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- Submitted by PChea on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 12:45
Thank you so much again for inviting me to EWSIS to give a workshop. I was completely moved by how passionate all of your students were about Japanese and the culture. I'll be honest with you -- it's been a long day for me but I felt invigorated by everyone's love and energy!
I was also moved by the card you put together for me -- all the messages from your students including some parents made me cry. Thank you for being so warm and kind. I shared with you on the ride to the train that I sensed your love for your students and their love for you. I'm so grateful to be part of such a warm community today. You have already achieved something beyond simply teaching a subject matter. I was so honored to have a chance to share what ikebana is about. I apologize profusely about the visuals. I cannot even describe how embarrassed and nervous I was. Thank you for being patient with me.
I hope you will get some sleep tonight. Thank you again for being so wonderful. I learned so much from you and your community. Hontou ni otsukaresamadeshita.
- Submitted by PChea on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 23:00
All of the teachers and administrators have designed quite a good operation here, regular feedback, coaching, etc. - Congrats!
However, as good as all the professionals are, keep in mind that the life blood of a school are its students, and I have never met a group of kids that are as nice as these!
Having met these students for the first time in March, I was amazed at how welcoming and well behaved they were to a stranger. You are all so very fortunate to have one another.
- Bill Pierro
Earth Science Teacher, 15 years
Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR)
East-West School 3/2013
- Submitted by PChea on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 23:02
Making the decision as to which high school Ashley would attend after graduation from East-West School of International Studies’ middle school was not difficult. She had already made up her mind that she will continue at East-West. She had given me every reason to go along, notably the school’s commitment to excellence. I was comfortable with her choice, if only for the fact she would not have to change school.
I am very satisfied with Ashley’s academic accomplishments. To be sure, Ashley has always been a good learner, a student with a high level of achievement motivation, who tends to attribute her successes (or failures) to her own efforts or actions. But she herself makes the point that she has been fortunate to have “real good” teachers, the ones with consistent interest in their students’ learning and progress, the ones who, as they say, teach from the heart, not only from the book. It’s a good feeling when a teacher shows appreciation of parents’ readiness to be actively involved in their children education. High expectations for student academic success are linked significantly to direct parents contact with schools. This is why I never missed school meetings.
Ashley’s educational journey will in not too distant a future take a new turn, as she transitions to college. This by all accounts is a stressful event, physically, mentally, and emotionally- a lengthy process that involves multiple tasks, requiring time management, resourcefulness, steadfast supportiveness of home and school. Like most college applicants Ashley experienced spikes in anxiety and felt an intense pressure to comply with deadlines. She commented, however, that consistent support had been available throughout. She very much enjoyed her trips to Yale and Columbia campuses, among others. These trips were relevant to the process as important steps of achieving perspective taking.
Parents frequently express hope that their children are happy and fulfilled at school, both in their learning and socialization. In this respect, it is satisfying that East-West offer a range of program activities for the students to develop their social skills, showcase their talents and interests, and achieve their strivings. Some activities are intercultural, while others are culture-specific, such as judo, Korean painting, dancing, and singing.
East-West also deserves praise for recognizing how beneficial it is to encourage a spirit of volunteerism, to develop citizenship skills in our young adolescents that in turn help to strengthen community functioning. The aim is that they will eventually translate knowledge and experiences acquired within the community to a wider world.
East-West’s student population is ethnically diverse. Cultural differences notwithstanding, there is no reported intergroup conflict, a testimony to the quality of East-West leadership. American born of Haitian descent, Ashley has a long history of immersion in East Asian cultures, especially Korean, dating back to her pre-school years.
Besides being a dedicated member of the dance team, Ashley is involved in a Korean tutoring program, tutoring younger children, as well as classmates. She is also an active member of “Model United Nations” club. Participation in Model United Nations has enlarged her world view, providing her with insight as to how some of the complex issues could be solved. An issue of great concern to her is Human Rights, especially for children. Ashley’s communication and problem-solving skills have markedly improved as a result of her involvement in these programs.
Looking back, Ashley’s enrollment at East-West was a right choice. Interactions with the school personnel could not have been better. I held high expectations for my daughter’s academic success, and East-West has been instrumental in making it come through. Perhaps more important, it has given her the sense of purpose and direction. As someone said quite appropriately, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
As Ashley prepares to exit high school and take her place in adult society, this is the time, my time, to rejoice, and to say to you, “East-West educators, job well done. Thank you for your time.”
- Submitted by PChea on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 21:04
This school provides a rigorous, challenging academic program for my kids. The East-West students are disciplined and respectful. We're very happy with the school environment. My kids feel very safe in and around the school. Their favorite subject is Japanese.
- Submitted by PChea on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 20:59
East-West is a great school. The teachers are dedicated and supportive in my child's academics and has helped her tremendously in achieving her goals. She has learned a second language and is in the right direction to further develop her ability to continue to improve. Thank you.
- Submitted by PChea on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 20:02
Mr. Sherman, the principal of East-West School of International Studies, made it clear during the first of many meetings that he and his staff are committed to seeing our children go far with the skills that can be obtained at the East-West.
Every student is provided with the choice to study one of three East Asian languages, and take the Regents for the appropriate course. Having selected the Korean language course, my son's teachers Ms. Rhi and Ms. Kim have involved him in many cultural events that have ultimately led to his passing of the Korean Language Regents Test.
The curriculum has been challenging and the activities engaging. Students are involved with courses like the Judo Club, overseen by Ms. Horowitz (my son's Physical Education teacher), and the Photography Club that was started by Mr. Shibata (also my son's Regents Physics teacher). A top notch SAT course was offered to all of the students by the Guidance Department at a reduced rate.
East-West is a small school with a tight knit learning community. The students are given every opportunity to excel. I am glad my son is attending East-West School of International Studies.
- Submitted by PChea on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 18:55
I was a member of the East-West School’s graduating Class of 2012. Looking back, I realized how much East-West has meant to me. My future is bright because of my decision to attend this school.
My parents felt that East-West was a good school due to its small size. I agreed that the small school environment really helped because of how close students, teachers and faculty members were to one another. I feel like I am part of a community here. This is part of what made East-West special to me.
The uniqueness of East-West allowed me to have experiences very different from most students my age. I intensively studied Korean as part of my regular schedule as a student of East-West. I will continue to study Korean through college and plan to study abroad in Korea.
In addition to interesting classes, like the class that taught me how to play Korean drums, East-West has also helped me to develop my interests in its robust after school program. I joined the Erhu Club where I learned to play the erhu (a two-stringed instrument sometimes called “the Chinese violin”). I was part of many tutoring programs that my friends and I utilized to help prepare for the Regents exam. The small atmosphere allowed us to get the one-on-one help we needed. Other times, we were able to earn community service credit for helping the teachers as student-teacher assistants. This is the kind of education I experienced and loved at East-West.
I remember during the stressful time of college applications senior year, I was able to get a lot of support from not only the guidance counselors but also my regular teachers. The fact that the school was so small allowed the teachers and guidance counselors to really know students personally to help them and to write strong letters of recommendation. The guidance counselors were able to give us ample time for meetings and discussions about college choices. I remember our guidance counselor knew us well. She knew which students would do better in a school far from home and which were better off in closer schools. These kinds of relationships were crucial in insuring that I received the support that I needed most.
All in all, East-West made me a strong-minded, independent student with a lot of very specific interests that will take me far in life. I feel very prepared for the next chapter of my life.
- Submitted by PChea on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 13:05
I was a parent lost. My husband had returned from his second tour in Iraq, we moved to Queens, I commuted my children to Brooklyn daily for a year so that they could graduate with their friends and we had just bought a home! I thought I found a "home" for my daughter in the middle school she was in prior to EWSIS. I was absolutely wrong and it showed over time. I searched, begged, cried and called in a few favors to try to get my daughter out of this school and nothing worked. I researched schools in and out of the area with the criteria I need for my daughter and I found EWSIS!
Education top priority-Check
Graduation Rate over 80%-Check
Medium sized and includes Middle School & High School-Check
At that point I found out when registration was and headed in. To say Mrs. Arroyo was a welcoming energy would be an understatement. She listened to my plight, looked at my child's past grades and then said good morning to Malaysia. Malaysia's body language was way off. Her arms were crossed, she was mumbling, her head was bobbing and she just had a bad attitude all the way around. Mrs. Arroya had Malaysia stand up, she asked her to step out of the room, wait three seconds and come back in. So Malaysia did that and Mrs. Arroya said "Good Morning." Malaysia said good morning back a little better but not great. She asked her to have a seat and went on to explain to her that her future was based on this split second decision that she had to make right now. She explained that we (her parents) had fought to get her to this very moment and now it was up to her. At this very moment I was sold. I was confident in my decision in picking EWSIS and I was hoping that they picked us. They continued in a great conversation, an open conversation, a mature conversation and at the the end I was happy, Mrs. Arroyo was happy, and most of all Malaysia was sold on the fact that this change being best for her!
Now where do I start with her great influential teachers! Mr. Bantz is an open and communicating educator. Dean Pervizaj is a walking blessing who knows her kids. She is Malaysia's first source, the first educator (in EWSIS) to believe in her. Mrs. Chen is a strong, insightful sharing woman. Mrs. Braverman is an old school honest educator. Mrs. Lee is a new, energetic strong educator who believes in her children and makes them love and relate to math. Ms. Chang made Chinese interesting to my daughter. Ms. Lebowitz turned Math into my daughter's favorite subject. Mrs. Panday is a pillar for Malaysia, she gives her someone to trust and is open to all forms of communication and conflict resolution. Mrs. Horowitz IS THE BEST! She treats Malaysia like a child and Malaysia behaves that way. She doesn't jump on the bandwagon when Malaysia has issues, she informs me if there is a problem-rare with her-and she is a working mom so she understands wasted time costs more than money.
EWSIS has a growing, maturing, nurturing team, that when cultivated correctly, they will be an enormous force to be reckoned with. I am absolute in my choice for my daughter to come and remain here. I have not been disappointed. As a parent of a 14 year old, 8 yo, and a 3yo, I know this time together educating a child will not be perfect, but as long as we-parents and educators- have the same ultimate goal-the success of the children-everything else seems minute!
East-West School of International Studies, thank you for the growth in my child! Thank you for the communication with us, her parents! Thank you for the opportunities you are preparing her for! Thank you for her experiences good, bad, and indifferent! Thank you for the diversity in your halls and in your classrooms! Thank you for a different type of educating! You are truly appreciated!
- Submitted by PChea on Fri, 08/24/2012 - 08:27
- Submitted by PChea on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 14:30