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Culinary Students Say “Thank You!”

Thank you — it’s such a simple phrase. But we mean it from the bottom of our hearts. From day to day we learned new skills including culinary writing, proper knife usage, how to prep in the kitchen, and how to be a proper chef. Thank you for the opportunity, a chance to prove ourselves […]

2019 Night of Champions’ Outstanding Teacher and Teacher Assistant

New Ventures is proud to announce the 2019 Night of Champion’s Outstanding Teacher and Teaching Assistant: Florence Strzebala and Michelle Lagana. Florence Strzebala – Outstanding Teacher of the Year Florence Guarnera has been working at Integration Charter Schools for 3 years. Her time at ICS has been nothing but inspirational, motivational, and memorable. She started […]

New Ventures Hosts 4th Annual Internship Breakfast

On Friday, May 24th, New Ventures hosted the 4th annual Internship Breakfast honoring student interns as well as internship hosts. After warm welcoming remarks from ICS President Dr. Ken Byalin, Principal Ryan Melis spoke about New Ventures’ incredible achievements thus far, with a focus on the growth and impact of the unique internship program. Melis […]

You’re Invited – ICS Baseball Game Fundraiser

This July, don’t miss your chance come out and support Integration Charter Schools with an exciting night of baseball at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark!  On July 19th, ICS will be holding a baseball game – fundraiser with the Staten Island Yankees! Along with the baseball game, the night will feature food, fun for the […]

Meet the Principal: Mr. Melis

When Principal Ryan Melis began his ICS career, he had no idea he was going to end up as the Principal of one of the premier transfer high schools in New York City.      After joining ICS in 2011 as a substitute teaching assistant, Melis has worn a variety of different hats within the organization. He’s […]


School Closed 3/4

Due to the forecasted weather, school will be closed tomorrow, 3/4. School will resume on Tuesday, 3/5. Stay safe, and warm!

New Ventures September Teacher of the Month

Meet Our September Teacher and Teacher Assistant of the Month

  We at Integration Charter Schools are beyond proud and honored to present our September Teachers and Teacher Assistants of the month. September 2018 was definitely a busy month for all. Yet, these individuals powered through our first month of the school year with success. Jumping from one hurdle to the next, these educators definitely […]

Met legend posing for a photo

Former Mets Legend Gives an Inspirational talk at New Ventures

  Last week, celebrated Mets and Yankees legend, Darryl Strawberry, came and spoke to the students of New Ventures Charter School. The former MLB slugger spoke at length about his career in baseball, his lifelong struggle with addiction, and how he overcame his challenges and hardship. “Leaders don’t follow people. Leaders follow a purpose” he […]

New Ventures students standing at graduation

New Ventures Celebrates 45 Graduates

  On Monday June 25th, New Ventures was proud to partner with Lavelle Prep to hold a formal graduation ceremony for students of both schools. A total of 73 students received their diplomas, 45 of then New Ventures graduates, while Robert Benston of the Allen C. Bentson Agencydelivered the commencement address, and our Valedictorian Victoria […]

New Ventures Students taking a group photo at prom

New Ventures Students Celebrate Prom

  On June 21st, New Ventures hosted it’s first student prom. Held at the Old Bermuda Inn, the prom became a reality thanks to the hard work of employees Samantha DeLuca, Dana Affatigato and Samantha Rampulla. The team began working on the details of the event in late winter by scouting sites and exploring vendor […]