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Students from East West’s Debate Team had the chance to compete in a the Financial Literacy series in partnership with Debate NYC and Citigroup during the month of May. This series was created to expose students to financial concepts and coach students to develop a deep understanding of these ideas through Debate. From the beginning of May, students have been attending weekly trainings at the Citigroup location in Long Island City, Queens and had the chance to debate this past Saturday, May 26, on the resolution: When given a choice between the two, it is a better financial decision to work as an independent contractor in the gig (a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs) economy than to work as a full-time employee for a company or organization.

Jenny Qu and Alan Wang, preparing for their debate.

Our Debate Team members, led by one of our amazing teachers at East-West, Ms. Nina Thomas, have been meeting on Wednesdays for the month of May at Citigroup and Thursdays after school in preparation for a financial literacy debate at High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice in Manhattan.

Congratulations to our Debate Team Advisor and members!

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At the crack of dawn, our 8th graders boarded a bus to spend this weekend visiting our nation’s capital.  One of their stops includes laying of a wreath in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.

Stay tuned for more photos from the Spy Museum, Pre-National Cherry Blossom Festival around the National Mall, presidential monuments, and museums galore.

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Members of our Judo Club had the opportunity to train at the International Judo Center in Flushing NY.

Led by our Judo Instructor, Hien Pham, our athletes went up against some of the best young Judo players in New York State.

Congratulations to all of them for their hard work and performance.  They represented East-West with good spirit and respect.

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There have been at least 18 school shootings in the United States this year.  March 14th marks the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

With support of administration, Student Government organized and encouraged staff and students to join today’s National School Walkout for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims killed.  Side by side, students and staff came together as one voice to encourage our government to take the necessary steps to prevent tragedies like Parkland, or the following school shootings: Marshall County High School where 2 students died and 18 were injured; Rancho Tehama Elementary School where 6 people were killed and 18 injured; Umpqua Community College where there were 10 people killed and 9 injured; Sandy Hook Elementary School were 28 people were killed and 2 injured; Virginia Tech where 33 people were killed and 23 injured; and let us not forget Columbine High School where 15 people were killed and 21 people were injured, from ever happening again.  In solidarity with students across the country participating in today’s National School Walkout, we as a community have decided to join.

With signs like Protect Children, Not Guns…

How many more?

Should I Be Scared to Come To School?

Schools should be a safe haven for learning, fear has no place in our school.

There are a great deal of lessons to be learned from the recent tragedy in Parkland including the need to enhance mental health awareness; the value of “See Something; Say Something”; the importance of promoting tolerance and acceptance and stomping out bullying.

This event has brought to the forefront the debate over gun control, but most importantly, it reminds us of the power of student voice.

Instead of being paralyzed by the fears and horror of the Parkland shooting, students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with the memory of their peers, friends and teachers in their hearts and mind, showed tremendous bravery as they stood their ground and vowed never again to let this happen.

We need to be the change we want to see in our community.  The students at Parkland have paved a way for us to do so.  It is important for us to participate in this national movement, not just to spread awareness, but to start advocating for ourselves and other students.

Contributing writers: Effie Marinos, William Lee


Click here to view more photos from this event.

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The next PTA Defensive Driving Course at East-West will be on Saturday, February 3rd at 11:15 AM.

To register, contact PTA President, Sharlene Tillett at 917.586.3250.

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On Friday, January 19 2018, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic spent the morning meeting with Principal Cromer and encouraging our future leaders to be involve in public service and continue discussing the issues that affects us all.

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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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