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East-West’s 2nd Annual StarTalk Korean Language and Culture Program celebrates the culmination of its 5-week summer enrichment program with a spectacular performance.  The summer program was designed to give students the opportunity to learn about Korea through daily cooking classes while immersing in formal language instructions, Taekwondo, Korean drumming, dancing and much more.

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Students performing the Scholar’s Fan Dance

Our Taekwondo Class graduating to Yellow Belt

Taekwondo Class graduating to Yellow Belt

Students performing the Arirang Mu Dance

Students performing the Arirang Mu Dance

Assistant Principal Kleiman demonstrates the proper technique in splitting wood

Assistant Principal Kleiman demonstrates the proper technique in splitting wood

Korean drumming

Our Korean Drumming class delighted the audience with their performance 

Special Thanks and Honorable mention to our StarTalk Team:

Special Thanks and Honorable mention to our StarTalk Team, l to r Ms. P. Kim, Ms. J. Kim, Ms. Lee, Mrs. Rhi. Missing in the photo, Ms. K. Kim and Mr. Kleiman.

Thank you to our teaching assistants: Ms. Lin, Mr. Shi, and Ms. Waters.

Thank you to our teaching assistants: Ms. Lin, Mr. Shi, and Ms. Waters.

Click here to view more photos from this album.

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Our school is sending a delegation of teachers and students to Japan for the fifth time. Mr. Bantz, Ms. Minckler, Ms. Binaso, and the nine student participants will all experience a homestay experience. During the day, the group will participate in school visits and cultural activities such as a traditional dance lesson. One of our students, Cheyann, will actually live in a Buddhist temple for 9 days. Her host father is the priest who runs the temple. Please look out for daily reports and pictures about our travels.
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High School Students and Ms.An making Kimchi

High School Students and Ms.An making Kimchi

East-West is offering the opportunity for interested students to apply to the 2nd Annual StarTalk Korean Language and Culture Program.  This is a FREE 5 week summer enrichment program for 30 High School and 30 Middle School students. The program is designed to give students the chance to learn about Korea through cooking classes, formal language instruction, Taekwondo classes and much more.

The program will start on June 30th through August 5 from 8 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

For more information, please contact Kent Kleiman, StarTalk Program Director at the East-West School of International Studies by email at: startalk@ewsis.org.

This past summer, East-West offered students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Korean Language and Culture through the StarTalk Program.

Making and sharing kim chi.

Middle Schools learn how to make bimbimbap

Middle Schools learn how to make bimbimbap

 

Class trip to H Mart, a Korean supermarket.

Trip to Korean H-Mart

Trip to Korean H-Mart

 

For more information and to view photos from this program, click here.

Click here to view the news coverage from the Korean Channel TV Desk on August 12, 2015

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 US News

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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.

Click here to read the full article.

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

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East-West’s Korean Startalk program was a 5 week language enrichment program in the summer. Students were set in an immersion language classroom in which Korean was the primary language. Throughout the summer Korean language and culture was explored through Korean food, music, dance, art, and martial arts. Students took weekly trips to explore the NYC Korean community in Manhattan and Queens and to practice language skills in real life situations. The summer culminated in a giant celebration in which students’ accomplishments were celebrated.

Ms. Choi teaching Korean language and culture

Ms. Choi teaching Korean language and culture

Trip to Korean H-Mart

Trip to Korean H-Mart

Reading labels at H-Mart

Reading labels at H-Mart

East-West Culinary Instructors, from l to r: Mr. Kleiman, Mrs. Choi, Mrs. K. Kim, Ms. P. Kim, Ms. An

East-West Culinary Instructors, from l to r: Mr. Kleiman, Mrs. Choi, Mrs. K. Kim, Ms. P. Kim, Ms. An

Kimbap demonstration by Mrs. Kim

Kimbap demonstration by Mrs. Kim

Middle Schools learn how to make bimbimbap

Middle Schools learn how to make bimbimbap

High School Students and Ms.An making Kimchi

High School Students and Ms.An making Kimchi

Student learning Taekwondo

Student learning Taekwondo

Students' art work

Students’ art work

Korean dance class with Ms. Karen from the Korea Society of New York

Korean dance class with Ms. Karen from the Korea Society of New York

Dining korean style

Dining Korean style

Mr. Kleiman getting interviewed by TKC TV

Mr. Kleiman getting interviewed by TKC TV

On August 12, 2015, The Korean Channel TV News Desk visited East-West.  Click here to view the news coverage.

Mrs. Kim, East-West’s Korean Teacher shared her experience of the program,

I would like to thank you for your support with the Startalk Korean Program. Gamsahamnida( thank you) for providing me this great opportunity. I was able to learn and grow more as a Korean teacher. I had the chance to write the entire curriculum on my own and to learn guiding the new teachers. It was really fun to work with the students. The students were able to hold basic conversations and introduce themselves in Korean. It was very rewarding to see the students grow. They all looked very confused in the beginning of the program when the instructions were mostly given in Korean, however, they got more comfortable. It was a huge deal to see them excited to come to the program everyday. Some of the students came from a far distance, such as Pennsylvania and Long Island. The students really put a great Startalk show and it was great to see how much they learned in a short period of time! I would like to give A for the teamwork of the program staff and another A for students work. It wasn’t easy, but it was definitely rewarding!

For more photos from the summer program, click here.

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Members of GSA stand united in support of Day of Silence

Members of GSA stand united in support of Day of Silence

On April 11, 2014, there will be a nation-wide movement called “Day of Silence“. The Day of Silence was created to show solidarity with all LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered) students who because of fear of ostracism and bullying, do not feel free to speak openly about themselves. The Day of Silence is a day for allies of LGBT students to reflect on what it must feel like to have to live a life in silence. It is hoped that in reflecting about this experience, empathy can be built amongst students to create a less hostile school community for all students.

Why Silence? Day of Silence Organizing Tips

During both lunch periods, students who choose to participate in the Day of Silence take a pledge, receive a friend sticker, and sign the Day of Silence banner.

Middle School students pledging to the Day of Silence.

Middle School students pledging to the Day of Silence.

The Pledge:

Please understand my reasons for not speaking today.  I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools.  My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by name-calling, bullying and harassment.  I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices.

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High School students also signing the banner during their lunch period.

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In support of the Gay Straight Alliance, the Friends of Rachel Club presented at Morning Muster the following presentation…

Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed.  By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Friends of Rachel Clubs around the country are helping to create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact.

The goal of the Friends of Rachel Club is based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.  Shortly before her death she wrote,

I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.  People will never know how far a little kindness can go.

The five Rachel’s Challenges are:

  1. Look for the Best in Others
  2. Dream Big
  3. Choose Positive Influences
  4. Speak with Kindness
  5. Start Your Own Chain Reaction

The Friends of Rachel’s Club and Gay-Straight Alliance stand together in our shared goal of ending bullying and creating a chain reaction of kindness and compassion in our school and community.  The main goal of our clubs is to help create a permanent cultural change in our school.  We are confident the chain reaction of kindness and compassion will continue for many years to come and we thank you for your support.

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Click here to view more photos of this event.

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Our English teacher, Ms. Binaso, presents Yu Xiong with a congratulations letter from Scholastic Scope Magazine and a Visa gift card!

Our English teacher, Ms. Binaso, presents Yu Xiong with a congratulations letter from Scholastic Scope Magazine along with a Visa gift card!

Congratulations to Yuxiong Jiang for winning the Scope “You Write It” Contest for the December 2013 issue.  Yuxiong “wrote a fantastic, well-written proposal describing what makes the perfect boy band.”  His entry will be published on the Scholastic Website.

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