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Instead of sleeping in on a Saturday morning or video games over breakfast, thirty students participated in cleaning up Rachel Carson Playground, painting benches and garbage cans, planting flower beds, raking leaves, and just picking up trash that has been blown into the park.

Thirty East-West students

Thirty East-West students asisted Green Earth Urban Gardens and Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association with It’s My Park Day

Able students ready for a day of manual labor.

Smiling students ready for a day of manual labor.

Hanglong and Cheng Rong teaming up

Hanglong and Cheng Rong working together 

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This looks easier than it really is.

 

Jiong Yu

Jiong Yu!!!

Painting garbage cans

Painting garbage cans…

and benches

and benches…

and at times it got messy…

Volunteering has its reward

… but free pizza and t-shirt for volunteering has its satisfaction.

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East-West Dance Company "on the road"

East-West Dance Company took its first dancers’ “on the road” this week!

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Sixty-three dance students performed at the Ozanem Nursing home in Bayside to an enthusiastic crowd of Senior Citizens.

Synchronized dancing

Japanese Inspired Synchronized Marching

They presented dance styles including Hip Hop, Japanese Synchronized Marching and Jazz Dance.

Students also had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their love of dancing.

Students had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their love of dancing with the audience.

The Anime group, led by our exceptional Social Studies teacher, Mr. Oppenheim, sang a beautiful rendition of the song, “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen in Japanese!

After the show, the students gave cards and gifts, and had the opportunity to chat with the residents.

 

Cards, Gifts, and Flowers were given to the residents.

Cards, gifts, and flowers were given to the residents.

A huge thank you to Carolyn Cohen for spearheading the whole  idea and logistics of the trip, and our incredible Dance Teacher, Jennifer Brainsky, for inspiring our your performers.

A huge thank you to Mrs. Cohen for spearheading the idea and logistics of the trip, and our incredible Dance Teacher, Ms. Brainsky, for inspiring our your performers.

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Photo opportunity with Mrs. Cohen’s mom.

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Daddy’s little girl!

And for the finale, our students performed the MACARENA

And for the finale, our students performed the MACARENA!

It was a day full of learning and joy for all!

It was a day full of learning and joy for all!

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Inspired by our English Department’s Poem In Your Pocket Day, which was a school-wide initiative to foster a love and appreciation of poetry across all subject areas, Mrs. Pechersky’s 9th graders took this opportunity one step further to increase our students’ “international studies.”

Mrs. Pechersky writes: 

Thank you for bringing Poem in Your Pocket Day initiative to East-West! Our 9th graders celebrated it by having a special Global History class dedicated to Poems from around the World. In preparation to this event, each student was supposed to prepare a poem from a country (culture) of their choice. I encouraged them to ask their families for their favorite poems in their home language and to recite them in class in their original language.

The kids loved the idea! As the result, today’s presentations included poems, songs, and videos in Urdu, Japanese, Spanish, Bangla, Tagalog, Chinese, Yiddish, and English. We spoke about their common themes of love and friendship, men and women, parents and children, nature and seasons. We discussed how poetry transcends the borders by listening to the popular song version of the Russian translation of a poem by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, who wrote it in the Bangla language. We noticed the challenges of creating singable (or equimetrical) translations that sacrifice the original words for the sake of rhyme and rhythm. Everyone received a copy of every poem recited in class. The homework assignment was to bring these poems home and to read them with someone outside of East-West. This was a real lesson in international studies and global citizenship!

Asher presents a poem translated from Urdu into English

Asher presents a poem translated from Urdu into English

Syed shares a poem he wrote

Syed shares a poem he wrote

Christian shares a poem from the Philippines in Tagalog and English

Christian shares a poem from the Philippines in Tagalog and English

Tayvon reads a Japanese haiku poem in English translation

Tayvon reads a Japanese haiku poem in English translation

 Ms. Ahmed and Ms. Pechersky – a poem, video, and song in Bangla, translated into English and Russian;


Mrs. Pechersky shares a Yiddish song animation film with the English and Hebrew translation of the lyrics.

Ms. Ahmed also shares a poem, video, and song in Bangla, translated into English

Ms. Ahmed also shares a poem, video, and song in Bangla, translated into English

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Ms. Pechersky also read a Russian poem translated into English.

Ms. Connor

Ms. Connor reads A Poem of Friendship in English

Lastly, Joesin read Love the Mexican Way, a Mexican poem in Spanish and English

Stay tuned for more poetry in English to come by Ms. Lee and Ms. Blitman.

 

Congratulations to our 9th Graders for their achievment

Congratulations to our 9th Graders for their achievement

Ms. Pechersky’s 9th grade ELA students participated in the Spring Reading Contest organized by Achieve 3000, an individualized online program that they have been using this year. This program prepares them for college by building students’ non-fictional text comprehension skills. Each team member had to read a large number of articles during several months and answer questions about the texts. They received points for getting 75 or more percent of the questions right. They received additional points for higher accuracy of their answers. The points were then added up and averaged for each team. Our team’s final average qualified them to be among the winners! The students worked very hard both at school and at home, encouraged each other, and showed great teamwork and motivation. They celebrated their victory by being honored in Muster and having a pizza party. 

Mr. Sherman announces and congratulates students during Morning Muster.

Mr. Sherman announces and congratulates students during Morning Muster.

KPAC PRESS RELEASE for Postponed - AAC 2014

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Kissena Park 2013 Art Competition

Winners of the Kissena Park 2013 Art Competition

Assemblymember Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) joined Congressmember Grace Meng at the Kissena Park Civic Association’s 2013 Art Competition.  

Participants of all ages, including numerous students from East-West participated and submitted artwork inspired by Kissena Park.  Congressmember Meng and Assemblymember Rozic later presented trophies and prizes to winners in various age categories.  

Amy Chin-Hong getting some inspiration from her surrounding

Amy Chin-Hong getting some inspiration from her surrounding

Vivian Hsieh waiting for the announcements.

Vivian Hsieh waiting for announcements and further instructions.

Congresswoman Grace Meng announcing the start of the competition

Congresswoman Grace Meng announcing the start of the competition

Judges admiring and comparing artwork

Judges admiring and comparing artwork

Medals and prizes for the winners

Medals and prizes for the winners

Congratulations to our First Place winner, Haruna Yabuki

Congratulations to our First Place winner, Haruna Yabuki

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Join or Support East-West!

Join or Support East-West!

AIDS Walk New York is less than ONE WEEK away!

Please sign up or consider sponsoring an East-West walker or donate to TEAM EWSIS United at the annual AIDS Walk New York on May 18, 2014 at Central Park.

Join and support the movement to create an AIDS-free generation and cheer on our fellow East-West students and staff.  The Walk usually takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete.

For more information and directions to the event, click here: Day-of-Event Information

 

Poem in your Pocket

During the Spring season, schools throughout the country participate in an event called “Poem in a Pocket” as part of a national celebration of poetry.  On May 16, the East-West School’s English Department invites the whole school to join in the merriment and celebration of the world’s poets.  We ask everyone in the school including students, teachers, administration, and support staff to bring in a favorite poem.  Keep the poem in your pocket and then when the time is right, share your poem by reading it to a friend, to your class, to a teacher, etc.  If you don’t have a favorite poem, there will be large “pockets” hanging from walls in the hallway which contain different themed poems.

Teachers, poems may be themed to fit the subject or objectives of your class.

Math teachers, read the example by Sarah Adams that explains Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox:
Zeno has discovered much to our dismay,
that to get from A to B you must first go halfway,
But to make it to the middle, you’ll have to go a quarter,
so divide the distances each one ever shorter.
However as this process repeats ad infinitum,
Zeno never came across a smallest spatial item.
which he could at first traverse, and so to his amusement,
Zeno has thus showed us the absurdity of movement.
For a set of tasks which are infinite in number,-
are impossible to finish when they’ve no last member.
So a journey we can’t start, let alone complete,
is what we should accept, if space is not discrete.
Envoi
Zeno, Zeno I read your dichotomy,
Some confusion it caused me,
I need a lobotomy.

And remember to save your poems or write your own for Ms. Binaso’s upcoming Poetry Slam!

Happy Poem Hunting, from the ELA Department

 

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