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East-West Students and Mrs. Katz at Asia Society with US Ambassador, Gary Locke

East-West Students and Mrs. Katz at Asia Society with US Ambassador, Gary Locke

As a member of the Hanban-Asia Society Confucius Classroom Network, four East-West students were invited to Asia Society and Museum for a question and answer session with US Ambassador to China, Gary Locke.

Mrs. Katz writes:

On Monday afternoon, I was fortunate to chaperone 4 East-West students (Moheeb Ahmed, Sequoya Fahie, Yi Yan and Jiaming Lin) to a student question and answer session with Gary Locke, the US Ambassador to China.  Ambassador Locke has served as Governor of Washington State, US Secretary of Commerce and in other public offices.  East-West was among 7 other schools invited, all of whom have  Confucius Classrooms like we do.
Moheeb Ahmed, Jiaming Lin, Yi Yan and Sequoya Fahie

Moheeb Ahmed, Jiaming Lin, Yi Yan and Sequoya Fahie

We sent in three questions and we were selected to ask the Ambassador one.  Sequoya asked:  What can the US and China do to help solve the world’s problems.  He responded that we work together on issues such as climate change, we support each other in military ventures and diplomatic causes.  He seemed to enjoy speaking with the students and asked if there were more questions later.  Moheeb asked about the difference between our rights as Americans and rights of the Chinese people.  Ambassador Locke discussed freedom of expression and human rights.  He said how lucky we were, and how it is hopeful that China will move in that direction.  In answering another question, he stressed the importance of an education filled with reading, writing, math and overall critical thinking.  He also spoke about his pride at being the first Asian-American governor, Secretary of Commerce and more.
US Ambassador Gary Locke

US Ambassador Gary Locke

After a few questions from other schools, we took a group picture that I hope to be able to share soon.  He was an excellent speaker and related well to the students.
East-West Students participate in Q&A session

East-West Students participate in Q&A session

After this, we were able to watch a webcast of George Stephanopoulous interviewing the Ambassador. It was very interesting.  They served us a pizza dinner, and then we headed back home.
ABC's Chief Political Correspondent, George Stephanopoulos, interviewing US Ambassador, Gary Locke

ABC’s Chief Political Correspondent, George Stephanopoulos, interviewing US Ambassador, Gary Locke

I think that the idea that our kids got to be part of this conversation.  It helps them to understand the importance of global relationships and the global economy.
Thank you once again to Ms. Chang for writing the grant that allows us to have a Confucius classroom and have the opportunity for trips to China and experiences like today.  Thank you to Mr. Sherman for making this all possible.

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East-West School of International Studies

Drama Department

proudly presents

All in the Timing

A programme of short comedies by

David Ives

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Wednesday, December 19th

First seating at: 11:15 am

Second seating at: 12:45 pm

East-West School Auditorium

All in the Timing is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists’ Play Service, Inc., New York.

Cast and Crew of All in the Timing

Cast and Crew of All in the Timing

A Note from the Director:

It has been said that English-speakers around the world are peoples divided by a common language.  Who among us, indeed, has not experienced the frustrations that come with trying to communicate with friends, families, loved ones or strangers who seem to speak the same language as you do but who, for whatever reason, just don’t seem to get what in blazes you’re trying to get across to them?

The comedies that you are about to hear and see are, I think, about language and communication and “subtext” — what goes on under people’s words – and I think, too, that they actually glory in the gulfs and chasms that exist between us.  Perhaps too that these plays ask us, each in their own way and in their own imaginary worlds, through our smiles and laughter, to look at human communication in a different way.

But don’t take my word for it.  What do you think they’re about?

J.M. Krummel, New York, December of 2012

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Mrs. Matthusen’s AP Literature class recently had an incredible time during their video chat with author Mike Rose.

AP Lit Class video chatting with author Mike Rose

AP Lit Class video chatting with author Mike Rose

Students asked him questions about the article they read by him, and some of the issues in education that have been discussed.

Mike Rose answering students' questions

Mr. Rose answering students’ questions

The students found Mr. Rose to be very gracious, and had really interesting things to say about our country’s school.

Our students were captivated by what Mr. Rose had to say

Our students were captivated by what Mr. Rose had to say

Mrs. Matthusen’s 11th grade class will be video chatting with a representative from the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, MA on December 13 in conjunction with their reading of The Crucible.

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East-West Students Visit Stony Brook

Mrs. Katz writes:

Thanks to Ms. Washington’s careful planning, the College Bound Initiative’s incredible support, and our wonderful Seniors, we had a great trip to Stony Brook. The kids loved the school and asked some great questions at the info session and throughout the tour. When the admissions counselors asked who was going to apply to Stony Brook, every hand went right up. I was so proud! We were even fortunate enough to get to spend time with Crystal Hong, East-West ’12, and a sophomore who looks and sounds just like me 🙂

We all trekked through campus in the sleet, saw a lecture hall, the library, the Student Activity Center, dorm room and ate lunch in a student dining facility. I think they really got the feel for a college experience. I asked some of them if they could see themselves walking around here next year, and they said absolutely!

Again, thank you Clarice and College Bound for making this happen! Thank you Ben, for bringing Clarice and College Bound to East-West!

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Students toured all over the campus.

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Dining with Crystal Hong, East-West Class of 2012.

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