On February 25, 2016, we welcome Rachel’s Challenge to our school to promote tolerance and respect for all.  The entire day will be dedicated to recognizing and ending bullying, promoting acceptance of others, recognizing the importance of simple acts of kindness, and so much more.  This will take place throughout the school day and at 6:00 pm we will be welcoming families and members of the community to watch the presentation.

Rachels Challenge Flier to Parents 2016


Our 8th grade students making strides towards freedom at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial.

During their two day tour of Washington DC, they had the opportunity to visit numerous memorials including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veteran’s and Korean Memorial along with watching one of United States military’s most sacred rituals, The Changing of the Guard, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Leave it to Mr. Oppenheim, Mrs. Gorry, Ms. Brainsky and Mr. Agosto for organizing and chaperoning this trip which was both adventurous and academically stimulating.

For a glimpse of this trip, click here to view a video slideshow courtesy of Mr. Oppenheim.


Our AP Literature Class took a break from Hamlet to celebrate Shakespeare's 452nd bday! Good times!

Ms. Matthusen’s AP Literature Class took a break from Hamlet to celebrate Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday! Good times!

For activities in the city celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday, visit Bryant Park today.

Queensboro Symphony Orchestra

Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony
& other Romantic classics!

Sunday April 17th, 7pm 

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra returns to Flushing’s exquisite Mary’s Nativity Church on Sunday, April 17th at 7pm to perform a stirring concert of legendary music from the Romantic period. Classics will include Brahms’ popular Variations on a Theme by Haydn, and dynamic concertos by Richard Strauss and Ferdinand David.

Admission will be a Free-will offering.
Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, NY 11355

Hello East-West Students and Families,

On Sunday April 17th, the American Museum of Natural History will host its first Game On! MicroRangers Competition.

Participants can play the new mobile game at the museum to learn about the microscopic world and win prizes for completing challenges.

No sign up required! All ages welcome!

Click here for more details: http://www.amnh.org/calendar/game-on!-microrangers-competition


Save the date for our next Teen Sci Café on May 4th!

Just Can’t Get Enough: Addiction & the Brain

Dr. Edmund Griffin – Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University

Only a small percentage of people who try an illicit drug will go on to develop addiction. What makes one more vulnerable to addiction than another? Theories abound, from troubled childhoods to work stress to genetics. Psychiatrist Edmund Griffin explains how epidemiology, cocaine-addicted rats, and molecular neuroscience all help to shed light on one society’s most troubling questions: Why is it that some people just can’t get enough?

Free admission and refreshments! Win Prizes!

Doors open 4pm!

Please RSVP here by Sunday, May 1st to ensure a spot:


See attached flier for more details.

Notifications for session 5 will be out by April 16. If you applied and did not get a response, contact Leah Golubchick, After School Program Coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History at 212.496.3529.



Thursday, April 21st 2016

Junior Parent College Night

5:45 p.m.  to 7 p.m.

Join Ms. Park, Ms. Torres and Ms. Washington for an informative session.

Topics includes:

  • Senior Year Expectations

  • Next steps in your child’s academic career

  • Transcripts and Class ranking

  • College requirements and financial aid

Dinner will be provided.

For more information, please contact Ms. Washington at cwashington@ewsis.org or 718.353.0009

The Eligibility Criteria for the 2015-2016

East-West School  of International Studies

Chapter of the National Honor Society

has been posted and candidate information form

is available online here.


Startalk Poster Small 2016

Complete the online application here. Please note, you will need to submit a signed application to commit to the summer program. Click here for an application.



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