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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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Class trip to H Mart, a Korean supermarket.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Look for the Best in Others
- Dream Big
- Choose Positive Influences
- Speak with Kindness
- 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.
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.
Right after the mid-winter break, on February 24, my students went to Queens College to attend the stage reading of the new play “Freedom High” by Adam Kraar. The multi-racial cast was composed of students alongside professional actors in an experiential learning opportunity for all, including the audience. During our pre- and post-visit activities and throughout the play, our students were able to learn about the struggle for the Civil Rights from the very participants of these historic events.
According to the performance producers, “In Neshoba County, Mississippi in June of 1964 three Civil Rights workers, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, a student at Queens College, were brutally murdered. The story of 50 years ago focuses on a week when black Civil Rights veterans trained hundreds of white volunteers to work in Mississippi registering black voters. Jessica Kuplevsky, a white woman who signs up for the training, has no idea what dangers lie ahead. Through her eyes, the play tracks a variety of characters—volunteers from all over America including Civil Rights workers and ministers, as well as racists from Mississippi. With the news of the deaths of Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, Jessica faces a terrifying test of faith. “
Asher Hashmi, 9th grade:
The play was very realistic. At some point I thought I was in the past, and the scenes were very interesting. I loved the story of the play, and it was on the event that happened in the past, so I feel sad for the way black people were mistreated then.
Christian Yu, 9th grade:
The stage reading of the play “Freedom High” was actually realistic. I feel like I was in 1964 to see how the Whites hated the Blacks. When I first saw the play, the protagonist named Jessica tried to help Henry, an African-American. Then, people started to call Jessica a “N-Lover”. It was really scary. The performance was all about drama, romance, and friendship. They affect the people (actors and actresses) and the others around them. I think the performance was more realistic than ever.
The play production for “Freedom High” was beautiful. There was a scene inside a church, when the lighting in the background represented “The light of the Lord”. The conclusion to the play “Freedom High” was like a speech given to the public. Jessica and her friends wanted to end this “nightmare”, so Blacks and Whites could be equal. This ending was amazing.
Here is an opportunity, which is open to the public, to learn more about Queens College 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Project.