Archive for May, 2016


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NEW YORK CITY, NY — It’s that time of year again! That time of year when, just as the students of NYC Schools begin to feel summer’s heat wiggle up from the asphalt like an exotic street mirage, their helicopter parents have already begun obsessing over the following fall — wait lists, AP classes, extracurricular laundry lists and, inevitably, school rankings.

Enter U.S. News and World Report, school ranker extraordinaire. Right on time to either puff or shatter one’s seasonal sense of parenthood with its annual master list of the nation’s public high schools, listed in order of their ability to prepare one’s kid for college.

The rankings “include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia,” according to U.S. News & World Report. “Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.”

This year, special for NYC heli moms and heli dads, we’ve separated out the city’s top 55 public high schools and labeled them by borough.

All 55 schools on the list fall within New York State’s top 220.

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At #49. East-West School of International Studies, Flushing, Queens, NY (No. 2,059 nationally)

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Ms. Pechersky reports:

From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center – EWSIS students sing in Yiddish!

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF — the last word in the title means “People’s Stage”) is the longest continuously-producing Yiddish theatre in the world and the oldest continuously-producing performing arts institution in the USA. This year it celebrated its 101st anniversary with a Gala Concert in honor of Zalmen Mlotek, the Folksbiene Artistic Director and his wife Debra, an educator. Broadway, television, and film stars Mandy Patinkin and Adam Ben-David starred in the show. Please see http://nytf.org/gala-artists-honorees/ for more information on these celebrities. The concert took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016. The event was featured in multiple media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, NBC, etc. http://www.wsj.com/articles/mandy-patinkin-digs-deep-to-sing-yiddish-music-1463479200


East-West School of International Studies was invited to perform at Lincoln Center following our stellar performance with Itzhak Perlman and Folksbiene at Carnegie Hall last year. EWSIS teacher, Ms. Pechersky, an internationally renowned folklorist and author, has taught, studied, and performed with Zalmen Mlotek in numerous projects in the Netherlands, Russia, and the USA since 1994. EWSIS multitalented music teacher, Ms. Minckler, has been instrumental and inspirational for our students to learn and engage with a new culture and musical tradition. Striving to build bridges among NYC diverse communities, Ms. Pechersky and Ms. Minckler spearheaded East-West’s collaboration with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater to bring a new aspect to our International Studies theme. A selected group of very talented and hardworking EWSIS students in grades 6-10 spent several months studying Yiddish musical folklore, basic vocabulary and grammar, various dialects and pronunciation in order for them to sound authentically and meaningfully during this very prestigious and unforgettable performance.

From one of our 9th grader performer:

I really enjoyed our practices for Lincoln concert hall. It was really a fun and amazing experience to learn a beautiful song in a different language. We can learn a lot about a culture through music. I had a great time and it’s upsetting that our practices are over. I hope we have more amazing opportunities like this. -Lovepreet Kaur


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Our student government hosted an exciting and much anticipated Staff vs Staff Dodgeball game.


Staff and students filled the gymnasium to witness which team will be victorious.


Our Queens Borough UFT Chapter District Representative, Washington Sanchez, (seen third from left) gets ready with Team Blue.


Leading Team Gray is our tall principal, Ben Sherman, taking a before the victory photo.


With balls in hand…let the games begin!


Remembering the 5 D’s of Dodgeball…Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and …Dodge.


Mr. Ganpat and Ms. Marinos seen here strategizing for the win.


Ultimately, the gray team won 2 out of the 3 matches, leaving the blue team wondering what happened?

Click here for more photos from this album.  

Thank you to everyone who helped coordinate and made this event possible.

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Conference Flyer

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Our members of the Gay Straight Alliance Club encouraged all students and staff to participate in this national youth-led movement to silence discrimination.

“Raising awareness of discrimination and bullying by standing in solidarity against discrimination is a powerful way for us to spread the message that our school is a safe and welcome space for all students.” – GSA Advisor, Ms. Miller.

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In celebration of East-West’s 10th Anniversary, staff members received…


a big black bag…


…containing a commemorative fleece jacket modeled by our Director of College Counseling, Ms. Washington,


and our fantastic teachers, Mr. Oppenheim and Mr. Mullane.


Our staff also received a little black bag…


a small token of appreciation…


for their dedication and passion…


in preparing our students to be leaders of tomorrow!


Here’s to the leaders of today…

mentoring and inspiring…

Thank A Mentor

the young minds at East-West.









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