June 26, 2019 is the last day of school for the year. Students will be dismissed at 11:11 AM. Students will receive report cards and graduating Seniors will receive their diploma.

Note that June 18-June 25 is Regents week. High school students will only report on days that they are scheduled for Regents exams. Middle school students will have class following their regular schedule.

Summer Bridge 2019!


All Incoming 6th and 9th graders (new to East-West) are invited!

This full day student event runs from 8 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, August 29.

Students will spend the day getting to know other students who will be coming to East-West in September and participating in activities designed to familiarize students with our school culture and Four Pillars. Questions? E-Mail Ms. Marinos at emarinos@ewsis.org

SEATTLE–Jan. 29, 2019– Amazon today announced that more than 130 high schools in New York City will start providing computer science courses, supported by Amazon Future Engineer, an initiative aimed at making computer science available to children in underrepresented and underserved communities. The more than 130 schools are located throughout all five New York City boroughs, including more than 30 in Queens, where the company plans to open one of its new headquarters.

With Amazon Future Engineer’s funding, the selected New York City high schools will offer Intro to Computer Science and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science classes through the New York-based curriculum provider, Edhesive. Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. These full-year courses are designed to inspire students and develop their understanding of technology and coding so that someday they might be interested in pursuing a professional career in the fast-growing field of computer science. All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.

“The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens is ecstatic to collaborate with Amazon on this great opportunity,” said George Diaz, Assistant Principal at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens. “Our young women will expand on their computer science knowledge and the skills that are so important and valuable in today’s economy. Amazon is helping fill a major gap in our curriculum that will help young people acquire the skills to build rewarding careers, while boosting prospects for our local community overall.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. And, students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

“We want to help make sure more children across New York City gain the coding skills necessary to have successful careers in many fields,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “We are excited that Amazon Future Engineer will immediately impact more than 130 schools and thousands of students who do not currently have access to computer science education. We will continue to invest in bringing these classes to more schools in New York City and across the U.S.”

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low income communities across the country to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids each year to explore computer science, help over 100,000 young people in 2,000 high schools in lower income communities take Introductory or Advanced Placement (AP) courses in computer science, and provide 100 students from underrepresented communities with four-year $10,000 scholarships as well as guaranteed internships to gain work experience.

The list of New York City high schools is on the Amazon Day One blog and below:

Abraham Lincoln High School
Academy for Careers In Television And Film
Academy for Conservation And The Environment
Academy for Software Engineering
Academy for Young Writers
Academy of Finance and Enterprise
Academy of Urban Planning
Al-Ihsan Academy
Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy
Archbishop Molloy High School
Baruch College Campus High School
Beacon High School
Bedford Academy High School
Beth Rivka High School
Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (Base)
Bronx Community High School
Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts
Bronx High School of Science
Bronx International High School
Brooklyn High School for Law And Technology
Brooklyn High School of the Arts
Brooklyn Lab School
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Bushwick School for Social Justice
Calhoun School
City College Academy of the Arts
Clara Barton High School
College of Staten Island High School for International Studies
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science
Columbia Secondary School
Curtis High School
Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
Dominican Academy
Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School
Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem
East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School
East Williamsburg Scholars Academy
*East-West School of International Studies*
Edward R. Murrow High School
El Puente Academy for Peace And Justice
Energy Tech High School
Epic High School North
Evangel Christian School
Excelsior Preparatory High School
Francis Lewis High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
George Westinghouse High School
Gotham Collaborative High School
Grover Cleveland High School
High School for Law & Public Service
High School for Leadership & Public Service
High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow
High School of Arts and Technology
High School of Enterprise Business & Technology
Independence High School
Information Technology High School
International High School at Prospect Heights
International School for Liberal Arts
Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies
Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis High School
James Madison High School
John Bowne High School
Kappa International High School
Kingsbridge International High School
Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics
Manhattan High School for Girls
Martin Van Buren High School
Math Engineering and Science Academy Charter High School
Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Monsignor Scanlan High School
Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies
Mount St. Michael Academy
New Dorp High School
New Heights Academy Charter School
New Utrecht High School
New Visions Charter High School For Humanities II
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science II
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science III
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science IV
Newtown High School
Northside Charter High School
NYC Charter High School – Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries
NYC Museum School
Pan American International High School at Monroe
Preston High School
Queens High School for Information Research and Technology
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
Queens Metropolitan High School
Queens School of Inquiry
Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School
Richard R. Green High School of Teaching
Richmond Hill High School
Robert F. Kennedy Community High School
Robert F. Wagner Secondary School for Arts and Technology
Saint Catharine Academy
Science Skills Center High School
St. Agnes Academic School
St. Barnabas High School
St. Demetrios School
St. Johns Preparatory School
St. Joseph High School
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School
St. Raymond High School for Boys
Summit Academy Charter School
Sunset Park High School
Susan E. Wagner High School
Teachers Preparatory High School
The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance
The Cathedral School
The Clinton School
The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
The Mary Louis Academy
The Renaissance Charter School
The Scholars’ Academy
The School for Human Rights
The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters
The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens
Theatre Arts Production Company School
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
Townsend Harris High School
University Neighborhood High School
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science
Veritas Academy
William Cullen Bryant High School
World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School
Xaverian High School
YABC at Stevenson
Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School

Amazon Future Engineer is still accepting applications from schools for the high school piece of the program, in addition to the K-8, scholarship, and internship stages. Those interested in applying can do so at www.amazonfutureengineer.com.

About Amazon

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We are now affiliated with Amazon’s School Rewards Program.  Support our fundraising goals by clicking on our unique link with Amazon.com to make all your purchases.  You will still be able to use your own login and personal account to shop, the only difference is that our school code will be embedded in the link.  This school code lets Amazon know that you were referred to Amazon.com through the East-West School of International Studies.

Our school will have the opportunity to receive up to 15% in referral fees for any purchases that are made on the Amazon site.  Please note referral rates will vary depending on the compensation plan, purchase volume and product categories.  By shopping Amazon.com through our school’s unique link and sharing this unique link with family and friends, you are helping us raise necessary funds to support our students through scholarships and needs based request.

If you have any questions regarding this, please email contact@ewsis.org for more information.

Thank you.

Important Dates:

Middle School:

Monday, June 23rd
6th and 7th middle school students are not in attendance. 8th graders will be attending their Stepping Up Ceremony.

The 8th Grade Stepping Up Ceremony will be held in the East-West Auditorium. The ceremony begins at 8:30am.

Wednesday, June 26th

Last day of school. Students are dismissed at 11:14am. Enjoy the summer break!

Monday, July 1st

Summer school begins. Summer school runs from July 1st – August 8th, Mon-Thurs from 8:00am – 2:00pm. Students attending summer school have received their schedules.

High School

Monday, June 23rd

High school seniors will have their graduation ceremony at Queens College, at Lefrak Hall. The commencement begins at 4pm.

Monday, July 1st

Summer school begins. Summer school runs from July 1st – August 12th, Mon-Thurs from 8:00am – 2:00pm. Students attending summer school have received their schedules.

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On Friday, October 19th, our East-West Bike club, along with our partner organizations, Recycle-a-Bicycle, Bike New York, and several other Bike to School participants, went on a group ride from the Recycle-A-Bicycle shop in Long Island City to Roosevelt Island.  In attendance were Shen Chen, Jia You, Chris Chun, Steve Wu, Harry Ho and Vanessa Ma, many of whom were riding bikes that they repaired themselves last year!

Special thanks to Mr. Jacobson for organizing the event for our students and Ms. Kirk who joined us for a lovely ride.

Please send cover letter and resume to Ms. Youngmi An, Hodori Afterschool Program Site Director, at hodori.ewsis@kafsc.org.

Congratulations to Mr. Ganpat for being one of the 50 winners of the TCS Empowering Teachers – Inspiring Students contest.  Representatives from TCS New York City Marathon surprised Mr. Ganpat during a morning muster assembly to present him his racing bib and training shirt.  The event, along with Mr. Ganpat’s surprised reaction, was captured on video below.

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, TCS created the “Empowering Teachers, Inspiring Students” contest. Through this program we are offering 50 deserving teachers free entry into the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon! Watch Davin Ganpat, a history teacher from East-West School of International Studies in Flushing, NY, find out he’s in the race!

As part of the prize package, Mr. Ganpat (and other teachers at East-West) will have access to STEM education resources.  Tata Consultancy Services is a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization.  They believe strongly in giving back to the communities where they work and live.  Their largest CSR efforts in North America are around health and fitness and STEM education.  For more information on STEM education, check out the first-of-its-kind, multi-million initiative, Ignite My Future in School (IMFIS), which TCS launched last fall. This initiative leverages computational thinking and teaching resources as a catalyst to transform the way K-12 students learn across America. We are really proud of this program and hope it will be a tremendous resource to teachers of all levels.

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, let’s cheer on Mr. Ganpat as he crosses the finish line at Central Park.

Welcome to Japan!

Group photo

Day One:

Our school has been invited for the second time to participate in the Kakehashi Project, a program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan.  The purpose of the program is to promote understanding of Japan through school visits, hands-on cultural experiences, lectures, and a short, 2-night home stay experience.  Twenty-two students and four teacher chaperones were selected for a nine day, fully funded study tour of Japan.

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Everyone survived the 11 hour and 30 minute flight from Denver to Tokyo.

Dinner at hotel

Our students having dinner at the hotel!

Stay tuned for more updates…

Day Two:

Updates from Ms. Minckler…

Hello Everyone, our first full day in Japan was jam packed full of adventures.

We began our day with a stacked breakfast buffet in the lobby of our hotel.   Anything from scrambled eggs, potatoes, ham, sausage, miso soup, dumplings, pastries toast were on the menu and our students dove right in and tried new and old things all on one tray.
After breakfast, we joined the 3 other schools in the Kakehashi program for a whole group orientation where we went over the expectations of the trip and enjoyed a 2 hour lecture on the history and culture of Japan.
All that sitting and listening helped us work up a healthy appetite for our lunch at “Hokaido” which is a teppan style restaurant.
Teppan style where food is cooked in tin foil on a hot plate in the center of the table.
We then ventured to the Edo-Tokyo museum where we learned all about the history of this amazing city we are staying in.
From there, we visited the Sensoji Temple which is in the heart of the Asakusa district of Tokyo.  Think Times Square in NYC, but less crowded and with Japanese souvenirs instead of I Love NY t-shirts.
We ended our day at an all you can eat shabu shabu restaurant called “Nabezo”.  The students really enjoyed cooking their own meat and vegetables in the center of their tables.
It was a marathon of a day, and our suitcases are now stuffed with souvenirs, but everyone is happy and loving all the new experiences thrown their way.
Enjoy some snapshots from the day and stay tuned for our next update in approximately 24 hours.
Day Three:
From Mr. Grant-knight:
Greetings from beautiful Nagano!  This morning we all had to wake up very early so that we could check out of our hotel in Tokyo and board a bus headed to Nagano.   Some of us got up early enough for a Tokyo sunrise jog!
Once again, breakfast was a huge buffet in the hotel lobby.  Very shortly after breakfast, we boarded the bust for our trek to Nagano.   We stopped for lunch at the Alpine Village restaurant which was about an hour away from our final destination: Hakuba.
After lunch, we continued our jouney.
Upon our arrival in Hakuba, we went to the ski jump station where the 1998 Olympic games were held.
The students rode a ski lift up to the first level of the station, then took an elevator and some really scary stairs to the very top of the ski jump.
For those of us with a fear of heights, this was no easy task, however, many of us faced our fears today and trekked all the way to the top.  In the end, it was worth it, because the views from above were incredible.
We were greeted by the hospitable Vice Mayor of Hakuba.  Shout-out to Kaiwen for delivering a beautiful thank you speech, in Japanese to boot!  By early evening, students met their host families and were off to the next part of their Japan journey: home stay.  Tomorrow, we look forward to finally meeting students at Hakuba high school, where students will partake in many different traditional Japanese activities.  In order to help us document and promote enthusiasm for Japanese culture, find and follow the East-West Kakehashi Facebook Group.
Stay tuned for the next update in 24 hours!
Day Four:
From Ms. Minckler…

Hello Everyone,  Last night our students met and stayed with their host families. Many of them spent the morning exploring the beautiful city of Hakuba.  When they returned to us after lunch, they all were smiling from ear to ear and talking about the fun they had the night before.IMG_9610We traveled together to Hakuba High School (only 150 students total) where some generous students and teachers gave up their summer vacations to do some cool activities with us: badminton…IMG_9630 basketball…IMG_9666tea ceremony…IMG_9649origami folding…IMG_9646archery…IMG_9638and bouldering…IMG_9658 Our students were able to engage with not only students from Hakuba High School, but also students from another school in the Kakehashi Program from Alexandria, Virginia.

School Group Photo

Kakehashi Project group photo of students from Hakuba High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, and East-West.

From there, our local guide, Sato San, took us to visit a beautiful park with more gorgeous views, a river and small waterfall, and buildings that were over 150 years old.IMG_9680Finally, the students returned “home” to their host families for the evening.   We visited one household, just before the students were sitting down to eat dinner as a “family”.   IMG_9697More from beautiful Hakuba tomorrow.

Day Five:

From Ms. Minckler…

Hello Everyone,

This morning, our students spent one last morning with their host families before leaving them to join us at the hotel.  Many of our students explored the beautiful alpine gardens area of the city, (which is actually what all the chaperones did as well).  IMG_9768

IMG_9774After lunch, they said their goodbyes and checked in to their hotel rooms here.  We then all walked to a local gymnasium where we learned how to create a single flower vase using dried straw from the rice fields.IMG_9784Many of our students have quite a talent for weaving.IMG_9786Afterwards, we swept the straw off the floors and our local contact, Mr. Sato, arranged a special surprise for us:  Bon dance lessons with yukatas for all to wear.IMG_9789IMG_9792IMG_9796IMG_9803We learned how to dance to a song about mining coal.  After our dancing and weaving lessons, we headed back to the hotel for a buffet style dinner.  We then boarded a bus to a neighboring city where we participated in a local street dancing festival.IMG_9817We were one of many groups participating in a giant parade of dancers.IMG_9825 The students learned 3 more Japanese dances as the parade progressed down the main street of the town.IMG_9830We are all back in our hotel now and preparing for our final day and farewells to this beautiful city.

Final Countdown in Hakuba:

From Ms. Minckler...

Dear All,

Today was another jam-packed day in Japan. Immediately after breakfast, we headed to the beautiful Daio Wasabi farm. IMG_9839Here, we learned how authentic wasabi differs from what we taste in the United States.  farmWe learned how wasabi is farmed, and even tasted Wasabi ice cream! Afterward, we got a few shots of the Matsumoto castle, IMG_9868where we took a nice afternoon stroll, IMG_9852followed by lunch at a local miso company. IMG_9894We learned how miso is fermented to perfection, and were treated to a hearty lunch. Our night ended with a farewell party to our host families, filled with touching performances from both schools and the host families themselves.IMG_9881.JPG Although it was difficult to say goodbye to our newly formed families, it’s great to know that our East – West community extends so far across the globe. IMG_9906IMG_9905Tomorrow, we head back to Tokyo!

Goodbye Hakuba, Hello Toyko…

Hello Everyone,

Well this is it.   We are in the final hours of our time in Japan.   This morning we left Hakuba.  Everyone was pretty sad to leave because it is such a beautiful place with such amazing people.IMG_9924As we were finishing dinner, our Kakehashi guides announced that our host families had arrived to say one final farewell. The students were so surprised and so elated that they had one last opportunity to see their families.IMG_9920 (1)We boarded the bus and made our way to the nearest Shinkansen (bullet train) station.IMG_9936IMG_9940Everyone enjoyed watching the train glide in and then feeling it accelerate to unbelievable speeds.IMG_9954 IMG_9953IMG_9948When we arrived in Tokyo, we rejoined the other schools in the Kakehashi program for a group reporting session.IMG_9970Representatives from each group gave an 8 minute presentation describing what they learned during their days in Japan and how they would share their new found knowledge with others.IMG_9974Danish, Zhenyi, Andy, and Katie did an amazing job representing our school!  After checking into the hotel, we walked to a nearby shopping center where we had dinner and explored the area around our hotel.

and we’re back…IMG_9968

Life at East-West

Group photoOur school has been invited for the second time to participate in the Kakehashi Project, a program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan. The purpose of the program is to promote understanding of Japan through school visits, hands-on cultural experiences, lectures, and a short, 2-night home stay experience. Twenty-two students and four teacher chaperones were selected for a nine day, fully funded study tour of Japan.

airplane 1

Everyone survived the 11 hour and 30 minute flight from Denver to Tokyo.

Dinner at hotel

Our students having dinner at the hotel!

Stay tuned for more updates…

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