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The father of one of our eight graders, Jivika Singh, who works for the United Nations, gave our students a private tour.  We visited the General Assembly and viewed artifacts from World War II.   Our students are currently collaborating with students from other states and nations to write resolution papers.

Congratulations to our students who have been working diligently the past couple of days, and Ms. Williams for organizing this event.

 

Our HS Japanese level 2 class had a lot of fun at Harumatsuri Spring Festival yesterday, March 19 at the United Nations International School in Manhattan. The Harumatsuri Spring Festival is a unique event for high school students studying Japanese throughout the New York area.  Our students met students from other high schools all over NYC and had many kinds of hands-on activities together.  Many thanks to our Japanese teacher, Mrs. Wilson for organizing this trip, and Mr. Silaco for supporting and spending a long day with us!

Congratulations to Haejin Yang who was selected as a finalist for the Japanese Speech Contest of Northeast Region.  She made a wonderful speech all in Japanese in the contest. Unfortunately she was not selected as top 3, but the story she shared was sad but sweet, it touched everyone’s heart.

Three students from our school were selected as Honorable Mention in the pamphlet cover design contest. They are Ganjina Gafarova, Haejin Yang, and Kayla Barthelemy.

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From NYC Schools: Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City district schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

P/SAT School Day has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  More information will follow.

At the crack of dawn, our 8th graders boarded a bus to spend this weekend visiting our nation’s capital.  One of their stops includes laying of a wreath in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.

Stay tuned for more photos from the Spy Museum, Pre-National Cherry Blossom Festival around the National Mall, presidential monuments, and museums galore.

Members of our Judo Club had the opportunity to train at the International Judo Center in Flushing NY.

Led by our Judo Instructor, Hien Pham, our athletes went up against some of the best young Judo players in New York State.

Congratulations to all of them for their hard work and performance.  They represented East-West with good spirit and respect.

There have been at least 18 school shootings in the United States this year.  March 14th marks the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

With support of administration, Student Government organized and encouraged staff and students to join today’s National School Walkout for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims killed.  Side by side, students and staff came together as one voice to encourage our government to take the necessary steps to prevent tragedies like Parkland, or the following school shootings: Marshall County High School where 2 students died and 18 were injured; Rancho Tehama Elementary School where 6 people were killed and 18 injured; Umpqua Community College where there were 10 people killed and 9 injured; Sandy Hook Elementary School were 28 people were killed and 2 injured; Virginia Tech where 33 people were killed and 23 injured; and let us not forget Columbine High School where 15 people were killed and 21 people were injured, from ever happening again.  In solidarity with students across the country participating in today’s National School Walkout, we as a community have decided to join.

With signs like Protect Children, Not Guns…

How many more?

Should I Be Scared to Come To School?

Schools should be a safe haven for learning, fear has no place in our school.

There are a great deal of lessons to be learned from the recent tragedy in Parkland including the need to enhance mental health awareness; the value of “See Something; Say Something”; the importance of promoting tolerance and acceptance and stomping out bullying.

This event has brought to the forefront the debate over gun control, but most importantly, it reminds us of the power of student voice.

Instead of being paralyzed by the fears and horror of the Parkland shooting, students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with the memory of their peers, friends and teachers in their hearts and mind, showed tremendous bravery as they stood their ground and vowed never again to let this happen.

We need to be the change we want to see in our community.  The students at Parkland have paved a way for us to do so.  It is important for us to participate in this national movement, not just to spread awareness, but to start advocating for ourselves and other students.

Contributing writers: Effie Marinos, William Lee

#NEVERAGAIN, #GUNCONTROL, #ENOUGH, #NEVERFORGET

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The 12th grade Government and Economics class went to the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY.org) on Thursday, February 8 to study Activism.

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The students are working on proposals for a 10-15 page senior thesis term paper and Mr. Oppenheim wanted to inspire them to consider many forms of historical and current activism as a lens toward crafting meaningful argumentative papers advocating political, social, or economic changes in the world today.

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While there they also visited galleries celebrating the history of New York City and a vision of the future of this great city.  These exhibits explored hopes, dreams and considerations such as hosing types, parks, costs, and environmental impact of development.20180208_103420