Archive for October, 2012

East-West Staff shows support for Breast Cancer Awareness

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On October 17, 2012 East-West welcomed the Korean percussion group, Sonagi Project, which consist of five musicians, led by Chang Jea Hyo.  The group has created modern, original music on the basis of Korean traditional rhythms and chants, performing to audiences both domestically and abroad.  They are a leader of Korean music among a new generation of artists and performers that continue to engage in cultural exchange, and are a vibrant force in the world music scene that now florishes around the globe.

Sonagi Project performing at East-West


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UPenn is one of the oldest Universities in America and a member of the Ivy League.  During a visit to East-West some of our students had the opportunity to learn more about the school by talking to an alumni recruiter about the opportunities that are available and the application process.

Mark Mass, UPenn alumni recruiter, shared application tips, important dates and deadlines and some great stories about his time at UPenn.

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East-West School has been invited by the Japan Society to send a delegation of students to a very exciting education program for high school students:

Sharing Personal Stories: Atomic Bomb Survivors meet Harry Truman’s Grandson: on Wed, 10/17.

The program is co-sponsored by Hibaskua Stories, an initiative of Youth Arts New York, and is offered in cooperation with Peace Boat.

Clifton Truman Daniel*Setsuko Thurlow*Yasuaki Yamashita*Akira Kawasaki

More than 67 years have passed since President Harry S. Truman authorized the use of the atomic bomb against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Two survivors, Ms. Setsuko Thurlow and Mr. Yasuaki Yamashita, share their reflections, remembrances and personal testimonies with Truman’s grandson, Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel and Peace Boat Executive Committee Member Mr. Akira Kawasaki. Mr. Daniel will recount his own journey toward understanding this event, including encounters with survivors during a recent trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while Mr. Kawasaki will introduce the work that Peace Boat has been doing to help survivors share their stories worldwide. High school student groups are invited to hear these eyewitness accounts and reflect on the events that shape their own personal narratives.                                                                               #####

Japan Society’s Education Program sparks interest in Japan through a suite of family, school and educators programs. The interactive website, About Japan: a Teacher’s Resource, and social networking site for students, Going Global, provide educational tools and connect classrooms throughout the world.

Founded in 1907, Japan Societyis a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. An American nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, the Society cultivates a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan.

Hibakusha Stories, an initiative of Youth Arts New York, has organized the week of programming for Mr. Daniel, Ms. Thurlow and Mr. Yamashita. Dedicated to bringing living history into the classroom, in the last three years Hibakusha Stories has brought atomic bomb survivors to over 10,000 high school students throughout the metro area. This is Hibakusha Stories second collaboration with the Japan Society.


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East-West School has just been listed on the recent U.S. News & World Report of the 50 best high schools in New York City.

Click here to view the complete list of New York High Schools. 

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Our school was four points shy of receiving an A in the NYC Department of Education Progress Report for 2011-2012 school year.  The NYC DOE Progress Report: measures student year-to-year progress, compares the school to peer schools, and rewards success in moving all students forward, especially students with the greatest needs.  Click here to see the complete report.

We also received an overall score of 93 out of 100 in our Quality Review giving us a rating of Well Developed!  This rating is based on three major categories of school performance: instruction that prepares students for college and careers, school organization and management, and quality of the learning environment.

Congrats to all our East-West staff and students for their hard work.  Let’s keep it going!

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East-West School was recently mentioned in the NY Post as one of the rising schools on the verge of greatness.  Click here to read the full article.

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