• Welcome to the new East-West blog! This is where you can get a glimpse into what goes on at the school from day-to-day. We'll provide news on what we're learning about in our classrooms, as well as school trips, events, and programs. Be sure to bookmark the site and keep checking back for updates.

    As a note, the main school website is still the place for official announcements and general information.

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  • Our first class of seniors graduated from East-West in June 2010. You can find our students beginning their college experiences throughout the country. Read more to see what colleges they went to!


    With 65 students graduating, 64 continued on to college and one joined the Navy.

    Academy of Art Institute

    Adelphi University

    Boston College

    Boston University

    Central Michigan University

    Clarkson University

    Devry University

    Elmira College

    Emerson College

    Five Towns College

    Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise

    Johnson and Wales University

    Hofstra University

    Lafayette College

    Lehigh University

    Marymount Manhattan College

    New School University- Parsons School of Design

    New York University

    Northeastern University

    Norwich University

    Pace University

    Penn State University

    Rutgers University

    St. John's University

    St. Joseph's College

    Syracuse University

    Temple University

    Trinity College

    University of Pittsburgh

    University of Rochester

    Valencia Community College

    Wesley College

    CUNY- Baruch College, Brooklyn College, The City College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College, MACAULAY HONORS- City College, Hunter College, Baruch College, Queens College

    SUNY- Alfred State University, University at Albany, Binghamton University, Brockport University, Buffalo State College, Morrisville State, New Paltz University, Potsdam University, Purchase College, Stony Brook University

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  • December 20, 2010: As part of their Advisory Community Project, five East-West students organized a charity bake sale and raised $45 in one class period. The money will be donated to the American Red Cross.

    Joanna Song, Jessica Lei, Karen Xu, LeSa Nan, and Saeeda Goodman baked or purchased all the items and hosted the sale in Ms. Braverman's classroom.

  • This school year, every Academy participated in a community service project of their choice. Ms. Pechersky’s 10th grade Academy students discussed many opportunities and decided to organize a clothing drive to help people in need. During several months, they worked to mobilize the East –West community and have as many donations of gently worn clothes as possible.

    The students led by their own example. They brought in multiple items several times. They regularly spoke to the students and staff in Muster. They engaged their families and friends outside of school. At the same time, during Academy, they learned the rules and skills of public speaking to make their appeals more convincing. They explored our Queens community resources online, analyzed their findings, and decided where to donate the clothes.

    While planning, preparing, conducting, and completing the project, the students could learn that there are always ways to help others. You don’t have to be rich or to donate money. Even people of modest means can make a difference in the lives of others. The main thing is to be kind, generous, understanding, and tolerant. There are many hardworking people in difficult live situations, who are poor and need help. There are many reasons and factors out of their control that make people poor. The goal of the society and each local community is too help these people overcome the difficulties.

    The community’s response was overwhelming. Many students and staff members brought in bags full of shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, jackets, sweaters, and smaller items, such as hats, gloves, baby clothing, towels, bags, and pieces of fabric. As a part of the project, students folded, sorted, and counted the items. By the end of the clothing drive, there were 336 (!) items in more than 20 bags! On April 7, Ms. Pechersky and her students went to the Goodwill Donation Center in Astoria to deliver them. They concluded the project by celebrating their community spirit at a Japanese fusion cuisine restaurant nearby.

    Ms. Pechersky’s Academy wants to thank the entire East-West community, families, and staff members for opening their hearts and being responsive to the needs of others. There is no doubt that the great variety of gently worn, almost new, and brand new items that were donated will be a great support to the people in need during all seasons and for many occasions.

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  • English teacher, Mrs. Braverman brought The Met School Membership (MSM) program to The East West School of International Studies.  The program introduced students to opera at the world's greatest opera house right here in New York City. To prepare for the visits to The Metropolitan Opera (Met), Ms. Demby, a retired teacher and lover of the opera as well as a tour guide at The Met came to the 8th grade classes and provided students with an in-depth study guide, including background information on the operas and composers they had the opportunity to see.  Mrs. Braverman and  Ms. Demby developed a wide range of classroom activities such miming, drawing set designs, and putting on student designed versions of an opera.   With Ms. Demby love and knowledge of opera, she was able to impart detailed information on the opera’s music and production.  Mrs. Braverman's classes attended four performances in the 2009/2010 school year.  Students experienced The Damnation of Faust, Il Trittico-three one act plays, and two performances of The Tales of Hoffmann.

    Met Stages brings students inside the artistic process with a pair of director’s rehearsals for a new Met production. The first week, students watched singers in street clothes working with the directors and crew as they learned blocking and practiced with a piano.  The following week, students returned to experience the team gearing up for opening night: the conductor fine-tuned the musical performance and directors polished the production while singers rehearsed full scenes in costume with the orchestra. After each rehearsal, students learned more about the production process during an intimate talk-balk session with members of the production team. One of the most outstanding moments of the opera experience was the backstage tour.  Students were able to see the inner workings of the magnificent Metropolitan Opera.  What an outstanding experience!

    Bravo to Mrs. Bravermen for bringing opera into the lives of our students!

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