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Archive for October, 2013

As part of our school’s participation with the Kakehashi Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow, East-West staff and students will be hosting a delegation of twenty two students and three faculty members from Nishio High School.  The group will be arriving at our school on Thursday, October 31 and will be paired up with their homestay family.

Nishio High School

East-West Welcomes Principal Otake and Nishio High School

A special assembly will be performed at Muster on Friday, followed by a presentation from Nishio High School.  Our student government will be organizing a school-wide pep rally to engage interaction between both schools.  Special guests, local political leaders, and community members will be present.

Our K-Pop Club performs for our special guests.

Our K-Pop Club performs for our special guests.

A special performance by our Anime Club to welcome our Sister School in Japan

A special performance by our Anime Club to welcome our Sister School in Japan

Thriller Flash Mob performed by our middle school students

Thriller Flash Mob performed by our middle school students

Welcome Nishio High School to East-West

Welcome Nishio High School to East-West

Shown from l to r: Principal Sherman, Honorable Councilman Koo, Jun Ishihara Consulate General of Japan in New York, Principal

Shown from l to r: Principal Sherman, Honorable Councilman Koo, Jun Ishihara Consulate General of Japan in New York, Principal Otake, and Don Capalbi Community Leader, President of QueensboroHill Neighborhood Association

From l to r: Takeshi Yoshida and Noriko Yamamoto from The Japan Foundation, Principal Sherman, Principal Otake, and Consul Jun Ishihara

From l to r: Takeshi Yoshida and Noriko Yamamoto from The Japan Foundation, Principal Sherman, Principal Otake, and Consul Jun Ishihara

Quilin Li leads a tour of our school

Quilin Li leads a tour of our school

Our Sister School students  viewing East-West Wall of Japan

Our Sister School students viewing East-West Wall of Japan

Angel Vargas and Ulises Salinas with their host brother

Angel Vargas and Ulises Salinas with their host brother

Sharing the similarities and differences of school life.

Sharing the similarities and differences of school life.

Student Government leads East-West's first Pep Rally

Student Government leads East-West’s first Pep Rally

Students participated in fun and games

Students participated in fun and games while building interaction between the two schools.

Refreshments were organized and provided by our wonderful PTA

Refreshments were organized and provided by our wonderful PTA

There is no party without cotton candy...Thank you Mr. Zavieh!

There is no party without cotton candy…Thank you Mr. Zavieh!

American candy...Pop Rocks!

American candy…Pop Rocks!

We're all smiles.

We’re all smiles.

Medal for all our champions

Medals for all our champions

Click here to view more photos from our Nishio High School Visit

Click here to view more photos from our Pep Rally

Click here to view photos from our students’ Japan Trip over the summer

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From Mrs. Chang and Ms. Seide,

Hello from Hangzhou!  We are writing to you to let you know a little bit about what we are doing here in Hangzhou.  We are finishing up our second day here and we’re having a great time.

East meets West for dinner.

East meets West for dinner.

After flying for over 15 hours, we arrived on Sunday at Shanghai Pudong Airport.  Vicki, an English teacher from Hangzhou No. 14 School, picked us up and for another 3 hours on the highway, brought us to our sister school in Hangzhou.  The students met their homestay brothers and sisters.  Everyone was tired from all the traveling so we all went home early to get some rest.

Waiting for our flight to Shanghai

Waiting for our flight to Shanghai

The following day, students gathered at the campus for a tour.  Hangzhou No. 14 school has over 3000 students in grades 10 through 12.  The school was celebrating their 110th year in existence with music and cultural festivities, sports activities and competitions.  Our kids were amazed by the size of the campus.

Campus Tour

Campus Tour of Hangzhou No. 14 Secondary School

They had a chance to try their hand at ping pong and also got to view many of the school’s highlights including a small museum with inventions that the students had patented.

Ping Pong Try-Out

That afternoon, we enjoyed a school-wide talent show/celebration in which all of the classes performed one musical act.  The acts ranged from ballet to hip hop to more inventive modern improv type acts.  Our East-West students and teachers were very impressed with the organization and collaboration that the Hangzhou students exhibited.

Hangzhou No. 14 Secondary School Talent Show

Hangzhou No. 14 Secondary School Talent Show

Today, we woke up early to attend the Sports Day Opening Ceremony.  The event began at 7AM.  Each class from both campuses which amounts to about sixty classes, marched around the track in celebration of Sports Day.  They each performed for about 2 minutes cheering on their own teams to show their class spirit.

We will keep you updated with what we do next!

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For kids who never planted a daffodil bulb or volunteered to beautify a park, our East-West’s Community Assistant, Ms. Sue Hu, recruited over 45 students to spend a Saturday morning raking leaves, and planting over 1000 daffodils bulbs at the Kissena Corridor Park.

This was a fun-filled day

Cheng Rong Shi, first on the list of volunteers.

Daffodil bulbs waiting to be planted

Daffodil bulbs waiting to be planted

Students from all grade level rolled up their sleeves and worked up a sweat.

Many hands make light work...

Many hands make light work…

 

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Six graders trying their hand at digging up weeds and planting bulbs

High school students working together to clean up Kissena Park

High school students working together to clean up Kissena Park

Located across the street from East-West, students will be able to see their handy work every Spring when the daffodils bloom.

Some students took time to enjoy nature at its best

Some students took time to enjoy nature at its best

Some needed a break

Some needed a break

Even Ms. Hu pitched in to help

Even Ms. Hu pitched in to help

Designated as It’s My Park Day and presented by Partnerships for Parks, East-West’s Community Advisory Board Member, Dorothy Woo, in partnership with the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy, organized the event.

Ms. Dorothy Woo standing, second from the left, with Kissena Park Corridor Conservancy members, Congresswoman Meng, and Cheng Rong Shi

Ms. Dorothy Woo standing, second from the left, with Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy members, Congresswoman Meng, and Cheng Rong Shi

When asked if the students had a great time, an overwhelming amount of “Yes!” were shouted.

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It’s My Park Day t-shirts, food and drinks were provided to our volunteers.

Ms. Hu was also in charge of crowd control

Ms. Hu was also in charge of crowd control

Thank you to all our volunteers.

For more information on community service projects or internship opportunities, please click here to visit our website.

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Class of 2014,

Last day to turn in your mandatory senior dues of $130, which covers your graduation cap, gown, graduation ceremony, and yearbook is due on Friday, November 1, 2013.

Please contact Ms. Park at jpark@ewsis.org for more information regarding senior class dues or yearbook.

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Over 242 parents attended our Parent-Teacher Conference on October 24th and 25th, 2013.

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Thank you for supporting our clubs by purchasing the various snacks and beverages available.

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Thank you to all our student volunteers

Thank you to all our student volunteers who assisted our parents, teachers, and staff.

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For parents who weren’t able to attend or didn’t have enough time to speak with your child’s teachers, guidance counselor, college advisor, deans, or the administrators…

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you can email them at http://www.ewsis.org/contact_ewsis with further questions or schedule a time to meet with them.

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We look forward to seeing you at the next parent-teacher conference on March 27th and March 28th, 2014

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East-West Open House

Open House flyer in color

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Author Gene Yang skypes with our 11th graders.

Author Gene Yang skypes with our 11th graders.

Our 11th graders in American Literature class had the opportunity to video chat with Chinese American writer of graphic novels and comics, Gene Yang.   Questions and answers were exchanged about his book, American Born Chinese, which our students read over the summer.

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