• Our middle school students were treated to a live performance of Camille Saint-Saëns's The Carnival of the Animals on Tuesday January 23, during Regents Week.

    Under the musical directions of Maestro Dong Hyun Kim, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra performed the fourteen pieces with specific sounds of animals for each.

    Mr. Paul Joseph expanded our students' imagination by inquiring which animal or groups of animal the individual piece sound like.  From the first piece of a lion's roar, to the sound of tortoises in Offenbach's Can-can from Orpheus in the Underworld, to how the composer illustrated the sounds of the Aquarium using a glockenspiel, our students listened intently, responded with enthusiasm and were respectful audiences to the members of the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra.

    Pianists Ms. Noi Otomasu and Ms. Moeko Chiyozaki demostrated a typical practice session with the orchestra and capped it off with a selfie on Ms. Otomasu's iPhone.

    Mr. Joseph introduces Maestro Kim and explains the crucial role he plays in conducting his orchestra.

    And for the finale, our students were able to see and hear how all the pieces join together to create Camille Saint-Saëns's The Carnival of the Animals.  Click here to view the Looney Tunes rendition of The Carnival of the Animals.

    For more information about the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra and attend their next concert, visit their website at

    To view more photos from this event, click here.

  • 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.

  • Please contact the PTA at by January 12 to reserve a seat for each class.


  • 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 High School.

    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 & Mr. Zhang

    To view more photos from this visit, click here.