Archive for September, 2011

Every month, East-West students and staff have an opportunity to celebrate their school pride with a special theme day. Coming up on Thursday, October 20th: Sports Day!

Click to see this year’s schedule of School Spirit Days.

Click to see the whole photo album.


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I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.
– Rachel Scott

On September 23rd, all students and staff will spend the morning learning about ways to reduce bullying and school violence by promoting tolerance and compassion through a series of specific challenges. This training will be led by a nonprofit organization created in the legacy of Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999.

For more information, visit http://www.rachelschallenge.org/

Parents and members of the community are encouraged to attend our evening assembly to join in our mission to create positive change within our school. They will participate in a similar presentation to our students’ and be challenged to help us keep the momentum of our mission going strong all year.

Please invite your family and friends to this important event!

Where: East-West, Auditorium, 1st Floor
46-21 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355

When: September 23, 2011

Time: 7 pm to 8 pm

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Thanks to students and staff for making the start of our sixth year a success! Click to view the full photo album: First day of school 2011

Students take their seats to wait for Morning Muster to begin.

Students were greeted with "Good morning!" said in four languages -- a tradition of our Morning Muster assembly.

Reciting the pledge of allegiance.

Two of our new math teachers, Ms. Warren and Ms. Ng

Teachers demonstrate our custom of calling for silence by raising our hands.

Ms. Pervizaj, dean, takes her first hat of the year. No hats in school!

Mr. Sherman emphasized the importance of safety and his expectation that every student achieve an 85 average.

Elenah and Anthoulla Themistokleous, new 6th grader and graduating senior.

Ms. Chang's Chinese language class.

A long-awaited renovation --- $1.3 million state-of-the-art science laboratories

We installed brand new computers at our college center.

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Today was the first day of classes at East-West! There were many new faces, both teachers and students, on our busy floor. It was amazing to see the wave of new bright blue East-West polo shirts flooding the hallways between classes. Check the blog tomorrow to see photos from our first day!

Last week, we held a special orientation just for the new incoming students. Over 100 students attended.

New students learned about the resources at our school library. From Summer Bridge 2011
Two of our volunteer tour guides. From Summer Bridge 2011

Teachers hosted workshops including a reflection on the four pillars of East-West, a science lab, and website and technology tutorial.

Ms. Braverman asked students to reflect on East-West’s four pillars: Honor, Excellence, Curiosity, and Celebration. From Summer Bridge 2011

One new 6th grader, Jonathan Liao, explained an example of honor as “when you have nice behavior, the teacher will honor you with something like a certificate.” We do have a special Four Pillars award that honors students who demonstrate the best of our school’s values, such as speaking up against bullies.

Students learned about the school website through an online scavenger hunt. From Summer Bridge 2011
Students conducted a science experiment and learned about lab safety rules. From Summer Bridge 2011

We closed by hosting a Question & Answer panel comprised of East-West teachers, support staff, and students. One new parent asked Darwin Pringle ’13 to reflect on what he thought he gained the most from East-West and where he sees himself in the future. Darwin shared the insight he gained on his future role as a professional in an increasingly international world:

I learned how to speak in Japanese, and in the future, it will be even more important to be able to speak in not only fluent English, but fluent Japanese. I see myself pursuing a career in Political Translation or using my language skills to work for major businesses. I will definitely continue to use the skills I learned at East-West.

Welcome to East-West, new students!

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