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All Incoming 6th and 9th graders (new to East-West) are invited!

This full day student event runs from 8 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, August 29.

Students will spend the day getting to know other students who will be coming to East-West in September and participating in activities designed to familiarize students with our school culture and Four Pillars. Questions? E-Mail Ms. Marinos at emarinos@ewsis.org

SEATTLE–Jan. 29, 2019– Amazon today announced that more than 130 high schools in New York City will start providing computer science courses, supported by Amazon Future Engineer, an initiative aimed at making computer science available to children in underrepresented and underserved communities. The more than 130 schools are located throughout all five New York City boroughs, including more than 30 in Queens, where the company plans to open one of its new headquarters.

With Amazon Future Engineer’s funding, the selected New York City high schools will offer Intro to Computer Science and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science classes through the New York-based curriculum provider, Edhesive. Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. These full-year courses are designed to inspire students and develop their understanding of technology and coding so that someday they might be interested in pursuing a professional career in the fast-growing field of computer science. All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.

“The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens is ecstatic to collaborate with Amazon on this great opportunity,” said George Diaz, Assistant Principal at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens. “Our young women will expand on their computer science knowledge and the skills that are so important and valuable in today’s economy. Amazon is helping fill a major gap in our curriculum that will help young people acquire the skills to build rewarding careers, while boosting prospects for our local community overall.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. And, students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

“We want to help make sure more children across New York City gain the coding skills necessary to have successful careers in many fields,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “We are excited that Amazon Future Engineer will immediately impact more than 130 schools and thousands of students who do not currently have access to computer science education. We will continue to invest in bringing these classes to more schools in New York City and across the U.S.”

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low income communities across the country to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids each year to explore computer science, help over 100,000 young people in 2,000 high schools in lower income communities take Introductory or Advanced Placement (AP) courses in computer science, and provide 100 students from underrepresented communities with four-year $10,000 scholarships as well as guaranteed internships to gain work experience.

The list of New York City high schools is on the Amazon Day One blog and below:

Abraham Lincoln High School
Academy for Careers In Television And Film
Academy for Conservation And The Environment
Academy for Software Engineering
Academy for Young Writers
Academy of Finance and Enterprise
Academy of Urban Planning
Al-Ihsan Academy
Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy
Archbishop Molloy High School
Baruch College Campus High School
Beacon High School
Bedford Academy High School
Beth Rivka High School
Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (Base)
Bronx Community High School
Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts
Bronx High School of Science
Bronx International High School
Brooklyn High School for Law And Technology
Brooklyn High School of the Arts
Brooklyn Lab School
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Bushwick School for Social Justice
Calhoun School
City College Academy of the Arts
Clara Barton High School
College of Staten Island High School for International Studies
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science
Columbia Secondary School
Curtis High School
Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
Dominican Academy
Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School
Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem
East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School
East Williamsburg Scholars Academy
*East-West School of International Studies*
Edward R. Murrow High School
El Puente Academy for Peace And Justice
Energy Tech High School
Epic High School North
Evangel Christian School
Excelsior Preparatory High School
Francis Lewis High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
George Westinghouse High School
Gotham Collaborative High School
Grover Cleveland High School
High School for Law & Public Service
High School for Leadership & Public Service
High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow
High School of Arts and Technology
High School of Enterprise Business & Technology
Independence High School
Information Technology High School
International High School at Prospect Heights
International School for Liberal Arts
Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies
Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis High School
James Madison High School
John Bowne High School
Kappa International High School
Kingsbridge International High School
Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics
Manhattan High School for Girls
Martin Van Buren High School
Math Engineering and Science Academy Charter High School
Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Monsignor Scanlan High School
Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies
Mount St. Michael Academy
New Dorp High School
New Heights Academy Charter School
New Utrecht High School
New Visions Charter High School For Humanities II
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science II
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science III
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science IV
Newtown High School
Northside Charter High School
NYC Charter High School – Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries
NYC Museum School
Pan American International High School at Monroe
Preston High School
Queens High School for Information Research and Technology
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
Queens Metropolitan High School
Queens School of Inquiry
Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School
Richard R. Green High School of Teaching
Richmond Hill High School
Robert F. Kennedy Community High School
Robert F. Wagner Secondary School for Arts and Technology
Saint Catharine Academy
Science Skills Center High School
St. Agnes Academic School
St. Barnabas High School
St. Demetrios School
St. Johns Preparatory School
St. Joseph High School
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School
St. Raymond High School for Boys
Summit Academy Charter School
Sunset Park High School
Susan E. Wagner High School
Teachers Preparatory High School
The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance
The Cathedral School
The Clinton School
The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
The Mary Louis Academy
The Renaissance Charter School
The Scholars’ Academy
The School for Human Rights
The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters
The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens
Theatre Arts Production Company School
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
Townsend Harris High School
University Neighborhood High School
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science
Veritas Academy
William Cullen Bryant High School
World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School
Xaverian High School
YABC at Stevenson
Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School

Amazon Future Engineer is still accepting applications from schools for the high school piece of the program, in addition to the K-8, scholarship, and internship stages. Those interested in applying can do so at www.amazonfutureengineer.com.

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We are now affiliated with Amazon’s School Rewards Program.  Support our fundraising goals by clicking on our unique link with Amazon.com to make all your purchases.  You will still be able to use your own login and personal account to shop, the only difference is that our school code will be embedded in the link.  This school code lets Amazon know that you were referred to Amazon.com through the East-West School of International Studies.

Our school will have the opportunity to receive up to 15% in referral fees for any purchases that are made on the Amazon site.  Please note referral rates will vary depending on the compensation plan, purchase volume and product categories.  By shopping Amazon.com through our school’s unique link and sharing this unique link with family and friends, you are helping us raise necessary funds to support our students through scholarships and needs based request.

If you have any questions regarding this, please email contact@ewsis.org for more information.

Thank you.

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The father of one of our eight graders, Jivika Singh, who works for the United Nations, gave our students a private tour.  We visited the General Assembly and viewed artifacts from World War II.   Our students are currently collaborating with students from other states and nations to write resolution papers.

Congratulations to our students who have been working diligently the past couple of days, and Ms. Williams for organizing this event.


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Forty-eight 8th grader students, five teachers and two parents are spending this weekend on a field trip to visit our nation’s capital.

Update from Mr. Oppenheim:

Team East-West has arrived at the Capitol and sent a delegation (photo below) to the senate. They will observe historic Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court confirmation vote! Rest of group on “standard tour”.

Delegation of 8th graders visiting our nation’s capital at the Capitol.

Stay tuned for more updates and photos from Washington D.C.

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Wishing safe travels to our fellow teachers, Mrs. Chang, Mrs. Rengifo, and Ms. Seide, who have spent months planning, organizing, and meeting with parents to ensure that our students: Corey Cheung, Mina Cheung, Destyn Hall, Karen Lin, Rita Lin, Dorothy Lu, and Heidi Tuyen experience all the wonders China and relations with our Sister School, Hangzhou No.14 Secondary School has to offer.

Getting ready to experience 15+ hours on an airplane.

Good Evening East-West,

We arrived in Hangzhou early this morning and had a very busy day! After enjoying an energy packed buffet breakfast, we were on our way to our sister school. There we had a meeting with the principal and some student ambassadors, a campus tour, and the opportunity to sit in on some AP classes.

Starting the day with a buffet breakfast with students from our sister school.

A large digital billboard welcomed us to Hangzhou No. 14 Secondary School.

Conference meeting with the principal and student ambassadors.

Our students exchanging contact information with each other.

Comparing one AP class from the next.

Great day for a tour of the campus.

Stay tuned to learn more about their experiences and view more photos from China…

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While many of us stayed indoors during the first snow storm of the year, a few of our high school students spent the day shoveling snow for seniors in our neighborhood.  Darren Huang, Jia He, Sen Xu, Andy Gao, and Corey Cheung (not pictured) helped clear walkways, steps and common driveways for senior citizens. The list of homes that need their assistance increases each year.  Thankfully our group of students who volunteer their time in this endeavor continues to grow.  Go East-West!

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Kicking off Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s third term in the Assembly representing the 25th District, our Student Body President Corey Cheung initiated a swearing in ceremony.

Student Body President, Corey Cheung, symbolically installs Assemblywoman Rozic to her third term in office.

Student Body President, Corey Cheung, symbolically installs AM Rozic to her third term in office.

Assemblywoman Rozic encourages our students to continue to be active members of the community.

Assemblywoman Rozic encourages our students to continue to be active members of the community.

Our Editor-In-Chief of the school newspaper, The Eclipse, Shahram Rahman, interviewed the Assemblywoman.

Our Editor-In-Chief of the school newspaper, The Eclipse, Shahram Rahman, interviewed the Assemblywoman.


Members of Student Government with AM Nily  Rozic.

Click here to view more photos from this event.

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