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Archive for July, 2012

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

The annual Stepping Up Ceremony celebrates our 8th graders, and recognizes this momentous transition to high school. View more photos from the Stepping Up Ceremony

Kimberly Forde sings the Stars Spangled Banner

Mr. Pak, Ms. Kim and our 7th Grade Korean drummers led the celebration.

Benjamin Eng, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Science, with Dr. Sherman and Mr. Diaz, MS Guidance Counselor

Principal Sherman congratulates Suin Jung, Class of 2016 Valedictorian

Mrs. Panday applauds Mohammad Arifi and wishes him, and the Class of 2016, continued success in high school.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2012! 60 students graduated and nearly all are continuing on to college.

View more graduation photos and prom photos.

The Color Guard led the processional. From Class of 2012 Graduation.

Dr. James L. Muyskens, President of Queens College, Keynote Speaker, shared words of wisdom to the Class of 2012.

Hiba Rashid, Salutatorian, shares fond memories and well wishes to the graduating  Class of 2012

Staff and Community Members were recognized for their commitment to the success of our students.

Veronica Perez, Valedictorian, celebrates the accomplishment of fellow classmates and encourages all to aspire for greatness.

With a city-wide graduation rate hovering at 58%, Principal Sherman is proud of East-West’s graduation rate of 90% and congratulates the Class of 2012.

Class of 2012 Graduates!

Joshua Howard, recipient of the Holly Civic Association for Outstanding Community Service Award

View more graduation photos and prom pictures.

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This year, as a member of the Confucius Classroom Network, East-West was able to send five students and two teachers, Ms. Seide, our first year English Teacher and Mrs. Katz, our Math Teacher and Programmer, to China for ten days to travel and learn more about Chinese culture and history. The following are excerpts of their experiences:

From Ms. Seide,

Hello from Beijing! On Sunday, July 8 around 7PM Beijing time, our students arrived at Beijing International Airport. We were greeted by our tour guide from Hanban Summer Bridge Camp, Tony. The hotel here in Beijing is lovely and the staff is very accommodating as our kids adjust to the time/cultural differences.

Monday, July 9, was our first full day here. In the morning, we visited the Confucius Institute’s headquarters in the Haidian district of Beijing. Our very own Sequoya Fahie gave a great short speech (in Chinese!) thanking Hanban and the Asia Society for providing us with this scholarship. She did an excellent job. A video will be coming soon.

From the headquarters, we traveled to the Confucius Temple and Imperial Gardens. Tony provided us with a very thorough tour of the grounds. Students were free to explore and take pictures as we went along.

From there, we went to lunch- a Xinjiang Uyghur restaurant. This Muslim Chinese banquet offered a great array of dishes that virtually everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed. Students were happy and fascinated to learn of all the minority groups in China that have their own styles of “Chinese food” that are very different from what we know to be Chinese food in the west. At the end of our meal, two Uyghur drummers played us some traditional music.

After lunch, we went to the famous Forbidden City. Though we were all a bit tired and jet lagged at this point, there was a sense of wanting to keep exploring. Students marveled at the life of the emperors and empresses of years ago.

We made a quick stop at a lovely restaurant for dinner and then were on our way to Olympic Park, built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After a few pictures and some exploring, we all decided to head home. It had been a long day and we needed our rest.

Please enjoy the first round of pictures. More to come !

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