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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.


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




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.

Graham Cracker brand Honey Maid Fights Hate With “Love”

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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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Ms. Pechersky:

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.

Nelson Freedom Summer eFLYER

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Join us

Saturday, October 5 to Saturday October 12, 2013

A week of events in each borough to learn how to help your child succeed now and plan for future success.

7 Events, 7 Days, 7 Ways to Put Your Child on the Fast Track to Success!
Important Events in All 5 Boroughs!


Click here to register now or download a flyer. Translated flyers and event details are available here.

REGISTER NOW @ schools.nyc.gov/parentsfamilies
For more information or to register by phone:
Contact FACE at 212.374.4118 or face@schools.nyc.gov

FACE Your Child’s Future Now!
Presented by the Division of Family and Community Engagement

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September 29, 2013 was the last day to apply for free lunch.
Students who did not apply and/or who are not eligible for free lunch will pay $1.75 beginning  October 1.
As a reminder, breakfast is provided at no cost to all students every day.
Please visit http://www.ewsis.org/lunch_form to apply for free lunch.
Please visit http://bit.ly/15EAmXB to learn more about School Food.

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Chancellor Walcott congratulates our staff and students and thanks them for their hard work in making East-West a great school.

Chancellor Walcott congratulates our staff and students and thanks them for their hard work in making East-West a great school.

Click here to view Chancellor Walcott’s address to the staff and students at East-West during Muster.

Ashley Vincent writes a note in Korean for Chancellor Walcott

Ashley Vincent, the first East-West student to go to an Ivy League college, writes a note in Korean for Chancellor Walcott

Destini Grant shares her experience  attending EWSIS and of the new State ELA test.

Destini Grant shares her experience attending EWSIS and of the new State ELA test.

Saphya Council meets with Chancellor Walcott

Saphya Council meets Chancellor Walcott

Chancellor Walcotts accepts Rachel's Challenge

Chancellor Walcotts accepts Rachel’s Challenge

I believe in the power of doing thinks for others -Dennis Walcott

I believe in the power of doing things for others -Dennis Walcott

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signing ceremony

In the morning of April 11, 2013, staff, students, and select members of the press were invited to bear witness the official signing ceremony for the collaboration between East-West School of International Studies and Hangzhou No. 14 Secondary School in China.  Our principal, Mr. Sherman, along with the director of Hangzhou No. 14 , Mr. Shen Hao, signed the agreement marking the official date of the successful union between the two schools.


Following the ceremony, our student leaders gave a tour of East-West.


This event continues to support the cultivation and support of international studies between both schools.

Sister School Signing Ceremony re

Click here to view World Journal’s news coverage of this event.

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