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On Wednesday afternoon (December 13th ) Brian Chin Hong, along with 7 other members from the Francis Lewis Robotics Team, stopped by to demonstrate some of their robots.  They also talked to our newly made Robotics Team about what the robotics programs looked like at Francis Lewis.

With more than 35 members of the East West community listening, Brian and his team went into great detail about two of their robots.  Both of them were crafted to complete the same task and yet each one was different in their own way.

Alex Day started off by showing his robot, which had pink and blue numbering on the side, along with very distinct wheels. He simply picked up his controller and started moving the robot around the table. He went on to explain how his robot worked, moving left and right, and lifting up its lever that can complete its task of picking up boxes.

His competitor, but school teammate Steven Tong, went next and showed off his version of the box lifting robot. His teams’ wheels were different and were slanted at 45 degree angles to allow it to move in all directions.

The two teams went on to talk for the full hour of the Robotics club meeting, asking and patiently answering any and all questions from the East West club members. Overall, it was a great outreach day from Francis Lewis, that our East-West students really enjoyed.

-written by Mr. Leone and Mr. Zhang

To view more photos from this visit, click here.

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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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Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Consider volunteering some time while earning community service by shoveling a neighbor’s walkway.

Click here to read about what some of our Honor Society students do when it snows.

 

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Blood Drive

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East-West Dance Company "on the road"

East-West Dance Company took its first dancers’ “on the road” this week!

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Sixty-three dance students performed at the Ozanem Nursing home in Bayside to an enthusiastic crowd of Senior Citizens.

Synchronized dancing

Japanese Inspired Synchronized Marching

They presented dance styles including Hip Hop, Japanese Synchronized Marching and Jazz Dance.

Students also had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their love of dancing.

Students had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their love of dancing with the audience.

The Anime group, led by our exceptional Social Studies teacher, Mr. Oppenheim, sang a beautiful rendition of the song, “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen in Japanese!

After the show, the students gave cards and gifts, and had the opportunity to chat with the residents.

 

Cards, Gifts, and Flowers were given to the residents.

Cards, gifts, and flowers were given to the residents.

A huge thank you to Carolyn Cohen for spearheading the whole  idea and logistics of the trip, and our incredible Dance Teacher, Jennifer Brainsky, for inspiring our your performers.

A huge thank you to Mrs. Cohen for spearheading the idea and logistics of the trip, and our incredible Dance Teacher, Ms. Brainsky, for inspiring our your performers.

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Photo opportunity with Mrs. Cohen’s mom.

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Daddy’s little girl!

And for the finale, our students performed the MACARENA

And for the finale, our students performed the MACARENA!

It was a day full of learning and joy for all!

It was a day full of learning and joy for all!

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Ms. Markinson and Ms. Ng’s 9th grade a2i (Accessing Algebra Through Inquiry) Common Core Algebra Regents Class is lucky to have weekly visitors from Queens College this semester.

Accessing Algebra Through Inquiry with Queens College's TIME 2000 Program

Accessing Algebra Through Inquiry with Queens College’s TIME 2000 Program

Every Tuesday morning, 18 pre-service math teachers from Queens College’s TIME 2000 Program accompany their professor, Dr. Frances Curcio, to observe Ms. Markinson’s class, work with the students individually, and de-brief with Ms. Markinson after the lesson.

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Our ninth graders are forming strong bonds with their college mentors and are honored to participate in this teacher-preparation experience.

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Our goals for this partnership are to improve the East-West students’ experience in algebra, and help the TIME 2000 students to become exemplary mathematics teachers.

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As a TIME 2000 graduate, Ms. Markinson shared that experiences like this are what confirmed her desire to teach mathematics.

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 At the end of the semester, our ninth graders will go to Queens College for a reciprocal visit and participate in a real college class with our Queens College visitors!

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In response to  Typhoon Haiyan, which caused massive damage, destruction, and death to the people of the Philippines, our middle school advisories started a fundraising initiative called “West Helps East” to aid the victims.  
Generous donation of food from staff and students

Generous donation of food from staff and students

As part of this initiative, our middle school students planned a Winter Potluck Feast, which took place on December 17th.  It included an international buffet (empanadas, fried dumplings, chicken adobo, etc.), a pie eating contest, raffle, music (student-created playlist included Filipino songs, K-pop, holiday music, popular music, etc.), and games (generously loaned by Ms. He’s Games Club).  
Our East-West DJ, Rahul Shivanni

Our East-West DJ, Rahul Shivanni

In an effort to make a meaningful contribution to victims of this tragedy, while also teaching our students about the importance of community, empathy, and what it means to be a citizen of the world, Ms. Binaso, Mr. Oppenheim and Ms. Dinkelaker, our East-West teachers, spearheaded this event.  This past summer, Ms. Binaso worked closely with the organization Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine-based poverty-alleviation organization that is at the forefront of the relief effort.   All proceeds raised will go to Gawad Kalinga.
Cooking demonstration of Egg Fried Rice courtesy of Mr. Chang

Cooking demonstration of Egg Fried Rice courtesy of Mr. Chang

Mrs. Gorry leading a Cookie Decorating station

Mrs. Gorry leading a Cookie Decorating station

Assortment of international food was available.

Assortment of international food was available.

Thank you to our students, parents and staff for all their support.

Thank you to our students, parents and staff for all their support.

Salamat po!  Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the success of this event.

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