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Senior Prom 2013

On June 5, 2013, our Senior Class of 2013 celebrated the culmination of their high school career at Prom Night.   The party was held at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing

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The East-West School does not have a limit to the number of dates one brings to Prom Night.

The presentation of the corsage is still customary.

The presentation of the corsage is still customary.

Jimena with Ms. Marinos and Ms. Washington

Jimena with Ms. Marinos and Ms. Washington

Let's dance!

Let’s dance!

Our future leaders

Our future leaders

Who's excited!

Who’s excited!

Everyone on the dance floor

Everyone on the dance floor

Camera check

Camera check

Congratulations to the Class of 2013.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013.

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As part of the Kakehashi Project, our students kept a photo journal detailing their experience in Japan with the hopes of building better relations and global interest between both countries.

Douglas Greene:

Douglas with Anthony, Junda and Host Family

Douglas with Anthony Lieu, Junda Huang and Host Family

 I thought that the language barrier would make it awkward, and so I was a little bit hesitant to come.  I was right and it was very awkward, so awkward that it was funny, and fun needs no translation.  I miss them so much.

With my host brother Daichi, posing in front of the golden fish that you pass on entry to Nagoya Castle.

With my host brother Daichi, posing in front of the golden fish that you pass on entry to Nagoya Castle.

The golden fish is called a Kinshachi, and is a talisman seen in many places around the castle, with the belief that it prevents fires.

It was an intriguing experience because despite the train moving faster than any mere New York Subway line, the ride was more comfortable, and we could barely feel any motion at all.

Giant robot. Gundam-style.

Giant robot. Gundam-style.

Where we experienced a sort of street fair setup with icees, soft drinks, souvenir shops, toy stands, etc.

Icees...they were so good

Icees…they were so good!

l grew up in Japanese media.  From birth, I was a Power Ranger, Transformers ruled my world, and when I was 6, my life changed forever when I touched my first Yu-Gi-Oh card.  The Kakehashi Project put me in the center of the rich media and culture that I always knew that I’d one day be a part of.  In school, I have never studied the Japanese language (not for lack of trying), and being a naturally talkative person, the thought of not being able to communicate my thoughts was terrifying.  However, this trip taught me that the language barrier that I so feared was imaginary, and I found that if people are open enough to accept you, communication is not an issue.  I have also been able to cast the stereotypes I’ve unintentionally picked up, finding them to have very little truth.

                My future plans have not changed, I want to own a comic/collectibles shop (preferably in Japan) and create my own Anime/Manga.  However, this trip has motivated me more towards my goal, and I’ve decided that collectible shop or not, I will visit Japan again.  I have also begun considering to study abroad, although Japanese language will be a must in college for me in either case.  Thanks to the Kakehsahi Project, I will be a bridge!

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The annual Stepping Up Ceremony celebrates the important transition from middle school to high school.  Our rising 8th graders were honored for their years of excellence as they prepare for their next milestone in high school.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Our future leaders

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Performance by our 7th Grade Korean Drumming Class

Performance by our 7th Grade Korean Drumming Class

Alice Cheng receiving the Academic Excellence Award

Alice Cheng receiving the Academic of Excellence Award

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Performances from our Dare to Dream Club

Congratulations to all our 8th Grade students.  Have a wonderful summer, and we all look forward to your return in September.

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Our school was selected to be a participating group of the Kakehashi Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow.    The program aims to build stronger relationships between future Japanese and American leaders through cultural youth exchange, as well as promote deeper mutual understanding and wider perspectives among our youth, and to encourage active roles at the global level in the future.

Twenty-two students were selected to travel to Japan for an 11-day, fully funded study tour of Japan, which will include a 3 days home stay with a Japanese family.

Twenty-two incredible students were selected to participate in the Kakehashi Project.

Twenty-two incredible students were selected to participate in the Kakehashi Project.

How do our students keep busy during a five hour layover at Washington DC airport? CUP game

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Our students at a lecture on modern Japanese history in Tokyo.

Our students at a lecture on modern Japanese history in Tokyo.

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With admiration and respect, the staff at East-West School of International Studies congratulates Mala Panday for her years of service at East-West, as an Administrator and fellow science teacher, and on her recent promotion to principal at  the Young Women’s Leadership School.

Ms. Panday graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Education Degree.  She received her Advanced Certificate from the College of Saint Rose.  Before accepting the Science Teacher position at East-West, Mrs. Panday was a Middle School Science Teacher at IS 259 William McKinley where she accelerated student learning with data related lesson plans through ACUITY and ARIS, as well as evaluated student progress using comprehensive portfolios, curriculum standards, and conferences.

As the Middle School Assistant Principal of East-West for three years, Mala Panday launched Partners for Success, an initiative to support our middle school students who have been struggling academically to become successful in school and to develop their social skills.  She also pioneered Strong Intelligent Sisters, SIS, in order to help young girls manage challenging social issues in today’s society.  Lastly, Mala spearheaded bringing the ASD Nest Program, a program for high functioning students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), to East-West.

Mala Panday has been a source of guidance and inspiration to the staff at East-West, and we wish her all the best.

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