claremont International High School in the Bronx and Internationals Network Academy in Alexandria, VA.
Wishing you a wonderful summer !

Internationals Network Induction Institutes
This year, Internationals Network held two institutes based on our foundational practices and core principles. The first workshop, Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About: Strategies for Integrating Language and Content, was held on February 14, 2012. The second institute, No More Parallel Play: Encouraging Meaningful Student Collaboration, was held on March 6, 2012. These day long sessions are designed to support new teacher development and experienced teachers' capacity to incorporate Internationals' instructional practices and approaches proven to increase English language learner student achievement. This year, 50% of participants came from high schools outside the Network and from as far as Alexandria, VA.
Student Goes to Washington
Only a few years ago, Katherine Tabares left Colombia for the United States in search of the American Dream. She quickly proved to be a great leader in her new school - The  International High School at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, and was elected student government president. Early this past school year, Katherine joined Speaker Silver at the NY State Assembly to announce passage of the DREAM Fund. And then her desire to bring a voice to the dreams and goals of her immigrant peers led her to the Nation’s Capitol in May where she spoke eloquently about immigrant laws during a Capitol Hill press conference. For Katherine, the American Dream symbolizes a Dream that must be re-created by each generation of citizens as they reshape it to address the challenges ahead.  This young leader graduated in June with plans to attend college in the Fall.  
Internationals Students Perform To Heal
This June, a group of students at The International High School at LaGuardia Community College performed at Joe’s Pub/Public Theatre in NYC, as part of the Transforming Trauma Into Art initiative. This program provides immigrant teenagers with the opportunity to heal from the trauma of war, economic or natural disasters through artistic expression.
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International High Schools Host Spring Visits
Internationals'  Professional Development team and Network High School educators facilitated a strong series of Intervisitations throughout March, April and May. Topics focused on (1) the use of technology in the classroom, (2) implementing the common core state standards, (3) designing project-based math, (4) science department collaboration with other content areas, (5) fostering oral academic English in the classroom, (6) sustained silent reading and the use of computer-based assessment programs, (7) exploring how to prepare students for both the regents and portfolio, and (8) literacy across all content areas. Each visit provided teachers and school leaders with the unique opportunity to observe best practice classrooms across the International High Schools and reflect upon their learnings with their colleagues.
ELLIS Prep Hosts Its Girst Science Festival
The school is the second International High School, after The Flushing International High School, to host a science fair. The event, led by science teacher Jeremy Heyman and his 5 AP Chemistry students (2 of whom were part of the 2011 Einstein-Montefiore Summer High School Research Program), was a huge success. These festivals build upon the enthusiasm of students who attended the first Internationals school network wide science fair, held at IHS at Union Square in March. The fair was introduced by guest speaker Dr. Dickson Despommier of Columbia University who talked about the merits of vertical farming in an urban setting.
Taking on the " I-Word"
Members of the Dream Team - a student-founded club at The Flushing International High School that advocates for the rights of undocumented students -  produced a video on the significance of the word “illegal’ and its impact on the lives of immigrant students. The project, created for the Drop the I – Word campaign, is the first video in the State of New York produced by a high school Dream Team.
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