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In honor of Black History Month, and to honor those who have fought for equality, elected officials and community activists participated in a ribbon cutting and dedication of our Civil Rights Wall.

Councilman Koo, and Yuh-Line Niou, Chief of Staff to Ron Kim, participates in ribbon cutting ceremony

Councilman Koo, and Yuh-Line Niou, Chief-of-Staff to Ron Kim, participates in ribbon cutting ceremony, with Principal Sherman, Middle School Essay Contest Winner Yuxiong Jiang, East-West School Foundation member Laurence Singer

The Civil Wall features photos and pieces of student writing that highlight and commemorate the Civil Rights Movement.

Our essay contest winners, Yuxiong Jiang and Lorin Cheung

Our Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners, Yuxiong Jiang and Lorin Cheung

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Mr. Sherman sharing what inspired him to dedicate this wall for civil rights and how he was deeply motivated to make a visual reminder of how far we have come as a nation.

After visiting the National Civil Right Museum in Memphis, Tennessee this past summer, our founding principal, Mr. Sherman, felt there was an urgent need to recognize the struggles of African-Americans and all Americans to achieve equal civil rights.  To stress the importance of these struggles, he decided to dedicate the wall directly outside his office to civil rights.  To encourage reflection and conversation about the significance of the Civil Rights Era, Mr. Sherman sponsored an essay contest in which all students at East-West had to write an essay describing how the Civil Rights Movement has impacted our society.

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Middle School Essay Contest Winner, Yuxoing Jiang, reads his award winning essay.

The winners read their essays at the ceremony, sharing their thoughts, feelings and reflections.

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Our High School winner, Lorin Cheung, reads her essay on how she was inspired by the Freedom Riders and their struggle to promote equality.

Don Capalbi, Community Liaison to Congresswoman Grace Meng

Community Liaison to Congresswoman Grace Meng and East-West Community Advisory Board Member Don Capalbi

East-West receives Citation from New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim

East-West School receives Citation from New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim, presented to Mr. Sherman from his Chief-of-Staff, Yuh-Line Niou

East-West receives Citation from New York State Assembly Member Nily Rozic from her Chief of Staff, David Ng

East-West also receives Citation from New York State Assembly Member Nily Rozic, presented to Mr. Sherman from her Chief-of-Staff, David Ng

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Our East-West Middle School students had the opportunity to learn about different careers and what it takes to be college ready!

Our Director of College Counseling, Ms. Washington, and special guests

Our Director of College Counseling, Ms. Washington, and special guests

Our panelist talked about their careers, classes they took to spark their interest, what colleges would be looking for, as well as what middle school students can do to be successful in a meaningful career.

The guests included:

Mr. Vladamir Arrieta, Financial Analyst

Ms. Cori Cohen, Registered Dietician

Mr. Rich Lohner, Beekeeper

Ms. Andrea Nadler, Associate Dean of Admission, Hofstra University

Ms. Jessica O’Herron, Global Citizenship Fellow-UNICEF

Mr. Scott Seigel, Associate Director of Admission, LIU-Brooklyn Campus

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Thinking caps were put on to learn the difference between having a job and having a career.

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Our College and Career Panel

Bottom line…get good grades, have an interest in a variety of subjects, and get involve in clubs and activities.

and keep asking questions

and keep asking questions

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East-West Clowning Around

Clowning around with Cido the Clown and special guests Clown ToTo and the Hospital Clown Team from Japan

Clowning around with Cido the Clown and special guests Clown ToTo and the Hospital Clown Team from Japan

Cido the Clown, along with Clown ToTo and the Hospital Clown Team from Japan, had our East-West family rolling in the aisles.

Cido the Clown and Company

Cido the Clown and Company

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Giving Clown ToTo a hand

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Nothing like parent involvement

Nothing like parent involvement

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Mr. Sherman can juggle with the best of them

Mr. Sherman can juggle with the best of them

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Thank you all for coming

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Congratulations Ms. Rhi

Korean Ambassador, Seju Son, Ms. Rhi, and Education Director, Lee Suk

Our East-West Korean teacher, Ms. Rhi, was honored by the Korean Government for her role in promoting Korean programs overseas. She has made great efforts in facilitating educational exchange and cooperation between the USA and Korea. Ms. Rhi received her award from the Korean Ambassador, Seju Son, and the Education Director of the Korean Consulate of New York, Lee Suk. We are proud to have such an accomplished teacher on our staff.

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In preparation for Spirit Week, our Student Government presented a slideshow during Muster and encouraged all staff and students to participate.

Thanks to all who participated and showed school spirit!

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As we enter the Year of the Snake, I want to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!
 
To celebrate, families get together for a festive meals at each other’s houses or in restaurants nowadays to eat special holiday foods. Cell phones are constantly chiming with QQ chat messages and with incoming calls from family and friends far away.
 
In cold places like Beijing or New York, families will often gather around a hot pot where cabbage, mushrooms, fish balls, and paper-thin slices of meat is dipped into a fragrant broth to cook instantly before being dipped into a flavored sauce and eaten.
 
Outside, firecrackers and other inciendiary devices are set off to scare away bad luck. I once spent Chinese New Year in the southern city of Kunming where the noise from the firecrackers continued for more than for straight 48 hours; sleep was impossible, it was just one big party going on!
 
The nice thing about working in an internationally-themed school like East-West is that New Year’s comes several times a year. So as we dig out from this snow storm, I’d like to wish everyone a lucky New Year filled with good fortune and health.
 
Shin Nen Kwai La! (northern Chinese way to say Happy New Year!)
 
Gong Shi Fai Tsai! (southern Chinese way to say Happy New Year!)
 
 
Warm Regards,

Ben Sherman
Principal
East-West School

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Attached are a couple of photos of Ms. Sharifi, who is from the Iranian American Society, visiting our AP class today.  She was such a gracious visitor! She brought tasty Persian, gave us a geographical lesson, showed us Persian money, spoke to us in Farsi, and let us see copies of Iranian children’s books and the Koran.  It was such a nice addition to our reading of Nafisi’s book; I’m so glad she could make it!  I would love to have her back again, and would recommend her to any history classes that might have relevant content she could add to.

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A geographical lesson to our AP Language and Composition class from Ms. Sharifi.

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A taste of Persian treats and currency from Persia.

A Children's classic, The Giving Tree, in Farsi.

A Children’s classic, The Giving Tree, in Farsi.

“Sharifi shed light on the fact that the new regime was very cruel and disrespectful of women. She said that the Iranian government claims they are following the Quran.  However, the Quran does not explicitly suggest that women be forced to wear headscarf and so on and so forth.  It was very eye-opening to hear about the kinds of conditions that Iranian women encounter on a daily basis.” – Ashley Vincent, student

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