Archive for July, 2011

Mr. Bantz writes:

JULY 22, 2011

Our time in China has come to an end. It feels like we have been in China forever, but once we are back home, it will seem as if it had gone by in a flash. Through each experience that the kids have had, they have slowly started their journey to becoming “China Experts.” Our kids are taking in and absorbing so much about Chinese culture and internalizing it; they still know very little about what makes China tick, yet they are leaps and bounds beyond where they were 2 weeks ago.

 I hope that these experiences will motivate our students to strive to improve their language skills. I was having so much fun learning new Chinese language expressions and trying to use them, but our students often appeared hesitant and self-conscious. We should all encourage them to overcome this awkward stage of language development (which many of us know all too well) by going for broke and pursuing every opportunity possible to use their Chinese language skills.

China 2011

China 2011

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East-West sent a teacher and three students to China this year. From China 2011

As a member of the Confucius Classroom Network, East-West was able to send three students and a teacher to China for ten days to travel and learn more about Chinese culture and history. Here is an excerpt from their experience, courtesy of Mr. Bantz, the supervising teacher:

“Our first full day in China has come to an end. Everyone is doing well and things have been smooth. It’s hard to believe that we only arrived yesterday as we have already done so much.

After breakfast at the hotel, we took our charter bus to Beijing’s Hutong district. The Hutong district is reminiscent of typical old Beijing: residences are centered around courtyards, which are connected to each other by narrow alleyways which are only navigable by bicycle or on foot, creating maze-like neighborhoods (do a quick Google search for Hutong to find out more). 

We paired off and took bicycle rickshaws through the narrow streets of the Hutong area, where buses cannot travel. We were guided around a typical courtyard area, but the students were more interested in peering down the many narrow alleyways that we were not shown as we passed by in the bicycle rickshaw. We also visited the Beijing Confucius Temple, where the students appeared impressed by the traditional architecture of the temple complex buildings and the layout of the space between the buildings. 

After a lunch of typical Chinese dishes shared by passing around a Lazy Susan, we visited the headquarters of Hanban, the sponsor of our trip. At Hanban, we explored interactive exhibits about Chinese culture; students generated paper-cut animals based on their birth year, tried on Peking Opera costumes, and rang old Chinese bells, among other activities.”

View more photos from their trip! This album will be continually updated during their ten day stay.

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The Class of 2011 graduated on June 23, 2011. From EW 2011 Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of 2011! 74 students graduated and 98% are continuing on to college.

Photos by Mr. Shibata

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The Color Guard led the processional. From EW 2011 Graduation
Preparing to enter. From EW 2011 Graduation
Singing the national anthem. From EW 2011 Graduation
Mr. Sherman shared stories about four exemplary students who embodied the four pillars of East-West. From EW 2011 Graduation
Evans Revere, keynote speaker, shared his tips for success and reminded graduates to engage meaningfully with the world around them. From EW 2011 Graduation
Teachers and community members were honored for their commitment to our students. From EW 2011 Graduation
Community leaders presented service awards to outstanding students. Pauline Chu of the Chinese-American Parent Association with Vivian Tse and the student she mentored. From EW 2011 Graduation
Sharifa Footman. From EW 2011 Graduation
Kwaku Oware-Addai gave a special dedication to honor Ms. Carter and Ms. Fingeroth, the paraprofessional and hearing teacher who supported him throughout his time at East-West. From EW 2011 Graduation
Christian Flores, valedictorian, celebrated the achievements of his class and his hopes for their futures in his address. From EW 2011 Graduation
Greyson Soukup, salutatorian, shared his favorite memories at East-West. From EW 2011 Graduation
Mr. Sherman and Nicholas Fontanet. From EW 2011 Graduation
Mr. Bantz and Benjamin Woo. From EW 2011 Graduation
CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2011! From EW 2011 Graduation

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Thanks to Mr. Shibata and Mr. Cipkin for these great photos from the senior prom! Visit the whole album here.

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The annual Stepping Up Ceremony celebrates our rising 8th graders and honors their entrance to high school. As a grade 6-12 school, the transition from being leaders in middle school to eventual leaders in high school is an important milestone.

Photos by Ms. Cheng

Lighting the Four Pillars.

Priya Chohan, Johnson Wang, Yoshiki Kudo, and Shan Chen presented their written reflections on Honor, Excellence, Curiosity, and Celebration.

Each student received a certificate of recognition. From Stepping Up 2011
Students from the Korean drumming class led the processional. From Stepping Up 2011
Lyric Jacobs performed the national anthem. From Stepping Up 2011


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